Most common questions...
Hi, I'm Dr. Ray Drury, and I'm an Upper Cervical chiropractor. I get asked all the time, “What is Upper Cervical chiropractic?” Well, Upper Cervical is a specialty in chiropractic that focuses all of our attention on the upper two bones in the neck, specifically the atlas and the axis. Now, why don't we focus all of our attention on just two bones when we have bones throughout our whole body? Well, because research has found over the last hundred years that this is the most vital part of the entire body. Two reasons. One, the brainstem comes out of the base of your head down through the top two bones and the brainstem controls every function in your body. It's like the switchboard operator from your brain to your body. It sends the messages to your heart, your liver, your lungs, your kidneys, your arms, your legs, every message from your brain to your body, even up into the head, face, and neck, and all come through the brainstem.
So if a bone got out of alignment in the upper part of the neck and interfered with the messages from your brain to any one or any multiple parts of your body, then that part of the body doesn't get the full message as intended, and it starts to malfunction, and eventually symptoms can start to develop. Now the spinal cord doesn't have any pain perception. So you can have a severe misalignment in the top of the neck interfering with the messages, you know, maybe to your stomach, but without having neck pain or headaches, but it could be creating problems in your stomach. So maybe it doesn't produce the proper digestive enzymes, right? Maybe you start to have heartburn or reflux.
It can affect the colon. What does that mean? I don't know. But if a full message from your brain to your colon is not getting to the colon as intended, you can start to have problems with your colon. Maybe it doesn't absorb enough fluid, so you have diarrhea. Maybe it moves too slow, and you have constipation. Maybe it doesn't move at all, so you have Crohn's disease. If a bone got out of alignment and interfered with the messages to any part or multiple parts of your body, then problems start to set in. What the problems are, we don't know. It just manifests through your body.
Now the other thing to remember is that I said there are two things that we look for with Upper Cervical chiropractic. The other problem is when these bones get misaligned, they move, and when they move, the head sits on top of those bones and the head has to go wherever those bones go. So if the bone moves out to the side, the head sits on top and it tilts the head. Now the brain is designed to be level always.
It has its own reflex. It's called the Righting Reflex, and the whole purpose is to make sure the brain is always balanced parallel to the ground. If one of the top bones of the net get out of alignment and tilts that head, the brain doesn't like it. Now this bone gets stuck and your body can't unstick it. So what it will do is this: the brain will send messages now forcing the body to compensate until the head levels again. So for example, let's say the bone went to my right and it forced my head that way. Well now the brain doesn't like it. So to get the brain level, it might cause me to drop down one shoulder, and pull up one hip. It forces my body to compensate until the head levels.
Now in a child, while they're growing, that's where scoliosis comes from. In the adult, it doesn't occur to that degree, but it can still create compensatory changes pulling one leg shorter than the other. As a result, you have stretched contracted muscles in the neck, going out into the shoulder, upper back, lower back, kips, knees, and feet. Over time, those compensations become weak spots that can turn into neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, lower back pain, hip pain, and knee pain. It can even affect the discs that are stacked up between those bones because if the spine curves a little bit, it can force the bones to wedge the disc out where it can affect the nerves going down the leg, which forms sciatica and nerves going down the arms, hands, numbness, tingling, and carpal tunnel. Over time, it can create degeneration and makes your body degenerate prematurely because your body's designed to be symmetrical. So if it gets asymmetrical, then it wears down abnormally.
I had a guy come in and just the other day. He had right knee pain and he said, “Well, you know, my medical doctor said that's just old age. And first of all he was a young guy around 62. I said, "Where's the pain?" and he said, "Just my right knee." And I'm like, "Well how old is the other knee? Does that make any sense?" If your knees designed to wear like this, now one leg becomes shorter so now it turns a little bit. Now it starts to wear down prematurely.
You can have a rotation within the spine. You can have all kinds of compensations just because one of these little top bones got a little out of position forcing your body to compensate, thus creating musculoskeletal conditions anywhere from the base of your head all the way down to your feet. So as Upper Cervical chiropractors, we look for a problem at the top of the neck that could be interfering with the normal nerve function and message to the body and also creating compensatory changes. As a result of this, you can imagine how that can affect us a wide array of health problems. Now, one thing I will tell you Upper Cervical chiropractors do not do. We do not treat conditions, okay? We do not. We're not neck pain doctors. We're not back pain doctors. We're not headache doctors. We're not digestive doctors. We are holistic doctors.
