We let you know what is happening in every step in the process
As part of the NUCCA chiropractic Calgary care we offer, we will engage you in the process of your care from day one, and will keep you informed of what to expect throughout your time at our office. You will likely be taken aback by the gentle adjustment you will receive. Many wonder how such a gentle contact can produce any form of change. We will discuss all of this with you in the detail you require. Once you are adjusted and your posture shifts and exhibits change (generally this occurs immediately to a varying extent), we will take a second set of digital films to confirm the change the analysis would have us anticipate.
A recommended care plan will be given to you during your second visit.
Follow up visits
Follow-up visits will generally take 5- 10 minutes in which time your alignment will be assessed and you will be adjusted. We recommend that you rest in our relaxation room to allow the adjustment to settle in before returning to the outside stressors we call “life”.
After approximately ten visits, a re-assessment will be performed with a follow-up surface EMG, and re-evaluation of what the next course of care will require. It is realistic to expect a year of care to see the most sustainable change. The largest investment of time will be during the initial phase of care. As your body becomes more stable it will begin to “remember” where your alignment should be (versus where it has been for what could be years), you will be able to hold alignment for longer periods of time between adjustments.
As a wellness centre, we acknowledge the many facets of life that influence our health. We will do our best to offer the most optimal products, information and referrals to help guide you towards a worry free, healthy lifestyle.
NUCCA Chiropractic Calgary, Alberta
NUCCA is a unique form of Chiropractic spinal health care that uses a specific procedure focused on correcting a small misalignment of the upper neck known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex. This subtle correction ultimately restores optimal balance to the entire spinal column. Because the spinal column protects the central nervous system that controls and coordinates all body functions, good spinal balance is critical to good health. Extensive research and clinical studies show that improved body balance effectively reduces stress throughout the body and helps to relieve pain and stress. Although the NUCCA correction is performed on the neck, it affects the balance of the entire body.
In 1941, two chiropractors from Michigan, Dr. Ralph Gregory and Dr. John Grostic Sr., joined together in developing a more accurate method of rebalancing the body. This procedure has effectively helped to reduced pain and discomfort and worked to enhance the overall well being of many thousands of people. Their work proved to be very successful and eventually other doctors and professions have joined in their pursuit of studying the benefits of this care. We are your upper cervical chiropractors in Calgary practicing NUCCA in in southern Aberta.
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Short Answer: The body is self-healing and its healing capabilities are infinite. With your energy no longer being excessively re-directed to fight gravity, often the body will manage to deal with other issues as well.
Long Answer: By improving spinal alignment people experience improved posture as correction of non-adapting reflexive contracture of skeletal musculature is attained. This postural balance leads to better body-weight distribution which improves the position of internal organs and helps protect those structures acting to stabilize the spine. As less energy is required to oppose gravity, you will have more energy to think, function, heal and maintain yourself.
Short Answer: No, a true subluxation will not realign on its own.
Long Answer: Many times patients may feel that they were “out of alignment” and they were able to regain alignment on their own. A true subluxation can only be corrected by a third party. What the individual likely felt was the adaptation of the body to stress that they were able to manage without assistance. Our goal in this office is to maintain the body in a state of reduced stress so the body can adapt to the stresses and strains of everyday life without requiring assistance to manage a breakdown.
Short Answer: A leg length difference can be an indication of imbalance tone in your body’s musculature and therefore is one of our objective measures to determine whether or not you are in need of an adjustment. After an adjustment we will often check leg-length again and find that legs to be of balanced length.
Long Answer: There are many postural muscles that are constantly contracting and relaxing in response to normal body movements to prevent us from falling over and allow us to maintain an upright posture. When our first vertebra is misaligned, the weight of the head is no longer evenly distributed over the neck and the rest of the body. The body therefore reflexively responds to this imbalance by contracting different postural muscles in its attempt to maintain an upright posture. It is the reflexive contractions of the postural muscles that result in the contracted/ shortened leg.
Short Answer: Symptoms can occur after years of altered function. We feel prevention and optimization is better that reactive, distress care.
Long Answer: Our assessment includes objective measures that are independent from subjective symptoms. It is best to be assessed periodically to ensure that if you are misaligned but non-symptomatic you can be adjusted to prevent your body from being accustomed to a misaligned state once again and avoid the spinal deterioration that often involves a return to pain.
Short Answer: You don’t. Ongoing assessments are advised if you want to allow for optimal healing to minimize recurrence and optimize function.
Long Answer: Many feel significant relief in discomfort following the first few visits. Our goal is not just to provide relief but to create a situation where the spinal stresses that caused the issue are minimized, stabilized and you no longer need to be adjusted regularly. This level of care can involve significant work on your part. Although we can’t always achieve this status with a patient, it is this situation that provides optimal long-term benefit.
