The structural difference

Vive Chiropractic utilizes Structural Chiropractic techniques to address the primary condition of our clients' structural issues. Our goal is to make the necessary correction from Day 1 and eliminate any unnecessary return visits, and that is what we do. Our clients enjoy lasting benefits, returning periodically for us to confirm they are holding the structural correction as their bodies stabilize in its new balanced state.

Conventional chiropractic

Conventional chiropractic focuses on manipulating the neck and spine in an effort to increase range of motion, decrease muscular spasms, and temporarily reduce pain. Conventional chiropractic views the body as individual segments determining where to apply the thrust based on where a bone feels like it is stuck. There are many conventional chiropractors in the Bloomington and surrounding communities using traditional methods, and most of them are excellent at what they do, generally find great results in pain and symptom relief.

structural chiropractic

At Vive Chiropractic, we utilize Structural Correction, which focuses on a bio-mechanically specific correction that is absent of excessive manipulative force. We understand the body to be one complete system. To discover someone's unique, structural misalignment, we take precise structural measurements and calculate the exact angle to correct the structural shift of the entire body. We perform the same objective measurements and calculations after a structural correction to guarantee the correction was accomplished. Our goal is to correct the primary condition to remove the root cause of secondary conditions.

What is a Structural Shift?

At first, minor abnormal shifts of the spine are nothing to worry about. Nobody has 100% perfect alignment. However, no different than normal body temperature, normal weight, and normal blood pressure, there is a range of what's acceptable and what's unacceptable. The longer someone remains in abnormal, the more problems arise.

Atlas Upper Cervical Misalignment

Atlas Displacement complex

The only way to appreciate abnormal is to know normal.

When it comes to normal, we're not expecting anyone to be perfect. However, if your Atlas, the first neck bone that balances the skull, is displaced by ¼° or more in reference to your skull, you may have an Atlas Displacement Complex. Your atlas displacing is no different than your car being forced out of alignment, or the foundation of your house sinking on one side by just a couple of inches. Because the underlying structure has been shifted, this deviation of your atlas puts abnormal stress on your brainstem and spinal cord disrupting the nervous system and any communication between the brain and the body, thereby affecting any bodily function they control (see image). Traditional doctors typically look at managing secondary conditions, that is "symptom management" rather than focusing on the underlying cause.

Secondary Conditions

What are Secondary Conditions?

If your structural shifts are outside of what is considered normal, then you will experience one or more of what we refer to as SECONDARY CONDITIONS, or symptoms. Often times, secondary conditions seem to suddenly appear, "I was always fine, then my back randomly started hurting." When, in reality, the secondary condition is the result of years of stress and degeneration from the primary condition of structural shifts.

Imagine playing a game of Jenga with friends or family. After several rounds of removing the underlying structure of the tower and stacking the problems on top, one unlucky person removes a block and the already unstable tower falls. 

Top Bloomington, IN Chiropractor utilizing upper cervical chiropractic care, correction of Atlas Displacement Complex, NUCCA, Network Spinal Analysis, SOT, soft tissue. Bloomington, IN chiropractor people will travel to from multiple states away. We have patients traveling to us from all directions and distances, 4 hours, 6 hours, even 12 hours away to get a Structural Correction. By focusing on the Atlas upper cervical bone, structural chiropractic has helped many people with arm pain, asymmetry (uneven shoulders, etc.), bone spurs, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical canal stenosis, cervical myelopathy, decreased range of motion, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, depression, digestive conditions (including reflux), disc herniation, dizziness (cervicogenic vertigo), Dowager's Hump ("Granny Hump"), Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Golfer's Elbow, Headaches (variety), Hearing Difficulties, Hip Pain, Itchiness, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Mid-Back Pain, Migraine Headaches, Muscle Spasms, Muscle Tension, Muscular Imbalance, Neck Pain, Numbness/Tingling (Arms and Hands), Pinched Nerve (Nerve Impingement Syndrome), Posture-Related Issues (Including Poor Appearance), Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Sinus Conditions, Spinal Decay, Strength-Related Issues (Decreased Grip Strength), Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, TMJ, Upper Back Pain, Vision Issues, Wrist Pain, and more.Enter your text here...

