Research

NUCCA & Migraines

​Research has indicated a possible hydrodynamic mechanism that may contribute to the onset of a headache, in particular, a migraine headache. The central nervous system is housed inside the protective boney shield of the skull and vertebral column. Specialized venous drainage systems help to control fluid pressure (created by blood and cerebral spinal fluid) inside this closed system. Head and neck injuries can impair this drainage system and lead to alterations in intracranial compliance factors and autonomic dysregulation. This pilot study examines how an atlas misalignment correction in migraine patients effects intracranial compliance and demonstrated an improvement in the quality of life of the participants, with a reduction in headache-related disability.  

NUCCA & TMJ Occlusion

In a 2016 study the relationship between a malocclusion and a misalignment of the craniocervical junction was examined. The craniocervical junction consists of the joints between the skull, atlas (C1) and axis (C2). Misalignments in this region can alter how the skull is balanced on top of the neck. In addition to creating strain in the muscles and ligaments of the neck, this malposition can also influence the function of the temporomandibular joint. In turn, this can result in stressed bite patterns (more commonly referred to as a malocclusion). The findings of this study suggest a possible link between head posture and occlusion and suggest that appropriate co-management of temporomandibular joint disorders between chiropractors and dentists may be warranted

NUCCA and High Blood Pressure 

​A 2007 pilot study conducted by Drs. Bakris and Dickholtz demonstrated a reduction in blood pressure following an upper cervical adjustment. The degree of reduction varied among participants with the mean reduction being equivalent to taking two blood pressure medications. In addition, participants blood pressure remained reduced eight weeks later. Though more research is required, this provides exciting insight into a possible mechanical mechanism underlying high blood pressure and offers a gentle, non-invasive approach to treating it. 

Resolution of Symptoms in a Patient with Meniere’s Disease Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2019

. Jason Fraser, DC Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ May 30, 2019 ~ Pages 36-41 . Abstract Objective: To describe the positive health outcomes following upper cervical chiropractic care on a patient with Meniere's disease (MD). Clinical Features: A...

Resolution of Headaches & Neck Pain in a 59-Year-Old Male with Rheumatoid Arthritis Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2019

  Jason Slagel, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ March 14, 2019 ~ Pages 19-27 Abstract Objective: To review the positive health outcomes of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis experiencing headaches and neck pain undergoing upper cervical...

Resolution of Bell’s Palsy in a 68-Year-Old Man Following Correction of Upper Cervical Subluxation: A Case Report & Review

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2019

. Shane Preece D.C. & Joel Alcantara D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ April 30, 2019 ~ Pages 28-35 . Abstract Objective: To describe the positive health outcomes following upper cervical chiropractic care in a patient with Bell's Palsy....

Resolution of Post-traumatic Epilepsy, Headaches & Dizziness Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in a 19-Year-Old Male: Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2019

  Scott A. Null, D.C. & Logan A. Null, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ March 4, 2019 ~ Pages 11-18   Abstract Objective: To report on the positive health outcomes of a young adult with posttraumatic epilepsy undergoing chiropractic...

Resolution of Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2019

  Russell Friedman, DC & Shaun Puro, DC Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 11, 2019 ~ Pages 1-10   Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study is to describe the outcomes following chiropractic care by a woman suffering from...

Improved Stability Measured by Posturography Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

  Jeremy A Miller D.C., M.S, Ronald Hosek D.C., Ph.D., MPH, Robert Rectenwald D.C., Josh Silver D.C., D.A.C.N.B. & G. Stanford Pierce Sr D.C., B.C.A.O. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ October 15, 2018 ~ Pages 33-45   Abstract Objective:...

Resolution of Hot Flashes in a 57-Year-Old Female Following Upper Cervical NUCCA Care: A Case Report & Review of Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

  Jason Slagel, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ October 29, 2018 ~ Pages 46-53   Abstract Objective: To provide a detailed report of a patient with hot flashes and right-sided sciatic pain under upper cervical subluxation based...

Resolution of Neck Pain, Upper Extremity Paresthesia & Dysautonomia in a 46-year-Old Female with Loss of Cervical Curve and Spinal Degeneration Using Blair Upper Cervical Technique: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

  Charmaine Herman, D.C. & Jessica Harris, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ July 9, 2018 ~ Pages 26-32 Abstract Objective: To report on the health outcomes in a 46-year-old woman with neck pain and hand numbness undergoing chiropractic...

Resolution of Neck Pain and Upper Extremity Paresthesia in a 28-year-old Male Following Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

  Charmaine Herman, D.C. & Miracle Pitts, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ May 3, 2018 ~ Pages 19-25 Abstract Objective: To evaluate and discuss the effects of upper cervical chiropractic care on a 28-year-old male patient with neck pain...

Resolution of Vasovagal Syncope (VVS) Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

  Russell Friedman, D.C. & Alexandra Friedman D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 8, 2018 ~ Pages 1-12   Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study is to describe the resolution of symptomatology in a patient with Vasovagal...

Reduction of Seizures & Self Aggression Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Upper Cervical Subluxation in a 3-Year-Old Male: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2018

Paige Sigmon, DC, Matthew Hudson, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research  ~ April 5, 2018 ~ Pages 13-18   Abstract Objective: To describe the health outcomes in an infant suffering from epileptic seizures and self-aggression...

Resolution of Cervicalgia Secondary to Spinal Stenosis Following Blair Upper Cervical Technique: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2017

  Charmaine Herman, D.C. & Ashia Rallings, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ December 21, 2017 ~ Pages 58-64   Abstract Objective: The purpose of this case study is to evaluate and discuss the use of Blair Upper Cervical technique in...

Resolution of Anosmia and other Symptoms in a Patient with a Primary Central Nervous System Tumor Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2017

Ryan Ball, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ July 3, 2017 ~ Pages 31-39 Abstract Objective: The objective of this report is to describe the outcomes in a patient with a primary central nervous system tumor undergoing chiropractic care for upper...

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Resolution of Symptoms from Arnold-Chiari Malformation in a 6-Year-Old Male Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation with Knee-Chest Upper Cervical Care: Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2017

Ray Drury D.C. & Chase O’Keefe D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ May 1, 2017 ~ Pages 12-21 Abstract   Objective: The objective of this case report is to describe and discuss the effect of Specific Knee-Chest upper cervical chiropractic...

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Improvement in Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2017

Russell Friedman, D.C. & Sarah Powers, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ June 5, 2017 ~ Pages 22-30 Abstract Objective: The objective of this case study is to report on the positive health outcomes of a 76-year-old male patient with a...

 

Resolution of Seizures & Improvement in Quality of Life in a 22-Year-Old Female with Epilepsy Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Volume 2017

Matthew Hartenburg, D.C. & Anna Denton, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 23, 2017 ~ Pages 8-11 Abstract Objective: The purpose of this case study is to describe the outcome of upper cervical based chiropractic care on a patient...