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Upper Cervical Technique
The most effective adjustment for the entire body is the C1 or first cervical vertebrae adjustment. This bone encompass and protects the entire brain stem. It is a highly mobile vertebra that can be likened to the ‘off switch’.
The brain is always on. To regulate this, the brain stem is the ‘off’ switch. You can liken it to needing a light switch to turn off the light. In fact, you can live with half your brain but not if there is an injury to your brain stem. Breathing is regulated here and it is actually like a little extension of the main frame.
When we went to school, our diagnostics and exam taught us how to assess the brain stem and when not to adjust. This is why it is important a licensed professional takes care of you. Likewise, a doctor who is very good at adjusting the C1, specifically, makes all the difference.
A true upper cervical adjustment only adjusts this one bone and uses it as a lever system. The philosophy is functional because the ligaments that intertwine the spine are so intimately connected. Be Well Chiropractic can and will do an upper cervical only adjustment if that is patient preference. However, we typically do a full spine adjustment.
Article from WebMD: Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure
Study Finds Special ‘Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.
This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.
Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure hadsignificantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.
X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra...with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.
Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number), and an average 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).
None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.
“When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn’t believe it. It was way too good to be true,” Bakris says. “The statistician said, I don’t even believe it.’ But we checked for everything, and there it was.” Bakris and colleagues report their findings in the advance online issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.
In the body, millimeters count. When an area so important is stuck even that far out of position, it can cause a neurological response that therefore affects the arteries. It would be easier if the body could be fixed in parts, but that is not *how it works! The theory from these medical doctors is that some sort of trauma might have happened in childhood or early on, to cause something of this nature. From a chiropractic standpoint, I will tell you, that first early trauma is usually birth!
When the C1 is out of alignment, because of its special place in the body, it can also cause sleep disturbances, mood issues, restlessness, irritability and the all to a common headache.
The bone below it, the C2 is also an upper cervical vertebra. Dr. Janelle has noticed through years in practice, that in low tone individuals (either a mild case such as a person who is very flexible or a severe case of autism), their C2 is actually out of alignment and their C1 remains stable. Adjusting the C2 actually relaxes the over-tonicity of the muscles to a noticeable degree.
The point being, every vertebra protects an entirely different segment of the spinal cord. And the brain stem into the spinal cord is actually just the tail of the brain. They are not different. They are the areas of the body that cannot regenerate, while all nerves outside of this area can! Being able to specifically and correctly adjust any segment is what makes all the difference in a good adjustment. Just hearing a noise or pop means nothing. In fact, many vertebrae slide, thunk, or are silent when they move…no different than other joints in the body.
If you are experiencing system issues that have come up negative in your medical tests, give an upper cervical adjustment a chance. The doctors are here to help you.
REVIEWS FROM PATIENTS
“(My experience) has been amazing and I have formed a wonderful relationship with both doctors. They continue to research how to show me more exercises and treatment plans to help strengthen my body.”
“My body has adjusted better as time has gone by and feels very flexible and strong doing long days at work.”
“I’ve gotten a lot better and have learned how to take care of my own body with stretches and exercises Dr. Janelle has given me specifically for my body type.”
“I would recommend not just seeing a chiropractor, but seeing Dr. Janelle. She’s knowledgeable and thorough and will give you the best plan to bring you into a healthier lifestyle”
“I loaded up on Tylenol and other pain medications and tried getting frequent massages, which only provided temporary relief. I was always in pain and stiff.”
“I absolutely love this office and staff. Dr. Greg gave me a great program of treatments and exercises (and) I started to feel relief after the very first session.”
“Chiropractic should be in one’s priority list, just as taking vitamins and eating healthy. A must try, as you may not know how much better you can feel. Depending on the issue, I strongly feel chiropractic care is important to feeling healthy and staying active.”
“I was kind of scared of the adjustments but I figured chiropractic care was the only medical care that could “fix” the problem. Dr. Hutti was very kind and good about explaining what was going on in a clear way that was easy to understand for an average person with no medical background.”
“(Dr. Hutti) recommended continued adjustments to re-align the vertebrae, daily exercises to keep movement and to strengthen my muscles, to hold vertebrae in the correct position.”
“I am so thankful for their knowledge and help!”
Anna starting coming to Be Well Chiropractic with lung complications due to cystic fibrosis. She was having middle back pain mainly due to coughing. She has “always been a huge fan of chiropractic care when it comes to keeping (her) immune system at its strongest.”
“Dr. Janelle has been a huge factor and partner in my health. When your body is aligned right it can heal itself so much easier. I think chiropractic care is crucial to my health and quality of life.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle her “breathing has become much easier and more free.”
“I am better now than when I first came. I continue to get/feel better with every visit. I am learning things that I believe will allow me to stay healthy for a very long time.”
“I find that going to Dr. Greg was very helpful. I tried everything else (and) nothing seemed to help. My headaches are gone. I would recommend trying Dr. Greg. It does work.”
Her first impression of chiropractic, this office, and the doctor was that “Dr. Janelle has a holistic approach that will have long-term benefits.” She was “very impressed with her knowledge and her approach.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle, Lauren has gained back her range of motion in her neck and back. The numbness in her leg has gone away, the pain in her rib has lessened, and she no longer has headaches.
“I would recommend improving your lifestyle habits such as diet, physical activity, and chiropractic care.”
“I feel that this is a life-changing practice and that (chiropractic) is necessary for a healthy life.”
“(I) feel so much better and the pain is practically gone.”