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NUCCA: New Advancement in Chiropractic Care

Updated on July 12, 2014
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Chiropractic Image of Cervical Area and More

Cervical-- of or relating to the neck. Chiropractic Image of Cervical Area.
Cervical-- of or relating to the neck. Chiropractic Image of Cervical Area. | Source
This picture is to enhance what is explained on the left in the text. On the right is Schwarzenegger and on the left is Franco Columbo who is Schwarzenegger's chiropractor now.
This picture is to enhance what is explained on the left in the text. On the right is Schwarzenegger and on the left is Franco Columbo who is Schwarzenegger's chiropractor now. | Source

NUCCA Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic treatment by chiropractors has helped many people. Lance Armstrong won 7 straight Tour De France events. After one of them, he said that he could not have done it without chiropractic care. Note that all of those titles were taken from him for using drugs. Barry Bonds said "I go to my chiropractor on a regular basis, because I want to prolong my career as long as possible. I see him about once a week, in between my training." If you are inpatient, you may want to skip down to the next section and come back to this one.

Ex-California governor, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, said at the Arnold Classic, "I am very fortunate to have, so-to-speak, my in-house chiropractor, Dr Franco Columbu, as my own personal chiropractor. He adjusts my wife, my kids, me, everybody gets an adjustment. And we feel always great when Franco leaves." Franco Columbo used to compete against Schwarzeneggar in the Mr Olympia body building contests. I wrote this June 28, 2012.

Sean Atkins, Ph.D. Exercise Physiologist says:

I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.

Some athletes that use chiropractic include Muhammad Ali, Bruce Jenner, Mary Lou Retton, Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Wade Boggs, Evander Holyfield, John McEnroe and Joe Montana.

Due to a serious injury I have been to many chiropractors. You can see on Youtube what almost all of them do. They twist the neck in one direction and then to the other direction making the neck crack. I would do this on my wife since it did not cost us anything. Then they have you lie down on your stomach. They push down on different parts of the back making it crack. Then they push down on your lower body and the upper body in the opposite direction making it crack. Then they do it in the opposite direction.

They may take X-rays but if you say you have pain, then they do the above. So you can go to one for the first time and get this done. An hour later you can go to another for the first time and they will do the same. Then an hour later go to another and get the same. You can do this all day.

NUCCA is an acronym that means National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (Cervical-- pertaining to neck). Most chiropractic colleges do not teach NUCCA so most will need to learn it from a chiropractor after graduating. They must first take very precise X-rays of your atlas, the first vertebrae or C-1 to see how it is out of place. Your head that weighs about 10 pounds sits on this. They only adjust this atlas with gentle pressure and all the other vertebrae straighten out. I was amazed when it first happened to me since most of my pain was in my lower back.

After taking the X-rays the next step is to figure out the vector to get the atlas back in. Then they try to get the atlas in in. Note that it is rare for someone to have one leg longer than the other. Also I have a rule. It is that all rules have exceptions including this one. So these are generalizations. When the atlas is out of place, one leg appears to be longer than the other due to hips having one side higher than the other. There are also other signs like more weight on one side and others.

Unless the chiropractor has a couple of hours, you usually have to come back a second day to get adjusted. The leg can appear to be longer by different amounts. Remember my rule above. Do not write to me and say that one time such and such happened. Now on this first time, they will try to get the atlas back in and your legs will be even or they may have to settle for an improvement.

First they need to put you on one side and angle your head and neck in such a way that the atlas can go back in. The atlas or first vertebrae is protected by the skull bone and ligaments on the side so it cannot be directly pushed in or forced in. So they put gentle pressure on the the side of the neck and it may go in the first time. Or they may need to try again. Then try again. Then try again. Then change your position slightly and try again. So this NUCCA chiropractic is harder to learn and more challenging. Only 1% of chiropractors know how to use it.

For more technical information, like for chiropractors, see A Patient's Perspective: Is Your Head on Straight starting with The Anatomy of Atlas Subluxation, including Figure 6: The Effects of Atlas Subluxation. This website has a webpage telling about the other upper cervical methods similar to NUCCA and a listing of chiropractors using these other methods.

For example my first NUCCA chiropractor, Dr Jay Berke (see below), had a beautiful wife, Judy, that was doing NUCCA but she got injured in a car accident. They were considering getting the Sweat Percussion Instrument for her to use that uses Atlas Orthogonality to make adjustments. He said that it was just like NUCCA except a machine makes the adjustments.

