Upper Cervical Chiropractic is defined as the discovery and removal of the vertebral subluxation, which is interference that is taking place in your central nervous system (CNS). It is important to recognize that our CNS is the master controller of our entire body and it directly correlates to our ability to function and exist. People who are suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, etc. are often living subluxated, but when we provide these individuals with an adjustment, we are able to remove the interference, and often the symptoms associated with these conditions may dissipate. In addition, patients who are under regular chiropractic care actually prevent these situations from impeding upon their lives.

What is Subluxation

Maybe you are wondering where a “subluxation” comes from, and if this is the case, it is the direct result of everything that we do. Lifestyle stresses, perceived as either positive or negative, result in nerve interference, which needs to be addressed. For example, during the holiday season, many people tend to consume a substantial amount of food and alcohol and also spend more time with family (which some would consider stressful). What we have seen is that after the holiday season, people typically get SICK, which happens to be caused by a subluxation. The food, alcohol, and family represent lifestyle stresses, even if they are labeled as positive, because our body is extremely sensitive to external factors. This is why upper cervical chiropractic care needs to be an essential component of your life and something that we encourage your entire family to consider.

Enhancing Your Quality of Life

At Upper Cervical Wellness Center and Thermo Carolina, we take the upper cervical chiropractic lifestyle to a level where it becomes REAL for you. Not only do we offer the adjustment, we take into account your entire body and the lifestyle choices that you make when developing customized protocols for you to follow that combine individualized programs with tips on fitness, nutrition, and stress relief.

Find Relief Through Chiropractic Healing

  1. ADHD

    Chiropractic care and holistic remedies can reduce the symptoms of ADHD, without the use of harmful medications and stressful treatments. As proper brain activity is directly related to correct alignment and function of the spine, when the spine is out of alignment, it can create interference in the signals going to the brain and contribute to mental conditions. Chiropractic can help to correct the root of problem by removing misalignments, or “subluxations”, in the spine, thus relieving the symptoms of ADHD long-term and promoting brain development. Diet also plays a big role in helping, or hindering, the symptoms of ADHD; we can help you to develop a plan to eliminate causes in the diet that may be contributing to ADHD symptoms.

  2. Allergies

    Treating allergies through chiropractic care can reduce the symptoms of natural allergies by strengthening the body to perform at its peak. From sneezes to pressure headaches and food allergies, chiropractic care for allergies can provide a much needed remedy.

  3. Asthma

    Misalignments of the top two vertabrae (bones) in the cervical spine (neck) can cause disturbances within the brain stem and respiratory center. Multiple studies have shown that upper cervical care dramatically improves lung function. A recent published report documents that each asthma patient in the study improved between 87 and 100 percent with upper cervical care.

  4. Auto Accident

    In an auto accident, our bodies tense up as an involuntary reaction and prepare for impact. This tensing process alone can throw the balance off in split seconds before impact occurs. Auto accidents are one of the leading causes for misalignments of the spine and discs. Joints, tendons, and other muscular aspects can also be affected by a car accident. In the treatment of the spine for auto-related injuries, chiropractic care can provide faster results with a shorter required care period than other types of treatment.

  5. Bed Wetting

    Chiropractic adjustments for bed wetting manipulate even the slightest misalignments of the spine to achieve a balance between nerves. Studies show that children who received chiropractic care saw a mind-blowing reduction of their bed wetting habits by at least 50%.

  6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a debilitating disorder caused by irritation or pressure to the median nerve. The median nerve originates in the neck, runs through the shoulder, arm and forearm into the wrist and hand. A proper evaluation for CTS should include an exam of the entire length of the median nerve starting at the neck and working down to the hands, wrists and fingers. Sine the neck is the most common site for Double Crush to occur, a consultation with an upper cervical doctor would be in the best interests of an CTS sufferer especially if the have been recommended for carpal tunnel surgery. The purpose of upper cervical care is to correct misalignments in the neck that produce irritation to the nerve roots that extend to the wrist, hands, and fingers. Clinical findings have discovered that this can prevent the need for surgery.

  7. Colic

    The contorting of the muscles and bones during the birth process can throw off alignment, potentially making an infant more susceptible to disease and sickness. A very gentle and soothing chiropractic adjustment can be provided as soon as the first day of birth. In a study involving infants with colic, infants who received chiropractic care had a 2.7-hour reduction in crying time, while those who received a prescription drug decreased their crying time by only 1 hour. In another study, 93% of infants who received chiropractic care saw a significant change within two weeks.

  8. Depression

    While science has not determined the exact cause of depression, research has pointed towards a likely involvement of the brain stem and upper cervical spine in many mood disorders. In fact, the brain stem (whose lower portion is located in the uppermost part of the spine) is involved in the regulation and control of brain chemistry as well as many other vital functions. Even a mild concussion to the head, neck or upper back can increase the risk of depression. Studies show that depression is a common diagnosis in patients with whiplash, an injury that can directly affect the upper neck and lower brain stem. Following the trauma, mood disorders can be triggered immediately, or they can take months or even years to develop. Exciting new studies show "significant improvement" in depression test scores after specific upper cervical corrections. This non-invasive and safe alternative should be the beginning point for all who believe that they are suffering from depression.

