With a desire to build upon his family history in the Chiropractic Profession, most notably his Grandfather, Dr. Walter V Pierce, Dr. Culig founded Pierce Chiropractic Center in dedication to his predecessors before him.
“My Grandfather constantly preached that a healthcare professional should have ONE motive, to get the patient well in the shortest amount of time without the use of drugs or surgery. At Pierce Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on these principles.”
Dr. Walter V Pierce envisioned a healthcare system that would get sick people well in the least amount of time possible. A system that utilizes treatments that were not only non-invasive, safe and natural but also applied the science and technology that mainstream medicine had to offer.
Dr. Pierce was a pioneer in the Chiropractic profession, developing several adjusting instruments and tools to analyze the spine, many of which are still used today. He practiced Chiropractic for over 30 years and continuously developed his method, The Pierce Results System, until the day he passed away in 1993.
From his vision, Pierce Chiropractic Center was born. In honor of his Grandfather, Dr. Randy Culig founded a clinic that offers a unique, patient-centered approach to healthcare.
WHAT IS UPPER CERVICAL?
The first big difference when it comes to upper cervical chiropractic care is that the focus is placed on adjusting just the top two bones in the neck. These bones are called the C1 and C2 vertebrae or the atlas and axis. They play a very specialized role and are unique from all of the other vertebrae.
Because they balance the head, even a slight misalignment in these two bones can result in changes throughout the spine. Also, because they are part of the cervical spine (7 neck bones), they help to facilitate blood flow to the brain via the vertebral foramen (tiny bone loops that offer safe passage to vertebral arteries).
The atlas plays an even more important role. It surrounds and protects the brainstem right at the vital juncture where it meets the spinal cord. Therefore, even the tiniest misalignment can affect the function of the central nervous system by putting pressure on the brainstem and reducing blood flow.
Low Force Corrections for Precision and Safety
Once the images are analyzed and the calculations are measured it is time for your first correction. For this procedure, you lay on the table, and the doctor applies some gentle pressure by using an adjustment instrument. We will then perform our post-adjustment exam to ensure that the correction was successful.
While some patients may not notice anything until the coming days or weeks when long-term problems get better or go away completely. Other more sensitive patients may immediately notice things such as the fact that both legs are the same length after perhaps years of being slightly off balance. Whether you notice the effects instantly or in the weeks to come, the same thing holds true – the adjustments are very gentle and safe. The precise measurements that were taken translate into long-term benefits.
The Long-Lasting Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Your practitioner may provide you with some tips for helping the adjustment last longer. Once the soft tissue around your atlas and axis stabilize, you can start to space out your appointments. However, the benefits will continue working. Therefore, this becomes a very cost-effective way to get safe and natural care.