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Upper Cervical Care (Atlas Orthogonal table)

“As goes the head, so goes the rest of the body.” – Dr. Salisbury

Our style of Upper Cervical Care uses a percussive sound wave to correct the Upper Cervical misalignment complex. The low force of this type of adjustment allows wider patient populations (such as those with osteoporosis, certain types of disc injuries, surgical fusions, etc) to be candidates for this treatment. Most patients are thrilled to hear that there is no cracking, popping or twisting involved.

We use a device much like the one featured on the TV show, The Doctors:

When people talk about chiropractic “miracle” stories it’s usually from an adjustment to the upper cervical part of the spine, right where the top two bones in the neck meet the skull. The reason why upper cervical practitioners consistently see such dramatic results is because our education, experience, and tools allow us to pinpoint (down to the millimeter) how this complex is misaligned so we can appropriately and gently correct it.

So why does the alignment in this region even matter so much to begin with? There are many reasons for this, but each of these reasons has to do with the proximity this joint complex is in relation to the Brainstem, the junction between your brain and spinal cord, where all the autonomic functions of your body are controlled.

Research has indicated that even the subtlest misalignment at this critical junction point at the base of the brainstem can cause a sort of bottle-necking effect on the spinal cord, putting direct pressure on its sensitive tissue. Just as a wreck on the freeway causes major backup to traffic, any insult to this area blocks nerve signals traveling into and out of the brain. Removing this tension on the spinal cord with Upper Cervical chiropractic is like cleaning up the wreck and opening up more lanes on the freeway. Everything functions better.

When the top bones in the neck are not aligned correctly the head shifts and tilts to one side. This head tilt makes it so the eyes are no longer even with the horizon so your brain corrects this through the “righting reflex,” in an attempt to get the head and eyes level with the horizon again.

In the effort to keep the head over the center of the neck, the muscles on one side become tighter than the other, the spine and pelvis will twist as a result which then causes one leg to shorten. As a consequence, nearly every joint surface in your body below this point will wear unevenly resulting in compensatory neck pain, headaches, back pain, rib misalignments, hip pain, sciatica, knee degeneration and disturbances to one’s gait.

As upper cervical specialists we see more dramatic results in fewer visits because we correct the cause and not all of the numerous bodily compensations. That way if we later need to address a fixation somewhere else in the body we aren’t fighting against a wound up rubber-band, so to speak.

Patients often say things like, “i feel like my back unwound and i no longer have that persistent pull in my back,” or “its as if my back self-adjusts now, and the pain doesn’t come back as it did when i used to have to go back again and again to my other chiropractor.” etc.

Getting your head on straight is not just an axiom, its a reality.

Functional Neurology

Your neurologist couldn’t pinpoint your problem on an MRI?

Conventional neurology tends to measure pathologies as black-and-white with one side being normal function and the other being stark neurologic diseases such as strokes, tumors, and other gross changes. Many of our patients suffering, whether from symptoms of low thyroid, abdominal irregularities, headaches, balance problems, or cognitive decline, etc, walk away from their doctor without answers to their health challenges because their blood tests are considered “normal” or other tests come up negative.

Functional neurology instead sees dysfunction of the nervous system as a spectrum of colors and shades looking for subtle changes that impede the patient even before they turn into blatant pathology. We use objectively reliable tools to measure and quantify afferent (ingoing) and efferent (outgoing) nervous system pathways into and out of the brain. These pathways are simplified as being sensory and motor pathways.

The primary sensory pathways feeding into the brain are critical to observe in order to search for weak spots or imbalances in how the brain itself is functioning. Some of these main pathways may include but are not limited to how the eyes integrate with each lobe of the brain through the Visual system. Another vital sensory pathway we monitor for improper functioning is the Vestibular System.  The Visceral organs and Gut/Brain Connection is integral in diagnosing functional neurologic errors and of course the Somatosensory System.  This Somatosensory System includes the proprioceptive signaling from the joint/muscles to aid in “position sense.”

We can then use these findings to construct treatment plans that restore proper balance and coordination between these sensory pathways.  to do all of this we ask more questions, use more detailed neurological exams, look at related systems of the body as they may contribute to the primary complaint, and test more blood markers etc.

