A neck adjustment (cervical manipulation) is a precise procedure meant to relieve neck muscle tension, treat headaches, and align your upper spine.
Neck adjustments, and chiropractic adjustments in general, may be great alternatives to surgery and pharmaceuticals for certain patients looking for a less invasive approach.
The science behind neck adjustments by qualified professionals is much more substantial.
How do you know if you need a neck adjustment? You may need a neck adjustment if you experience any ailments such as chronic neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic headaches, migraines, Ménière’s disease, post concussion syndrome, balance issues, or any other health & neurological problems that neck adjustments have been shown to treat. If you are curious about if a neck adjustment is right for you, contact us.
Is a chiropractic neck adjustment safe? Yes, a chiropractic neck adjustment is safe. When performed by a qualified professional, neck adjustments are more about aligning the upper cervical spine than cracking the neck
Upper cervical chiropractors use instruments to deliver safer, more precise neck adjustments than typical chiropractors. These instrument-assisted adjustments are painless and less jaring, whereas typical neck adjustments may lead to some discomfort for some people.
A conventional chiropractor may adjust you any one of a number of different ways. They may use their hands or perhaps a specialized table or other instruments to make adjustments.
A qualified upper cervical chiropractor adjusts your neck using very precise manual or instrument assisted adjustments — some table-mounted and some handheld. These instrument-assisted neck adjustments are very safe, very precise, and very comfortable.
Some chiropractors “adjust” your neck by cracking it somewhat violently. That’s their main focus, and it’s the wrong focus. High-velocity chiropractic manipulation increases the risk of adverse effects.
Yes, neck adjustments are safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. Qualified chiropractors should be more focused on neck alignment than “cracking” your neck, which may increase the risk of blood vessel strain.
Upper cervical chiropractors use precise, handheld instruments in their adjustments, which make a visit to the chiropractor even safer.
Neck adjustments lead to stroke or death significantly less often than:
There is a 1 in 1,000,000-5,800,000 chance that improper neck adjustments may lead to stroke. (Some studies estimate stroke occurs in 1 out of half a million adjustments, while others estimate 1 out of 5.8 million. Many estimates fall in between.)
Why does my neck hurt after the chiropractor adjusted it? Your neck may hurt after the chiropractor adjusted it because the realigned vertebrae have moved slightly. This can lead to soreness in your muscles or spinal joints, but don’t worry. It’s a sign that alignment has happened.
There is a small possibility that neck adjustments may:
Of course, instrument-assisted adjustments from upper cervical chiropractors are a lot safer and more precise than typical neck adjustments.
When you get an upper cervical adjustment at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, you can rest assured that your safety and overall healthcare is our top concern.
Traditional chiropractors tend to treat the whole spine with manual therapy, manipulation, and mobilization (“manual” just means using the hands).
Many crack your back or neck, which shouldn’t be the goal of chiropractic care. Also, traditional chiropractic adjustments may include quick, rough, uncomfortable motions.
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the upper two vertebrae of your spine (C1 and C2, or the atlas and the axis), which are in the neck area. Using instrument-assisted adjustments, upper cervical neck adjustments are safer, more comfortable, and more precise.
Also, upper cervical chiropractors emphasize precise diagnostics using x-rays that closely follow patients’ progress after each manipulative therapy session.
Dr. Ty Carzoli owns and operates Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic. He is an orthospinology expert qualified in upper cervical spinal adjustments, but he is also qualified to work on the whole spine.
However, Dr. Carzoli has found that many health problems can be addressed with upper cervical chiropractic care alone.
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20 million Americans visit chiropractors each year, according to the American Chiropractic Association. They are looking for relief from lower back pain, migraines, sciatica, car accident injuries, and so much more. You could make that number 20,000,001.
Orthospinology is a subspecialty of chiropractic healthcare targeted to the upper cervical spine.
Fixing misalignments in your upper spine can address a surprising number of health problems. Seizures, chronic migraine, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure — orthospinology has lead to improvement in the quality of life for people suffering from many different conditions.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we employ the evidence-based techniques of orthospinology to bring relief to patients who have found little success with side effect-laden medications or want to avoid invasive surgeries.
Listen to real customer testimonials about how upper cervical care worked for them.
Keep reading to find out more about orthospinology, including which conditions it treats and what to expect from a visit to a qualified orthospinology expert.
Orthospinology is a gentle chiropractic technique that aligns the upper cervical spine to reduce pain, promote overall wellness, and relieve chronic health conditions. Orthospinology is a proven conservative alternative after pharmaceuticals and surgery fail.
Performed properly, upper cervical chiropractic care should actually eliminate the need for these more invasive treatments.
This subspecialty of chiropractic care focuses on the upper cervical spine, which consists of the upper 2 vertebrae:
Dr. John F. Grostic developed the Grostic technique in the 1940s. From the beginning, the focus of this technique was on maximizing the specificity of the analysis as well as the precision of the adjustments.
In the 1970s, Dr. John D. Grostic continued his father’s research. He expanded the list of adverse effects on the central nervous system due to upper cervical spinal misalignment, based on overwhelming evidence.
Orthospinology was birthed out of the Grostic technique. Clinicians sought to improve the reproducibility of the adjustments and minimize human error by switching to an instrument-assisted style of adjusting. This allows for increased specificity and precision as well as equally gentle adjustments to many other upper cervical techniques.
Upper cervical chiropractic care is gentle, not rough. We are not trying to crack your back; we are fixing how your spinal cord communicates with your brain stem. It’s one thing that sets orthospinology apart from other chiropractic — it doesn’t require rough motions or cracking.
National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) defines and regulates the practice of manually adjusting the upper cervical subluxation complex based on x-ray analysis.
NUCCA has a negligible different analysis from orthospinology — NUCCA adjustments are usually done by hand, whereas orthospinology uses instruments. Usually, a patient who has good outcomes at a NUCCA office will have a good experience at an Orthospinology practice, and vice versa.
Atlas Orthogonal is slightly different from orthospinology, though they are both upper cervical low-force procedures.
The Atlas Orthogonal technique looks the most like an orthospinology adjustment, but the instrument delivers the adjustment with a “percussive force” (essentially, a sound wave).
The orthospinology technique utilizes a similar percussive instrument for some types of misalignments, and a larger table mounted instrument with a slight mechanical excursion for others.
What causes atlas subluxation? Traumatic injury is usually what leads to Atlas Subluxation Complex — or, a subluxation in your top vertebra. Poor posture and repeated injuries are common risk factors that worsen atlas subluxation.
