What is An Atlas-Axis Specialist?
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There are over 50 000 chiropractors in the United States. The chiropractic profession is varied in its approach to correction of the spine. There are two main paradigms or philosophies. One is known as Upper Cervical Specific the others fall under what is called a Full Spine Approach.
Upper Cervical Specific Doctors, also known as atlas axis doctors, narrow their focus to the top of the spine and its relationship to the most vital centers controlled in the brain-stem. Because the brain-stem is responsible for controlling the tone of the postural muscles in the body, when it interferes with it affects OVERALL body posture.
Lower spinal problems are symptoms of an upper neck injury and interference. The Atlas-axis(c-1 c-2) specialist's goal is to determine if you have an atlas or axis misalignment and if so correct it to allow the body to function optimally.
Philosophical Basis of an Atlas-Axis Specialist
Atlas -axis doctors(upper cervical chiropractors) and chiropractors, in general, subscribe to the bodies inner wisdom, innate intelligence, as being the vital force that maintains health. It is self-evident that the body has a healing system that is NOT under your educated thinking mind.
When you cut or burn yourself who does the healing? When you sleep at night who or what is it that runs your respiration, beats your hard, keeps your blood within a strict ph range? This self-regulating force we term INNATE The Head Rests On The Atlas(C-1) And The Axis (C-2).
These Two bones House the ALL Important Brain-Stem. INTELLIGENCE. It is internal wisdom that knows how to keep us well. However what happens if there is an interruption or interference to the central nervous system that disrupts function? What if there is interference and Innate Intelligence cannot control the body's tissue and produce health?
Inside Out Versus Outside In-What Is The Difference?
Atlas Axis Doctors believe health and disease are an internal process. The disease is NOT something that comes from outside it comes from within. A body that is healthy, functioning at 100 percent, resists external pressures. For example, how can a household have two people that get the flu and one of the other household members doesn't get sick?
Simply one has a stronger system and is able to resist or fight off the external force-bacteria or virus. When most people get "sick" they are tired and run down. They are overdoing, They have been eating poorly. They have low internal resistance and the bacteria or virus overcomes the internal resistance.
It is an inside out dysfunction that allows for the outside in force to overcome. Atlas axis Doctors work with the body's internal resistance, nerve system, aiding its optimum function by keeping the nerve system clear of interference. Our current health system is an outside-in model. If you suffer from a headache you take Advil.
If you have diarrhea you take anti-diarrhea medication. If you have blood pressure problems you take anti-hypertension medication. This outside-in approach may change physiology enough to change symptoms but it does not ask the question what is the cause?
So far it has not been determined that headaches are an Advil deficiency nor is diarrhea caused by a lack of Pepto-Bismol. If these conditions are caused by abnormal function on the inside the cure is on the inside also. Of course, some of this is tongue in cheek. And we do at times need medications. But IT IS NOT HEALTH CARE. IT IS DISEASE TREATMENT.
What is Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Blair Upper Cervical Doctors are trained to locate, and correct subluxations (spinal misalignments in the neck that interfere with the body's function). Neurological tests are performed that determine whether or not the patient has an upper neck subluxation.
Once it is determined a subluxation exists, then a precise set of x-rays are taken to determine how your atlas(c-1) or axis(c-2) has misaligned at the joint. Since the bones in the spine meet at joint surfaces and these joint surfaces are mirror images of one another, the doctor can determine exactly how much you have misaligned and what direction.
After this information is determined a precise gentle correction is made to restore normal function. Each week that passes that the adjustment is holding allows for healing. To learn more about the procedure you can click this link.
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