What is NUCCA? Can It Help Relieve My Back Pain?

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Many people today are seeking more natural approaches to their health and wellness, and NUCCA chiropractic may be one option to consider. NUCCA, or the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, is focused on researching the connection between the upper cervical spine and optimal health.

Studies have shown that issues in this area of the spine can lead to a range of symptoms, including pain and depression, and can even contribute to the degeneration of the body as a whole. Back pain However, if these misalignments are detected and corrected, it can help to restore good health and allow individuals to return to their normal activities. Many people view NUCCA chiropractic as a way to support a healthy nervous system and maintain overall wellness.

Misalignment of the atlas vertebra can lead to a variety of health issues, including headaches, neck pain, and even problems with the digestive, respiratory, and immune systems.


The NUCCA technique uses a highly precise and gentle adjustment to realign the atlas vertebra and restore balance to the central nervous system. The adjustment is performed while the patient lies on a special table that allows for precise measurement of the alignment of the neck.

Improvement of Body Systems:

  • Posture & Balance

  • Headaches & Migraines 

  • Blood Pressure & Heart Rate

  • Sleep & Mood

  • Cognition

  • Immune Function

  • Digestion

  • Respiration


One of the main benefits of the NUCCA technique is that it is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to addressing health issues. It is also a very safe form of care, as the adjustments are extremely gentle and have a low risk of side effects.


Secondary Conditions Helped: 

  • Head & Neck pain

  • Headaches & Migraines 

  • Balance & Vertigo

  • TMJ Disorders

  • Degenerative Disc Issues

  • Concussions

  • Gait Abnormalities

  • Muscle Tension

  • Neurological Disorders

  • Back pain


In addition to addressing misalignment of the atlas vertebra, the NUCCA technique can also help to improve posture and overall spinal health. Many patients report experiencing a reduction in pain and an improvement in their overall well-being after receiving NUCCA care.

Dr. Austen is the best chiropractor in Murfreesboro TN! He truly cares about taking the time to understand your issues before making the chiropractic adjustment. I was had been having lower back pain for a few years and thought it was my bed….so I bought a new bed….that didn’t work. I decided to go see Dr. Austen after seeing him give a presentation about his practice and the NUCCA technique. His passion and knowledge shown through watching him talk. About halfway through my adjustment I realized that my lower back pain was gone! I was completely amazed! Highly recommend Horizon Spinal Care,” says Sara, a patient who resides in the Walter Hill community.

If you are experiencing health issues that may be related to the alignment of your spine, it may be worth considering the NUCCA technique as a natural and non-invasive approach to improving your health. It is always important to speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, and a chiropractor trained in the NUCCA technique can help determine if it is the right option for you.

If you or a loved on are experiencing back pain feel free to reach out to our office.
Dr. Austen Scheumann can be reached via phone or online to answer your condition-specific questions or help you reap the benefits of the NUCCA procedure at 615-203-5111.