top of page

Search Results

42 items found for ""

  • Debunking The Top Myths About Upper Cervical Chiropractic

    In recent years, alternative healthcare practices have gained in popularity, with chiropractic care standing out as a popular choice for many. Within the realm of chiropractic care, there exists a subset known as Upper Cervical Chiropractic, which is often surrounded by its own myths and misconceptions. Unfortunately, these myths contribute to the idea that Upper Cervical Chiropractic is pseudoscience. Today, we are shedding some light on the top myths about Upper Cervical Chiropractic and illuminating the facts. The Myth: Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors One of the most persistent and long-standing myths about chiropractors is that they are not “real doctors.” The Facts: No, Chiropractors are not MDs (Medical Doctor). They are DCs (Doctor of Chiropractic). Like your MD, your DC underwent extensive education and training to earn their doctorate. Becoming a doctor of chiropractic requires a 4-year undergraduate degree, 3 to 5 years at an accredited chiropractic college, and a clinical internship. To become an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, UCC doctors must first be trained as General Chiropractors before receiving additional education and training in managing the delicate C1 (Atlas) and C2 (Axis) vertebrae. This training is so specialized that Upper Cervical Chiropractors make up less than 5% of all chiropractors currently in practice. The Myth: Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is Only for Neck Pain A major misconception about Upper Cervical Chiropractic is that since it focuses only on the top two bones of the neck, it is only meant to treat neck pain. The Facts: While the focus is on the Axis (C1) and Atlas (C2) neck bones, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care extends far beyond merely addressing neck pain. The upper cervical spine is a neurological powerhouse that influences various bodily functions. Upper Cervical Care can alleviate many health issues, ranging from headaches and migraines to sleep, digestion, chronic pain, and even mental health concerns. The Myth: Chiropractors Only Help With Musculoskeletal Issues Another persistent myth is that chiropractic care can only help relieve issues related to the bones and muscles. The Facts: Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor should be considered your nervous system doctor! Your nervous system is intrinsically intertwined with your spine and your spinal health. Since the nervous system controls and regulates nearly every process within the body, it is crucial that it operates without interference. When spinal bones shift out of place (called subluxation), they put pressure on nerves and restrict brain-to-body communication. This interruption in communication leads to a cascade of dysfunction within the body. Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor works to restore spinal alignment and optimal nerve flow, allowing your body to self-regulate, self-heal, and return to a state of balance and health. Yes, musculoskeletal conditions can be improved with Upper Cervical care, but the truth is that spinal misalignment can affect all body systems. When proper alignment and nervous system function are restored, all body systems can see improvement in function. The Myth: Upper Cervical Adjustments are Painful Many people avoid the chiropractor because they fear the “snap, crackle, pop” and assume the adjustment will be jarring or painful. The Facts: Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and noninvasive. Adjustments in the Upper Cervical region hinge on precision and specificity, not on force. They are gentle and carefully calculated to provide relief and restoration without inducing pain. The Myth: “Symptoms” are a Normal Part of Life Many people who experience symptoms of pain, discomfort, headaches, and fatigue have had their symptoms for so long that they begin to believe that they are a normal part of life. Worse, they may even have asked their MD for assistance and been ignored or given medications laden with side effects to treat their symptoms. The Facts: Symptoms, particularly pain, fatigue, headaches, recurrent infections, and general poor health, are all signs of body dysfunction. With Upper Cervical Care, we don’t focus on the treatment or curing of specific conditions. Our goal is to find the root cause of your ailment, restore balance, and help your body to heal itself naturally. Our purpose is to find the cause of your ailment, not mask your symptoms. The Myth: Once You Start, You Can’t Stop It's a common belief that starting chiropractic care is a never-ending journey; once you start, you can never stop. This statement has been used to shift people away from Chiropractic care for decades. The Facts: There is an old saying that the only things you HAVE to do are “death and taxes.” No one will make you see a chiropractor for the rest of your life. With Upper Cervical Care, the duration and frequency of your visits will vary based on your individual condition, health goals, and response to treatment. While some patients may benefit from periodic adjustments to maintain optimal health and prevent future issues, others may only require a short series of treatments to resolve their specific concerns. The Myth: Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Is Not Evidence-Based In many people’s minds, chiropractic care and Upper Cervical Care, in particular, live in the realm of pseudoscience. The Facts: Contrary to this myth, numerous scientific studies validate the efficacy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Even more surprising, many of those studies come unexpectedly from medical (not chiropractic) associations. Studies on Upper Cervical Chiropractic have shown positive outcomes in various areas, including neck pain, brain function, immune system, nervous system, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. The Myth Chiropractic Care is Not Suitable for Older Adults Many people believe that chiropractic care may be unsafe for older adults due to aging bones being more brittle. The Facts: The truth is that age is not a barrier to benefiting from care, especially with Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Through gentle but powerful Upper Cervical Adjustments, older adults may find substantial relief from age-related issues like memory problems, joint pain, limited mobility, and balance. The Myth: Upper Cervical Chiropractic is Unsafe for Children A familiar concern we see among parents is that Upper Cervical Care for their children may be unsafe since the body and spine are still growing. The Facts: Upper Cervical care is gentle and noninvasive. Since it focuses on the top two vertebrae of the spine, it has less impact on a developing spine than other types of chiropractic care. There is no uncomfortable twisting or “cracking,” making it the perfect solution for pediatric spinal care. The Myth: You Can Adjust Yourself by “Cracking” Your Neck or Back There are plenty of people who regularly “crack” their backs or necks and believe that this is the same as receiving a chiropractic adjustment. The Facts: Chiropractic is a precise discipline requiring years of dedicated training. You may be interested to know that chiropractors don't adjust themselves. They seek the help of another professional.  You may be able to “pop” your back or neck, but this “pop” is not an adjustment, and it can lead to other problems, such as a hypermobile joint over time. The Myth: Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments are Risky Because the Upper Cervical Chiropractor works so closely to the brain stem, some feel the practice may be unsafe. The Facts: Safety is paramount in chiropractic care. Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor has undergone extensive education and training to provide safe and effective care. The risks associated with Upper Cervical adjustments are minimal, especially when compared to more invasive procedures such as surgery. Separating Fact from Fiction Dispelling myths about Upper Cervical Chiropractic is essential to providing our patients with a comprehensive understanding of our practice. Distinguishing myths from facts paves the way for informed decisions about our health and a full appreciation of this form of chiropractic care's therapeutic potential. At Atlas Specific, you’ll find a team committed to providing you with the authentic, evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic care you seek. If you’re curious if Upper Cervical Care is the right choice for your journey to health and wellness, contact us today for a free consultation by clicking the link below, calling us at 970 - 259 - 6803, or dropping by our Durango office. We are as passionate about your health and well-being as you are. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Green Thumbs and Spinal Health: 10 Tips to Adjust Your Garden Game

