Our Philosophy

What is Chiropractic?

    Chiropractic Philosophy is a Science and Art which deals with the inherent recuperative powers of the body. The relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system is crucial in the restoration and maintenance of health. Chiropractic is much more than back pain relief. It is a new and revolutionary approach to well being. How one feels, i.e., one’s vitality, is basic to every individual regardless of wealth, education, or social position. No amount of money can correct all of the wellness issues facing the modern human.

    Chiropractors offer a proven way to get at the root cause of many an ailment by a release of the nerve interference causing it. As Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractors, we remove nerve interference at the first Cervical vertebra (C1), the Atlas. This frees healing messages from the brain to flow freely to those areas of the body that need healing.

    Dr. Richard, Dr. Jan, and Dr. Brett are all graduates of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Richard has been a Chiropractor for over fifty years. His wife, Dr. Jan, and daughter, Dr. Brett, are recent graduates. All have benefited from Upper Cervical care themselves, and have been able to help thousands of people through Upper Cervical Specific adjustments.

    Remember that, true success of vigour comes from within, not  the other way around, as with pills and potions which are ingested from the outside in.

As Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractors, we

  1. DETECT vertebral subluxations
  2. CORRECT vertebral subluxations
  3. Specific Chiropractic adjustments
  4. Re-Connect the brain and bod
  5. Remove interference to your nervous system
  1. DIAGNOSE conditions
  2. TREAT conditions
  3. Manipulate
  4. Crack backs
  5. Prescribe medications



    Your Upper Cervical Specific Doctor of Chiropractic has attended more hours in the classroom than medical doctors, passed four national board exams, and are approved and sanctioned by government agencies.


    Chiropractic is that philosophy, science, and art that deals with the inherent recuperative powers of the body, the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, and the role of this relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health


Upper Cervical Specific (U.C.S.) Chiropractic care is unlike anything most people have ever experienced at a “Chiropractor”.

Carpal Tunnel

    Bones in the wrist form what is called a carpal tunnel. Nerves, tendons, and blood vessels pass through this tunnel. With this in mind, it is important to understand that the brain communicates with the wrist, along with the rest of the body. It uses the nervous system for its communication. When there is nerve interference/subluxation caused by a misalignment of the first bone at the top of your neck, the atlas vertebra, important information can’t pass through.


    Children can benefit from Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care even before they are born. A healthy pregnancy is beneficial to the growing baby. The birthing process can be easier and delivery time shorter. The pulling and twisting of delivery, however, can cause trauma to the newborn neck. Especially vulnerable, is the first bone at the top of the neck, the atlas. A misalignment/subluxation of the atlas, caused by the trauma of the birthing process, leads to nerve interference.


    Headaches are a common occurrence in this fast paced world in which we live. If you do not experience a headache periodically, you have been made to feel that you are in the minority. T.V., radio, and print advertising, as well as every drug and food store in America, have advertisements and shelves of over the counter products to alleviate headache pain. But just because a lot of people have them, does not mean they should be considered normal.


    A normal spine appears straight. With Scoliosis, there is an abnormal sideways curvature. The first indications that this curvature is forming can be one shoulder appearing higher than the other. One hip may also seem higher and more prominent and even clothing can hang unevenly. Spinal pain can develop as the curvature becomes more pronounced.


    Health is not simply the absence of pain, illness, disease, or mobility. How you feel is not always a good indicator of your health. Many destructive, unhealthy conditions work silently for many years before symptoms make themselves known


    Allergies Arthritis Asthma Athletic injuries Attention Deficit Disorder Bed wetting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cerebral Palsy Child development problems Chronic infections Constipation Depression Digestive problem Epileptic seizures Ear and Eye infections Female disorders Fever Flu … These are all signs that your body is not functioning properly. The good news is that proper function can be restored with an Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic adjustment. Call to make your appointment today!


    A sub-lux-ation is when a bone in your neck has moved out of its proper position and is interfering with the messages your brain is trying to send to the rest of your body.


    If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, or already are, you need to think about getting checked for an Upper Cervical subluxation (interference to the nervous system). If you are not pregnant, Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care can help to regulate your menstrual cycle, as well as promote proper uterine function.


    Many people have experienced some form of leg pain at some point in their life. This can be an early sign of a more serious condition to come, sciatica. Sciatica usually presents itself as a shooting pain down the leg from the lower back, which is worsened with bed rest.


    Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong in the body. Neck, back, arm, and hand pain are common areas of discomfort.


    Sports activities play a big part in the lives of many children and adults. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as the joints they are related to, need to be strong and healthy for peak and injury-free athletic performance

Upper cervical

    Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care is unlike what most people think of as Chiropractic. It does not involve any “twisting, popping or cracking” which most people associate with a Chiropractic adjustment. In the 1930’s, B.J. Palmer, the leader and developer of Chiropractic, came to the conclusion, after many years of research, that true health can only be achieved by removing the nerve interference/subluxation that exists at the first bone in your spine, the atlas vertebra


    Chiropractic has utilized instrumentation to detect the existence of nerve interference/subluxation in the body since 1924. Temperature readings of the skin are a reflection of your nervous system. Today, digital infrared imaging, utilizing the computer, visually displays and saves temperature readings of the spine.


    Illnesses are a result of the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. This inability is caused by a misalignment of the first bone in the neck, the atlas vertebra, causing nerve interference. This interference, called a subluxation, prevents the brain from communicating and controlling every organ and tissue in the body.


    Like any dis-ease in the body, allergies result from the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. When there is nerve interference in the body, specifically caused by a misalignment/subluxation of the first bone in the neck, called the atlas, the body is unable to adapt to its surroundings internally and externally.


    We have all heard the saying “everything takes time”. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to your health. The erosion of your health and vitality took time. The restoration of your health and vitality will also take time.


    Nerve interference caused by a misalignment of the first bone in the neck, the atlas vertebra, causes a loss of communication between the brain and body. This subluxation, if left unadjusted, leads to improper body functions and ill-health.


    Many people suffer from the burning pain of heartburn. The symptoms of heartburn are due to a malfunctioning valve between the stomach and the esophagus. This malfunction can allow stomach acid to back up into the throat, causing a burning sensation there.

Female Disorders

    Menstrual problems, PMS, infertility, ovarian problems, menopause, just to name a few, are the topic of conversation on talk shows, in books, magazine articles, lunch breaks and at places of employment. So much of a woman’s health experience is accepted as “just a part of being a woman”. A certain amount of ill health is accepted as normal.

Senior citizens

    Getting older does not mean you have to experience more aches and pains, more illness, more medications, or even become less mobile. At this time in your life, it is important that you do not ignore your spinal health. A body free of nerve interference, no matter how old you are, is better able to function properly.


    “Mommy my tummy hurts” How many mornings have you woken up to hear that refrain? Most parents view this as a ploy to get out of going to school that day. Are there some mornings where that is exactly what the child is trying to do? Sure. But are there children who repeatedly experience “tummy aches” and other ailments, such as asthma, allergies.


    Asthma is a serious condition in which the smaller bronchial tubes of the lungs constrict. Along with tissue swelling and an increase in mucous, breathing becomes difficult. Although most often associated with children, adults can also suffer from asthma. The nervous system controls the bronchial tubes, tissues, and mucous, as well as every function in the body

Ear infection

    In a normally functioning ear, the body is able to drain the fluid from the middle ear. This process, however, can be obstructed due to interference in the nervous system. When this interference/subluxation is present, the brain is unable to tell the middle ear how to drain properly. A build-up of fluid and pressure can occur which may result in pain and infection.