Blair (Upper Cervical) Chiropractic Technique

What is the Upper Cervical (Blair Chiropractic) Technique?

Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs.

Within the Chiropractic industry, there are several dozen different techniques. Here at Watts Chiropractic, we offer you the Blair Technique.


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The Blair Chiropractic Technique is used to analyze and correct vertebral misalignments in an accurate, precise and specific manner to mend, repair and maintain health from within. We utilize neurological tests, x-rays, heat sensitive instrumentation and other means to determine when vertebral is misaligned; then provide specific adjustment tailored to each individual.

The Blair chiropractic technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. When these vertebrae misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brain stem and spinal cord as they leave through the floor of the skull and 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.


The brain stem at the level of the atlas vertebrae consists of approximately ten billion nerve fibers sending messages through the spinal cord to the cells of the body and from the cells back to the brain. These nerve fibers are arranged in small bundles called nerve tracts. These nerve tracts are either sensory or motor. The sensory nerves allow us function of the organs and systems while moving the body about its environment, via the musculoskeletal system.

The atlas and axis are the only vertebrae in proximity to the brain stem. When they misalign to the extent that they put pressure on the brain stem and or spinal cord they interfere with the vital messages being sent to and from the brain to all parts of the body. If for example the atlas is impinged 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 go to the heart are being impinged that 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 almost all of the nerves have to pass through this area before reaching the part of the body they innervate.


When a vertebrae misaligns to the extent that it interferes with nerve tissue and reduces the mental impulses it is termed a subluxation. A subluxation may be present for months or years before producing any outward signs such as pain or symptoms, causing the body to break down to a state of disease.

Our goal by offering you the Blair Chiropractic technique is to help you get back on track, and help you repair and maintain better health for life.

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