NUCCA Chiropractic

You Deserve to Live Free of Pain!

Chronic neck and back pain can be debilitating, negatively impacting almost every part of your life. Many patients not only have to live with the pain of their condition but with the frustration of expensive, invasive treatments that don’t work. Now, there’s a better solution.

You may not yet realize that you are looking for a NUCCA chiropractor in San Diego – but once you learn more, we believe you’ll be recommending NUCCA to everyone you know! NUCCA is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, and this powerful yet gentle method of delivering chiropractic care focuses on the upper neck.

Your spine can become unbalanced and misaligned after any injury, but many of the conditions that cause chronic pain can actually be traced back to upper neck injuries. These conditions include:

Correcting Misalignments


Your body minimizes tension in your spine from injuries by compensating with poor posture and body misalignment. The head protrudes forward or tilts to one side, the shoulders roll in, and the hips twist, causing one leg to appear shorter than the other. It is very rare for a patient to have a true short leg – it is usually just due to the body being out of alignment.

Once a patient is adjusted by our chiropractors at Intouch Chiropractic and the misalignment corrected, the patient’s legs balance out and are the same length on the very first treatment. NUCCA Chiropractic is a gentle and unique form of care that restores your skull, your spine, and your hips to their neutral aligned position. These gentle adjustments can help provide fast, lasting relief for chronic pain in only a few visits.

NUCCA Chiropractic
NUCCA Chiropractic

Treat the Source of Your Pain
with NUCCA Chiropractic Treatment

NUCCA chiropractic procedures activate your health by using a very light touch on your neck behind your ear. The doctors at Intouch Chiropractic focus on the alignment of the atlas bone, also known as C1. Misalignment of this small bone in the spine interrupts the vital communication between your body and your brain, resulting in pain, tension, stress, and health symptoms. A sports injury, childhood fall, birth trauma, acute or chronic illness, or car crash can all result in upper neck misalignments, leading to many common health conditions.

Even though a NUCCA adjustment is focused on your neck, it has global effects on your entire body. NUCCA chiropractic is gentle and is not like any other form of spinal care you may have received in the past. There is no cracking, popping, or twisting of your spine.

The Consequences of Brainstem Compression

When your atlas is misaligned, it can compress your brainstem. The brainstem is the central hub of the body where all nerve impulses leaving or entering your brain must travel through to reach the rest of your body. Many important functions are controlled at this level of the nervous system, such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, sleep, and coordination. NUCCA chiropractic treatment can help improve all these essential processes.

​​​​​​​Even the smallest misalignment in your upper neck throws the weight of your head off balance, along with the rest of your body. A variety of acute and chronic health conditions can develop when there is compression in this delicate area. NUCCA is gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective at treating chronic back, neck, knee, and other pain, including sciatic pain, herniated or bulging disc pain, TMJ pain, and more.

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Gentle Adjustments;
Powerful Results

At Intouch Chiropractic in San Diego, a NUCCA upper cervical adjustment is based on the analysis of your unique anatomy from your X-rays. We study your X-ray films and analyze them with precise mathematical calculations using geometry and physics. X-rays are an important component of NUCCA Spinal Care because, without them, we wouldn’t know how to adjust you. The anatomy of your head and neck is unique to you, just like a fingerprint.

Our doctors will take pre-adjustment X-rays from various angles focusing on your head and neck. These initial X-rays determine the degree and direction that the chiropractor will use to adjust your spinal misalignment. Post-adjustment, you will be checked to ensure that your spine is in a balanced position. Patients are closely monitored during every visit to ensure a quick and lasting recovery.

Treating Spinal Misalignment
Can Solve Long-Term Problems

Spinal nerves are sensitive to stress and pressure. When your spine becomes misaligned, it stresses the nerves affecting normal nerve impulses. This extra stress on the nervous system affects how your body functions at every level. Although we associate nerves primarily with sensation and pain, they are responsible for other important functions. The nervous system coordinates:

  • All body functions, including those you don’t consciously think about, such as heart rate, digestion, and breathing.

  • Your ability to move your muscles.

  • Your ability to sense and feel.

  • How you relate to the world around you.

​​​​​​​During your initial examination, our doctors look for postural distortions, pelvic imbalances, and leg length differences. These are signs of spinal misalignment. Injury, damage, or trauma can misalign your spine, causing nerve interference in your body. When this happens, a host of problems can arise within days or even years. Luckily, NUCCA chiropractic treatment at Intouch Chiropractic in San Diego can provide fast and lasting relief.

Common Conditions Linked to Spinal Misalignment Include:

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Patient Testimonials

The experts at Intouch Chiropractic are extremely knowledgeable and are willing to make sure that you get the treatment you need. They will not stop until you are 100% healthy! I receive their NUCCA treatment and Dr. Young and Dr. Tapia are incredibly well-versed in this area, and they explain the purpose and goals of each treatment thoroughly. The rest of the staff in the office is very friendly, welcoming, and willing to provide you with assistance. The whole experience is welcoming, and it is reassuring to know that your quality of life can improve!

Bryce B.

The Intouch Chiropractic Difference

Depending on your symptoms, we may combine NUCCA upper cervical adjustments with spinal decompression technology and/or laser therapy in order to achieve your best results. Your treatment plan is always customized to you and your unique needs – that’s the Intouch Chiropractic difference.

​​​​​​​Even if you have not experienced results with other treatments, please know that many San Diego patients have finally obtained relief from back, neck, and sciatica pain with NUCCA Spinal Care and our state-of-the-art spinal decompression technology.

Isn’t it time you had a NUCCA specialist on your health team? Schedule your appointment today by calling our office or requesting an appointment here.


What is NUCCA Spinal Care?

NUCCA Spinal Care focuses on correcting a small misalignment of the bone structure that connects the head and neck without any cracking, popping, twisting of your neck or back. A misalignment in this part of your spine can disrupt the communication between your brain and body causing pain, tension, and physical ailments. Old injuries and trauma often contribute to today’s aches and pains. NUCCA is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

Will I get adjusted on every visit?

The goal of NUCCA Care is for you to come in, get checked and not need an adjustment. Our care operates on the principle that your body is self-healing and self-regulating. Once stable, most patients do not need to be adjusted on every visit. As your body adapts and gets stronger, you will develop new muscle memory that will allow for less adjustments.

Is NUCCA safe after back surgery?

Yes. NUCCA Care is gentle and effective after back surgery. NUCCA Care does not require any cracking, twisting, or popping of your neck or back.

Can I adjust myself?

The short answer is no. Only a chiropractor can adjust your spine in a way that provides long-lasting results.

What is upper cervical care?

Upper Cervical Care is a broad term for spinal care that focuses on the upper neck. Upper cervical literally means upper neck. A vital part of your nervous system, the brainstem, resides in this delicate area. NUCCA Care is a form of upper cervical care.

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