Blair Upper Cervical
What is Blair Upper Cervical
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 exit through the floor of the skull and into the neural canal.
The Blair Technique has as its exclusive concern the analysis and correction of subluxations of the cervical vertebrae, and as its only goal the consequent relief of adverse mechanical influences on the neurological structures of the cervical spine. Subluxated articular misalignments are analyzed as they displace the neural rings, thereby occluding the neural canal and compromising cord space. The clinical objective of the technique is therefore to restore maximum patency of the neural canal in the cervical region. Biomechanical or orthopedic standards of alignment are not the objective of the technique because they are vulnerable to violations of symmetry and do not necessarily bear any relation to the relief of nerve interference in a given case.
The Blair Toggle-Torque adjustive thrust, developed from the adjustive methods of B.J. Palmer, is a distinctive toggle mechanism without recoil on the part of the adjustor and incorporating 180-degree torque. It is applied with the patient placed in the side posture on an adjusting table with a drop headpiece. Crucial to proper application of the Blair Toggle-Torque is the mastery of the “pisiform lead,” in which the contacting surface of the adjuster s pisiform remains in firm contact with the segmental contact point throughout the adjustive thrust, rather than describing a helical pathway as in some other upper cervical techniques.