What is NUCCA?

The acronym NUCCA stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association

NUCCA is gentle, non-invasive chiropractic technique that was developed over 50 years ago. NUCCA restores health through body balance. Body balance may be compromised when your head is not resting properly on your spine.

This gentle correction is guided by x-rays that confirm how your head and spine are aligned. NUCCA is not like typical chiropractic adjustments; rather, it feels more like light pressure on the side of your neck. This treatment realigns the head to balance on top of the spine to where it belongs. While this may seem simple, this creates benefits for your whole body.

Check out the official international NUCCA website.

How does NUCCA help?

While we often think of our separate body parts, all of these parts need to work well together to achieve body balance.

The way you support your head may cause body imbalance, which leads to adverse effects throughout the body. If this is happening, you may feel sore muscles in your neck and back, fatigue, weakness, headaches, jaw pain, arm or leg numbness, dizziness, or even digestive problems.

Here’s how NUCCA works. Your head is supported by muscles around your spine that extend to the low back. Your body tries to find the most efficient way to support your head, but this may not be a healthy posture that causes stress. Your ability to properly hold up your head may be compromised for a variety of reasons, including stress, pain, or injury (even seemingly minor injuries like bumping your head, sleep position, or poor posture at your computer work station).

How your head is balanced on your spine is important, since major blood vessels and nerves travel through the narrow channel between your head and spinal column. If this pathway is pinched or restricted, then you may experience adverse effects. NUCCA can correct this imbalance.

You may find it interesting to check out our online ChiroCorrection tool to see how NUCCA adjustments work on the spine, and help to achieve full body balance.

What can I expect?

Free consultation (30 minutes):

  • discussion to see if NUCCA may help you

Initial assessment (60 minutes):

  • history
  • problem identification
  • assessment and posture check
  • questions & answers about NUCCA
  • head and neck x-ray assessment (low radiation)
  • discussion about care plan

First Treatment (45 minutes):

  • review x-rays and learn about your imbalance
  • establish care plan, including self-care
  • gentle NUCCA adjustment, including rest period
  • repeat x-rays to see how the adjustment worked

Initial 8-Week Treatment Series
(15 minutes/appointment):

  • assessment and posture check
  • ongoing care plan discussions, including self-care
  • 2 treatments per week for the first 3 weeks, as needed
  • 1 treatment per week for the next 5 weeks, as needed

Stabilizing 6-Month Treatment Series
(15 minutes/appointment):

  • assessment and posture check
  • 1 – 2 treatments per month, as needed
  • ongoing care plan discussions, including self-care

Follow-up Treatments (15 minutes/appointment):

  • assessment and posture check
  • on average, 2-3 adjustments/year to maintain body balance
  • ongoing care plan discussions, including self-care

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