Upper Cervical Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here

Posted in Chiropractic on May 4, 2022

Upper Cervical Chiropractic

What if you could get all the relief that some people have with chiropractic without ever having your neck or back twisted or cracked? How about not needing endless drug management or multiple surgeries for lasting relief.

When was the last time you woke up feeling great, ready for any challenge?

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And not just praying for relief, the weekend, and relying on self-medication to get through the days or nights…

What makes upper cervical chiropractic different?

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on correcting alignment, balance, and coordination in the spine to help reduce stress. Upper cervical chiropractors concentrate mainly on the upper spine and never twist or crack the neck.

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Is upper cervical chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are not only much safer than aspirin, they also help relieve a variety of ailments. Some people still believe that chiropractic adjustments are hazardous. However, chiropractic in general is quite safe. All medication, on the other hand, has a significantly higher potential for adverse “side”effects.

What happens after upper cervical adjustment?

There are three ways people can feel after an upper cervical adjustment.

1. Some people don’t feel any different right away.

2. Most people feel more relaxed, lighter, looser, or even buzzing with warm calming energy.

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3. A small amount of people feel worse with aches or a flair up of their original symptoms which usually only lasts a few days.

What causes upper cervical misalignment?

Prolonged poor posture, staring at screens and devices too frequently, sleeping in unusual postures, car accidents, falls, sports injuries, even the birth process can cause an upper cervical misalignment.

What are the most common symptoms of upper cervical misalignment?

Although an upper cervical misalignment rarely causes localized pain, it often produces many other problems.

• back and or hip pain

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• balance disturbances

• colic

• deafness or tinnitus

• difficulty concentrating

• earaches and recurring infections

• headaches and migraines

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• pain in the jaw TMJ

• stiff neck limited range of motion

• tight and painful shoulders

What does back pain between shoulder blades mean?

The human head weighs about the same as a bowling ball. So, when alignment, balance, and coordination of the joints, muscles and nerves passing through the neck get irritated, the head starts hanging forward of the shoulders. This forward head posture creates more strain on the joints, discs, and muscles from head to toe. But one of the most common symptoms of upper cervical misalignment is pain between the shoulder blades.

Why does my back feel like it needs to pop?

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The cracking sound most people believe to be an adjustment is caused by over-stressing the joints of the spine. Like cracking knuckles or when twisting the lower back or neck past it’s natural endpoint. The joints can make an audible crack or pop whenever they move like this. But it doesn’t mean a bone is breaking or moving in or out of place.

Small gas bubbles can develop in joints when they are not moving properly.

When the bubbles implode under stress, they make a cracking noise like bubble wrap. If you hear a popping sound while bending or twisting your neck that means the joints are not aligned properly enough to naturally pump out the gas as it forms.

Neck or back cracking can help to relieve tension and provide a sense of well-being for a short period of time; however, it is not an effective long-term treatment option for pain. And does not measurably change alignment, balance and coordination. Frequent cranking or twisting of the spine may result in new spinal issues.

Why does my neck crackle and crunch when I roll my head?

Feeling or hearing a crackling sound when turning the head are signs that joints are not aligned, balanced, or coordinated. And that stresses the cartilage protecting the joints, leading to early arthritis in those joints. And that is why “old age” arthritis often appears in one joint and not one next to it.

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Age is just a compounding factor of abnormal stress. And only restoring alignment, balance and coordination to those joints can halt and, in some cases, reverse the premature aging joint damage.

Why shouldn’t you crack your neck?

It's not a good idea to crack your neck or back since it loosens many joints, rather than just those that are restricted. There are self-treatment techniques that may help relieve painful neck and back tension without always needing to crack your neck.

The muscles around your joints and the joints themselves may be strained by cracking your neck too hard. Maybe even pinching a nerve which can be excruciating, sending pain and spasms into the head, shoulders, or down the arms.

There are many styles of specific upper cervical chiropractic and none of them ever twist and crack the neck. Instead, upper cervical chiropractors use precise pressure on one joint at a time and carefully measure the results.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in the neck?

