What is Upper Cervical
Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is a specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses on the alignment at the very top of the spine. This is very different from traditional chiropractic care that might still adjust the upper cervical region, however the approach and typically the results are very different. There are several upper cervical-specific approaches in chiropractic. Dr. Norris is certified in NUCCA which is an orthogonal-based approach and the gold standard in objective subluxation-based chiropractic care.
The position of your head, and therefore the top bone in your spine, called the Atlas bone is vitally important to several things in your body, including your posture, muscle activation, brain stem tension, your stress response, the amount of pressure on very sensitive nerves, blood flow into and out of the skull, and brain, as well as Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) flow.
What is NUCCA?
Because of the unique anatomy of the craniocervical junction (where your head attaches to your spine), a special type of adjustment is needed to get the best correction. Utilizing the NUCCA x-ray analysis Dr. Norris determines how to best do this adjustment, based on your individual misalignment and anatomy, and then takes a follow-up x-ray to determine the adjustment was accurate and successful, and if there is anything he can do better.
The NUCCA adjustment itself is exceptionally gentle and low force. Utilizing precise mathematical calculations, physicist, and biomechanics Dr. Norris can apply a very gentle corrective hand adjustment of your atlas bone from the optimal angle determined from the x-ray to produce the best result possible. Even though the adjustment is to your neck, the effects of the correction influence the whole spine and all body systems. This is because the NUCCA adjustment influences one of our highest control centers over our body, the brain stem, and the central nervous system.
The NUCCA adjustment is proceeded and followed up by three objective tests every time. A para-spinal thermal scan, a leg length discrepancy measurement, and an anatometer reading (a specialized device for measuring postural shifts throughout the spine, as well as a bilateral weight scale). These tests show Dr. Norris if you are holding your alignment and if you need an adjustment, or not, without having to take an x-ray after the initial follow-up x-ray.
NUCCA is not just for neck pain and headaches. Patients have seen amazing changes in migraines, vertigo, Meniere's disease, numbness and tingling, posture, post-concussion symptoms, mild TBIs, neurodegenerative disorders, and more!