Is NUCCA a type of chiropractic?



NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association logoNUCCA.orgNational Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.


The majority of chiropractors practice full-spine, or segmental chiropractic - which is what most people envision when they think of a chiropractor. Upper cervical chiropractic shares many of the same goals and principles as segmental chiropractic, but differs in terms of its conclusions on how those goals are best achieved.

If you were to visualize chiropractic as the trunk of a tree, it would have two main branches: an upper cervical branch, and a full-spine/segmental branch. And from these two, you would see many smaller branches splitting off to fill in the full tree.

For example, upper cervical chiropractic branches into two sub-theories: orthogonal and non-orthogonal. At Rumsey Spinal Care we advocate the NUCCA procedure, which is rooted in the orthogonal branch of upper cervical chiropractic.

A closer look at the advantages of upper cervical chiropractic and the NUCCA procedure can be found here.

What makes NUCCA so different?

Does NUCCA use X-rays?

How does the NUCCA procedure work?

How safe is NUCCA?

How many adjustments do I need?

Why aren't there more NUCCA chiropractors?


Where can I find a NUCCA doctor if I'm not in Anchorage?

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The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association has established a certification program for the purpose of training doctors of chiropractic in the NUCCA technique and testing these doctors' skills in the NUCCA technique. The certification process consists of three rigorous stages. Each stage requires the participant to demonstrate significant knowledge and skill in the NUCCA technique. Doctors who have participated in the certification program will have the designation of Certification Status as follows:

Certification Candidate: Passed Level I
Certification Candidate: Passed Level II
NUCCA Board Certified

The directory includes members of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association who are doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic students, and laypersons.
With the exception of Certified doctors, this directory makes no attempt to qualify any individual's expertise or right to practice chiropractic in any jurisdiction.