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NUCCA Evaluation

If after an examination it is determined that the patient is demonstrating significant body imbalances such as head tilting to one side, one shoulder being lower than the other, one hip being lower than the other, rotation in the pelvis etc. then the NUCCA Doctor will take extremely precise x-rays of the head and neck to determine the severity and type of the spinal misalignment.  The Doctor will then analyze the x-rays and determine a specific upper cervical correction formula that will work to bring your spine back into alignment.  After the first upper cervical correction the Doctor will take two post x-rays to determine the response of the body to the initial correction.  After that initial adjustment the doctor will be able to estimate number of corrections needed and the length of time necessary for the spine to be stabilized. 

 Self Assessment

To see if you possibly would be a good candidate for NUCCA Spinal Care you can start by asking yourself a few questions and doing a few simple tests:

  • Did your particular health condition begin following a trauma to your head, neck or spine?  Have you ever had a concussion, lost consciousness due to head trauma etc. Think back throughout your life to any traumas you may have suffered even if you think they were insignificant such as a minor auto accident (fender bender).  At low speeds most of the impact goes into your body and not your car.

o   Frequently body imbalance precedes pain and sickness…so even if your accident, fall, sports injury, or other trauma occurred years prior it may be related to your current health condition.

  • When you look in the mirror close your eyes and turn your head to the left then back to the center.  Then to the right and back to the center.  Then open your eyes…and look at your head position.  Does your head tilt to one side or the other?  Is one of your shoulders lower than the other?
  • Now close your eyes again and feel if more of your weight is distributed to one foot then the other?

o   These are signs of body imbalance and you should be further evaluated for head/neck misalignment

Upper cervical corrective health care is the missing ingredient for so many people.  Our bodies are designed to be balanced beginning with our head and neck.  Without a properly balanced body all the exercise, nutrition, stress management will be lacking an extremely important ingredient…a properly functioning nervous system.  The nervous system controls every cell in our body.  The brain, brain stem, spinal cord, and nerves that go throughout our bodies work like an intricate network communicating health and healing messages to the body.  If the spinal column is not properly aligned then those messages from the brain will be interfered with.  If the message is going to your heart…the heart will not function as well, if the nerve message controls the stomach and it is interfered with the stomach will not work the way it is designed.  Nerve interference is a very serious and detrimental consequence of body imbalance.  Evaluate your own head/neck alignment or get checked by a NUCCA Doctor as soon as possible. 

Don’t wait another day!  It could make all the difference for you and your future!

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What is NUCCA?  Is it a new dance craze?  Is it some exotic fruit?  No.  NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.  It is a group of specially trained chiropractic doctors who focus on the correction of head/neck misalignment.  There are only approximately 200 NUCCA Doctors in the world.  This form of health care is very unique and very effective at restoring balance to the spinal column and entire body.  Restoring head/neck alignment has helped 1000’s of people to live healthier lives and recover from 100’s of different chronic health conditions including:   

  • Acid Reflux
  • ADD
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism                     

                This is just the A’s of the conditions that have been helped or completely eliminated by Upper Cervical Care…                 

How it Works

The neck is called the cervical region of the spine.  The first neck vertebrae also known as the Atlas or C-1 is a small ring like bone located at the top of the spine directly below the base of the skull.  This area surrounds the brain stem. The Brain Stem region controls many extremely important functions in your body; including the function of the ears, eyes, nose and throat, balance of the muscles that surround the spinal column, the heart, lungs, digestive organs, male and female organs etc.  When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned beginning at the Atlas vertebrae.  The spine will then compensate for the misalignment of the head and neck by the rest of the spine moving and twisting out of their normal positions.  This head/neck misalignment will result in a distortion of the messages being sent from the brain to the body resulting in a variety of health conditions.

Just when you thought you checked everything…have you checked to see if your head is on straight?

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Our mission at Breath of Life is to bring Glory to God by serving our community with the highest quality NUCCA Chiropractic care, wellness services, and lifestyle coaching in a passionate Christian environment.  Our mission is very important to us at Breath of Life Chiropractic.  We regularly look at all areas of the practice to make sure that we are bringing praise, honor and glory to God.  We know that the power of God that made the body is the power of God that heals the body.  Chiropractic utilizes God’s laws to help the body work at the highest level possible.  Just like gravity…Chiropractic is based on laws…the nervous system which controls all the cells in the body works best when there is no pressure on the nervous system.  When the spine is out of alignment pressure is on the nervous system and the body doesn’t work the way it was designed.

We also focus on serving our surrounding communites.  Before I moved here there was no NUCCA specialist to serve the communities of Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and the other communities of North County.  We serve people from San Diego to Los Angeles…but our focus is on North County where we make our home.  At our office we also focus on serving God’s people.  Many of our patients are Christians and we are Christians…so we regularly play Christian music and we will pray for and with our patients if they ask us to.  So if you are looking for a Chiropractic office that remembers where the healing comes from…then Breath of Life may be for you. 

Genesis 2:7 says then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  All of us have been given by God the ability to heal…the Breath of Life.

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