of Town Patients
care described on Dr. Elsters web site and
published in Dr. Elsters research papers
has been performed in accordance with the guidelines
of the International Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Association (IUCCA). Currently,
very few IUCCA-trained upper cervical specialists
exist in the USA or worldwide. Therefore, many
patients (from other states and/or countries)
choose to travel to the closest IUCCA-trained
Dr. Elster sympathizes with each individuals
struggle to attain the care described on this
web site since it is not routinely available.
However, please be advised that because the IUCCA
training is extensive, it is impossible for Dr.
Elster to advise an individuals local chiropractor
on how to perform the procedure and/or any of
the diagnostics involved.
receive information on other practitioners trained
by the IUCCA, please contact the IUCCA at (650)
361-8908 or www.pacificchiro.com.
care regimen for adults: On average a patient
is seen two times per week for two to four weeks;
one time per week during the second month; once
every other week for the third month; and once
per month until complete stabilization of the
spine occurs. However, each individual's care
plan is specifically designed for his or her case
and is determined at the initial evaluation appointment.
Pediatric cases typically require less care than
above care schedule is preferred for the best
results but can be difficult for those traveling.
On average, an individual should plan to travel
to Colorado initially for approximately 45-60
days, depending upon his/her case, and should
plan to return to Colorado multiple times during
the following 3 to 6 months if necessary. For
patients traveling from other countries, a longer
stay (60-90 days) is recommended to ensure the
proper stabilization of a patients case
prior to his/her return home. Again, the care
plan and response time vary per person depending
upon several factors: the severity of his/her
condition, the length of time the condition has
been present, and the age of the patient.
be advised that traveling for care can be very
difficult due to time away from family, work,
school, etc. It can also be expensive due to substantial
travel and housing costs. Therefore, an individual
should not attempt to travel to Colorado for care
unless he/she is in a position to make the necessary
time and financial commitments.
you are able to comply with the time and financial
issues discussed above and are interested in traveling
to Colorado for care, please email
arrangements for your specific case. In your email,
please include a detailed description of your
health history (any history of trauma to the head/neck,
your symptoms, diagnosis dates, etc.) and possible
information on housing
along with links to area information, can be found
on the Housing & Directions page.
click on the following links to read about one
patient's experience in traveling from the Netherlands
who traveled from Norway.