    Gardening is a favorite pastime of many. It allows you to connect with nature, exercise your body, relax your mind, beautify your surroundings, and even feed your family. However, while gardening may bring many rewards, like a bountiful table and a sense of calmness to your mind, long periods of toiling in the garden can take a toll on your back or exacerbate existing back pain. That doesn’t mean you need to cross growing a garden off your list. If back pain is getting in the way of your green thumb, this article will help you adjust your garden game and help you cultivate the seeds of spinal health. How Gardening Affects the Spine While gardening is a low-impact activity that positively affects the mind and body, it can have a negative effect on the spine. A day of tending to your beds often includes repetitive bending, twisting, heavy lifting, and sitting or squatting in awkward positions for extended periods. All of which can lead to fatigue and muscle strain as well as put added stress on your lower back and spine. Adjust Your Garden Game Below are our top 10 tips for growing spinal health to ensure your passion for gardening blossoms in the fields of wellness. Stretch it Out Gardening can be a real workout, and just like any good work or routine, it should include warming up before starting and stretching out at the end. Before starting gardening tasks, a short walk and some simple stretches can help prepare your body for the task at hand and minimize injuries. Once you’ve finished gardening, take the time to stretch your back, legs, and arms to reduce muscle tension. Posture Points Whether planting, pruning, mulching, or weeding, maintaining good posture is essential in the garden. Keep your head aligned with your shoulders, avoid hunching or slouching, and remember to bend at the knees, not the waist, to lower yourself closer to the ground. The Right Tool for Every Job If back pain is a concern in the garden, perhaps it’s time to seek out adaptive tools. Specialized tools designed with longer handles can significantly reduce the amount of bending or squatting needed to get the job done with less strain on your back. Lift With Care Remember to lift heavy pots, bags of soil, and heavy watering cans with your legs, not your back. Improper lifting techniques can be hard on the spine and cause injury to your back's discs, muscles, and ligaments. To minimize lifting, consider using a wheelbarrow, wagon, or dolly to carry heavy items from place to place. Don’t overfill large watering cans. Instead, fill them only halfway to reduce weight, or consider alternative watering options, such as soaker hoses or automated watering systems. Give Yourself a Break When you love spending time in the garden, it can be easy to lose track of time, but taking regular breaks while gardening is essential. The best practice is to take breaks every 15–20 minutes to give your back and spine a rest. If you’ve been in one position for a while, stretch during these breaks. Remember to listen to your body, and don’t overexert yourself. Switch Things Up To avoid repetition fatigue, alternate tasks such as pruning or weeding throughout the day. Rotating between different tasks helps avoid repetitive strain on specific muscles. When working with tools, alternate hands and regularly shift the weight on your feet. Gear Up If you prefer to garden in a kneeling position, gear up with quality knee pads to provide cushioning and support while reducing pressure on your back and spine. If knee pads aren’t for you, memory foam pads are another option to consider. Stay Hydrated Remember to stay hydrated while gardening, as with any type of workout or outdoor activity. Proper hydration can help nourish your muscles, joints, and spinal discs, while dehydration can make the body more prone to injury. Take a Stand If bending, kneeling, and squatting hurt your back, don’t retire your green thumb just yet. Raised beds can be a great solution to bring your garden up to your level. Some of the sturdier raised bed designs include an edge where the gardener can sit while working or even be designed to full standing height. Other options include vertical gardening, where soil and plants are tucked into pockets or posts mounted on a structure or attached to a wall. Adaptive garden beds designed to be wheelchair accessible are also possible. Bonus Tip - Add Upper Cervical Care to Your Garden Tools Upper Cervical care is a safe, gentle, and noninvasive form of chiropractic care that focuses on the top two vertebrae of the spine, the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). This specialized care can help ensure that your spinal health is deeply rooted in alignment and well-being, allowing you to spend more time tending the garden and less time tending to back pain. The Seeds of Change If back, neck, or shoulder pain is hindering your green thumb, follow these tips and contact us today for a free consultation by clicking the link below, calling us at 970 - 259 - 6803, or drop by our Durango office. We are as passionate about your health and well-being as you are about your garden and look forward to being a part of your wellness journey. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Building a Healthy Future for Your Child With Upper Cervical Chiropractic

