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I am an upper cervical doctor.

November 8, 2017

Patients ask me all the time, “What kind of chiropractic do you do? It’s not the normal kind of chiropractic and sometimes doesn’t seem like chiropractic at all.”


My usually answer: “That is a very hard question to answer.” is not very helpful so today I am going to try to elaborate a bit more on one of the “kinds” of Chiropractic we do at HOPE Chiropractic.


First, it is important to talk about the major premise of Chiropractic.  Chiropractic is a heath profession/paradigm that was founded in the principal that the body is controlled by the nervous system and in order for us to be healthy we need to make sure the nervous system is communicating with the body without interference.  This interference, as it was originally postulated, comes from spinal misalignment impairing the functioning of the spinal nerves as they exit the spine and function of the nervous system is restored through spinal adjustments.


As Chiropractic developed it was found that the very top of the neck (the upper cervical spine) is of great importance to the healthy functioning of the nervous system and therefore our bodies.  This area was thought to be so important that BJ Palmer, the son of the founder of Chiropractic, developed a specialized way to adjust misalignments of the upper neck – Toggle Recoil – and it became the core of the adjusting curriculum at Palmer for many years. 


Later, Dr. John Grostic thought that the correction of the upper neck could be done with less force and he developed an entire system of analyzing the upper neck and correcting the misalignments that he found.  Dr. Grostic was followed by Dr. Roy Sweat, who built on Grostic’s work by developing a machine that could adjust the upper neck in a very precise, reproducible, and extremely gentle way.  Dr. Sweat’s contribution then lead the way for others to look at the analysis of the x-rays (for improving the measurement of the misalignment of the upper neck) and patient placement factors (to improve the correction of the misalignment).


This importance of the upper neck and the gentle way of adjusting it spoke to me as a student and I pursued my training in the work of Dr. Roy Sweat, a technique called Atlas Orthogonal.  I went on after graduating from Palmer to become Board Certified in the treatment of the upper neck and have been pursuing ways to achieve gentle, lasting correction of misalignments of this area ever since.  On my journey, I came across a group of upper cervical doctors who had worked to build on the contributions of Dr. Roy Sweat and other upper cervical practitioners to help patients enjoy balanced corrections of the upper neck that last as long as possible.


This group is called the Advanced Orthogonal Institute and I was so impressed with their ideas and technique that I have worked over the last year to learn the Advanced Orthogonal technique, integrating it’s ideas into the Atlas Orthogonal training I had already received, to provide the best upper cervical correction I possibly can.


So, long story short, I am an upper cervical doctor, a specialist in analyzing and correcting misalignments of the upper neck.

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Des Moines, IA 50322

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