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A Focus on the Atlas & Axis,

Special attention is given to the first two cervical (neck) vertebrae, the Atlas and Axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae (bones) in the spine and the ones most commonly misaligned.

After many years of research and study of all the techniques being developed at the time, Dr. B.J. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, recognized that the only place a person could have nervous system interference was at the base of the skull, the Atlas and Axis vertebrae. The majority of head and neck movement occurs at this level.

The joint surfaces in this region shift more on a horizontal versus a vertical plane as in the rest of the spine. This area is held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles; unlike the rest of the spine, which has intervertebral locking joints. Because of these cervical spine characteristics, it becomes the weakest link in the chain when exposed to traumatic forces, including the birth process, auto accidents, falls, stress, etc.


Common Conditions

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HEAD PAIN

There are many different types of headaches, including migraine, tension headache, cluster headaches [...]

NECK PAIN

Neck pain and shoulder pain can be signs of a bigger health problem that affects the spinal cord in your neck [...]

MENIERE'S DISEASE

Meniere's Disease has been shown to be caused by upper cervical spine trauma most of the times [...]

PCS

Post Concussion Syndrome - an injury severe enough to cause brain injury simultaneously causes upper cervical spine injury[...]

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia often starts following upper cervical spine injury like car accidents and sports injuries [...]

SCIATICA

Back pain is one of the most common conditions to affect people … but it doesn’t always come from the back [...]


The Role of the Brain Stem

Dr. Palmer conducted studies in Germany on cadavers and found that the brain stem extended into the neural canal down to the level of the second cervical vertebrae (Axis), at which point it becomes the spinal cord extending downward. The brain stem has been referred to as the “fuse box.” This is the area that has the nerve cell centers that control many of the major functions of the body, such as

  •  Heartbeat
  •  Respiration
  •  Digestion
  •  Elimination
  •  Our heating and cooling mechanism
  •  Dilation and constriction of the arteries and veins
  •  Muscle coordination

Most of the automatic functions of the body that we don’t have to consciously think about are controlled at the brain stem level. The brain stem consists of approximately ten billion nerve fibers that route messages to all parts of the body. These nerve fibers are organized in small bundles called nerve tracts. According to Gray’s Anatomy, “The nervous system is the master system of the body, controlling and coordinating all the functions of the body and relating the individual to his environment.”

The Atlas and Axis are the only vertebrae that surround the brain stem. When they misalign to the extent that they put pressure on the brain stem or spinal cord, they interfere with the vital messages sent to and from the brain to all parts of the body. If for example the Atlas presses against the part of the cord that sends messages to the left hand, that individual may experience a numbness, burning or tingling sensation in that hand.

If the nerve tracts at the brain stem level going to the heart are being pressed upon, the individual may experience high blood pressure, palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat. Any part of the body can be affected when there is pressure on the brain stem or spinal cord, because all nerves must pass through this area before reaching the area of the body they supply.


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We don’t play guessing games with your health. We use digital X-rays imaging devices when is needed.

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Personal Care

No two people are alike, so any care recommendation is trailed to meet your needs.

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Specific Care

You are adjusted only when needed, not when you don’t, which we believe gets better long-term results.

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Gentle Care

The procedures we use are the same minimal force you need to feel your pulse

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Thermography

We measure your progress and the health of your nervous system on all office visits.

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Advanced Certified

We are the only advanced certified Blair practitioner in all United States.

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Meet Our Team

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Dr. Celia Ringstad

Dr. Celia Ringstad

Chiropractic Doctor

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Dr. Paul Pierce

Dr. Paul Pierce

Chiropractic Doctor

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Meet Our Gentle Chiropractors

Everything that's happened in your life, including being born, has contributed to what's going on in your body right now. That's why our doctors will not only ask what prompted you to seek our care, they will also give you time to share your entire health history. This allows them to understand the totality of your condition.

Roseville chiropractors Dr. Celia and Dr. Pierce specialize in Blair Upper Cervical work, a highly precise and gentle form of adjustment to the upper neck that does not include any twisting, popping or cracking. As the name implies, Blair Upper Cervical targets the upper vertebrae in the neck, removing interferences from the nervous system to restore normal communication between the brain and body. When this communication flows freely, the body's health and balance is restored and you can achieve optimal functionality.

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What is UCC
What is UCC

The brain controls all messages to every cell in the body, including messages of health and healing.[...]

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The Misalignment
The Misalignment

The focus of Upper Cervical Care is the correct alignment of the two vertebrae in the spine: the atlas and the axis. [...]

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The Correction
The Correction

An adjustment is the physical correction of a misaligned joint. When a vertebra is misaligned, [...]

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Adjustment FAQ
Adjustment FAQ

That is ideally what we are trying to achieve. However, it is extremely rare that anyone needs just one [...]

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How Long
How Long

There is no simple answer to this question. However, there are three guidelines or Rules of Healing that [...]

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The Difference
The Difference

After graduating from general chiropractic college, Upper Cervical doctors continue post-graduate training [...]

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Sitabai Betts

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There are two exceptional chiropractors who practice here, Dr Pierce and Dr Ringstad. They each specialize in an area of chiropractic care and they complement each other perfectly. You likely ...
2022.06.17 — a month ago

Sharon Brown

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I came into PRC when I was looking for a Blair Upper Cervical Chiro. for my neck and head pain. Both Drs. are wonderful and extremely caring. I highly recommend ...
2022.05.12 — 2 months ago

James McKinley

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Wow! What an impact PRC (Dr Pierce and Dr Ringstad) have had on my quality of life in only a month of treatment. In my late 50’s but continued to ...
2022.03.08 — 4 months ago

Chad Wilson

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If you are looking for a health care provider that genuinely cares and will be invested in your wellness …. this is the place. I trust them with not only my ...
2022.01.12 — 6 months ago

tracy Rafferty

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This has been one of the best decision I have made to walk in the doors! Both Dr Celia and Dr Pierce are very knowledgeable and compassionate to your individual ...
2021.10.04 — 9 months ago