NUCCA is a specialty within the chiropractic profession. The NUCCA procedure was designed to correct the entire spine back to a balanced unstressed position. This repositioning reactivates the transmission of healing messages from the brain to the affected part of the body (via the nervous system) so the body's natural self-healing process can begin..
The spinal column remains straight and balanced as long as the weight of the head is centered over the neck. When the weight of the head is shifted off center, due to an accident or injury, the body will compensate and move into an imbalanced position. In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the spine and pelvis will twist and lock into a stressed position.
This imbalance shows up with one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement, and over time progressive wear and tear.
This body position can cause stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system, most importantly the brain stem (base of the brain). This is very important because our body shuttles millions of electrical and chemical impulses back and forth from the brain to every cell of our body each day. Any restriction or distortion of those messages (nerve impulses) can affect every body function. Many of these messages are unconscious such as breathing, digestion, and circulation.
If this is not corrected, the long term effect is degeneration of that part of the body serviced by those restricted messages-resulting in mild to severe pain, lowered resistance to illness, behavioral changes, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs, and ultimately-disease.
The main objective of a NUCCA Chiropractor is to restore the entire spine back to a balanced unstressed position. Let us explain how it works.
The doctor will calculate the exact position the entire spine has tilted, shifted, or rotated from its normal anatomical position.
The slightest degree of displacement of the spine from its normal position can cause body imbalance and brain stem compression-resulting in increased health problems felt throughout the entire body.
By utilizing a formula calculated from physics and mechanics of x-ray, the doctor is able to make the NUCCA Correction.
The doctor then applies a slight pre-determined pressure just below the ear at the atlas vertebrae (first neck vertebrae) to gently re-position the head over the center of the neck. This re-positioning is what restores body balance and removes brain stem compression.
The NUCCA Correction requires NO FORCEFUL TWISTING, POPPING, OR CRACKING, and is barely felt by the patient.
By correcting the spine with this specificity the entire nervous system begins to function differently. This happens because it no longer has the stress of the entire spinal column at its grasp. It is this balanced unstressed position that allows the body to stabilize and begin a process of recovery (healing). It is the long term stability of the NUCCA Correction that reverses the progressive degenerative effects that body imbalance and brain stem compression has on the entire body.
As soon as the NUCCA Correction is made and body imbalance is restored, IMMEDIATELY, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation is increased, healing messages are transmitted from the brain to the affected area and the body's self healing process begins.
The body has now begun a process of recovery from the long term effects of body imbalance. The body may express itself in many different ways following the NUCCA Correction:
The severity of the spinal condition will determine the amount of recovery time an individual will need. Some see relief immediately while others take more time. Being out of pain doesn't mean your body has healed. Usually it takes a month to recover (heal) for every year the spine has been in an imbalanced position (misaligned).
A NUCCA Correction cannot be made until precise x-rays are taken and analyzed before the correction. The x-rays taken prior to the correction (pre x-rays) allow the doctor to determine the exact magnitude and direction the entire spine has shifted from its normal position.
The calculated vector the doctor determines from the x-ray analysis is as individual to the patient as their fingerprints. No two formulas are the same.
Immediately after the initial NUCCA Correction the doctor will take two of the initial X-rays over to validate the correction was adequately made. If the post x-rays showed an adequate correction the doctor will be able to utilize the same formula on any necessary future corrections. If an unacceptable correction was made the doctor will recalculate the x-rays and make another correction and then take another set of x-rays to be assured the best correction was made on the very first visit to the office.
Often time's future x-rays are unnecessary unless the patient has injured their spine in a different way that may have changed their initial correction formula.
The NUCCA doctor's first objective is to correct the entire spine back to normal and restore body balance. This reactivates the body's self healing process in order to relieve pain and symptoms as quickly as possible.
Most patients get results with the first spinal correction, but the first several weeks after the initial correction is considered a process of recovery and healing. Body balance will be monitored during this period to ensure the correction is maintained and healing continues.
During this time your body is going to take approximately a month to recover for every year your spine has been misaligned providing the NUCCA Correction is maintained.
This phase is where people will begin learning new ways to take better care of themselves, which often times aids in the stability of the NUCCA Correction.
If patients maintain their correction by visiting their NUCCA doctor periodically, you can live a pain free life, strengthen your body's natural defense system, and increase the quality and quantity in which you live life.
During the initial stabilization period, a number of NUCCA Corrections may be necessary.
Once the spine is in a stable holding position many NUCCA patients maintain their corrections for weeks, months, or even years at a time.
Recovery will continue as long as the NUCCA Correction is maintained. Patients, who allow adequate time for the correction and stabilization of body balance, will see the best long term results.