If your back is feeling good most likely your body has proper skull-neck alignment. Upper Cervical Chiropractic acknowledges that there is a unique and important relationship between the alignment of the skull and the upper cervical spine. Upper Cervical chiropractors focus on the upper cervical spine because this area is the most vital to the proper function of the entire body.

Your spinal system is delicate, especially the craniocervical junction (CCJ). This means the tiniest of things can throw it off balance rather easily.  The skull and the upper cervical spine have a special relationship, requiring chiropractors to analyze the biomechanics of the region using precision radiology or cbct imaging. If the upper cervical spine and skull alignment are not in balance, symptoms like excessive sleeping, loss of balance, change of personality, and depression or anxiety are side effects of something we don’t commonly associate with the spine.

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What does skull misalignment look like?

If your upper cervical spine and skull aren’t in proper alignment, accumulation of fluid, known as the cerebral spinal fluid, can build up in and around the person’s brain. This places pressure on one of the most important organs in your body. Fortunately, through upper cervical chiropractic care, precise radiographs can determine exact direction and magnitude of the upper neck and skull spinal misalignments. Analysis of the radiographs or cbct, detail misalignment between the skull and atlas vertebra, which can impair fluid flows like the venous, arterial, and cerebral spinal to the skull and the spinal canal. Increased fluid flow can cause personality changes, lack of motivation, depression, and other chronic health problems.(1)


Patients suffering from spinal alignment problems can experience pressure behind the face and eyes, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, and irritability on a daily basis. After precision upper cervical corrections many patients report feeling “better mental clarity,” the feeling of their eyes clearing up, and the feeling of a “lighter body”. This is the result of better nerve function following reduction of the spinal cord interference at the skull-neck junction.

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Chiropractic Upper Cervical Spine Adjustment

Many people who undergo upper cervical spinal care are shocked at the global experiences they feel the following correction. Because the brain-stem is housed by the atlas and axis(c-1 and c-2) a spinal misalignment in this region can globally affect the entire body. When precision spinal corrections are made people may receive relief from conditions that are far from the neck.

Upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to locate, analyze, and correct upper neck spinal misalignments. Once the direction and magnitude of the spinal misalignments are gleaned off of digital x-ray or cbct, the information is used to precisely correct the atlas or axis problem. This procedure is done with no cracking, twisting, or popping. Most patients are happy to learn that upper cervical care is painless, effective, and reproducible.


If you think that your skull and spine alignment are off-kilter, the best thing you could do is seek out professional chiropractic support moving forward.


  1. The Role of the Craniocervical Junction in Craniospinal Hydrodynamics and Neurodegenerative Conditions


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