A progressive condition, known as the “subluxated spine,” is caused by accidents or injuries that tear loose the connective tissues that hold the structures of the spine together. This creates a weakness that allows the spine to break down and lock in a distressed position. There are so many joints in the body that we may only be slightly limited in movement and sometimes it takes years for the effects to become noticeable.

The subluxated spine can be detected when lying down as a person having one long and one short leg. Standing postural measurements may reveal a high and low hip or shoulder, a leaning of the body to the right or left, or a tilting of the head to one side or the other. From this twisting of the body, there is muscular imbalance and structural stress. The resulting abnormal movement results in progressive wear and tear on the cervical spine, lumbar spine, and spinal nerves, and causes significant disc degeneration.

Disc degeneration can cause the bones to rub against each other as well as causing the spinal nerves to become pinched. Some people choose to solve this problem with spinal decompression therapy. NUCCA balances the bones properly, allowing the degenerative discs to return to a more normal position, thus enabling them to begin to heal, without requiring spinal decompression. Spinal decompression therapy can be necessary, but it is very costly and is not always required. Instead, NUCCA can be used as a very effective chronic back pain relief. In the same way, NUCCA can also help with degenerative discs in the cervical spine as well as herniated cervical discs.

Degenerative disk disease alone would be reason enough to correct this spinal misalignment. However, it also disastrously affects the spinal nerves, causing innumerable spine problems.

A subluxated spine is shown on the left. The right side shows someone whose spine has been corrected. Notice the postural changes.

The nervous nerves and nervous system do many things:

  1. direct and coordinate every movement we make
  2. allow us to sense and feel
  3. control and regulate all of the other body systems, which includes circulation, respiration, digestion, reproduction, etc.
  4. allow us to relate to the outside world.

An improperly functioning nervous system can lead to:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Colic
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Ear Infections
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)
  • Headaches, Including Migrains
  • Heel Spurs
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hip/Leg Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Jaw Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck and Upper Back Pain
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Other Spine Problems
  • Pregnancy Aches and Pains
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Sciatica
  • Seizures
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stiffness/Tension
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ)


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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 https://www.vlifewellness.com/