NUCCA and Back Pain
A recent case study underscores the benefits of NUCCA when it comes to back pain and scoliosis. The patient was a 15-year-old girl with a history of lumbar pain (lower back) as well as scoliosis (44-degree angle according to the Cobb scale), and vertigo (a spinning sensation). NUCCA protocols were used to identify an upper cervical misalignment.
Assistance Rendered to the Patient
After radiographs and other diagnostic tests, specific adjustments to the patient were calculated and performed using the NUCCA technique. Over the course of 4.5 years, the patient visited the practitioner 35 times. Only 5 times was an adjustment to the atlas required.
X-rays revealed that after the adjustments had been performed, the atlas (C1 vertebra) was aligned much better. Her other symptoms, including the back pain and vertigo, had completely resolved. The scoliosis had been corrected to the point where surgery was no longer the recommended course.
Results Regarding Back Pain and Other Symptoms
One of the checks used to determine if the patient needed an adjustment on subsequent visits was a supine leg check. Other research has shown this to be a valid way to check for chronic pain in the lower back. After the 4th adjustment, the patient acknowledged that her lower back pain was finally gone after two years.
These results show that NUCCA has benefits for those suffering from back pain and not merely neck pain. The reason for this is that a misaligned atlas can lead to various shifts throughout the spine. This also may explain why a 44-degree scoliosis to 25-degrees by the completion of treatment.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, whether that pain is caused by a known scoliosis or not, see what an upper cervical chiropractor trained in the NUCCA technique can do for you. A misalignment of the upper cervical spine, and the C1 in particular, can have effects on the entire body. A correction has helped many to alleviate pain and other symptoms.
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Khauv, Kim B. ” Improvement in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report ” Accessed online: 28 June 2016. <http://ucmonograph.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2010-KHAUV-Improvement-in-Scoliosis.pdf>.