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Upper Cervical

What is Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is the pinnacle of Chiropractic care. There are an estimated 75,000 Doctors of Chiropractic with only a very small portion (less than 1000) certified to provide this very important work.  Upper cervical care uses 119 years of research, precision X-rays, mathematical measurements, spinal analysis and pre/post objective instrumentation to understand and correct upper cervical subluxations. Upper cervical is very different from traditional medicine, physical therapy and general chiropractic in many ways. Upper cervical doctors take ultra precise X-rays of the head and neck. Then, measurements are taken and an analysis is made to determine exactly how the top vertebrae are misaligned.  Part of upper cervical's uniqueness is that it is the only healing profession that clears the nervous system of interference and balances the body using a natural, precise and gentle procedure.

Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic is not about getting adjusted or even receiving adjustments; it is about living a life free of nerve interference. In fact, our goal in care is actually to deliver as few adjustments as possible. Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care focuses on removing nerve irritation to restore communication between the brain and the body. Restoring function at the level of the brainstem and upper cervical spine (the control center of the body) is essential so that the body may heal itself and have optimal vitality. With the nervous system functioning at 100% the body has the potential to heal itself from even the most complex of ailments.

The words “Upper Cervical” refer to the first two bones in the neck. They are very unique vertebrae, vastly different than the other 23 bones comprising the spinal column. In fact, they have special names. While most people understand the common letter and number system for the vertebrae of the spinal column, the first bone has a particular name, The Atlas. The second bone is referred to as The Axis. These two vertebrae are the only two vertebrae between which there is NO DISC. The absence of the intervertebral disc allows for a greater range of motion. Because of this increased range of motion, these segments are much more likely to misalign, causing nervous system interference at the level of the brain stem. The misaligned segments are identified through the use of Digital Laser-aligned Radiography. Because the misalignment is very slight (measured in millimeters) it is very important that precise x-ray equipment is used.

Computer Infrared Thermography

This nervous system interference can be detected through the use of Computed Infrared Thermography. Thermography has been used for thousands of years to diagnose the sick. In modern times new medical breakthroughs have allowed us to further understand the link between thermal imbalances and nervous system dysfunction. For this reason we utilize thermographic scans both pre- and post-adjustment. It is of absolute importance that the patient understands that results do not come from the adjustments themselves, but rather from the patient achieving a healthy and fully functioning nervous system. For that reason, we utilize thermography to indicate when nervous system interference is present, and therefore, whether or not the patient needs an adjustment. Furthermore, thermography is utilized post-adjustment to be sure that the proper adjustment has been made and that nervous system interference has been reduced or eliminated.

Thermographic analysis indicating a healthy, normal functioning nervous system.

Thermographic analysis indicating a healthy, normal functioning nervous system.

Thermographic analysis indicating nervous system dysfunction.

Thermographic analysis indicating nervous system dysfunction.

Upper Cervical Specific Adjustment

Finally, an Upper Cervical Specific Adjustment is made to the misaligned segments. This is a quick, impulse-type thrust applied to the upper part of the neck. It is safe for patients of all ages. We have experience applying the adjustment to patients ranging in age from Birth to 97 years old! After the adjustment, the patients will be instructed to rest at home in a recumbent position for approximately 20 minutes to allow the body to accommodate the adjustment and allow for a longer holding adjustment.