Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is a subluxation?

A misalignment and a subluxation are not one and the same. The major difference is whether the nervous system is affected. A subluxation is a misalignment of the cervical vertebrae located near the brain stem, which impairs the ability of the nervous system to properly function.

How does an Upper Cervical Chiropractor differ from a general chiropractor and other types of therapy?

Our main concern is your nervous system. When a subluxation is impairing your nervous system from functioning at its fullest capacity any number of health issues can arise. Upper Cervical Chiropractors remove subluxations, which are located near the brain stem, using an upper cervical instrument that delivers a gentle correction to the C1 and C2 vertebrae.

How does a correction of my cervical (upper) neck restore the rest of my spine?

The atlas and axis, the top two bones of the spine, give us great range of motion, however, this lends to greater likelihood of misalignment. In fact, there are 274 unique ways the atlas and axis can become misaligned, and the cervical spine is usually the first point of misalignment within the spine. Recall, a misalignment and subluxation are not the same. A subluxation is a misalignment that is impairing the nervous system. A misalignment can cause subsequent misalignments to appear throughout the rest of the spine. Because your eyes must remain exactly level with the horizon, a misalignment will cause your head to tilt, and in response to this imbalance your nervous system will send messages throughout your body to “right”, or adapt to, this tilt. This adaption is called the “Righting Reflex“. Your body will begin to shift around under the misalignment of the atlas and axis in order to return your eyes level to the horizon, even if that means functioning with misalignments. Upper Cervical Chiropractic works to correct both the misalignment and subluxation of the cervical spine in order to restore function to the entire spine and body. Adjusting the cervical spine is the difference between your body being left to adapt to the misalignment, or being able to overcome (or reverse) the misalignment.

What can I expect at my first visit? And, what will it cost?

There are three steps to getting started as a new member. The total cost of this three-part appointment is $209.

  1. Consultation- FREE
    • Your consultation is complimentary and lasts 15 minutes. The goal of this portion of the appointment is to determine if we are a good fit for you and you are a good fit for us by reviewing your health issues and health history in order to discover if a subluxation of your spine may be causing your health issue.
  2. Physical Exam- $60
    • During the physical exam we will check for muscular imbalances, and use thermography to reveal signs of a subluxation.
  3. X-rays- $149
    • We will take a series of x-rays to determine the exact angles of your misalignment and subluxation. Between your first and second visit we will take considerable time to analyze your x-rays to build a plan of care specific to you, we call this your Subluxation Report.

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What can I expect at my second appointment?

At your second visit we review your Subluxation Report and X-rays with you.

  1. Presented with your Subluxation Report
    • The doctor will present your x-ray findings and your Subluxation Report, this report includes a specific plan of action for you.
    • After the doctor presents your Subluxation Report, a team member will present investment options. We provide the options to pay upfront, or make monthly payments toward care. Your first payment is due at this time.
    • After committing to your individualized care plan you will receive your first correction, and be on your way to better health!

Do you accept insurance?

We are a cash-based practice, if you would like to bill your insurance company we will provide the necessary form on a quarterly basis for you to submit for direct reimbursement from your insurance company. All of our patients pay upfront for care, or make monthly payments.

Will I receive a correction at my first visit?

No, we never correct on the first visit. Upper Cervical Chiropractic uses exact measurements from x-rays, and those x-rays take time to review.

Are x-rays necessary?

In most cases, yes. This is because Upper Cervical Chiropractors use a specific and detailed protocol to determine your specific correction. Rest assured, we take as many steps as we can to reduce the exposure, including lead filters and aprons.

What can I expect after my first adjustment?

You may feel sore spots at the site of the correction and/or tightness along your neck and back. You may feel better, or you may feel no change at all, after the first correction. Every member is different, people respond to upper cervical chiropractic in a variety of ways; however, the destination is always the same in that members report feeling better with a multitude of individual symptoms and with their overall health.

Will Dr. Michael and Dr. Opal correct other areas of my spine besides my cervical neck?

No, our doctors will only adjust the C1 and C2 vertebrae of the spine. This is because the doctors want to allow the rest of your spine to correct naturally, allowing for a more permanent correction of the subluxation.

How long will it take for me to notice a difference, and is it painful?

There are a series of examinations we perform before and after a correction is given. We expect to see changes immediately following a correction, which we usually see on the cervical x-ray taken directly following your first adjustment. The cost of this x-ray is included in your care plan. Most of our members report feeling both immediate and delayed changes. The correction uses a very light tap with an upper cervical specific instrument. You wouldn’t expect to feel any pain from the correction procedure itself, however, the body is making many changes and you may feel sore for a period of time. The soreness results from your postural muscles working to hold every correction being given and can be felt anywhere in your body.

How old does my child need to be before I take them to a Chiropractor?

Our doctors begin seeing babies as young as a few hours old. Birth is the first major trauma to the spine as approximately 80% of infants experience cervical spine injuries during the birthing process, regardless of the birthing method. Even a normal, uncomplicated delivery can put forces on an infant’s spine that can lead to a subluxation. Read more about Pediatric Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.

I’m pregnant, is it okay to see a Chiropractor?

Absolutely, Prenatal Upper Cervical Chiropractic is very gentle! Keeping your spine and pelvis in a balanced position will ease pregnancy symptoms and the delivery process for mother. When your body is functioning at its best, it provides the best chance for a developing baby to be as healthy as possible. For example, the nervous system controls and coordinates the travel of nutrients to your baby in uterine, if the nervous system is not able to fully communicate throughout your body this may affect the development of your baby. Read more about Prenatal Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.

I’ve been in an auto accident. Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care help me?

Yes. Auto accidents create jarring trauma and can weaken your muscles and ligaments. It is important to balance your structure so that repair to your muscles and ligaments is maximized. This is not only with auto accidents, but with any trauma.

Do you accept personal injury cases (auto accidents)?

We do not accept 3rd party insurance of any kind. We accept personal injury cases who are willing to pay out of pocket for 100% of care, bill their own insurance, and receive reimbursement directly. We will provide all forms necessary to bill 3rd party insurance at the end of care.

Do you offer any other services besides Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Yes, we do! We offer the following:

  1. Specialized Healing Food Plans
  2. Empowering Emotional and Spiritual Freedom
  3. Essential Oil Education
  4. Raindrop Therapy
  5. Shopping Assist