What Does NUCCA Stand for?
NUCCA is an acronym for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. The technique itself was developed in the 1940s, and in 1966 became a nationally recognized form of chiropractic. The organization is actively involved in keeping the technique both as precise and as effective as possible. Certification standards of NUCCA are extremely high. Dr. Longner has been an active member of NUCCA since 2009. Further information on NUCCA, including ongoing research and conditions treated, can be found at the website, nucca.org.
What Is the NUCCA correction?
The key point of the NUCCA spinal correction is to “get the head on straight.” The weak link of the spine is most often found at the atlas bone. The atlas bone is the small, flat, round bone that supports the weight of the head. Because of its shape and size in relationship to the skull, the atlas tends to go out of place easily due to injury or repetitive stress. When the atlas bone is out of place, there exists a constant irritation to the brain stem. This constant irritation creates interference in the communication between the brain and the body. The brain is unable to balance the body effectively in gravity, and muscles begin to chronically tighten to compensate for the imbalance, causing tension and pain. Other systems in the body are also compromised as signals to and from the brain are impaired. Following a precise NUCCA correction, the atlas is returned to its natural place and the interference between the brain and the body is removed. Muscles relax as the body is returned to its natural state of balance. Chronic pain and tension is removed. Other systems of the body including the digestive system, the reproductive system, the immune system, mental function, and others begin to work more efficiently.
What Does a NUCCA Spinal Correction Feel Like?
The NUCCA spinal correction is painless and barely felt by the patient. Because of the precise X-ray analysis, a correction can be made without any forceful, jerking or twisting movements. Most patients will see immediate results on the first correction, many patients notice immediate relief of pain or headaches, a warm feeling in the painful area, experience a feeling of relaxation and increased range of motion.
What Is Involved in NUCCA Care?
NUCCA care is also unique in that it typically requires much fewer treatments for the patient to become stable than more common forms of chiropractic. Treatment varies according to each patient’s condition. It is Dr. Longner’s goal to return the patient to individual optimal health and balance in as few treatments as possible. Because the NUCCA spinal correction returns the body to its natural state of balance, connecting the head to the body without interference at the brain stem, the nervous system is able to function efficiently. This allows for natural calmness in both the mind and in the body, so that healing may begin. Pain and other symptoms are reduced, and, with comparatively minimal treatment, the achieved spinal health allows for the individual return to his or her optimal state of independent health and wellness.