A Gentle and Safe Form of Healthcare with Lasting Results
The upper cervical misalignment is the most complex and difficult region of the spine to align, but when correction is achieved the results can be simply amazing. Patients notice changes throughout their entire body as normal alignment and posture is restored. It takes a tremendous amount of training to deliver a quality NUCCA correction but hurting people need and deserve the best care possible and that’s why upper cervical doctors have dedicated their lives to the mastery of this procedure.
A Complex Problem
The weakest region of the human spine is where the head meets the neck! This is due to fact that half of all of our head movements occur between the head and top two vertebrae. Injury will buckle this region of the spine in very large and complex ways, tearing loose connective tissue, ligaments and muscles responsible for maintaining normal posture and head alignment.
The Bigger Picture
Injury to the upper neck has a global affect on the body. When the head shifts off the top of the neck due to injury, the body’s “righting reflex” moves the body into a distorted posture to bring the head back to level. This shift causes stress and miscommunication affecting posture control centers in the lower brainstem where it passes through the top vertebra. Posture muscles that run along one side of the spine pull harder than muscles on the other side resulting in the picture you see here.
How Did I Get This Way
As you can see here, injury also twists the upper neck adding to the complexity of the misalignment and compounding stress to the brainstem. The misalignment you see is the result of one or more past injuries.
Conditions that Respond Well
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Dr. Strazewski was great to work with, very knowledgeable and a true professional. After months of suffering from a painful neck, he was able to not only correct the issue but prevent it from returning!Jacqueline A Neck Pain Treatment
I had spent two years living in constant pain, all over my body, no rhyme or reason, no injuries, no known cause. After approximately 12 weeks of care with Dr. Matt I finally had relief --the aches and pains subsided! I'm now on a ‘maintenance’ plan with my care... And I am amazed at how good I feel after having felt so bad! No more constant pain and no more around-the-clock pain reliever! I would 100% +++ recommend Dr. Matt to anyone who is living with pain and wants relief.Stacie K Fibromyalgia
After a bad fall on my head from a horse 15+ years ago (I was wearing a helmet) Nothing broken, but a bad whiplash type injury. I have suffered chronic pain and limited range of motion ever since. I had physical therapy, ultrasound, chiropractics, massage therapy and yoga. All with limited results. But upper cervical care has changed my life within a few months. My pain is mostly gone and my range of motion in my neck is almost normal again. I can happily ride my horses and do my farm work with a smile instead of just enduring the lifestyle I've always loved. Many, many thanks, Dr. Matt, for helping me find myself, again. I thought my injuries were as good as they were going to get after all those years, but I'm glad to admit I was wrong, relief is available. I highly recommend him to anyone with a neck injury.Kelly S Head Injury/Whiplash
I was amazed with the results. After two knee replacements one of my legs was shorter than the other and I was walking with a limp and starting to have back trouble due to misalignment. With adjustments, Dr Matt was able to even my legs and relieve my back pain. It was amazing! After the adjustment and going into the resting room I could actually feel things moving and going into position. Since initially beginning with Dr Matt he has helped relieve headaches and assisted me with problems associated with diabetes. Recently, I have been in chemotherapy with lymphoma and he has been able to adjust me to not feel as many side effects from the chemo. I definitely would recommend anyone give it a try. If you have ever used another chiropractor you will be very pleasantly surprised how this gives relief.Beverly R Headaches/Low Back Pain
I have been going to Dr. Matt for several months seeking relief from neck pain, headaches, etc. I feel much better! Dr. Matt is knowledgeable and caring.Lorna L Neck Pain/Headaches
Dr. Matt is professional without being clinical. He always asks about my life when I see him. During my first appt. with him, Dr. Matt explained to me his approach to care. I have felt better since going to him.Mary Margaret P Neck Pain/Low Back Pain
The benefits of NUCCA are awesome! I had a serious injury and after going to countless doctors, a close friend recommended I see Dr. Matt. I highly recommend him. I think he is the best. He has helped me like I never thought was ever possible and has helped my family and friends. I am so thankful to my friend and Dr. Matt.Bonnie K Low Back/Hip Pain
I had lower back pain for 2 years and since going to Dr. Straz my pain is gone. Previously I went to other doctors yet none were able to keep me pain free. Dr. Straz also works with me to ensure my exercise program and lifestyle are geared towards a healthy back. I would refer anyone in need of a chiropractor to go and experience his excellent care!Jack W Low Back Pain
