Common Health Problems

The listed signs and symptoms often present with the atlas (C-1) misalignment, but there can be other symptoms due to its proximity to the brainstem and upper cervical spinal cord.

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Common Signs and Symptoms

Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC) refers to a specific misalignment of the atlas vertebra, which is the first bone in the neck (C1). This misalignment can cause a variety of health issues because of its unique location and function in the body.

– Chronic neck pain, upper back pain, stiffness, limited range of motion

– Chronic low back pain with or without sciatica

– Tingling and numbness in the legs, buttocks, behind thighs

– Neck pain that travels down to shoulder, arm and hand

– Tingling and numbness in the head, face, arms, or legs

– Poor posture and hard to sit or stand straight for a long time

– Uneven hips and shoulders causing short leg on one side

– Persistent headaches, squeezing or throbbing pain in the head

– Fullness in the head, and the head feels heavy

– Pressure behind the eyes, usually in one eye

– Ear symptoms including chronic dizziness, imbalance, Vertigo

– Jaw issues such as TMJD, irregular bite

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How NUCCA Can Help

When there’s a misalignment in the upper neck (craniocervical junction), this will interfere with the functionality of the nervous system, and this can translate into chronic pain.

The top part of our neck plays an important role in the central nervous system–i.e., brainstem, upper cervical spinal cord, CSF circulation, blood pressure. The craniocervical junction (CCJ), where the base of the skull and the top part of our neck meet, contributes significantly on how our brain communicates with our body.

NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) chiropractic focuses on precise and gentle corrections of the upper cervical spine, which results in steady return toward good health over time.