By Dr. Bill Moss, Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center

Chiropractic care has been a trusted form of healthcare for various ailments for over a century. However, with the rise of specialized practices like upper cervical chiropractic care, a few misconceptions have surfaced. It’s essential to clear the air and share the facts to ensure patients can make informed decisions about their health care. Here we address some of the most common myths surrounding upper cervical specific chiropractic care.

Misconception 1: It’s Just Like Any Other Chiropractic Technique

Many believe that all chiropractic adjustments are the same, regardless of which part of the spine is being treated. Upper cervical chiropractic care, however, is highly specialized. Unlike traditional full-spine chiropractic, upper cervical care focuses solely on the first two bones in the neck – the atlas and the axis. This precision requires unique expertise and methods, such as the Knee Chest Upper Cervical, and side posture toggle techniques that we utilize at Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center.

Misconception 2: Upper Cervical Adjustments Are Painful

The thought of neck adjustments can be unsettling, and if you’ve watched too many TikTok or YouTube videos you might even feel worse!  This can lead to assuming that upper cervical adjustments are painful. On the contrary, these adjustments are generally gentle and often bring on changes in physiology immediately. The techniques we use are designed to be as non-invasive and as comfortable as possible, using precise, controlled movements that require less force than general chiropractic adjustments.

Misconception 3: It’s Based on Anecdotes, Not Science

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Upper cervical chiropractic care is grounded in scientific research and clinical evidence. At our center, we leverage advanced diagnostic tools like digital infrared scanning and precision x-rays to guide our care – a practice rooted in the latest scientific understanding of spinal health and its impact on the nervous system.

Misconception 4: Once You Start, You Can’t Stop

Some people fear that once they begin chiropractic treatment, they’ll be bound to it for life. In reality, the goal of upper cervical care is to correct the spine’s alignment, thereby restoring the body’s natural healing ability. While many people choose to get checked far beyond their initial phase of care this is not required.  In my experience, many patients find long-term relief after a course of treatments and regular check-ups and make it a lifestyle choice to get checked on an agreed-upon basis.

Upper cervical chiropractic misconceptionsMisconception 5: It’s Only for Adults

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for all ages, including children. Upper cervical care can be particularly beneficial for young people who suffer from conditions like ear infections, colic, and some forms of ADHD, which have been linked to misalignments in the upper cervical spine.

Let’s wrap it up!

Understanding what upper cervical chiropractic care truly involves is the first step toward appreciating its potential benefits. By dispelling these myths, we hope to enlighten our patients and the wider community about the significant, positive impact this focused form of chiropractic care can have on one’s health.

If you have any further questions or would like to explore how upper cervical chiropractic care could benefit you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center in Wyomissing, PA. Your pathway to a healthier life could begin with the alignment of just two small bones at the top of your spine.