What is Upper Cervical?


Upper Cervical Chiropractic Sacramento California

 

At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento we utilize the most effective upper cervical chiropractic techniques available.

 

NUCCA

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The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, and patient care based on a safe, gentle, and painless system of spinal correction that is unique-even among those in the chiropractic profession. For more information on NUCCA and to view their video please click on http://www.nucca.org.

As opposed to traditional chiropractors, who make forceful adjustments to the entire spinal column, NUCCA chiropractors focus on very specifically and gently adjusting the Atlas vertebrae bringing it back to its proper position. The Atlas, or the topmost bone in the spine is located directly below the brain stem. It is the first of the 7 vertebrae that make up the cervical spine. The Atlas is also known as C-1. The adjustment performed by a trained NUCCA chiropractor will make a positive change to the entire spine. This is why a chiropractor using the NUCCA system of spinal correction can help someone even if their pain is located in the lower back. An important point to remember is the NUCCA adjustment removes interference to the normal function of the nervous system. Normal performance of the patient’s nervous system is vital to the body’s ability to self-heal. Self-healing is occurring all the time in a healthy human body which is free from nerve interference. If this function is compromised as would be the case with an Atlas misalignment then the body will begin to manifest pain and ill health.

Quantum Spinal Mechanics (QSM3)

This Upper Cervical technique is a logical progression and reasoned evolution of the NUCCA technique. It consolidates the brilliant discoveries of NUCCA with innovative examination and re-thinking of the various protocols. The attention to x-ray detail, the specific analysis, the correction table, and the lightest touch at the C1 vertebrae are the foundations that QSM3 integrates. The QSM3 procedure measures the 3D misalignment of the human frame to improve the correction potential. QSM3 uses a posture measurement device in a unique way to evaluate pelvis to skull misalignment. In conjunction with the upper cervical analysis, QSM3 now enables measurement of the complete misalignment pathway. This means more detail, better data, and higher resulting potential to hold the correction. QSM3 procedure is very dynamic accounting for changes in a patient’s posture each visit and fine tuning the adjustment accordingly. For more information on QSM3 please visit www.qsm3.com.

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