Have you ever had a car crash, fall, sports injury, or have you been a victim of domestic violence?
Have you been knocked unconscious, had a concussion, whiplash, or other injury to your head, neck or spine? If you have had a head or neck trauma it is likely that you have suffered an undetected injury to your upper neck (the atlas and axis vertebrae is also known as C1 and C2).
Upper neck injuries are very common, especially in those suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. When the upper neck is misaligned due to accidents and injuries it changes the way the brain is working, including changing the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid.
When someone experiences an injury that causes the connective tissue, which hold the spine in place, to be torn loose that injury will then cause the spine to breakdown and become locked into a stressed position. The area of the spine that is most frequently affected is the upper neck area because it is the most movable and the most vulnerable to injury. Once this upper neck area is misaligned it will begin to affect the function of the brain stem. This undetected brainstem injury can lead to a variety of problems including dysfunction with the release of cortisol.
Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Sr., a NUCCA doctor from Chicago, along with a medical doctor and a psychiatrist did some very interesting research several years ago looking at the connection between the upper neck and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Here’s what the found when they compared quality of life measurements using a survey called the SF-36 six months after the initial correction to normal subjects:
In addition both the quality and quantity of sleep improved based on all testing and there was significant decrease in the use of sleep medication. Quite possibly the most remarkable result was that all subjects in the study found a normalization of cortisol levels in the morning and evening readings at 6 months into care!
If you have had an accident or injury that has led to a misalignment of your upper neck, we will be able to locate it and correct it with a specialized upper cervical (upper neck) corrective procedure.
But I’ve Seen a Chiropractor and It Didn’t Help
At this point you may be thinking, “but I’ve seen a chiropractor and it didn’t help.” Or you may be wondering, “can any chiropractor do this type of procedure?”
The upper cervical corrective procedure that we utilize has been developed by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) over the past 80+ years. The procedure takes rigorous postgraduate training; this is why only approximately 250 doctors worldwide have mastered this technique.
Upper cervical techniques have been demonstrated to improve high blood pressure, neck pain, multiple sclerosis, seizures, sleep problems, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease and of course, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. The NUCCA correction is very precise and very gentle without any of the popping, cracking, or twisting of the spine involved with a general chiropractic adjustment.
The NUCCA Doctor takes extremely precise x-rays of the head and neck to determine the severity and type of the spinal misalignment instead of relying on guesswork. The Doctor will then analyze the x-rays utilizing mathematics, physics and biomechanics to determine a specific upper cervical correction formula that will work to bring your spine back into alignment. After the first upper cervical correction, the Doctor will take two post x-rays to determine the response of the body to the initial correction.
After the initial evaluation the doctor will be able to estimate the number of corrections needed and the length of time necessary for the spine to be stabilized. It’s not about being adjusted thousands of times. It’s about getting the spine back into a normal and balanced position and keeping it that way for as long as possible.
General chiropractic manipulation is a lot like vague directions. Sometimes you will get to your destination but many times you will miss the mark.
A specific upper cervical corrective procedure is like having a preprogrammed GPS. In that circumstance, you’re much more likely to get the results that you were looking for. It is spinal engineering…physics, mathematics and biomechanics applied to the spine.
To find an upper cervical doctor in your area go to NUCCA.org or if you are in the Apple Valley, Minnesota area to schedule your NUCCA consultation and evaluation, click the button below:
Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com
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