NUCCA is a little known yet highly effective corrective procedure that has been developed and refined since 1966 by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and its research affiliate the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF). If you would like to learn more about current research being conducted in the field of NUCCA chiropractic in Duluth, Minnesota, you can also visit The Upper Cervical Monograph for the latest articles about and advancing the NUCCA method.
The NUCCA chiropractic method is a gentle and safe form of chiropractic care, with a focus on long-lasting results. The procedure focuses on decompressing the brainstem and spinal cord and balancing the entire spine. In this unstressed position the communication between the brain and body via the nervous system is more efficient and the body’s natural self-healing process can begin.
Accidents and injuries throughout our lives can tear loose the connective tissue that holds our spinal joints together. In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the body will compensate and move into an imbalanced, stressed position. This imbalance shows up with one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, one shoulder higher or lower, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement, and over time progressive wear and tear.
NUCCA recognizes that this body position can cause stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system, most importantly the brain stem and spinal cord. Our body constantly shuttles millions of electrical and chemical signals back and forth from our brain to every cell of our body. Any restriction or distortion of these signals can affect body function. (Many of these messages are unconscious such as breathing, digestion, and circulation.) If this distortion is not corrected, the long term effect is degeneration of that part of the body serviced by those restricted messages, resulting in mild to severe pain, lowered resistance to illness, behavioral changes, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs, and ultimately disease.
The NUCCA chiropractor understands and works to address these alignment issues with the NUCCA spinal correction. The main objective of a NUCCA chiropractor is to restore the entire spine back to a balanced, unstressed position, re-empowering the nervous system and the body’s ability to function at its full potential. With the NUCCA spinal correction, the spinal column remains straight and balanced where the weight of the head is centered over the neck.
By utilizing a formula calculated from the patient’s x-rays, the NUCCA chiropractic doctor will apply a slight pre-determined pressure just below the tip of the ear at the atlas vertebrae (first neck vertebrae) to gently re-position the head over the center of the neck. This NUCCA re-positioning is what restores body balance and removes brain stem compression. Immediately, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation is increased, healing messages are transmitted from the brain to the affected area and the body’s self healing process begins. The NUCCA spinal correction requires NO FORCEFUL TWISTING, POPPING, OR CRACKING, and is barely felt by the patient.
Some of the many symptoms that can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex include but are not limited to:
Neck and back pain
Headaches and Migraines
Chronic pain or stress
Leg and arm numbness
Attention Deficit Disorder
Athletic and auto injuries