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Atlas: Upper Cervical Care

NUCCA is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. Upper cervical simply means upper neck. Your spine can get off balance and mis-align with any injury. Conditions such as low back pain, TMJ disorders, neck pain, headaches, migraines, disc damage and even vertigo are commonly seen with upper neck injuries.

Your body minimizes tension in your spine from injuries by compensating with poor posture and body misalignment. The head protrudes forward or tilts to one side, the shoulders roll in, and the hips twist causing one leg to appear shorter than the other. It is very rare for a patient to have a true short leg, and it is usually just due to the body being off balance. Once a patient is adjusted and the misalignment corrected, the patient’s legs balance out and are the same length. NUCCA is a gentle and unique form of care that restores your skull, your spine and your hips to their neutral aligned position.

nucca san diego california intouch chiropractic dr young dr tapiaWhat is NUCCA Care?

The NUCCA procedure activates your health by using a very light touch on your neck behind your ear. We focus on the alignment of the atlas bone, also known as C1. This misalignment interrupts the vital communication between your body and your brain, resulting in pain, tension, stress, and health symptoms. A sports injury, childhood fall, birth trauma, acute or chronic illness, or car accident can result in upper neck misalignments resulting in many common health conditions.

Even though a NUCCA adjustment is focused on your neck, it has global effects on your entire spine and health. NUCCA is extremely precise, and is unlike any other kind of spinal care you may have received in the past. There is no cracking, popping or twisting of the spine.

Brainstem Compression

When your atlas is misaligned, it can compress your brainstem. The brain stem is the central hub where all nerve impulses leaving or entering your brain must travel through to reach the rest of your body. Many important functions are controlled at this level of the nervous system, such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, sleep and coordination.

Even the smallest misalignment in your upper neck throws the weight of your head off balance, along with the rest of your body. A variety of  acute and chronic health conditions can develop when there is compression in this delicate area.

The Nervous System

Spinal nerves are sensitive to pressure and stress. When your spine becomes misaligned, it stresses the nerves affecting normal nerve impulses. This extra stress on the nervous system affects how your body functions. Although we associate nerves primarily with sensation and pain, they are responsible for other important functions. The nervous system coordinates:

1. All body functions, including those you don’t consciously think about such as heart rate, digestion and breathing.

2. Your ability to move your muscles.

3. Your ability to sense and feel.

4. How you relate to the world around you.

Our doctors look for postural distortions, pelvic imbalances and leg length differences. These are signs of spinal misalignment. Injury, damage or trauma can misalign your spine, causing nerve interference in your body. When this happens, a host of problems can arise within days or even years.

Common Conditions Linked to Spinal Misalignment

  • Headaches

  • Vertigo

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tight Muscles

  • Sinus Problems

  • Neck Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Insomnia

  • Knee Pain

  • Numbness

  • Arm Pain

  • Migraines

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A NUCCA upper cervical adjustment is based on the analysis of your unique anatomy from your x-rays. We study your x-ray films and analyze them with precise mathematical calculations, using geometry and physics. X-rays are a critical part of ensuring the spinal correction is accurate and successful.

Our doctors will take pre-adjustment x-rays from different angles focusing on your head and neck. These initial x-rays determine the direction and degree of your spinal misalignment and how to properly restore your spine to a balanced position. Patients are closely monitored on every visit to ensure a quick recovery.

Don’t give up! We treat many patients successfully with NUCCA Spinal Care and our state-of-the-art spinal decompression technology.

Want a NUCCA  specialist on your health team? Call our office today at (619) 313-5403.