    No matter how you choose to raise your children, ensuring them a healthy future is a shared goal among all parents. However, an often overlooked path to a healthy future lies in the upper cervical spine. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of Upper Cervical Care and explore the many benefits this alternative form of chiropractic treatment may offer the next generation. How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects a Child’s Health Let’s view the spine as the body's framework. It allows for mobility, provides stability and range of motion to the head, and protects the spinal cord and central nervous system (CNS). If not addressed, the slightest misalignment in the Upper Cervical spine can trigger a cascade of health issues, ranging from emotional, skeletal, and nerve conditions to developmental and musculature concerns. Ensuring good spinal health is particularly important for your child during their developmental years. How Could My Child Have a Misalignment? This is a common and understandable question that parents often ask, and you may be surprised to learn that children are just as prone to misalignments, also known as subluxations, as adults are. The Upper Cervical Spine comprises the Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2). The unique design of these bones allows for the head's full range of motion, but it also makes them the most vulnerable bones in the body. Because they are so vulnerable, even the stress of daily life can move them out of alignment. Below are a few other examples of common ways a child could end up with an Upper Cervical misalignment: The Birthing Process Particularly if you had a difficult birth, excess strain could have been put on the baby's head and neck. Even during a normal birth, it’s possible for an infant's head to be bent or twisted in ways that can result in an Upper Cervical subluxation. During Infancy Most healthy babies begin lifting their heads independently by the one-month mark. It can take up to four months before an infant can hold its head up on its own while in a sitting position. However, it can take up to six months for them to develop the neck muscles required for full head control. This is a critical time in your baby’s development and a common time for misalignments to occur. While at Play Bumps and bruises are a part of growing up, and from home to playground to school, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to tumble,  trip, or fall. Children are extraordinarily resilient, and most falls and bumps are forgotten in an instant. However, if a misalignment occurs during play, it could work behind the scenes for months or years before causing symptoms. Car Accidents Car seats are specifically designed to save a child’s life in the event that an accident occurs. However, even the best car seat may not prevent all damage from occurring. Anything that can jar the neck can cause misalignment, and car accidents are certainly on the list. These are just a few ways that could cause a child to end up with an upper cervical misalignment, and just as with adults, the misalignment could sit unknown for months or even years before symptoms occur. Children and The Upper Cervical Spine A familiar concern parents may have about seeking Upper Cervical Care for their children is safety since the body and spine are still growing. This is certainly a valid concern, but Upper Cervical care is gentle and non-invasive. Upper Cervical Care focuses on the top two vertebrae of the spine and, as such, has less of an impact on a developing spine than other types of chiropractic care. There is no uncomfortable twisting or “cracking,” making it the perfect solution for pediatric spinal care. Below are some of the benefits that your child can gain through Upper Cervical Chiropractic care at Atlas Specific: Encouraging Optimal Physical Development: The spine plays a crucial role in ensuring proper growth. A properly aligned Upper Cervical spine helps to fortify the entire skeletal structure, fostering healthy physical development. From ensuring a balanced posture to facilitating clear brain/body communication, Upper Cervical care can be a potent ally in your child’s growth and development. Neurological Development: The Upper Cervical spine is linked to the brainstem as well as the entire nervous system. Ensuring its health during the pivotal years of childhood development can facilitate optimal neurological development, helping to shape a sturdy foundation for learning, coordination, and overall neurological health. Increased Immunity: Children are constantly exposed to a host of pathogens and illnesses as they explore the world around them. A properly aligned Upper Cervical spine can enhance brain/ body communication, potentially bolstering the immune system and enabling it to combat illnesses and infections more effectively. Optimal Brain Function: The Upper Cervical region’s proximity to the brain makes it a vital component of optimal cognitive function. Maintaining alignment in this region can support healthy brain development and function. Encouraging Healthy Sleep Patterns: Adequate, quality sleep is essential for healthy child development. Their sleep quality directly affects their mood, cognitive function, and overall health. Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can help alleviate sleep issues and ensure that your child gets the restorative and rejuvenating sleep they need. When Should I Seek Upper Cervical Care For My Child? Most parents seek chiropractic care for their children when they have developmental issues with the spine, such as scoliosis or lordosis. That being said, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care extends beyond spinal issues. If your child is experiencing frequent yet seemingly unexplainable symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, anxiety, back pain, neck pain, sleep issues, or muscle soreness, consider seeking upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatment is a gentle, non-invasive, drug-free option for a wide range of ailments and health concerns, making it particularly useful for children. Conclusion The benefits listed above are just some of the profound ways that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can impact many stages of a child’s life. If you believe that your child’s Upper Cervical Spine may be hiding a misalignment, get in touch with us today to speak with Dr. Tim and Dr Danielle about the spinal health of your child. At Atlas Specific, we’re here to serve families in Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Cortez, Farmington, and the surrounding communities. Our commitment is to ensure every child has the opportunity to benefit from the impact of Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Click the link below to schedule a free consultation, drop by our Durango office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, or call us at 970 – 259 – 6803. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Nurturing Your Spine During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is a time of joy and wonder that is filled with profound transformation—not just emotionally and mentally but physically, structurally, and chemically (hormones), as well. As the body prepares to create and nurture new life, numerous changes and shifts occur that can dramatically impact spinal health. Understanding how to care for their spine during this critical period is essential for the well-being of both the expectant mother and their growing baby. Use this comprehensive guide to explore strategies for optimal prenatal spinal health. Understanding Your Spine During Pregnancy Back pain during pregnancy is a common occurrence often brought on by the changes in the body outlined below: Weight Gain: Weight gain during pregnancy is normal and, in most cases, healthy. However, this gain adds to the load your spine must support, which can exacerbate existing spinal conditions or contribute to new ones. Spinal Shift: As pregnancy progresses and the baby grows, the body’s center of gravity shifts forward, placing additional stress on the lower back, leading to discomfort and strain on the spine. Muscle Changes: The muscles in the stomach area also change. As they stretch to accommodate new life, they weaken, providing less support to the spine. Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy hormones, particularly relaxin, relax the ligaments and joints in your pelvis to ease childbirth. While a necessary change, this can also lead to instability and pain in the prenatal spine. Strategies for Prenatal Spinal Health During pregnancy, your body and spine undergo many necessary changes. However, back pain doesn't have to accompany these changes. Following the steps below can often ease or prevent prenatal back pain. Don’t Pass Up the Gym Gentle, low-impact exercises tailored for expectant mothers, such as prenatal yoga and swimming, can help to strengthen the core and back muscles, providing additional support to the spine. Regular stretching and prenatal yoga can also relieve tension and promote flexibility. Gear Up If needed, you can get additional back support by wearing a garment known as an abdominal or pregnancy binder. When worn correctly, this band can take some of your stomach's weight off your back muscles. You may also be able to find maternity pants with built-in support. A pelvic support belt may also provide extra support. If you choose to use one, consult your healthcare professional for help finding the best position. Avoid high heels when it comes to footwear. They can shift your balance farther forward, increasing your risk of falls and adding extra strain on the muscles in your lower back. Instead, opt for low-heeled shoes that support the arches of your feet. Good choices include walking or athletic shoes. Be Posture Aware As your baby grows and your center of gravity shifts forward, a natural response may be to arch your back or lean back to keep yourself from tipping forward. But this action can put additional strain on the muscles in your lower back. Sitting and standing with good posture in mind helps distribute weight evenly and reduces strain. When sitting, choose a chair that offers good back support or place a small pillow behind your lower back. When standing, keep these tips in mind: Always stand straight and tall, chest high, shoulders back and relaxed. Be mindful of keeping your knees slightly bent, and never lock them. Keep a comfortably wide stance for sure balance. If required to stand for extended periods, rest one foot on a low step stool to ease lower back strain. Use Proper Lifting Techniques It is essential to practice good lifting techniques during pregnancy. Before lifting anything, make sure that your footing is stable. Never bend at the waist or lift with your back. With a wide and stable stance, bend your knees and squat, keeping your back straight as you lift with your leg strength. Know your limits and always ask for help when needed. Sleep Well As the baby develops and grows, many expectant moms-to-be find that sleeping on their side with a pillow between their legs can reduce lower back pressure and help maintain spinal alignment. You can also purchase pregnancy support pillows designed to be used between your bent knees, under your stomach, or behind your back. Add Chiropractic Care to Your Prenatal Journey Utilizing chiropractic care during pregnancy can help make the journey more comfortable and prepare a woman’s body for a smoother, safer delivery process. Dr. Danielle is trained in the Webster technique, a specialized section of chiropractic care for pre-and post-natal care. This specialized technique is extraordinarily effective in reducing back pain, maintaining pelvic floor symmetry and stability, and, in some cases, reducing labor times. Pre and Post Natal Care at Atlas Specific Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, change, and preparation. It is also an opportunity to nurture life and health in every sense. By prioritizing spinal health, expectant moms can prepare for a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy while embracing a holistic approach to their health and that of their baby. By incorporating the strategies listed above and including chiropractic care in your pregnancy, you can support your body’s changes more comfortably and healthily. To find out how Dr. Danielle and the team at Atlas Specific can help you on your pregnancy journey, click the link below to schedule a free consultation, drop by our Durango office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, or give us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Unlocking the Power of the Nervous System for Optimal Health

