Upper Cervical Care is a rapidly growing form of health-care that focuses on the intimate relationship between the head and neck, called the Upper Cervical spine, and a vital portion of the nervous system.
This relationship is essential to the body’s ability to preserve and restore health. Think of the relationship between the head and neck as being affected by muscle tension that extends up and down an opening in the base of your skull. These muscles make us vulnerable to injuries, stress or irritation around the upper neck.
The brain works like a telephone cable with thousands of individual wires or nerve fibers sending signals back and forth between the brain and spinal cord to every cell, organ and system in the body. Every nerve impulse between the brain and the body must pass through the nervous system, which is responsible for all communication within the body. It controls your immune system, emotions, vision, hearing, balance, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, muscle tension, posture, hormones, and every other function. Irritation or pressure within the central nervous system can interrupt communication between the brain and the body, thus creating a variety of health problems. The top two vertebrae, the Atlas and Axis are especially vulnerable to injury or misalignment because they are the most mobile segments of the spine. If neglected, an Upper Cervical misalignment can lead to spinal degeneration and chronic ill health.
Upper Cervical Care is based on the universal law of cause and effect. For every effect or symptom (physical or mental), there must be a cause. Upper Cervical doctors focus their efforts on locating and correcting interference to the nervous system that may influence health conditions. Correcting this interference can allow the body to heal itself naturally without the use of potentially harmful drugs or surgery. An Upper Cervical Correction is gentle and there is no forceful pulling, twisting or jerking motion of your neck. The correction is applied using a precise and controlled touch that allows the head, neck, and spine to return to their proper positions, restoring balance to the body and removing the interference. The difference in this ‘touch” is that the neck area is touched ONLY after specific x-rays are taken of the area, analyzed and then a specific plan of action is shared with the patient.
An Upper Cervical Doctor of Chiropractic NEVER jerks, twists or simply massages the neck; they analyze and make a decisive correction of a problem as noted by the x-ray previously taken. They do not guess about the problem, they assess the relationship between the head and neck and correct accordingly!
partially excerpted from uppercervicalcare.com