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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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]
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