    The nervous system is one of the most complex systems in the human body. It is an intricate network of nerves and cells that plays a crucial role in controlling and regulating nearly all bodily functions, from movement and sensation to thoughts and even emotions. The nervous system, composed of the brain, spinal cord, and a vast network of nerves, extends throughout the body, acting as the central control center for all bodily functions. Due to its complex and intricate nature, any disruption or interference in the nervous system can lead to various health issues. Amidst various approaches to maintaining nervous system health, Upper Cervical Chiropractic can play a crucial role in supporting its proper function. This blog post will explore the Upper Cervical spine's role in the nervous system. Understanding the Nervous System Let’s start by breaking down the structure of the nervous system. It is made up of two parts: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the PNS includes the nerves that extend from the CNS throughout the body. The peripheral nervous system is then further divided into two branches: the somatic nervous system (SNS), which is responsible for voluntary movements such as moving your arms and legs, and the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls involuntary processes such as breathing and heart rate. The nervous system is also made up of neurons, these cells are responsible for transmitting electrical and chemical signals throughout the body. These signals allow communication between different parts of the nervous system and the rest of the body. Any interference or disruption in this communication can lead to a wide variety of health issues. The Upper Cervical Spine’s Role in The Nervous System The upper cervical spine is made up of the first two spinal vertebrae, the Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2). Like the Greek god Atlas, the Atlas holds up the head and supports the weight of the skull. The axis, on the other hand, is uniquely designed to enable rotational movements of the head and neck. This portion of the spine also protects the brainstem. Considering that it protects such an essential part of the body, it may be surprising to find that the Atlas is also one of the most delicate and vulnerable bones. It is uniquely designed to allow your head and neck flexibility and a full range of motion, but this flexibility comes with a cost. Subluxations or misalignments in the upper cervical spine can occur due to accidents, injuries, trauma, poor posture, the stress of daily life, or even repetitive movements. When a subluxation occurs for any reason, it can profoundly impact brain-body communications and the function of the nervous system, leading to imbalances and health issues throughout the body. Benefits of a Healthy Nervous System The nervous system is vital in nearly every aspect of our health and well-being. It is the driving force for everyday activities such as walking and movement, automatic activities such as the heart beating and lungs breathing, and complex processes such as thinking, reading, remembering, and feeling emotions. Upper cervical chiropractic care patients report various health benefits for the nervous system. Some of these include: Improved migraine management Reduction in vertigo symptoms Increased energy levels Improved sleep quality Reduced overall pain and discomfort Alleviation of neck and back pain Improved posture Increased Range of Motion Enhanced overall well-being Furthermore, Upper Cervical Chiropractic has shown promising results in addressing chronic conditions directly related to nervous system health, like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. Unlocking the Power of the Nervous System for Optimal Health The nervous system is the master control system of the body, responsible for coordinating and regulating all bodily functions. Therefore, it's important to examine the nervous system when hoping to achieve optimal health. Atlas Specific Upper Cervical Care uses non-invasive methods to enhance nervous system functionality and overall well-being. If you are experiencing symptoms that traditional medicine has not been able to help with, we invite you to come for a free consultation to see if Upper Cervical Care is right for you. Click the link below to schedule now. We look forward to providing you with compassion and support throughout your healing journey. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Symptom Treatment vs. Cause Correction

    It’s a typical story: you visit your doctor with an ailment, and they listen to your symptoms and prescribe medication to treat them. The modern healthcare system has built its reputation on effectively treating symptoms with drugs or surgery. It’s the standard operating procedure for most complaints or conditions, especially those lasting longer than three months. Today, medications for pain management, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are some of the most popular and profitable treatments on the market. The problem with this healthcare model is that it can lead to a cycle of sickness followed by ‘treatment’ that temporarily alleviates symptoms but never addresses the root cause of the issue. Worse, these medications can cause side effects that may require additional medications. Before we go further, remember that, yes, many modern drugs and treatments save lives in critical moments when life hangs in the balance, but achieving long-term quality of life and optimal health requires a strategy designed to address the underlying cause of problems – rather than relying on a cycle of temporarily masking symptoms. Symptom Treatment vs. Cause Correction To explain the difference more clearly, imagine that the check engine light comes on in your car. This is your car's way of communicating a problem somewhere in the vehicle. Your next course of action is likely to be taking your car to your mechanic. Now, imagine that you show the mechanic your check engine light, and instead of fixing anything, he simply unplugs the light, and you go on your way. You can no longer see the warning. Therefore, your car is fixed, right? It’s unlikely that you would be happy with this approach to managing your vehicle. Why, then, do we accept it as standard practice when it comes to our bodies? Taking medications, whether prescribed or over the counter, is the same concept as unplugging the check engine light. When you take aspirin (or other medications) for a headache, it does nothing but cover up the problem. In fact, the entire purpose of most drugs is to either stimulate or inhibit a body's natural function, but never actually fix the problem. How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Addresses Root Cause With Upper Cervical Care, the concept is different. We don’t pursue the treatment or curing of specific conditions. Our goal is to find the root cause of your ailment, restore balance, and help your body to heal itself naturally. The upper cervical spine consists of the C1 and C2 vertebrae, also known as the atlas and axis. These two vertebrae are some of your body's most important and vulnerable bones. They are important because they protect the brainstem (which connects your brain to your spinal cord) and house the spinal cord (which sends messages from the brain to control all aspects of the body). They are vulnerable because of their unique anatomy. Unlike the other vertebrae in the spine, the Atlas bone is not connected to a disk; only a few ligaments hold it in place. This feature allows your head and neck a full range of motion. However, since this bone is not fused to any disks, it’s more vulnerable to misalignment than any other bone in the spine. These misalignments are known as a subluxation. If the atlas shifts out of alignment to the slightest degree, it can press upon, stretch, or otherwise infringe on the nerves of the brain stem, causing interference in the nerve flow between the brain and body. This interference can result in an array of different ailments, including but not limited to: Arthritis Bone Spurs Body Imbalance Bulging Discs Chronic Pain Disruption of the Central Nervous System Dizziness & Vertigo Depression Headaches High Blood Pressure Insomnia Migraines Nerve Interference Numbness in the Arms, Legs, or Feet Sciatica When alignment is restored to the upper cervical spine, brain-body communication is also restored. Once communication is restored, your nervous system can work to restore the healthy function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body, leaving your body to do the natural healing that it is always aiming to do on its own. Find Lasting Drug-Free Relief With Upper Cervical Care Your spine is the “Lifeline of Your Body.” Daily, it carries over a million electrical nerve messages between your brain and body. Your spine makes it all possible, from moving your head to digesting your food to wiggling your toes. If you're ready to regain control of your health, click the link below for a free consultation with doctors Tim and Danielle. You can also contact them by calling 970 – 259 – 6803 or visiting their Durango office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108. Using upper cervical chiropractic techniques, traditional chiropractic techniques, muscle testing, and foundational medicine, the team at Atlas Specific can help you reach your optimal health goals. Notice of Disclaimer We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • A Focus on Health for National Nutrition Month