Pain that gets worse:

• when a person is upright

• with certain movements

• radiates to shoulders not arms

Advanced arthritis can pinch a nerve and then radiate pain, numbness or weakness into the hands.

Can neck arthritis affect the brain?

Patients with neck arthritis have measurable anatomical and functional changes in the brain, according to recent published research. Neck arthritis can cause white matter damage, gray matter volume reduction, and other abnormal changes in parts of the cortex.

Can upper cervical chiropractic help arthritis in the neck?

Upper cervical chiropractic care can provide significant relief from arthritis since it is one of the safest and most efficient therapeutic techniques available. And by gently restoring alignment, balance, and coordination without creating any new stress on more joints, arthritic neck joints have a chance to heal. Restoring joint function allows the body to begin reabsorbing the arthritis. And that helps to alleviate pain and associated symptoms.

How should I sleep with neck arthritis?

Sleeping face up (supine), with your head, neck, and spine straight minimizes stress on the spine. Sides sleeping triples the stress on pressure points in the neck, shoulders, hips, and knees. But lying on the back (supine) with a pillow under the knees and a small pillow under the neck, (hook lying) decompresses the spine with every breath all night long.

Is a hard or soft mattress better for neck pain?

According to recent studies, medium-firm mattresses provide a great balance of sleep comfort, quality, and spinal support.

Can an upper cervical chiropractor fix a pinched nerve?

Pinching or entrapping a nerve can produce persistent symptoms, such as pain, muscle weakness, and numbness or "pins and needles" feelings. Upper Cervical Chiropractic treats alignment, balance, and coordination of the spine non-invasively and may help restore full sensation, strength, and range of motion.

Is it normal to see a chiropractor 3 times a week?

Depending on the severity of the problem and symptoms, patients generally require chiropractic treatment or adjustments 2-4 times each week for 6-12 weeks.

Daily treatment is not too often until the presenting condition is tolerable, usually within 6 treatments.

Can upper cervical chiropractic help with fibromyalgia?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic can be highly effective in treating fibromyalgia, particularly in reducing pain. Fibromyalgia is believed to be caused by overactive nerves. The sole purpose of upper cervical chiropractic is to reduce irritation to overactive nerves by restoring alignment, balance and coordination to the spine and nerves. And since it is a focused approach of spine and nerve care, even fibromyalgia sufferers who can’t stand massage, tolerate upper cervical care well.

Which vitamin is good for neck pain?

Vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency can exacerbate neck and back discomfort, as well as muscular spasms. Also, magnesium aids in the reduction of inflammation, which is why it's a wonderful pain medicine. When the body's magnesium levels decrease, many people experience an increased level of inflammation. Therefore, magnesium supplements are great for reducing neck and back discomfort.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a type of chiropractic care that focuses on the upper part of the spine. Upper cervical chiropractors believe that this area of the spine is critical to overall health and well-being. By keeping the head and neck in alignment, they can help improve overall health and relieve many seemingly unrelated pain and other symptoms.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat many different conditions. It is gentle and does not involve any forceful manipulation of the spine. Upper cervical chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine and restore proper alignment, balance, and coordination. Our patients often find lasting relief without drugs or surgery, even those who already tried “everything”.

Upper Cervical Chiropractors

While all chiropractors have more formal education than regular medical doctors... Certified Upper Cervical Chiropractors spend years in post graduate education certification studies. This advanced training allows Upper Cervical Chiropractors to provide amazing results without ever prescribing a drug, performing a surgery, inserting a needle or cracking a back. Especially when none of those things worked.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Experience

I was testing for the most prestigious medical school on the planet in tenth grade. Not too much stress there. But that stress was compounded by several chronic health issues. Then I woke up one morning and could not turn my head.

Like so many of my current patients, I couldn’t remember any recent injury that could cause this neck locking spasm. Even though I did take a few trips to the ER in the past, that was years before and after a few weeks of pain pills, muscle relaxers and physical therapy, my neck felt fine.


While grateful at the time, for the relief, no doctor that treated any of my countless childhood injuries, ever measured anything more than height, weight, blood pressure, temperature with an occasional blood test. Just more and more meds that literally made me sick, and some token physical therapy. On a couple of ER visits I got x-rays, but unless something was broken or dislocated, they said it was just a muscle spasm.

