WHAT IS UPPER CERVICAL (UC) CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Chiropractic care focuses on restoring health based on the philosophy that the brain and nervous system control and coordinate the function of all cells, organs and organ systems in the body. However, upper cervical (UC) chiropractic in particular takes chiropractic care to a more technical level. UC is considered an updated philosophy (compared to traditional chiropractic) because it relies on technology to objectively determine actual disruption in the nervous system function.
UC is a highly specialized practice of locating and correcting nerve interference in the upper spine. With an extremely accurate diagnosis, the UC chiropractor can specifically correct one area of the spine, allowing the rest of the spine to reset itself, becoming healthy and stable again.
The UC chiropractor uses precise x-rays of the upper spine to determine the direction of the vertebral misalignment, which allows him or her to administer a very specific correction. This significantly reduces the number of adjustments needed compared to traditional chiropractic care, which sometimes requires continuous spinal adjustments throughout a patient’s lifetime. With UC chiropractic, subsequent visits are referred to as checkups and focus on maintenance of the correction, using less invasive methods than traditional chiropractic care.
In essence, UC chiropractic offers patients a more accurate, less ambiguous method of care by:
· Using precise x-rays, allowing the UC chiropractor to customize the adjustment.
· Correcting a misalignment with light force and no twisting or popping.
· Using objective testing to determine when to adjust the patient’s neck, if at all.
· Knowing that the custom correction will maintain its “hold” for longer periods, allowing the body to self-heal, which minimizes the need for frequent, excessive adjustments.
Medical Conditions that have responded well
to upper cervical care include
- Digestive Issues
- TMJ Issues
- Chronic Headaches
Pain in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs and feet.