People who have postural imbalance can benefit from Upper Cervical Adjustment. Postural imbalance can be demonstrated clinically as asymmetrical bodily movement and tension. Treatment will only be provided to those who are found to be out of balance and want to receive the care.
Yes, we believe all children should have the benefit of a properly balanced body. Children also generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments to attain spinal stability.
The unique features of Upper Cervical Adjustment are:
Although some rely on the return of their symptoms to tell when they have lost their alignments, we recommend patients to pay attention to their bodies.
With some practice, you may become more sensitive to whether or not you are in alignment by looking for head tilt or a low shoulder in front of a mirror. You may also relate it with the weight distribution on your feet or the way you walk.
Even with all of these clues, it is still recommended that periodic chiropractic assessments be performed to verify proper balance.
Your postural muscles are constantly working to maintain an upright posture.
Postural distortion results in uneven weight distribution over all of your joint surfaces. The muscles throughout your neck, back, arms and legs will tense up to compensate for this shift in weight. Pain will show up in the areas of stress.
The reduction of postural distortion provided by the Upper Cervical Adjustment decreases the stress on all areas of the body and allows for the possible relief of pain and proper healing.
Movement will get easier and more symmetrical. Some patients experience immediate improvement of symptoms, others feel changes later, it all depends on their conditions.
No matter how your perception is at that time, as long as there is reduction of postural distortion and progress in attaining symmetry of bodily movement, your pain and discomfort will reduce.
Leverage! It is for the same reason why a small kid sitting at one end is able play seesaw with a big kid sitting closer from the other end.
With precise positioning of a fulcrum, utilizing the weight of the head to gain biomechanical advantage, the neck is preloaded for easy correction.
The sound of percussion causes a sudden contraction of the muscles of the neck which is hardly perceived by the patient. However, the force generated is enough to reduce the misalignment.
The contributors to losing alignment are the three T's:
You can help in maintaining the alignment by:
The healing process takes time. If you were to break an arm, the physician would cast it and you would be instructed to keep it in the cast for approximately six to eight weeks, which is the typical healing time for bone.
When dealing with postural imbalance, the integrity of the musculature and ligaments has been compromised and you must allow adequate time for these structures to heal in the balanced position. The longer your body has been out of balance, the more damage has occurred and therefore the longer healing time.
Healing is also affected by many factors. Your chiropractor will work with you to identify the negative ones.
Many feel significant relief in discomfort following the first few visits. Our goal is not just to provide relief but to promote a situation where the spinal stress that caused the issue is minimized. This level of care involves significant work on your part. In return, it provides optimal long-term benefit.
Symptoms are the last to show up and the first to leave. A symptom-free state does not necessarily mean healing has completed or that you are in your optimal alignment. Once your body begins showing signs that it is able to stabilizing for a longer period of time, the interval between visits will be lengthened.
Upper Cervical Adjustment improves the equilibrium of the body by correcting the aberrant signals destining to the brain. All symptoms arise from postural imbalance will be ameliorated as well.
Moreover, the body has infinite power to heal. With your energy no longer being excessively re-directed to fight gravity, often the body will manage to deal with other issues as well.
Many insurance plans cover chiropractic care.
Patients should check the following items with their insurance providers before their first visits: