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Dr. Davis from Vista…Here is a great analogy from Precision Spinal Care in Fort Collins CO about NUCCA…
Did you know that statistics show that over 99% of US homes have a TV. But most of us don’t understand exactly how our TV works. Push a button and the picture comes on. You don’t know how it gets in there, but it works. The fact that you don’tknow how it works doesn’t stop you from using it. NUCCA WORKS. Just because you haven’t heard about NUCCA or don’t know how it works doesn’t mean it wont work for you! The study of Spinal Anatomy, biomechanics, X-ray physics are not a requirement to feeling better. The study of radio waves, electricity, lenses, and plasma screens are not a requirement for you to enjoy HD TV, but its great to have!
This procedure takes a great knowledge base and puts it into a package you can feel good about. We need to RAISE THE BAR in Health care. NUCCA has been researched over 40 years, is studied by professionals who have doctoral level educations and is so technical in its study and application that there are less than 300 people in the world practicing it today. This, Like HD TV should not keep you from its benefits and enjoyment. NUCCA works. It’s custom designed to allow you to properly function mechanically. The end result of proper function is less pain, better overall body function and a body that lasts longer.


Don’t continue to struggle with your health just because you don’t understand it. That would mean you couldn’t drive your car or watch your TV either. 
We are talking about the quality of your life, work, and relationships.
Don’t let hesitation and doubt steal your hope of feeling better.
Just read the real testimonials from people just like you on this blog.
Don’t give up!! 
760-945-1345  www.nuccawellness.com
Dr. Bill Davis
NUCCA Practitioner
Vista CA 



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Dr. Davis here from Vista…In the first installment of this blog post we looked at where the nerves go and what types of conditions can be a result of problems with these nerves.  So lets continue that look at the nerves as they go into the body…

  • The nerves from that go into the body cavity go into the heart-problems may manifest like irregular heartbeat, palpitations etc,
  • Then the lungs are next-this can lead to shallow breathing, shortness of breath, asthma, allergies
  • Then the next set goes into the liver, gallbladder, and stomach-this can lead to indigestion, heartburn, bloating and gas.
  • The next set goes into the energy producing organs-the pancreas, spleen,  and adrenals-interference can lead to decreased energy and vitality.
  • The next set goes into the intestines-constipation, diarrhea, cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, etc can result.
  • Then there are the nerves to the kidneys,  and urinary system.  If that system is weakened it may result in chronic infections (UTI).
  • Then there are nerves that control the reproductive system-in women may see irregular or painful menstrual cycles.  In men, this can lead to impotence or other sexual dysfunctions.
  • And lastly there are 3 nerves that come out of the lower back and go into the legs….one goes across the hips down into the knees and the outside of the legs…this can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in these areas.
  • The next nerve is the classic sciatic nerve…goes into the back of the hip down the back of the leg into the calf, down the leg into the outside of the foot…this nerve also effects the prostate…this can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in this area as well and prostate dysfunction.
  • The last nerves goes around the belt line and goes into the groin and down inside of the leg to the big toes.  Problems here can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in this distribution.

Courtesy of Dr. Brooks…

So when the spine is misaligned it can virtually affect any of those nerves in any of those ways and those are just the peripheral nerves and not the central nervous system…which can affect the body in completely different ways…(see what is the brain stem? for more info https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/whats-the-brain-stem/)

Now do you better understand the results that we see at Breath of Life?  How a patients digestive function improves?  Why a person with chronic urinary tract infections finds a resolution?  How a person’s hearing can improve?  God has put an amazing amount of power inside our body’s nervous system…and when that system is working at less that 100% then the entire body is compromised…Is your nervous system working at 100%? 

If your spine is misaligned the answer is no!

Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate for NUCCA Spinal Care today!


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Dr. Davis here from Vista…The Nervous system is the master system of the entire body.  When the spine has become misaligned (see a recent article https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/is-one-of-your-legs-shorter-than-the-other/) the nervous system which is the brain, the brain stem, the spinal cord and the nerves that go out into the body become less functional and eventually symptoms begin to present themselves.  Which symptoms?  Depends on the person…everyone is different.  However the misalignment of the spine beginning in the upper neck is what changes everything.  Because upper neck misalignments have the most far-reaching effects on the body.  There are 300 Trillion nerves that pass through this fuse box of the body located just below the skull.  Because these upper neck misalignments also cause the most compensations throughout the rest of the spinal column the conditions that can result are numerous.  In my office, I have seen everything from Plantar Fascitis, a foot problem to Ringing in the Ears respond to an upper neck correction that changes the entire body.

So lets look at the distribution of the peripheral nerves and what types of conditions can result from problems in different areas…

First…there are 3 nerves that come out of the neck into the head…

  • One supplies the muscles of the scalp and the inner and middle ear-this can lead to conditions like stress headaches, dizziness, dis-equilibrium, ear infections and ringing in the ears
  • The next supplies the sinuses and eyes-dysfunction here can lead to sinus problems-infections & congestion, allergies, vascular congestion and hay fever
  • Then the third nerve goes to the teeth, gums and jaw-this can be associated with jaw pain or TMJ, clicking, face pain, teeth pain etc.

The next nerve goes to supply the muscles of the neck-problems here can lead to stiffness and pain in the neck

Next we have 3 nerves that come out of the neck and go into the arms

  • The first goes across the shoulder, down the arm and into the thumb & first two fingers-problems here can cause shoulder pain, arm pain or weakness and numbness and tingling into the arm and hand
  • The second goes down the middle of the arm and into the middle two fingers-problems here can lead to numbness or tingling, pain or weakness into the arm or hand
  • The third goes into the thyroid, under the shoulder-blade, under the arm, into the elbow, and into the last three fingers-this can create thyroid dysfunction, pain between the shoulder blades, numbness, tingling, pain or weakness into the elbow, arm or hand

Next time we will look at where the rest of these nerves go in part 2 of this blog post…

If you know someone who is struggling with one of the conditions listed above or many of them…an Atlas misalignment could be the cause…get your spine and nerve system evaluated today….Breath of Life in Vista CA is a good place to start if you are in the San Diego County area.  Anywhere else go to www.nucca.org to find a doc in your area.

God Bless and Be Well,

Dr. Davis

Breath of Life, Upper Cervical Care 760-945-1345

161 Thunder Drive, Suite 104, Vista CA 92083

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Dr. Davis here again from Vista…You know there are many different type of chiropractic care out there….why do I choose to practice NUCCA?  Because it is reproducible, predictable, measurable and extremely effective.  NUCCA frequently works where others approaches haven’t…as in Janna’s experience below.  She had seen several other chiropractors and other types of practitioners…but only the NUCCA method was able to give her long lasting results…check out her story below…

 “When I first came to Breath of Life Chiropractic as was having mid to lower back pain and stiffness constantly for approximately 15-20 years.  I was also having headaches on a weekly basis for the past 10 years.  I was tired of complaining about being in pain to my husband and my family.

Since starting care my headaches have almost completely disappeared!  I have no back pain!  I am sleeping so much better than before.

 I would just encourage people to try for themselves this care, to see how well this type of Chiropractic care really works!  I have really enjoyed the friendly staff at Breath of Life Chiropractic and the calm relaxing environment.”

Janna S.                                                                           Carlsbad CA

You may have tried chiropractic approaches that attempt to force the spine back into place.  That is not what the NUCCA System does!  There is no popping, cracking or twisting of the spine…NUCCA uses the principles of physics, mathematics and biomechanics to work with your body to shift the spine back into a normal alignment.  Just like Spinal Engineering!!!

To find out more about NUCCA take a look around the blog or give us a call to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if you are a good candidate for NUCCA today…760-945-1345
Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Carlsbad Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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The Brainstem (in red) extends down into your cervical spine

Dr. Davis here in beautiful Vista again…You may have heard me talk of the brain stem, but do you know what it’s in charge of? What its basic function is? The purpose it serves for your body?

The brain stem acts as a bridge between the lower most part of your brain (cerebrum) and your spinal cord; it carries messages through your nerves to your brain and messages from your brain through your nerves back to your body parts. The brain stem is also made up of several different structures that control some of the most basic functions that keep you alive – your breathing, your heart rate and your blood pressure.

The brain stem also coordinates such things as eye movements, movement of the jaw, tongue and larynx, your facial expressions, and sensations and movements of your neck and head; the brain stem accomplishes that through the cranial nerves that pass through it. Basically, all nerve communication between the brain and the spinal cord passes through the brain stem, so you can certainly understand its importance!

Any type of injury to the brain stem could be devastating. More serious injuries can result in a prolonged coma or what is also known as a “persistent vegetative state.”

You may know someone who has had a stroke that affected the brain stem. Depending on its severity, this type of stroke could be fatal because of the major functions that the brain stem controls, or it could affect the person’s vision, speech, body movements, and sensation of pain.

Upper Cervical Specialists are trained to locate and correct nerve interference in the upper (cervical) spine that may interfere with the nerve communication between the spinal cord and the brain stem. The first two vertebrae of the cervical spine (atlas and axis) house the lowest part of the brain stem, which coordinates all communication between the brain and the body. Keeping this area free from any type of nerve interference is, therefore, critical.

Please be sure to have this area of your body evaluated so you can make sure that this area of your spine is properly aligned, to allow your body to function optimally.

Tell a Friend today about the best kept secret in health…Upper Cervical Care!!!

Find out more at www.nuccawellness.com

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Dr. Davis here again from beautiful Vista CA….So I get asked alot what’s the difference between NUCCA and general chiropractic manipulation…so here is the answer….

The NUCCA Correction is very precise and very gentle without any of the popping, cracking, or twisting of the spine involved with general chiropractic manipulation.  NUCCA spinal care is focused on providing a patient with fast relief, maximum recovery and long lasting results. 

It is a lot like this…if you asked me for directions to my house and I said go down to the corner turn right then go a little while and turn left and then go some more and it should be on the right…!  What are the chances that you are going to make it to my house?  Not very good…what if instead I said go out and get in my car…I have a GPS already set to direct you from my office to my house…now what are the chances of getting to my house?  Much higher!!! That is just like specific upper cervical care vs. general chiropractic manipulation…the precision and specificity with which we work allows us to get more predictable results in the correction of the spine.  It is a lot like spinal engineering…physics, mathematics and biomechanics applied to the spine. 

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

See this article at the NUCCA blog site as well http://thenuccablog.com/what-is-the-difference-between-nucca-and-general-spinal-manipulation/

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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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