What happens when C2 is out of alignment? When the C2 (axis) is out of alignment, you can expect pain, numbness, weakness, or even loss of bladder/bowel control. You should seek upper cervical chiropractic care to correct C2 misalignment to avoid chronic health problems and long-term complications.
During orthospinology treatment, you can expect an initial consultation. On your first visit, many upper cervical chiropractors will not administer an adjustment. Precise analysis and diagnostics are essential to orthospinology, so the chiropractor often wants a few days to process the results.
At your initial consultation, your upper cervical chiropractor may do a physical exam, digital x-ray analysis, and maybe even a cognitive exam.
On your second visit, chiropractors will typically perform the first adjustment.
Upper cervical adjustments are gentle. Forget about those rough twists and cracks. Orthospinology is gentle enough for children and grandmas alike.
These adjustments are often instrument-assisted. Sometimes, the instruments will be handheld. Other times, the instruments are mounted on advanced equipment.
This video helps you know what to expect from an orthospinology adjustment.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we also have a post-adjustment room for patients to relax and cool down after spinal realignment. Our calming post-adjustment room contains:
Here in our offices, we may also recommend upper and lower back stretches to help with certain conditions.
How long does it take to realign your spine? It takes one adjustment to start realigning your spine. The total number of visits and how much improvement your chiropractor can promise varies by case and depends on the condition of the patient.
However, a handful of visits to your chiropractor every year are likely needed to maintain spinal alignment.
You can see in the above pictures that an orthospinology adjustment corrects a misaligned upper spine.
These before and after pictures from www.orthospinology.org show an average individual and how misaligned their spine may be before a spinal correction.
Another method upper cervical chiropractors use is analyzing functional leg length by comparing the patient’s heels before and after adjustments.
Orthospinology aims to improve nervous system function, immune system function, and overall health and wellness. But what specifically do upper cervical procedures treat?
According to peer-reviewed research and case studies, the possible benefits of orthospinology/upper cervical care include improving the quality of life for patients with medical conditions such as:
Orthospinology is a subspecialty of the chiropractic profession. It takes many hours of additional education and certification before a chiropractor understands the complex structure and biomechanics of the upper cervical spine and is qualified to practice orthospinology.
A Doctor of Chiropractic degree is required as a prerequisite.
The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology is a non-profit organization that trains chiropractors in orthospinology. They provide orthospinology training through various seminars and workshops and offer testing for certification as an Advanced Graduate of Orthospinology.
Once a chiropractor has gone through the necessary education and certification, individual patients can be confident in the effectiveness of the adjustments to their upper cervical spine.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we have administered countless upper cervical adjustments and witnessed amazing success stories. Orthospinology is critical to proper body function and overall health.
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Chronic back pain, neck pain, and neurological conditions are not a normal part of aging. Often, the pangs of “old age” are really old injuries that never truly recovered.
A conventional approach to medicine is to treat individual symptoms as if they exist in a vacuum. Pharmaceuticals and harsh, unnatural treatments for disease are often ineffectual at more than masking symptoms.
As an alternative, upper cervical chiropractic care takes a precision approach to not only treating health problems, but giving your body what it needs to thrive from head to toe. The best upper cervical chiropractic practices walk you through your treatment plan and provide visual results to show you how far you’ve come.
Of course I’d say that — I’m an upper cervical chiropractor.
Unfortunately for the skeptics, both patient testimonials and years of published and peer-reviewed research supports my viewpoint. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be an upper cervical chiropractor.
Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on correcting misalignments in the upper neck region of your spine — called subluxations or, more specifically, upper cervical subluxations.
Upper cervical spine chiropractors concentrate on the upper two vertebrae of the spine, called C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis).
Upper cervical care tends to be gentler than general chiropractic, making it a great option for sensitive patients.
Upper cervical manipulation affects the whole body by adjusting the upper spine, which allows the central nervous system to properly communicate with the rest of your body.
As an upper cervical chiropractor, I use frequent x-rays and 3D technology to determine exactly where a vertebra may need adjustment. Misaligned vertebrae interfere with the spinal cord and brainstem, leading to ineffective or dysfunctional nervous system signalling.
During an adjustment, I use the Laney Torque Specific Cervical Adjusting Instrument. This state-of-the-art instrument makes incredibly gentle adjustments. Only 65 Laneys have ever been made, and I use the only one in the state of Colorado.
There are many philosophies of chiropractic. At Denver Upper Cervical, our philosophy is that we can show you the before, during, and after effects of your treatment plan by utilizing cutting-edge tech and the most up-to-date scientific literature.
Our patients don’t spend hours each week in the office. Their treatment plans are designed to get them out of the office and back to doing the things they enjoy.
NUCCA stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. NUCCA is a leading organization on the standard of care in upper cervical care.
NUCCA procedures are well-researched chiropractic treatment methods that encourage figuring out the exact nature of your misalignment, then gently and safely correcting that spinal misalignment.
NUCCA registered chiropractors (AKA NUCCA doctors) are located across the country, equipped to gently handle spinal subluxations and restore overall health.
There are many medical conditions treated by upper cervical chiropractic care. The most common are:
Neck pain and shoulder pain are prevalent throughout the worldwide population. It is a primary reason people visit the chiropractor.
Whether it is due to injury or disease, upper cervical chiropractic care has been shown to reverse neck pain and shoulder pain.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain. One of the main reasons for chiropractic treatment is relieving back pain — short-term or long-term.
Counterintuitively, adjusting subluxations in your upper spine may actually reverse low back pain!
Chiropractic treatment may bring immediate pain relief. For some, it may take several weeks of spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic care improves headaches and migraines.
Headaches can be caused by:
Stress, posture, tension, and subluxations are all treatable by chiropractic care. This can lead to reduced headaches and/or migraines.
Post-concussion syndrome (also called PCS) is when your concussion symptoms persist for 6 weeks after the initial head injury. Chiropractors may be able to treat PCS.
Concussion symptoms include headache and dizziness, to mention a few. If concussion symptoms last for more than a month and a half without subsiding, consider visiting a chiropractor right away.
Chiropractic care has been shown to improve outcomes after a concussion, reducing symptoms and helping people get back to their normal lives.
Upper cervical chiropractic care often improves vertigo and Meniere’s disease, which are two closely connected disorders.
Vertigo is feeling dizzy or off balance. Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can lead to vertigo.
