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Frequently Asked Questions2020-09-17T16:04:37-07:00

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions…

What Should I Wear to My Appointment?2020-09-13T21:10:56-07:00

We recommend you wear comfortable clothes to your appointments. Many patients appreciate wearing yoga pants, sweat pants, t-shirts and light jackets.

What is the Difference Between Spinal Decompression and Traction?2020-09-17T14:28:49-07:00

Traction can relieve some of the symptoms of disc injuries. However, traction does not address the source of the problem.

Traction and inversion tables lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 mmHg to a +30 mmHg (positive pressure).

Spinal Decompression creates a vacuum phenomenon inside of the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull back the herniation back to center. In addition, the increase in negative pressure causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the disc injury and rehydrate the disc.

Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure between  -150 to -200 mmHg (negative pressure).

Are There Any Side Effects or Risks to NUCCA or Spinal Decompression?2019-11-10T14:09:45-08:00
Most patients do not experience any side effects; though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time. NUCCA and Spinal Decompression are both safe and comfortable. Our spinal decompression system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches terminate treatment immediately, and are required by the FDA.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?2020-09-17T15:09:07-07:00

A thorough patient history, evaluation and imaging are required to qualify for non-surgical spinal decompression. The doctor will look at many factors to determine if you are a candidate.

Many of our patients have been told they need surgery but wish to avoid it, and have failed to significantly respond to conservative options such as medications, injections, physical therapy, traditional chiropractic care and acupuncture.

Here is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:
Persistent pain due to degenerated discs that has not responded after four weeks of treatment.
Pain due to bulging or herniated discs that are more than four weeks old.
Chronic pain from a failed back surgery that is over six months old.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient over 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:
Appliances such as rods or pedicle screws.
Prior lumbar fusion under six months old.
Metastatic cancer.
Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
Severe osteoporosis.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Recent spinal fractures.
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Disc space infections.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Hemiplegia and paraplegia.
Cognitive dysfunction.
Pregnancy.
Pars defect.

Can I Adjust Myself?2019-03-22T01:37:35-07:00

The short answer is no. Only a chiropractor can adjust your spine in a way that provides long-lasting results.

Why Is My Nervous System Important?2019-11-10T14:10:18-08:00

Your central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord. Proper body function is coordinated by your nervous system between all of the others systems, like your digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine and respiratory systems, etc. This happens through nerve impulses from your brain to your body, and from your body to your brain.  It is critical that these nerve impulses traveling to and from your brain communicate without glitches for proper function, movement and sensation. Your spinal bones house the spinal cord, while your skulls houses your brain. The primary reason we care about spinal decay and arthritis is because having a healhty spinal cord is critical for optimal health.

How Long Before I See Results?2019-11-10T14:04:37-08:00

This depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, how long you’ve had it, how much time, energy and attention you’re willing to devote to treatment, and how well you respond to treatment. In general, health programs for chronic illnesses last between three and six months, but most patients start seeing improvement within the first month. Patients may elect to continue with a maintenance program after their initial treatment plan is finished.

Is NUCCA Care and Spinal Decompression Safe After Back Surgery?2020-09-17T12:26:43-07:00

Yes. NUCCA Care is gentle and effective after back surgery. NUCCA Care does not crack, twist, or pop your neck or back. The amount of pressure during an adjustment is equal to the amount of pressure used to take your pulse.

In the majority of cases, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is not contraindicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Many patients experience symptomatic relief with spinal decompression after a failed back surgery.

Do I Get Adjusted on Every Visit?2019-03-22T01:36:50-07:00

The goal of NUCCA Care is for you to come in, get checked and not need an adjustment. Our care operates on the principle that your body is self-healing and self-regulating. We celebrate with you when you hold your adjustment and not need to be adjusted on every single visit.

What Causes Me to Lose My Adjustment?2019-03-22T01:36:37-07:00

There is only ONE cause for losing your adjustment, your body’s inability to adapt to STRESS. There are 3 forms of stress that we encounter regularly: physical, chemical and emotional. Physical subluxations are caused by accidents, injuries, slips and falls. Chemical subluxations are caused by too much sugar, alcohol, caffeine, medications, smoking, poor diet, etc. Emotional subluxations are caused by family stress, poor relationship, demanding jobs, etc.

What Is Our Success Rate?2020-09-13T17:58:04-07:00

You are unique. Your healing capactiy is unique. That beign said, the majority of our patients have a 60-80% (or more) reduction in symptoms within the first 3 months of care. There are select cases that are more complex which will rextend their healing process. Your lifestyle plays an important role in the amount of time your body will need to heal and recover.

 

 

What is an Atlas Adjustment?2019-11-10T14:19:08-08:00

An atlas adjustment is an adjustment to the first bone in your neck. Atlas is also known as C1, and is the 1st cervical vertebra. Our doctors practice NUCCA, a special form of upper cervical care that is gentle and efffective. It is a conservative approach that does not require popping, cracking or twisting of your spine.

A misalignment of a vertebra causing disturbance and interference to the nervous system is called a subluxation. The majority of the time your body adapts to a subluxation without consequence. When it can’t adapt, a subluxation negatively affects your health, body function and overall wellness. NUCCA atlas adjustments restore normal neurological communication between your brain and body optimizing your health.

What is NUCCA and Upper Cervical Care?2019-11-10T14:16:44-08:00

Upper Cervical Care is a broad term for care that focuses on the upper neck. Upper cervical literally means upper neck. A vital part of your nervous system, the brainstem, resides in this delicate area.

NUCCA is a form of upper cervical care that gets to the root of the problem no matter where the symptoms are in your body. Dr. Jeanett Tapia and Dr. Devin Young are both part of a small group of specialized doctors that are active NUCCA members. The NUCCA work focuses on correcting a small misalignment of the bone structure that connects the head and neck. This misalignment can disrupt the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, tension, and physical or emotional dysfunction. A childhood fall, sports injury, birth trauma or car accident can be the cause of many common symptoms. NUCCA currently has less than 300 members and is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

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