The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) has developed a highly advanced procedure that is both extremely precise and gentle, unlike any other kind of care. NUCCA concentrates specifically on returning the head and neck to normal. A gentle touch and controlled contact on the first vertebrae in the neck is designed to restore balance to the spine. Even though the primary focus is the neck, the effect of the correction influences the whole spine and all body systems.
Why Focus on the Neck?
The pelvis supports the spine by acting as a foundation. If the head is in its normal position, the pelvis will be directly under it. As the head shifts off center, the pelvis must also shift, and the muscles of the back will automatically tighten to keep the body as upright as possible. This shifting of the structure of the spine and pelvis can be the cause of many back problems such as low back spasms, headaches, poor posture or tingling pain in the extremities. Unless the head and neck are returned to their normal positions, you may never really solve these problems.
How NUCCA Works
NUCCA, through precise instrumentation, measures displacement of the atlas, or C-1 vertebra, and uses this measurement to determine if the patient requires adjustment. Three very exacting x-rays are taken and analyzed before any type of treatment is rendered. Each person has his or her unique type of misalignment pattern which must be determined. Once the type and degree of misalignment have been measured, the doctor is able to direct a slight and controlled pressure into the neck at a precise spot, which will then bring the head and neck back toward normal. As the body returns to normal, the muscles will pull evenly, relieving muscle spasms. Swelling around the nerves can subside, relieving the pinched nerve feeling. Postural changes can also occur with the removal of stress on the weight bearing joints.