I arrive to Straz Spinal Care with a chronic neck pain and continuous migraines.... All the diagnosis super profesional 🙂 After couple of visits I really feel much better and pain and migraines totally gone! Super five stars ⭐️Fabiola C Migraines
My young son has been seeing Dr. Strazewski for almost a year now and he is awesome. My son has a rare condition PFAPA, and along with diet change we've seen complete improvement thanks to Dr. Strazewski. Since NUCCA is such a special form of Chiropractics that not many people practice, we used to drive 45 minutes one way to be treated by Dr. Strazewski, so we are grateful that he is closer, but that alone I think is a testament to the value.Megan S Pediatric
Dr. Matt Strazewski is amazing! I have seen a few chiropractors over the past 30 years, but Matt is the first one to get my body to stay in alignment without the “cracks and pops” the others needed to do. I especially appreciated being able to view x-rays and other digital representations of my upper spine alignment. No one had ever done that with me before and it helped me better understand what’s going on with my body. Matt is very knowledgeable about physical fitness, as I learned when I first met him while he was training clients at the Lodge at Des Peres. His personal focus on physical fitness and well-being seems intertwined with how he works to help his clients get into better shape. (which is a breath of fresh air, since the other chiropractors seemed to want me to come in for adjustments as often as possible…) He’s also a really nice guy, which is nice, too. The office location is very convenient, easy to get into and out of and has lots of parking. I have also had my wife and teenage children see him, even though they don’t have any existing problems, to be proactive and hopefully make them less likely to run into problems in the future. I am definitely glad we decided to start seeing Dr. Matt Strazewski for our chiropractic care, and I strongly recommend him!"Kevin C Wellness
Dr. Matt takes cervical chiropractic care to a whole other level. I'm so glad I trusted my 6 year old with him! There was no cracking or popping & he shows you with scans & computer imaging exactly what is wrong with the spine & how he's going to fix it. He shows you the before & after scans at each visit so you can see the progress! I highly recommend him!Erin S Pediatric
I have been going to Dr. Matt for that last several years and I would highly recommend him as a chiropractor. I was experiencing a lot of pain in my back and neck from working at a job where I was on my feet all day and after the first adjustment I noticed a big difference. With occasional adjustements I have found that I don't experience back or neck pain at all anymore. Dr. Matt is very professional and knowledgeable and from my first appointment I felt confident in the care I would receive because of how thouroughly he explained the treatment. There is no cracking or pulling, just a gentle adjustment of the upper spine that can't even be felt. Dr. Matt provides excellent care and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a chiropractor.Kara L Neck Pain
I am so grateful that Dr. Strazewski is a NUCCA cervical doctor in the St. Louis area. I was able to transfer my records from a NUCCA specialist in Chicago seamlessly. My other point of gratitude is that I really am feeling better, and the results are measurable.George R Wellness
It was by chance and quite timely that l heard of Dr Straz and the NUCCA procedure. I was able to forgo tests and medication prescribed by the ENT for tinnitus, imbalance, cognitive impairment and hearing loss. As it turns out, this simple and painless procedure corrected my upper cervical curvature and restored my quality of life in a surprisingly short amount of time. I’m VERY grateful!!!!Patty M Tinnitus
Dr. Straz has done an excellent job eliminating my lower back pain. Exceptional spinal care.Rich D Low Back Pain
Dr. Straz is the one who I can thank for minimal headaches now. I had chronic headaches before I started seeing him about 4 years ago. I've been to chiropractors in the past that would pop my neck and send me on my way and never working to fix the issue. Matt's techniques allow me to make it through most days headache-free! My shoulder blades have also been misaligned my entire life and Dr. Straz has adjusted me so that the alignment sticks! I started out going to Dr. Straz a few times a week, to once a week, to once a month and now to just once every six weeks! I cannot thank Dr. Straz enough for helping me to be pain-free and helping to improve my quality of life!Laura V Headaches
I had never been to a chiropractor - UNTIL I did a really dumb move in yoga (and I've been a yogi for years!) and hurt my neck. Really, I could barely move it. Dr. Straz responded to me over Labor Day weekend (totally impressive!) and fit me in as soon as he could. He is super knowledgeable, explains things in easy to understand terms, and happy to say, after two visits my neck is just about good as new. THANK YOU!!Priscilla V Neck Pain