NUCCA and Asthma

NUCCA and asthmaWhen it comes to dealing with childhood asthma, most doctors will treat the symptoms and encourage parents to hope that the child will simply “grow out of” the condition. While some young ones do eventually stop having asthma attacks, why not go after the underlying cause to try and stop a child’s breathing problems as soon as possible? Plus, adults need somewhere they can turn after developing asthma as an adult or growing up to adulthood with it. This is where NUCCA comes into play.

Research Regarding Asthma and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

A study including 55 patients was published back in 1997. That’s right—upper cervical chiropractic has been doing research on asthma for the past two decades. The research showed that the patients enjoyed better pulmonary function following adjustments to the upper cervical spine. Patients ranged in age from 18 to 80, and it seemed that the older patients saw even more improvement than the younger ones.

NUCCA for Young and Old with Asthma Conditions

While the type of upper cervical chiropractic used in the study noted above differs slightly from NUCCA, this gentle and precise form of upper cervical chiropractic is well-suited to producing similar results. NUCCA involves very precise x-rays that allow a practitioner to identify a specific upper cervical subluxation. Gentle adjustments coax the atlas (C1 vertebrae) back into place.

This is a pharmaceutical-free way of providing care for the upper cervical spine. Keeping the atlas in proper alignment helps maintain proper brainstem function, blood flow to the brain, and drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. These factors all play a role in pulmonary function as the brainstem controls breathing.

When the subluxation is corrected, it can help to restore proper function to the brainstem, thereby providing benefits in dealing with pulmonary conditions like asthma. Also, when the brain is receiving the proper amount of blood flow, and thereby oxygen, the central nervous system can function better as a whole.


Kessinger R: “Changes in pulmonary function associated with upper cervical specific chiropractic care.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997;1(3):43. Accessed online 23 October 2016.