This article explains the real reason behind a loss of cervical lordosis and why this depends on the teeth. Furthermore, you will be provided with a tool able to solve this annoying postural problem just as Helen Lee, a Chinese customer of ours, did.
Anatomically significant physiological curvatures can be recognised on the human spine. In fact, in any human being’s lumbar and cervical area, there is a curvature with an anterior convexity which is called lordosis while both at the thoracic level and at the level of the sacrum there is a kyphosis, that is a curvature with posterior convexity. Some people have dysmorphisms including a loss of cervical lordosis.
The physiological curves of the spine
These natural curvatures are not static but dynamic and change their shape during postural movements and adjustments.
Whilst learning to walk and conquering the standing position, children can modify this arrangement: the extensor muscles of the cervical column, for example, begin to rise in such a way as to allow the child to look and interact with the surrounding environment.
Strength of gravity and posture
Gravity, on the other hand, plays a very important role in the management of an upright posture as in ideal conditions it facilitates maintaining a posture with minimum muscular effort; for this reason, it is important to look at the line of gravity that in perfect conditions should pass:
- through the mastoid process
- anterior to the second sacral vertebrae
- slightly posterior to the hip joint
- anterior to the knee
- anterior to the ankle
This scheme is important to evaluate when performing a postural analysis. In fact, it is necessary to analyse which anatomical districts do not work properly.
Verticalisation of the spine: causes and effects
As we have explained, the cervical spine should have a specific curvature which, however, is missing when verticalisation is present.
It is readily possible to read on the X-ray reports “cervical verticalisation” or “cervical straightening” which are synonymous with the same problem, that is the LOSS OF CERVICAL LORDOSIS PHYSIOLOGY (loss of cervical lordosis).
This loss or reduction of curvature requires the use of the Starecta Rectifier together with an adjuvant.
This condition establishes a series of important problems that can seriously undermine the health of the patient.
Let’s try to get an understanding:
1) what are the causes and remedies according to the mainstream and current science.
2) what are the causes and remedies according to Starecta.
Let’s first analyse what are the causes of the loss of cervical lordosis according to the mainstream and what is being served up by all the experts in the sector right now.
What are the (mistaken) causes of loss of cervical lordosis?
Here are the most common causes of loss of cervical lordosis according to the mainstream.
The causes listed below are literally wrong and misleading. In fact, in an optimal postural biomechanical condition, the human body is able to easily sustain all stressful events, without there being a loss of cervical lordosis.
1) Wrong postures: “maintaining a certain position with the neck for a long time during the working day is very problematic, as it forces the various muscles that have to maintain a horizontalisation of one’s gaze to overwork.
Sitting for hours in front of a computer in the wrong position can be extremely deleterious, causing a series of problems.”
This statement, in my opinion (Moreno Conte – Founder of Starecta), is really ironic because I work uninterruptedly on the PC sitting on my sofa wearing the bite I invented (Rectifier) that supports my skull in a correct posture.
In this way, the cervical spine always keeps its natural and physiological curvature effortlessly. Later in the article, I will explain how the Rectifier works. With the Rectifier it is impossible to have a loss of cervical lordosis
2) Accidents on the cervical spine: when we talk about accidents to the cervical spine, our initial thought goes towards the classic car crash accident called “whiplash”.
Generally, this type of accident greatly involves the cervical musculature which tends to stop and go into spasm, thus generating a condition of stiffness and cervical verticalisation or loss of cervical lordosis.
In this condition, the neck appears to have rigidity due to the trauma, which is why the indicated remedy is to use a rigid collar for the first few days and then use a softer collar together with cervical physiotherapy.”
This statement is partly true. Probably, if there is already a deficit of vertical dental dimension in the premolar and molar area, when a trauma is suffered, a condition of precarious post-biomechanical stability collapses more easily.
3) Moods: “there is a large amount of involvement between the cervical spine and the psyche: in fact, the mind and the neck are very close and often an altered posture of the neck is accompanied by an introverted character and mood.
In fact, the closure of the head and the dorsal spine are often accompanied by very closed, introspective characters that tend to somatise these moods in the cervical spine. Situations such as anxiety and depression are also found in subjects with cervical verticalisation phenomena. “
This is certainly one of the least erroneous causes recognised by the mainstream. However, even in this case, it is very likely that the two problems feed on each other.
A repressed postural biomechanical condition with a drooping head and shoulders can increase a mood of depression, anxiety and hypochondria just as I wrote in my book.
4) Physiological ageing: “we must also be clear that there is also a physiological component in the decay and transformation of the cervical spine.
In fact, it is always good to remember how man is constantly subjected to the force of gravity which acts from top to bottom and thereby affects the entire body. One of the adaptive phenomena is the modification of the cervical spine and its curvature.”
This statement is totally false. In fact, not all older people become crooked and deformed over the years. In reality, what happens is in the condition of seniority, the teeth are consumed generating the sinking of the skull and therefore the curvature of the back or cervical rachis. This phenomenon is explained in the article body posture depends on teeth.
5) Smartphones: “the latest generation mobile phones are creating a new group of “future patients” as more and more time is spent checking the screen. Suffice to say that being with your neck completely bent on writing on your smartphone or watching a video is equivalent to bearing a weight of 18 kilograms; the equivalent of two crates of bottled water stacked on top of each other.”
