Welcome back to Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center’s blog! Today, we’re diving deep into a topic that could revolutionize your understanding of health and wellness. We’ll unravel the intriguing synergy between upper cervical chiropractic care, the 80/20 principle, and the disafferentation model in neurology. If you’re passionate about optimizing your physical wellness, interested in a holistic approach to health, or keen on exploring natural, non-invasive solutions, you won’t want to miss this!

The 80/20 Principle: A Quick Overview

The 80/20 principle, also known as the Pareto Principle, posits that 80% of results come from 20% of efforts. This principle is universally applicable, from business to personal life, and yes, even to healthcare. It suggests that by focusing on the most crucial aspects of any system, you can obtain the most significant results. In the context of chiropractic care, upper cervical chiropractic perfectly exemplifies this principle.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic: Where 80/20 Meets Spinal Health

Upper cervical chiropractic care is specialized, focusing on the alignment and health of the upper two vertebrae in the spinal column—the Atlas and the Axis. These vertebrae have an outsized impact on the nervous system and overall body function. Here’s how this specialized care fits into the 80/20 principle:

1. Direct Impact: The upper cervical region is a neurological powerhouse. A small misalignment can lead to significant health problems. By focusing on this small area of the spinal column, you can resolve a large amount of nervous system disturbances that result in physical issues.

2. Holistic Health: For those who understand the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, resolving issues in this ‘small’ area has holistic health benefits. Proper alignment aids in mental clarity, emotional balance, and overall wellness.

3. Preventive Care: For proactive wellness pursuers, upper cervical care works as a preventive measure. By maintaining alignment in this region, you mitigate risks of developing several health problems, sticking to the 80/20 principle of minimum effort for maximum impact.

The Disafferentation Model: The Neurological Connection

Now, let’s tie in the disafferentation model, a key concept in neurology and chiropractic care. Disafferentation refers to the altered nerve signals that can happen due to a lack of movement, injuries, or in our context—spinal misalignment. These altered signals can lead to abnormal motor output, creating a vicious cycle of impaired function and worsening health.  The upper neck and upper cervical spine is the most densely populated area of mechano (movement/ sensory) receptors of the body.  It means you can make a large impact to the overall nervous system by getting it it right!

How It Connects:

1. Identifying the Source: Upper cervical chiropractic care seeks to correct misalignments that are often the source of disafferentation. Correcting these issues can restore proper afferent input, improving the body’s overall function.

2. Promoting Balance: The disafferentation model emphasizes how interconnected our body systems are. When you address the root cause of disafferentation, you are effectively restoring balance to the nervous system, aligning with the philosophy of holistic health.

3. Prevention is Better than Cure: This principle is very much in sync with proactive wellness pursuers. By taking care of the ‘20%’ (upper cervical spine), you can significantly affect the ‘80%’ (your overall well-being), thereby preventing disafferentation before it manifests as severe health issues.


Upper cervical chiropractic care offers an exceptional application of the 80/20 principle, offering a concentrated focus for extensive benefits. It aligns seamlessly with the holistic approach and is a proactive measure for overall well-being. Understanding this in the context of the disafferentation model, we realize how this specialized care can restore neurological balance, providing a strong foundation for a healthy life.

Thank you for choosing Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center as your partner in health. If you’re interested in exploring how upper cervical chiropractic care can benefit you, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to guide you on your journey to optimum health!

If you’re interested in diving deeper into this subject or have any questions, feel free to contact us. Until then, prioritize your health—because you’re worth it!