Introduction to the NUCCA Procedure | NUCCA chiropractic in Laguna Hills
Spinal care is critical for achieving and maintaining optimal physical function, as any chiropractor will doubtless tell you. When the body is in balance with itself, the nervous system is able to relay the countless messages governing everything from internal organ processes to motor control of the muscles. No single point along the spine is more important for ensuring proper balance and function than the topmost bone in the cervical spine. A special branch of chiropractic treatment called NUCCA care can adjust this bone to provide a huge range of physical benefits — and we make this procedure available to our patients at Precision Spinal Care.
NUCCA stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, the professional organization behind this remarkably effective technique. The procedure named after it focuses on the C-1 vertebra, also known as the atlas. This small vertebra surrounds the brain stem and connects the base of the skull to the spinal column. Your entire physical balance is dictated by the relationship of the atlas to the skull. While individual misalignments lower down can certainly have a variety of effects on your health and wellness, if the alignment of the atlas is even the tinest bit off-kilter, everything below it will be too. A misaligned atlas sets the stage for the entire body to be thrown off balance, creating muscular strain, joint wear, headaches, and pain in the weight-bearing joints. To make matters worse, nerve signal disruption at the atlas level can affect every physical system in the body, causing or contributing to an endless list of chronic ailments.
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NUCCA care begins with a detailed physical evaluation to look for telltale signs of this form of spinal imbalance. Patients typically present with a raised hip or shoulder on one side, one leg that appears shorter than the other, and/or unequal weight distribution when standing and walking. Our chiropractor in Laguna Hills, CA will measure your leg length, pelvic rotation, and other indicators of a possible atlas misalignment. Once we have determined the exact degree of misalignment, we can then make very small, light adjustments to correct the problem. By putting the power of leverage to work, we can create major postural changes from these miniscule but highly precise adjustments.
The initial treatment sessions might bring about dramatic relief of your symptoms, or you might even experience some new symptoms temporarily as your body settles back into its correct alignment, possibly for the first time in years. As your muscles and ligaments adjust, you will begin to experience the full benefits of the treatment. We may recommend periodic followup visits to make sure your atlas has retained its alignment. If stress, toxins, injury, degenerative illness, or other triggers have affected your atlas alignment, we can administer additional NUCCA treatment as needed. Contact Precision Spinal Care for an evaluation to see whether you are a candidate for this procedure.