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Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper Cervical Chiropractic

About Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Upper cervical chiropractic care differs from other types of care in that it focuses on the adjustment of the two top bones of the neck. These bones are the C1 and C2 vertebrae, or the atlas and axis. These bones play a unique role and are different from any other vertebrae in our bodies. A slight misalignment of one or both of these bones could cause changes in the entire spine. They are also part of the cervical spine, and help to facilitate blood flow to the brain via the vertebral foramen (tiny bone loops that allow safe passage to the vertebral arteries).  

Even more crucial is the role of the atlas. The atlas surrounds and protects the brain stem just where it meets the spinal cord. Even the smallest misalignment can cause problems in the functioning of the central nervous systems, causing blood flow to be reduced and pressure on the brain stem.  

It is better to treat an upper neck injury as soon as possible to prevent further complications. However, due to the fact upper cervical chiropractic is one the most well-kept secrets of health care, the majority of people only seek out an upper cervical chiropractor after they have developed symptoms. If you’re in need of an upper cervical chiropractor we’d love to hear from you! Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment at Elevate Spinal Care. 


The Premier Upper Cervical Chiropractor

Need upper cervical chiropractic care? Since its inception, upper cervical treatment has been credited for restoring and preserving the health of millions of people throughout the world. We are specialists in the upper cervical spine, which consists of the upper two neck bones known as the C1 and C2 vertebrae and the brain stem, a critical part of the nervous system. The body relies heavily on this interaction. A misalignment of the upper two bones can cause a host of health issues.  As this interrupts the brain’s communications with the rest of the nervous system.

Brain-to-body communication is disrupted as a result of misalignment. This can cause the messages to get scrambled and all kinds of health issues. However, this can be corrected with proper upper cervical care. Having the right alignment is very important.  

C1 and C2 are the first two bones in your spine. When these two bones are out of alignment, this can lead to an imbalance in the entire body. This imbalance can lead to uneven wear on various joints, muscles, etc., which can cause pain and degeneration. This shows just how important it is to have these two bones appropriately aligned, or it could affect the entire body’s alignment.

The body’s bio mechanical and neurological equilibrium is restored when the harmful subluxations are found and corrected by an upper cervical chiropractor. This allows the body to repair itself over time. It is common for upper cervical chiropractors to see patients with limited success from other medical or chiropractic practitioners due to their unique approach.

Why Choose Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?

Upper cervical chiropractors are the only ones to perform this type of treatment, as it is highly specialized. This type of care focuses specifically on the Atlas and Axis.

Ligaments and muscles hold these two vertebrae firmly in place, unlike any other in the spine. Structural stability can be compromised by traumas like falls, car accidents, sports injuries, and birth traumas. A person’s health can be jeopardized if their brain stem and nervous system are irritated due to misalignment’s at this level. That’s where a cervical chiropractor can help. 

We specialize in working with this area of the spine. Focusing on this area’s unique qualities and helping our patients regain proper alignment. An upper cervical chiropractor does this through a series of visits. What treatment works for one person isn’t always what is best for the next. That’s why each of our patients will be given their own customized treatment plan. This plan will help you get back the alignment that was once lost. 

Patients with an upper cervical misalignment must be examined and cared for using precise and careful techniques. An upper cervical misalignment has a wide range of effects. Therefore, the goal of the upper cervical technique is to precisely identify the location of the vertebrae.

Upper Cervical Spine Chiropractors

Upper cervical chiropractors focus on these upper two vertebrae in relation to the brain stem. The brainstem controls all body activities. Therefore a misalignment of the top neck bones can result in a wide range of symptoms. A person’s entire body will compensate for this misalignment. Often we will see people lowering their shoulders and elevating their hips in an effort to bring the top of their neck into a more relaxed position. This can lead to “wear and tear” injuries in the body. This is similar to those caused by a car’s misalignment over time.

To maintain and restore health and overall well begin, the body relies on this interaction between the upper two bones and the brain stem. The upper neck area is particularly prone to injury or irritation. Every system, organ, and cell in the body receives impulses from the brain stem. It functions like a telephone cable with thousands of individual wires (nerve fibers). The brain stem is the conduit through which all nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. When there is a misalignment, things can go wrong. This is why we see so many health issues with people that have a misalignment in this area.

Why This Area is So Important

The nervous system handles all the communication throughout the body. No other organ in the body governs so many aspects of our health and well-being. It also affects our immune system. Irritation can disrupt communication between the body and brain. An upper cervical chiropractor treats this area to relieve this disruption and help the messages flow freely, as intended.  

The Atlas and Axis, the spine’s two uppermost vertebrae, are particularly prone to damage or misalignment. If left untreated, a misalignment of the upper cervical spine can result in permanent degeneration of the spine and a lifetime of health problems.

We believe that the law of cause and effect is a part of all we do here. A cause must exist for every symptom or effect (physical or mental). Medical professionals specializing in the upper cervical region look for and treat neural system disorders as potential causes of their patient’s health problems. Correcting this obstruction without potentially harmful drugs or surgery can help the body repair itself.

There is no neck jerking, twisting, or pulling during an upper cervical correction. It is possible to restore the adequate alignment of the spine, neck, and skull. It’s a great way to get your body back into harmony and eliminate disruptions.  When seeing us for your upper cervical corrections, we will talk about everything to expect during your treatment. 

Call Today!

If you have health issues and believe you might benefit from an upper cervical correction, call our office. We work with patients to help them get a better overall alignment from the very top of the spine. This is a unique approach that all chiropractors don’t offer. Our goal is to provide our patients with the best treatment options. We work with patients to help them with a variety of health issues. Call now!

Should you have questions or concerns regarding upper cervical corrections or any of our other chiropractic services, we would be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on the upper cervical spine – which is the neck area – as opposed to the full spine, which is what conventional chiropractic medicine involves. upper cervical chiropractic care still will align the middle and lower spine, but this is done through a special technique to adjust the upper spine. Chiropractic doctors and their patients have found that this technique can be more effective than full spinal adjustments.

Upper Cervical Care is completely safe when practiced by a qualified chiropractor. It’s a gentle technique – in fact, you probably won’t feel a lot of sensation during the treatment. As a noninvasive therapy and as no medications are involved, upper cervical chiropractic care is an approachable therapy for most people.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is completely safe for children. Individuals of any age can benefit from having a properly aligned spine. Children also tend to respond to chiropractic care faster than adults. They usually will have a less complex form of misalignment simply because an imbalance hasn’t had the chance to develop for many years, as is the case with adults.


The upper spinal area, also known as the atlas, is the focus of upper cervical chiropractic care but the actual technique is a specialized form of chiropractic care. With traditional chiropractic methods, a doctor may use an instrument to adjust the atlas, or they’ll simply use their hands. Either way, they are correcting this area as if it were independent of the rest of the spine. With upper cervical chiropractic care, the upper cervical spine serves as the leverage point to align the entire spine. That’s why these chiropractors don’t need to adjust the rest of the spine – the technique works to realign the middle and lower back as well as the neck area.

The only way to know for sure if you should get an adjustment is by having a trained chiropractor assess your spine. If you notice neck pain, have issues with pain, stress, headaches, or notice any differences to your gait or posture, there may be a misalignment. The best way to ensure your spine is aligned is to have a chiropractic assessment. This way you can have any issues corrected before they lead to further health problems and you can make sure your body is set up for remaining in a state of balance and health.