Now let us repeat the above example. You go to one NUCCA chiropractor for the first time and he puts your atlas in. Then you go to another NUCCA chiropractor for the first time a couple of hours later. You can complain of horrible pain. He will check you and see your atlas is in and he will tell you that he cannot help. Then go to another NUCCA chiropractor an hour later and he will tell you that he cannot help you. You can do this all day.

Say you schedule another appointment with the first chiropractor. He will check to see if your atlas is out. Again I am using generalizations since each case is different and unique. If it is out, then he will put it back in. If it is not out, he will tell you that you do not need an adjustment and not do anything. So of course the ideal way to do it, is to go to see your NUCCA chiropractor right when it goes out.

As far as exceptions, I was at a going-GREEN fair where a regular chiropractor was showing off this new expensive machine that he bought. It measured the weight on each side. He showed some people that they may have 80% of their weight on one side. An M.D. cannot do anything about that. So he tested me and was surprised to see that I had the same weight on each side. So he said that I do not need a chiropractor. So I told him that I already see one. Below is the exciting part of the article.

Watch This 30 Second Video to See the Conventional Chiropractic Neck Twist That I Described

Watch This Now: One Minute Video of NUCCA Adjustment Being Done

Exciting Examples of the Power of NUCCA Chiropractic

To start with some people were noticing side effects of getting a NUCCA adjustment. Their high blood pressure was going down significantly. So if you do a search to see if chiropractic treatments can lower high blood pressure (hypertension), they all refer to this one study done that was done using this NUCCA method. Some of the articles do not say that it is only with NUCCA.

Here is an article on They get a million visiters a day. Note that the majority of their articles are not written by MDs or other doctors. Non-doctors will say that someone had a heart attack whereas the doctor may say that he had a myocardial infarction (same thing). Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure: Study Finds Special 'Atlas Adjustment' Lowers Blood Pressure

March 16, 2007 -- A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure [hypertension], a placebo-controlled study suggests.

"This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. "And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems," adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

A champion drag racer, Tony Schumacher, got into an accident while going over 300 miles an hour. He had the fastest speed ever in drag racing of 330 miles an hour. For you car guys, his 8,000 horsepower engine accelerates from 0 to 300 in 4 seconds (faster acceleration than a space rocket). He had lots of injuries but lived. The doctors healed all his bones and muscles but he could still not function with terrible headaches and other things.

A NUCCA chiropractor helped him and he is back racing again. Here is the 10 minute video about it. If you want you can skip to minute 6 where the NUCCCA doctor comes in. At least see the gentle adjustment used a 6:40.

NUCCA Chiropractic Helps Heal Tony Schumacher

More Examples of the Power of NUCCA

Tourette's Syndrome

With this story keep in mind the warning of Dr Brad that just because it works once for one problem, does not mean that it will work again for the same problem. A teen girl came to him with Tourette's syndrome. That is where you can have uncontrollable tics and maybe shouting. After the first adjustment the symptoms of this disease were gone. Her doctor says that it was a fluke. Since this was the only patient that Dr Brad had with this problem, he has no idea about it working with others. Otherwise this is incurable.

Suicide Disease

James Tomasi battled TN, trigeminal neuralgia, that is also called suicide disease. It is a severe facial pain and an incurable nerve condition of the face. He saw chiropractors, acupuncturists and herbalists for 12 years with no help. His was caused by root canal and he bought a shotgun to use on himself (1997). Then he met a NUCCA doctor and after his first adjustment most of the pain was gone and totally gone by 3rd adjustment.

He wrote a book about this called What Time, Tuesday referring to the day of using the shotgun on himself. He is trying to let everyone know about NUCCA Chiropractic Care. Please note that I have heard that there are chiropractors using similar things to NUCCA where they only work the upper cervical area. I do not know about them, but it is possible that they may work as well as NUCCA.

My chiropractor, Dr. Brad Hirschhorn, is 2 blocks outside of Philadelphia. To find one near you go to Now this is Dr Brad's way of making a living but the money means very little compared to the miracles that he sees with people. Note that I used to see Dr Jay Berke of Glenside (right outside of Philadelphia) who did NUCCA. Brad was also his patient and NUCCA got rid of Brad's headaches. So he became a NUCCA doctor.