Vertigo is a common symptom of Meniere’s disease. Upper cervical chiropractic care may treat Meniere’s disease and its symptoms:
Upper cervical chiropractic care may improve patients’ Meniere’s disease and vertigo symptoms surprisingly immediately.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder of the bones and muscles, and its chief symptom is persistent fatigue. Upper cervical chiropractic care is well known to treat fibromyalgia.
In fibromyalgia, signals travel through your brainstem to tell your brain there is pain when there is actually no pain. Spinal readjustments by a doctor of chiropractic correct these signals.
Chiropractic treatments seem to treat fatigue due to other reasons as well.
Doctors of chiropractic treat many autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions, such as:
Hundreds of millions of people in the world suffer from high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
Interestingly, multiple studies indicate that chiropractic care may be able to lower blood pressure in hypertensive adults.
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint”, but TMJ can also refer to TMJ disorders (TMD), which can be treated by chiropractic care.
The TMJ connects your jaw to your skull. The TMJ is the most used joint in the body. You use the TMJ when:
TMJ disorders (sometimes called TMD) may be caused by:
Trigeminal neuralgia is another disorder that is sometimes confused with TMD. Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by irritated cranial nerves.
Both TMD and trigeminal neuralgia can be effectively treated with upper cervical chiropractic care.
Chiropractors treat low back pain that can lead to sleep disturbances.
Patients widely report improved sleep after chiropractic care.
Because sleep issues can stem from different health problems, results are less consistent than other benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care.
Many patients report better breathing capacity immediately following a chiropractic adjustment.
Research shows chiropractic care improves the following disorders that make breathing harder:
Chiropractic care can treat muscle weakness, even in stroke patients.
Often, chiropractors will show patients the immediate benefits of chiropractic care by testing strength before and after a spinal adjustment. The before-after strength test exemplifies how effective chiropractic is.
Chiropractic adjustments are known to correct poor posture, also called structural rehabilitation.
Poor posture is widespread across the country. It can lead to headaches, chronic pain, and other health problems if not treated.
Sciatica is a condition that results in widespread pain, but sciatica can be treated by chiropractic care.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, pain radiates throughout your:
Chiropractic care has been shown to treat sciatica, compared to “placebo” spinal manipulations, making the research more reliable.
No, upper cervical adjustments are not dangerous. Upper cervical chiropractic comes with very few risks when administered by a credentialed doctor of chiropractic.
The most commonly reported side effect of upper cervical adjustments is muscle soreness.
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the top two vertebrae (C1, called the atlas; and C2, called the axis), whereas general chiropractors spread their attention to the entire spine.
Upper cervical doctors focus on the neck region of the spine because the underlying cause of a lot of chronic conditions, even lower back pain, is rooted in the neck region and upper spine.
Upper cervical chiropractors tend to use gentle manipulations of the neck and spine — also called low force correction.
You won’t see any of those hard-to-look-away YouTube videos of chiropractors cracking necks like a rag doll. General chiropractors are more likely to employ those techniques.
Upper cervical chiropractic is right for most people. The majority of the US population lives with physical weakness, chronic pain, or healthcare problems they do not even notice.
Upper cervical care can both treat and prevent countless health conditions, even if you didn’t know you suffered from them.
Not only does scientific research confirm this, but our patients at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic prove it every day.
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Lumbago is a general term for low back pain. In fact, the two terms were once used interchangeably. However, “lumbago” is an outdated term, and nowadays, doctors try to only use more specific terms when talking about back pain.
On any given day, it is estimated 12% of people experience lumbago/low back pain.
Fortunately, back pain can often be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractic patients consistently report higher satisfaction rates than those that go to physical therapy or a primary care physician.
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In this article, you’ll learn about the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for lumbago, as well as how to prevent low back pain.
Lumbago is a common condition that basically means lower back pain. Lumbago/low back pain isn’t a single disease — instead, it is a symptom of many different medical conditions.
However, “lumbago” was deemed too general a term by the medical community. These days, healthcare professionals use more specific terminology to describe low back pain.
The causes of lumbago are what doctors tend to refer to, instead of the term “lumbago”. For example, if your lumbago is caused by back muscle strain, doctors would call that low back pain due to muscle strain, instead of using the term lumbago.
4 in 5 people living in developed countries will experience a type of lumbago at some time in their lives.
Is lumbago a real disease? No, lumbago is not a disease. It’s a general term for the symptom of low back pain. Also, “lumbago” is an outdated term for low back pain, so doctors tend to use more specific terms nowadays, such as sciatica or spinal stenosis.
What is the cause of lumbago? Below are 15 medical conditions that may cause lumbago and low back pain:
Likely, a healthcare professional will have to diagnose the underlying cause of your chronic low back pain before he or she recommends treatment options specific to your case.
Qualified professionals may x-ray your spinal cord or administer a physical examination before diagnosing the underlying cause.
Here are the most common risk factors for low back pain:
What are the signs of lumbago? Below are the warning signs and symptoms of lumbago:
Depending on the cause of lumbago, other symptoms may also occur. For example, if lumbago is caused by a herniated disc, the pain will increase while sitting but decrease when lying down. Lumbago due to scoliosis could also cause an abnormal curvature of the spine.
Seek immediate medical attention if your low back pain is accompanied by a fever, unexplained weight loss, or new issues with your bladder or bowels. If low back pain appears after a fall or traumatic injury, see a doctor.
Possible treatment options for lumbago/low back pain include:
Can lumbago be cured? Yes, depending on the underlying cause, lumbago/low back pain can be cured. If lumbago is caused by inflammation, a steroid injection may cure it. However, other lumbago-causing medical conditions cannot be permanently cured, like osteoporosis.
6 tips on preventing low back pain:
Lumbago/low back pain is often brought on by long hours of sitting.
Most people experience low back pain (lumbago) at some point in their life. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
Seek treatment and stop relying on pain medications and the adverse side effects — get treated for the root cause of your back pain.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we have administered countless chiropractic adjustments and seen amazing success stories. Gentle spinal adjustments are critical in treating back pain. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ty Carzoli and his unique approach to spine health.
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Back pain is discomfort and pain caused by injury or illness between the shoulders and the hips.
Back pain is not a disease, but a symptom of various medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, sciatica, and general muscle strain.
65 million adults report a recent bout of acute (short-term) back pain, and 16 million suffer from chronic (persistent) back pain. Adults with back pain earn less income and spend more on healthcare than their counterparts without back pain.
Instead of living with back pain, improve your overall quality of life by getting your back pain treated. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to live with it!
Let’s cover the common causes, risk factors, and the best treatment options for back pain.
The most common causes of back pain are:
What causes back pain in females? These are conditions that cause back pain that apply more to women than men:
What are the risk factors for back pain?
