Around 10% of the adult population at any one time is suffering from a stiff neck, neck pain or neck soreness. Osteoarthritis of the neck also called cervical spondylosis is present in as much as 50% of those over 50 years of age. About 3 million people annually are diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis occurs when the vertebrate of the neck have been misaligned or subluxated due to falls, vehicle accidents, or even the birthing process. This causes vertebrae in the neck to degenerate. When bone in the vertebrae attempts to repair itself, it overgrows, producing abnormal outgrowths of bone (spurs) and narrowing the spinal canal in the neck. The disks between vertebrae also degenerate, decreasing the cushioning that otherwise protects the spinal cord. These changes may result in compression on the spinal cord and narrowing of the spinal canal. Symptoms of cervical spondylosis may include pain in the neck, or shoulder, back, legs, thighs, and buttocks that worsens with standing. Some people experience muscle weakness or muscle spasms. Headache, sensation of pins and needles, or stiffness in the arms or legs are also common.
Since cervical spondylosis is linked to neck misalignments that worsen with aging, the Blair Upper Cervical procedure is one recommended way of treating osteoarthritis. Blair Upper Cervical is a chiropractic treatment or procedure with the goal of locating and correcting spinal misalignments in the neck. There is mounting evidence that upper neck misalignments interfere with normal nervous system function. These interferences can present with various symptoms that many healthcare providers simply mask with medication.
When a patient visits a Blair Upper Cervical doctor a complete history is taken. The patient is then run through a series of objective tests that determine if the patient suffers from Upper Cervical Spine misalignment. If the testing indicates there is nervous system interference, then a set of precise x-rays are taken. The x-rays visualize the joints between the head and neck to measure direction and magnitude of the misalignment. The information received from these tests help the doctor make a custom tailored correction. Blair Upper Cervical doctors do not use gross cervical manipulation, so there is no cracking, or popping of the neck. Instead, they use a gentle correction specific to each patient. Thus, no patient receives the same correction. The goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the correction to “hold” as long as possible. When the spinal segment returns to its normal position and “holds,” it allows the body to function better.
Cervical spondylosis or osteoarthritis is one of the many different conditions that respond to Blair upper cervical care. The medical approach is often to just treat the symptoms with medications and surgery. The Blair Upper Cervical approach relies on the fact that the body is self-healing and self-regulating. By removing the interference between the brain-to-body communication, caused by disorders such as cervical spondylosis, the body begins to heal and restore itself!
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.