What To Expect In Our Chiropractor Office Near You

What to Expect

Welcome to our chiropractic office near you! We take pride in delivering scientific precise care with the goal to remove interference from your body’s natural innate healing capacity. We recognize that symptoms, syndromes, and most diseases are the end result of a body that is not functioning properly. While most forms of conventional treatment focus on treating the effects, Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is designed to increase the healing potential of the body so it can heal and repair to the best of its ability. We are here as a partner in your healing process and look forward to helping you achieve your health goals.
The basic premise of upper cervical chiropractic is that your body is a self-healing self-regulating system as long as the neurological system is FREE.  Upper cervical recognizes that true health is an inside out process.  Therefore to get well or stay well it is a matter of an internal process.  This basic premise contradicts the mainstream health care system which is an outside in paradigm. For whatever ails you there is a pill from the OUTSIDE in that can bring back balance. Medications can be lifesaving, but diseases and symptoms are not the Results of drug deficiencies they are the effect of the abnormal function. The ENTIRE FOCUS of upper cervical care is to remove interferences to the nervous system so the inborn intelligence in the body can restore balance and health to the best of its ability.

Your First Visit

At your initial consultation, the Doctor will take a history of your current health status, go over past traumas that may be associated with your health problems, and answer any questions you may have. Next, you will be brought to an examination room where a battery of tests will be performed to determine if you have a spinal misalignment that is causing your body to function improperly. Finally, we will provide you with a detailed explanation of what Blair Upper Cervical Care is and the process that you will go through if you decide to become a patient in our office.

Objective Testing

Various tests will be used to determine presence or absence of nervous system interference. The objective of Upper Cervical Care is to only make spinal corrections when necessary.

Leg Length Balance Test

The leg balance test is an objective measure of functional leg length. This test observes whether your legs are even, or whether one is relatively shorter than the other. If your leg balance test reveals one leg shorter than the other, it indicates that the spinal muscle tone is imbalanced(fig.1).  Imbalanced muscles are an indicator that the nerve system is irritated and causing one side of your body to be tighter than the other.  When an upper cervical misalignment is present the leg balance test is imbalanced. (Fig. 2).  Balanced legs indicate there is NO need for an upper cervical  correction. 

Infra-red Thermography Test

Infra-red thermography is an objective measure of nervous system control. Your body responds to outside air temperature because it is always trying to maintain a core temperature of 98 degrees.  When someone suffers from upper cervical nerve irritation and subluxation the surface skin temperature becomes warmer on one side compared to the other. The infra-red test can measure an imbalance and the pattern of heat distribution is unique to each person’s interference pattern(fig3,4).  This test is performed each test to objectify changes that are occurring in the nervous system and also are an indicator that is used to determine whether an adjustment is needed or not.


Your doctor uses this test in combination with other tests to determine several things.

1. Do you need an adjustment?

2. Are you making progress?

3. How severe is your problem?

Precision X-ray | Gives The Doctor Information About Your Unique Anatomy And Direction Of Misalignment

In our office we take precision X-rays of the joints in your neck to determine what direction your vertebrae have misaligned, how far it has misaligned, and the angle of your joint which has misaligned.

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FIG. 5 In the middle of the screen you can see a joint that is angled diagonally to the horizontal. Joint anatomy is different from person to person. The joint angle is measured and used in the correction which is unique to each individual. If you look closely you can see that this joint does NOT line up and is misaligned.
These three factors are different for each individual. Knowing this precise information allows your doctor to deliver a precise gentle correction to restore the vertebrae to its normal position. The Blair Upper Cervical X-ray series is unique and is the blue print that your doctor needs to correct you properly.

What Are The Ramifications Of An Upper Cervical Subluxation And How Do They Occur?

We have discussed what Blair is, what tests your doctor will use to determine where your problem is, and how X-rays employed to know how to correct it. We would like to briefly describe why it is important not only to correct the upper neck misalignment, but to continue to keep it checked over the long haul. Your central nervous system which includes the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord, is responsible for monitoring and controlling every function in your body. Every movement you make, every taste, every sight you observe is controlled and coordinated in your central nervous system. It is the basis for every single function in your body.