Here are the symptoms you may feel when you have back pain:
How do I know if my back pain is serious? Your back pain is serious if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
Back pain should also be considered serious if it occurs shortly after an injury or accident (car accident, sports-related injury, fall, etc.).
Most healthcare professionals will ask about symptoms and perform a physical examination, medical history, and family history. But to diagnose the cause of your back pain, tests are often required.
Doctors tend to use the following tests to diagnose back pain:
How do you know if back pain is in the muscles or discs? Back pain is muscle-related if your back hurts more when you’re moving than when you’re still. Back pain is disc-related if moving relieves pain, if bending forward hurts more than returning to an upright position, and if pain radiates past your buttocks into your legs.
What can I do to relieve my back pain? These 9 treatment options can relieve back pain:
Always seek medical advice before you take back pain treatment into your own hands.
Also called manual spinal manipulation, chiropractic care is a treatment plan in which a chiropractor adjusts spinal alignment and mobilizes the surrounding muscles and joints.
Chiropractic care has been shown to effectively reduce back pain and neck pain.
Research indicates that chiropractic care is better and more cost-effective than taking medicine and/or visiting a primary care physician.
Chiropractors leave their patients feeling less pain, less disabled, less dependent on drugs, and more satisfied.
Different chiropractors may have different methods. At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we employ gentle spinal manipulations mainly to the upper spine. We do not treat our patients like rag dolls. Our approach is gentle enough for newborns and grandmas.
Also called physiotherapy, physical therapy for back pain sufferers uses stretches and exercises that improve posture and musculoskeletal strength.
Physical therapists also help to prevent future injuries through patient education and core muscle strengthening.
The stretches and exercises you learn may be difficult to remember if you are experiencing little or no pain. And once the pain comes back, it could take at least a day for the stretches and exercises to alleviate your pain.
So it’s important to remember to do your stretches and exercises learned at physical therapy, even if you aren’t experiencing back pain at that moment.
Also, obesity and excess weight are risk factors for low back pain. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight.
The following lifestyle changes may relieve or prevent back pain:
Many experts recommend pain-relieving pharmaceuticals to “treat” back pain. This is a pretty medieval solution to a complex problem.
I suggest identifying the root cause of back pain and treating that root cause, so you don’t have to take side effect-laden drugs.
Acetaminophen can relieve acute low back pain. Studies show it works moderately better than a placebo for back pain. Side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, changes in appetite, headaches, yellowing of the skin, and dark urine.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen treat inflammation, which is often involved in back pain. Side effects of NSAIDs include stomach ulcers, indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches, drowsiness, and dizziness.
These pain medications are for pain management only and should not be used for long-term treatment of back pain.
Doctors may prescribe you prescription medications, including extra-strength acetaminophen or NSAIDs.
They may also prescribe opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, which interact with receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain to reduce pain.
However, you may have heard of the opioid epidemic. Opioids are famously over-prescribed and incredibly addictive.
Muscle relaxants reduce pain for a short period of time. But they are only recommended for back pain sufferers who also experience muscle spasms. The most common side effect is drowsiness.
Prescription antidepressants may relieve back pain even if the patient is not depressed. Antidepressants may lead to nausea, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea or constipation, and increased appetite/weight gain.
There are various injections your doctor may administer to treat back pain, depending on the root cause:
Acupuncture is the strategic insertion of filiform needles into trigger points to relieve back pain and other conditions.
Acupuncture works better than a placebo at treating chronic low back pain.
Dry needling is a modern, evidence-based practice very similar to acupuncture, except it is solely based on scientific research, not ancient traditional medicine.
Massage therapy is when a licensed professional manually manipulates muscles and soft tissues for stress reduction and pain relief.
A massage should help ease tense or overworked muscles, a common cause of back pain.
If back strain is causing your back pain and it isn’t going away, look for a highly-qualified massage therapist today.
Surgical options are a last resort for most adults suffering from back pain. They may be necessary due to structural issues that cause pain, such as those resulting from an injury.
7 common surgeries for back pain:
9 helpful tips on how to prevent back pain:
Back pain can be brought on or worsened by sitting for long periods of time. The best way to combat it is to practice daily stretches to counteract a sedentary lifestyle and prevent chronic or acute back pain.
When should I be worried about lower back pain? You should be worried about lower back pain only if:
Seek immediate medical attention if your back pain accompanies fever, unexplained weight loss, or new issues with your bladder or bowels. These may indicate a serious condition.
If back pain pops up after a fall or a traumatic injury, visit your doctor ASAP.
Upper back pain is associated with an increased risk of kidney problems or cancer, more so than lower back pain.
On any given day, it is estimated 12% of human beings are experiencing low back pain. Just because it’s normal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek treatment. Fortunately, back pain can often be treated with chiropractic care.
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What is a concussion? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. This can occur after head trauma and can result in brain damage or an altered mental state.
Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder affecting multiple systems in your body. It can last months and result in symptoms such as dizziness or headache.
Post-concussion syndrome can go away with time, but repetitive brain injuries can result in the dangerous progressive brain disease called CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
Don’t worry. We’ll let you know what to do and which common symptoms to look out for to recognize long-term issues.
Though concussions require immediate treatment from a medical professional, they are fairly common.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost three million adults and children in the United States suffer a concussion each year. Each day, an average of 150 Americans die of traumatic brain injury.
How does a concussion happen? The main causes of a concussion are head injuries from car accidents, falls, and sports-related concussions.
There are long-term effects of concussions in football. Football players are especially vulnerable to severe or mild traumatic brain injury.
Since it is a contact sport, football is a risk factor for long-term concussion symptoms. The NFL (National Football League) has been slow to admit the link between playing football and sports concussions. However, researchers have concluded there is indeed a link.
But American football is not the only dangerous sport. There are a few sports where a higher percentage of athletes suffer concussions:
It is estimated that one third of former amateur contact sports athletes have CTE, which is a progressive brain disorder resulting from repetitive head injuries.
The long-term effects of multiple concussions can be even worse. The more often you are concussed, the more likely these symptoms of concussions will occur.
Concussion symptoms have been described in research almost 100 years old. In 1928, research described concussed fighters as “punch drunk,” “cuckoo,” “goofy,” “cutting paper dolls,” and “slug nutty.” We have since determined kinder and more scientific terms to describe concussion symptoms.
Can concussions cause permanent damage? Yes, mild concussions may result in short-term symptoms that go away with time. However, severe or repetitive concussions are likely to result in long-term consequences.