We treat your body as a whole. We know that if we can keep your body perfectly aligned and the brain communicating to your body at 100%, then you can function at your maximum potential, whatever that may be. But for most people that is a healthy, vitalistic lifestyle. As we say, we want to add not just years to your life, but also life to years. So if you're looking for an Upper Cervical doctor, get checked. If you live in the Charlotte area, give our office a call. That's Charlotte, Pineville, Matthews, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Gastonia, Belmont, Huntersville, Cornelius, Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie. We're the Upper Cervical doctor for you.
Our office is located right off 485 on Arrowood Road. We never charge for the initial consultation just to see what your problem is. If it's something we think we can help, and if we find an Upper Cervical problem, we'll explain to you what we need to do to try to correct it. Our phone number is (704) 588-5560. If you don't live in the Charlotte area, do yourself a favor. Google “Upper Cervical
Hi, I'm Doctor Ray Drury with The Upper Cervical Spine Center. The two most common questions I get asked are:
Let's start off with question number one. Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic really work? I'm standing here in front of one of our many walls of fame. Obviously, yes, we have testimonials from everyone from tiny little babies on up to elderly people, from people that have come to this office from as far away as Italy, to China, and all over the United States.
Yes, Upper Cervical Chiropractic works. Well, how does Upper Cervical Chiropractic work? It's based off of the very simple law that your body was designed to take care of itself. You have everything you need within your own body to heal itself, regardless of condition.
Let's start with the very basic stuff that we know. Let's say you were to take a knife and run it across the back of your hand and cut your hand. What's going to happen? It takes care of itself. You don't have to put anything on it. You don't have to do anything to it. You just keep it clean, and your body has the ability to come in and repair the damage and heal itself.
Your body is designed to take care of itself from head to toe. If you were to break a bone, all you have to do is just get the bones realigned back up, and they mesh themselves back together and they heal the broken bone. That's how you're designed. Your body's designed to take care of itself. It doesn't need any help, but that process cannot be interfered with. There's one place, and only one place in the body that the process can be interfered with, without having some sort of gross pathology, and that's the upper part of the neck: the Upper Cervical spine, the top two bones where the brain stem comes through the head and then turns into your spinal cord as it goes down.
This vital area sends all the messages from your brain to your heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, arms, and legs. If a bone gets out of alignment here, it can interfere with that natural healing process that innately tells us to keeps your heart running, keep your digestion working, keep your heart rate moving, and to keep your immune functions strong. If any of those processes get interfered with, your body functions at less than potential and less than optimal level, and then that's when symptoms start to set it. That's when disease processes start to set in.
Let's say your stomach all of a sudden doesn't digest food the way it's supposed to. Maybe it moves too slow, maybe it doesn't bring in the proper digestive enzymes, maybe it causes heartburn, reflux, indigestion, or colitis. What happens if you don't get the full messages to the colon? Maybe you have diarrhea or constipation, or maybe your digestion just stops all together. Maybe you have Crohn's Disease.
Now, if the message from the brain that controls that part of the body gets interfered with, then it doesn't work the way it's intended to. There's no drug deficiency that causes any health problem known to man. No drug has ever fixed any health problem known to man. Why, because no one has ever had a drug deficiency that's caused one single health problem. If you get a headache, do you think that headache came from a Tylenol deficiency? No. Will taking Tylenol ever fix it? Never. It only masks it. It covers it, but the problem's still there, which eventually, if left uncorrected, could lead to bigger problems later, not to mention the side effects of drugs.
Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic work? Yes. How does it work? We maximize your natural healing potential by making sure that all the messages from your brain to your body flow to your body unimpeded. Let's take for example: Let's say you had a garden hose and you stepped on the garden hose. You don't get the full flow of water to the garden or the yard. What happens? It starts to die. What happens if you take your foot off the garden hose and now all of a sudden you get that full flow of life? If it happens early enough, before it's completely dead, then things start to come back to life and things start to grow again like they're intended.
