“The obvious is often the last thing we think, say or do.” - BJ Palmer
Taking care of your neck health is one of the most important things we can ever do for ourselves.
However, it is also one of the last things any of us do!
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Your neck is the lifeline between your brain and body. It provides a tremendous amount of flexibility while simultaneously protecting your spinal cord, which carries all the vital life messages between your brain and body.
It is one of the most important yet fragile areas of our bodies.
And how do we take care of our necks?
- We strain our necks forwards starting at personal devices and computer screens for hours on end every single day
- We take hits, bumps, trips, and falls, which can cause whiplash problems, but then we don’t do anything about them
- We tolerate things like neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and migraines but still don’t do anything about them
- We sleep with thick, fluffy pillows that propel our heads forwards so that our neck muscles don’t even get a proper night’s rest.
Think about it: how many minutes per week would you estimate that you spend on physical exercise? Or brushing your teeth? Or even washing your hair?
But how many minutes do you deliberately spend taking care of your neck health?
When it comes to learning how to better take care of your neck, it is often a three-part process:
- Rectify any underlying problems with your neck that could be affecting your health
- Teach you how to take better care of your own neck with proper exercises and activities
- Work to maintain your neck health at the highest possible level.
And one of the most important people who can help is an upper cervical chiropractor.
Why is upper cervical chiropractic important? There are 578,872 possible reasons why!
An upper cervical chiropractic doctor is a type of chiropractic with a specific area of focus: the alignment, movement, and health of your upper neck, also known as the “atlas” (C1) and “axis” (C2) vertebrae.
The alignment of these vertebrae is important because of their intimate relationship with the brainstem and spinal cord, which is the master control centre for the human nervous system.
If you ever suffer whiplash or other neck injuries that affect your upper neck, it may be linked with a wide variety of health challenges:
- neck pain
- numbness of head or face
- eye pain
- vision loss, or double vision,
- tinnitus or hearing loss,
- numbness and/or weakness of extremities
Many people across Brisbane, Queensland, and even all of Australia suffer these conditions daily, never realising that the underlying issue may be a problem with the alignment of their neck.
True, they may have seen (or at least thought of seeing) a chiropractor or physiotherapist. However, when it comes to the complexity and possible combinations that can happen in the top of the neck, here is where an upper cervical specific chiropractor may especially be able to help.
To illustrate, if you were to consider just the top four vertebrae in your neck (C1-C4) where all the vital life functions occur, if you add all the potential combinations of misalignment plus the individual variability that can exist with a person’s own body structure, there are 578,872 possible combinations of misalignment and injury!
Specifically, the way that a Blair upper cervical chiropractic doctor is specially trained is to identify the particular combinations that may be present in your body, and thus work to restore normal alignment and movement for the ultimate purpose of allowing your body to heal itself!
What does a Brisbane upper cervical chiropractic doctor do?
One of the things that makes a Blair upper cervical chiropractor different from other forms of healthcare and even other forms of chiropractic is the use of customised x-ray images that show the exact direction and degree of any misalignments in your neck.
Unlike a standard x-ray, CT, or MRI scan, which only show things in two dimensions, the architecture of your spine is three dimensional.
Especially when you may consider that the movement between the joints in your spine is only a few millimetres, it may therefore be common to have scans but not see what the true underlying problem is.
In other words, standard tests don’t always show what is actually there!
So what a Blair upper cervical chiropractic doctor does is first a physical and neurological assessment of your body to determine if your condition may be related to a problem with the alignment in your neck.
Think of it like a dentist looking for a cavity in your teeth. Ideally, you have no cavities. However, if you do have a cavity, it’s probably a good idea to get it taken care of so that it doesn’t cause worse problems down the track.
If your upper cervical chiropractor does discover an issue, they will likely take or refer you for the specialised types of images that we described earlier to identify the exact location, direction, and degree of any misalignments in your neck
When you see you know. When you don’t see you guess.
And in my opinion, it’s not a wise idea to be playing around with the neck without knowing exactly what is going on.
Once your upper cervical chiropractor can see what is going on, they will prescribe a recommendation for care, which typically involves a series of “adjustments” that help to restore the normal motion and alignment of the vertebrae in your neck, which is believed to reduce the tension around your spinal cord and thus help with the normal function of your nerve system and body health.
Unlike general forms of spinal manipulation that may be used in Brisbane, a Blair upper cervical chiropractic adjustment does NOT use any twisting, cracking, pulling, or popping in the neck.
The actual procedure involves a gentle force (similar to the amount of force you would use to click a pen) at a very precise angle, which allows your own body to make the adjustment without needing to click or shove bones “into place.”
The adjustment is also different from the types of mobilizations, stretches, or exercises that may also be used in other forms of healthcare including osteopathy, physiotherapy or massage. In brief, the focus is primarily on the adjustment - the physical release of the joint - ultimately so that exercises that an osteopath, physiotherapist, or massage therapist may prescribe way work better.
In this way, Blair upper cervical care is not a replacement or substitute for any other form of healthcare but is a standalone practice that may help these other therapies to work as well.
Blair upper cervical chiropractor in Brisbane?
Atlas Health Australia is the premier center for Blair upper cervical chiropractic care in Brisbane, We are located in North Lakes (north Brisbane), essentially halfway between the Brisbane CBD and the south part of the Sunshine Coast).
Our focus is helping people with chronic health challenges - many who have already been to other healthcare providers but still feel like there is something wrong in the neck - find long-term solutions so that they can enjoy the quality of life that they truly desire.
We see people experiencing a wide variety of health conditions including chronic headaches, migraines, TMJ issues, vertigo, dizziness, and even other neurological conditions including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.
Indeed, we often need to work with other healthcare practitioners as well (no magic bullets here!), but if the atlas and axis are not aligned, then that is definitely a critical piece of the puzzle that we may need to address.
Our principal chiropractor is Dr. Jeffrey Hannah, who is advanced certified in the Blair upper cervical technique. He is an international lecturer, published author, and recognised leader in the field of upper cervical care.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Hannah to discuss your health condition and to ask any questions that you might have to decide if care may be right for you, we would be happy to hear from you.
You can reach our North Brisbane office at 07 3188 9329, or you can click the Contact Us, and one of our staff will return your email as soon as possible.
We hope this article has been informative and valuable, and it will be our privilege to assist you to the best of our ability.
Atlas Health Australia - “Hope, healing, and wellbeing from above-down, inside-out.”
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