How is UCC Different?
After graduating from general chiropractic college, upper cervical chiropractic doctors continue post-graduate training in upper cervical care. This includes advanced studies in the anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, radiology, instrumentation and corrective procedures specific to the upper cervical spine.
Because the field requires such rigorous training, there are only an estimated 900 doctors certified to provide upper cervical care. Upper cervical is different from traditional medicine, physical therapy and general chiropractic. Upper cervical doctors use precise and objective spinographs or X-rays of the head and neck. Then, measurements are taken and an analysis is made to determine exactly how the top vertebrae are misaligned. Part of upper cervical's uniqueness is that it is the only healing profession that clears the nervous system of interference and balances the body using a natural, precise and gentle procedure, without twisting or jerking the spine.
Traditional medicine prescribes drugs or performs surgeries. Physical therapy uses a wide array of modalities, stretching and strengthening. General chiropractic utilizes anything from manipulations that increase the range of motion within the spine, to physical therapy, foot inserts, lasers or hair analysis. These healing arts help millions of people each year, but many are turning to upper cervical care, which uses no drugs, therapies, or manipulations.
Upper cervical care uses 80 years of clinical research, precision X-rays, mathematical measurements, spinal analysis and pre/post objective instrumentation to understand and correct upper cervical subluxations. Once a correction is made, a post-instrumentation reading is performed to ensure the subluxation has been cleared.
Because the analysis is extensive and the application precise, repeated corrections are often unnecessary. The intent is not to make a correction every visit but rather to make a correction and have it hold for an extended period of time, thus allowing the body to heal itself. We emphasize the prevention rather than the treatment of disease.
"Rather than focusing on adjusting where the pain is located, we focus on getting back to where the epicenter is." - Dr. Tom Forest
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