Upper Cervical Technique

Logan College of Chiropractic provides the following information about Upper Cervical Technique:

Upper Cervical-Specific Technique, developed by chiropractic founder D.D. Palmer, DC and refined by his son, B.J. Palmer, DC, focuses on the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC). The complex is usually considered to include the three osseous components at the top of the human spine: the Occiput (skull, or CO), the Atlas (Cl) and the Axis (C2). The technique focuses on specific corrections to the structure of the Atlas complex to restore correct structure to it and thus, to promote optimal function of nerves related to the complex.

Upper Cervical Specific is a toggle recoil technique, in which the adjustment establishes motion, following the proper line of correction, and the segment finds its natural position innately.

Upper Cervical Specific procedures differ from techniques that utilize Gonstead listings in that Upper Cervical’s 12 atlas and eight axis listings (misalignments) are compared relative to the foramen magnum (the opening in the bones at the base of the skull).

Parker University defines Toggle Recoil (Upper Cervical) Technique as:

This chiropractic technique is used to adjust the upper cervical spine. The theory is that a specific adjustment of this area also addresses problems throughout the entire body of the patient. Usually no cavitation occurs. X-Ray analysis, temperature gradient studies, leg length analysis, and palpation are commonly used in determining which segments to adjust.

What Does Upper Cervical Technique Treat?

According to the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association website, some of the many symptoms that can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex include but are not limited to:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic pain or stress
  • Leg and arm numbness
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sinus and allergy problems
  • Herniated disc
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Athletic and auto injuries
  • Bed wetting
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis