Frequently Asked Questions

NUCCA | Upper Cervical Care
What is NUCCA?

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 275 members and is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

What is Upper Cervical Care?

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.

What is an Atlas Adjustment?

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.

When Will I Get Better?

You are unique. Your healing capactiy is unique. Many of our patients experience relief quickly. In general, we see results within 6 weeks. Your lifestyle plays an important role in the amount of time your body will need to heal and recover. In addition, the longer your spine has been out of alignment, the more spinal damage has accumulated.

What is a Subluxation?

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 Care restores normal neurological communication between your brain and body optimizing your health.

What Causes Me to Lose My Adjustment?

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.

Do I Get Adjusted on Every Visit?

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.

Is NUCCA Care Safe After Back Surgery?

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.

Why Do Babies and Kids Need Care?

The process of being born can be traumatic. In fact, in our society the process of being born is a medical procedure. Many studies suggest that colic, ear infections, poor sleeping habits, tummy aches and asthma can all be signs of nerve interference. Get your kids checked today.

What About My Nervous System?

Your central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord (housed inside of your back). This system controls every function in your body, as well as all other systems like your digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is critical that the nerve impulses traveling to and from your brain communicate properly for proper function, movement and sensation.

Can I Adjust Myself?

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