    March is National Nutrition Month. This annual awareness event dates back to 1980 when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to turn National Nutrition Week into National Nutrition Month. Every year, there is a different theme, but the overarching mission is to help people learn to eat well. This year’s theme is “Beyond The Table,” and asks you to think past your fork when looking at nutrition. What are the Effects of Poor Nutrition? The food we put in our bodies can significantly impact our daily functions. Everybody needs a supply of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to maintain brain health, muscle mass, and bone density. Proper nutrition is also required to maintain the nervous, digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems. When our nutrition levels drop, we also begin to see a rise in illness and disease. Poor nutrition can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor brain function, certain cancers, and osteoporosis. What is Poor Nutrition? Poor nutrition is caused by eating the wrong types of food, which do not contain the nutrients our bodies need most. One of the highest contributors to poor nutrition is packaged and fast foods. These easy-to-grab items may meet our taste buds' requirements, but the way these foods are processed and stored often strips them of their nutrients. Poor nutrition can also be caused by under or overeating. If you are not consuming enough high-quality calories daily, you could be depriving your body of nutrients. On the other hand, overeating, even of the “right” foods, can lead to weight gain and eventually obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Making Healthy Choices to Improve Your Everyday Nutrition If you feel that you lack good nutrition, the good news is that the situation is easy to remedy. The transformation doesn’t happen overnight. If you are used to a life of chips and burgers, it’s unrealistic to think you can instantly break all your bad habits. Adding in better nutrition should be a gradual process, and it can be as simple as opting for carrot sticks instead of chips when you need a crunch. Below are some other helpful tips. Reduce Your Red Meat Consumption Eating large amounts of red meat has been linked to higher risks of heart disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes. If you’re a meat lover, this doesn’t mean you need to go vegetarian, but rather than eating red meat at every meal, consider adding a “Meatless Monday” to your week and try cutting back where you can. Choose Nutrient-Rich Ingredients When selecting ingredients for your everyday meals, consider the nutrients they offer your body. Whenever possible, use fresh ingredients instead of canned or frozen ones. Another easy substitution is by color. If you love baked potatoes, switch things up and go for purple potatoes. Studies show that purple potatoes have a lower glycemic index and a higher nutrient and antioxidant content than white or yellow potatoes. Taste the Rainbow Aim to add fruits and veggies in as many colors as possible to your day. Like purple potatoes, purple peas, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, and asparagus often have higher nutrient content than their traditionally colored counterparts. Pile on the leafy greens, and don’t forget the reds and oranges. The more (natural) color you have on your plate, the higher your plate is in nutritional content. Ditch the Sugar For many, sugar can become an addiction that’s hard to break. Again, you don’t have to do it all at once. Make small changes, such as swapping ice cream for frozen bananas or a bowl of berry-topped oatmeal instead of a sugary cereal. How Upper Cervical Care Supports Nutrition It’s no surprise that digestive health plays a pivotal role in our overall well-being. After all, our digestive system impacts every aspect of our body's functioning, from breaking down food to absorbing nutrients. While diet and lifestyle are easily recognized as key factors in gut health, there's another element you might have overlooked – upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on the alignment of the spine's top two vertebrae, the atlas (C1) and axis (C2). These vertebrae house the brainstem, a vital nervous system component that controls various bodily functions, including digestion. The gut and the brain are intimately linked through a complex network of nerves, hormones, and biochemical signals. This connection, known as the "enteric nervous system," influences digestion, mood, and immune responses. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine can disrupt nerve communication between the brain and the digestive system and interfere with nerve signals that regulate digestion. Upper cervical chiropractic adjustments help restore proper nerve communication, allowing the digestive system to function optimally. A Healthy Conclusion Being proactive and addressing health problems early is always best, but it’s never too late to start living a healthier life. If you’re ready to improve your nutrition, gut health, and overall wellness and gain control of your health, contact Atlas Specific Upper Cervical Care today. Click the link below to schedule a free consultation, check out our New Patient Special, stop by our office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, or call us at 970 – 259 – 6803. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • What is Retracing?

