Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from NUCCA?

Anyone who wants their body to function effectively should be assessed. Treatment will only be provided to those who are found to have a measurable and objective need for care. Although upper cervical chiropractors often end up seeing patients with fairly significant discomfort, the assessment that occurs allows the practitioner the ability to visualize and reduce the misalignment long before symptoms are present. The postural rebalancing created by the upper cervical adjustment allows for the body to have less gravitational stress and therefore the person can direct that now unused energy to self-healing, maintenance and thinking.

Can children benefit from NUCCA procedures?

Since there is no twisting or thrusting with the NUCCA procedure, children can be adjusted right from birth. Often children do not need the full NUCCA assessment as they may have simple reflexes that can be checked, allowing for a modified exam. Due to the tendency for a child’s misalignment to have been present for a relatively short period of time, the misalignment is typically less complex. Children also generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments to attain spinal stability.

What makes NUCCA chiropractic spinal care unique compared to other care?

Generally the approach to the care of the spine is in two different ways. The majority of practitioners attempt to influence the spine in areas of segmental or local fixations to increase mobility and hope for improved structural stability. NUCCA, (as well as a few other chiropractic techniques), approach the spine with the ability to improve structural and sustained postural balance that leads to improved spinal stability along with balanced mobility. The benefit of NUCCA care is that long term spinal balance is maintained, producing overall health and well-being.

How can I tell if I need an adjustment?

Short Answer: Be assessed by a NUCCA trained chiropractor so that it can be determined whether or not an adjustment is indicated. By paying attention to your body, you may become more sensitive to whether or not you are in alignment. Although some rely on the return of their symptoms to tell them when they’ve lost their alignment, we recommend patients pay attention to their reflection in the mirror; for example, looking for a head tilt or a low shoulder. Other clues may include where they feel their weight distributed on their feet, or if a change in gait is observed. Even with all of these indicators, it is still recommended that periodic chiropractic assessments be performed to verify proper balance.

My neck feels fine but my low back is sore. How can NUCCA help my lower back?

When posture is corrected, the entire body rebalances resulting in less stress to all areas including your low back.

What can I expect after my adjustment?

NUCCA has been shown to be very effective in reducing postural distortion. Whether or not a person’s postural distortion is related to symptoms they are exhibiting can only be determined by improving the posture and observing changes.
There are three possible effects that are demonstrated after an adjustment:
  • Person feels no significant change.
  • Person feels a change in symptoms with immediate improvement.
  • Person experiences new short-term symptoms.

Responses to the adjustment vary from nothing, to muscle soreness, and from fatigue to a feeling of euphoria. Due to these individualized responses, all patients are given a list of things they may experience so they are familiar with what responses are normal to expect. Due to the significant adjustment, people will often feel stiff and sore for 2-4 days as the body adapts to its new position. This discomfort is usually associated only with the first and/or second adjustment.

How can such a light pressure make such dramatic changes?

For the same reason why one is able to move a pile of heavy bricks with a light push of a wheelbarrow: leverage.

Do I get adjusted each visit?

You are only adjusted when the objective findings indicate you are subluxated (i.e. postural distortion, a contractured/shortened leg)

What can cause me to lose my alignment?

Thoughts, traumas, and toxins are all stressors that can contribute to a misaligned state.

How long until I am better?

Healing is individual and there are many contributing factors. The more personal responsibility the patient assumes in this process, generally the better the results.

Is it true that if you see a chiropractor once you have to go for the rest of your life?

No, however often people who experience chiropractic recognize the health benefits and choose a lifestyle that includes lifelong chiropractic care.

If I feel relief, why do I need to come back?

You don’t. Ongoing assessments are advised if you want to allow for optimal healing to minimize recurrence and optimize function.

Why should I get checked when I’m feeling fine?

Symptoms can occur after years of altered function. We feel prevention and optimization is better that reactive, distress care.

Why are you looking at my feet if you are adjusting the top of my neck?

A leg length difference can be an indication of imbalance tone in your body’s musculature and therefore is one of our objective measures to determine whether or not you are in need of an adjustment. After an adjustment we will often check leg-length again and find that legs to be of balanced length.

Is it possible for me to go in and out of alignment on my own?

Short Answer: No, a true subluxation will not realign on its own.

Why are so many things positively affected by one procedure?

The body is self-healing and its healing capabilities are infinite. With your energy no longer being excessively re-directed to fight gravity, often the body will manage to deal with other issues as well.