Do you struggle with high blood pressure? Hypertension is a common ailment, and it is usually treated with prescription drugs that can have many harmful side effects. Are you searching for a natural, drug-free solution to your blood pressure problem? Then you will be happy to know what upper cervical chiropractic care can do for you.
Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the C-1 and C-2 vertebrae. Studies have shown that the C-1 vertebrae in particular can have an effect on blood pressure when it is misaligned. In one study, half of the participant received upper cervical chiropractic care, while the other half received a “fake adjustment” as a placebo. Both groups stayed off of their hypertension medication while participating in the study. The results showed that those who received an actual adjustment saw significant benefits. More research continues to determine the full extent of the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic on high blood pressure as well as many other ailments.
Why does the alignment of the C-1 vertebrae (sometimes called the Atlas vertebrae) have an effect on blood pressure? Because of its location at the brain stem, the C-1 only has to move about half a millimeter to start pinching the base of the brain. While this is not enough to cause pain in the area of the misalignment, it can certainly cause many other problems throughout the body. In fact, a misalignment of the C-1 can cause the spine to be twisted, one hip to be higher than the other, one leg to be shorter, and many other health problems including hypertension.
How may such a misalignment have occurred? For some, an upper neck injury may have occurred at birth. Others experience an accident such as a car accident or a sports injury. Others many have received the damage in an attack. Regardless of the cause of the upper neck injury, upper cervical chiropractic care is the best way to realign the vertebrae. It may thus reverse some of the symptoms related to the injury.
If you are struggling with high blood pressure, why not make an appointment to see if upper cervical chiropractor care can help you? X-rays will be taken to determine if your upper neck vertebrae have become misaligned somehow. Then treatment can be administered as needed. Upper cervical chiropractic is safe and effective, making it an excellent natural and drug-free alternative.
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Dr. Dan Spinato of the San Diego Integrative Spine Center in San Diego, California is a Rancho Penasquitos Chiropractor and an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Spinato has helped many people find natural relief in San Diego, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, allergy and sinus problems and temporomandibular joint disorders. More information can be found on his website at http://www.powaychiropractor.net/
What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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