What Does an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do?
Chiropractic care is an approach to healthcare that emphasizes finding the causes of symptoms and treating them with non-surgical techniques and without drugs. An upper cervical chiropractor specializes in treating conditions that originate just in the first two bones of the spine in the neck. At Upper Cervical Spine Centers of Michigan in Monroe, MI, our chiropractors specialize in treating a variety of health issues.
Understanding Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
The first two vertebrae at the top of your spine are the "main road" for nerve signals traveling to and from your brain. Every nerve signal in your body passes through your brain stem and the spinal cord inside these two vertebrae.
Your brainstem regulates processes all over the body, like the speed of your pulse and your breathing, as well as your blood pressure. Your top two vertebrae, the Atlas and the Axis, aren't shaped like your other vertebrae. They are shaped to allow your spinal cord to pass from your brainstem through them to the rest of your spinal column.
What Kinds of Problems Originate with the Upper Cervical Spine?
The Atlas and Axis can be damaged or become misaligned when you have injuries to the soft tissues of your neck. Changes in the alignment of these two vertebrae can interrupt communication between the rest of your body and your brain.
Sometimes, misalignment of the upper cervical spine causes conditions of chronic pain. One of our chiropractors at Upper Cervical Spine Centers of Michigan in Monroe, MI suffered from migraines for years. He only achieved relief when he got treatment for misalignment of the cervical spine.
Issues with these two joints can cause scoliosis. They can cause issues with the alignment of the shoulders and the pelvis. By altering the brain's balance center, they can cause changes in the way someone's eyes are aligned with the horizon. They can even make one leg appear shorter than the other.
Chiropractic challenges originating in the upper cervical spine tend to be lifelong problems that have evaded treatment. There are people whose lives are changed for the better when they see a chiropractor trained in treating the alignment of the upper cervical spine.
What Can I Expect at Upper Cervical Spine Centers of Michigan in Monroe, MI?
The treatment you get at Upper Cervical Spine Centers of Michigan is gentle. You will almost certainly need x-rays before and after treatment to make sure that the treated joints in the spine have moved into better position. Request your appointment online or call us at (734) 241-1111. The offices of Upper Cervical Spine Centers of Michigan are located at 309 Stewart Road, Monroe, MI 48162.