The Need for Research
During the past 100 years, the benefits received by millions of chiropractic patients worldwide have been well documented. However, further inquiry into chiropractic care does a great deal to improve, enhance and standardize its effectiveness. For this reason, the research branch of the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation* (UCRF), was established. UCRF has been studying the link between the NUCCA work, the upper cervical spine and optimal well–being for more than forty years.
UCRF research shows that problems in the cervical spine can cause progressively degenerative structural, neurological, physiological and pathological symptoms. Yet, when a small but measurable spinal misalignment known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC) is detected and corrected, a return toward good health and normal activity can be realized.
The influence of the ASC correction is uniquely profound which is why UCRF doctors and scientists study the upper cervical spine, the NUCCA correction, and the role it plays in illness, health and wellness. UCRF supports and coordinates diverse project teams that are carefully selected to document and publish findings and testable studies associated with the Atlas Subluxation Complex and its vast range of impact.
UCRF Research Goals
As a scientific organization, UCRF was established to achieve the following goals:
- To engage in a comprehensive research program to establish a scientific basis for the vertebral subluxation and its negative effects on the body
- To share research findings with chiropractic colleges, chiropractic practitioners, and health related organizations
- To design and further develop spinal correction systems which will reduce the atlas subluxation complex efficiently, maximally, and safely
UCRF research has significantly impacted the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), helping it become one of the most respected chiropractic research organizations in the world today. During the past few decades, UCRF has focused most of its efforts on the development of safe and effective patient protocols. As example, NUCCA procedures and equipment have been modified for precision x–ray alignment which reduces patient exposure. UCRF has also designed analytical instruments for measuring vertebral misalignments of the Atlas Subluxation Complex on x–ray film and helped develop the Anatometer, an instrument used to measure spinal column and bodily distortions. UCRF research has been able to refine the biomechanical concepts and technical procedures used in reducing the Atlas Subluxation Complex in addition to designing a multiple support headpiece that facilitates faster subluxation corrections. With these protocols now in place, the focus has begun to shift as NUCCA procedures are now being integrated into mainstream science as an established service to the health care community at large.
An Invitation to Participate
UCRF research projects are ongoing and require funding. Please visit the UCRF website at www.ucrf.org for details on current projects in need of support. Your generous contribution to UCRF research is greatly appreciated. Please click here to donate now or contact the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada) at:
5005 Elbow Drive, SW, Suite #201
Toll Free: North America: 866.342.4476
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.
The Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada) does not pay indirect cost to academic institutions for sponsored research.
Helping future generations keep a healthy balance
*Formerly known as NUCCRA