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Why Upper Cervical

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Enhance Your Quality of Life and Well-Being Through the Blair Chiropractic Technique.

High-quality and gentle Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care lies at the very heart of Portland Specific Chiropractic. Dr. Young proudly serves the Portland community with excellent patient care. Whether you need help with migraines, neck pain, back pain, vertigo, or other health problems, rest assured, you can count on us.

At Portland Specific Chiropractic we will assess your entire spine and determine if we think you would be a candidate for chiropractic care. If so, Dr. Young will address any questions or concerns, as well as recommend a care plan that will allow you to return to the activities you love.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic at Portland, OR

Want to learn more about Upper Cervical Chiropractic, the unique form of care that Dr. Nikolai Young use at Portland Specific Chiropractic?
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Why Upper Cervical Care?


Imaging taken prior to the first adjustment allows us to "see" the exact position of your spine. Careful analysis reveals a precise formula in which we will use to adjust your spine in the most specific means possible.


Blair Upper Cervical is a very gentle chiropractic technique that involves absolutely no "popping" or "twisting" of the neck. The precision of the adjustment allows us to work smarter, not harder. You'll be amazed at how gentle and precise the adjustment is!


By correcting the entire spine and not just the problem areas, the body is able to remain in adjustment for longer periods of time, allowing for better recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why not adjust the other segments?

A subluxation in the Upper Cervical spine doesn't just disrupt that immediate area. It triggers a cascade of distortions down the spine, prompting the body to compensate in ways that often lead to dysfunction and symptoms. If we then attempt to correct something that is not the cause of the problem, we are now, in fact, creating a problem.

When we correct the real cause, the body can undo the distortions and we no longer need to adapt. Since your body made the adaption, we let your body reverse that adaptation.

Why do you need to take x-rays?

An upper cervical subluxation can create so much harm to the function of your nervous system and therefore your health. Just as a proper correction of that subluxation can do so much good, an improper force introduced can do as much harm. The anatomy of each individual is as unique as you are. No two of us were created the same anatomically and at that point our left and right sides are usually significantly anomalous. In order to make the most effective, it is vital to know the shape of each of the joints being corrected.

Why should I get checked when I feel fine?

What is your goal? Do you just want to be out of pain? (Drugs can many times do that.) Do you want to be off pain medication? Do you want to be able to do normal every day activities without pain? Or do you wish to have ALL of the signals traveling along the nerves to and from the brain to do so free of interference? Chiropractic is not about pain relief, but nervous system function. The decision to seek or continue care is always yours, but don't shortchange your health by having pain be your guide. In most cases slow gradual damage occurs long before the pain starts.

I have had spinal surgery. My doctor said I shouldn't see a chiropractor.

Most medical doctors have limited understanding of what chiropractors actually do and even less understanding of what an Upper Cervical Chiropractor does. They think that we will be twisting and popping the spine and they are concerned that we will damaged already weakened tissue. Since Upper Cervical Care places minimal stress on the spinal joints (adjustments are done with the neck in a neutral position) and in many cases not near the area of surgery, the care is extremely safe. A very through examination is done prior to any care to be sure the care will be both safe and effective.

By the way, do you know that chiropractors have the lowest malpractice insurance rates of any profession?

Why don't you adjust on each visit?

When you walk into a room with the light on, do you turn on the light switch? Of course not. An Upper Cervical doctor determines that a subluxation exists on a visit prior to making an adjustment. If no subluxation is present, no adjustment is needed. It is not the adjustment that heals the body, it is the nervous system being free of interference that allows the body to heal.

When you come into our office, we will start with a detailed health history to pinpoint where you are presently and what may have caused your symptoms to arise. It is here we will also listen to your goals so we can better help you return to the activities you love or improve your ability to perform the activities you love. We will then proceed to perform a full spinal exam which includes palpation, thermographic scans. and neurological/orthopedic tests if indicated. After that we will take a CBCT scan of your cervical spine (3D imaging) to better allow us to see the relationship each cervical vertebra has with each other. This will allow us to see how we will help you.

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?

There are many reasons why children receive chiropractic care. Many spinal problems seen in adults begin as early as birth. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth many parents have their newborns checked. Even 'natural' birthing methods can stress a developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions can often be traced to nerve system dysfunction.

An infant, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic. Because the body is still developing, uncorrected spine and nervous system dysfunction can lead to problems that stay with them for life.

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