Atlas Displacement Complex effects

Full body approach

How does the Atlas Displacement Complex affect me?

Think about your nervous system like the communication between your satellite dish and TV. If there is some kind of blockage that interferes with that signal, what would you expect to see on your television screen? Thinking along the same lines, what would you expect to happen if your atlas shifted and put pressure on your brainstem or spinal cord? The nature of the Atlas Displacement Complex is to affect the entire skeletal frame and potentially any organ the brain controls.

Some secondary conditions from neurological stress include: 

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Breathing Issues
  • Migraine Headache
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Back pain
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Vertigo / Dizziness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ADHD
  • Sleeping Issues

Some clients with secondary conditions like these and many others have found relief through a Structural Correction. 

  • arm pain
  • asymmetry (uneven shoulders, etc.)
  • bone spu
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cervical canal stenosis
  • cervical myelopathy
  • decreased range of motion
  • degenerative disc disease
  • degenerative joint disease
  • depression
  • digestive conditions (including reflux)
  • disc herniation
  • dizziness (cervicogenic vertigo)
  • Dowager's Hump ("Granny Hump")
  • Fatigue, Fibromyalgia
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Headaches (variety)
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Hip Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid-Back Pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle Tension
  • Muscular Imbalance
  • Neck Pain
  • Numbness/Tingling (Arms and Hands)
  • Pinched Nerve (Nerve Impingement Syndrome)
  • Posture-Related Issues (Including Poor Appearance)
  • Rotator Cuff Issues
  • Sciatica, Shoulder Pain
  • Sinus Conditions
  • Spinal Decay
  • Strength-Related Issues (Decreased Grip Strength)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vision Issues
  • Wrist Pain


Do I have an Atlas Displacement Complex?

Again, the best way to recognize abnormal is to recognize normal. In normal structure, the left and right sides of the body are equal and balanced, while the head sits back on the shoulders directly above the hips and anterior ankles. Indicators of structural shifts are deviations from this.

Standing up:

  • One shoulder is higher than the other
  • One hip is higher than the other 
  • There may be a twisting of the body
  • The body leans to one side putting more weight on one foot than the other
  • Muscles are imbalanced
  • Movement is abnormal
  • Locking in some joints of the spine
  • Wear and tear on the spinal bones and discs

Lying down:

  • One leg is longer and one is shorter
  • Stretched overhead, one arm is longer and one is shorter

Each of these secondary conditions are indicators of a Structural Shift and unrelated to age or genetics. They are the result of a trauma to the head or neck typically first occurring during the birthing process or clumsy, learning phase of our toddler years. These accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissues that hold the atlas and spine together creating a structural weakness allowing the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. You can still move and get around, but the stress is always there.

How do i correct a structural shift?

Alright, so I have some of these secondary conditions and indicators, how do I correct the source instead of masking the symptoms?

treatment options

What are my options to address my Structural Shift?

Just like there is more than one way to cook an egg, there are a variety of ways people treat a musculoskeletal condition. More often than not, the first step for most people is medication to block the pain or reduce the inflammation. If that doesn't work out, the next step is usually physical therapy, to work on stretching or strengthening the muscles back into balance. If these don't address the issue then people may begin looking to more invasive procedures such injections, like cortisone, or surgery. There is a time and place for each of these treatments and they have good reason to be considered in your list of possibilities. 

vive chiropractic's approach

How will a Structural Correction help me?

Our goal at Vive Chiropractic is to direct your spine towards its optimal position. By doing so, this will relieve pressure on the brainstem thus correcting the head and neck relationship and all the structures beneath it. Once the structure has been optimized most people find relief of symptoms and a return to normal function of many body systems and organs they did not expect to be involved with their structural shift. Once any reasonable person understands that the nerves traveling all throughout their body to these muscles, organs, and systems they see how structural shifts affect more than what is visible to the eye.

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What is the next step?

Schedule a complimentary consultation to see if a Structural Correction will address your personal conditions. You will speak with the doctor, can ask any question you wish, and learn more about the process back to healing.

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