What is Nucca?
NUCCA is an acronym for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. NUCCA is a unique chiropractic technique that involves aligning the top bone in the neck, the atlas, or C1, to allow the rest of the spine and nervous system to function at its optimal potential. By realigning the atlas, the body’s posture is corrected; NUCCA literally ‘puts the head back on straight’.
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association has developed a highly advanced procedure that is an extremely precise and gentle technique unlike any other kind of care.
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 influence the whole spine and all body systems. This is because the NUCCA procedure influences one of the highest control centres over body balance–the brain stem and the 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. When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned.
The nerves in our spinal column are very sensitive to pressure and to 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:
1. Control and regulate all vital functions including circulation, breathing and digestion.
2. Activate muscles allowing us to move.
3. Allow us to sense, perceive and feel.
4. Relate us to the world outside ourselves including learning, experiencing and behaviour.
The upper cervical adjustment depends upon precise mathematical calculations, physics, and biomechanical engineering.
The NUCCA organisation supports a holistic approach to wellbeing. You are encouraged to keep regular visits with your other health care providers, and information about alternatives for maintaining a healthy lifestyle is available from your doctor of chiropractic. Remember to ask questions. Health maintenance is important and the more you understand, the more successful you will be in achieving and maintaining good health.