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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Cases from Dr. Zachary Ward

When your body gets locked into stress, pain, and chronic conditions, we help unlock it

Big and small accidents cause your body to shift and lock down into a stressed position. You can see it for yourself in the mirror, if you know what to look for. Some talk about shifting posture. And many others just ignore it. But at Life In Alignment, we see consistent changes in your chronic pain and other conditions using a specific protocol to unlock the spine and bring it to better balance.

We don’t just talk about improved spinal balance. We measure it as it changes.

Can you see the change?

The following “before and after cases” show how your spine can shift from unhealthy to healthy, and from abnormal to normal. And how quickly these positive changes often happen when the right approach is used.

In the words of a recent patient: “This is not what I expected from a chiropractor.”

Vertigo can be caused by neck alignment (video)

Where vertigo comes from is a huge question that a lot of people have. Especially because vertigo symptoms are so confusing, and can include and be confused for dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, and even  migraine, anxiety, and motion sickness.

As an upper cervical chiropractor, I am very aware of the primary causes of vertigo symptoms, which can relate to problems in the ears, the eyes, and even to more serious problems in the brain.

People are always asking “How do I get relief from vertigo” or “Who treats vertigo?” and they are not aware of the connection between proper neck alignment and relief of vertigo symptoms.

Can vertigo be caused by neck alignment?

Yes, in many cases vertigo is actually caused by problem joint alignment in the neck, especially in the first and second cervical vertebra.

Below is a video that looks at the cases of a man with pretty serious vertigo, who couldn’t find relief with other forms of vertigo treatment, such as Epleys maneuver for ear crystals or canalithiasis (BPPV vertigo).

The video shows the change in the position of his neck over time, especially at the atlas bone, and the mid-cervical spine.

Here is the transcript of the video:

Yes,Hello there, this is Dr. Zachary Ward here in Auburn Hills, Michigan looking at ten patients in ten minutes.

Looking at a case that originally started with pretty serious vertigo, but when we discussed the fact that a lot of vertigo and dizziness is related to improper
neck mechanics, this gentleman decided to work with me over time to see what kind of changes we could get in his cervical curve, as well as keep that vertigo at bay.

So we’re actually going to look at three x-rays spread out over four years.

Vertigo stays away through neck alignment

So,when he originally starts off this is before there’s any kind of adjustment or correction…The back of the first cervical vertebra and the back of the skull are very close to each other. The middle of the upper neck, which is right here, is very far away from the middle of the lower neck, which is back here.

And then we go to the lower neck, we’re going to see between c5 and c6, is an opposite angulation taking this into a reverse cervical curve down here…As opposed to being curved forward which is where it should be.

Now if we look at him a year later most of his symptoms have subsided, and we can see some shifts and changes. The back of the first cervical vertebra is coming away from the back of his skull, the middle of the top of the neck is closer to the middle of the bottom of the neck, and then when we look at c5 and c6 down here that reverse angulation has come out.

And you’re seeing a straight neck down here at the bottom as opposed to it being in the beginning of that reversed cervical curve.

So this gentleman would follow up with me every four to eight weeks over the next several years, and we could just continue to make sure that his neck maintained its alignment, and what we’ll see is that this stays relatively balanced, in that the c1-back-to-skull position. The middle of his neck now gets even closer to the middle portion of the lower neck, there’s no return on the reverse angulation, and overall the neck that used to be way back here, has now moved forward.

And of course that vertigo is never really an issue anymore. [Note: the emphasis of this video is seeing changes over time in the neck, that help avoid the return of a severe and debilitating case of vertigo. The patient’s vertigo symptoms subsided quickly over four weeks after the initial correction.]

If you have any question about this case or any other case you see in the series, you can go ahead and contact me via my contact box on LIAChiro.com.

If you’re here in my area you’re welcome to call 248-598-4002. You will get someone immediately if you call between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., usually. Other times it may not we may not be able to answer the phone right away or you can look me up at Facebook.com/LIAChiropractic … Have a great day!

Correcting the S-shaped neck curve (video)

Hello Dr. Zachary Ward back with another “Ten Patients in Ten Minutes” In this episode we’re talking about a female in her mid-30s with migraines, head sensitivities, left ear plugged, sense of brain fog, anxiety, chest pain…whole gamut of symptoms and of course a reverse curve.   And this is her x-ray of her neck… Continue Reading

Solving neck pain after whiplash (video)

Hi, this is Dr. Zachary Ward at Life In Alignment Chiropractic here in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Facebook.com/LIAChiropractic We’re going over ten cases in about ten minutes. (Don’t hold me to it.) Whiplash after car crash- the acceleration-deceleration injury of the neck We’re on number eight, looking at whiplash after a car accident…The cervical acceleration-deceleration injury.… Continue Reading

