Upper Cervical Care at One Life Chiropractic

Our neurostructural approach to your chiropractic care at One Life begins with the alignment of head and neck to ensure an optimal brain body connection. This is commonly referred to as upper cervical chiropractic but unlike other upper cervical offices we do not just focus on the neck. We understand and have trained extensively on not only the upper cervical region but the rest of the spine and extremities as well so we incorporate everything into your care plan. 

The upper cervical spine is comprised of two bones, the Atlas and the Axis. Because this area is very mobile and unprotected, it is vulnerable to misalignments and injury. This part of your spine is the gateway for your brain to communicate with the rest of your body through the nervous system. Injury and misalignments can cause irritation, inflammation, and degeneration, causing miscommunication to the rest of your body. This is why you may have pain in your hips and knees, for example, but the problem stems from an upper cervical misalignment. By correcting this misalignment, you will find relief with the pain in your hips and knees. In other words, no message gets to or leaves the brain without being influenced by the condition of the upper cervical spine.

Upper cervical care is a solution, not guess work. Instead of focusing on the symptoms and conditions, we work to correct the root cause of the symptoms. The upper cervical procedure is unique because it frees the nervous system of interference by using a precise technique, correcting an upper cervical (C1-C4) misalignment. This is possible because of the precision used to analyze the advanced imaging, prior to the correction that provides the doctor with the exact formula used for the correction. Upper cervical chiropractic can help you feel better regardless of your circumstances because your central nervous system affects all human function, therefore when it is inhibited, varying conditions or problems may result, but when it’s clear, optimal health and well-being can be realized. Our philosophy is to be least invasive with this technique and to allow the body to heal on its own and we see increased lasting results this way. This is a journey back to health not just symptom reduction so remember healing takes time.

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    How do I get started?

    Before a new patient appointment can be scheduled we start with a free 10 minute consultation with the doctor to see if we are a good fit for each other.  This can be done in person or over the phone. Our goal is to hear your concerns so we can start to help you find some answers. We pride ourselves on helping our community members find answers to their health problems even if it is not with us.

    First Visit

    Your Neurostructural exam is comprehensive, which means you should plan on your appointment being around 60 minutes.

    Plan for the following:

    • Complete history
    • Posture Analysis
    • Thermal Spinal Assessment
    • Orthopedic and Neurological Tests
    • Functional Movement Analysis
    • Advanced Imaging  to obtain very detailed information about your neck
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    Second Visit

    After a thorough evaluation and time to review your imaging the doctor is able to give you the best options available for your condition. Know that you will be given an unbiased opinion based on the information we gather and we can explain objectively, how other chiropractors or health care professionals may address your condition and how the care we provide can benefit you specifically. Understand that there are very few Chiropractors that focus on our unique NeuroStructural evaluation and adjustments.

    We work with some insurance plans. For companies we do not participate with, we provide documentation so the patient can submit for reimbursement.  Insurance is only intended for the initial acute phase care with active impairments to activities of daily living. Insurance is there to merely reduce the symptoms not to optimize your health; that is the patient’s responsibility. Then, because you are committed to your health, we offer wellness packages to keep you at your best. We will present an individualized care plan that takes you from where you are now to a healthier and happier you. We find that most of our patients who come to us looking for a solution choose to stick to the care plans set forth by the doctor to achieve the best results.

    Above all, we want to educate you on all of your options and should you look elsewhere for a solution, know that we are always here to provide you with an unbiased assessment of your health. If and when you are ready to get down to the root of the problem under our care, we will be here to help you.

    Many people ask, “Why did no one find this problem before?”

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    Medical tests like traditional x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs show fractures, bleeding, cancer, infections or pathology. On the other hand, we are looking for a tiny misalignment (1-3mm) misalignment that can cause significant disruption to the nervous system. It is difficult to find these small misalignments with traditional x-rays which is why conventional chiropractors may have missed it. Every person is different which is why we use CBCT scans to be able to see into each joint and how it should be aligned with the bones above and below. 

    There are a few cool things these scans can do. First, they show joint alignment between the skull and the top of the vertebrae in the neck. They also show exactly if those joints were properly aligned or not. Finally, they show the best way to correct the misalignment based on the patient’s own bone structure.

    According to research, misalignment of the upper cervical neck can affect the venous blood and Cerebral Spinal Fluid flow to the rest of the body. This can play part in the development of neurodegenerative disorders and other conditions like fibromyalgia, vertigo, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson ’s disease, ALS, and even Post-Concussion Syndrome. It is fascinating how one small part of your neck can impact your whole life.

    So by now you are probably wondering what makes upper cervical chiropractic care get such amazing results? Simply put we are not 100% positive but with our current understanding of anatomy, neurology and advances in technology we can identify 3 ways that upper cervical chiropractic care is beneficial to your overall health. Those 3 ways are mechanical nerve tension, brain fluid dynamics and dysafferentation.

    Medical tests like traditional x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs show fractures, bleeding, cancer, infections or pathology. On the other hand, we are looking for a tiny misalignment (1-3mm) misalignment that can cause significant disruption to the nervous system. It is difficult to find these small misalignments with traditional x-rays which is why conventional chiropractors may have missed it. Every person is different which is why we use CBCT scans to be able to see into each joint and how it should be aligned with the bones above and below. 

    There are a few cool things these scans can do. First, they show joint alignment between the skull and the top of the vertebrae in the neck. They also show exactly if those joints were properly aligned or not. Finally, they show the best way to correct the misalignment based on the patient’s own bone structure.

    According to research, misalignment of the upper cervical neck can affect the venous blood and Cerebral Spinal Fluid flow to the rest of the body. This can play part in the development of neurodegenerative disorders and other conditions like fibromyalgia, vertigo, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson ’s disease, ALS, and even Post-Concussion Syndrome. It is fascinating how one small part of your neck can impact your whole life.

    So by now you are probably wondering what makes upper cervical chiropractic care get such amazing results? Simply put we are not 100% positive but with our current understanding of anatomy, neurology and advances in technology we can identify 3 ways that upper cervical chiropractic care is beneficial to your overall health. Those 3 ways are mechanical nerve tension, brain fluid dynamics and dysafferentation.

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