Brain Dysfunction and neurological deficits many times are overlooked by conventional practitioners since these things don’t show up on an MRI or in a “normal” blood range until the disease process is past the point of no return. At this point the treatment options are reduced managing the condition while the disease process gets worse and worse. Integrated Functional medicine doctors look deeper in the the blood labs and look at more markers even comparing multiple systems of the body pinpointing which areas of the brain and body have deficits and then using a comprehensive approach to solving the problem.

Functional Medicine

Targeted blood testing. Professional, Scientific physician-grade nutritional supplements.

Targeted blood testing, saliva testing, urine testing. Scientific physician-grade nutritional supplements and guidance on lifestyle changes.

Labs we are contracted with:

Cyrex Labs

Did you know a permiable digestive tract lining – or “Leaky Gut” as it’s being described all over the internet these days – is a major cause of depression, constipation, bloatedness, and other digestive issues? Patients of mine often learn for the first time that Leaky gut is also a main component in autoimmune illnesses including M.S., Thyroid disorders, and a whole host of other conditions where the body’s immune system is mounting attack on its own bodily tissues.

Leaky Gut is the primary cause of Ataxia, a blanket term for all movement disorders that causes shakiness with muscle movement.

Dr. Salisbury does a thorough history to find out your unique constillation of issues, and based on his exam will know whether you’ll need further blood testing to confirm if you have a leaky gut. The test is really a relief for many of our patients as they will finally find an answer to their condition and not half to take medications for the rest of their lives.

The blood test from Cyrex Labs will reveal what specific thing in your environment you are having a reaction to whether it be an allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity. For the first time you’ll know what is causing your autoimmune reactivity and which tissues of your body are being affected. A few of the available tests through Cryex labs are:

Array 2 – Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen
Array 3 – Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity
Array 4 – Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity
Array 5 – Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
Array 6 – Diabetes Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
Array 7 – Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
Array 7X – Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen – Expanded
Array 8 – Joint Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
Array 10 – Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
Array 10-90 – Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
Array 10-90X – Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
Array 11 – Chemical Immune Reactivity Screen
Array 12 – Pathogen-Associated Immune Reactivity Screen

Cranio Facial Release Technique

“Cranial Facial Release, or “CFR” is an advanced endo-nasal cranial technique that has been used quite successfully in the treatment of various neurological and structural disorders. The objective of CFR is to induce mobility in the cranial system (specifically the sphenoid bone) with the purpose of facilitating normal cranial respiratory function. The technique is performed by inserting tiny balloons in the nose (specifically the naso pharynx) then quickly inflating them to mobilize the cranial bones.” (cranialfacialrelease.com)

Watch how the procedure is done

Clinical Benefits: • Breathing Disorders • Sinus Conditions • Snoring • Sleep Apnea • Migraine Headaches • Head Trauma • Post-Concussion Syndrome • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Facial Paralysis • Bell’s Palsy • Tinnitus • Vertigo • Seizures • Strokes • Insomnia • TMJ Disorders • Learning Disorders • Attention Deficit Disorder • Neurological Disorders • Emotional Disorders • Hearing Impairments • Vision, Stigmatism • Glaucoma • Anxiety • Autism • Depression • Neurosis • Epilepsy • Downs Syndrome • Cerebral Palsy • Multiple Sclerosis • Muscular Dystrophy • Parkinson’s Tremors

Flexion-Distraction

Flexion-Distraction is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

Clinical Benefits:</strong

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation
  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
  • Reducing symptoms of sciatica

Joint Clearing Technique

Do you have a finger that feels inflammed and stuck, and thought that it was just a result of aging and that there is nothing you can do about it? Then you’ll love this.

The main purpose of Joint Clearing is to clear out scar tissue in the joints of hands and feet and other joints of the shoulder arms and legs. All sorts of physiologic material can build up in the joints and is elicits inflammation over time, which activates our body’s internal scar tissue mechanism – locking joints and producing pain. Joint Clearing removes the scar tissue allowing your joints to move and reduce the pain.

Check out our Brain & Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic Reviews