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At Body in Harmony, NUCCA is the very heart of what we do.   Many of our readers know NUCCA quite well, but for those who are new to what we do, we would like to use this article to share more about NUCCA, how it works, and what it can do for you.

NUCCA is an acronym for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.   Highly specific and non-invasive, the gentle NUCCA procedure has full-body effects by correcting misalignments at their source: the upper neck.  As the patient, you will merely feel a light touch behind your ear, without any popping or pushing, and with no twisting of the head and neck.

By removing stress from the brainstem, nerve and blood flow improves, muscles relax, and posture is allowed to become more upright.  Ultimately, optimal balance can be restored to the entire spinal column, which protects your central nervous system.  At Body in Harmony, we believe good spinal balance is absolutely critical to your good health, as your central nervous system coordinates all bodily functions.


Why Do I Need NUCCA?

Accidents and injuries can tear loose connective tissue, creating weakness and allowing the spine to break down and to lock into a distressed position.  This doesn’t just apply to car accident victims or professional athletes.  Overuse activities can cause stress on connective tissue and as we age, even normal, everyday activities can cause this type of injury.

The results of this type of injury can lead to posture imbalances that you may be fully unaware of, such as one hip being lower than the other, one leg being shorter, or a twisting of the spinal column and ribcage.  The effects of these imbalances are varied, but may include:

  • Muscular imbalances
  • Abnormal movements
  • Locking of vertebral joints
  • Progressive wear and tear of the spine or other joints

In the end, the brain, spinal cord and nerves are affected, as well as their control on each movement, sensation, and bodily function, including breathing, digestion, and biochemistry.  Imagine an imbalance you aren’t even aware of, affecting your very relationship to the outside world.  Indeed, if you have chronic health conditions, you may already be experiencing this type of imbalance.  The following is a list of conditions that have been improved by NUCCA correction:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colic
  • Concussion
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ear and Eye Infections
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequent Colds
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Discs
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hip, Leg or Knee Pain
  • Immune Issues
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of Energy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraines
  • Mood Swings
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck Pain
  • Nervousness
  • Neuralgia
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Restlessness
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder and Arm Pain
  • Sinus Problems
  • Stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Thyroid Problems
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Torticollis
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash


What to Expect at a NUCCA Visit:

At your first visit, the doctor will take a thorough health history, review your health goals, perform posture exams, then take precise X-rays of your head and neck.  After careful analysis of your X-rays, the doctor will explain her findings, using them to guide your specific NUCCA correction.  After the correction, posture exams will be repeated, as will follow-up X-rays, which will measure the effectiveness of your correction.  You will also be given time to rest as your body adjusts to the new alignment.


What to Expect at Follow-Up Visits:

How often you require a NUCCA correction depends on how well your correction holds.  Your correction could hold for weeks, or it could hold for years.  Our goal at Body in Harmony is to educate you on how to protect your alignment and to recognize when it might be time to return for a visit.  Healing will occur over time as long as your correction holds.


What NUCCA Provides:

NUCCA provides more movement with less pain; better sleep and less anxiety; feeling healthier and with greater vitality, all with less or even no medication.  NUCCA’s goal is not to treat symptoms of disease, but rather to remove nerve interference so the body can heal itself.  Disease symptoms will dissipate if body balance is restored and maintained.


Supplements that support NUCCA Correction:

When you leave our office, we will educate you on ways to hold your correction.  One way to do that is to support the body’s healing with supplementation.

Calcifood wafers enable repair to the spine, bones, joints, nerves and discs.  It contains whole mammal spine, with the enzymes intact.  The chewable wafers are pleasant tasting and convenient to dose.

Ligaplex I assists in the repair of connective tissue, ligaments and tendons.

Glucosamine Synergy supports articular cartilage, injury repairs, and reduces joint pain and inflammation.

For the month of April, mention this article to receive 10% off your order of any of these supplements, which we are pleased to carry in our office.


At Body in Harmony, whole-person healthcare begins with the central nervous system and its role as the command center of your body.  Contact our office today to learn how we can help you achieve balance!

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