Symptoms are the last to show up and the first to leave (think of how cancer or heart attacks occur). A symptom-free state does not necessarily mean healing has completed or that you are in your optimal alignment. Once your body begins showing signs that it is stabilizing and holding alignment for an extended period of time, recommended time between visits will be lengthened.
Short Answer: No, however often people who experience chiropractic recognize the health benefits and choose a lifestyle that includes lifelong chiropractic care.
Long Answer: There is a misconception that once one begins seeing a chiropractor, they need to see one for the rest of their life. A possibility for this perception may be due to the fact that the healing process requires time and multiple visits to the Chiropractor may be indicated to stabilize the spine until the body knows how to hold the spine in an aligned position on its own. The longer your spine has been breaking down (which is usually much earlier than the initial onset of symptoms), the longer it will typically take to attain a stabilized state.
Short Answer: Healing is individual and there are many contributing factors. The more personal responsibility the patient assumes in this process, generally the better the results.
Long Answer: The healing process takes time. If you were to break an arm, the medical physician would cast it and you would be instructed to keep it in the cast for approximately six to eight weeks. That is because this is the typical healing time for bone. When dealing with spinal misalignment, the integrity of the musculature and ligaments has been compromised and you must allow adequate time for these structures to heal in the aligned position. The longer your spine has been out of alignment, the more possible damage has occurred and therefore the more required healing time.
Short Answer: Thoughts, traumas, and toxins are all stressors that can contribute to a misaligned state.
Long Answer: After your first adjustment in our office you will be given recommendations regarding daily activities to help maintain alignment. The three T’s (thoughts, traumas and toxins) are all contributors to maintaining or losing alignment. Thoughts include negativity or stress; think about the tightness in your shoulders after a long day at work. Have you ever considered what those muscles are connected to? Trauma is a more obvious caus; however it does not necessarily have to be a car accident or fall. Daily repetitive postures or movements can be considered an ongoing traumatic event. Toxins can be dietary or environmental and can also play a role in maintaining or losing alignment due to the stress they place on your body’s systems.
Short Answer: For the same reason why one is able to move a pile of heavy bricks with a light push of a wheelbarrow: leverage.
Long Answer: Although the patient feels only a slight pressure behind their ear while being adjusted, there is adequate force being put into the neck. Using the first vertebra and the weight of the head to gain a biomechanical advantage, the doctor places their own body on a calculated angle to ensure the adjustment is specific to the patient’s individual misalignment. The force generated by the doctor is transferred to the patient in such a gentle and precise fashion that many patients are unaware of any intervention whatsoever.
Short Answer: NUCCA has been shown to be very effective in reducing postural distortion. Whether or not a person’s postural distortion is related to symptoms they are exhibiting can only be determined by improving the posture and observing changes.
There are three possible effects that are demonstrated after an adjustment;
- Person feels no significant change.
- Person feels a change in symptoms with immediate improvement.
- Person experiences new short-term symptoms associated with functioning in a new structural position.
Long Answer: Responses to the adjustment vary from nothing, to muscle soreness, and from fatigue to a feeling of euphoria. Due to these individualized responses all patients are given a list of things they may experience so they are familiar with what responses are normal to expect. Due to the significant postural rebalancing that occurs with the upper cervical adjustment people will often feel stiff and sore for 2-4 days as the body adapts to its new position. This discomfort is usually associated only with the first and/or second adjustment.
Short Answer: When posture is corrected, the entire body rebalances resulting in less stress to all areas including your low back.
Long Answer: Your postural muscles are constantly working to maintain an upright posture. Postural distortion results in uneven weight distribution over all of your joint surfaces. The muscles throughout your neck, back, arms and legs will compensate for this shift in weight. Pain will show up in the area of greatest breakdown. The reduction of postural distortion provided by the NUCCA procedure decreases the stress on all areas of the body and allows for the possible relief of pain and proper healing.
Short Answer: Be assessed by a NUCCA trained chiropractor so that it can be determined whether or not an adjustment is indicated.
Long Answer: By paying attention to your body, you may become more sensitive to whether or not you are in alignment. Although some rely on the return of their symptoms to tell them when they’ve lost their alignment, we recommend patients to pay attention to their reflection in the mirror; paying attention to head tilt or a low shoulder for example. Other cues may include where they feel their weight distributed on their feet, or if a change in gait is observed. More subtle indications may even include having to adjust your car rearview and side mirrors. Even with all of these clues, it is still recommended that periodic chiropractic assessments be performed to verify proper balance.
Short Answer: Yes, we believe all children should have the benefit of a properly balanced body.
Long Answer: Children can be adjusted using the NUCCA procedure right from birth. Often children do not need the full NUCCA assessment as there are many simple reflexes that can be checked, allowing for a modified exam. Due to the tendency for a child’s misalignment to have been present for a relatively short period of time the misalignment is typically less complex. Children also generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments to attain spinal stability. A fabulous textbook on kinematic imbalances in children, their effects and treatment was published by the German medical physician Heiner Biedermann (Manual Therapy in Children).