Some people see a crack in the wall and just want to putty it up. We see the same crack and check the foundation first.
But the foundation of your spine isn’t located at the bottom – it’s at the very top. It’s called your upper cervical spine, or your craniocervical junction.
Cranio = skull
Cervical = neck
We focus on gentle, precise chiropractic adjustments to that unique vertebra that sits at this critical junction, the atlas.
The Greek god Atlas was responsible for bearing the weight of the world. Our atlas vertebra carries the weight of our head and protects a vital part of our body’s automatic operating system. When your atlas gets misaligned (think: fender bender, slip on an icy sidewalk, a career of desk-work, bicycle crash… you get the idea), it shifts your head out of its natural, neutral position. If left out of place long enough, you will inevitably start to compensate.
Look at some photographs of yourself – does your head tilt to one side? Is one shoulder higher than the other? Are you sticking one hip out and putting more weight on one leg?
Simply put, if your head is not on straight, your body will compensate. When your neck, shoulders, and hips are uneven it distributes undue stress and strain throughout the spine. Yes, that means your low back pain is connected to your neck. Poor structure leads to poor function.
This is our starting point with everyone. Regardless of your downstream symptoms, the foundation must be corrected first so we can avoid aimlessly chasing compensations.
Many patients come to us with secondary symptoms of Atlas Displacement Complex and other Structural Shifts of the spine. They are surprised to learn that a misalignment of the Atlas can be linked to their health problems. Surprise yourself with the wide range of symptoms the top NeuroStructural chiropractor in Fort Collins and beyond can treat.
Our job is to be a detective. We need to find the underlying compromise and work to correct it. To accomplish this, we start with detailed measurements that allow us to customize your care. Some of the same tools we use to identify the problem are used visit-to-visit to gauge progress. At the culmination of an initial phase of correction, we re-measure everything to be certain we’re progressing as we should. Along the way, we teach YOU how to protect the gains we’re making so we don’t need to revisit the same problems over and over again.
Most patients find their way to us by way of another healthcare provider – their MD, neurologist, dentist, or even their conventional chiropractor. They are tired of putting the proverbial Band-Aid on a bullet hole and are ready to explore a more lasting solution. The majority also express having “tried everything” and leave with a new sense of hope for healing and regaining their quality of life.
With our focus on being the top NeuroStructural chiropractor in Fort Collins and beyond – we work diligently to transform “I’ve tried everything” into “I wish I had found you sooner.”
“Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat.” -BJ Palmer
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We’ve put together in-depth details about a typical misalignment and how an upper cervical correction can restore balance and health to your body (with interactive images!).