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From An Upper Cervical Chiropractic Perspective

Latest Articles from Dr. Zachary Ward - Life In Alignment Chiropractic, Lc - Auburn Hills MI

Three millimeters to headache freedom?

Three millimeters to headache freedom?

Many cases of chronic and recurring head pain (like tension head ache, migraine, etc.) are treated by focusing on the head…Where the pain appears to be.

But many cases of chronic headache may actually be stemming from biomechanical problems in the neck and deserve to have an evaluation from a chiropractic provider, especially one with advanced training in upper cervical procedures.

Here is one story and feedback from an elementary school teacher who showed a quick and amazing transformation after receiving a cervical correction over winter break.

Are my headaches actually coming from my neck?

This teacher with chronic headaches experienced an immediate return to cervical curve with our cervical alignment procedures.

She writes:

“I was getting headaches multiple afternoons and evenings each week. I attributed this to many things: a hard day’s work, bad classroom fluorescent lighting, or lack of caffeine.

It was never a pounding headache or migraine, so I thought it was just something that I had to deal with. Occasionally caffeine would help, but often, it wouldn’t help.

I stopped trying headache medicines as these helped even less frequently.

When a headache developed, I accepted the fact that I wouldn’t be good company that evening and would need to go to bed early.

Often I would press my fist against my forehead for temporary relief so I could make it through dinner.

I remember talking to my older sister about this once, suggesting I would need to get off the phone soon to get to bed due to another headache.

She inquired as to how often I got headaches. Her reaction surprised me…She explained that it wasn’t normal to get 3 to 5 headaches per week.

I remember her saying she doesn’t get any headaches, and neither should I.

This conversation led me to Dr. Zach Ward, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor…He was amazingly patient and personable.

I recall there was minimal soreness for half a day following my appointment [for first correction].

I quickly got back into the swing of things after winter break.

School was back in session, and I began waiting for my headaches to return. January came, then February…In fact I made it right up until the end of June before I felt another headache!”

-Cassie, Elementary teacher

The x-rays show a return of the neck and skull to the upright axis after one correction.

Should I visit an upper cervical chiropractor for my headaches?

There are many options you have when trying to find a headache solution. There are many providers who are quite knowledgeable about headaches with whom you might want to meet.

However, chiropractors with advanced training in the neck, have a proven track record for safety and effectiveness when it comes to headache and neck pain, as demonstrated by research. (1)

Many people cannot exercise or stretch themselves out of these biomechanical breakdowns. They need help from an upper cervical chiropractor.


1. Eriksen K, Rochester RP, Hurwitz EL. Symptomatic reactions, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction associated with upper cervical chiropractic care: A prospective, multicenter, cohort study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders201112:219



Upper Cervical Chiropractor at Life In Alignment Chiropractic
Dr. Zachary Ward first discovered the power of spinal care after watching his little brother heal from debilitating pain. Now he practices a unique form of chiropractic care that offers you the opportunity to experience your body in a new, freer way. Contact him via social media or via the contact form to request a ten minute health review. He also blogs at

Bone spur causing neck pain? Maybe – maybe not (video)

Hi, this is Dr. Zachary ward at Life In Alignment Chiropractic here in Auburn Hills, Michigan. We’re looking at patient number six: a bone spur leading to chronic neck pain….Big question mark on that one. Let’s go ahead and take a look. Did a bone spur on her CT scan actually cause her neck pain?… Continue Reading

It was hard to sit still

It was hard to sit still

How would you describe your health before you began receiving your adjustments? Hard to sit still. In constant pain. What is it that you heard or read that made you decide to choose my office for chiropractic care? It was close to my office, so very convenient for me. Were you skeptical about chiropractic care?… Continue Reading

10 reasons parents take children for Upper Cervical Care

A study published in the Journal of Manual Medicine revealed that nearly 80% of all children are born with blocked or reduced nerve impulses due to a misalignment of the top bone in the spine called the Atlas. Dr. Gutmann, the medical doctor who performed the research, concluded that the blocked nerve impulses can cause… Continue Reading

Solving neck pain after whiplash (video)

Hi, this is Dr. Zachary Ward at Life In Alignment Chiropractic here in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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

Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia in a patient undergoing upper cervical care

A 54-year-old male presented with right-sided facial pain along the distribution of the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve for the past 5 years. The patient also has a secondary complaint of lower cervical stiffness which he attributes to a skiing accident. Following digital palpation, comparative leg length analysis, and radiographic examination it was determined… Continue Reading

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