Your head weighs approximately 10-14 pounds and rests upon the top bone in your neck, called the atlas, which weighs a mere 2 oz! Daily activities, stress, “cracking” your neck can all move your atlas out of alignment. If the top bone of your neck is shifted, it can move your head off center. This can have a serious and negative impact from the neck down, resulting in muscle and joint pain anywhere in the body. Simply correcting the placement of the atlas and therefore re-balancing the entire body can alleviate the symptoms of many conditions.
Your brain communicates to the rest of your body through the atlas, which is very important for healing. Misalignment of the atlas can cause spinal cord irritation that disrupts brain messages to the rest of your body. Upper Cervical Correction is a specific type of chiropractic adjustment that removes spinal cord irritation and tension and reactivates normal transmission of brain messages to the rest of the body. This enables the body’s natural self-healing processes to begin. For this reason, Upper Cervical Care is helpful in treating many different conditions.
Q: Is there a twisting of the neck when the adjustment is given?
Q: I've heard that once I go to a Chiropractor I will always have to go. Is this true?
A: No. Not if you don't want to. But, If you know what helped you get out of the state of dis-ease you were in before entering the office why then would you not want to come in for a check-up to continue to reap the benefits of well being?
Q: Does the adjustment hurt?
A: Everybody has a different experience. Some patients feel nothing, others have felt a little discomfort that was immediately followed by relief of prior symptoms.
Q: How can upper cervical adjustments help my low back problem.
A: Once the head, and neck are aligned by the adjustment the nerve system is able to supply the parts of the body that are lacking vital energy needed to function optimally. The body goes into a more balanced and relaxed state thereby relieving much of the symptoms caused by the imbalance that previously existed.
Q: Does insurance cover this adjustment?
Q: I have never heard of this before, is it a new treatment?
A: No. Dr. BJ Palmer the developer of Chiropractic discovered this adjustment in the early 1900's.
Q: Are all Doctor's of Chiropractic certified in Upper Cervical Specific Care?
A: No. There is special training necessary to receive certification.