    In the simplest of explanations, the Oxford Dictionary defines retracing as going back over the same route one has just taken or tracing something back to its source or beginning. In the context of Upper Cervical Care, retracing is a phenomenon that is sometimes seen during the natural healing process. This experience is a normal part of the Upper Cervical Journey. However, without an understanding of what you are going through, it can cause unnecessary concern or distress. This article will explain why it happens, what it means, and how to recognize retracing. What is Retracing? Retracing is the process by which your body re-experiences old symptoms, including pain, memories, and even emotions. As your body rewinds, re-visits, and repairs previously unresolved injuries, you will begin to experience a more complete healing. However, to truly understand retracing, we first have to understand the healing process. Imagine your healing journey as a walk in the woods. Picture yourself walking along a path, perhaps following a winding trail down a hill and past a majestic ponderosa pine. An hour later, you cross a footbridge over a stream with a pond on the other side. Another hour passes, and you come upon a field of wildflowers when you decide to turn around and come back. As you make your way back, you again pass the pond, cross the bridge, see the ponderosa pine, and follow the winding path back out of the woods. During your journey, keep in mind that having walked two hours into the woods, you cannot logically expect to walk back out in 15 minutes. When it comes to retracing and healing, the question of time is essential. If an issue in the body has been in process for years, patients should not expect to regain their normal state or level of function within a few days. It took time for the condition to change from healthy to unbalanced, and it will take time to retrace from an unbalanced state back to health. Why Does Retracing Occur? Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the term “muscle memory,” but did you know that all body tissue has a “memory”? When you experience a trauma, accident, illness, or injury, your body will record the feelings of pain, panic, shock, anger, and even the anxiety that often accompany such injuries. During retracing, it’s common to re-experience these feelings as they “leave” and balance begins to be restored. Retracing is a 100% natural phenomenon often occurring in holistic healing disciplines when body balance and homeostasis are re-established. Conversely, retracing is almost unheard of and little understood in traditional Western medicine. Drugs inhibit or stimulate bodily functions while masking symptoms as opposed to restoring health. As a result, most people, including M.D.s, tend to be unfamiliar with retracing. Points to Remember Retracing is not always dramatic, but anyone undergoing Upper Cervical care may experience retracing to one degree or another. Sometimes, it may simply be the urge to take deep breaths or the sensation of a “weight” being lifted from you. Other patients may experience pain, symptoms, or emotions that have not manifested for months or years. Even though these experiences are a natural part of the healing process, it can be easy to mistake them for worsening your current state of health. Upper Cervical Care patients experiencing retracing may begin to feel that they are getting worse instead of better. However, nothing could be further from the truth. What they are actually experiencing is a revisiting of symptoms they experienced while their injury or illness was in the making. Patients who discontinue their Upper Cervical Care prematurely as a result of retracing could be denying themselves the opportunity to experience complete healing. Retracing: The Road to True Healing When you begin your Upper Cervical journey and receive your first corrections, remember that tissues that have assumed an abnormal position for years must be given time to return to their balanced position. During your treatment, the nervous system, muscles, tendons, and ligaments will begin to adapt to the change, and tissues must often be rebuilt for the vertebrae to hold their normal position. As these changes to your spine happen, you will begin to notice changes in both body balance and function. Posture, balance, pain, sleep, organ function, and much more can improve. This initial phase of care can be very rewarding, but it can also be uncomfortable at times. Just as it took time to develop pain or sickness, it also takes time to regain health. If you’re ready to start your Upper Cervical healing journey, contact us today by clicking the link below to schedule an appointment with Atlas Specific in Durango, CO. You can also stop by our office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108 or give us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803. Notice of Disclaimer We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Tips to a Healthy Heart

    February is all about matters of the heart, be it love or heart health. It is also American Heart Health Month, making it the perfect time to focus on cardiovascular health! While some factors that contribute to heart disease, such as age, gender, and family history, are unavoidable, fortunately, several controllable factors will help you to proactively keep your cardiovascular system in check. Why Heart Health is Important Your heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during your lifetime, pumping millions of gallons of blood to every part of your body. This steady flow of blood carries oxygen, nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, fuel, hormones, and other compounds, and a host of essential cells. Poor lifestyle, diet, and sleep habits can all have an effect on the heart, leading to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. How Can You Support Your Heart Naturally? Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart Your choices at meal and snack times can go a long way in preventing heart disease. When it comes to food, choose heart-healthy options that are low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Prioritize foods high in omega-3s, such as fish like salmon, tuna, or trout, or opt for nuts and seeds like flax, chia, and walnuts. Add color to your plate with heart-healthy veggies like tomatoes, cabbage, okra, edamame, and carrots, and don’t forget to pile on the leafy greens like Romaine lettuce, spinach, bok choy, and kale. Plant Partners for Heart Health When it comes to heart health, Mother Nature has kindly provided us with a variety of plant partners and herbs to support the heart. A few heart-healthy herbs that have long been recognized for supporting, nourishing, and protecting our hearts include dandelion, turmeric, rosemary, garlic, motherwort, and even the iconic rose. Consider adding the spices to your next dish, add motherwort or rose to your next cup of tea, and before you banish the dandelions this spring, harvest some of the young leaves to add to a fresh salad. Get Moving You don’t need to run a marathon to keep your heart healthy. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Hit the Animas River Trail for a nature walk, take a jog, or head to one of Durango’s many trails for a hike. Choose activities you find enjoyable and make time for them each day. Remember that your heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised! Avoid Tobacco & Excessive Alcohol Smoking and excessive alcohol use are two of the top controllable factors that lead to heart disease. One of the best ways to embrace heart health is to remove tobacco products from your daily routine. When it comes to alcohol, while a single glass of red wine has been shown to increase antioxidants and help the heart, excessive alcohol can have the opposite effect. Manage Stress Wisely While stress is unavoidable in daily life, left unchecked, daily stress and anxiety can increase blood pressure, leading to heart issues down the road. Find proactive ways to quiet your thoughts and focus on your breathing throughout the day. Taking the time for self-care each day can help you to reduce and manage stress more efficiently. Prioritize Quality Sleep Lack of sleep, or even poor quality sleep, can affect just about every aspect of our daily lives, from emotional well-being to cognitive function and, you guessed it, heart health. Evaluate your evening routine to ensure you are achieving quality sleep each night. Tuck in early, limit screen time and blue light use before bed, and avoid caffeine in the evenings to help you achieve restful sleep each night. Upper Cervical Care For a Healthy Heart Did you know that Upper Cervical Care can promote a healthy heart? Upper Cervical Care focuses on correcting misalignments in the upper cervical spine, and you may be wondering, how does my neck affect my heart? High blood pressure is among the top causes of heart disease in the U.S. Upper cervical care has been shown to reduce blood pressure and enhance circulation. Improved circulation is critical in delivering essential nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, including the heart. It also ensures that the heart muscles receive the oxygen and nutrients they need, thus reducing the risk of heart-related issues. Take Control of Your Heart Health There’s no time like the present to take control of your heart health. The tips we’ve listed above, combined with Upper Cervical Care, can provide you with a natural, drug-free, pain-free way to improve body function and promote a healthy cardiovascular system. Show yourself and your heart some love this Valentine’s Day, and click the link below to schedule an appointment with Atlas Specific in Durango, CO. You can also stop by our office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108 or give us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803. You could be a gentle correction away from a healthier heart. Notice of Disclaimer We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Leg Pain