If you believe this nonsense you should stop reading this article as you will probably also believe in flying donkeys. THERE IS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN THE USE OF THE SMARTPHONE AND LOSS OF CERVICAL LORDOSIS!
Once the (wrong) causes of the loss of the physiological cervical curvature have been identified, we now understand what the (wrong) cures and remedies are according to experts.
What is the cause of Loss of cervical lordosis according to Starecta?
According to Starecta, occlusion is the centre that governs the entire posture of the body. Occlusion is the connection of the skull with the mandible. Between the skull and the mandible, there are the teeth that determine the craniomandibular relationship that affects the spinal column and throughout the body through the muscles of mastication, the tongue and swallowing.
The postural relationship between the skull and the jaw is transmitted to the rest of the body by swallowing. Simply put, the body posture depends on the teeth, or on the craniomandibular relationship.
The cause of loss of cervical lordosis depends on the teeth
Until now it was believed that the head rested only on the first cervical vertebra called atlas but recent studies and experiments have shown that the skull is maintained thanks to a more complex system of forces. In fact, when you are under stress you tend to close the mouth and tighten the teeth so as to have maximum stability of the skull on the neck.
In this way, the skull, mandible and cervical area become a much more solid and compact structure able to withstand enormous physical efforts such as lifting weights in bodybuilding.
Therefore, we can say that the skull does not rest only on the first cervical vertebra but also on the right and left dental arches. There are three points of contact, not one. After all, it makes sense that the heaviest and most important part of our body is supported by three points, rather than just one.
The skull rests on three points like a camera resting on a tripod
Consider a tripod holding a camera, three points of support are also the minimum necessary so that we can support a body in space. It is impossible to create a tripod with just one foot. It takes at least 3 feet for you to support something on a structure. And the same is true of our postural biomechanism which must support the skull.
So these three points of support are:
- first cervical vertebra
- left semi dental arch
- right semi dental arch
What determines the posture of the skull on the jaw and, consequently, on the body?
The posture of the skull on the jaw and, consequently, on the body is determined by the extrusion of the teeth.
The height and extrusion of the teeth of both arches, especially in the premolar and molar area, becomes fundamentally important for the support of the skull on the first cervical vertebra.
In fact, without an adequate extrusion of the molar teeth, the skull tends to sink and press on the whole vertebral column which is forced into a smaller space and therefore to increase the kyphotic and lordotic curves.
In this condition of bad posture, the vertebral column is compressed and likewise, so are the intervertebral discs and all the adjacent cartilaginous structures. Even the vertebrae themselves are likely to become seriously misaligned. The adjacent muscles twist and contract, crushing the affected areas.
This postural collapse, which affects more or less 90% of human beings, is inevitable if action is not taken with a suitable instrument.
Which solution solves the loss of cervical lordosis?
The solution to solve the loss of cervical lordosis is to act on the teeth to restore the correct craniomandibular relationship and thereby balance the body. Starecta has created a tool called Rectifier that can do this job.
If the posture depends on the teeth, then you simply must act on the teeth, while all the other practices and postural remedies can only be performed by adjuvants. The only really useful tool is the Rectifier.
How does the Rectifier work?
The Rectifier is interposed between the dental arches becoming a fulcrum. It makes the jaw work like a lever able to push the skull upwards by stretching the spine.
Thanks to this tool, the correct posture is impressed on the body automatically making it able to align itself.
After that, by swallowing the balance of the craniomandibular system is transmitted to the rest of the body.
This results in “correct posture”, decompression of the intervertebral discs, natural stretching of the muscles, decompressions of nerves, blood vessels and cartilaginous parts, resolution of pain symptoms.
Here is the photographic testimony of one of our clients from China
We can see how Helen Lee solved the loss of cervical lordosis only thanks to the use of the Rectifier because this postural problem depends on the teeth!
Which adjuvants act on the problem of loss of cervical lordosis?
All the adjuvants listed below are certainly valid remedies that can help improve the situation, provided they are supported by the Starecta Rectifier.
The real cause lies in the teeth. We must act on the occlusion if we really want to correct this problem. These adjuvants can help the Rectifier correct the loss of cervical lordosis.
- Mechanical fibrolysis: Through this approach with some IASTM instruments I have the possibility of being highly performing, carrying out a contracted muscle release trying to give breath to the muscle bands and rebalance the various districts.
- Articular and muscular pompage: a technique of French origin which consists of very gentle and pleasant traction for the patient in order to recover not only the appropriate space between the various intervertebral discs but also to give a stimulus of muscle release.
- Re-education of the motor scheme: this type of approach is based on a series of tests followed, in case these are positive, treatment in such a way as to “negate” all the tests and rebalance the fascial tissue.
- Postural re-education Mezieres Rome: this therapeutic approach is a “Ferrari” of rehabilitation as it allows a global lengthening and repositioning of the various articular segments in their most physiological and complete position. Through a tensioning associated with an ad hoc breathing, it is possible to rebalance all the muscles allowing a return to a more normal situation.
- Corrective postural exercises: various exercises can be used for cervical verticalisation; everything must be closely monitored by a physiotherapist who will advise you on an adequate dosage of exercises and their correct execution.