The same thing happens to us. If you cut off the flow of life from the brain to any part of your body, then that part of the body starts to die or deteriorate prematurely. If you can open up the communication, you get a full flow of life. It starts to heal and it starts to live to its maximum potential. That's all that anyone can ask for. That's what we hope for, for you!
The other question is: Why have I never heard of this before? For one, we don't control the media like the pharmaceutical industry. There's less than a thousandUpper Cervical chiropractors in the world. We depend on people like you to help us to tell other people by maybe sharing videos like this, or blogs like this. Also, I wrote a book called The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare because this is the best kept secret in healthcare, and we're trying to get the secret out.
Hopefully you can share with us. Get a copy of my book. We would be happy to send you a copy of the book. All you have to do is call our office and give your address. We will send you a copy of my book and I think it will change your perspective on life, on health, and on how to maintain and optimize your potential health for the rest of you and your family’s life.
I hope this makes sense. Does chiropractic work? Heck yes it works! Please tell other people it works. Please come in to our office if you live in the Charlotte area, or anywhere close enough to come in. We'd be happy to offer you a free consultation just to see what the problem is. If you have an Upper Cervical problem like these people did, it could be affecting your health. If you do, we'll explain to you what we need to do to fix it. If you don't, then we'll rule that out and we will try to find another specialist that we think can help you.
I hope this video helps you. I hope it makes a lot of sense. I hope you have a great afternoon ,and let's get your head all checked. Let's find out what's going on at the top of your spine to see if there's something we can do for you. I hope you have a great afternoon!
Hi, I'm Dr. Ray Drury with The Upper Cervical Spine Center. We get a question that pops up from time-to-time, and that is” Can an Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment be dangerous?” Well first of all, let me tell you this. The area that we're dealing with is the most vital part of the entire body. It is where the brain stem comes out of your head, down through the top two bones in the neck. So, that is a very important area. That's why at The Upper Cervical Spine Center, we do advanced imaging to know exactly how those bones are positioned, and we also use instrumentation to determine if those bones are out of position.
Now, if they're not out of position and a force was given, whether it be from a car wreck, a fall, a blow to the head, then a concussion can actually misalign one of those bones. That can be detrimental. The adjustment that we give is so light that there's never been a documented case of specific Upper Cervical adjustment creating a bigger problem than what they came in with. A force to, or a blow to the neck, obviously, as we all know, could create problems, but a very specific correction done at the right time, which is very important, in the perfect direction, can be life changing. If there is a misalignment there, the danger of not having it corrected a million times outweighs the potential problem from a very specific correction.
If you have a bone out of alignment here, it can interfere with the message from your brain to your heart to your stomach to your liver to your kidneys, and brain to brain. A misalignment here can interfere with your total life and your total health. So, if you have a problem there, then go to someone who specializes in this area. Go to an Upper Cervical doctor. If you don't have a problem or you don't know if you have a problem, at least go let an Upper Cervical doctor check you to find out if you do have a problem. If you do, they will explain to you what the problem is and what they recommend to do to try to correct it. If you don't, then at least you can rule that out, and you know that you do not have pressure on the brain stem that could be affecting your health.
So, can a random force to the upper neck create a problem? Absolutely. Can a very specific correction to reverse the problem change your life? It happens every single day. I've been doing it for 25 years, and we've had people come from as far away as Europe to China to get Upper Cervical corrections. So, if you think that you might possibly have a problem with your neck, go see a specific Upper Cervical chiropractor. They can tell you. And again, they'll tell you if you do not have a problem.
If you live in the Charlotte area or anywhere in this vicinity, please give our office a call. We'd love to check you and let you know and find out exactly what possibly might be going on in your neck. It could be interfering with your health. Our phone number is (704) 588-5560. If you don't live in the Charlotte area, do yourself a favor. Google ‘Upper Cervical Chiropractor Near Me.’ If you can't find someone, call our office. We'll do our best to try to find the closest Upper Cervical doctor for you. Let us get your head on straight. Let's see if there's a problem we can help you with. I hope you have a great afternoon.