Volume 1, No 1; March 1973
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Association (NUCCRA) was incorporated in Michigan as a nonprofit organization on the 6th day of October, 1971, in conformity with Act 327, P.A. of 1931, as amended. The incorporators are members of the Directive Board of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, Inc. (NUCCA).
The purposes for which NUCCRA was formed are to engage in a comprehensive research program designed to establish a scientific basis for the practice of chiropractic; to establish a body of acceptable knowledge that is testable, relevant to fact, and compatible with established and accepted scientific theories; to test existing chiropractic premises, beliefs and assertions; to establish an acceptable and scientific body of knowledge regarding the subluxation, its causes and its physiological and pathological effects on the human organism; to design and develop equipment for the measurement of physical phenomena that have been observed to exist concurrently with the vertebral subluxation, and to assist chiropractic colleges, organizations and practitioners.
NUCCRA is dedicated to researching the vertebral subluxation wherever in the spinal column it can be validly demonstrated to exist. It regards all chiropractic techniques simply as tools to utilize in research. NUCCRA is designated an upper cervical organization because, at the present time, subluxations of the upper cervical spine present more research promise, produce more detriment, and cause more wide-spread effects throughout the human organism than those of subjacent areas of the spinal column. In short, the effects of the Atlas Subluxation Complex on the central nervous system and on the spinal column are more verifiable, testable, objective, and measurable.
Additionally, the upper cervical area better fulfills the NUCCRA standards set forth for the investigation of any chiropractic technique. For any chiropractic technique to meet NUCCRA research standards, it must (1) present physical proof of the existence of the misalignment factors in a vertebral subluxation; (2) physical proof of the reduction of the misalignment factors following an adjustment; (3) physical evidence of the existence of detriment to the neurological component of a vertebral subluxation; (4) proof of the reduction of, or removal of, detriment to the neurological component (as, for example, tractionization of nerve tracts or nerve roots caused by misalignments of vertebral segments); (5) measurable evidence of the detrimental effects of the subluxation on the body, and measurable evidence of the alleviation of the physical signs of the detrimental effects by the adjustment.
NUCCRA is listed as a scientific organization with the Internal Revenue Service, and enjoys an exempt status. Contributors to NUCCRA may deduct their donations from their federal income taxes. As provided by the Code, bequests legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to NUCCRA are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes. Donations received by NUCCRA from doctors and interested lay people are expended to develop acceptable research techniques, instruments, equipment, and improved systems of analysis and correction of vertebral subluxations. Trained research personnel are paid from donations, as are other specialized people working with NUCCRA.
Seminars are conducted by NUCCA during which NUCCRA research is presented, explained and demonstrated. Information regarding NUCCRA research is released to colleges, organizations, practitioners, and members of other professions upon request and subject to the approval of the NUCCRA Board of Directors.