Before we get started on today's topic, I want to go a little further with
the discussion on sleeping from last week. Underrated is the importance of
sleeping on a pillow that allows you a chance to get the optimum night of
sleep. If you stack two massive pillows on top of each other, then your body is
going to be positioned in such a way that the all-important head and neck
relationship is strained. If your body is strained - you won't sleep well. So,
here's a link that will give you some suggestions. On that site is everything
from the Ford Pinto of pillows to the pillow version of the Rolls Royce.
Chiropractic vs. Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Recently, I had a patient make a request that I do a newsletter (and post it to
the various social networking sites) on the difference between Upper Cervical
Care and general chiropractic care. So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to
tackle that topic this week. To me, there are three major differences between
chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic.
The first revolves around the use of instrumentation to help in
identifying when and when not to adjust someone. I think it important to point
out that many general chiropractors do use instruments - scanners,
temperature/thermal probes, etc. - when evaluating a prospective
patient/client. However, very few use these instruments on a daily basis as a
means to determine when/how to make a correction on some one's spine. Rather,
they are mainly used on first visit evaluations and on future re-evaluations.
There are also a select group of Upper Cervical docs that do NOT use scanning
instruments, instead relying on leg length analysis as their primary tool of
when/not to adjust.
One common theme that many chiropractors agree on is that misalignments cause
disruption of the normal communication within the nerve system. The
disagreement comes when discussing where it's possible for that to occur. So,
if you want to measure that disruption - you need a gauge. You wouldn't get on
an airplane if the pilot had no gauges to direct his flight path, so why let
someone toy with your health without gauging it first? Most Upper Cervical
docs, for this reason, use instrumentation on a visit-per-visit basis, reading
the patterns shown on the scans to avoid adjusting someone that really does not
need to be adjusted.
Speaking of not needing to be adjusted...the second major difference is
that you will NOT be adjusted every visit at the office of an Upper
Cervical doc. With the instrumentation used to gauge neurologic disruption, an
Upper Cervical doc can determine when you really do and when you really do not
need to have your spine corrected. General chiropractic still relies on the use
of the hands to "feel" if you need to be adjusted.
The third and final major difference is the specificity of the
adjustments made by an Upper Cervical doc. No matter which of the nine
different Upper Cervical techniques a given doctor may use at their disposal,
each of them have one common theme: x-ray marking systems designed to take a
very close look at the top two vertebrae in the spine and their relationship to
the base of the skull. This anatomy that surrounds the brainstem is measured
using a system designed to identify a misalignment as specifically as possible -
often times down to the nearest millimeters. There are x-ray marking systems in
general chiropractic, but the corresponding corrections made to the spine are
not, generally, as precise - especially in the neck. The Upper Cervical
specific adjustment is done quickly and gently with the patient in a normal,
neutral position. You lay your head down as if you were taking a nap. There is
no cracking, popping, twisting, or yanking.
If you have any questions about that, please just let me know. Also, I am going
to be taking requests from now on, so if you have a topic you'd like me to write
about, then suggest it to me and I'll consider it.
Thinking good things for you, as always,