When a person wants to be a Doctor of Chiropractic, he or she must have exposure to numerous specialties. While most go on to become practitioners of general chiropractic, others specialize either in a particular part of the body.
Today, we are going to take a closer look at a niche of chiropractic called upper cervical chiropractic. We will conclude by showing you how to find a chiropractor near you who specializes in this particular focus.
If you’ve ever been to a chiropractor, you probably know the general process. You undergo some x-rays, and then lay on the table while the practitioner twists your spine. However, every upper cervical chiropractor operates in a very different manner. Here are some of the things you can expect when you see an upper cervical chiropractor.
In fact, upper cervical refers to just the top two bones in the neck. These are the C1 and C2 or the atlas and axis. They are located at the base of the skull, and they have some very unique functions, which we will discuss in a moment.
When it comes to the atlas and axis, millimeters matter. As a result, the practitioner will take x-rays of the neck from different angles that allow misalignments to be calculated precisely, sometimes down to hundredths of a degree.
Even within the subspecialty of upper cervical, there is some room for practitioners to use different methods. Depending on the doctor you see, the adjustments will involve a gentle touch or pressure by hand, the use of an adjusting instrument, or the use of a specialized adjusting table. Regardless of the method, the adjustments are low force, which means they are very gentle and safe for patients of all ages and health levels. There’s no popping, twisting, cracking, or jerking motions.
While the practitioner will not take x-rays at every visit, there are some simple ways to see if the adjustment is holding. For example, the practitioner can check your shoulders while you are standing or your leg length while you are laying down. If things are out of balance, it is a good indicator that the atlas has shifted back since your last visit. As the soft tissue in your neck heals and can stabilize, the adjustments should last longer and longer. You may find that practitioner sends you home without an adjustment sometimes. After all, if your atlas and axis are properly aligned, an adjustment is unnecessary. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to space appointments out by weeks or even months between check-ups. Either way, you will only get an adjustment on the days that an examination reveals you are out of proper alignment.
This is just a brief overview of what makes upper cervical chiropractic unique. But why should you find a chiropractor who specializes in adjusting two particular bones instead of the entire spine?
The atlas and axis are located right at the base of the skull and can have a wide range of effects on the entire body if they are out of place. Consider some of the things that these bones are responsible for and how a misalignment may cause all sorts of issues.
To find a chiropractor who specializes in upper cervical, you can use the search feature on this website. We provide contact information for our preferred doctors. You may find that have to travel a little bit to get to the nearest practitioner, but hopefully, our discussion helped you to understand the benefits of trying this chiropractic subspecialty. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step toward a natural therapy that has been improving overall health and well-being for many people by assisting the body in healing naturally and the CNS in functioning optimally.
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