Upper Cervical Chiropractor Fort Worth TX
A Gentle Correction
A gentle touch and controlled "contact" on the first vertebrae (atlas) in the neck is designed to restore balance to the spine and function to the body. Even though the primary focus is the neck, the effects of the correction can influence the entire spine and all body systems. This is because the upper cervical corrective procedure influences one of the highest control centers over body balance, the brain stem and central nervous system. The C-1 vertebra or the Atlas, is a small donut-like bone located at the top of the spine and the base of the skull that surrounds the brain stem. This region of the spine is known as the Craniocervical Junction (CCJ). Much research shows that this vital area is key to restoring health, as it has so many important body functions associated with it. This phenomenon is known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome (ASC). Because all body function can be affected by disruptment of the CCJ, it is the area of correction that our clinic emphasizes exclusively.
The Balancing Act
The nerves in our spinal column are very sensitive to pressure and stress. When the spine becomes misaligned sufficiently it stresses the nerves, compromises their normal impulses, and changes function throughout the body. Nerves are responsible for four primary functions:
- Controlling and regulating all vital functions including circulation, breathing, and digestion.
- Activating muscles allowing us to move.
- Allowing us to sense, perceive, and feel.
- Relating us to the world outside ourselves including learning, experiencing, and behaving.
Evaluation, Evaluation, Evaluation
Once you have decided to be examined for a spinal misalignment an extensive evaluation process begins. The process begins by looking at your detailed health history including any past traumas, motor vehicle accidents, surgeries, other treatment programs and other diagnostic tests including other x-rays. Your chief complaints, including location, onset, and duration must all be evaluated and assessed. After concluding this initial process, the doctor will begin the steps necessary to determine if you are a candidate for specific upper cervical care.
Finding the Problem
The UC Doctor will focus attention on the relationship of the head to the neck. The top bones of the neck, known as the atlas and axis, must be in line with the head, as well as the vertebrae below. Spinal injury or damage can misalign these structures resulting in:
- Postural imbalance
- Pelvic distortion
- Leg length discrepancy also known as the "short leg" phenomenon
Because each adjustment experience and healing response is unique to the individual, you will be monitored closely for any changes that you might experience which are linked to the healing process. During the first visit we stress the importance of receiving the best possible correction. The doctor will sometimes take post images after your adjustment to confirm results depending on the case. This is typically done only after the initial adjustment. What we know is "the better the correction, the better the chance of recovery."