Then Dr Jay retired and referred me to Dr Brad. It turned out that I had went to elementary school with Dr Brad. So Dr Brad would tell me these stories. Like a woman came to him and she would wear a device in her mouth for TMJ. She got adjusted by Dr Brad and went to her dentist and he said the device does not fit anymore since she no longer needs it. He called Dr Brad and made an appointment and said that he knows many that need this NUCCA chiropractor.

Dr Jay Berke graduated from Cornell University and graduated first in his class in chiropractic college. The guy who graduated second in his class of chiropractic college became the dean of that college. The guy who graduated third in his class of chiropractic college became a billionaire but his last name is Loews.

Quick Version of My Story:

My name is Chuck Bluestein. I wrote this and it is Copyright 2012 With All Rights Reserved. When I first went to Dr. Jay my neck had lost its normal C curve and was straight. It also had a 6 and half degree twist or rotation in it. He X-rayed me again after 6 months of NUCCA treatment. My neck had the normal C curve again and the rotation was only one and a half degrees. My major injury was while I was 17 years old (it broke a lower vertebrae of mine into 2 sepa rate pieces) and I did not see Dr Jay until I was 24.


Another guy had a stroke 10 years ago and he could not feel anything on the left side of his body. After an adjustment, he started to get the feeling back. Now Dr Brad wants it made clear that just because NUCCA helps one person one time, does not mean that another person with the same problem will respond at all. Note that the atlas does not come out the first time from bad posture or sleeping wrong. It requires some sort of accident to knock it out.

Also if someone goes to the NUCCA doctor right after the incident then it is more likely that after a few adjustments the atlas will stay in as opposed to someone who got injured decades before seeing a NUCCA guy. As far as regular chiropractic working, Dr Brad uses it on animals and it helps them. There is no NUCCA for animals. Each type of animal has a different spine.

All the nerves from the brain must pass through the neck to get to the rest of the body. Any pressure on them can cause them to not work as well as they should. If the spinal cord is severed the person loses control of his body below that. These chiropractors also recognize that a good diet and exercise can make make a huge difference. I have an article about 23 Celebrities That Do Yoga and also one about the Health Benefits of Hatha Yoga. That is the postures or poses in yoga. I have been doing yoga since age 12.

2 Minute Video with NUCCA Chiropractor Explaining how NUCCA Works

Testimonials From People Going to a NUCCA Chiropractor

Video of News Story About NUCCA Chiropractic Helping to Lower High Blood Pressure

NUCCA: Welcome to the Cripe Upper Cervical Center


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    • Chuck Bluestein profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I am glad that you enjoyed reading it.

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      Linda Robinson 

      3 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hello Chuck this is such a detailed and well written, informative hub, I have always wonder about these techniques, you have brought a lot of knowledge to the public, way to go. To inform and educate. Look forward to reading more of your excellent hubs. Take care. Linda

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      6 years ago

      I have been suffering from neck and lower back pain for 5 years. Today i had my three xrays done and monday i will have my alighnment. For the first time i have hope of being pain free and enjoying my life again!

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      Nathan Wheat 

      7 years ago

      Great article Chuck!

      Once I had my first NUCCA adjustment, I knew that what I was learning at chiropractic school was not what I was going to be doing with my life anymore. My problems really manifested after a terrorist bomb when I was in Saudi Arabia with the US Air Force where I broke my back, and then they were exacerbated after I was hit by a car while I was on a motorcycle (I had actually just left chiro school for the day when that happened).

      Anyway, I'm happy to say that I have my own NUCCA office in Iowa now, and if your readers have questions, I would be happy to try and provide an answer for them.

    • Chuck Bluestein profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Bluestein 

      7 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Christy, sometimes the neck twist can make your neck worse. NUCCA has no neck twist. I do a lot of work on my articles since I am passionate about what I write about.

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      Shelley Watson 

      7 years ago

      Chuck, I regularly visit a chiropractor, so I shall mention this hub to him. Up, interesting and useful!

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting, I have never heard of this NUCCA. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow Chuck, your hubs are jam-filled with useful health information. I like the way you back up your data with videos and studies, as well as informative links. I have not been to a chiropractor before and am scared of the neck twist!


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