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What is Upper Cervical Care?
Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments of the vertebra and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Rather, a chiropractic spinal adjustment corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is a specialty within chiropractic that has a main focus on the vital brainstem area where the head and spinal column meet. This specific area of the human body houses trillions of neuronal pathways and the centers for respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure as well as numerous cranial nerve nuclei. This area also happens to be the most unstable in the spine because it is void of interlocking facet joints that limit rotation of the spinal column. With this area being so complex and mobile, it is vitally important in human function.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
If you look up the definition of the word “adjustment”, you will find something like this, “The act of adjusting. To bring into proper relationship.” And that is exactly what Chiropractors do. They adjust the subluxation in order to bring it into proper relationship with the rest of the spine. An adjustment to the physical, chemical and emotional stresses of their lifestyle should be the goal of every chiropractic patient to prevent the obstruction of communication within their own body.
How will this help my health concern?
Chiropractic understands that the body is a self-healing organism directly controlled and coordinated by the central nervous system which is protected by your skull and spine.
The nervous system 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.
If we can eliminate the cause, not just the symptoms, we should see an improvement in communication and the body will begin the process of healing.
Is Upper Cervical Care safe?
Upper cervical chiropractic does not include twisting or “popping” of the spine or neck. Upper Cervical adjustments are very gentle, highly specific, and extremely safe. During the adjustment you are in a side lying position on a special table, and your neck is in a neutral position. There is no twisting of the head or neck. Aided by a movable headpiece, the adjustment is a quick tap to move the vertebra back into place.
A study was recently published showing the safety and satisfaction of upper cervical care. The study showed that of the 83 chiropractors that participated in the study, more than 5 million upper cervical adjustments have been given without a serious advert event. Patient satisfaction is also highest with upper cervical chiropractic as compared to general chiropractic.
Can children and Infants benefit?
Chiropractic care is safe and healthy for newborns and children of all ages. Chiropractic care has been known to help babies and children with ear infections, trouble sleeping, colic (pain in the stomach due to gas or an obstruction in the intestines), and many other conditions.
Many of these health conditions are usually treated with drugs, but can be treated naturally and effectively with chiropractic care. Many of the health problems occurring later in life could have been prevented if treatment was available for children. A healthy nervous system will increase immunity for children and result in a healthier adult. Many parents find that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
Is Upper Cervical Care expensive?
Chiropractic care is affordable. Most people spend more money on car maintenance than chiropractic care. Cars can be replaced when damaged. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when it comes to your spine and your overall health. Routine chiropractic care and check up are vital in preventing certain conditions. Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
When compared to visits to the doctor’s office, chiropractic care is actually less expensive. Considering treatment plans that can involve medication, surgery, or intensive physical therapy, chiropractic care can often provide a less expensive, natural & healthy alternative.
Is there research demonstrating benefit of Upper Cervical Care?
The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles. The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: allow for freedom of movement and house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned, two major consequences will result: the range of motion becomes limited and spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised.
Chiropractors use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to dysfunction, pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus restoring function and health.
What is the education of a Chiropractor
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning: basic training in the biological and health sciences: Anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis; specialized training in the chiropractic discipline: theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications; and extensive clinical training.
What is the philosophy of Chiropractic?
The law of homeostasis is the foundation of chiropractic: the body regulates itself all life long, day and night and manage to keep all functions equilibrated. This it does all by itself without any help from the outside. For instance, it does not need anyone to teach it how the liver, the heart or the kidneys should be regulated, in fact modern science has still much more to discover than what we now understand about the complexity of the regulation of life. So life works intelligently and has always done so. Chiropractors call it innate intelligence, and they rely on this power to heal and maintain health.
The universe is also a fantastic masterpiece and works cleverly. Intelligence characterize the entire living world. That Intelligence is responsible for the shedding of a deciduous tree in autumn and the production of a specific fruit at summertime. Nobody has ever taught a cherry tree how to produce cherries, and mind you, the cherry tree never makes a mistake producing an apple or an orange unless man interferes with nature. The same for the human body. There is a saying popular in chiropractic circles: “Nature needs no help, just no interference”.