Upper Cervical

“Change your brain.”

The brainstem is your fuse box

Upper Cervical Spinal Care is a strict, non-manipulative (no crack!) discipline of chiropractic that focuses on the upper most part of the spine (the cervical spine) where the brain and spinal cord meet to form the brainstem. Just about every nerve in your body meets and travels through the brainstem. Compression of the brainstem will cause the body to stop working properly, which in turn may cause sickness, including any one or more of the following problems:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fatigue or poor sleep
  • Brain fog or moodiness
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus or ringing ears
  • Poor immunity or sinusitis
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Pain, numbness or tingling
  • Movement disorders
  • Balance disorders
  • Developmental delays

The brainstem is like the “fuse box” in your house. Every room in your house has a power supply which comes from one location – the fuse box. The box contains small breakers that control certain rooms in your house, all of which are controlled by the main breaker. Your spine is your house. All the vertebrae have nerves controlling different parts of your body, all controlled by the brainstem.

Your upper neck can blow the fuse box

What if you were to blow the fuse box in your house?

All the lights in your house would go out! The top two bones in your neck (atlas and axis, C1 and C2) are the most vulnerable to blowing the fuse box.

Atlas and axis are held together by muscles and ligaments, not locking joints. They are the most unique and dynamic joints in the spine, requiring a specialist’s touch. When either of these two bones are slightly misaligned, interfering with the brainstem, the entire body can begin to break down.

5 signs the lights are out

There are 5 signs to a struggling nervous system. Pain is not one them – that comes later. When there is pressure on the brainstem, the lights of the nervous system will start to go out in 5 areas:

  • Poor immune function or hypersensitivity
  • Poor energy efficiency or chronic fatigue
  • Poor metabolism or weight gain
  • Moodiness, bad behaviour or ADHD
  • Brain fog, poor memory or concentration


Reset the fuse box

When we experience stress, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, it’s like an earthquake erupts through the entire nervous system. This shakes the neck up and blows the fuse box. And like a seismograph, we can measure the impact by using technology.

An Upper Cervical Specialist minimises the stress on the nervous system by reducing the pressure on the brainstem, the epicentre of the problem (image: from right to left). The fuse box is reset, the lights come back on, and the body begins to return to full health.

Turn your lights on at Spinewave

Dr Bossenger specialises in upper cervical specific, functional neurology and chronic pain. He has completed a Master of Philosophy in chronic pain and the autonomic nervous system at AUT, receiving a scholarship in 2014 and first class honours in 2015. He has also lectured extensively at dental conferences on the relationship between neck, jaw and brainstem. Click here for more.

Dr Neil also enjoys managing cases not commonly associated with chiropractic: traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Meniere’s disease, vertigo, cerebral palsy, stroke, autism, dyslexia, or ADD/ADHD to name a few.

Neurological examinations are thoroughly comprehensive, including well-thought health care plans and appropriate referral or co-management if necessary. Spinewave care is non-invasive and suitable for all ages, including pregnancy. See FAQ.

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