Can a concussion cause permanent memory damage? Yes, permanent memory damage and dementia are symptoms of CTE, which is triggered by multiple concussions.
How many concussions cause permanent damage? According to published research, 17 is the average number of concussions that leads to CTE, which is the progressive brain disease that results in these long term effects of concussions.
The common symptoms of a concussion can be short-term — AKA these symptoms appear soon after the concussion occurs and can dissipate.
Post-concussion syndrome is a term that can refer to these short-term symptoms of concussions. These short-term effects are mostly treatable.
A headache is pain in your head, face, or neck. There are multiple types of headaches caused by many different triggers.
Headache is the number one symptom after a concussion. Head injuries typically result in short-term headaches. However, these headaches can persist over several months if your concussion is not properly treated.
If you suffer a concussion, you may experience trouble concentrating.
This is especially noticeable at work or at school. Co-workers can be helpful when noticing concussion symptoms.
Sensitivity to light is the second most common symptom of concussion after headache. Also known as photosensitivity or photophobia, sensitivity to light may be to all lights, or only specific types of lighting.
Colored glasses are known to help mitigate the pain associated with post-concussion light sensitivity.
Sensitivity to noise is a common symptom after experiencing a concussion. People who suffer concussions may have problems going to loud places, like restaurants.
Concussions may also trigger a ringing in your ears, also called tinnitus.
Memory problems are normal after a concussion. Permanent or temporary loss of memory are more upsetting concussion symptoms.
The victim of a concussion may actually forget what happened to cause the head injury.
The long term effects of concussions stem from CTE, a progressive brain disease caused by multiple concussions.
CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The average number of concussions that leads to the long-term consequences of CTE seems to be 17 concussions.
Similar to post-concussion syndrome, CTE can trigger memory loss. Repetitive concussions can lead to long-term amnesia because of the brain damage concussions can cause.
Loved ones may notice personality changes in concussion victims. They may not exhibit these changes in behavior/mood until years — even decades — after the initial head trauma.
These are the personality changes that can occur after concussions:
Parkinson’s disease is considered a potential long-term effect of concussions. Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that may cause tremors and arm/leg stiffness.
Suffering a concussion can increase your risk of developing Parkinson’s later in life by 50%.
Both CTE (caused by multiple concussions, long-term) and mild TBI (single concussion, short-term) can increase your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life.
Alzheimer’s disease is another common symptom of concussions that may occur in the long-term.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder resulting in memory loss and cognitive impairment. Eventually, Alzheimer’s patients struggle to hold a conversation or complete simple tasks.
You may experience sleep disturbances after a concussion. Brain trauma can negatively affect the neurons involved in “sleep-wake control and circadian rhythm maintenance.”
Treatment of sleep disturbances is especially important since issues with your sleep can slow your natural concussion recovery.
Loss of smell (AKA anosmia, or “smell blindness”) is a well-established result of head trauma. Up to a quarter of concussion patients have reported loss of taste and smell.
The severity of your post-concussion smell dysfunction is related to your age and the severity/type of injury.
Taste dysfunction is directly related to smell dysfunction, since they use the same receptors.
A concussion can also cause a bad taste in your mouth.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury. A concussion occurs when you suffer a head injury, such as during sports, a car accident, or a fall. A concussion is often referred to as “mild TBI.”
TBI stands for traumatic brain injury. Concussions are a type of TBI, but there are other examples of TBI:
CTE stands for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. This is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by repetitive brain injuries. CTE accounts for all of the “long term effects of concussions” that we’ve been talking about.
Proven treatments for concussions include upper cervical care, mental/physical rest, exercise therapy, dietary changes, and all-natural painkillers.
Treating symptoms is a short-term solution to immediate pain, but it is important to correct any damage caused by your concussions to prevent lasting effects.
We’ll cover the most effective treatments for concussions, as well as some all-natural painkillers to relieve your pain in the moment.
Upper cervical care from a chiropractor is an effective treatment for a concussion. Upper cervical care regulates and normalizes your levels of cerebrospinal fluid.
Cerebrospinal fluid is the fluid around your brain inside your skull. Cerebrospinal fluid levels are an optimal biomarker for a healthcare professional to diagnose if you have suffered a concussion. Imbalanced cerebrospinal fluid levels have been linked to migraines and post-concussion syndrome.
Fortunately, upper cervical chiropractors should be able to correct spinal misalignments that lead to a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. This relieves pressure in the skull and addresses the escalation of symptoms that can occur when concussions happen.
If you live in the Denver area, consider setting up an appointment with Denver Upper Cervical Care. We work with our patients to diagnose and treat spine-related problems, such as post-concussion syndrome due to the imbalance of cerebrospinal fluid.
After you address any build up of spinal fluid, doctors will suggest physical and mental rest after a concussion.
For several days, avoid unnecessary physical activities. After that, avoid any activities that exacerbate your symptoms. (Don’t play contact sports or go on roller coasters for a while.)
For a few days, avoid any activities that involve a lot of thinking or concentration:
Exercise therapy is a less common, but very effective treatment of concussion.
After a concussion, patients will experience less blood flow to the brain. This means even light exercise can cause a headache.
However, research indicates that low-impact aerobic exercise therapy may be an effective treatment for post-concussion syndrome.
Dietary changes that reduce inflammation may be useful in treating your concussion. Changing your diet seems an odd treatment, but it has to do with inflammation.
Any injury results in inflammation, including head injuries. If your symptoms persist after a month, it may be important to reduce inflammation that can lead to all sorts of medical conditions.
Avoid these inflammatory foods:
Eat these anti-inflammatory foods:
These all-natural painkillers can relieve pain and inflammation that results from concussions. Though these are not long-term treatments, they can be effective tools until you can get an appointment to treat the actual issue.
Here are the most effective, research-backed all-natural painkillers:
A mild concussion can be treated with rest or exercise. All concussions should be followed up with chiropractic care and lifestyle changes.
If you or a loved one are experiencing these post-concussion symptoms, seek medical attention right away. The sooner your concussion is treated, the more likely you will avoid the long term effects of concussions.
Concussion recovery is the process of healing after a head injury.
Most symptoms of concussion go away within 7-10 days. Most people recover from a concussion in about a month, but there are factors that can speed it up or slow it down.
For instance, one way to improve concussion symptoms is chiropractic care. One way to worsen your symptoms is high-intensity exercise before you’re ready.
Concussion recovery is especially important to sports medicine, as such a high percentage of contact sports athletes suffer repeated concussions. Almost 4 million concussions occur every year because of sports and recreational activities, and between 30% and 50% go unreported.
