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Anderson Upper Cervical PC

1099 Merchants Dr. Suite A
Dallas, GA 30132
[email protected]
Note: When facing the building, it's the door on the left.


Q & A


Frequently Asked Questions about Upper Cervical Health Care

Are your physical problems being caused by Body Imbalance?

Is Upper Cervical chiropractic effective? 

Yes, it is tremendously effective for a wide range of health issues.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Upper Cervical care works by restoring your own inborn (innate) ability to heal. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By removing subluxation, your body can begin to heal itself naturally. 

Why should I see an Upper Cervical Doctor?

Everyone should be checked for nerve interference by an Upper Cervical Specific Doctor.  There is no symptom, condition, ailment, illness or disease that is benefited by having pressure on the brain stem.  Seeing an Upper Cervical chiropractor is not only for back and neck pain. Upper Cervical care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance by maintaining your adjustment as well as having a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition & exercise.  In addition, Upper Cervical care has been known to help a wide range of conditions for patients of all ages. 

What is a Subluxation? 

When a vertebra becomes misaligned in three different directions simultaneously, this is referred to in the Upper Cervical profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma.

Dr. Anderson specializes in Upper Cervical chiropractic utilizing the Knee Chest technique to correct the subluxation at the Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2).  These two vertebrae protect your brain stem which is responsible for all communications between the brain & the rest of your body.  When a subluxation is present, these vertebrae put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways from the brain to the tissue cell.  These pathways need to be clear in order for each individual cell to function properly. 

As time goes by and a subluxation remains, the spine and surrounding features such as discs begin to degenerate.  Over time, this degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape.  The body is an amazing machine.  It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas.  The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get back to near perfect position.

What is an Upper Cervical chiropractic adjustment?  Is it safe?

The repositioning of the atlas and/or axis vertebrae is done by hand, with a quick gentle adjustment at the side of the neck.   This unlocks the subluxation and then allows your body’s innate intelligence to 'seat' the vertebra precisely into its correct position.  It is completely safe for patients of all ages.  There is no twisting of the neck.  Upper Cervical Care doesn’t “cure” any disease or symptom.  It simply restores body balance and brain-to-body communication so that organs, limbs and tissues can resume normal functioning.  The body is now able to self-heal.  That is why we see many different conditions responding to the same procedure.

However, too many of us wait too long to get our atlas and/or axis vertebrae corrected.  This is mainly due to ignorance of the vital role that the brain stem plays in the health of the entire body throughout life.  It is becoming increasingly clear that parents should have their children’s atlas and axis vertebrae examined as soon as possible and have periodic Upper Cervical check-ups throughout their lives.  Countless problems could be avoided entirely.  A correctly positioned atlas and axis vertebrae is fundamental to good health; children to grandparents need to get their Upper Cervical area examined now!


What can I expect on my first visit?

After completing some new patient paperwork, Dr. Anderson will review your health history and find out more information about what brings you to Anderson Upper Cervical.  He will discuss your concerns and expectations as well as give you the chance to ask any questions you may have.  At that time an orthopedic, neurological and musculoskeletal exam will be performed as well as a bilateral skin temperature differential study.  Based on these findings, Dr. Anderson will determine what spinographs (x-rays) are indicated and those will be taken on site as well.


What results can I expect from Upper Cervical care?

Upper Cervical care will provide a dramatic improvement to your overall quality of life, through an enhancement of your immune system. 

Many of our patients see results immediately in regards to decreased pain, more energy, better sleep and an overall level of better health.  Other symptoms take longer to see a significant reduction.   

Everyone has a unique situation and we tailor our care specifically to you.  The longer a person has been subluxated, the longer it typically takes for the body to heal itself.  Lifestyle and daily choices regarding exercise, nutrition, rest, etc. all play a role in whether you are helping your body heal or hindering its ability to heal. 


Just what is Body Imbalance and how do I know if it has happened to me?

Body Imbalance occurs when the Atlas (C1), and/or Axis (C2), the top two vertebrae in the neck, are misaligned and out of their proper position. This can occur as a result of an accident, emotional trauma, or chemical toxicity in the body. Childbirth itself, especially a traumatic birth such as a Caesarean section, forceps, suction, etc. can move the atlas and/or axis out of position. Childhood accidents like falling from a tree, bike or skates can misalign it. In adulthood, the atlas and/or axis can be shoved out of position during minor or major accidents such as sporting accidents, automobile accidents or slips and falls. Some of the worst cases of a C1 and/or C2 misalignment and resulting pain have been caused by minor car accidents such as being rear-ended. One indication of body imbalance is having one leg slightly shorter than the other. You may also notice that when you stand in front of a mirror one shoulder is slightly higher than another, and one hip is higher than the other. Another indication your C1 and/or C2 may be out of position is by having different symptoms in your body that your medical doctor cannot explain or find the cause for on any tests.