  9. Diabetes

    A study conducted in 2001 demonstrated that upper cervical care stabilized the blood sugar levels during the initial 3-hour fasting period. Patients with both Type I and Type II diabetes have long benefited from upper cervical care given the fact that the nervous system controls and coordinates all bodily functions. including the pancreas.

  10. Digestive Disorders

    Research and clinical evidence continues to suggest that a malfunctioning nervous system may be a key factor in the development of many digestive disorders. Much of the control of the digestive system is under the direct control of the brain stem via the vagus nerve. The brain stem is the command center for many vital functions including digestion. It works very much like a telephone cable with thousands of individual wires, or nerve fibers, sending signals back and forth between the brain and the brain stem to every cell, organ and system within your body. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine (neck) can interfere with the function of the brain stem, which can be a critical factor in many health problems, including digestive disorders. These misalignments may be caused by a number of things, including bumps, falls, sports injuries, car accidents, birth trauma and emotional stress. Health problems may appear immediately after the injury or several years later.

  11. Ear Infections

    Before taking another round of "maybe-they'll-work-and-maybe-they-won't" antibiotics or undergoing a drastic procedure like surgery, consider Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care (UCC). UCC is a viable non-invasive way to help your child with chronic ear infections. One study shows that after receiving a series of upper cervical corrections, 80% of the children were free of ear infections. Upper cervical care enables the inner ear to open and drain which, in turn, allows the body to resist the buildup of fluid and possible infection. Many children develop their own antibodies and recover quickly and naturally without the use of unnecessary antibiotics and tubes. The discomfort of chronic inner ear infections, lost days of schools for children and lost days of work for parents can become a thing of the past.

  12. Fibromyalgia

    Upper Cervical doctors are getting exceptional results with fibromyalgia patients. Clinical trials and case studies document the improvement fibromyalgia patients are making under upper cervical care.

  13. High Blood Pressure

    A non-invasive and drug-free procedure has shown to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to an exciting study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. The brain and brain stem play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure. In order to have normal blood pressure, you must have proper communication between your brain and body. This is commonly referred to as "brain to body communication". When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, near the level of the brain stem, brain to body communication is affected and may result in high blood pressure.

  14. Inner Ear Disorders

    Upper cervical doctors have extensive education, training and experience in the upper cervical spine, brain stem, and inner ear disorders. Our goal is not to treat the inner ear disease, but to correct or reverse the vertebral misalignments that cause nerve irritation in the upper neck and inner ear that can trigger vertigo. An upper cervical examination is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from upper cervical care can be achieved.

  15. Low Back Pain

    For years, upper cervical chiropractors have been helping patients with low back pain. Most sufferers experience a phenomenal improvement in both the severity and frequency of their low back pain with upper cervical care. Most health insurance companies recognize the benefits of upper cervical care to patients and include it in their coverage plans.

  16. Migraine Headeaches

    A misalignment in the upper cervical spine (neck) can affect the function of the brain stem. This, in turn, can cause migraine headaches. Car accidents, sports or on-the-job injuries, physical or emotional stress, falls or even birth trauma can cause upper cervical misalignments. Upper cervical doctors receive extensive training and education in both the upper cervical spine and the brain stem. The use the latest technology to analyze and correct upper cervical misalignments and achieve predictable results that heal. The goal of upper cervical is to correct spinal misalignment and to restore normal function to the brain stem or nervous system, thus correcting the cause of migraines instead of treating the symptoms.

  17. Multiple Sclerosis

    Some of the newest and most relevant research on upper cervical care has demonstrated the link between MS and the upper cervical spine. Although upper cervical care is not considered a cure for those with MS, the studies demonstrate the extreme benefits for those suffering with this debilitating neurological disease.

  18. Pinched Nerve

    Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be most effective for pinched nerves, as it concentrates on spinal adjustments and checking specifically for compression or constriction of nerves between vertebrae. Finding and nudging the specific area where the spinal bones are not moving correctly will undoubtedly alleviate pinched nerves. This realignment of your spine will ease the pressure on the vulnerable nerves, allowing relief from pain and helping nerves function more effectively than before.

  19. PMS

    When a woman’s reproductive system is altered by misalignment of the bones that make up the spine, PMS symptoms can be more severely triggered. Nerves that exit the lower back are responsible for lower abdomen tissue regulation. When these nerves are not working correctly, they impair the nerves that direct and monitor the systems that control bodily functions such as the reproductive and hormonal systems. Alleviating any pressure or irritation to these nerves can be, through alignment of the spine, a great help for women during her monthly cycle. Don’t let symptoms get out of control – let us help you with the proper assessment and treatment!

