Upper cervical Pain

What Causes Upper Cervical Pain?

Many people don’t realize how many times pain or other ailments result from the upper cervical region. If you place your hand on the back of your neck, there are critical vertebrae there which act as a rapid traffic control for your nervous system. This area is somewhat like the switchboard operators you see in old movies, answering, connecting, and redirecting calls faster than we could consciously coordinate.


Everything between your brain stem and the rest of your nervous system moves through this compact region. When either of those first two bones gets out of alignment for any reason, the impact can seem disproportional to the degree of physical displacement or appear unrelated to the spine at all.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

Some chiropractors deal exclusively with upper cervical pain and the care and adjustment of the upper cervical region. These aren’t the more familiar “popping” motions with which many of us are more familiar and may expect with every visit. These adjustments are far more subtle and specific, focusing on precision, and of course, they’re entirely safe.

Upper cervical adjustments may not be exciting to watch, but they can be far more effective in addressing upper cervical pain than traditional chiropractic treatment. Most importantly, the goal is to return the body to its ideal state, restoring and maintaining its health and essential functions, rather than masking its efforts to warn us of the imbalance.

Dr. Eric Santjer and the rest of the staff at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Chesapeake are well-versed in the subtleties and impact of upper cervical pain and its treatment. He’s been serving the greater Chesapeake area for over thirty years and believes that treating the “whole person” is the most effective and powerful approach to long-lasting health and comfort. That’s why every patient relationship begins with a comprehensive exam and attentive discussion between you and your chiropractor about your specific circumstances and your personal goals. Treatment is driven by your specific needs.

You Don't Have To Do This Alone

The right chiropractor doesn’t claim to “cure” disease or “replace” other forms of medical care. Quality chiropractic care is about freeing up your body to heal itself more effectively, less invasively, and often more effective than other options. Whether you’re experiencing upper cervical pain or other discomforts due to an athletic injury, auto accident, scoliosis, or simply the stresses of the world in which we live, Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of Chesapeake is here to help. Contact Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehab at (757) 547-4325 to schedule an appointment with our Chesapeake chiropractor, Dr. Eric Santjer.


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  • "I love coming here! They offer great chiropractics and massage therapy. I always leave feeling better. Dr.Santer and the team are always so welcoming and make me feel like we have been friends for years. You truly feel they care about you. It is easy to set up and appointment and they are very understanding when something comes up. I like the office and staff so much and think they do such an amazing job! I tell all my friends and family about it. Thank you everyone for all you do!!!"
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  • ""I first came to Atlantic Chiropractic 5 years ago with a pinched nerve in my neck. I was in so much pain, I could not even move my head. Dr. Eric diagnosed the problem almost immediately and confirmed it with the EMG. He set up a treatment plan and told me I probably would not feel significant relief for a good two weeks. I appreciated his thoroughness, expertise, and honesty. As it turned out, I was actually pain free in one week! I always refer my friends to Dr. Eric/Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation for the most trusted effective chiropractic care.""
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