The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (N.U.C.C.A.) has developed a highly advanced procedure that is an extremely precise and gentle technique unlike any other kind of care. A gentle, controlled contact on the first vertebra in the neck is designed to restore balance to the spine. Even though the primary focus is the neck, the effect of the correction influences the entire spine and all body systems. This is because the N.U.C.C.A. procedure influences one of the highest control centers governing body balance, the brain stem and central nervous system.
The first cervical 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. The Atlas surrounds the brainstem. When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned. This phenomenon is known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC).
The nerves in our spinal column are very sensitive to pressure and stress. When the body 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, feel, and perceive.
- Relate us to the world outside ourselves including learning, experiencing and behavior.
The N.U.C.C.A. adjustment depends on 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 of the skull, spine, and atlas from different angles. These x-rays determine the direction of the spinal correction and support proper balance and function of the spine. For More Information: Official N.U.C.C.A. website: www.nucca.org