Patients often ask what caused this misalignment? You would be hard pressed to find a human being that has not been involved in a Whiplash Injury, sports injury, or slip and fall injury.  These injuries often can be cast aside as non-injurious. However, just because blood wasn't drawn doesn't mean damage wasn't done. Your head weighs 10-13lbs and rests on the top bone in your neck called the atlas weighing only 2 ounces. This important junction is supported by ligaments and muscles only. Sharp jarring motions such as minor car accidents and other traumas cause the atlas to dislodge from its normal position tearing the supporting soft tissue resulting in a spinal misalignment. If not corrected it remains locked out of its normal range of motion and insidiously affects the central nerve system.  Once left unchecked this problem can weaken your body’s ability to function properly resulting in a plethora of conditions. Your doctor is concerned with the correction of this upper neck injury and monitoring it over time so the integrity of the soft tissue can repair and stability in the joint can be restored.  This correction and subsequent healing improves your body’s ability to heal through a vast array of health challenges.  This is the objective of Blair upper cervical care.

Spinal correction

Once your doctor has taken a set of upper cervical X-rays they will have the information to correct your spinal misalignment.(FIG.6) Great care is taken in positioning the patient and in the positioning of the doctor as to accomplish a correction with the correct forces to produce unlock meant of the misaligned vertebra.

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FIG.6 Precise Upper Cervical Correction. The correction is made based off of angles found on the x-ray to gently and precisely nudge the vertebrae back into motion from a locked position. this allows more joint motion and correction of nerve irritation.[/caption]

The correction is done in less than 12 hundredths of a second.  There is no TWISTING, POPPING or PULLING during the correction. In fact, the correction is so quick and light that many patients wonder if anything is done.  Once corrected you will then be transferred to a recuperation room or left on the table for a predetermined amount of time of 20 minutes.

Post rest

After your correction is done you will be either left on the table or brought to a resting room.  The post rest is a necessary time which allows the body to re position the spinal segment.  The post rest helps the body accept the adjustment and is an essential part in the goal of "holding" the correction.  The goal of your care is to keep the correction in its normal position so that the central nerve system can return to a normal state of function and thereby creating healing and repair in the body.

Protecting The Correction | Holding Is Healing

There are many things that you can do to help us help you. Since our goal is to have your correction stay in alignment the following things should be adhered to the day of your adjustment:
  1.  Do not lift anything more than 10 lbs 2. Do not do extensive overhead work.
  2.  Do not get a neck massage.
  3.  Do not text with your head down for extended periods.
  4.  Stay away from lateral bending of your head(ear to shoulder) 6. Do not stay on a computer for more than 30 mins at a time.
  5.  Do not roll your head in a circle to "test" it out.
  6.  Do NOT sleep on your stomach.7.
  7.  Do not do strenuous exercise, sports, or go to the gym.
As you progress through care restrictions will be lifted as your spinal muscles ligaments and soft tissue are stronger and able to accommodate greater levels of stress without causing your to return to your misaligned state. While we do NOT you to become paranoid about losing your correction we do want you to take certain precautions as to help us help you become more healthy.

Retracing- The healing process

No process happens without time as an essential element. While many patients get sudden relief long-term stability and correction of your upper cervical misalignment takes time.  We will become as excited as you will about your healing and recovery.  We do not want you to mistake RELIEF for STABILIZATION.   While symptoms can fade away sometimes rapidly long-term stability and health can take months to achieve.  We are here to help you with your health goals and look forward to a long-term partnership.
Retracing is a phenomenon in which the body heals through damaged tissue from old injuries and from tissue that has been compromised due to lack of function.  The healing process can have many twists and turns.  When the body goes through a healing process and retraces back to health the following things can be experienced temporarily:
  1. Fatigue
  2. Muscle tightness and soreness that is transient
  3. Having memories or symptoms that happened long ago


Why do I Need To Be Checked?  And What Does Holding The Adjustment Mean?

Your Upper Cervical Doctor will monitor your case over time to make sure that you are staying in alignment.  When a patient is checked with the tests discussed above and they indicate you have no misalignment we term that "Holding The Adjustment". This is our objective.  When the correction is "Holding" and the interference is staying clear that is what allows the body to heal, repair, and recover health.  The longer you HOLD the correction the less the doctor will need to see you.  The purpose of each visit is to MONITOR whether or not you are HOLDING.
We hope that this helps you better understand the role of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Corrective Care.  It is DIFFERENT. IT WORKS! Nature needs no help just no interference. WE look forward to helping you get well and stay well.