How is Upper Cervical Chiropractic different?

Comparison between Upper Cervical Chiropractic and traditional chiropractic

Chiropractic care has become more recognized and accepted by people today. Some insurers even offer coverage in certain situations. However, there is still much to be learned about the field itself and especially about the need for specialists to care for certain critical segments of the spine, such as the pivotal vertebra that help the spine, neck and head stay aligned and healthy.

Traditional Versus Upper Cervical Care

Herein lies the difference between “traditional” and “Upper Cervical” care. While traditional care focuses on keeping the whole spine in proper alignment, Upper Cervical is a specialty that focuses on the vital role of the two top bones in the spinal system. The top bone is commonly called the “atlas vertebra,” or the one vertebra that literally carries the weight of the entire system of the head, neck and spinal column.

So when the atlas vertebra and its supporting partner become misaligned for any reason, the entire spine will then become misaligned – that’s how it works; there is no getting around it. This is why Upper Cervical specialists trained in the atlas orthogonal method focus on aligning these top two vertebra first before addressing any additional pain or discomfort happening elsewhere along the spinal system.

Understanding the Upper Cervical System

Neck muscle pain is one of the most common patient complaints among adults today due to extended computer and device use and high pressure living. Furthermore, for those who have been involved in an auto accident, neck injuries often necessitate whiplash treatment and physical therapy to ease pain and restore mobility and function.

When the upper two vertebra of the spine become misaligned for any reason, neck muscle pain is sure to follow. Because of the delicate position of these top two bones in the spine, the brain stem is directly impacted in any misalignment. This is because the brain stem sits directly on top of the atlas vertebra, through which it passes nerve fibers to transmit messages to the furthest corners of the physical body.

A misalignment in the Upper Cervical system can quickly cause messages to be misrouted, left unsent, or improperly coded. This is where pain begins to manifest elsewhere in the body since the central message center has become compromised.

How Upper Cervical Care Can Help

Upper Cervical Care restores the vital balance and alignment that keeps the brain stem, neck and spinal column communicating clearly and quickly. Upper Cervical chiropractors are trained to restore the natural alignment in the brain-neck-spine system so healing and cessation of pain can follow.

As the natural alignment returns, patients find their neck and back pain recedes, headaches disappear, there is more mental alertness, the ability to focus is heightened and their body’s ability to fight infection and illness increases.

For patients who suffer from migraine headaches, insomnia, TMJ or jaw pain, lower back pain or numbness/tingling in the extremities (neuropathy), Upper Cervical care can feel like a miracle cure.

Upper Cervical Care and Whiplash

In the case where the patient has been involved in an auto accident and has sustained neck injuries or requires whiplash treatment, Upper Cervical care can prevent chronic neck pain, dizziness, headaches, nausea, tingling, numbness or even complete disability from unfolding. Even a mild case of whiplash can cause these symptoms to manifest, and more serious cases can eventually cause permanent debilitation.

Even worse, the wrong treatment can create the same outcome as no treatment at all. Whiplash is all about the snapping motion of the neck at the moment of impact. Regardless of whether the neck moves to one side or the other or back and forth, the abrupt directional shift throws the Upper Cervical system into complete misalignment – with no warning – in a matter of fractions of a second.

Upper Cervical treatments offer the fastest and most reliable way to return the entire system into proper alignment to minimize the risk of long-term injuries from whiplash due to a car accident.

Next Steps to Seek Care

If the Upper Cervical vertebra have been out of proper alignment for just a short amount of time, patients can often experience dramatic improvements in as little as a single session. It can take longer for patients who have been in a state of misalignment for a longer period of time.

After taking your medical history and some x-rays, your Upper Cervical specialist will work with you to develop a customized care plan to address your unique physical symptoms and restore your system to full alignment as quickly as possible.

About Upper Cervical Health Centers

Upper Cervical Health Centers (UCHC) is a network of chiropractors who practice the atlas orthogonal method founded by Dr. Roy W. Sweat. Every doctor in the UCHC family is a practicing chiropractor who is also a specialist certified in the Upper Cervical system.