Boulder Chiropractor for Headaches

Boulder Chiropractor for Headaches

Lindsey Rimes

I am sure it can be agreed upon that almost everyone has experienced a headache in their lifetime. These headaches creep up on us and can interfere with our lives and hinder our activities of daily living. While conventional treatments like pain medication can most definitely provide temporary relief, many desire a solution that is natural and long-lasting. One such option is upper cervical chiropractic care, which is a specialized form of chiropractic treatment that has the sole target of the first two bones in the spine, the Atlas/C1 and the Axis/C2. Luckily, Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder has two chiropractors that are trained in this technique.


There is a lot of terminology surrounding headaches including labels like tension, cluster, migraines, and more. Headaches can result from many things including but not limited to stress, poor posture, underlying health conditions, and spinal misalignments that cause nerve irritation and interference. The pain from them can be mild to severe and can be accompanied by other symptoms like light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and nausea. It is always important to report any symptoms that are concerning. 

Traditional Approaches vs. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

The main difference between traditional approaches to headaches like pain medications and upper cervical chiropractic care is that chiropractic care aims to address the root cause of the problem instead of focusing on quick relief of the symptoms. Another important factor to recognize is that prolonged use of medication can lead to dependency and other side effects. 

Although it may be a longer process to receive upper cervical chiropractic care as treatment, the possibility of longer-lasting effects increases. By addressing the root cause, it is meant that the goal of chiropractic care is not just to simply relieve symptoms as they come, the goal is to combat what is actually causing the problem so that it does not come back. 

In short, this is achieved by allowing the brain and body to communicate effectively. When there is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine, with the aforementioned Atlas and Axis, there is nerve interference that occurs, which interferes with the overall function of the nervous system–which can cause many different aches and pains. By putting the spine back in alignment, the overall nervous flow of the body becomes better, and the likelihood of combatting the various aches, pains, and illnesses of life increases. 

Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Headaches

1. Precise and Gentle Adjustments: Upper cervical chiropractic consists of quick and precise adjustments that have no forceful twisting or cracking. Every patient receives a unique adjustment based on an analysis of X-rays–making their care tailored to them.

2. Restoring Proper Alignment: By correcting misalignments in the upper neck, this form of care aims to restore proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Doing so alleviates nerve interference which can in turn reduce the frequency and intensity of various symptoms. These adjustments are followed by resting in a zero-gravity chair so that this restoration of alignment has a higher likelihood of remaining.

3. Holistic Approach: Upper cervical chiropractic care provides an alternative, holistic avenue of care. While this form of chiropractic care only adjusts the first two bones in the spine, it treats the whole body. 

4. Drug-Free and Non-Invasive: Upper cervical chiropractic care offers a safe and natural way, without the use of drugs, to find relief for many conditions, like headaches.

Scheduling an Appointment

Schedule a consultation with Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder by calling 303-442-5911 and getting connected with the doctors to discuss how we can help you. During your initial visit, our chiropractors will take the time to listen to your concerns, perform a comprehensive examination, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and your needs only.

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