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What is NUCCA and What Does It Stand For?

NUCCA stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. The NUCCA system of spinal analysis and correction has over 50 years of research and development with the aid of computers and mechanical engineers have gone into perfecting the methods used by NUCCA Practitioners.  Special attention is focused on the structure, function and biomechanics of the upper cervical spine. With accurate x-rays and measurement, spinal bones – vertebrae – can be restored to a normal position. NUCCA adjustments are only rendered when signs of stress on the nerve system, also known as subluxation, are apparent. Therefore you may not be adjusted every visit.

How is NUCCA chiropractic different from traditional chiropractic?

The NUCCA adjustments uses carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore the head and neck to a balanced and normal position. It should be understood that although the adjustment is made at one point, the mechanics involved relieve stress and produce structural realignment through the musculoskeletal system. The result is a painless structural correction that improves the function of the entire spine, skeleton, and nerve system. No forceful “popping” or “twisting” of the neck is necessary.

What’s so special about NUCCA?

NUCCA is the main technique utilized at Core Chiropractic and Wellness. It is an extremely gentle and specific form of adjusting the spine.  In fact, it is so gentle it is safe for virtually anyone regardless of previous health conditions such as osteoporosis or even Arnold Chiari Malformation.  It is one of the most researched chiropractic techniques.  NUCCA was the technique that was used in the highly publicized study funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the leading medical hypertension journal.  The study showed one NUCCA adjustment was able to decrease blood pressure 17 points on average.  This is the same as taking 2 medications!  The patients were followed for 12 weeks following the adjustment and their blood pressure stayed down.  Imagine the amount of money that could be saved if a patient got adjusted instead of paying for medication for the rest of their lives!  And no side effects!

How does NUCCA work?

NUCCA works by removing irritation to the brain stem that occurs when a person has a “subluxation.”  Most people get their first subluxation during birth.  NUCCA uses the top bone in the spine as a lever to balance the entire spine with one gentle adjustment.  By balancing the entire spine, NUCCA is able to provide relief from virtually any ailment throughout the body.  The brain and nervous system control every cell in the body and everybody function.  If there is irritation at the brain stem, you could have literally any symptom from low back pain or headaches, to indigestion or trouble breathing.

What should I expect during a NUCCA adjustment?

You can expect NO twisting, cracking, popping, of the neck or any of the things many people fear about going to the chiropractor!  The doctor will take a set of 3 specific x-rays in order to measure your spinal misalignment in all 3 dimensions.   Many traditional chiropractic techniques have only adjust based on right to left, front to back, etc. With NUCCA, we measure to the quarter of a degree in 3-D!  By being so specific, an effective NUCCA adjustment can be done with very little pressure.  Patients hardly feel anything at all while the adjustment is taking place.  After the adjustment is over, the doctor will take a second set of specific x-rays.  This is to ensure that the spine has been completely re-aligned.