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  • Writer's pictureDr. Brandon J. Van Seters, DC

What is the difference between NUCCA chiropractic and traditional chiropractic methods?

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

So you have decided to try chiropractic care or have tried chiropractic in the past. Did you know there are many different techniques, approaches, and methods within the chiropractic profession?

What most people associate with chiropractic is twisting and popping of spinal joints or "cracking" videos on youtube or social media. Just because a joint has popped does not mean that is it is properly aligned.

Did you know there are more precise and gentle approaches to chiropractic?

NUCCA is one of those more gentle and precise procedures. The NUCCA procedure focuses on the top two bones of the neck. By leveraging the top bones of it neck the goal of NUCCA is to restore balance to the head and neck. When balance is restored to the head and neck it restores balance to the entire spine. A healthy spine is a balanced and stable spine.

Traditional chiropractic methods focus on introducing motion to restricted spinal joints. When the joints are stretched it releases gas which is the popping sound. Below is just a few of the differences between NUCCA and traditional methods.

NUCCA Traditional Method

  • Gentle More Forceful

  • Precise Approximate

  • Balance/Stability Mobility

  • Long term correction Short term relief

Someone looking into chiropractic that might choose NUCCA over traditional methods:

  • Reluctance to forceful manipulations or prefers gentle adjustments

  • Spinal Instability

  • History of significant physical trauma

  • Specific conditions (eg. migraines, vertigo, TMJ etc)

  • Cannot receive forceful manipulations due to prior surgery, degeneration, osteoporosis etc.

  • Looking to correct the underlying cause

We can help determine if NUCCA is right for you. We offer complimentary consultations, which is simply a conversation not a commitment. We are here to help you achieve your goals whether it is in our office or somewhere else.



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