UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC 

The upper cervical spine is the topmost portion of the spine that supports the weight of the skull and provides a wide range of motion. The upper cervical spine is made up of the occiput (base of the skull), atlas (first cervical segment, C1), and axis (second cervical segment, C2). The occipital condyle-atlas-superior axis facets are synovial joints and lack an intervertebral disc. Its alignment and structural integrity maintained by the network of ligaments and soft tissue. 

The upper cervical spine is the topmost portion of the spine that supports the weight of the skull and provides a wide range of motion. The upper cervical spine is made up of the occiput (base of the skull), atlas (first cervical segment, C1), and axis (second cervical segment, C2). The occipital condyle-atlas-superior axis facets are synovial joints and lack an intervertebral disc. Its alignment and structural integrity maintained by the network of ligaments and soft tissue. 

Who is the upper cervical chiropractor?

The upper cervical chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses specifically on correcting spinal related issues stemming from the upper neck. The chiropractor performs a thorough evaluation to assess the alignment and mechanics of the upper cervical spine. This includes imaging (digital x-rays, CT, MRI, etc.) to measure the direction and magnitude of displacement that has occurred. Image-guided adjusting procedures are then used to make a corrective adjustment designed to have the maximum benefit with a minimal amount of force.

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WE’RE BOARD-CERTIFIED IN ATLAS ORTHOGONAL CHIROPRACTORS IN VANCOUVER WHO ARE READY TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC, GENTLE AND SAFE CHIROPRACTIC CARE TO OUR PATIENTS 

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Atlas Alignment Is Key for Brainstem Function

For the free flow of communication between the brain and body, the brainstem must be functioning properly. Naturally, the atlas helps to maintain this functionality. However, an atlas misalignment can have negative effects on brainstem function. Correcting the misalignment is vital so that nerve communication can flow freely.

Atlas Alignment Is Vital for

Proper Skull Alignment

Since the skull sits directly on top of the atlas, even the slightest misalignment can affect the entire body and brain. It controls the alignment of the entire spine as well as the hips and shoulders. If the atlas is misaligned, the entire body responds in an attempt to keep the head held up properly.

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Upper Cervical Care is Safe and Effective

What is the difference between Upper Cervical Care and general chiropractic manipulation? The primary differences are in the safety and precision of the adjustment.


Upper Cervical Care does NOT involve cracking, twisting, or popping of the spine.


Upper Cervical Care is safe for all ages—from infants to the elderly.

If you would like to check if your head is straight on your neck, call Vitalpoint Chiropractic - Vancouver chiropractor clinic - for a free consultation with our upper cervical chiropractic doctors.