1st. Occiput-Upper cervical-TMJ complex(OUT-complex)
The imbalance of the OUT-complex is one of the critical reasons that cause body & 12 meridian imbalances, the main culprits of craniofacial pain, migraine, dizziness, and neck and shoulder pain.
Pain-sensitive nerves are abundantly distributed between the occipital bone and the upper cervical vertebrae, The imbalance of the OUT-complex stimulates them and can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and pain around the eyes.
The trigeminal nerve is very closely related to the TMJ. Therefore, an imbalance in the TMJ may cause facial pain, eye pain, headache, migraine, and other pains. The trigeminal nerve and the meninges (dura mater) are significantly involved in headaches and migraines. An imbalance in the OUT-complex makes the trigeminal nerve sensitive and changes the tension of the meninges which causes frequent headaches and migraines.
Because the OUT-complex and the shoulder girdle ultimately compensate for all imbalances in the human body, the chronic neck and shoulder pain may occur when thecompensation is excessive or inadequate.
TMJ act as a steering wheel to control occipital-upper cervical imbalance
The temporomandibular joint is the only bilateral joint in the human body and its axis of motion is located in the upper cervical vertebrae. In consequence, the imbalance in the jaw causes the imbalance in the upper cervical vertebrae. Additionally, an imbalance in the upper cervical vertebrae also causes an imbalance in the jaw. Therefore, the occipital-upper cervical and temporomandibular joints (OUT-Complex) are considered a single unit that is moving as a complex.
The most effective way to find and correct the imbalance between the occipital bone and upper cervical vertebrae is using the temporomandibular joint (steering wheel of OUT -complex). The TMJ treatment is required to heal minor imbalances between the occipital bone and upper cervical vertebrae. Since proprioceptors are abundantly distributed in the TMJ and teeth, the TMJ treatment can effectively control the occipital bone and upper cervical vertebrae.
Alignment of the OUT-complex is crucial in maintaining the balance of the human body.
The balance of the human body is controlled by the the integration of the central nervous system through the trunk and neck from the vision of the eyes, the vestibular organs of the ears, and proprioception from the pelvis, and foot & ankle. The key to this balance control is in the connection between the occipital bone and the upper cervical vertebrae.
This area is where the brainstem transitions to the spinal cord and plays a significant role in craniofacial pain. The meninges, a pain-sensitive structure, and the nerve nucleus of the trigeminal nerve responsible for most of the sensations of the craniofacial nerve descend here.
All 12 meridians of the human body pass through the OUT complex.
In oriental medicine, all 12 meridians of the human body are directly or indirectly connected to the complex connecting the occipital bone-upper cervical vertebrae-TMJ. , GV15, GV17 , SJ17, GB12, , GB3, ST7, ST6, SI16) are placed in the 12 meridians.
OUT-complex is a vital troublemaker that causes the imbalance of the craniofacial, neck, and shoulder. The first treatment point takes here in order to restore the balance of the human body and 12 meridians for the treating of chronic intractable pain and diseases.