NUCCA Standards of Care


Welcome to the Upper Cervical Monograph

The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF) are dedicated to the research, education and sustainability of a unique and profoundly influential form of healthcare.
This website is dedicated to bridging the understanding of research and clinical practice to offer best of outcome measures, the safest interventions and the greatest enhancement in quality-of-life.
Please explore the information here and look for updates as we continue to discover new possibilities for a healthier future.

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Effect of Atlas Vertebrae Realignment in Subjects with Migraine: An Observational Pilot Study

This publication is the culmination of seven years of effort and dedicated support from a very skilled and seasoned research team. This project was made possible by the generous support of the “Small Steps to Success” fundraising campaigns, private donors and those Gregory Circle members whose contributions provided the financial means to complete the study.

This groundbreaking study has substantiated and helped us to understand the immense benefits of a NUCCA correction and its impact on severe chronic migraine headaches. The study outcome helps in understanding the pathophysiology of the atlas subluxation complex and the benefits of an optimal correction.

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Craniocervical chiropractic procedures – a précis of upper cervical chiropractic

Published by The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association!

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New Edition – Fall Conference 2015

  • Origin of Precis
  • Implications of a Research Society By Dr. Jordan Landholm
  • Observer Reliability Using The NUCCA Spinographic Analysis System By Dan Seemann
  • 2015 Research Update
  • UCRF Strategic Planning Session
  • NUCCA Publications Online

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UCRF research demonstrates problems in the cervical spine can cause progressively degenerative structural, neurological, physiological and pathological symptoms. Yet, when a small but measurable spinal misalignment known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC) is detected and corrected, a return toward good health and normal activity can be realized.

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NUCCA Standards of Care
From the very origins of the organization, the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) has developed a precise protocol for the evaluation and correction of spinal distortion. Our decades of research have been used to validate and improve upon the accuracy and reliability of these corrective protocols. All of the NUCCA education today is based upon this prior investigation and study along with the carefully monitored clinical application of these restorative health care protocols. The NUCCA Certification and Standards Board organizes and maintains these standards today and works continuously to support and mentor the education and clinical practice of the NUCCA procedure.

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Since its inception, the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and the NUCCA procedure has helped thousands of people of all ages regain and maintain their health throughout their lifetime. NUCCA is an important part of our health care system and offers an individualized, conservative approach to healing that enhances the body’s innate ability to be well. Even with so many remarkable results, NUCCA is still only practiced by a relatively small number of practitioners worldwide. However, the demand for this work is global and we are striving to increase the number of NUCCA practitioners in order to provide needed care.

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