In contrast to medical propaganda there are many different types of forces to correct the cervical spine without necessarily twisting and cracking the neck as claimed. While some chiropractors use their hands, others used percussion hammers and special tables with drops. Whatever method is used chiropractic is the safest of all heath care professions by far.

Specific upper cervical care is a specialty in chiropractic that very few chiropractors use. Upper cervical correction is based on precision x-rays used to analyse the strain. Counterstrain corrective forces are applied to reduce the strain and restore function. There is disagreement and different schools of thought about analysis of the strain as well as the best means of correcting it but the goals are basically the same; that is to correct the strain or as chiropractors prefer to call it, the upper cervical subluxation.

The method I learned was the original method developed by BJ Palmer called knee chest toggle recoil seen in the picture above of Palmer working on a patient. In practice I used what are called side posture drop tecniques as well as knife hand contacts. There are many good upper cervical techniques but I won’t go into them here. I have also used all types of cervical mechanical and hand traction and distraction techniques. Currently, chiropractic biophysics is the rage.

Interestingly, BJ Palmer, the originator and founder of upper cervical technique, the most controversial figure in chiropractic, was over a hundred years ahead of his time and caused a split in the camp over upper cervical care and other issues. He was a brilliant, albeit slightly eccentric millionaire. Among other things, he owned one of the first cars and first radio stations in the United States. He also owned one of the first x-ray unit, which is how upper cervical technique came into being. It allowed Palmer to more precisely analyze the strain. The goal of his technique was called a “Hole in One.” The goal was to realign the foramen magnum with the neural canal. While other upper cervical practioners still argue over issues that may be related to design anomalies and assymetries, the original goal and the goal of certain current techniques is probably the most logical because it eliminates all the assymetrical and genetic design isssues that can complicate the analysis of the strain.

When it comes to the brain and neurodegenerative diseases, BJ Palmer was light years ahead of today’s science and way ahead of the rest of the profession. He even opened a sanatorium and stared treating the most unusual neurological cases with a fair degree of success. His legacy is upper cervical correction which may be part of the solution to neurodegenerative diseases. Nothing could more important to research, care and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases today than upper cervical chiropractic research and techniques.

On the other hand chiropractic has been shut out of research. The public and patients can change that. What’s more, organizations such as NUCCA have done incredible, highly cost effective inexpensive research with highly relavant clinical value and results. It time to demand parity and an investment in upper cervical chiropractic research into neurodegenerative diseases. It would be the cheapest investment ever made.