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I've loved coming here! Joselyn (office manager) is great! She knows everyone by name and so friendly. Dr Young has helped get me back to normal. He actually listens to you and genuinely wants to help. I have nothing but great things to say.
Kelsey Lewis
Kelsey L.
17:57 19 Sep 19
Highly recommend this place! Such a laid back, professional setting. They are extremely friendly and make you feel very comfortable. I am so glad I found them. My results have been amazing!
Dale Gibbon
Dale G.
19:57 29 May 19
Prior to Intouch, I had back pain for over 3 years from a bulging L5S1 disc. My injury was a result of a skiing accident combined with years of running, Orange Theory Fitness and other strenuous workouts. I had been getting treatments from a traditional chiropractor for a few years with only temporary relief. Yet I was very skeptical about Nucca and Spinal Decompression. However, I can tell you right now that I recommend Dr. Tapia and Intouch Chiro without hesitation. After 10 treatments, I have almost all of my mobility back and am starting to do some low-impact workouts again. I feel like a new woman and I owe it all to Dr. Tapia. And, I cannot write this glowing review without mentioning Jocelyn who consistently has a smile and positive attitude when you walk in the door. Thank you!
Marika Iler
Marika I.
18:08 14 Feb 20
Starting care with Intouch Chiropractic has been a game changer for me. I've struggled with migraines and TMJ since I was young and have finally found relief. Dr Young and Dr Tapia are amazing and Jocelyne, the office manager, is always greeting you with so much joy. They truly just want their patients to feel their best.
Lauren Weidley
Lauren W.
00:41 18 Feb 20
Great chiropractic clinic! I greatly appreciate the staff:! Dr. Devin is very expert doing precise & gently atlas adjustments His work surpasses 35 yrs traditional chiropractic adjustments. It is much safer to get atlas adjustments. I am very confident I will eventually reach optimum health & well being unlike since birth. I greatly appreciate Joselyn whose warm, compassionate, empathic & nurturing personality really resonates to all their clients, their families & friends. Venue is quiet, peaceful, nurturing & calm.
Karen Eu
Karen E.
06:08 06 Sep 19
This wonderful place saved my life. Dr. Tapia and Young are excellent people. They’re very dedicated to their practice. Dr. Tapia is passioned of what she does. She likes to get to the bottom and roots of your health problems. I was suffering from dizziness, symptoms, balance problems and she was able to correct most of them including migraines. It’s amazing how she was able to find diagnosis that typical doctors overlook. The staff is amazing, Joselyn is great at customer service, she’s very efficient and dedicated to her job making sure that patients are well take care of. I fully recommend this place.
Monica Sallay
Monica S.
15:56 14 Oct 19
Drastically improved neck. No more neck pain, I wont need surgery anymore! Dr. Young is great at keeping me in shape. Great location and superb service! I recommend these guys, check them out!
Stephen Scott
Stephen S.
18:22 20 Mar 19
I came across Intouch Chiropractic through an ad on Facebook. In which I'm so glad I did! I have a really serious back Injury and severe scoliosis. So, I've been to my fair share of Chiropractors. This is honestly THE BEST chiropractic office I've ever experienced. Dr Tapia and Dr young are incredible! As well as their front desk assistant. They are all so friendly and welcoming. Dr Tapia has been treating me, and I've never had such caring chiropractor! Before she started treating me she carefully took the time to study all my x-rays, mri's etc. U like a ton of other chiropractors, they just don't seem to care as much. I will forever be a client. They truly make you feel like family! I highly recommend them to everyone!
Bruna Araujo
Bruna A.
01:32 15 Oct 19
I have been coming to Intouch for several weeks now. This is the best I have felt in over 10 years, I have suffered from lower back pain, neck pain, migraines and TMJ. Dr.Devin never ceases to amaze me with his vast knowledge and expertise. The DRX machine is a non-surgical spinal decompression, I feel so rejuvenated after this treatment. And let me not forget Joselyn she is amazing.
Sara Krueger
Sara K.
00:56 02 Oct 19
Intouch is my go-to place for chiropractic. They are caring, professional, and highly skilled. There is no neck cracking, just precise X-rays and a light adjustment that you barely feel - but definitely notice the change afterwards. What more could you ask for? This goes beyond pain - I just feel better overall afterwards. I have been to many chiropractic offices in the past. While each offers their own benefit, I have to say Intouch is probably my top choice.
Justin Keffer
Justin K.
00:50 22 Feb 20
Finding Dr Young and NUCCA has been life changing for me. NUCCA is incredible in and of itself, but it is Dr Young and his team that really make it extraordinary. They are professional, kind, and compassionate people. They really take the time to get to know you and work alongside you to help you reach your health goals. Dr Young is highly skilled and he and his front office staff are truly just great human beings. I would give them 100 stars if I could!
Brandi Moreland
Brandi M.
21:08 24 Oct 19