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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.”

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 from her side, and I could really show you other x-rays as well, but just in the interest of time we’re just going to focus on this one.

A mild but classic S-Curve in the neck

I want to point out a few things here: what we’re looking at is a kind of a classic reverse curve and we would call this a reverse s-curve.

I’m going to outline the shape here… that’s not as serious as sometimes we see them…they are you know, like literally like
this…

But she has quite a quite a bit of an S… And what you’re going notice here is the way that her first cervical vertebra is tucked up underneath her skull.

And the way that both her third and fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae go behind this line. This line is called a depth measurement.

We’re using the depth method for looking at the reversal of her curve. And rather than her curve, of course, going this way it’s that.

And what you’re looking at here is her after image. This was taken 11 months later, so this is quite a bit of time and this is quite a bit of transformation over that time.

Most of her symptoms have resolved or diminished within about a three weeks time frame including the migraines, the left ear being plugged, the head sensitivity, and those [symptoms] kind have ebbed and flowed over the next several months as she went through these changes.

We’re gonna drop some lines in here on this. You can kind of see what I’m talking about with the before and the after…

So, this is the before and the after image with the depth method lines dropped in.

And what you should notice is the change in the first cervical vertebrae position outlined by this white line here. And this white line here you can see a far more space on the left – I’m sorry – on the right image than you can on the left
image.

You’re seeing c1 move closer towards c2 and then of course right in through here at three and four you should see that finally these vertebra segments are actually in front of this line here as opposed to being behind it.

So the the neck is actually taken out of the s-curve. Now he c3 is a little bit mal-positioned still yet. We’ll see if her body continues to change on that.

But overall there’s been a significant change in the alignment, and in fact, if you actually measure it out there’s actually been a 14 millimeter change at the fourth cervical vertebra, so this is quite a huge shift over about nine months – I’m sorry – eleven months, with her coming out of that reverse cervical curve.

Again if you have any questions about this case or any case in the series that you’re seeing, Alignment Matters: “Ten patients in ten minutes” – you can give a shout out here at LIACHIRO.com/contact.

Contact me that way. You can find me on Facebook.com/LIAChiropractic

If you are in the Metro Detroit area feel free to give us a call at the office line 248-598-4002, and talk to my assistant and mention this video.

Have a great day!

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

Severe pain near shoulder blade – 33 year old male

Severe pain near shoulder blade – 33 year old male

Patient D was in middle of a four day pain attack in his upper right shoulder blade when we came into my office. He had experienced pain like this before, but not to this degree of severity. The pain was in his upper back, just to the middle of of his scapulae bone, below the… 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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