  20. Pregnancy

    Before pregnancy, a visit to the chiropractor can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere that may contribute to pregnancy discomfort. During pregnancy, chiropractic care can control symptoms of nausea, relieve back, neck or joint pain and even prevent a potential cesarean delivery. Research has also found that chiropractic adjustments can provide relief from low-back pain, muscle tensions, headaches and shoulder problems in pregnant women. During birth, chiropractors can help assure optimum biomechanics in the hips and spine- reducing labor complications. Adjusting your body during pregnancy will avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen, overall reduction of undue stress to the uterus and to the supporting ligaments. Establishing pelvic balance has been shown to allow the best positioning for the fetus, therefore easing the delivery process. Even after childbirth, in the weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy can begin to tighten up again with the help of chiropractic care.

  21. Sciatica

    Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, made up of isolated nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back. When the nerve becomes pinched (by a herniated disc or overgrowth of bone) on your vertebrae, sciatica is likely to occur. Chiropractic adjustments are known to provide ready relief. A visit to the chiropractor can also help assess the nature of sciatica, such as misaligned vertebrae or pelvis, and treat it accordingly – resolving the problem at its root.

  22. Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve of the spine. Everyone’s spine has natural curves; however, those suffering from scoliosis have spines that also curve from side to side, independent from posture. The spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line. It usually does begin as a postural distortion, but may eventually become a permanent deformity. Allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. Scoliosis is called an idiopathic disease because the cause is unknown. It is often caused by neuromuscular conditions (cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), birth defects that affect bones of the spine to develop, and infections of the spine. Other causes of scoliosis include bone collapse, major back surgery and osteoporosis. Usually, scoliosis treatment depends on your age, how much you’re likely to grow, how much curving there is, and whether the curve is temporary or permanent. Significant research suggests that the function and structure of the spine can be manually manipulated by a chiropractic adjustment, thus relieving the discomfort associated with scoliosis.

  23. Seizure Disorders

    Without constant nerve signals from the brain stem to the cerebrum, the brain becomes useless. This can be a critical factor in the development of seizure disorders. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine (neck) can affect the function of the brain that could develop seizures.

  24. Sleep Disorders

    Upper Cervical doctors are getting exceptional results with patients suffering with sleep disturbances. Clinical trials and case studies document the improvement in patients with sleep disorders while receiving upper cervical care.

  25. Stress

    On a simple level, the spinal joints and surrounding muscles are strongly affected by stress. Neck muscles and joints are also affected, resulting many times in strong headaches. Chiropractic care helps eliminate spinal and muscular problems by removing any interference – allowing the body to heal itself properly and thus helping the way our bodies individually react to stress. Applying pressure to manipulate your spinal cord has instantly made patients feel better. Chiropractors are also trained in nutritional and other therapies for stress. Combining various factors of chiropractic treatments (adjustments and the appropriate diet and exercise regimen) is sure to help keep your body free from the physical reactions of stress.

  26. Temporormandibular Joints (TMJ)

    The area of expertise for upper cervical doctors is the top two bones in the neck and, most importantly, the brain stem. when a misalignment occurs between the head and neck at the level of the top two bones in the neck, brain to body communication is disrupted. This can result in TMJ pain, facial pain, ringing in the ears, headaches and muscle tension.

  27. Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Research has revealed that TN stems from irritation or damage to the trigeminal nerve and the central trigeminal system in the upper spinal cord and brain stem. Medical literature has shown that trauma to the head, neck and upper back can injure the nerve pathways in the spinal cord and brain stem and possibly cause TN. The facial pain can begin immediately after the injury, or in some cases, takes months or years to develop.

  28. Whiplash

    Whiplash is a relatively common injury occurring to a person’s neck following any sudden jolt of force. The injury can describe both bone structure and soft tissue damage. Symptoms of whiplash include: neck and shoulder pain, headache, fatigue, dizziness, arm pain and weakness, ringing in the ear and back pain. Fortunately, whiplash is not life threatening. However, it is not an ailment that should be ignored as over time, it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability, and the discomfort of whiplash can be immense. Chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury, so a specific treatment can’t be generalized. Common treatments that have proven effective, however, include manipulation, muscle relaxation and stimulation, and various exercises. These whiplash treatments train the nervous system to better coordinate and control movement patterns, improving the ability of the neck muscles to maintain the stability of the neck.

Our Doctors

Dr. Corinne Weaver, DC

Dr. Corinne Weaver, DC | Clinic Director Dr. Corinne Weaver, DC has been a lifelong resident of North Carolina. She received her pre-chiropractic requirements at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in

Dr. Lisa A. Plesa, DC

Dr. Lisa A. Plesa, DC | Chiropractor Dr. Lisa A. Plesa, DC attended Life University College of Chiropractic where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic. At the age of thirteen, Dr. Plesa was involved in a bus