Upper Cervical Chiropractor

What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper cervical Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure and the nervous system’s functional integrity. The upper cervical spine guards the highest neurological control centre in the spine, our brainstem. The brainstem controls many functions of our nervous system, one of the most important being sending cerebrospinal fluid to the brain.

To become an upper cervical chiropractor, one must complete post-graduate studies and continue with ongoing professional development every year.

Dr Peter Vrakatselis, Clinic Director of New You Chiropractic, is one of a handful of chiropractors in Australia who practice Atlas Orthogonal, an Upper cervical chiropractic technique.

"Dr Peter Vrakatselis is one of only 20 Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Australia and is described as the most experienced in Melbourne."

How does it work?

The upper cervical chiropractor focuses on the relationship of the upper cervical spine C1 and C2, also known as Atlas and Axis and their relationship with the base of the skull and head.

This technique involves a specific examination process that involves neurological testing, spinal palpation, muscle testing, functional tests, and detailed radiographic studies performed only by an Upper cervical chiropractor.

The upper cervical treatment may involve different variations. However, they all have this thing in common: a precise correction to the misaligned area of the upper cervical spine.

It does not require the twisting and turning associated with traditional chiropractic care. The nerves in the upper cervical spine directly control many areas of the body, including the head, eyes, ears, nose and throat, heart, lungs, sinuses, and thyroid gland, to name a few.

This particular area of the spine must work biomechanically well. Any obstruction between the brain and body may decrease the function of your body. At New You Chiropractic, our upper cervical chiropractors focus on removing biomechanical misalignments.

How is it different to traditional Chiropractic?

The New You Chiropractic approach to Upper Cervical Chiropractic care starts with our world-class comprehensive examination process. Our mission is to find the root cause of your problem. We use state-of-the-art technology, including insight CLA nerve scanning technology and onsite digital x-ray facilities alongside our leading examination process. If we can help you, you will receive evidence-based treatment recommendations and excellence in chiropractic care.

Conditions Treated by Upper Cervical Chiropractors

There are many conditions treated by upper cervical chiropractic care. The most regular are:

Trigeminal Neuralgia

This disorder is debilitating, making people think there is no help, no relief to the symptoms and no treatments. Trigeminal neuralgia is an inflammatory condition of the trigeminal nerve branches, which can cause severe facial, neck and jaw pain. So powerful that even a light breeze on the face can cause severe pain. Upper cervical chiropractic treatment focuses on restoring the function of the upper cervical spine and decreasing neuromuscular symptoms of conditions such as this.

Migraines & Headaches

Chiropractic care has been shown to relieve symptoms of headaches and migraines. Headaches can be caused by the following:
At New You Chiropractic, our Upper Cervical Chiropractor is here to help you with migraine and headaches.

BPPV, Vertigo and Meniere's Disease

Upper cervical chiropractors are often turned to for help in relieving BPPV, Vertigo and Meniere’s disease symptoms. These conditions are chronic and sometimes debilitating, taking over one’s life and stopping them from doing the things they love. Many people suffering from these terrible conditions have reported great success with upper cervical chiropractic care as it focuses on the relationship between upper neurological processes and the movement of the head and the upper cervical spine.


The term sciatica describes nerve pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. It is a condition that results in extended pain, but sciatica can be treated by chiropractic care.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, pain radiates throughout your:

TMJ Disease

What is TMJ disorder? Temporomandibular Joint is where your jaw meets your skull, just below your ear. Many people complain of conditions with this joint, including jaw clenchers, teeth grinders, ear pain sufferers and migraine headaches. Many people, unfortunately, suffer from painful problems with their TMJ and jaw.

Neck & Back Pain

Billions of people suffer from chronic neck and back pain. Adjusting subluxations in your upper spine may decrease your neck and back pain! These are the main reasons for chiropractic treatment to relieve neck and back pain. Neck pain and shoulder pain are shared all over the worldwide population. It is a prime reason people visit the chiropractor.

Whiplash Injuries

Upper cervical chiropractors are especially interested in the relationship between the upper neck and the head and how they function together. With whiplash injuries, the function of the upper cervical spine can be decreased, and the surrounding structures can be injured. Upper cervical chiropractors are trained to assess and diagnose an injury and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan.

What are the risks?

All physical therapies have some inherent risks. With upper cervical chiropractic treatment, especially Atlas Orthogonal, the risk is minimized with the thorough examination process.

Atlas orthogonal treatment is the lightest adjustment in the world. It is 15 Newtons of pressure. It is a controlled adjustment performed by the upper cervical chiropractor via either an Atlas Orthogonal table or a hand-held orthogonal adjusting device.

New You Chiropractic For Your Upper Cervical Chiropractor

New You Chiropractic has a long history of helping many upper cervical chiropractic patients. Now, our purpose-built healing centre in Officer Victoria 3809 has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment such as onsite x-ray facilities and nerve scanning technology. Book your initial comprehensive upper cervical consultation today!

Chiropractic care is beneficial for anyone currently suffering from pain or injury resulting from alignment issues. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us !

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