How can Body Imbalance cause me to have physical problems?

The C1 or Atlas is a donut-shaped bone at the top of the spine that supports the weight of the skull.  The brain located inside the skull descends down through the Atlas vertebra and becomes the brain stem at this point.  The brain stem consists of trillions of nerve fibers (the nervous system) that “bottle-neck” through the small opening in the atlas. These fibers eventually branch off carrying information to every part of your body. If the C1 or C2 is out of its proper position it can irritate, constrict or disrupt vital nerve signals to any portion of your body. This can cause muscle or joint pain, organ dysfunction, lowered immune system and countless other conditions that you would not ordinarily relate to a problem originating in your neck.


Why do you call it Body Imbalance rather than a neck imbalance?

A subluxated Upper Cervical vertebra affects the entire spine and body. Whenever your atlas moves, your head moves with it. If this top bone in your neck has shifted out of position ever so slightly, no more than the thickness of a fingernail, it can move the head off center in relation to the rest of the body. In an effort to keep the head over the center of the neck, the entire spine and pelvis will twist, pulling one hip up and one leg with it. You are now walking around on one leg that is shorter than the other. This places more weight on one side of your body than another. The wear and tear on your entire body is exactly like driving a car that is out of alignment. The result can be muscle and joint pain anywhere in the body. Without correcting the problem, which originated with a single bone at the top of your neck moving out of position, your entire body is now imbalanced.

Over time, nerve flow continues to be disrupted or distorted, degeneration of cells in organs occurs, causing internal systemic problems that may not show up for years.


Is it painful to correct?

Most people feel a release of pressure upon correction; some patients report discomfort, burning or a stinging sensation.  The adjustment itself is not painful, however, much like a bruise being tender upon contact, the brain stem is tender from the “bruising” type effects of the subluxation.  Therefore getting checked regularly will lessen the intensity of this tenderness upon future adjustments. 

The Upper Cervical Correction can be described as a slight pre-determined direction of pressure applied to the first bone (Atlas) or second bone (Axis) in the neck.  There is NO twisting of the neck. This correction is engineered to reposition the weight of the head (10 to 14 pounds) over the center of the body in order to restore body balance and restore brain to body communication.  When the correction is made, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation is increased, the brain is able to communicate with the affected area, and the body’s natural healing process begins. The healing process continues as long as body balance is maintained and the brain can communicate with all parts of the body.


Does it have to be corrected often?

That depends on your own body and lifestyle. Some people can hold their correction for several months, even a year at a time. Others have to be corrected more often in the beginning, then less as times goes on. Everyone is different.  Dr. Anderson’s objective is to make as precise an Upper Cervical correction as possible, as well as help you maintain the correction with a variety of health tips provided throughout your care.  Periodic Upper Cervical checkups, just like dental checkups and physicals, should be part of your personal preventive health care program. If you are maintaining your correction and body balance then Dr. Anderson will not adjust you. 


How soon should I get my children under this care?

As soon after birth as possible, and then have them checked periodically as they grow up. You could not possibly give your child a better gift than to make certain that the one organ of the body that controls all the other organs and body functions, the brainstem, is doing its job without interference from the tiny bone just below it.


How much does it cost?

A fraction of what you have probably already spent in your quest to get well.  There will be some expense at the beginning because of the x-rays that are so necessary.  Insurance does not distinguish between one form of chiropractic or another so if you have insurance that covers chiropractic, it should cover Upper Cervical as well. Unfortunately, “health” insurance is actually “sick” insurance.  Most companies will pay to treat your symptom but often will pay less or none at all to fix the cause and produce health.  Some HMO’s and PPO’s only have certain chiropractors on their list of providers and you have to go to them. Most of these, though equally well-trained in other chiropractic procedures, may not be trained in precision Upper Cervical chiropractic.

Dallas, GA Chiropractor | Q & A. Dr. Patrick Anderson is a Dallas, GA Chiropractor.