What is a concussion? A concussion is an injury to your brain caused by the brain impacting the inside of your skull. Also called a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions usually occur because of a direct hit to the head or because of whiplash.
What is post-concussion syndrome? Post-concussion syndrome is a condition in which concussion symptoms persist for more than 6 weeks.
Also called post-concussive syndrome, this condition is rare after a single concussion. With each concurrent concussion, however, developing post-concussion syndrome is more likely.
What should you do after a concussion? After a suspected concussion, go to the emergency room. A doctor must diagnose a concussion and prescribe the proper treatment for optimal concussion recovery. Mental and physical rest are the two most common recommendations.
The most common symptoms of a concussion are:
Concussion recovery time varies from person to person. Some people recover from mild traumatic brain injuries within a couple of weeks. In the worst cases, concussion symptoms can last for years. Most concussions resolve within a month.
How long does it take to recover from a mild concussion? The average recovery time after a concussion has been estimated to be between 16 and 29 days. Most people recover in 2-4 weeks. An estimated 20% of people need more than 6 weeks to recover from persistent symptoms of concussion.
Can you fully recover from a concussion? Most people who suffer a concussion can expect to fully recover within 4 weeks. Rarely, severe concussions from an extremely traumatic injury or repeated concussions over time can cause permanent damage.
These are the factors that may slow your recovery time after a concussion:
There are several science-backed methods to speed up concussion recovery.
How do you treat a concussion at home? You treat a concussion at home with mental and physical rest, but only for a few days. After that initial rest period, slowly start to reintroduce normal activity. No one should be alone for the first 48 hours of concussion recovery.
Talk to a healthcare professional before treating your concussion at home.
Physical rest in which you avoid anything beyond very light physical activity is a must for early concussion recovery.
Most of your normal daily activities may need to be put on pause for a few days.
Avoid these normal daily activities:
If you must buy groceries or go out on errands, bring a friend or family member. Driving with post concussion syndrome may be dangerous for some moderate to severe cases.
After a few days of rest, slowly increase your activity level and observe whether or not your activity triggers concussion symptoms. If not, you’re recovering!
Stay hydrated as you increase your activity levels.
If you don’t feel better after a week of physical rest, talk to your healthcare provider about approaching your recovery process in a new way.
Mental rest helps the brain to recover after a concussion by reducing eye strain and mental stress.
Mentally stimulating activities that should be avoided include:
Generally, activities that require extended periods of focus for your eyes may strain your visual system and exacerbate symptoms.
You’ll notice that even watching television should be avoided immediately after a concussion. Less screen time means better sleep — plus, it helps you avoid light sensitivity.
Some providers will recommend picking television or your phone back up after the first few days of recovery. However, this may cause flare-ups and slow concussion recovery. Some post-concussion syndrome patients struggle for months to look at screens without developing symptoms.
For the first couple of days, your eyes will probably be sensitive to light. You may want to lie down in a dark room. This is fine for a couple of days, but should not be your daily routine for more than 2-3 days.
Part of mental rest is a good night’s sleep — aim for 7-8 hours. For the first few days, feel free to take naps throughout the day as necessary. Slowly, phase out napping to return to normal mental activity.
Low-impact, non-contact aerobic exercise may aid in concussion recovery.
Exercise is typically avoided, so as not to trigger concussion symptoms. But research shows that exercise is actually a promising therapy for concussion therapy. The key is to start with very light exercise and increase your intensity gradually over time.
Animal studies indicate that exercise benefits patients who suffer from prolonged symptoms of concussion.
Other studies reveal that exercise may encourage neuron growth and decrease cell death in the brain of concussion victims.
Do not drink alcohol within two weeks of suffering a concussion.
Even a small amount of alcohol after a concussion can greatly impair your judgment, increasing risk of falling and further head injuries. Drinking alcohol can also increase risk of depression, a symptom of long-term concussion recovery.
Alcohol may trigger neuroinflammation that directly impairs your concussion recovery.
As a side note, alcohol consumption is also a significant risk factor for getting a concussion in general.
Upper cervical chiropractic care may help with concussion recovery. This is due to the link between concussion symptoms and problems in your upper spine and neck.
Concussion symptoms can be caused by a misalignment in your upper cervical spine. The atlas and/or the axis surround the brain stem. When one or both of these vertebrae are misaligned, chiropractic care is required to put them back in alignment.
Upper cervical misalignment may cause post-injury headaches, but chiropractic care can improve headaches, as well as concussion symptoms in general.
At Denver Upper Cervical Care, we believe in treating the root cause, not the symptoms. Concussion symptoms are often caused by spinal misalignment.
If you suffered a recent concussion, click here to make an appointment with us. Chiropractic care improves concussion recovery. Our patients prove it.
40% of post-concussion syndrome patients are prescribed some sort of psychological treatment after their concussion. Psychological treatment, such as psychotherapy and behavioral therapy, promotes neurorehabilitation in concussion patients.
A part of psychological treatment should be educating the patient. Knowing what to expect from concussion symptoms, what symptoms are normal vs. which ones are not, and how to deal with concussion symptoms seems to reduce concussion symptoms faster, even in children.
Journals are common psychological exercises. Keeping a memory journal or symptom journal are simple ways to keep track of your progress, exercising your mind without straining it.
No medication will cure you of having a concussion, but some medications are helpful in relieving concussion symptoms. This does not necessarily mean your concussion recovery is faster, but the healing process might be easier for you to handle.
Depending on your symptoms, a doctor may prescribe you with:
However, always check the adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals. The side effects may not be worth the relief.
For natural pain relief, try:
First off, see a doctor immediately after your head injury. The doctor will be able to tell you if you have a mild concussion, something less serious, or something worse.
During your recovery process, call a doctor right away if:
Seeking immediate medical care after these symptoms ensures your concussion symptoms don’t worsen.
Don’t feel bad about going to the emergency room. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates almost 3 million people go to the emergency room for concussions every year.
A doctor is able to order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scan (computerized tomography) to better assess your head injury and recovery process.
Full recovery takes time. After a concussion, some people need to allow more than 6 weeks to pass for the healing process to complete.
However, most can return to work or school after a month.
Patience is important to the recovery process. With patience and determination — and a little chiropractic work — you should make a strong recovery!
Cervical instability is a medical condition in which loose ligaments in your upper cervical spine may lead to neuronal damage and a large list of adverse symptoms.
If you have cervical instability, you may be experiencing migraines, vertigo, or nausea. Fortunately, this condition is treatable, though not curable.