    Do you suffer from leg pain? If you’ve had an obvious injury from a sport or accident, the immediate source of pain may be easy to name. If you’ve stressed your body through repetitive motion or pinched a nerve by falling asleep in an awkward position, the source of your immediate pain may be harder to pinpoint. However, when leg pain develops slowly over time without the occurrence of an obvious source, things become perplexing. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common issues that lead to leg pain and describe how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help. Common Causes of Leg Pain Our legs are literally the structure on which we stand. They support the weight of our body, move us from place to place, and allow us to walk, jump, and run. Since they are one of the most used parts of the body, there are a number of possible sources of leg pain. The most common include: Accidents or injuries From sprains, breaks, and falls to overuse, sports injuries, as some of the most mobile and widely used parts of the body, injuries to the legs are common. Arthritis Arthritis is the inflammation and gradual degeneration of the protective cartilage in your joints. Bursitis The bursa is located between a tendon and skin or between a tendon and bone. It protects the joint and helps to create fluid movements. Bursitis is an inflammation of a fluid-filled sac or bursa. Pinched nerves A pinched nerve occurs when cartilage, tendons, or muscles apply too much weight to a nerve. This pinching can cause numbness, tingling, or burning and may prevent the nerve from working properly. Pinched nerves can be caused by injury, illness, poor sleeping positions, or even bad posture. Sciatica Sciatica is a condition characterized by compression, pinching, inflammation, or irritation of the sciatic nerves, which extend from the lower back down through the legs, resulting in leg pain. This condition is so common that it is estimated that 40% of people will experience sciatic pain at some point in their lives. Structural anomalies Structural anomalies of both the spin and the leg bones can result in chronic leg pain. Tendinitis Tendonitis occurs when tendons become compressed on a rigid bone. Inflammation or damage to the compressed tendons can cause pain. Repetitive motions in our daily activities can cause tendonitis. However, at the root of it all, misalignments of the vertebrae in the Upper Cervical spine, called subluxations, are responsible for a large percentage of chronic leg pain issues. How The Upper Cervical Spine Affects Leg Pain When we discuss the upper cervical spine, we refer to the uppermost bones of your spinal column, consisting of the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). This is where your spine connects with your skull. If your Upper Cervical spine is misaligned, it throws the head and neck off-balance, putting pressure on the nerves that travel down your back. This misalignment causes your body to compensate by raising one shoulder and hip. In turn, this structural imbalance irritates the nerves in your lumbar spine, including the sciatic nerve. Treating the subluxation and ensuring the Upper Cervical spine is properly seated allows nerve signals to travel the length of your spine unimpeded, resulting in pain reduction and or elimination. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment for Leg Pain Every body and every cause of leg pain is different. Due to the complexity of the joints and the vast number of possible causes of leg pain, it is important to get a professional evaluation to determine the root cause of your discomfort. Using a combination of a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination, and advanced imaging techniques, Dr. Tim, your Durango Upper Cervical Chiropractor, can get a comprehensive, holistic picture that will lead to the root cause of your pain. Once the root cause of your leg pain is determined, a personalized treatment plan will be created for you. Then, using non-invasive and carefully applied adjustments, Dr. Tim will assist your body in gently re-positioning the vertebrae. Upper Cervical adjustments can restore your body's natural communication pathways and provide both instant and long-term, drug-free relief. The Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Leg Pain One of the main benefits of Upper Cervical chiropractic care is that it is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for chronic pain issues. Unlike conventional medical treatments, Upper Cervical chiropractic care doesn’t involve the use of drugs or invasive surgery, both of which can have adverse effects on the body. Moreover, rather than masking symptoms, Upper Cervical chiropractic focuses on finding and addressing the root cause of the problem. This approach ensures long-term relief and enhances the body's natural healing ability. Upper Cervical chiropractic care is a safe and effective all-natural alternative for leg and other forms of chronic pain. If you are struggling with leg pain, sciatica pain, migraine, or other debilitating chronic conditions, stop by our Durango office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, give us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803, or, better yet, click the link below at any time to schedule a free consultation. You could be a gentle correction away from a happier, healthier, pain-free life! Notice of Disclaimer We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Tips For Holding Your Upper Cervical Alignment

    One of the most amazing things about Upper Cervical Chiropractic is that holding is healing; the longer you hold your Upper Cervical adjustment, the more healing occurs. When the spine is stable, your adjustments can last for days, weeks, months, or even years. While holding an Upper Cervical correction may be easy for some patients, others can find it quite challenging. It’s important to remember that not every body is built the same. We all have different muscle tone and ligament strength. Each of us has experienced trauma or injury in different ways. Even our genetics affect how well our body responds to an adjustment. That being said, you can take a few actions to help you hold your Upper Cervical alignment better. Tips For Holding Your Upper Cervical Alignment Hydrate Our number one tip is always to drink plenty of water after an Upper Cervical adjustment. During your adjustment, your body shifts into proper alignment. This removes tension from the body, but it also releases toxins that have been gathered. Staying hydrated will help to flush these toxins more rapidly, but it also helps your spine. It’s common knowledge that the human body comprises about 70% water; a less well-known fact is that water is good for the spine. The spine is made up of vertebrae separated by discs. Regular water intake helps keep the discs hydrated, nourished, and functioning optimally. Take it Easy Following an Upper Cervical adjustment, taking it easy where physical activities are concerned is important. Fatigue is a top factor in the stability of your spine. Until your ligaments have healed enough to hold your spine in its corrected position, the spine is held in place by the muscles surrounding it. It is important to note that your muscles were not originally designed for this function. The primary tissues for that job are your ligaments. Your muscles, unlike ligaments, can get fatigued. After your adjustment, avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise, and try not to apply undue stress to the neck or shoulder region for 24 hours after your appointment. Get Proper Rest You spend ⅓ of your life sleeping, and proper rest is essential for any type of healing, but along with adequate rest, you’ll want to focus on good sleep habits that support your spine. Don’t sleep with your head propped forward or fall asleep on the sofa. This position can strain your spine, muscles, and nervous system. Don’t sleep on your stomach. Opt for a side or back sleeping position. When sleeping on your side, keep your legs bent slightly. When sleeping on your back, don’t sleep with your arms above your head. Avoid Excess Stress Another thing that can cause you to lose your alignment is stress. Whether physical or emotional, the tension from stress can tighten muscles in the neck and shoulders to pull you out of alignment. Furthermore, during high-stress events, your body secretes adrenaline and other stress chemicals into your body. One side effect of these chemicals is that they weaken your ligaments. As a result, your body cannot hold your alignments. Maintain Consistency By far, the most crucial factor in stabilizing your spine is the consistency of your care. If your spine has been out of alignment or subluxated for years, your body isn’t going to heal instantly. Although your symptoms may improve rapidly, your tissues will still require time to heal. In order to stabilize, your spine must spend more time in alignment than out of alignment. Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor will work with you to determine a consistent care schedule to help you achieve optimal healing. Holding is Healing Upper Cervical Chiropractic care aims to find and correct subluxations in the Upper Cervical Spine to improve brain-body communication and help your body heal itself naturally. Following these tips will help you hold your adjustments longer and help your body thrive sooner. We can’t wait to see you holding your alignment and give you a gold star for your visit! To schedule your next appointment or to get a free consultation at Atlas Specific, your Durango upper cervical chiropractor, give us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803, drop by our office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, or, better yet, click the link below at any time. You could be a gentle correction away from a happier, healthier you! Notice of Disclaimer We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but we are NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

