An Upper Cervical correction is gentle and there is no forceful pulling, twisting or jerking motion of your neck. It is specifically designed to correct head/neck misalignment, to restore body balance, and to re-activate brain communication to the areas affected by misalignment.
As soon as the correction is made, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation increases, the immune system gains strength and vitality and the body’s natural, self-healing process begins. This natural self-healing process continues as long as the head/neck alignment is maintained and the brain can communicate without interference to all parts of the body.
Why do I need x-rays?
X-rays are the cornerstone of the Upper Cervical doctor’s practice and are very specialized. Most x-ray equipment today along with lead aprons keeps radiation down to a minimum. Plus, any minimal danger from radiation. Any slight slant of the head/neck relationship can be responsible for multiple health problems.
Sometimes that shift in position is no greater than the thickness of a fingernail, or a millimeter in measurement. The Upper Cervical doctor has to rely on x-rays to determine the exact position your atlas/axis vertebrae have misaligned to. The specific analysis of the x-rays will allow the doctor to reposition your neck to within a fraction of an inch back to the correct position it should be.
The Upper Cervical Doctor of Chiropractic will make the correction only after an intensive analysis. After correcting the neck or atlas (c1), either a second series of x-rays are taken or a post heat reading is utilized to determine if the correction was repositioned correctly. These are referred to as pre and post x-rays and pre and post heat readings. The doctor will show you these “before and after” x-rays and/or heat readings so that you can see the difference the correction has made.
partial excerpts taken from uppercervicalcare.com