If you want support for your long-term wellness or relief from symptoms, such as headaches, pain, or lost range of motion, visit Dr. David Chen, DC, in South Pasadena, California. Dr. Chen serves the greater Los Angeles area and has specialized training in the analysis and correction of spinal misalignments using the Blair upper cervical technique. This technique offers gentle, precise adjustments to relieve pain and discomfort and help you feel your best. To schedule a consultation and discuss your wellness goals, call or book an appointment online.
Dr. Chen uses the Blair upper cervical chiropractic technique to analyze and correct misalignments in the first two vertebrae of your spine — bones called the atlas and the axis. Anatomically, these bones are located just below your brain stem and house the beginning of your spinal cord. If these bones are misaligned, they may irritate the tissues around your brainstem or cause signaling problems between your brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves.
The spinal nerves communicate with all areas of your body — including your muscles, joints, and organs. If the nerves can’t signal sensations of pain, movement, or function issues, then your brain can’t respond to these problems.
By correcting misalignments of the atlas and axis bones, Dr. Chen can help to restore movement and function in your upper neck. This can thereby reduce irritation and interference between your brainstem, spinal cord, and spinal nerves and improve physical functioning throughout your body.
Dr. Chen has advanced training in diagnostic procedures and orthopedic tests. He can assess the alignment and functionality of the atlas and axis as well as the soft tissue structures in your upper neck. Dr. Chen follows a methodical approach to tracing your symptoms to their root cause, which may be related to the structures in your upper neck. This process includes:
Dr. Chen will educate you about how your nervous system functions and what you can expect with treatment.
During your first chiropractic visit, Dr. Chen begins the process of understanding your symptoms and wellness goals through a consultation and exam. Dr. Chen then takes 3D images of your spine using Cone Beam Computed Tomography, a type of X-ray.
With the information from your exam and imaging, Dr. Chen will then explain how the alignment of your neck may be related to your symptoms. He’ll then provide gentle, low-force chiropractic adjustments.
You may need a series of visits to restore complete motion and functionality to your spine depending on your condition.
To set up a wellness visit, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. David Chen, DC, today.