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Vancouver NUCCA Clinic

Specialty Headache Neck Whiplash Concussion
Dr. Michael J. Foran DC DCCJP


Headaches, Neck Pain, Dizziness, Brain Fog,  hearing issues,   Car Accident Whiplash, Concussion ...Neurological disorders...Disc Injuries and Stroke.  Lets put the cards on the table. There  can be   serious  consequences to your decisions about your health problems and the management of  your diagnosis and  treatment. I want to be very clear and up front about the decision to undergo any treatment on your neck.  

When your neck is on the line following any injury trauma or event you need to be very careful and discerning on who does what to your head and neck. Any neurologist will tell you this. They will say "Never go to a chiropractor for neck manipulation".  Agreed !  It is imperative to understand the difference between the Nucca procedure - a scientific  image guided correction of the neck misalignment, and that of manipulation or mobilization  done by a chiropractor or physiotherapist. Many of our patients  tried a number of medical and alternative approaches including chiropractic or physiotherapy neck  manipulation without total success and find that the NUCCA procedure is the missing link to provide the relief & results they have been seeking. This is because it is based on specific biomechanical imaging & analysis prior to any treatment.  We don't blindly guess about your situation.  We look first and measure the misalignment in order to determine the exact correction that you require in a very specific computerized analysis.   This takes highly skilled training done by a experienced Board Certified professional.   There are only a few in Canada.  If you want what I consider the Gold Standard of care  in upper cervical spinal correction then call us.  This is safe , gentle and effective.  I have ~30 years experience and I tell it like it is.  Call or book Online 

What is Nucca ?

NUCCA is a SAFE GENTLE EFFECTIVE and highly SPECIALIZED image guided procedure leading the way in correcting head neck misalignment. The restoration principal states there is a normal alignment to the human frame. The Nucca procedure restores the normal alignment of the head and neck back to "Normal" . ....  the vertical axis. 

What Makes NUCCA Unique (The Specific Atlas Correction)

NUCCA recognizes the critical relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and the central nervous system and brain stem function. When the top vertebrae of the spine (called the Atlas) is misaligned, it can result in stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system. This can impact all functions of the body, from breathing, to digestion, to circulation. When left untreated, it can result in varying health conditions and chronic pain. Through a precise but incredibly gentle technique, we ensure the Atlas is aligned, the spine is straight and balanced, and the head is centered over the neck – thus restoring balance in your body and ensuring efficient communication to the nervous system. This can alleviate stress, pain, and discomfort, allowing the body to heal and function properly.

Although we don't treat the patients symptoms or disease, some of the many secondary conditions patients report to have been helped with NUCCA care are:


  • Headaches / Migraines
  • TMJ
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Meniere's disease
  • Tinnitus Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Concussion
  • Brain Fog
  • Body Imbalance


  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle spasm
  • Disc Herniation
  • Joint Ligament Injuries
  • Upper Extremity Numbness
  • Tingling Pins and Needles


  • Pelvic malalignment Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Gait Abnormalities
  • Leg length Inequality


  • Fibromyalgia
  • Dysautonomia
  • High/Low Blood Pressure
  • Neurodegenerative disorders

How It Works

Postural Assessment: Prior to beginning care your posture is evaluated and leg lengths are measured. These can be indicators that you have a upper cervical atlas misalignment

Diagnostic Imaging: Following postural assessment, any necessary diagnostic imaging may be performed to rule out any red flags or serious conditions.

Correct the Misalignment: Using precise positioning and a gentle, constant pressure, we are able to reposition your spine into a more ideal position.

Confirm the Correction: Post measurements provide information about how your body responded to the adjustment.

Maintain the Correction: This may be surprising, but the goal of care is to not need an adjustment. This means your body is holding the corrected position and operating efficiently.

Why Choose the Vancouver NUCCA Clinic ?

When you have tried everything else ...

Dr. Foran is  Nucca Board Certified  and  a credentialed Nucca Instructor.    He obtained  advanced training  3 year Post Graduate Diplomate Specialty in the Craniocervical Junction in Chicago IL. 

A 25 year attendee & graduate of the SPINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF SAN DIEGO Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology Program.   Graduates of this program have received the most in-depth, science-based training available certified in WHIPLASH, spinal trauma, mild traumatic brain injuries (post concussion syndrome) & MVA CRASH Certified. (Low Speed Rear Impact Auto Crash Reconstruction) 


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