Upper Cervical Awareness

We believe Upper Cervical Care to be one of the most powerful health care approaches available and is widely unknown.

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Upper Cervical Awareness was founded to help people that are suffering from symptoms and conditions which have shown to be greatly improved by having their upper neck injuries evaluated and corrected by Upper Cervical Specialists.

Our end goal? To provide an extensive collection of resources to help each individual to be fully informed about the science behind this life changing care and to provide patients with qualified specialists in their local area.

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Montel Williams

TV show host Montel Williams describes how specific chiropractic care has helped his body.

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The TV show "The Doctors" showcased Upper Cervical Care.

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CBS News highlighted the alleviation of Migraines and Headaches.

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We feature guest articles from experts in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Dr. Tymothy Flory - Chiropractor Carmel IN

12289 Hancock St Suite 35, Carmel, IN 46032
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Dr. Jason Granger - Cooper City Chiropractic

5560 S. Flamingo Rd. Cooper City, FL 33330
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Dr. Robert Gucciardo - Chiropractor In Howard Beach NY

162-07 91st Street, Howard Beach, NY, 11414, USA
Practice Technique
Specific Chiropractic, Knee-Chest Technique

History of Upper Cervical Chiropractic: From Beginnings to Present Day

The Inception: Dr. B.J. Palmer's Groundbreaking Work

Early 20th Century: Dr. B.J. Palmer, the son of D.D. Palmer (the founder of chiropractic), begins focusing on the upper cervical spine. He develops techniques and theories emphasizing the atlas and axis vertebrae's importance, laying the foundational work for upper cervical chiropractic in the early 1900s.

Toggle Recoil Technique

Early to Mid-20th Century: The Toggle Recoil Technique, developed by Dr. B.J. Palmer, features a quick, precise thrust to the upper cervical area, influencing numerous chiropractic methods.

Mid-20th Century Advancements

  • 1940s-1950s: Dr. John Grostic furthers Palmer's work, bringing precision to atlas vertebra adjustments. His analytical methods contribute to the specificity and effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic techniques.

  • 1950s-1960s: After Dr. Grostic's death, Dr. Ralph Gregory continues refining these techniques, leading to the evolution of the Grostic Procedure into the NUCCA technique.

The Development of Key Techniques

  • 1970s: Dr. Roy Sweat, an authority in the field, develops the Atlas Orthogonal technique, a gentle, non-invasive method of adjusting the atlas vertebra.
  • 1960s-1970s: Dr. William Blair introduces the Blair Upper Cervical Technique, focusing on individual anatomical differences and tailored adjustments.
  • Mid to Late 20th Century: The Knee Chest technique, further refined by Dr. Michael Kale, emphasizes patient positioning for effective adjustments.
  • Late 20th Century: Orthospinology emerges as an advancement of the Grostic Procedure. This technique is developed as a systematized approach to the upper cervical spine, focusing on the precise correction of spinal misalignments.

Late 20th to Early 21st Century:

  • Advanced Orthogonal: This technique evolves from Atlas Orthogonal, integrating advanced technology and precise imaging.
  • Quantum Spinal Mechanics (QSM3): Representing a modern evolution in upper cervical chiropractic, focusing on holistic spinal biomechanics.
  • EPIC Technique: Combines traditional chiropractic principles with modern technology for minimalistic yet effective adjustments.


The history of upper cervical chiropractic spans over a century, beginning with Dr. B.J. Palmer's early 20th-century work. It encompasses significant advancements and refinements through the mid to late 20th century with contributions from Dr. John Grostic, Dr. Ralph Gregory, Dr. Roy Sweat, and Dr. William Blair. The field continues to evolve into the 21st century with techniques like Advanced Orthogonal, QSM3, and EPIC, reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of chiropractic care.

The content and materials provided in this web site are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to supplement or comprise a medical diagnosis or other professional opinion, or to be used in lieu of a consultation with a physician or competent health care professional for medical diagnosis and/or treatment. All content and materials including research papers, case studies and testimonials summarizing patients' responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.