Intouch Chiropractic is Unique

We often forget how unique our practice really is. In all honestly, we live in our bubble and periodically look up from patient care. Our patients remind us of the Intouch difference. Of our uniqueness!

Most chiropractors adjust the entire spine because that is what most chiropractic schools teach. However, our chiropractic education was vastly different. We didn’t rely solely on our chiropractic schooling to gain our clinical skills. We wrapped up our graduation requirements in a jiffy so that we could spend time in the real world, in real clinics, with real patients learning the NUCCA technique. 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.

What is NUCCA Anyway?

The NUCCA 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. We wanted to learn every detail to be able to deliver clinical results. We caught on right away 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.

Post-Graduate Training

To be able to practice NUCCA, 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.

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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.

Enter Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression…

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 recommenation based on imaging. Like NUCCA Care, spinal decompression is gentle and non-invasive. It’s such a great alternative to 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.

Our dual approach provides synergisitc benefits to our patients. We always make sure someone is in alignment before a spinal decompression treatment. We are not jack-of-all trades and pride ourselves in offering NUCCA Care and spinal decompression treatments exclusively.

The Intouch Chiropractic Difference

We realize that there are clinics that offer similar services, but none offer both NUCCA Care and DRX9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatments. That’s right! We are the only clinic in San Diego offering both. This combination is so uncommon that the closest clinic offering the same services is in Las Vegas, NV. Not only are we the only doctors doing this work in San Diego, we have formulated the most effective combination.

We continue to refine our NUCCA skills and are active members of the NUCCA organization. There are less than 300 doctors practicing this specialized 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. Spinal decompression treatments are so relaxing, most patients take a nap.

In the beginning of your care, we take x-rays to know how to adjust you. Once we have found the perfect combination for your misalignment, further x-rays are not required. These specialized x-rays are a critical part of ensuring the spinal correction is accurate and successful.

We have seen firsthand the outstanding results with both NUCCA Care and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. We have had patients walk-in bent over using a walker and walk out without it. The best part is that both are tailored specifically to you. Our services are gentle, non-invasive and non-surgical. We call that a win-win.

We are committed to helping patients restore their health. We strive for results!

Are you ready to get started? Call our office today at (619) 313-5403 or request an appointment here.

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Going over my x-rays with my neuromuscular dentist I learned I have a twisted c1 and c2. Knowing I prefer a more holistic route, my Dr. asked if I had ever thought about seeing a chiropractor. I told him I was seeing one for the last 6 mo. At that point he asked if my Chiropractor was a Nucca chiropractor. Nucca huh? To be honest I have never heard the term before. He informed me that Nucca deals with upper cervical and is extremely beneficial in dealing with TMJ and the issues I mentioned such as upper thoracic tension etc. Accordingly, I was given Dr. Young's info and called asap. From my first phone call Joselyn made me feel so welcomed and answered my ridiculous questions with patience and understanding. I have been seeing Dr. Young for about a month thus far and could not be more satisfied with my care. I really look forward to every appointment. I am seeing results as far as my pains go and also learning so much in the process. Dr. Young has no agenda and is thorough, knowledgeable and empathetic to his patients. If you're considering Nucca definitely give Dr. Young consideration. You will feel you made the right decision from your first phone call.