But each new sprain and strain became another weakened link, just waiting to flare up when stressed. Because when any joint sprains, the ligaments that give feedback to the muscles stabilizing that joint, get damaged. So even with mild sprains and strains, if the joint does not receive proper alignment, balance, and coordination rehabilitation, that joint becomes permanently unstable and begins to degenerate at an accelerated pace.


Arthritis can be caused by many things but when one joint appears, on x-ray, 20 years older than the joint right next to it, that means the joint was injured and never properly rehabilitated. Even if that area stopped hurting within days or weeks of injury.

One of my early mentors had a formula for determining the age of any spinal injury on x-ray. People would come from around the world and stay for days or weeks to get daily treatments. Because he could get most people better, no matter what didn’t work for them prior to that.

And he did that by finding unresolved spinal sprains, then restoring alignment, balance, and coordination using his hands and precision tools that he invented. But he never twisted or cracked anyone’s spine.

Most of his patients were referred by their chiropractors who cared more about their patients than their egos or incomes. That was far, far away, a long time ago.

Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic Functional Medicine

When I woke up that morning, in tenth grade, and couldn’t turn my head, that was the one thing that my medical family cautiously considered a chiropractic issue. And I got lucky because the chiropractor that advanced training, no twisting or cracking. Most people prefer the more gentle and precise chiropractic much better if they ever get a chance to compare the two. But at the time, all I cared about was getting rid of the spasm in my neck.

I started feeling better and faster than I did in the past with medication. But this doctor predicted I would feel better within a few treatments and that it would take longer to rehabilitate the previous neck injuries. And I trusted him enough to see if that really meant anything to me.

Long story short, within the first year of treatment, for the first time in my life, I was pain and medication free. I became more active and had fewer injuries because my flexibility, balance and coordination improved dramatically. But I also felt more at ease than ever. My temper improved and I wasn't as easily irritated as before.

Unlike any other doctor, the chiropractor examined and measured my postural Alignment, Balance, and Coordination. And by treating that, instead of just managing pain, all my pre-existing sprains and strains started to heal properly. At least for me, taking the physical stress off my head, neck, and shoulders also solved half a dozen other chronic medical conditions.

Chemical Dependency

None of the surgeries or medications, none of the physical or psychological therapy ever gave me the lasting relief that I found with someone my medical family didn’t even consider a real doctor.

But it took me a whole year to detox from years of daily medication. Some of the damage, from those medications, may never completely heal. But now I work and play as hard as I want to every day, mostly pain free and haven’t even taken an aspirin in almost 40 years.

Most Doctors Agree

Recently the American College of Physicians, a distinguished group of over one hundred thousand medical doctors and healthcare providers, published formal recommendations to avoid pain management and surgery whenever possible. Instead, they suggest non-invasive therapies if the patient responds to those treatments.

And the world-famous Cleveland Clinic released an extensive two-year study tracking thousands of patients who got better Quality of Life results with functional medicine than just conventional medical care alone.

Most doctors know that appropriate diet and exercise is the best long-term medicine for any condition. But they’re expected to write a prescription in a few minutes. Even though any search engine could do that, and much more in less than a second. But neither of those options are good medicine.

How I Got Rid of My Chronic Migraine Headaches

After I was properly examined and treated for Alignment, Balance, and Coordination. With specific, no twist or crack, chiropractic to reduce the physical stress, throwing my posture out of balance and coordination... My neck started moving and improving better than previous injuries treated by bracing, PT, and medication. My lifelong headaches, shoulder, and back tension went away too. And once I saw how out of balance I was, I could understand how that postural misalignment was a constant strain on everything else. So now, if I stick to my daily stretches and anti-inflammatory diet, I have little if any pain or tension anywhere.

Not Intended As Medical Advice

Even with several new injuries that forced me to find more amazing drug free, non-invasive therapies... I now choose to save time and money by proactively staying healthy, so I don’t miss out on irreplaceable experiences with friends and family. Like I used to when I relied on emergency medical care and constant medications to manage my symptoms.

