Intouch Chiropractic San Diego. We often forget how unique our practice really is. We oftentimes live in our Intouch Chiropractic bubble and periodically look up from patient care. Our patients remind us of the Intouch difference. Our treatment protocols are very unique.
Our chiropractic education was and continues to be vastly different. We didn’t rely solely on our chiropractic schooling to gain our clinical skills. We saw our chiropractic diploma simply as a basic foundation. In no time, we wrapped up our graduation requirements so that we could spend time in the real world, in real clinics, with real patients learning advanced care protocols. We didn’t rely on what was solely required to graduate, but on what we knew we would need to help our patients get well. Over the years, we continually expand and hone our skills with ongoing continuing education that well surpasses the national standard.
What is NUCCA Chiropractic?
The NUCCA chiropractic technique is a specialty technique in chiropractic. It is so nitch that we have even met seasoned chiropractors that don’t know what it is! NUCCA focuses on the upper neck exclusively, because it is the most neurologically rich part of the spine. Misalignments in this part of your spinal column can have detrimental, global effects on your health. We wanted to be experts in this important part of the spine that houses the brainstem.
You could say that we were lucky to be exposed to NUCCA as part of an elective course. Although we only got a glimpse from that class, the content was excellent and made a lot of sense. We ran with it after that. We spent countless hours in NUCCA offices on our time and dime. Wanting to learn every detail to be able to deliver clinical results. Right away we knew that these skills were not going to be taught, nor were we going to learn them in our chiropractic college setting.
We were excited that we could impact someone’s health with a light, gentle touch that didn’t require any cracking, popping or twisting of the spine. We quickly learned that this light touch adjustment required specificity, and this specificity required a lot more training.
To be able to practice NUCCA Chiropractic, we needed extensive training in radiograph positioning, radiograph analysis, patient positioning…all before we even attempted to deliver an adjustment. In other words, we are the geeks of the geeks of chiropractic. Bring out the pocket protectors…
Twice a year, the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) hosts a conference. During these events, we train from top to bottom all things NUCCA. We don’t settle and get complacent. We train, train, train and always circle back to the basics of the protocols.
In addition, we take other non-NUCCA trainings to satisfy our regular continuing education requirements for annual licensing. This work is a labor of love. We are always striving to improve our clinical skills to be able to help our patients even more.
Dr. Young took it to another level when he enrolled in a 3-year upper cervical diplomate program through the International Chiropractic Association. He attended once a month, in-person trainings, in Chicago with a small group of dedicated colleagues from around the country. The program consisted of 300-hours of classroom hours, plus exams upon exams. This was a challenging but worthwhile endeavor. He now even diagnoses MRI upper cervical findings that are missed by radiologists.
Simulatenously, Dr. Tapia enrolled in a 1-year program, the Academy of Chiropractor Philosophers, through Sherman College of Chiropractic. Through this program, she gained a deeper understanding of the basis of the profession. She successfully presented her thesis, and has since served as mentor for other students of this program.
Where Does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Fit In?
The truth is that we were getting great clinical results with NUCCA Care alone. However, we saw a gap when it came to disc injuries and sciatica.
Regardless of how effective NUCCA Care is, we felt that the DRX9000 technology was complimentary to the work. It made a lot of sense to provide decompression to patients that were suffering from disc injuries. We only recommend spinal decompression treatment to patients that need it, and always make this recommendation based on imaging. Like NUCCA Care, spinal decompression is gentle and non-invasive. It’s a great alternative to neck and back surgery that it was an easy decision to add decompression to our practice.
When we made the decision to add this service, we chose the gold standard in spinal decompression, the DRX9000. In our opinion, hands down… it is the best spinal decompression technology available.
Proven Peripheral Neuropathy Protocols
We became increasingly aware of the urgent need to help patients with peripheral neuropathy over the years. It really is astonishing how many patients suffer from this condition, considering how aggressive its progression can be. We felt that the treatments we offered fell short, and that referring patients back to their primary care doctors was also not helpful. More medications were not the answer, as most patients reported to us that they did not help their symptoms.
Instead we dove deep and got additional training in peripheral neuropathy, and searched high and low for the most advanced robotic technology to treat this condition. We paired in-clinic treatments, with comprehensive at-home protocols to get patients clinical results. Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and typically involve the feet, legs and hands. Common symptoms are tingling, numbness, burning, pain, muscle weakness, balance problems, loss of sensation in the arms and legs, and difficulty sleeping through the night. If neuropathy severely progresses and goes untreated, the nerves in the feet die and amputation of toes is necessary.
On average, patients see improvements within the first 4-6 weeks of treatment in our clinic. It’s so rewarding to see normal sensation restored in a patient’s feet, legs and hands.
Our Knee Rehabilitation Program
Knee pain can incredibly limit a patient’s day. It can permeate every aspect of your day to day life. A simple chore like going out to get your mail or take out the garbage cans curbside, can be extremely painful. Every step counts. Every single step. Over the years, we have seen many patients with knee pain either before or after they have had knee replacement surgeries. For some of those patients, surgery has been successful. For others, they are back to square one and in a significant amount of pain.
For many years, we referred our patients back to their primary care providers for their knee pain. Unfortunately, they rarely got better. One day we simply decided to learn how to better treat knee pain without the use of medications, injections, or surgery. Even bone-on-bone osteoarthritis can safely and gently be treated effectively. Our patients report significant reductions in their knee pain resulting in a much higher quality of life.
We continue to refine our clinical skills and are active members of both state and national chiropractic organizations. There are less than 300 doctors practicing the NUCCA technique. The care recommendations we make are tailored specifically for you, based on your health history, radiographs, advanced imaging and prior care. Adjustments are gentle and we will not crack, pop or twist your spine or extremities. Spinal decompression treatments are so relaxing, most patients fall asleep. Our Knee Rehabilitation Program can literally provide relief in a matter of minutes. While our Peripheral Neuropathy Protocol helps our patients stay on their feet, helps prevents falls, and ultimately helps avoid the nursing home.
How We Help Our Patients
In the beginning of your care, we will sit down with you to review your health history. If our doctors feel you are a candidate for care, they will recommend a treatment plan just for you.
Review Intouch ChiropracticBy Jeffrey Vidinghoff Intouch Chiropractic is fantastic! I learned about NUCCA when I was living in Austin and it's truly life changing. I was so thankful when I found Intouch here in San Diego. I've seen both Dr. Young and Dr. Tapia and they are both wonderful and exceptional at what they do! They take their time to genuinely understand how you're doing, feeling, and progressing ... and are both just lovely, kind people. Joseyln and Kayla are both always so warm and welcoming at the front and always helpful with anything you need. The best part of NUCCA is that it's a gentle approach to fixing the root of your alignment issues. Can't thank Intouch and the whole team enough!!