Are NUCCA and Atlas Orthogonal Treatments the same?

The NUCCA chiropractic method (and upper cervical chiropractic) is a gentle and safe form of chiropractic care. It focuses on long-lasting results. The procedure was designed to correct the entire spine back to a balanced, unstressed position. The NUCCA method works because repositioning the spine reactivates the transmission of healing messages from the brain. These message go straight to the affected part of the body via the nervous system. This acts as a catalyst for the body’s natural self-healing process to begin.

– Reprinted with permission from Daniel O. Clark, D.C.

This imbalance manifests itself in a number of negative ways:

  • One of the legs being longer or shorter
  • one hip higher or lower
  • twisting of the body framework
  • muscular imbalance
  • abnormal movement
  • progressive wear and tear over time

NUCCA recognizes that this body position can cause stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system. Most importantly the brain stem (the base of the brain). This is important because our body shuttles millions of electrical and chemical impulses back and forth from the brain. These impulses reach every cell in our body every day. Any restriction or distortion of these messages (called nerve impulses) can affect every body function. Many of these messages are unconscious such as breathing, digestion, and circulation. If this distortion is not corrected, the long term effect is degeneration and restricted nerve supply . In other words, mild to severe pain and other symptoms. These can include numbness, burning, tingling, loss of mobility in limbs, and disease. A NUCCA chiropractor understands all of this and works to address these alignment issues.


The doctor will calculate the exact position the entire spine has tilted, shifted, or rotated from its normal anatomical position. The slightest degree of displacement of the spine from its normal position can cause body imbalance and brain stem compression resulting in increased health problems felt throughout the entire body. By utilizing a formula calculated from physics and bio-mechanics, the doctor is able to make the adjustment.

The NUCCA chiropratic doctor then applies a slight pre-determined pressure just below the ear at the atlas vertebrae (first neck vertebrae) to gently re-position the head over the center of the neck. This NUCCA re-positioning is what restores body balance and removes brain stem compression. NOTE: The NUCCA Correction requires NO FORCEFUL TWISTING, POPPING, OR CRACKING, and is barely felt by the patient. As needed, additional Chiropractic methods are used as well.

By correcting the spine with this specificity, the entire nervous system begins to function differently. It is this balanced unstressed position that allows the body to stabilize and begin a process of recovery (healing). It is the long-term stability of the NUCCA Correction that aids in recovery, relief, and long-term health.

Are NUCCA and Atlas Orthogonal Treatments the same?