NUCCA: A Special Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique

Upper cervical care features several techniques that aim to restore balance in your body and address postural distortions. One of the most widely known techniques under this chiropractic approach is NUCCA Care. It seeks to provide carefully measured neck bone adjustments to stimulate healing and ensure an uninterrupted brain signal transmission. It also offers a silver lining for many people with chronic health conditions. 

What’s The Science Behind NUCCA Care?

The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons, and each of them fires off 5 to 50 messages or action potential per second. The signals travel from the brain neurons to the spinal cord until they reach the nerve roots that control specific tissues like muscles or organs.  Now imagine what would happen if the brain signals fail to travel to where they need to be. 

Naturally, physiological functions such as blood pressure regulation, digestion, immune system defense, and cell and tissue repair can suffer. It can also trigger the onset of various health problems that could potentially get worse if you fail to eliminate the signal interference. 

Here are some of the usual reasons why you might have signal transmission problems:

  • Previous neck or head trauma
  • Cervical subluxation
  • Herniated discs in the neck

Thankfully, a NUCCA doctor can help you address the issues mentioned above so you can cancel out their impact on the body. The process works by providing adjustments that revert the changes in your C1 and C2 bone alignment. Once your cervical bones go back to normal, your nervous system also heals.  

What Happens During a NUCCA Chiropractic Practice Visit? 

Now that you know more about NUCCA care, you feel more compelled to give it a try. After all, it shows great potential, especially in helping patients with highly debilitating conditions. So what should you expect during your initial NUCCA practice? 

Like most health practitioners, NUCCA chiropractors also perform a thorough patient examination. This means you should expect to answer several questions that explain what symptoms you have and how they impact your life. You will also need to fill out a form that allows your chiropractor to trace your medical history. 

After completing that, your doctor will have enough information to decide whether NUCCA care applies to your situation. From there on, here are the next steps of your NUCCA doctor:

Checking for postural distortion 

Your NUCCA doctor can check for postural distortions using a detailed X-ray test. Unlike regular X-ray scans, this step focuses on the topmost bones, so your chiropractor may need to position your head at specific angles. The scans will also reveal the exact location of the cervical subluxation and the measurements required for the adjustment. 

Conducting the gravity stress analysis 

Performing a gravity stress test is essential to identifying how the cervical subluxation impacts your body posture. In severe cases of bone misalignment, the rest of the vertebral bones shift to support the head. Unfortunately, this causes the legs to become uneven, affecting a person’s gait and balance. This specific test uses a specialized tool to measure the weight distribution on both sides of the body. 

Fixing the cervical subluxation 

Once the doctor has everything needed, he can plan the adjustments and provide them on your next visit. Rest assured that the gentle and short strokes on your neck can gradually restore your spinal alignment. It might take several adjustments to see massive changes in your posture, but you will notice improvements in your health during each visit.   

Performing follow-up X-ray scans 

To help you assess the effectiveness of the NUCCA atlas and axis adjustments you received, your chiropractor can provide a follow-up X-ray scan. You can then compare it to the pre-procedure scan to see how far you have progressed. 

Who Needs NUCCA Care?

NUCCA care applies to many age groups and provides hope and healing to problems beyond back and neck pain. In most cases, patients come to a NUCCA practice to seek natural and holistic healing and find a more sustainable way to manage their conditions and symptoms, such as the following:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Vertigo-causing diseases (BPPV, Meniere’s Disease, Vestibular migraines, etc.) 
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraine attacks
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Sciatica
  • Pins and needles and muscle stiffness 
  • TMJ pain and trigeminal neuralgia

Things to Know Before Booking Your Appointment

Atlas and axis correction proves helpful in ensuring smooth and clear communication between your brain, nerves, and various organs and tissues. It also helps prevent problems like abnormal fluid buildup in the head, which can lead to issues like ear congestion, worse headaches, and vertigo attacks. 

Moreover, it helps ensure that your brainstem functions correctly so that specific processes like digestion, blood pressure regulation, and sleeping pattern control suffer little to zero interruptions. Indeed, it’s a worthy option to try, especially if you want to see improvements in your ailments. 

If you still have questions about this chiropractic technique, then maybe our list of facts and stats on NUCCA care can help you decide:

  • NUCCA cervical spine adjustments are safe and tailored-fit to your needs
  • This type of chiropractic correction uses light and controlled strokes on the atlas and axis bones
  • Each NUCCA practice visit aims to retrain your spine so you can eliminate the misalignment problem once and for all
  • It can take time for the bones to go back to their original alignment, depending on how long the cervical subluxation persisted. 
  • NUCCA care also applies to pregnant women, especially those who experience sciatica

You’d be surprised by how much your health can change after receiving NUCCA chiropractic adjustments. We encourage you to schedule your appointment with Dr. Aaron Kiefer at our practice to learn more about our unique approach to healing and recovery. 


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