It’s all in the technique here at Life University (Life U). Life U’s renowned College of Chiropractic teaches a wide variety of effective and therapeutic chiropractic techniques that our future Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) will continue to develop as they embark on their careers and practices. Many chiropractors focus on and eventually specialize in one or two techniques that they find especially useful and compelling. Life U offers chiropractic technique clubs for every conceivable interest. Today, we are going to highlight one particular chiropractic technique club: Blair Upper Cervical Technique club.
The Blair Upper Cervical (Blair UC) Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the skull into the neural canal. Special attention is given to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.
“[Blair UC] focuses more on asymmetry in the spine, which a lot of techniques don’t address or have not found a way to address yet,” explained Paul Adams, President of the Blair UC club at Life U.
Adams explains how in fourth quarter, chiropractic students begin to learn Toggle, otherwise known as Upper Cervical Toggle Recoil Technique. It is one of the first techniques that chiropractic students learn, yet Adams noticed how there isn’t always a focus on “the context of why you would Toggle,” so clubs like Blair UC help to fill that gap of understanding and continue the learning outside of the classroom.
One specialized area of Chiropractic that D.C. students can pursue after graduation is specializing as an Upper Cervical chiropractor. Upper Cervical chiropractors are specialists that can provide relief related to misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae, and they often serve as a final stop for patients who have not found complete, efficient relief with other chiropractors.
“I was in Electrical Engineering as an undergrad, so the analysis aspect lends itself to me better than other techniques do,” noted Adams.
Adams was not originally from a chiropractic background before enrolling in Life U’s D.C. program, so he was open to exploring and learning what worked best for him and interested him the most.
“I chose Blair UC after exploring all of the amazing techniques that we have exposure to at Life U because the analysis was extremely detailed, the clinical application was incredibly efficient with fewer adjustments and increased results, and the technique has its roots in the amazing philosophy we all are exposed to here at Life U,” Adams elaborated in a post for Blair UC’s Instagram account: @blairuc_lifeu.
Of course, Adams is not the only one that has grown to love this useful technique. Blair UC has created a community of dedicated individuals eager to learn more about how it all works.
“I love Blair Upper Cervical because it is specific to each individual person,” said Ben Wegener, Vice President of Blair UC club, in a post for Blair UC’s Instagram. “Each person is completely unique, and they should always be treated as such. I can know with full confidence that I deliver the exact adjustment my patient needs to allow their body to adapt to its full potential. I feel like this technique chose me, and my life has changed for the better because of it.”
Blair UC club meets on campus Thursdays from Noon-1:00 p.m., with basic instruction in CCE 138 (Toggle Lab) and advanced instruction in RCCE 115. Find more information about resources and events at their Linktree page.
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