Upper cervical pain can be so excruciating and debilitating that it often brings our Duluth and Atlanta patients in as soon as they feel it. Our team at the New Atlas Clinic is able to help anyone suffering from upper cervical pain. Our team specializes in upper cervical chiropractic treatment and can find the right method of treating your condition. Developed in 1930 by Dr B. J. Palmer, upper cervical chiropractic is a non-invasive treatment that has been used ever since to help those suffering from upper cervical pain. Here is what you should know about upper cervical pain and treatment for it.

What is the
Upper Cervical Spine?

Designated as the top seven vertebrae of the spinal column and their joints, the upper cervical spine is the most complex part of the spine, since it includes these bones, seven joints between them, and the intervertebral discs that provide cushioning. It also includes 8 nerve roots that each send and receive nerve impulses or signals to and from the brain. The upper cervical spine has four veins and arteries that circulate blood between the heart and brain. It has extraordinary mobility that gives the head 180 degrees of rotation as well as 90 degrees of forward and backward motion. So, if the upper cervical spine is injured in a fall or auto accident, the tension and pain around the upper back and neck can be extreme and debilitating.

How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help?

Upper cervical chiropractic is a highly specific type of treatment. It's popular with our patients, not only because of its effectiveness, but also because it's painless, gentle, and does not involve the type of twisting manipulation that some patients find unsettling. This treatment concentrates on the C1 and C2 vertebra which is the top two vertebrae of the spine and the only two lacking an intervertebral disc. Not only does this mean any injury to them will be extremely painful, but any resulting misalignment will interfere with brain-spine nerve impulses that are responsible for brain-body communication. This means getting upper cervical chiropractic treatment is crucial. Since our practice is the only one in Duluth to provide this kind of treatment, we implore you to try it for yourself.


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