What is upper cervical chiropractic care (UCC)?

Upper cervical chiropractic (UCC) care specifically focuses on the first two bones in the neck, which are called the atlas and the axis. These bones are significantly different than the rest of the 23 bones in the spinal column because there is no disc separating them. As a result, people have a greater range of movement in this part of the spine, but this also means there is a greater chance for misalignment. With UCC, we correct these two vertebrae, and the body responds in a kind of cause-and-effect manner. An upper cervical correction restores the nervous system and allows for full communication between the brain and the body, which in turn allows the body to heal its ailments on its own without the use of drugs or other invasive procedures.

How is UCC different than regular chiropractic care?

Most people are familiar with chiropractic care that involves quick, jerky movements and popping of the spine, neck and back. UCC isn’t about the adjustment but rather helping people live a life free from nerve interference and pain. Unlike mainstream chiropractic care, our goal is to help our patients spines realign themselves and, over time, deliver as few adjustments as possible.

Is UCC safe?

Doctors who are trained in UCC have extensive post-graduate training and education specifically on the brain stem and upper cervical spine. In addition, UCC emphasizes the body’s ability to naturally heal itself, and upper cervical chiropractors in general do not support the use of drugs or surgery as treatment options. As a result, UCC is exceptionally safe, more so than traditional medical care, where malpractice and complications from drugs and surgery have become increasingly common. It is also worth noting that, according to a research study reported by the Western Journal of Medicine, chiropractic patients were three times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.

Do UCC adjustments hurt?

UCC adjustments are controlled, quick and painless. After an adjustment is made patients spend 20-30 minutes resting to allow the body to stabilize. If an adjustment is not needed, we do not perform the procedure.

Does UCC only help neck and back pain?

No. Because UCC focuses on whole body wellness, occasional adjustments help all parts of the body function properly including the immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and musculoskeletal system. Dozens of conditions throughout the body have responded to UCC including migraines, vertigo, asthma, carpal tunnel, depression, diabetes, ear problems, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, headaches, joint issues, multiple sclerosis, numbness, sciatica and seizures. We assist people with a variety of needs, from those who have experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident to pregnant women.

Who can benefit from UCC care?

Even if you don’t feel pain, that doesn’t necessarily mean your body is functioning at its fullest capacity. UCC helps ensure that the atlas and axis are aligned properly, which allows the brain to relay information to the rest of the body … a gift everyone should give themselves! At first, you’ll likely need to receive UCC adjustments a few times a week to help the body stabilize on its own, but appointments will become less frequent over time. Nonetheless, just as you visit your family doctor for a yearly check-up, you should make it a point to check in with your UCC chiropractor on a regular basis to ensure your spine is still properly aligned.

Can my child receive UCC adjustments?

Absolutely. Many children suffer spinal trauma during the birthing process, and it is extremely safe for children—from infants to teenagers—to receive UCC adjustments. Just as adults should receive regular check-ups by their upper cervical chiropractor, so should children.

What are some common problems that Vitality Specific Chiropractic treats?

Vertigo, headaches & migraine, TMJ, neck pain, multiple sclerosis, bell palsy, organic disorders, incontinence…the list goes on. The truth is, all systems of the body can be affected by subluxations, so there are few disorders that cannot be helped by our doctors.