What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural approach to health without the use of drugs or surgery. It relies on your body’s innate ability to heal itself since you are an intelligent creation. The chiropractic triangle emphasizes focusing on all aspects of a person. It assesses the whole picture by examining 1) the structure – major or minor traumas that we have sustained which alter our biomechanics, 2) chemical – foods we eat and toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, and 3) emotional – the stressors in our lives.

Chiropractic seeks to find and fix the origin of a problem, rather than chase symptoms. The nervous system controls and regulates all the cells and tissues in the body. The spinal column, what some people refer to as your backbone, houses your spinal cord and serves as the exit for your spinal nerves that innervate organs and muscles.

Utilizing adjustments, a chiropractor can correct misalignments in the spine (which we refer to as subluxations), allowing the brain to communicate freely with the body and vice versa. When there is a misalignment/subluxation present, it interferes with the back-and-forth message system between the brain and the body. Aberrant messages can affect organ systems and cause postural imbalances. When looking at a subluxated person, you can often visualize one ear higher that the other, one shoulder is higher than the other, the hips are imbalanced and one leg appears to be shorter than the other. These changes in the posture can alter the gait and cause neck pain, headaches, back pain, hip pain, knee pain and foot pain.

Each person is unique in his/her response. Some people will not have any noticeable physical complaints. Children often fall into this category. That is why it is important for the entire family to have their spines checked.

What’s different about Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the top bone in the neck called Atlas. It looks at the relationship between the skull & Atlas and the rest of the lower neck & Atlas. Why is this area so important? Because all of your neurological information (barring a few cranial nerves) travels through the ring of Atlas. A misalignment here can affect anything from headaches to the low back, even the heart or other organs. If an upper cervical subluxation is found upon exam, then X-rays are taken and analyzed to find a vector. Each person’s vector is unique to him/her. A gentle adjustment is administered while the patient is side-lying. After the adjustment, functional neurological tests are performed to ensure a change was made.

We emphasize the patient holding his/her adjustment. When you hold your adjustment (ie the body is in proper alignment), then your body is able to heal. There is no interference to your brain and body communicating, so the body functions how it was intended. There may be time(s) when you come into the office and do not need to be adjusted. We celebrate those times.

Will an Upper Cervical adjustment hurt?

No. The adjustment is very light and gentle while the person lies on his/her side. There is no twisting of the neck.

How long will it take?

Plan on an hour and a half for the first visit. The doctor will review your history with you, perform and exam and take x-rays if they are found to be medically necessary. The x-rays will be analyzed and then you will receive your first adjustment. After the first adjustment then a post set of x-rays will be taken. Follow-up visits are much shorter, lasting only about 15 minutes.

What is an Adjustment?

An adjustment is what we call the correction the chiropractor makes to a misalignment (subluxation) in the spine.

What is Chiropractic Maintenance?

Most people come to the chiropractor because they are in pain. Once a person is out of pain, there is still some healing for the body to do. Maintenance is when a person comes in to get checked when s/he is not in pain. We want to ensure the body is in proper alignment and fully functioning. Like getting the oil in your car changed on a regular schedule (not waiting for a warning light) can prevent engine damage, getting your spine checked can prevent pain and degeneration later in life.