What is NUCCA?

When the craniocervical junction (head and neck) is injured, the NUCCA process works to reduce interference to the nervous system using a precise, gentle, non-invasive spinal adjusting technique.

The NUCCA process brings several generations of clinical research to correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex.

By using precise and objective x-rays of the head and neck, along with mathematical measurement analysis, NUCCA doctors are able to establish a misalignment pattern unique to every person.

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.

Additionally, there is often less need for repeated corrections because of the specific x-ray measurements.

Our Process

To begin, most NUCCA doctors offer a consultation so you can experience the office and make sure the people and process are a comfortable match to your needs.

This gives the doctor the ability to learn more about your situation, take your measurements, and discuss if NUCCA is the right fit.

The supine leg check, which shows leg length inequality, is the assessment standard to determine if you have an upper cervical misalignment.

Many doctors use an Anatometer, a NUCCA endorsed measuring tool that evaluates standing posture. Some doctors may use other devices including the Gravity Stress Analyzer and hip calipers.

Other health problems, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, surgeries, and along with other treatment programs are also evaluated and assessed.

After this initial process, the doctor will begin the steps necessary in determining if your spine is misaligned or out of balance.

Precise measurements of your spinal balance are taken. These measurements are used to determine if you have a significant imbalance that would require a correction.

They are also used to determine the progress of your spinal stability on follow-up visits and help in determining when another spinal correction is needed.

You will be asked to lie on the adjusting table and the doctor will check for a leg length imbalance, which is also known as the “short leg phenomenon”. This is where the leg appears shorter because the hips are imbalanced.

If it is determined that you have a significant body imbalance and would benefit from NUCCA spinal health care, along with your consent, the specific series of x-rays is performed and mathematically analyzed before your first spinal correction.

The NUCCA x-ray series involves safety procedures that use low technique settings along with specially designed filters to further reduce x-ray exposure to the patient.

When it’s time for your spinal correction, the doctor will have you lie on the adjusting table on your side and position your head in a very specific fashion. This is based on the information obtained from the x-rays.

The doctor will then position themselves in a specific stance, (determined from the x-ray analysis), and place their hand near your ear. This is where the side of the atlas or 1st neck vertebra is located.

The doctor will apply a number of very light and subtle corrections that will carefully realign the neck and spinal bones. The table and headpiece do not move once the doctor has adjusted the headpiece to the proper position.

There is no pushing or twisting in the correction, nothing rapid or abrupt. The patient will often feel light pressure at the contact. The correction usually takes a few minutes to perform. It takes very little force to relieve nerve pressure.

Because it’s important to receive the best possible correction on your first visit, the doctor will take two post-x-rays following the initial correction.

These films will show the doctor how the spine responded to the first spinal correction. This is typically done only after your first correction.

If the x-ray measurements indicate that the correction could be better, the doctor may continue to adjust you until a favorable balance is achieved. The better the spinal correction, the faster the chance of recovery.

Because each spinal correction and healing response is unique to the individual, you will be monitored closely with follow-up visits. These visits help ensure the spinal correction is maintained for as long as possible as the healing process continues.

Recovery continues as long as the adjustment or correction holds and optimal spinal balance is maintained. Further adjustments are only given when the body demonstrates a sufficient misalignment is present. It’s helpful to remember: Healing is a process, not an event.

NUCCA has helped thousands of people of all ages regain and maintain their health throughout their lifetime, offering a conservative approach to healing specific to each person.