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What Is NUCCA?

The NUCCA care Procedure is a Gentle and Precise Correction.

A gentle touch and controlled contact on the first vertebrae in the neck is designed to restore balance to the spine. Even though the primary focus is the neck, the effects of the correction can influence the whole spine and all body systems. This is because the NUCCA procedure influences one of the highest control centers over body balance, the brain stem and central nervous system. The C-1 vertebra, also known as the Atlas, is a small donut- like bone located at the top of the spine and the base of the skull that surrounds the brain stem. When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned. This phenomenon is known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome (ASC) or the ASC Syndrome.

The importance of spinal balance

The nerves in our spinal column are very sensitive to pressure and stress. When the spine becomes misaligned sufficiently it stresses the nerves, compromises their normal impulses, and changes function throughout the body. Nerves are responsible for four primary functions.

  • Control and regulate all vital functions including circulation, breathing and digestion.
  • Activate muscles allowing us to move.
  • Allow us to sense, perceive and feel.
  • Relate us to the world outside ourselves including learning, experiencing and behavior.

Examining your structure and nerve system

The process begins by looking at your detailed health history including any past traumas, motor vehicle accidents, surgeries, other treatment programs and other diagnostic tests including other x-rays. Your chief complaints, including location, onset, and duration must all be evaluated and assessed. We are interested in your health goals and how they pertain to you being able to live the life you love. After concluding this initial process, the doctor will begin the steps necessary to determine if you are a candidate for NUCCA care.

Understanding your unique mis-alignment

Our doctors will focus attention on the relationship of the head to the neck. The top bone of the neck, known as the atlas, must be in line with the head, as well as the vertebrae below. HealthSmart is one of only a few offices in the world that works with as much accuracy and precision to understand the necessary information pertaining to this vital area.

Leg length disparity also known as the "short leg" phenomenon.

As you lay on your back, measurement of the leg length equality will be made. Additional evaluation of posture may include shoulder height, hip height and deviation of the head to either side. Ranges of motion may also be measured. Specific instrumentation may also be used to evaluate body weight distribution, pelvic rotation and normal nerve function. The function of your nervous system will be extensively reviewed to understand possible pending health problems that with the right care may be avoided. If a spinal misalignment is indicated by history and examination, a series of x-rays are taken. It is important to know you would only be accepted as a patient if the consultation and exam results indicate that you could benefit from NUCCA care. The X-rays are only taken if care is to be initiated. Each adjustment is determined from x-ray measurement. Patients lay on their right or left side on the adjusting table. By gently contacting the side of your neck, the doctor will direct your head and neck back toward a balanced, healthy position.

Precise, Accurate and Small Adjustments

The upper cervical adjustment depends upon precise mathematical calculations, physics, and biomechanics. X-rays are a critical part of ensuring the spinal correction is accurate and successful. The doctor will take pre-adjustment x-rays from different angles focusing on the atlas. These x-rays determine the direction and degree of spinal misalignment and how to properly restore the spine to normal.

Monitoring and Support

Because each adjustment experience and healing response is unique to the individual, you will be monitored closely for any changes that you might experience which are linked to the healing process. We have stressed the importance of receiving the best possible correction during the first visit. The doctor will take x-rays after your adjustment to confirm results. This is typically done only after the initial adjustment. What we know is "The better the correction, the better the chance of recovery."

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