Different Expectations

Different Expectations
A New and Revolutionary Kind of Care

Consider a general family physician that takes care of family checkups. They handle broad healthcare needs, then direct their patients to specialists when specific procedures and care are required. A similar relationship applies when comparing chiropractic and upper cervical care. Traditional chiropractic focuses on adjusting the entire spine for greater vitality and health; whereas, Upper Cervical Specific is a post-doctoral certification and specialization in chiropractic that focuses on the top two bones in the neck right where the brainstem sits.

Upper Cervical Spine
Meet Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2).

These top two bones can misalign in 274 different combinations due to the natural, unique
formation of the bones. When these two bones misalign they put pressure on the brainstem, which paralyzes various nerve fibers and cripples your body’s natural state of balance and optimal health. To address these misalignments one needs precise work.

For permanent correction, the top two cervical bones, referred to as Atlas and Axis, have to be corrected specifically by a specialist so that no pressure remains on the brainstem. These two, topmost bones allow for much of the movement of your neck, plus they slip, slide, and move all over the place. Therefore, it’s not realistic to simply palpate or just “feel” which of the 274 different possibilities of misalignment are occurring in the upper cervical spine. Even if that were feasible, how would one know when they were in place?

Upper cervical care utilizes a 3-view x-ray so that the doctor can see all the planes of misalignment. Digital paraspinal infrared thermography calibrated within .2 degrees is another device used to help the doctor determine whether brainstem pressure is present or not. Knowing when NOT to adjust is just as important as knowing when to adjust!

In upper cervical care, patients do not experience their spine being cracked up one side and down the other indiscriminately. One correction to the neck is administered specifically to realign a torqued misalignment. Much like playing a game of billiards, the doctor must first line up the patient correctly and then line up his body and hands to deliver a precise adjustment to unlock a 3-dimensional torqued misalignment that is exclusively unique to the Atlas.

Just as when everything is not aligned perfect in billiards, one does not make the ball in the pocket. The same is true of upper cervical care. If everything is not precise, then alleviating the pressure from the brainstem will not result. Practitioners double-check the corrections by thermography so the doctor and patient immediately know if brain stem pressure has been eliminated.

Upper cervical doctors pride themselves in their work. Often they work with people who have often found no help elsewhere in the healthcare field. By administering a specific correction to the top bone in the neck, pressure is relieved from the brainstem and life, which resides in the brain, begins to flow freely to the entire body from the top down.
Upper Cervical Doctors get results where more generalized techniques may fail. The developer of chiropractic Dr. B.J. Palmer stated, “Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing at all.”

Considering there are 274 variations the Atlas can be misaligned, why not get yourself checked by an upper cervical specialist today?


The Coolest Place to Hang in Durango!

There are so many places to hang out in Durango. In a town of this size it is truly amazing the magnitude of places to go and things to see that we have to offer in our little town. I believe one of the biggest opportunities that we have to offer is dining. Durango boasts of having the most restaurants per capita in which I would add (places to hang out). One of my most favorite activities that I enjoy is going out to coffee and hanging out with friends in a cozy environment that has the feeling of home. However, for as many coffee places as there are in Durango there are very few I actually enjoy going to. Why? The first question I ask myself when I go into an establishment is, “Is this a place that I can hang out, relax, and enjoy being at?” Unfortunately when I visit various establishments in Durango my answer to the question is, No. Although the more “modern” style of today’s culture is to be in a spacious open environment I still prefer to find a cozy nook to settle into and relax knowing in part that I have my own space that has a sense of privacy where my conversations aren’t shared with the entire room, or that I have to yell over a loud espresso machine sitting right next to me. Perhaps it is also why I always choose a booth over a table if given the option. There is something comforting about having a high back to rest against and being next to a wall instead of another party within arms reach.

That being said we have gone to great lengths to help make Atlas Specific one of the coolest places to hang out. We wanted to create an environment that is comfortable and feels like home. It may not be your home but it is mine and I wish to share it with all who wish to enjoy it. We have chosen comfy areas for you to sit back and relax, enjoy tea from the White Dragon Tea Room or coffee from our little quiet machine. Our office comes complete with a T.V. and lounge and offers you a place to relax before or after your visit. If you know someone who needs to be in a healing environment let them know about us! They can even come and experience Atlas Specific for free! Every Tuesday night at 5:30 we offer a free class on the principles of healing and The Foundation of Upper Cervical Care.

Featured in EPIC Magazine

Check out Dr. Clayton’s article in the March Issue of Epic Magazine on “The Role and Purpose of Upper Cervical Care.”

The Major Premise of Upper Cervical Care is that there is a subluxation (vertebral misalignment with nerve interference) in the upper cervical spine interfering with the expression of life in the body. Throughout the body, nerve fibers travel from the brain down the spinal cord to every tissue, organ and cell of the body. It is these nerve fibers that carry mental impulse from the brain which nourish the body and allow for proper communication from the brain to the body and back to the brain again. Misalignments throughout the spine can interfere with these messages causing decreased signaling throughout the body depending on which nerve root is compressed and which part of it is interfered with as it exits the spine. A nerve, although impinged, will still fire to the extent it can into the body and the end organ it innervates.