Results vary, and we never share patient information. But you can search Dr. Thomas Polucki and read the reviews on Google, Healthgrades, and WebMD to see what some of our patients say about their experience working with us.


Talk to the doctor one-on-one about your challenges. Set realistic goals with time frames and agreed upon outcome assessments.

And if, in agreement, we move forward to the functional exam and then coauthor a step-by-step plan to achieve your recovery with expert guidance.

If we cannot find agreement, we refund the reservation fee and proceed no further. Who else does that?

The outstanding success rate of our patients depends on working exclusively with people who trust and commit to their recommendations.

Nobody ever said to a heart surgeon “I’ll let you cut me open, split my ribcage and then decide if I want you to do anything more.”

Quantified Functional Exam

Our quantified functional exam costs thousands of dollars in specialists’ practices. More than just a few vitals and asking where it hurts, I touch my patients. Not just where it hurts but also feel the tension in the head, neck, and shoulder joints that blocks the healing response from the brain. I also measure three-dimensional body posture, dynamic balance, and system coordination. To help refine treatment recommendations.


Treatment Sampler

Our streamlined approach towards assisted stretch, medical massage, and no twist or crack chiropractic adjustment might take hours, in three different offices, and cost hundreds of dollars anywhere else. But now you can get all the relieving, relaxing and restoring benefits from all three all in one stop, and in less than 10 minutes.

Anti-inflammatory Diet Program

Quick, Easy and Delicious... These online recipes reduce the most common source of inflammation. Helping to avoid indigestion, joint, muscle and nerve pain, fatigue, brain fog, and mood swings without medication. Giving your sprains and strains a chance to heal. Feel lighter, move easier, think clearer in just days of following these simple, delicious, and satisfying anti-inflammatory recipes.

Stretch and Move

In just a few minutes a day, you can reduce headaches and shoulder tension, improve flexibility and stability. Regardless of your work or play, these online stretching tips help you reduce tension and stress every day. We demonstrate, step by step through each movement, so in just a few minutes a day, anywhere, anytime you can stretch your healthcare dollar further.

What You Get

Normally, these services would bill at $671 and that’s a value because comparable services would cost several times that anywhere else. Still be worth every penny to wake up feeling great, thinking clearly, full of energy, moving through your day free of pain and drug side effects that get in the way of your life. And maybe even reduce the risk of surgery from ongoing degeneration that is never addressed even with the best pain management.

Instead, you’ll have a simple plan to get better and stay better. And if you read this far, you know that you want and need something different than what you have been doing, to get what you really want. And for a limited time, you get it all for the regular checkup fee of just $79 to save your spot.


No doctor can guarantee results. And I don’t. But if I’m not confident I can help you, during the consultation, we don’t go any further and refund your $79 reservation fee.

You may reschedule an appointment with 24-hour’s notice but due to high demand, cancellations within 24 hours or no-show appointments forfeit the reservation fee. So only request an appointment if you can make it a priority. Fair enough?

Internet, insurance, and government restrictions change with little and no notice. We may be forced to remove this post, its contents and offers without notice. So, if you are ready, NOW is a good time to request your appointment. Haven’t you already suffered enough?


What’s Next

When you enter your contact information (never shared, federally protected) in the secure Request Appointment form and click the submit button, our friendly scheduler will contact you as soon as possible. Confirming your appointment with a $79 reservation fee that holds your appointment and may be applied to the services listed above in this limited time special offer.

So, submit the form, and then receive the HIPAA compliant request, on a secure link, for your relevant information to make your first visit quick and easy. Once that information is uploaded, your appointment is confirmed. And we’ll look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointment.

Limited Time Offer

To get your guaranteed consult, and if we can accept your case, your functional examination. Plus, if you Request Appointment Now, you also get the assisted stretch, medical massage, no twist or crack chiropractic specific adjustment treatment package. And the online pain-relieving diet and stretch classes. A total value of $671 for just the $79 reservation fee. Plus, if we discover, during the consultation that we can’t accept your case, you get your $79 reservation fee refunded, but keep the online diet and stretch program. A $98 value just for letting us see if we can help you.

But we may be forced to remove this offer at any time. So, Request Appointment Now!

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