Ask Dr. Paul Scarborough

Dr. Palmer taught to correct the atlas position using the hands with about 40 pounds of force.  Dr. Sweat and Dr. John F. Grostic were taught by Dr. Palmer.  In his extensive clinical research, Dr. Grostic found that much less force was actually necessary to correct the atlas into position.  Dr. Sweat in his further research discovered that even less force was actually needed.  Dr. Sweat invented and engineered a highly advanced instrument that without pain or pressure is able to accurately re-position the atlas vertebra.  The procedure is non-invasive and gentle.

The results are often immediate and dramatic.  However, the atlas may have been out of alignment for some time before symptoms actually appear.  Without proper treatment the symptoms only get worse, and the problem becomes more difficult to correct.  The longer the existing condition remains untreated, the more time and treatment it may take to heal.

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  1. Klaus Sinfelt says:

    55 years old suffered from a constant right sided headache since I was a child. The Dx from a headache clinic is “hemicrania continua,” a relatively rare type of primary headache that is thought to originate in the pons area of the brain stem where the 5th cranial nerve exits (it is not considered a form of trigeminal neuralgia). I almost always feel a “kink” in my neck on the right side and occasionally have ipsilateral neurological symptoms (congested right nostril and ear, conjunctival injection, difficulty focussing the right eye). The condition is completely resolved with daily high doses of indomethacin (225 mg/day) as a prophylactic. Unfortunately my body can no longer take the stresses of this drug and am now on amitryptaline and cymbalta which are somewhat effective but have unpleasant side effects. The headache clinic tells me that “imaging studies do not support nerve impingement to be a cause of this type of headache” but I am unconvinced this is the case, for I have often gotten significant albeit temporary relief from getting a good crack in the upper neck. I have an intuitive feeling, informed by a few anatomy books, that I have a problem with the upper cervical vertebrae and their relations with the jaw and spenoid – I often hear popping sounds in my skull that seem to originate from the area that the spenoid articulates or is proximate with the frontal, parietal, and temporal bones (right side). Similarly to a good axis or atlas “crack,” my headaches disappear immediately after hearing this sound. This is distinctly above the TM joint and has a different quality of sound than popping originating from the TM joint – I have been Dxed with TMJ syndrome and treated for it as well, so I am familiar with its symptoms. I am looking into upper cervical chiropractic (I was surprised at the number of different protocols I’ve discovered). I also have significant degenerative disc disease at C5,C6 and C6,C7 and I suspect this has something to do with years of cracking my own neck for headache relief. (every neurologist I have been to insists that my disc damage is not responsible for my headaches, and, I have had headaches far longer than disc disease.). I also have a spina bifida occulta which I have been told is “insignificant.” Alao, i had an MRI about 12 years ago and it was negative. I would appreciate your comments on my situation.
    Klaus Sinfelt

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