  • Making 2024 Your Healthiest Year Yet

    Christmas has passed, we’ve reached the winter solstice, and we’re heading swiftly into a new year. Each year tends to bring out  “new year, new you” mantras, and millions of Americans will make resolutions as the clock strikes midnight. In fact, 35% of people say they made a New Year’s Resolution for 2023. Some of the top resolutions each year include improving physical health, saving more money, exercising more, eating healthier, and losing weight. So, with all of the resolutions for better health and wellness, why are we not becoming a collectively healthier society? While statistics show that around 35% of people make resolutions each new year, 23% will quit within the first week, only 36% will still be working towards them by the end of February, and only around 9% of resolution makers will see it through to completion! We Mean Well, So Why Don’t Resolutions Don’t Stick? There’s no better time than the New Year to feel the endless possibilities for change and personal growth. It’s part of the tradition and the excitement of the celebration. But the problem is many people set resolutions with arbitrary goals and unrealistic timelines. During the new year, we are bombarded with marketing for fad diets and get-fit-quick programs that don’t follow through with their promises. But there’s a better way! In order to shift New Year’s Resolutions from vague dreams to realized goals, we must first see them as lifestyle changes. That is where you will find true and lasting change. This year, as you ponder your resolutions for making 2024 your healthiest year yet, focus on making SMART resolutions. SMART Resolutions, an Acronym for Success Making resolutions that stick requires making them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Specific One of the reasons that many resolutions fail is that they’re too broad. To see success, it is important to be specific. For example, don’t simply resolve to “exercise more.”  This resolution is too broad. What is more exercise? How much more? Is it counting steps, or is it adding cardio? Give yourself specific goals or benchmarks that you wish to achieve. Measurable Resolutions are lost not only because they’re vague but also because they can’t be measured. “Lose weight” is a vague notion. What does weight loss look like for you? Do you have a goal weight? Is there a specific number of pounds you want to lose each month? Without measure, how do you know if you’ve reached your resolution goal? Attainable With a “new year, new you” mentality, it’s easy to get excited about a new year filled with new and lofty goals for health and fitness. But if your goal is to lose 50 pounds by February or compete in the Iron Horse Classic even though you haven’t ridden a bike since you were a kid, you may want to reconsider. One of the best ways to make a resolution stick is to make it attainable. Give yourself a reasonable goal with a reasonable timetable. Relevant If you hate running, but your New Year’s resolution is to run a marathon, you’ll probably abandon your goal before seeing it through. Give your resolution staying power by ensuring it is relevant to your likes, lifestyle, and dreams. Making your resolution relevant can help it to become a long-term investment instead of a fleeting dream. Time-bound One of the quickest ways to inspire action is to add a timetable or deadline to your resolution. For example, lose five pounds each month, exercise three times per week, save fifty dollars a month, or drink a gallon of water every 24 hours. By making your resolution time-specific, you create a motivator while also helping to determine the attainability of those goals. Avoiding Resolution Pitfalls Creating SMART resolutions is the first step in setting yourself up for a successful 2024. Avoid resolution pitfalls by remembering that it’s easy to allow perfectionistic tendencies to sabotage your success. Just because you didn’t hit your step goal today doesn’t mean you won’t do it tomorrow. Every step in the right direction is progress, so seek progress over perfection. The Foundation of Health and Wellness If a healthier, better version of yourself is on your New Year’s resolutions list, remember that good health starts with a solid foundation. Enter foundational medicine. Foundational medicine is a form of alternative medicine created by Dr. Todd Watts and Dr. Jay Davidson. Together, they formed CellCore Biosciences, an emerging industry leader that first introduced the concept of foundational medicine to the nutritional supplement industry. Today, the Cellcore Biosciences line of Protocols focuses on the "root causes" of ailments by addressing drainage, detoxification, mitochondrial health, gut terrain, and immune function. Almost everyone can benefit from this kind of detox. If you have ever taken an antibiotic, been exposed to a toxin, eaten a poor diet, used household chemicals, or relied on over-the-counter or prescription medications, then you are a great candidate for foundational medicine. This program is also suitable for those suffering from autoimmune conditions, chronic ailments, or long-term illnesses. How Do Foundational Medicine and the Cellcore Protocols Work? The foundational detox journey begins with Cellcore’s “Roadmap to Health.” The strategic order or “roadmap” that the Protocols follow is broken down for you into easy-to-follow steps or phases that properly prepare the body for detoxification. The process starts by supporting your body’s drainage pathways and ensuring the body has sufficient energy to properly detoxify before entering periods of deeper detoxification. This path ensures that patients build a strong foundation that supports the health of their gut microbiome and their body’s ability to repair cells and tissues, allowing them to experience sustainable, long-term wellness at the foundational level. How Long Does the Protocol Last? Everyone’s health challenges, detox journey, and symptoms are different.  Dr. Tim will help assess your individual needs to determine which protocol, kits, and/or individual supplements are best for you at each stage of your journey. That being said, below is a list of some of the options offered: The Jumpstart Kit For patients who are new to CellCore products, the Jumpstart Kit is an ideal starting point. It optimizes mitochondrial function, energy production, balanced gut microbiome, healthy digestion, and optimizes drainage function. - 1 Month The Foundational Protocol This Protocol is for you if you’re dealing with low levels of infections, toxicity, or chronic illness. It supports energy, drainage, detoxification, gut health, whole-body immune support, and systemic detox. -  4 Months The Comprehensive Protocol This is the Protocol for you if you are dealing with intense levels of chronic illness and are ready to dive all in. It supports energy, drainage, detoxification, gut health, systemic detox, and a deeper whole-body immune support. -  8 Months How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Impact Your Resolution Your upper cervical chiropractor works to correct misalignments in the upper cervical spine that may have been leading to pain and illness from miscommunication within your body. How does this impact resolutions? When the alignment is restored, the brain-body connection is restored. This means that your body can function as intended. As your body naturally heals itself from the inside out, the result is more energy, better sleep, less pain, and even relief from chronic health issues. Imagine embarking on your New Year’s Resolution journey healthier from the inside out, with fewer migraines, better digestion, less pain, more mobility, and so much more. Jumpstart your wellness journey, make 2024 your healthiest year yet, and join the many others who have improved their health and wellness through upper cervical care and a foundational detox journey! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim of Atlas Specific in Durango, CO, today to learn more about the CellCore protocols and upper cervical chiropractic care. Use the link below for a free consultation, call us at 970 – 259 – 6803, or drop by our Durango office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108. Notice of Disclaimer: We are doctors of upper cervical chiropractic, but NOT necessarily YOUR doctors. All content and information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and reading or interacting with this site does not establish any form of the patient-doctor relationship. Although we strive to provide accurate information, the information presented here is not intended to substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in your particular area of need before making medical decisions.

bottom of page