Supporting the Research, Education and Awareness of the NUCCA procedure

The History

In 1941, two chiropractors from Michigan, Dr. Ralph R. Gregory and Dr. John Grostic, Sr., joined together in developing an accurate method of rebalancing the body by correcting a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. This procedure effectively helped to reduce pain and discomfort and worked to enhance overall well being.

After the death of Dr. Grostic, Dr. Gregory formed the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) organization in 1966 in order to conduct educational seminars. The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Association (NUCCRA), which later became the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF), was also established to support extensive research related to spinal corrections of the upper neck region and its effects on improved health. Dr. Gregory continued to develop the procedure by researching and instituting critical changes that continue to be utilized in many chiropractic practices today.

Why Upper Cervical Care?

The first neck vertebra, also known as the atlas or C–1, is a small donut–like ring located at the top of the spine in close proximity to the brain stem. This part of the central nervous system is responsible for controlling a number of vital body functions. One of these functions is the muscle balance of the spinal column.

When the atlas is subjected to stress or injury, it can become partly misaligned in relation to the skull and the other vertebrae in the neck. We call this the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome or the ASC Syndrome. Even a slight structural misalignment of the upper neck will result in a muscular response that shifts the body balance from normal and adds stress to the spinal column.

The Procedure

NUCCA is a form of chiropractic care that uses a specific procedure focused on correcting this small misalignment of the neck. This subtle correction ultimately restores optimal balance to the entire spinal column. Because the spinal column protects the central nervous system that controls and co–ordinates all body functions, good spinal balance is critical to good health.

Even though the primary work is done in the neck, the correction of the ASC Syndrome affects the balance of the entire body because the NUCCA procedure subtly influences one of the highest control centers over body balance: the brainstem and central nervous system.

Upper Cervical Research

Ongoing extensive research and clinical studies conducted through the Upper Cervical Research Foundation show that improved body balance effectively reduces structural and neurological stress throughout the entire body. This improves function and overall well–being for a variety of conditions such as muscular pain and discomfort along with other benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing physiological stress.

NUCCA care can offer a way to:

* Correct body imbalance to relieve stress on the spinal column and nervous system

* Help patients maintain the correction for extended periods of time

* Enhance the understanding of spinal care including both the correction and prevention of problems

Help Us Help the Future!

Since its inception in 1941, the NUCCA procedure has helped thousands of people of all ages regain and maintain their health throughout their lifetime. NUCCA is an important part of our health care system and offers a conservative approach to healing that is specific to each person and enhances the body's innate ability to be well. The Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation was established to ensure that this work continues to grow and is offered to future generations through its Endowment Program, Research, Education, and increased Public Awareness. Click here to learn more how you can become a partner in the evolution of healthcare.

Canadian funds will be directed through the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada) to the project(s) of your choice. The Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation Canada was incorporated March 29,2007, as a non–profit organization, in conformity with Alberta Societies Act, Corporate Access Number 5013179071. Listed as a society and established for the purposes of supporting the Scientific Research, Education, Public Awareness and Endowment of the NUCCA procedure.

In United States, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF) is a registered non–profit organization making contributions deductible under the status granted by the Internal Revenue Service.

Helping future generations maintain a healthy balance