Neck pain can come on gradually through repetitive stress like sitting at a desk for hours at a time, sleeping wrong, or from previous injuries like whiplash, sports injury, slips, falls, etc. Sometimes neck pain can develop into tingling and numbness down the arm and into the hand due to compression of nerves in the neck. Neck pain can also trigger a headache called cervicogenic, which means “originating from the neck.”
We focus on the upper neck because it is the most important part of the entire spine. It is the job of the upper cervical spine to protect the brainstem, and it can impact our health, including chronic neck pain. When the structures in the neck become misaligned and shift off the center, this abnormal load on the neck joints causes inflammation and irritation. We can take that stress off the joints by gently bringing the head and neck back into alignment and getting you feeling better. The sooner you seek care, the better we can get you feeling better and avoid things like degeneration or disc problems.
NUCCA doctors are trained to assess the head and neck for abnormal alignment and gently bring the structures to a more vertical position. The NUCCA treatment is gentle, specific, and safe. There is no twisting of the neck or spine involved in the NUCCA treatment. We strongly recommend starting with the NUCCA assessment to detect the root cause of your neck pain.