By Nicole Danna The Pineapple Staff Writer Before Dr. Elan Schrier decided to become a chiropractor, he visited one for pain. It wasn’t the traditional pain associated with chiropractic care, like back or neck pain. Instead, he suffered from extreme migraine headaches. “For years I did the traditional thing — sleeping in dark rooms, taking pain medications — and it didn’t get better,” said Schrier, whose vision of Schrier Family Chiropractic began when he was just 12 years old. Debilitating migraines occurred weekly, causing sleep problems and a host of other ailments. After years of dealing with the pain and masking the symptoms with medication, someone suggested Schrier visit a chiropractor. After the first adjustment he knew his life would never be the same. Schrier’s migraines went away after that first week of treatment, and today — through his own chiropractic practice in Delray Beach — he helps others experience the same breakthroughs. Schrier’s practice is located Pineapple Grove district of downtown Delray Beach, and although it appears just like any other chiropractic office, it’s anything but ordinary. Why? Schrier offers a focused type of work known as upper cervical care, a treatment method that less than 5 percent of chiropractors nationwide specialize in. What makes upper cervical care so unique? Although all chiropractic practices are safe, upper cervical care is very gentle, says Schrier, and focuses on moving one bone at a time. “Sometimes, just one bone in the entire body is all that needs to be adjusted to restore the rest of the spine,” said Schrier. “This is done with a gentle adjustment that involves no twisting, cracking, or popping. The main objective of this care is to restore the entire spine back to a balanced, unstressed, position through safe and effective corrective chiropractic care.” Upper cervical care focuses on the C1 vertebrae, or Atlas bone, is the only bone adjusted by upper cervical chiropractors. The adjustment is based on a computer analysis using x-rays, posture, and thermal nerve scans to determine exactly how to correct the misalignment, so each patient’s adjustment is customized for his or her body. Schrier explains the Atlas is important because when the Atlas is out of place, your body compensates by raising one shoulder, and one hip, creating a postural imbalance. If this imbalance is left uncorrected, it leads to stress to your spine, discs and nerves. When the nerves are affected, it can lead to pain not only in the spine, but a number of other health problems including migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc herniations, ear and sinus infections, vertigo, sleeping problems and mood imbalances. “These are symptoms that I’ve seen obtain huge improvements through my care. Many people think that chiropractic is just for back and neck pain, but it’s actually about allowing your body to function optimally so that you can live your life to your full potential, and feel your best,” said Schrier. To schedule a consultation or learn more about the practice, visit Schrier Family Chiropractic, located at 315 NE 2nd Ave. in Delray Beach. For more information visit the website at drelan.com, or call 561-445-2648.