Let’s talk about the symptoms, causes, treatments, diagnosis, and prevention of cervical instability — one step at a time.
Cervical instability occurs when the ligaments in between your spinal cord and skull are loose. These “lax ligaments” allow for excessive movement of the top two cervical vertebrae, which may result in many symptoms, such as headaches, fainting, or even memory loss.
Ligament laxity is a state in which ligaments that attach bone to bone are loose. Also called ligamentous laxity, this condition often causes chronic pain. It can affect the whole body, or only specific parts.
You may have seen a friend hyperextend their finger, seemingly unnaturally. This is probably due to ligament laxity causing joint hypermobility syndrome. The ligaments connecting the bones in your friend’s finger are loose and allow for more range of motion.
This abnormal range of motion in your neck area can trigger cervical instability.
Ligament laxity may be caused by genetic connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome.
There are 2 joints at which the ligaments may be loose, leading to cervical instability:
Cervical instability is also known as:
Symptoms of cervical instability:
How do you test cervical instability? Here are 4 testing methods for cervical instability:
It is worth mentioning that, although MRIs are the most common diagnostic testing method for cervical instability, a 2012 scientific investigation found that MRIs had “limited diagnostic value in patients with whiplash-associated disorders” such as cervical instability.
Here are some measurements doctors will look for to diagnose cervical instability:
Craniocervical instability is caused by ligament laxity between the skull and the top two vertebrae (the atlas and the axis). This allows excessive movement and leads to a long list of physical and neurological symptoms.
How do you fix cervical instability? There are 4 standard treatments for cervical instability:
There is no consensus on the best cervical instability treatment, but these 5 methods are supported by the most scientific evidence.
Chiropractic care is a common and effective treatment for headaches, poor posture, and spinal misalignments — all of which are connected to cervical instability.
Upper cervical chiropractic care may correct cervical instability.
A 2020 study says: “Spinal chiropractic manipulative therapy can be used to correct cervical instability,” joint disorders, dislocations of cervical vertebrae, and much more.
Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective therapy when performed by a highly qualified chiropractor, even in special needs patients.
Here at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we have successfully treated cervical instability patients countless times. Gentle adjustments of the upper spine are critical to recovering from cervical instability. Click here to learn more about our practice.
Does cervical instability require surgery? You do not need surgery for cervical instability unless your instability has gotten out of control. In the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary to manage the life-changing symptoms of advanced cervical instability.
Most surgical treatments aim to correct dysfunction of the craniocervical junction, where the skull meets the upper spine.
The most common surgical treatment options include:
Cervical spine fusion, in particular, may be performed when slight subluxations are detected but before migration of the odontoid process to prevent the progression of cervical instability. Unfortunately, some surgery patients find they can no longer move that part of their neck.
Medscape explains that when it comes to surgery for cervical instability, “optimal results have been obtained in patients with severe pain and mild myelopathy.”
However, more conservative treatments for cervical instability, such as chiropractic care or physical therapy, may also be effective. Since surgery is invasive and expensive, it may be wise to try more conservative treatments first.
Physical therapy is a very effective treatment option for cervical instability. We often recommend patients do PT alongside chiropractic care for the best recover outcomes.
What does physical therapy for cervical instability involve?
You may or may not need to wear a brace or cervical collar, depending on the severity of your cervical instability, and whether you had surgery beforehand.
According to a two-year follow up study, surgery improved patient outcomes better after one year. But physical therapy was insignificantly different from surgery at improving symptoms after two years.
In other words, surgery is a short-term strategy to offer immediate back pain relief. Physical therapy improves symptoms in the long-term.
Always consult your doctor or physical therapist before trying these strengthening exercises to help with cervical instability.
5 examples of strengthening exercises that may treat or prevent cervical instability are:
Discontinue any exercise or movement that triggers pain. Feeling pain is a sign you should rest and not push yourself further.
Prolotherapy is a relatively new treatment option for patients with cervical instability, often with no adverse side effects.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection technique that aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen and repair injured joints and ligaments.
It is “intended for acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, including those causing chronic neck pain related to underlying joint instability and ligament laxity,” such as cervical instability.
A 2007 case series showed that prolotherapy consistently improved neck pain in whiplash patients.
Stem cell prolotherapy is also a burgeoning treatment for ligament repair.
Prolotherapy injections offer cervical instability patients an alternative to surgery.
But, prolotherapy has yet to prove if it can offer permanent and repeatable treatment results. Many patients seek out combination chiropractic and physical therapy after undergoing prolotherapy treatment that didn’t provide lasting pain relief.
Cervical instability is common in people with connective tissue disorders. Individuals at a higher risk, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, will need to actively prevent cervical instability.
To prevent cervical instability:
Everyone should follow these tips for good overall health, but particularly individuals with connective tissue disorders or malformations of the neck or spine.
Cervical instability is somewhat rare, but it is likely underdiagnosed. For example, connective tissue disorders that can trigger cervical instability affect at least 1 in 5,000 people worldwide.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cervical instability, contact your doctor or chiropractor right away.
This is a manageable disorder, but only with high-quality treatment, such as physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments.
Click here today to make your appointment at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Here, we empower patients to take part in their whole person healing, and we want to help YOU with your cervical instability.
Chiropractic adjustments are sessions of spinal manipulation administered by a doctor of chiropractic. These adjustments are used for chronic pain relief and treating other medical conditions by correcting spinal misalignments.
What is a chiropractor? A chiropractor is a highly qualified health professional who has earned his/her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Chiropractors adjust the patient’s spinal joints in ways that have been scientifically shown to address certain disorders.
There are several evidence-based health benefits of chiropractic care. A doctor of chiropractic is able to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, migraines, and sciatica with spinal adjustments.
Upper cervical chiropractic is a subspecialty of chiropractic care that focuses on the 2 upper vertebrae of the spine: the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). Upper cervical care is employed for effective treatment of several disorders and injuries.
Below, you’ll learn the answer to these questions:
A chiropractic adjustment (also known as a “spinal adjustment”) is a session of spinal corrections performed by a chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments may include a number of individual chiropractic techniques, such as the toggle drop, lumbar roll, or table adjustments.
How often should you get chiropractic adjustments? For chronic pain that significantly affects your quality of life, you should get a chiropractic adjustment every week or even multiple times each week.
For simple maintenance and prevention, you may visit a chiropractor once a month, but this varies greatly depending on your provider.
