NUCCA is a specific form of chiropractic that has to do with caring for the upper cervical spine, specifically the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae. The brainstem is also a vital part of the equation as it is responsible for a number of functions of the body such as:

  • Coordinating jaw and eye movement, the tongue and larynx, facial expressions, and movement of the head and neck

  • Delivering messages to and from the brain and body via the nerves

  • Controlling vital basic functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate

  • Connecting the cerebrum—the lower part of the brain— to the spinal cord

The body relies heavily on the cranial nerves and the nerves that pass through the brainstem. If the brainstem becomes severely damaged, the body is negatively impacted. Injuries and ailments, such as stroke, can lead to a coma or even a progressive vegetative state.

Due to the fact that the brainstem is responsible for so many vital functions, stroke can damage a person’s speech, movements, vision, or pain receptors. This is just part of why keeping the upper cervical spine in alignment is so important to one’s health and well-being.

How NUCCA Helps the Spine

At San Diego Integrative Spine Center, we use a specific method of upper cervical chiropractic called NUCCA. This method involves a low force correction to a part of the neck that helps the bones to realign in a natural way. We never resort to popping or twisting the spine to readjust the bones.

A misalignment in this area of the neck can have negative influences on the entire body. By realigning these bones many patients see serious health problems, such as migraines, vertigo, sciatica, and many others, go away entirely. It is important for everyone to make sure that their body is in the best working order as it possibly can be, and the neck plays a key role in overall health and wellbeing.

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