5 Things You Didn’t Know About NUCCA

What is NUCCA

NUCCA stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It focuses on the upper cervical area of the spine, more commonly known as the neck. Problems in this area of your spine can lead to a host of complications, making it a common target for chiropractic treatments. Your upper cervical vertebrae play a role in many different areas of your body not just your neck and back. They protect your brain stem which connects your brain to the rest of your central nervous system.

Misalignment in this area can lead to a lot of different problems, not just a neck ache! That is why NUCCA care is perfect to treat many conditions, in a safe and gentle way.

Find out 5 interesting things you may not know about NUCCA care, and how it can help you.

Things You Did Not Know About NUCCA

1.- A NUCCA treatment focuses on your upper cervicals

The focus of the NUCCA work is on a small misalignment of the bone structure that connects the head and neck, a condition called the Atlas Subluxation Complex. This misalignment can block the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, tension, and overall physical and emotional dysfunction. The NUCCA procedure is unique because it frees the nervous system of interference by using a precise, non-invasive, gentle touch technique.  

You may feel pain in your legs, or your lower back, but this pain truly comes from your upper cervical! That is why an upper cervical doctor can help with many types of pain and conditions, some that may even be chronic.

2.- NUCCA treatment is painless

A NUCCA treatment is very precise and gentle, since there’s no twisting or cracking of the neck. This means it doesn’t hurt! Sometimes you may get a little sore after your first couple treatments because we are realigning misaligned bones so they can heal correctly. But once everything starts to fall into place, most patients feel better very fast. Other chiropractic techniques can be a little uncomfortable, but not NUCCA.

The NUCCA technique uses very gentle pressure to correct misalignments of the upper cervical spine and restore proper communication between your brain and body! It’s amazing how much better you can feel when this happens.

This is the most non-invasive treatment you can get, barely even feeling it when you go in for an adjustment. There’s no popping or cracking, there’s no extreme pressure, and there’s no twisting.

3.- X-Rays tell us what to do for your very own NUCCA

All NUCCA procedures are different, because all patients are different. That is why every patient gets an X-ray of their upper cervical spine before any treatment.

Healthy bones should be perfectly aligned, but oftentimes people have some pretty serious misalignments in their neck. This can cause all kinds of problems up and down the body, even chronic conditions like migraines, TMJ, and fibromyalgia.

When we see a problem in your upper cervical spine, we can find the right plan of care to get you feeling better fast!

By using precise and objective x-ray views of the head and neck, mathematical measurements and analysis are made of the misalignment.

Once the misalignment is understood by the doctor, there is no need for further x-rays because correlating the relationship between posture and upper cervical misalignment allows posture to then be used thereafter to judge alignment. There is also often less need for repeated corrections because returning the bones of the neck to a normal position also normalizes function in the body.

4.- NUCCA Care is perfect for people of all ages

Since NUCCA is such a non-invasive procedure with no twists, cracks or pops involved, it is the perfect treatment for people of all ages.

Infants and kids can benefit immensely from regular spinal checkups to ensure a balanced head and neck.

Children can injure their spine just like any adult can, however, their bones have not yet fully developed so the impact of trauma can be much greater. A spinal problem that is found and corrected early-on avoids developing into a serious problem as the child ages.

Upper cervical adjustments are very safe for kids, and can help them avoid a life of pain. The upper spine and atlas are the area with the most stress in babies and children. The NUCCA informational website (http://www.nucca.org/what-is-nucca/) mentions common childhood symptoms that can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. Those symptoms include: scoliosis, sinus and allergy problems, attention deficit disorder, and bed wetting!

In addition to children, NUCCA is also great for pregnant women. It’s the perfect treatment because it doesn’t involve any twisting or turning of a woman’s body while she is carrying her baby! Many mothers-to-be have even reported feeling labor pains start to disappear after getting their first upper cervical adjustment.

5.- You can have a subluxation and not even know it!

A subluxation of your atlas is a misalignment of your upper cervical spine. It’s a problem that very few people know they have, but it can be the cause of so many other health problems like migraines and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. Body imbalance is determined by leg length disparity, postural measurements performed on an instrument called an Anatometer, bi-lateral weight difference and computerized thermographic and EMG analysis.

It is possible to get an upper cervical X-ray and find out right away if you need this type of alignment correction.

Get Adjusted

NUCCA is a quick, simple and painless way to get your life back! You can have all kinds of health problems from the Atlas Subluxation Complex. But don’t worry because you can stop them in their tracks when they are identified early.

If you are having any of these symptoms, then NUCCA could be right for you:

– Headaches or migraines that won’t go away! Especially the kind where your vision goes blurry and it affects one side of your head!

– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has also been linked to a subluxation in your atlas.

– Neck pain that is caused by a pinched nerve, bulging or herniated disc

– Arm and leg numbness

-Neck and back pains


-Carpal tunnel syndrome

– Tingling in your arms and legs

-And many, many more!

The good news is NUCCA can help you recover from these symptoms quickly. For more information on NUCCA, visit our webpage https://uppercervicalinstitute.com or contact us today to schedule your free consultation! The Upper Cervical Institute of Florida is the perfect place to get an upper cervical doctor or upper cervical adjustment in South Florida.

Dr. Jean-Pierre is the founder of the Upper Cervical Institute of Florida, and is passionate about delivering precise and effective care with the NUCCA Protocol. A migraine sufferer for 20 years, Dr. Jean-Pierre experienced first-hand the healing effects of NUCCA care. That is why he has dedicated himself to helping others heal naturally.

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