What is Upper Cervical?

“Upper Cervical” refers to the first two bones in the neck, which are very unique vertebrae and vastly different than the other 23 bones comprising the spinal column.  While the vertebrae of the spinal column are commonly referred to by a letter and number system, the first two upper cervical bones have a specific name.  The Atlas, or the first cervical vertebra is formed like a ring and connects the skull to the cervical spine.  The Atlas sits upon the second cervical vertebra, better known as the Axis.

These are the only two vertebrae between which there is NO DISC.  The absence of the intervertebral disc allows for a greater range of motion. Because of this increased range of motion, these segments are much more likely to misalign, causing nervous system interference at the level of the brain stem. The misaligned segments are identified through the use of Digital Precise Radiography. Because the misalignment is very slight (measured in millimeters) it is very important that precise x-ray equipment is used.

Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic

At Virginia Hill Chiropractic, we believe the focus should be on living a life free of nerve interference and not about getting adjustments.  In fact, our goal is to deliver as few adjustments as possible.  

Dr. Peterson is one of less than 2,000 practitioners worldwide that uses a specialized technique called Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care, which focuses on removing nerve irritation to restore communication between the brain and the body.   Restoring function at the level of the brainstem and upper cervical spine (the control center of the body) is essential so that the body may heal itself and have optimal vitality.  With the nervous system functioning at 100%, the body has the potential to heal itself from even the most complex of ailments including, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Ear Infections
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Inner Ear Disorders
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizure Disorders & Epilepsy
  • Sleep Disorders