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.
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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What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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