The health of your whole body hinges on a healthy nervous system. When any part of the spine is misaligned, it pinches nerves leaving the spinal cord so they cannot operate their affected part of the body correctly. But when the spinal cord itself is pinched, at the base of the skull where it leaves the brain, a domino effect of problems and pains occur. Dr. Besso has earned considerable post-doctorate training in upper cervical chiropractic adjusting to eliminate this upper cervical misalignment. This technique corrects the alignment of the upper cervical spine (neck vertebrae) so that the entire spinal cord functions correctly. Our patients who have had upper cervical adjustments report widespread, lasting pain relief, better energy levels and an overall boost in quality of life.
How Upper Cervical Care Works
People who are familiar with traditional chiropractic care may assume that all chiropractors adjust the neck and back with strong applications of force that result in a popping or cracking sound as the vertebrae shift. In fact, this makes some people reluctant to seek out chiropractic care. However, the good news is that upper cervical chiropractic care is much more gentle than traditional chiropractic.
The upper cervical technique is very gentle, and it can be so gentle because it is so precise. When a patient is examined, the upper cervical chiropractor will use various types of equipment and tests such as x-rays from several angles, equipment that measures structural imbalances, and a leg length test. All of these assessments provide information so that the chiropractor can develop an individually tailored plan of action.
When it comes time for the adjustment, the patient will usually lie on his or her side with support provided for the head. The upper cervical chiropractor will use his or her hands to gently put pressure on the neck at a precise angle. The goal is to coax the upper neck vertebrae back into the correct position. Follow-up x-rays or other tests may be used to confirm that the vertebrae are properly aligned.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Benefits
The upper cervical chiropractic in Stow carries a long list of health benefits, the most popular of which is pain relief. Our chiropractor uses it to help people with conditions like: