The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal. Special attention is given to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.
The purpose of the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique is not to diagnose or treat diseases or conditions, but to analyze and correct vertebral subluxations in an accurate, precise and specific manner to allow the body’s intelligence (see chiropractic philosophy), to mend, repair and maintain health from within.
The nervous system controls and regulates all parts and functions in the body. When there is nerve interference, also known as a subluxation, your body loses the ability to properly self-regulate and heal itself. The result of the subluxation can be pain and illness.
Blair Upper Cervical care is a highly specialized system of locating and correcting this nerve interference in the spine, also known as a subluxation, where we can specifically correct one area of the spine to allow the rest of the spine to become healthy and stable again, significantly reducing the amount of adjusting and intervention.
The Blair Chiropractic society is committed to the promotion, advancement and quality control of the Blair Chiropractic technique amongst it practitioners, instructors, students and community.
Dr. Christine Gulbranson, a scientist, holder of 5 advanced degrees, and a patient of Dr. Thomas Forest, describes her cognitive impairment as a result of a car accident and how Blair Upper Cervical care helped restore her capabilities. Listen to her story.
Dr Jeffrey Hannah is a second generation chiropractor, who was born in Toronto, Canada. At 12 years old, his family moved from Vancouver to Iowa for his dad to accept a teaching position at Palmer College of Chiropractic. After attending high school, university (St Ambrose, 2004, valedictorian) and then chiropractic college (Palmer, 2007, salutatorian) all in Davenport, Jeff decided to listen to the “small voice” in his head, which said that he was meant to go elsewhere. Dr Jeff practised Atlas Orthogonal for five years before attending an Upper Cervical symposium in New Zealand, where he was introduced to the Blair work. Over the next few months, he converted and rebranded the practice to “Atlas Health Australia,” which is currently one of only two Blair Upper Cervical practices on the continent. Over the next few years, Dr Jeff travelled back-and-forth to attend as many seminars as he could in order to complete proficiency, primary and then advanced certification in October 2017.
Dr Jeff instructed the first Blair Upper Cervical seminar in Australia in November 2016, followed by 5 additional seminars plus 2 online training modules in 2017.
Somewhere in the past 10 years, Dr Jeff published The Doctors Who Give No Medicine, which outlines the story of how he got into Upper Cervical in the first place. He also worked as clinical supervisor at Macquarie University, and now as a philosophy instructor and guest speaker at Central Queensland University.
Dr Jeff and Natalie now work together at their office in North Lakes (north Brisbane) to provide highest quality care to people from across Australia searching for the solutions to their health challenges. Dr Jeff is especially grateful for all his mentors, his parents, and for his wife whose unconditional encouragement has allowed them both to experience crazy, challenging and yet wonderful things along the way. When they are’t working, they are probably still out there somewhere running on the trails through Brisbane Forest Park or the Sunshine Coast Hinterland …
Teaching and research of the Blair Technique has been continued since Dr. Blair’s passing by the William G. Blair Chiropractic Society, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) qualified Texas non-profit corporation which credentials instructors, sponsors research, and holds annual educational conferences. The Blair curriculum is currently divided into four courses of two days each. Research projects to date have focused primarily on inter-observer reliability studies of measurements and perceptual judgments made on Blair Cervical Series spinographs.