NUCCA can dramatically improve sports performance in a variety of ways.

Increasing Range Of Motion:

When the body is out of alignment, many joints get stuck in a locked position, decreasing the range of motion of the individual.  The muscles tighten up and may spasm, also reducing the movement of the individual.  Sports (golf, bicycle-riding, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc) require range of motion to see and reach the positions needed for proper performance.

Increasing Strength:

When the muscles are attached to stable joints, they are able to contract stronger and more effectively.  If the joints are unstable, in order to reduce the risk of damaging the joint during muscular contraction, the body’s wisdom often shuts the muscles off.  When they are not shut off, they are weaker.  These effectively reduce the strength of the individual.

Decreasing Injury:

When the bones are misaligned, the muscles pull on the bones and may cause more damage, including moving the bones further out of position.  For example, if you have an un-level pelvis, and you are doing squats, the strength of the muscles can further damage your pelvis and even throw off your lumbar spine (low back).  If someone has been taking pain killers, they are no longer able to recognize the pain signals and they are more likely to overwork the injured area, causing more damage.

Increasing Endurance:

When your spine is aligned properly and your legs are even, you don’t need to waste energy fighting gravity.  Rather, you can spend your energy on increased endurance.  Your lungs and your muscles are more efficient because they have increased blood flow for nutrients as well as eliminating waste products.  The rib cage is also able to expand properly, increasing the efficiency of breathing.

As you can see, when the spine is aligned, the body is able to perform more effectively and efficiently with minimal injury.  NUCCA is able to align the spine and keep it in place over the long term.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at