Children and NUCCA Care
Pregnancy and NUCCA Care
stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association,
is a specialty within chiropractic. The NUCCA procedure is a safe
and painless method to correct the spine without drugs or surgery.
NUCCA is a unique form of Chiropractic spinal health care which
uses a specific procedure focused on correcting a small misalignment
of the upper neck know 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. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan recognized NUCCA and its founder, Dr. Ralph Gregory, for the organization's outstanding commitment to natural, safe chiropractic care.
The adjustment is performed with a gentle touch to the first vertebra
in the neck called the atlas. This is done by hand without popping
or twisting the spine. Even though the primary focus is the neck,
the effect of the correction influences the entire spine and every
system in the body. In fact, many conditions that occur throughout
the body are caused by slight misalignments of this vertebra,
due to its key position near the brainstem.
How It Works
This gentle approach is possible because of the precise x-ray analysis using physics and biomechanics to calculate the exact formula used for each spinal correction. No two adjustments are the same; each one is calculated for the individual person with over 10,000 combinations possible. The x-rays allows me to "see" the exact misalignment of your spine and return it to its correct position.
How Did I Get This Way?
Accidents, injuries, and daily stress build up over time and place our bodies in an unbalanced position. This can be seen easily in someone's posture; what most people miss is what is happening on the inside. Amazingly, the body will continue to function, many times without symptoms. But, in time, like a cavity that goes untreated, the condition will get progressively worse.
How long will I need NUCCA Chiropractic Care?
After the initial spinal correction is made, and the spine returns to a normal balanced position, the acute symptoms will begin to alleviate. The body will then enter into a recovery cycle where it begins to stabilize into a new balanced position. Once the body is stabilized and begins holding its alignment, it takes about one month to recover for every year the spine has been misaligned, providing that the correction is maintained. After this recovery period has been achieved nearly all patients have discovered the value of maintaining their spinal correction and choose to stay in alignment the rest of their life. Keep in mind, however, everyone heals at their own pace, depending on their overall health, past injuries and current activities.
Full spine structural corrections can be achieved in contrast to the limited effects of general manipulation.
Long-term improvements in health, comfort and well-being can be experienced, instead of only short-term relief.
Adjustments can be fine tuned with precision to satisfy the individual needs of the patient.
Fewer visits are required to achieve health goals.
Unsurpassed gentleness and safety characterize this procedure.
It has a 50-plus year clinical track record and the support of over 75 peer reviewed research papers - more than any other chiropractic technique.
There is a saying: "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."
Why would a child have a spine and nervous system problem? Traumatic births. Learning to walk. Slips. Falls. The list is endless. Yet, because children have such an adaptive capacity, these problems are often brushed off as "growing pains" or just a "phase they're going through."
Dr. Abramson has treated newborns as young as 15 minutes old (his own). Most families bring their newborns in for a spinal check-up within about 2-3 weeks after birth. Why? If you think about it, the birth process can be traumatic to the baby. Contractions for hours, pushing by the mother and then there is the doctor. In a "normal" delivery, a doctor may exert an average of 30-40lbs of force on the baby's skull and neck. This is equivalent to an adult lying on the floor, and being lifted up by their head! The process may also involve twisting and torquing of a very elastic and shapeable infant spine. And if there are any complications, the use of vacuum extraction or forceps can add to the damage. Dr. Abramson believes it is very important to remove any form of nerve pressure form the new baby as soon as possible. By doing so, it may help minimize or eliminate any complications or health issues.
Common childhood ailments that have responded * to the NUCCA treatment include, but are not limited to:
ADD & ADHD
Allergies and Asthma
*note: This is not a guarentee that these symptoms will be cured, just noting there have been many patients who have had very favorable results.
Many parents have commented that they see almost instant improvements in the well being of their child.
his studies, Dr. Abramson placed special emphasis on the care
of the pregnant mother. Women who have had multiple children may
experience extreme low back and leg pain at any time. In particular,
as the mother approaches the third trimester, her body will release
a hormone called relaxin. This allows the ligaments of the birth
canal to expand, as well as the surrounding structures to shift.
The hormone just doesn't work within the birth canal region, but
all over the body, which could cause joint instability elsewhere,
resulting in various aches and pains.
Dr. Abramson has helped numerous mothers through their pregnancy, the most common reason for return visits - "It has made my pregnancy go faster and with less pain!"
Because the NUCCA Correction is classified as low-force chiropractic, Dr. Abramson is able to treat with an extremely gentle pressure, and there are no contra-indications to the adjustment (except in cases of major traumatic fracture, cancer and spinal infections). If you are a new patient and are pregnant, it is preferred to get started after the 1st trimester (the more critical period of neuro-development). Any x-rays are ONLY from the neck up, so there is virtually no exposure to the fetus. And of course pregnant patients still receive proper lead vest shielding just as a precautionary measure. And finally, the NUCCA x-rays utilize lead filters placed over the x-ray tube, which furthermore reduce exposure, making these films safer than standard hospital films. If you would like further information regarding x-ray safety with pregnancy, look up the chapter regarding dental x-rays and pregnancy in the popular book, What to Expect When Expecting.