Our office uses the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) method of treatment. This method of treatment is based on three basic principles:
- Correcting the alignment of the spine.
- Stabilizing the spine’s alignment.
- Educating patients as to how to maintain proper spinal alignment.
The NUCCA method of treatment works with the body’s ability to heal itself. Once a misalignment has been diagnosed, a slight pressure will be applied to the top of your neck to gently slip the top vertebra back into alignment. There is no twisting, popping, or cracking with this type of chiropractic treatment. At set intervals in the course of treatment, you will need to return to the office to have your alignment assessed and realigned as necessary. With the top most vertebra in its proper place, the rest of your spine will slowly self correct over a period of a couple of weeks.
It takes a further two to four weeks for the spine to stabilize in this position. You are stabilized when the muscles holding your spine in place have been straightened to comfortably hold your new alignment while you go about normal activities.
Diagnosis of any misalignment is done in two stages. First, we assess the relationship between hips, shoulders and head using a precise measuring device. Then, if any one of these three areas is out of alignment, a specific set of x-rays is taken.
We use these x-rays to understand the nature of your misalignment and determine the best corrective treatment. See clinic info for more information.
We encourage you to learn more about the NUCCA method, so please feel free to ask one of our doctors about NUCCA and how it may help to alleviate your symptoms.