At Balance Chiropractic Center we use a controlled, light contact on the first upper neck vertebra of the spine to help align and restore balance to the spine. Even though it seems that we are primarily concerned with the neck, the effects of the correction influences not only the whole spine but also all the muscles and body systems. This is because the NUCCA procedure that we use influences one of the highest control centers. That would be the brain stem and the central nervous system.
The upper neck vertebra or CI, also known as the Atlas, is a small donut-like bone located on top of the spine and the base of the skull. When the spine is subjected to stress, the Atlas can become misaligned. Our focus at our clinic is to correct this misalignment. The technical term for this misalignment is Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC). Symptoms such as pain in the back and neck muscles (one or both sides), headaches, dizziness, loss of sleep, loss of energy, hip pain or shoulder pain are commonly associated with this condition. However there are a variety of other symptoms that also accompany ASC that are too numerous to list.