What is NUCCA?
NUCCA is an upper-cervical chiropractic technique that is scientific, gentle, precise, and effective.
It focuses on the Atlas, which is the first cervical bone in the spine located at the base of the scull.
The C1 vertebra was named after Atlas, a God in Greek mythology who was condemned by Zeus to hold up the world forever on his shoulders.
With the average human head weighing as much as a bowling ball, between 8-12 lbs, the Atlas bone carries "the weight of the world" on its shoulders.
Unlike every other vertebra in the spine, the Atlas bone is not connected to a disk; only a few ligaments hold it in place. This feature allows your head and neck flexibility and a full range of motion.
Because the Atlas is not connected to any disks, it is the bone most vulnerable to misalignment in the spine.
Because the Atlas is not fused to a disk, accidents, injuries, and the stress of daily living can cause this bone to be knocked out of place. We call this a misalignment.
When the Atlas becomes misaligned, it causes a structural imbalance in the body. This imbalance may result in many painful conditions such as:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Hip Pain
A misalignment of the Atlas can also cause undo pressure on nerves. This pressure can cause conditions such as:
- Numbness in the arms, legs, or feet
The Spinal Cord
The brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System. It is the most important system of the body.
Your body relies on the spinal chord to relay messages from the brain to every organ in your body.
A spinal misalignment can interfere with the proper functioning of the Central Nervous System. When this happens, information traveling through the nervous system can be obstructed. This could cause many potential problems over time, resulting in conditions such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Dizziness & Vertigo