What is Upper Cervical?

Upper cervical, briefly explained.

The upper cervical spine is located at the junction of the head and neck. In particular, the area of interest is the top two bones in the neck, known as C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis). These two vertebrae are the most significant in the spinal column for a host of reasons. In particular, this is the only location throughout the entire spine that there is no disc between neighboring vertebrae. This unique intimacy allows for greater mobility and with greater range of motion we are afforded the ability to turn our head from side to side. This extensive movement, however, comes at a sacrifice. The upper cervical spine is less stable and more likely to misalign following trauma and is susceptible to stress.

In addition to their distinctive anatomy, C1 and C2 are vitally important as they are responsible for protecting the most critical portion of our nervous system, the brainstem. A slight misalignment of these to vertebrae and a multitude of consequences result including irritation to the brainstem, ischemia and a reduction of neurotransmission. Since all nerve signals must pass through the upper cervical vertebrae to reach the body below, each and every bodily function has the potential to be compromised to some degree.

In addition, when misalignments occur at C1-C2 distress can occur locally or extend to other regions of the body, inducing musculoskeletal compensations and pain elsewhere. Therefore, this crucial upper cervical region has significant health deteriorating implications if misaligned, even slightly. Restricted flow of brain health and healing messages to the body will lead to the development of acute and chronic health problems.

By ensuring alignment of the upper cervical spine, the efficient flow of brain health and healing messages to all parts of the body is achieved, and a complete and proper function of the nervous system is possible.

Since this system controls and coordinates every action and function in our body, wouldn’t you want it to be working at full capacity?

Upper cervical corrective health care is the ultimate in total wellness. It is changing the way we can get well and stay well, without the use of harmful drugs and painkillers.


Upper cervical chiropractic care is a natural, gentle, scientifically proven method to renewing health and restoring vitality...no cracking, popping or twisting involved.

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Yellow Wood Chiropractic
Dr. Kimberli Trader
5497 Waterford Lane, Suite D
Appleton, WI 54913
Phone #: 920.202.5741
Fax #: 920.569.2951