Our upper cervical chiropractic treatment plans typically require weekly treatments for 12 weeks at a time. After this, I will recommend an appropriate plan for maintenance adjustments, although I aim to get you back on your feet and out of the office.
There is no cookie cutter formula to knowing what someone needs. That being said, based on your condition, lifestyle, and state of your spine, I create a custom fit 3-month care plan to get started.
It’s very rare I see anyone more than once a week. Most patients can expect to average about 1 visit per week for the first 3 months of care; “The Corrective Care Plan” phase.
Following those first three months, I do a comprehensive re-examination where I will:
An osteopath is a slightly different profession from a chiropractor.
Osteopaths (doctors of osteopathy, or DOs) go through four years of medical school. Very few osteopaths prescribe to the importance of spinal correction for all-body health.
Chiropractors, on the other hand, go to a chiropractic post-graduate school, not medical school. The chiropractic profession focuses closely on all-body health via spinal adjustments.
Osteopaths perform osteopathic adjustments, which are very similar to chiropractic manipulations. However, osteopathic adjustments are basically watered-down chiropractic adjustments. Like physical therapists, osteopaths have minimal (elective) training on “manipulations”.
Ultimately, osteopathy does not use the principles of functional medicine, in which a lifestyle approach is used to promote health. Chiropractic, on the other hand, honors the innate systems of the body to promote health with minimal to no use of drugs or conventional medicine principles.
Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments and spinal motion issues. Left untreated, misalignments and subluxations may cause:
Health benefits of chiropractic adjustments include:
These health benefits are backed by peer-reviewed science. A slew of other benefits have been reported by patients and chiropractors but may not be published in scientific journals.
If you are interested in a chiropractic adjustment, click here to make your appointment at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic. We work with our patients to figure out a treatment plan that works for you.
Before your adjustment, your chiropractor should discuss your treatment level. He or she will explain what chiropractic adjustment is required in your case.
You should not expect any pain during a chiropractic visit.
The first time you visit a chiropractor, the doctor of chiropractic will likely consult with you regarding your overall condition, symptoms, and desired results. This consultation may include:
You may or may not get a chiropractic adjustment at this initial consultation. At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we take time to thoroughly analyze x-rays before delivering the first adjustment on the second visit. If a patient travels in from out of state, we will make special accommodations for time.
After your first visit, the chiropractor can examine your x-rays and formulate a personalized treatment plan for you.
When you return, it’s probably time for your first adjustment.
Your chiropractor will likely explore your maximum range of motion before beginning the adjustment, stopping immediately if this movement triggers any pain. The chiropractor may thrust his/her hands down onto the targeted area to actually make the adjustment.
Personally, I do not employ adjustments like this with my patients. It’s a common practice, but I use a very gentle and precise instrument instead.
The Laney Torque Specific Cervical Adjusting Instrument is my device of choice (not to be confused with the Torque Release Technique’s “integrator”). Only 65 of these have ever been manufactured, and I have the only one in the entire state of Colorado.
We use regular x-rays and cutting-edge technology to ensure the most precise, gentle, and effective adjustments possible.
What happens when you get adjusted by a chiropractor? The chiropractor corrects spinal misalignments, and restores nervous system function. You may hear “popping”, which is normal. It is also normal to lie on a drop table that raises and drops.
How long do chiropractic adjustments last? The amount of time a chiropractic adjustment lasts depends heavily on the state of the patient’s spine. The greatest variation between people is in the beginning of treatment.
Over time, chiropractors should be seeing people less and less often as they hold their adjustments longer and longer. What people do outside the office can have a big impact on the efficacy of their care.
Chiropractic adjustments can be used for rehabilitation, maintenance, or prevention.
How long until I see results from chiropractic care? On average, a patient of chiropractic care sees results within 1 to 4 weeks of spinal adjustment. You may notice small physical changes right away, like increased lung capacity or limb strength.
What is the difference between upper cervical and general chiropractic?
Drop table adjustments are common tools used by general chiropractors. During this adjustment, he or she will raise a part of the table you’re lying down on, then thrust their hands down, causing the raised part of the table to quickly lower.
This actually increases the patient’s comfort level, compared to spinal corrections without the use of a table.
It is important to wear loose-fitting clothing so your clothes don’t get in the way of spinal adjustments. The chiropractor may lift up your leg or gently twist your back, which may be difficult with tight-fitting clothing. Athletic wear is often the clothing of choice.
It’s also important to wear close-toed shoes for general chiropractic adjustments.
You may hear a lot of “popping” or “cracking” like when you crack your knuckles. This is thought to be caused by joint cavitation, when gases in your joints’ lubricating fluids are released. It is a sign your joints are being mobilized.
Again, I do not adjust patients using drop table or twisting/cracking adjustments. These are common, but do not serve our patients best in their upper cervical chiropractic treatment plans.
Yes, it is safe to get chiropractic adjustments from a trained and licensed doctor of chiropractic.
Fewer than one in a million chiropractic patients experiences an adverse event during treatment.
Those are much better odds than taking anti-inflammatory meds, such as NSAIDs, for pain. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are not even as effective as spinal adjustments at relieving neck pain. NSAIDs certainly don’t correct the cause of your problem.
Side effects of chiropractic adjustments are rare. Potential dangers include:
Who shouldn’t get a chiropractic adjustment? If a patient presents any of the following disorders, chiropractors may hesitate to perform spinal adjustments:
The average cost of a chiropractic adjustment is $65 to $85.
Depending on where you live, whether you’re seeing a specialist, and the years of experience of your chiropractor, the cost of a chiropractic adjustment varies. Chiropractic services range in cost from $30 to $200 per visit.
Many chiropractors require a one-time fee for the initial consultation, where a physical examination, x-rays, and personal health history are usually administered. From this initial consultation, a doctor of chiropractic can lay out an effective treatment plan for each individual patient.
Most chiropractic care is not covered by insurance. We do not accept insurance, including Medicare/Medicaid for this reason.
Some insurance plans cover short-term chiropractic care for rehabilitation after an injury, such as a car crash or sports injury. However, most insurance plans do not cover chiropractic care for maintenance, prevention, and general wellness.
If you’re considering chiropractic care but aren’t sure you can afford it, talk to your chiropractor’s office about options such as payment plans or CareCredit.
Chiropractors are highly qualified medical professionals with a Doctor of Chiropractic education. They are trained and educated to administer chiropractic adjustments to all sorts of people — from children to the elderly.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we have administered countless chiropractic adjustments. Gentle adjustments of the upper spine are critical to recovering from cervical instability. Click here to learn more about our practice.
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