How does a chiropractor get your head on straight?
Upper Cervical (NUCCA) corrects misalignment of the Atlas using a gentle correction, not manipulation or cracking and popping. X-rays are taken to measure the displacement of the Atlas in three different planes,
from the top, the front, and the side.
The difference between a NUCCA Chiropractor and other chiropractors is that the NUCCA Chiropractor adjusts the atlas (the top bone in the neck) using the hand and the principles of percussion force. As the patient lies on one side, the doctor places his hand below the patient's earlobe, barely touching the skin and with gentle force, places the atlas in the correct position. The adjustment is very gentle and effective. By using the hand to correct the displacement, we allow the body's natural healing ability to be restored. Once this is accomplished, your body is able to maintain good health naturally, without drugs or surgery, by painlessly and effectively removing neurological stress.
What Is the Atlas?
As your Chiropractor in Spanish Fork, it's important for us to let you know the best practices when it comes to spinal care and chiropractic methods. The Atlas is the first bone in the spine, located at the base of the skull. It supports the head and is the passageway for the arteries that provide up to 40% of the blood supply to the brain. It also protects the spinal cord that connects the brain with the rest of the body. When there is pressure on nerves, blood vessels, and brain stem the body shows many of the symptoms of disease.
What does it mean?
"Your Atlas is out of alignment."
When the atlas is in the proper position, it is exactly 90 degrees to the skull and the cervical spine (the neck portion of the spine). This is the optimal position that allows the rest of the spine to align correctly.
As your chiropractor we have found that symptoms not directly related to the physical location of the Atlas, such as low back pain, arm pain, and leg pain can be treated by setting the Atlas in a balanced position.
What Is Subluxation?
Subluxation is the misalignment of a vertebra causing irritation of a nerve. When subluxation is present, the nerve becomes choked and may not function properly. At Beck Spinal Care and Rehab in Spanish Fork we will help you feel your best by aligning your spine for maximum comfort and health.