Improving upright posture and pelvis alignment in a long distance runner

Improving upright posture and pelvis alignment in a long distance runner

Can long distance runners improve their overall body posture by focusing on the head-to-neck alignment? Yes and no. It depends on if they are self-correcting or receiving a correction. This case study from our practice and a little bit of research sheds light on this important topic. Focusing on the hips, knees, and ankles When… Continue Reading

Scoliosis in middle age: common questions and one woman’s story

I have scoliosis and I’m middle aged. Is it too late for me to get help from a chiropractor? Plus… One woman’s story after four weeks of spinal care with scoliosis And answering your common questions about scoliosis in adulthood by a doctor who works with adults with scoliosis Most scoliosis information focuses on children… Continue Reading

Can your pain pill do this? 3 impossible before and after pictures

Can your pain pill do this? 3 impossible before and after pictures

Are you trained to go the medicine cabinet any time you have a headache? Or neck pain? Or some other sort of ache or pain? Here’s a secret: very few chronic aches and pains happen because of a shortage of Advil, Tyelenol, or Bayer in your blood stream. In other words – there is a… Continue Reading

Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

It’s important to know that if the body has experienced enough trauma to have a mild brain injury, it has experienced enough trauma to have a neck injury. This video on alignment and post-concussion syndrome show why: The following is from a feedback form taken from a high school student, about 8 weeks after his… Continue Reading

Facial pain before and after neck alignment (video)

Learn why Trigeminal Neuralgia may be more common than we know. What treatment options are available for TN and other kinds of facial pain. And why neck alignment matters in cases of facial pain. “Like my face was on fire.” That’s how some people with Trigeminal Neuralgia describe the condition. Others describe is as an… Continue Reading

Upper Cervical Success Stories

Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

It’s important to know that if the body has experienced enough trauma to have a mild brain injury, it has experienced enough trauma to have a neck injury. This video on alignment and post-concussion syndrome show why: The following is from a feedback form taken from a high school student, about 8 weeks after his… Continue Reading

I was most impressed with this new form of treatment

I was most impressed with this new form of treatment

Here is an unsolicited review on Facebook: Thank you to Nancy for sharing her experience and getting the word out about specific cervical care and its impact on the whole spine and health on Facebook. Nancy loved chiropractic, but wanted a new experience to see if she could could feel less pain and greater balance… Continue Reading

Sleeping patterns have improved with upper cervical chiropractic

Sleeping patterns have improved with upper cervical chiropractic

How would you describe your health before you began receiving your spinal corrections? I was generally in good health other than having headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain. Went to my physician and former chiropractor without much relief. What is it that you heard or read that made you decide to choose my office… Continue Reading

Baby’s severe gastric reflux ends after watching episode of Ricki Lake?

Baby’s severe gastric reflux ends after watching episode of Ricki Lake?

When Sylvia Herrera’s infant daughter Alexa kept spitting up her bottle, baby Alexa ended up with a diagnosis of acid reflux (severe colic), and a diet of Zantac, Prevacid, and Prilosec. This article was written by Dr. Zachary Ward, and was originally presented in the summer edition of the 2013 NUCCA News. “When Alexa was… Continue Reading

Excruciating facial pain not responding to medication?

Excruciating facial pain not responding to medication?

What would you do if you faced Ryan’s painful situation? When does a pain in the face start as a pain in the neck? Thanks to Ryan for posting this on to Facebook, and sharing his story. He experienced dramatic Jaw and TMJ nerve pain, and was going to be evaluated for trigeminal neuralgia. One… Continue Reading

I experienced vertigo symptoms

I experienced vertigo symptoms

How would you describe your health before you began receiving your upper cervical chiropractic adjustments? It varied. I experienced vertigo symptoms that were incapacitating. What is it that you heard or read that made you decide to choose my office for chiropractic care? I was referred to the office by a co-worker. Before coming, I… Continue Reading

It is so different…

It is so different…

How would you describe your health before you began receiving your adjustments? Soreness all of the time. What is it that you heard or read that made you decide to choose my office for chiropractic care? More referral than anything else. Were you skeptical about chiropractic care? No. What are the three benefits that you’ve… Continue Reading

Major increase in neck mobility

Major increase in neck mobility

How would you describe your health before you began receiving your adjustments? Low energy, tense, sluggish, tender, and tight. What is it that you heard or read that made you decide to choose my office for chiropractic care? My father’s experience. Were you skeptical about chiropractic care? No. What are the three benefits that you’ve… Continue Reading

Runner’s Knee and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Runner’s Knee and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Runner’s knee and upper cervical chiropractic care? This original story appeared in the Fall 2o13 NUCCA News, the quarterly newsletter of the the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It was part of one of three very different stories about healing through upper cervical care. This true-life story comes from Dr. Nathan Wheat in central Iowa, and was written by Dr. Zachary Ward. Continue Reading

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