This is not the Chiropractic treatment your parents told you about!  NUCCA is a system of low force, precise corrections made to the spine at the very upper neck area. There are no forceful movements involved, no twisting, cracking, or jolting…it is painless and very gentle.

The basic concept is, if you correct the neck and head alignment, the rest of the spine below will also tend to correct. The body is not built like a house from the foundation up.  It develops from the brain down…”from above down and inside out”. So don’t go down to the foundation to correct this body, go right to the top, the top bone in the spine, the atlas bone.

The concept of Upper Cervical Chiropractic is not new, but recent advances in computer modeling of the spine and engineering principles applied to the spine (biomechanics) have led to an increase in the accuracy of this type of spinal correction. NUCCA is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. This is the procedure that we use exclusivley at Sherwood Spinal Care.

Here is a simple explanation. The NUCCA procedure corrects the head/neck misalignment and removes interference at the point where the head and neck join. This reactivates the brain to body communication so the body’s natural self-healing process can begin. Critical nerve messages leave the brain by way of the brainstem, pass through the neck, down the spinal cord and out over the entire nervous system to all parts of the body. These messages control, monitor and maintain everything that goes on in the body. They also direct all healing.

If you view the MRI picture at the top, the light blue tissue is the brain and spinal cord. See how it passes down the neck? If the neck and head alignment are off center pressure will occur on the spinal cord itself! This misalignment is damaging because it interferes with the nerve messages traveling to and from the brain.

It is obvious to most people, that spinal misalignment can cause neck pain, headache, and back pain. But did you know that according to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension that the NUCCA procedure was shown to dramatically lower high blood pressure.
We have recently used the NUCCA procedure to help patients with Migraine headaches, TMJ syndrome, Vertigo, Multiple Sclerosis, as well as neck and back pain.

If you want more information about the NUCCA procedure please feel free to ask questions. We’re here to help!


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