Is your head on straight?
At Health Edge, we utilize the NUCCA technique (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). The aim of NUCCA is to produce a healthy moving spine and properly functioning nervous system, because we recognize that this is the key foundation to optimal health and wellness. Proper alignment and movement of the spine, especially in the upper cervical/neck, is absolutely an essential “nutrient” that drives and powers the brain and “charges” its batteries.
NUCCA is a highly advanced procedure within Chiropractic, which focuses on the first bone (upper cervical region) in the spinal column, called the “atlas,” and its relationship with the head and spinal column below. The atlas surrounds and directly attaches to the brainstem, the most delicate portion of the central nervous system. Within the brainstem are control centers for posture, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, hearing, vision, body balance, sleep, mental function, digestion, hormone balance, and many more. For this reason, the upper cervical area is undoubtedly the most critical area of the entire body and the integrity of the head and neck relationship is paramount to one’s overall health and well-being.
Rather than treating and managing symptoms, Health Edge will focus on correcting the possible underlying cause and core of health challenges through NUCCA. Only NUCCA doctors are trained at detecting and correcting this very small and complex misalignment which leads to many health challenges if left untreated. Any health care plan that does not include the proper structural evaluation of this vital area (upper cervical) may leave the body at a disadvantage and in a state of degenerative ill health.
Think of the upper cervical area, where the brainstem is, as your Fuse Box or Circuit Breaker.
Every single thing in your body is run from control centers that are located in the upper part of the neck. Everything starts as a signal from the brain and goes out through the brainstem, spinal cord, and out to every organ, tissue, and cell in the body. When there is a structural problem in the upper cervical area, this chokes off the brain from the rest of the body, and those signals get distorted, damaged, or cut-off all together coming out and going to different parts of you. This distorted communication (like a bad cell phone connection) produces a body that can no longer function the way it was designed to. Think “Garbage-In, Garbage-Out.”
What can this create since the brain is sending out signals that control everything that we do? ANYTHING! If connection between the brain & body is compromised, it is just a matter of time. Not a question of if you are going to have any problems, but when will your symptoms show up eventually?
NUCCA research broke new ground in medicine, by being involved in a pilot study on the effects of NUCCA care for high blood pressure. In research published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, it was shown that NUCCA chiropractic care resulted in the lowering of blood pressure equal to the strength of two blood pressure pills for some patients. Read the article on the research at WebMD.
The research branch of the NUCCA organization, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF), is actively pursuing research into the effects of adjustments on the upper cervical spine (upper-neck). UCRF is working with some of the brightest minds in health care. You can read about some of their projects here.