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Upper Cervical Research Update


On Thursday May 23rd, UC Life hosted Dr. Chuck Woodfield, the Director of the Board of the Upper Cervical Research Foundation.

Dr. Woodfield is our leader in our research efforts, and it was an honour to have him join us.

Dr. Chuck Woodfield

In the months to come, we will be highlighting and expanding upon each of the following 5 main points he covered.

1.  The Hypertension Study, 2007

Dr. Woodfield co-authored a groundbreaking study in the Journal of Human Hypertension in 2007, which showed that the realigning the atlas vertebrae to it’s proper position can reduce blood pressure.  A WebMD review of the study can be read here.

This study opened the door to many different research frontiers, and they all seem to be coming together now!

2.  The Upper Cervical Subluxation Pattern

Being a researcher, Dr. Woodfield was able to show us neat pictures of how the misalignment of the head and neck cause the whole body to compensate in position, causing twisting and pulling of the spinal cord and nervous system to create adverse effects throughout the body.

The understanding, detection, and correction of the Upper Cervical Subluxation complex is the single most important objective to the Upper Cervical Chiropractor, and the more we can understand this intricate complex, the better we can serve our patients.

3.  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Blood Flow and CSF Flow

The Upper Subluxation is most often caused by a simple, seemingly harmless accident.  A topic of increasing concern and study are concussions, and their long-term effects.  As we discover more about Upper Cervical Spine biomechanics, we are seeing relationships between history of injury, concussions, upper cervical misalignments and neurological symptoms.

Furthermore, in cases with these types of injuries, we are now able to understand more about blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow dynamics, and the associated changes in flow when these injuries occur.  It turns out that Dr. Woodfield is able to see, through MRI imaging, that concussion, brain injury, upper cervical spine biomechanics and blood/CSF flow interruption are all related.

There are implications here as well in the world of Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.  The link between the upper cervical spine and Chronic Cerebral Spinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) was also explored by Dr. Woodfield.

4.  Calgary Migraine Study, Blood and CSF Flow

When you put it all together, we get to Dr. Woodfield’s current project, which is using MRI imaging to monitor blood and CSF flow patterns before and after an upper cervical adjustment in chronic migraine patients.  The images show that you can actually see the changes in flow patterns before and after an adjustment.

This study is done in conjunction with the neurology department at the University of Calgary, and the early returns are astounding.  To see where we are today in our evolution allows us to be very excited for where we are going!

5.  The Future is Bright

Knowing where we are and where we’ve been is integral in understanding where we are going.  As we begin our second year here at UC Life, we are excited to move forward in the research world, so we can be a part of this movement and help advance this work and therefore help more people.

With technological advances showing us images that give us further insight and clarity into our work, our ability to enhance our art is strengthened.  These advances, coupled with the sharing power of the internet, helps us spread awareness of our great results at a faster rate than ever before.  As we learn more, we will be able to help more people, and this world will be a better place.

We thank Dr. Woodfield for joining us last week, and for doing all the he does for us.  We look forward to breaking down the 5 points above in greater detail as we go.