Upper Cervical Chiropractic FAQ
Upper Cervical Chiropractic focuses on the restoration of the integrity of the Nervous System. Chiropractors maintain that optimum nerve function is vital to good health and that the nerve function can have interference and this interference can be removed.
How do I know if I need a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Your chiropractor has special training in diagnostic thermography, which can accurately evaluate the function of your nervous system. This is a non invasive, objective measurement, for which there is voluminous scientific documentation.
What is involved in upper cervical chiropractic care?
There are 5 major parts to the diagnostic and treatment protocols: The initial consultation and examination. Computerized infrared thermography & data analysis. Precision x-ray imaging & data analysis. Specific Precision adjusting: Taylor made adjustment. Post adjustment recuperation & thermography evaluation. Consultation & Examination
An interview and physical examination is necessary to ascertain your current health as well as your medical history. Establishing a health baseline is important for evaluating your progress as you undergo a course of care. This is also a time for the patient to further understand about the Wholistic Human, the Nervous System and the Subluxation.
Computerized Infrared Thermography
This is a neurological diagnostic procedure. It is utilized to determine the function of the nervous system. This procedure is performed by moving a sensitive temperature-scanning device over the spine. If significant temperature differentials are present, this is indicative of significant irritation to the nervous system, which can lead to illness. This procedure is preformed at every visit before an adjustment to determine if an adjustment is needed, and afterwards to determine if an adjustment has made a correction to the nervous system.
If during your examination we discover nervous system irritation, the next step is to make an accurate determination of the alignment of the upper cervical spine. Standard x-ray is inadequate for precision evaluation. The x-ray instrument utilized in upper cervical analysis is precisely aligned and recertified for the maintenance of alignment regularly. The x-rays are then analyzed by the upper cervical chiropractor to determine the three dimensional displacement of the upper cervical vertebrae. Radiological examinations are performed only when clinically necessary to insure proper patient care.
Each patient receives an adjustment that is specific for him or her. The unique nature of the upper cervical spine dictates the use of a unique adjustment to correct a misalignment. We use specially designed tables, which help relax the spine when an adjustment is performed. The adjustment is done by hand to the upper cervical spine
After an upper cervical adjustment it is mandatory to rest for 2 reasons. First, it is imperative that after an upper cervical adjustment, the nervous system be allowed some time to adapt to the adjustment. A rest period after adjustment system be allowed some time to adapt to the adjustment. A rest period after adjustment is also necessary to obtain an accurate post adjustment thermographic scan. The second is to allow the ligaments and muscles that hold the vertebra to begin to stretch and adapt to the change in the bones’ position. Following an adjustment the patient is escorted to a recuperation suite and remains there for approximately 20 minutes before a member of the office staff will awaken the patient and take a post-adjustment scan.
How will I feel after an upper cervical spine adjustment? When the nervous system has been operating at less than optimal, the rest of the body adapts. The longer the body has been under adaptation, the longer the restoration will take. After your first adjustment you may retrace some of the experiences that have lead you to this point in care. You may feel; tired or energetic, light or heavy headed, you may develop sniffles or you may notice an increase in elimination. Symptoms of discomfort may decrease immediately, or move to another area of the body. All are signs that indicate the self-healing process is working.
How long will care take?
Most cases resolve to a maintenance level of care within 6 months of intensive care. Some take longer, and those who have significant dis-ease processes may require much more extensive care. The average patient in our office stabilizes with in 6 months of intensive care.
Most patients experience results from care 30-90 days of beginning intensive care. Changes in the function of the nervous system begin as soon as the first adjustment is given, but it may take a matter of days for the patient to notice specific functional improvement. Some cases heal spontaneously, and some take more time to adapt. It is very important for the Doctor to continue to monitor progress during this period to prevent any interruption of the healing cycle.
Positive thoughts, good whole foods and exercise all have an effect on your health. Your chiropractor may be able to offer some guidelines regarding a healthy lifestyle for you.
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