Below are a sample of our most frequently asked questions.
Who can benefit? >
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.
What's the difference between regular chiropractic and NUCCA? >
“Regular” chiropractic attempts to primarily address joint function mobility by administering a short, quick thrust to a localized area. NUCCA Chiropractors attempt to influence the postural reflexes by returning the heavy head to a more balanced position on top of the narrow neck.
How does a neck adjustment help my lower back? >
Our postural muscles are constantly working to maintain an upright posture. Postural distortion results in uneven weight distribution over all of your joint surfaces. The muscles throughout your neck, back, arms and legs will compensate for this shift in weight. Pain will show up in the area of greatest breakdown. The reduction of postural distortion provided by the NUCCA procedure decreases the stress on all areas of the body and allows for the possible relief of pain and proper healing. For detailed statistics on the likelihood of positive response to a variety of conditions look under Patient Experiences.
Do I get adjusted each visit? >
You are only adjusted when the objective findings indicate your spine is misaligned (i.e. postural distortion, a contractured/shortened leg, thermography scans).
How often you get adjusted is directly related to your body’s ability to maintain your alignment. How you live your life outside of our office is directly related to your body's ability to hold its alignment, and as such, you will be given recommendations throughout your period of care to help you achieve and maintain an aligned state. Our goal is to adjust you as few times as possible, however quarterly to semi-annual check-ups are usually recommended to assure that any progress isn’t lost along the way.
How do I lose my alignment? >
After your first adjustment in our office you will be given recommendations regarding daily activities to help maintain alignment. The three T’s (thoughts, traumas and toxins) are all contributors to maintaining or losing alignment. Thoughts include negativity or stress – think about the tightness in your shoulders after a long day at work. Have you ever considered what those muscles are connected to? Traumas are a more obvious cause, however doesn’t necessarily have to be a car accident or fall. Daily repetitive postures or movements can be considered an ongoing traumatic event. Toxins can be dietary or environmental and can also play a role in maintaining or losing alignment due to the stress they place on your body’s systems.
You hardly touched me. How does that do anything? >
Although the patient feels only a slight pressure behind their ear while being adjusted, there is adequate force being put into the neck. Using the first vertebra and the weight of the head to gain a biomechanical advantage, the doctor places his or her own body on a calculated angle to ensure the adjustment is specific to the patient’s individual misalignment. The force generated by the doctor is transferred to the patient in such a gentle and precise fashion that many patients are unaware of any intervention whatsoever.
What can I expect after my first 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; 1. Person feels no significant change. 2. Person feels a change in symptoms with immediate improvement. 3. Person experiences new short-term symptoms associated with functioning in a new structural position.
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 postural rebalancing that occurs with the upper cervical 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.