Upper Cervical Chiropractic
At Myers Family Chiropractic of Spartanburg, South Carolina, we pride ourselves in giving the best quality chiropractic care. One of the most critical factors in providing high quality care, is the utilization of high quality techniques. The technique that is exclusively used by us for treating the neck is called Upper Cervical Chiropractic, and in this article we will explain why that technique is so special.
The name “Upper Cervical” is kind of strange sounding to most people. The word “Cervical” actually means “neck.” So, “Upper Cervical Chiropractic” literally means “upper neck chiropractic.” The upper neck contains some very complicated anatomy. This is where the skull and the vertebrae attach. This is also where the brain and spinal cord attach. This region of the spine also contains very complex joints that allow for multiple ranges of motion in many directions. When you combine the complex anatomy, the large number of nerves, and the different types of joints, you end up with a region of the spine that takes special training in order to properly analyze and treat for injury.
How do I know if I have an Upper Cervical problem? That is a common question. The best way to know if you have an Upper Cervical problem is to have you spine checked by someone who utilizes a specific upper cervical chiropractic technique. The name of the technique used in our office is called the Blair Technique. This technique uses very unique and custom made x-rays to see the misaligned bones in the upper neck. In order to correct the alignment of the bones, a very specific correction is gently made to restore proper alignment and function to the upper neck.
Why is it so bad to have a misaligned bone in the Upper Cervical Spine? The upper neck is the region of your spine where the brain and the spinal cord attach. In this region, there is literally millions of nerves that go to almost every part of the body. These nerves send information from your master control center (the brain) to your body. If the upper cervical spine shifts out of proper alignment, the nerves become compressed. Compressed nerves do not work properly and lead to all sorts of symptoms.
What kind of symptoms would I have with an Upper Cervical problem? Symptoms are the body’s way of telling you that there is a problem, that the body isn’t functioning properly. Unfortunately, symptoms are not the best way to diagnose an upper cervical misalignment. Sometimes, it takes days, months, or even years before the symptoms get bad enough to notice. By the time months and years have passed, permanent damage may have already been done to the nerves. However, symptoms that we commonly see in our office include: headaches, migraines, numbness, tingling, vertigo, dizziness, shooting pains in an arm or leg, face pain, ringing in the ears, head pressure, neck pain and stiffness, jaw pain, muscle spasms, one leg shorter than another, and many more.
How can I get help? If you would like to have your upper cervical spine checked by a chiropractor that has been trained specifically in an upper cervical technique, simply give us a call. We offer free consultations and very affordable care, and when you come to our office, you will be treated like family.