How Upper Cervical Care Works
Our office uses the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) method of treatment. This method of chiropractic treatment is based on three basic principles:
1) Correcting the alignment of the spine.
2) Stabilizing the spine’s alignment.
3) Educating patients as to how to maintain proper spinal alignment.
The NUCCA method of treatment works with the body’s ability to heal itself. Once a misalignment has been diagnosed, a slight pressure will be applied to the top of your neck to gently guide the top vertebra back into alignment. There is no twisting, popping, or cracking with this type of chiropractic treatment. At set intervals in the course of treatment, you will need to return to the office to have your alignment assessed and realigned as necessary. With the top most vertebra in its proper place, the rest of your spine will slowly self correct over a period of a couple of weeks.
It takes a further two to four weeks for the spine to stabilize in this position. You are stabilized when the muscles holding your spine in place have been straightened to comfortably hold your new alignment while you go about normal activities.