NUCCA is an acronym standing for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It is a highly specialized procedure that focuses on correcting spinal subluxation without drugs or surgery. NUCCA uses gentle pressure to correctly position the top vertebrae of the spine, known as the atlas.
The atlas is a 2 oz. doughnut-shaped vertebra at the top of the spine. Where the atlas meets the skull is one of the most movable and dynamic joints of the body. Trillions of nerve fibers from the brainstem travel though the small opening in the atlas and flow down into the spinal column. These nerve fibers supply every cell in the body with the vital connection to our brain. Misalignments in this area can lead to changes in health and body function.
The NUCCA specialty is a gentle and safe form of chiropractic care, focusing on permanent results. During the correction, the patient does not experience any twisting or turning of the head, neck, or back. Instead, only a slight pressure is felt below the tip of the ear. The repositioning of the atlas restores the skull, spine and hips to their proper position reactivating the transmission of the healing messages from the brain reach the rest of the body (via the nervous system) so the body's natural self-healing process can begin.
There are 4 primary steps in the process of correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex:
1. Before the adjustment x-rays are taken to determine the precise mis-alignment of the spine, skull and pelvis. 2. During the adjustment, patients lie on their side on the table. There is no twisting, cracking or popping of the spine. Corrections are all made by hand from the top bone of the spine (the atlas). This corrects the entire spine (neck, mid-back, lower back and hips). During the procedure, patients feel a light pressure on the side of the neck, below the ear. 3. Immediately following the correction x-rays are taken to ensure its accuracy. 4. A ten to fifteen minute rest period follows the correction to encourage the spine to stabilize in its new balanced (corrected) position. Taking time to heal and recover is an important part of the process.