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Q: What is NUCCA care and what does NUCCA stand for?

A: NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. The majority of practitioners, whether chiropractors or medical doctors, focus on treating symptoms. While NUCCA practitioners appreciate the pain or discomfort that you might be experiencing, we also know that those symptoms are not the root problem—they are only an effect of a bigger problem, and treating them directly will never eliminate that problem. Under NUCCA care, we will identify and remove the CAUSE of your symptoms.

Q: What kind of problems can NUCCA care help?

A: People seek out NUCCA care for various problems. People come to us because they have migraines, menstrual cramps, constipation, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, and everything else under the sun. NUCCA, however does not treat ANY of these conditions. Rather, we restore the body’s own innate ability to heal and function optimally. While the results often seem miraculous, it was within you the whole time!

Q: What is an Atlas Subluxation?

A: An atlas subluxation is a minor misalignment of the top bone in your neck (called “Atlas”). While the misalignment is small, the effects are often disastrous. When the atlas is subluxated, it puts stress on the lowest part of your brain, the brainstem. Your brainstem controls all of you vital functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, postural muscle balance, pain perception, digestion, and mood to name a few. At Wood Chiropractic, we use the very precise NUCCA technique to re-align your atlas and restore proper function to this vital part of your master control system.

Q: How did I get an Atlas Subluxation?

A: Any time that you have ever fallen, hit your head, been rear-ended, or experienced any other kind of trauma, your Atlas may have become misaligned. Anyone who has seen the birthing process in North America can testify, you have probably been subluxated from your first minute in this world. The use of forceps, vacuums, C-sections, and even hand delivery places over 20 pounds of force on the newborn’s neck.

Q: Is NUCCA safe for children?

A: Because the birth process is so traumatic (see above), we strongly recommend that all children be checked for subluxation. Our gentle procedure is absolutely safe for children of all ages, beginning with infancy. In fact, this is the most important time to be checked for subluxation, because the newborn’s nervous system is still developing and maturing, governing EVERY other process, and cannot do so properly with a subluxated Atlas!

Q: Do you need X-rays of every patient?

A: If our diagnostic testing strongly suggests that you have an atlas subluxation, it will be necessary to take very precise 3-dimensional x-rays of your upper neck. With this information, we will calculate a specific adjustment vector to restore your atlas to its proper position, taking pressure off of your brainstem and turing on your body’s natural ability to heal. The amount of ionizing radiation that our patients are exposed to is less than you would receive during a flight from New York to LA.

Q: Do you take my insurance?

A: In order to keep the cost of normal office visits low for everybody (about the same price as a typical co-pay), we are non-participating providers for most insurance plans. This means that we will bill you at the time of service, and then provide you with the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed directly. In a time of ever-changing insurance policies and legislation, this allows us to operate much more smoothly, keeping care affordable.

Q: How often will I have to come?

A: The answer to this questions depends on your particular situation. Our goal at Wood Chiropractic is NOT to see you every other day for weeks and weeks. We hope to deliver an adjustment that will hold its alignment; in NUCCA care, holding is healing. The longer your hold your adjustment, the stronger and stabler it becomes and the less often we will need to check you. Generally speaking, you will need to be seen less often during NUCCA care than with other types of intervention.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, or just stop in! We will be more than happy to help you in any way.