Upper Cervical

The Upper Cervical Technique

Utilizing state-of-the-art, percussion and sound wave adjusting, the Upper Cervical procedure offers patients a gentle and precise treatment for the correction of upper cervical subluxations.

The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning, “to dislocate” (luxare) and “somewhat or slightly” (sub). A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebral joints of the spine. These disturbances irritate nerve roots that branch off from the spinal cord and pass between each of the vertebrae. These irritations not only cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue, but also produce neurologic imbalances in the normal body processes.

The Uniqueness of an Atlas Subluxation

Subluxation is a very common problem and may occur as a result of nominal trauma, to an individual’s head, neck or shoulder. The Altas is the first cervical vertebrae of the spine (C1). It is the vertebra that soley supports the head. Along with the Axis (C2) the Altas provides the freely moving motions between the spine and the skull.

An Atlas subluxation often disrupts the nervous system and the communications between our brain and our body. The subluxation may be so exaggerated as to disrupt one’s posture.

At ACWC, we use 3-dimensional x-rays to obtain a clear image of your spine and an analysis of these x-rays provide the most accurate assessment of the spinal misalignment. This can only be obtained by looking from all three dimensions.

Sound Wave Adjusting

Following the determination of the precise misalignment the doctor will make a very specific adjustment based on the measurements taken from the x-rays. This is administered with an adjusting instrument through a painless and precise sound wave adjustment. Advanced Orthogonal sound wave adjusting minimizes patient discomfort while maximizing the accuracy of spinal correction.


With the increased accuracy of the Upper Cervical technique, we have higher expectations for correcting your subluxations. The goal for spinal care should be to have your spine HOLD its own proper alignment for periods of time and require less adjusting. This is the difference between corrective care and simply relief care. Corrective care of our patients is the optimum goal of Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center.