A well-functioning nervous system is imperative for a healthy body. The Blair technique is designed to help the nervous system function at its best by ensuring the brainstem and spinal cord are free of any dysfunction due to upper cervical misalignment.

The Blair Upper Cervical Technique focuses primarily on the area where the brain stem and spinal cord pass through the floor of the skull into the neural canal and on the top two (2) cervical vertebrae, C1 and C2, which are the weakest and most freely moveable vertebrae in the spine and are therefore the ones most often misaligned. These top two (2) vertebrae can shift in such a way that they can cause major dysfunction of the nervous system. The muscles and ligaments that support this area are commonly damaged by modern day pressures ranging from bad posture, falls, car accidents, whiplash, stress, concussions, sports injuries, other personal injuries, and birthing trauma, resulting in an upper cervical misalignment.

Since these vertebrae are the only ones in such close proximity to the brain stem, when they misalign to the point of putting pressure on the brainstem and/or spinal cord, it interferes with nerve tissue and inhibits critical messages delivered to and from the brain to all areas of the body. For example, if the atlas (C1) is impinged on the section of the cord that transmits messages to the right hand, the person may feel numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in that hand. If the nerves leading to the heart in the brain stem are impinged, the person may have elevated blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, or experience palpitations. Because practically all nerves must pass through this area before reaching the region of the body they innervate, pressure on the brain stem and/or spinal cord can be widespread and affect any portion of the body.

Upper cervical misalignments are also commonly asymptomatic when they first occur. They can exist for months or years without showing any visible indicators like pain or other symptoms. However, as the spine begins to degenerate or experiences increased pressures from any one of these causes mentioned above, these symptoms may begin to occur leading the body to break down and become ill.

Some of the symptoms linked to upper cervical dysfunction are:

• Meniere’s Disease
• Vertigo/Dizziness
• Sciatica
• Low Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Post-Concussion Syndrome
• Migraine Headaches
• Tinnitus
• TMJ Dysfunction
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Numbness/Tingling
• Fibromyalgia
• Insomnia

How do I know if I need to see a Blair Doctor?

According to research, 79% of people have upper cervical misalignment at some point in their lives, but only a small number receive treatment to fix it. Most individuals are unaware of the problem since they have never been adequately examined by a doctor proficient in this type of technique. Many individuals suffer through a multitude of failed attempts trying to manage their symptoms and/or pain before finding their last hope, a Blair Upper Cervical doctor.

Blair chiropractors are experts at detecting, diagnosing, and treating the upper cervical misalignment. The goal of the Blair Chiropractic methodology is to assess and treat vertebral subluxations in an accurate, specific manner, allowing the body’s natural intelligence to mend, repair, and sustain health from within.

The first step is to have Dr. Sterling perform a thorough evaluation, which will include a health history and physical examination along with specific 3D Upper Cervical Imaging with views specialized for this technique. This evaluation provides a deeper understanding of your spine’s condition and whether or not you have an upper cervical misalignment. If the doctor feels you could benefit from an upper cervical adjustment, she will discuss the findings and recommended treatment plan with you before providing any chiropractic care to ensure you fully understand and agree with the plan as well as answer any questions you might have regarding your health care.

The next step is to begin your treatment plan. The upper cervical adjustment is gentle and quick without any twisting of the neck. Again, the goal of this type of adjustment is to realign the vertebra to its optimal position without pressure on the brain stem and/or spinal cord. Blair chiropractic care can also be easily incorporated into any other treatment regimen by any of your health care providers such as your personal physician, physical therapist, or occupational therapists.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (913) 390-3476 or askdoc@realignkc.com.