N.U.C.C.A, which stands for the  National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association,  is a proven, scientific, gentle and highly effective procedure that aims to restore the proper relationship between the head and neck by reducing a small misalignment of the first cervical vertebra, the Atlas. 

Only 250 doctors in the world are trained in this unique type of spinal care. Miami Spine & Posture clinic is the first and only NUCCA Chiropractic clinic in the greater Miami region.

Even though the focus is the upper neck, the effects of restoring optimal relationship between the head and neck influences the whole spine and all body systems. This is because the NUCCA procedure influences one of the highest control centers over body balance; the brain stem and central nervous system. 

The focus of NUCCA is to balance the head and neck into a straight upright position, by using the atlas (the first bone of the spinal column) as a lever. When the spine is balanced, or aligned, there is no irritation to the brain stem or associated spinal structures, including spinal nerves. Without irritation to the nervous system, the body can function at its optimum level. An upper cervical correction restores the spine to a normal, aligned state, without the use of drugs or surgery.

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Any accident or injury at any age can misalign the spine and cause the head and neck to shift away from the vertical axis. The misalignment causes stress on the nervous system, the master control of the body. This in turn, causes contraction of muscles, postural distortion of the body, and if left uncorrected, may contribute to spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis). Correcting the misalignment of the spine can bring the spine back to center, alleviating the stress put on the nervous system and allows the body to heal.

The NUCCA technique provides benefits to everyone that suffers from an upper cervical misalignment; from newborn babies to the grandparents and great-grandparents of those babies. People of all ages will benefit from properly aligning their spine.

The NUCCA technique is based upon decades of development and research. In 1941, Dr. Ralph Gregory and Dr. John Grostic joined together in the quest to develop a more accurate methodology in restoring balance to the human body, integrating mathematics, biomechanics, anatomy and neurology principles of the human body. Following Dr. Grostic's death in 1964, Dr. Gregory formed NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) to conduct seminars and continue research. NUCCA currently has approximately 250 members and continues to advance its research through the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF)