Why Upper Cervical?

Enjoy a Healthy Life with Rochester NY Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

The Blair chiropractic technique is used by upper cervical chiropractors to precisely assess the alignment or misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine and provide specific adjustments as needed. Because the top two vertebrae have the most mobility and also house the brainstem, they are often the two vertebrae that upper cervical chiropractors focus on. When the top two vertebrae, known as the atlas and the axis, are in their correct alignment, the body is able to function well and utilize its own ability to heal itself.

Upper cervical chiropractors who use the Blair technique are not using it to directly cure health conditions in their patients, but rather to improve the health of the spine through proper alignment of the uppermost bones. When the atlas and the axis are in their correct positions, it removes any negative effects on the brainstem and on the rest of the spine due to compensations for the misalignment at the top.

Enjoy a Healthy Life

The first place that many people turn to when they are in pain is a bottle of pain medicine. While this might provide momentary relief, it is not a long-lasting solution. Ongoing health conditions need solutions that get to the root of the problem. This is what upper cervical chiropractic care can do. It has helped many patients enjoy a healthy life free of medication.

When the body is not hindered by spinal misalignments, it has an outstanding ability to heal itself. The way this works is related to how the brain communicates with the rest of the body:

  • The brain receives messages from every part of the body concerning the second-by-second condition of the body via the central nervous system.
  • These messages are interpreted by the brain, and the brain sends messages back.
  • This constant flow of communication is what governs the functions that people usually don’t have to think about, like breathing, digesting food, and staying balanced while walking.
  • The messages pass through the brainstem on their way to the brain. 

The brainstem is a critical area for brain-body communication. If it is functioning well, the body can send and receive messages about health and healing. But when the brainstem is not functioning well due to misaligned vertebrae, the body is not able to take care of itself the way that it needs to.

"While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment." 
- BJ Palmer

Upper Cervical Misalignments

Some people might think that the only way a misalignment to the atlas or axis could happen is through a direct neck injury, like being hit in the head by a falling object or experiencing a severe car accident. However, because the top two vertebrae have such natural mobility, they can also become misaligned easily. Sleeping in the wrong position, slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk, or having poor posture at work can all cause the vertebrae to misalign. The longer the misalignment stays, the longer the body’s healing messages can be hindered, and the more time there is for health problems to develop.

Body Imbalance

When the atlas is not in a stable, balanced position, muscle tension develops from the body’s attempt to keep the head level and the eyes parallel with the horizon. Other parts of the body usually aid in this attempt. The spine may develop a side-to-side curve as it tries to correct the unnatural angle at the top. This affects the entire body. One shoulder may become higher than the other, and in an effort to stay balanced, the hip on the opposite side might become higher too. The compensations affect muscles and joints all over the body. The good news is that correcting the atlas misalignment allows the body to relax from its tense and crooked position.

Unlocking Your Potential

Upper cervical chiropractic care is gentle and effective. It is so gentle that it has even been used on infants and children. People who have been adjusted by regular chiropractors often expect forceful adjustments involving twisting or jerking motions and resulting in popping or cracking sounds. The Blair technique is different. First, precise measurements of the spine are taken. Then the chiropractor develops a therapy strategy that involves a gentle adjustment given at a specific angle. Each adjustment is adapted to each individual patient. The results are outstanding. 

After a patient has been adjusted, proper body function begins to be restored. Oftentimes, blood flow and cerebral spinal fluid flow have been prevented from circulating in the most beneficial way because of the misaligned atlas. Once these two critical fluids return to their natural circulation, life-giving oxygen and nutrients are able to get to the right places in the right amounts. This helps the overall health of the body, including the immune system. Any disruption in communication through the brainstem is also gone, so the brain and body can begin the healing process with the correct messages being transmitted about what is in need of healing.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is not just for people who have sustained traumatic injuries. Many people are recognizing it as excellent preventative care. People of all ages can receive periodic checkups from upper cervical chiropractors in order to ensure that their bodies are functioning at their optimum level of health, unhindered from any spinal misalignments that could cause problems down the road.

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