The Diplomate of Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures (DCCJP) is a program designed for practicing upper cervical practitioners who are already proficient in an upper cervical procedure who want to develop their diagnostic, analytical, and clinical skills to improve patient outcomes. The program entailed in depth understanding into the neurology, biomechanics, cerebrospinal hydrodynamics, evaluation of the static stabilizers of the CCJ, cerebellar ectopia (Chiari 1) as well as proper imaging to evaluate this critical area of the spine. The program also included creating paraprofessional relationships with optometrist, dentist, pedorthist, radiologist, functional neuurologist, as well as regenerative (stem cell) internest to better understand the problems they face that a DCCJP can help as well as them helping with a DCCJP to increase holding times of the upper cervical correction. The DCCJP program is a 300 hours post graduate program meeting across the country over a 2.5 year period. To obtain this Board Certification there were 4 written tests, a research paper presentation, and 3 oral examinations by three different certified board members.
The majority of our current patient base has shown vast improvements in their health with specific upper cervical care. The DCCJP program is designed to help those that have not responded to care as expected. These complicated cases need further analysis to improve their stability of the upper neck and health outcomes. It can also give us information as to why you are not improving as expected with things such as dolichoectasia (pressure from a blood vessel on neural tissue) or cerebellar ectopia where the hindbrain herniates down into the spinal canal. These can be congenital in nature and can occur after traumas. Preliminary studies have established a link between these cases and certain neurological diseases such as trauma induced multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The program makes us some of the most sought after practitioners for the prevention and improvements in quality of life, and/or resolution of conditions such as:
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Meniere’s Disease
- Occipital Neuralgia
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Vagal induced gastrointestinal dysfunctions
- Post Concussive Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Radicular pain (pain down the extremities)
- Posterior Facet Syndrome
- Many more.
A history of your condition, a history of trauma (mild to severe) up to 15 years prior to your current symptoms, a detailed examination, and imaging is necessary to fully evaluate your case to see if you are a candidate for care as well as giving us a proper prognosis. If you have had MRI’s we suggest you bring them with you to your initial visit, however they may not show us the detail or the region needed to fully examine the craniocervical junction. If further imaging is needed we can assist you with obtaining the proper MRI or Dynamic Motion xray. If paraprofessional care is needed we can assist you in finding the care you need.