Health Edge Family Spinal Care has been specializing in the N.U.C.C.A. technique for over 30 years. If you are interested in spinal correction without the harsh manipulation of traditional chiropractors, learn more about the N.U.C.C.A. technique below.
The N.U.C.C.A. technique is named for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), which is a non profit group that is dedicated to patient care that uses gentle, safe and painless methods of spinal correction.
N.U.C.C.A. practitioners, such as the Health Edge Family Spinal Care, focus on a specific and gentle adjustment of the Atlas vertebra. This gentle and pain-free adjustment brings the vertebra back into its natural position. This vertebra is the top bone in the spine just under the brainstem. It is the first of seven vertebrae known generally as the cervical spine.
The Atlas also is called C-1.
The Atlas vertebra is named after the Greek mythical hero Atlas, and supports the entire head’s weight. This vertebra that lacks a disc both above and below it. Therefore, the Atlas is the only vertebra that is freely movable in the spinal column. This freedom of movement allows the skull to easily rotate. The problem is that this vertebra is more easily injured and misaligned. If it misaligns, the brain stem may be compressed; this compression can compromise many body functions. The N.U.C.C.A. technique emphasizes the importance of the perfect alignment of the Atlas vertebra to ensure that the brain communicates properly with the rest of the body.
Many symptoms that people have on the lower parts of the spine, such as in the lumbar spine or lower back, are often caused by a misalignment of the Atlas vertebra. Attempting to restore proper nerve function in the lower spine is ineffective if the cervical spine and Atlas vertebra are not aligned properly.