Nimira Alibhoy, a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic (UCSC), was introduced to chiropractic care after being involved in a large car accident two weeks before graduating from high school. It was the first time she had even heard of chiropractic, let alone have the opportunity to experience the modality first-hand. Little did she know it would eventually be a life-changing career path.
A Southern California native, Alibhoy started college in Maine with the intention of being a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) but realized early on that her heart just wasn’t in it. She transferred to Chapman University in Orange where she completed her bachelor’s degree in biology. By then, she had learned more about the many positive aspects of chiropractic and was not only impressed with its basic principles, but also inspired to help others experience greater health and healing. She moved to Atlanta to complete her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, where she graduated with honors in March 2010.
“The principles of chiropractic state that the body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism, and that the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the functions of the body,” Alibhoy explains. Any interference within the nervous system inhibits the body’s ability to regulate and heal itself. This interference to the nervous system is commonly caused by slight misalignments to the bones in the spine called a “subluxation.”
These subluxations, she notes, are caused most often by three main factors—referred to as the “Three T’s.” They include: traumas (injuries), toxins and thoughts (stress/anxiety). Identifying those factors and understanding their impact on the body can help in the healing process.
In 2012, she opened her own practice where she specializes in a form of chiropractic care that focuses on alignment of the bones in the upper neck. This in turn results in the brainstem’s ability to send health and healing messages from the brain to the body.
“All health and healing comes from within,” explains Alibhoy. “Upper cervical chiropractic care offers a unique alternative health care solution that can improve health and proper function, and get your life on a better path.”
The focus, she says, is on the source of the condition and not the symptom. Upper cervical doctors concentrate on locating and removing interference in the upper cervical area (the bottom of the skull and the first two bones) and restoring communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Removing this interference can allow the body to heal itself naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.
The location and degree of the misalignment can be found utilizing x-rays and the presence of nervous system interference can be detected utilizing Computerized Infrared Thermography (CIT). “X-rays allow us to see the condition of your spine and measure the actual degree of misalignment of the bones—and whether there is a misalignment,” she explains. “It may be that one bone is larger than another; therefore, it’s important to know and not guess.”
Once this is determined, Alibhoy can deliver a personalized correction based on the degree of misalignment and help patients on their path to healing. UCSC has a two-phase “discovery period” which includes a consultation that discusses one’s detailed health history and goals, as well as a thorough exam and x-rays. Part two presents a finding report and recommendations are made for care.
“Our mission is to promote health and wellness and we are very serious about it,” notes Alibhoy. “We have strict protocol when it comes to treatment because we are all after the same thing—results. At the same time, we are here to be your rock of support emotionally, mentally and physically through a process of change and development.”
One of the most important aspects of treatment at UCSC is rest. A resting suite with zero gravity chairs is located in the office so that patients can relax after a correction and allow the body time to hold the adjustment. “The goal is to create stability,” she explains. “By resting, you are keeping pressure off of the brainstem and promoting a longer period of healing.”
She recommends chiropractic care beginning as early as infancy. “The birth process can be very stressful and physically traumatic for a newborn baby and lead to subluxation. The sooner subluxation is removed, the better the child is able to adapt to its new environment.”
Alibhoy says she is not only committed to teaching her patients that health and healing come from within, but she also wants to inspire individuals to make health-conscious decisions and take responsibility of their own health.
For the holidays, UCSC is offering the gift of health with an initial exam for only $100 (regular price is $300), which includes a comprehensive health history, CIT, necessary x-rays and a personalized report of the findings.
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic is located at 1227 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 201 in Santa Monica. For more information, call 323-362-2346 or visit UCSCcare.com.