Chiropractors in Fort Wayne

Chiropractors in Fort Wayne. Picture of a woman raising her arms in joy with the text Gentle is all you'll find here. Atlas Chiropractic of Fort WayneThere are a number of Chiropractors in Fort Wayne. However, you may have noticed that there are a number of different techniques that each of those Fort Wayne Chiropractors use as well. Some of those techniques may be gentle techniques, while others use a lot more force with twisting, snapping, cracking, and popping. At Atlas Chiropractic of Fort Wayne you'll find only the former and never the latter. We only adjust using the very gentle and precise technique known as NUCCA. Your adjustments will not sound like someone has broken into a box of rice crispies, or has found some bubble wrap to pop, or one of those little popping fidget toys. There should be very little to no sound at all resulting from your adjustment.

Gentle Chiropractors in Fort Wayne

NUCCA is an acronym that stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association and is extremely gentle by design. NUCCA relies on your body's positioning using a specialized NUCCA table and adjustable headpiece to allow the weight to be taken off of the atlas bone so that it can be gently shifted into a more neutral, or corrected, position.

When you visit a NUCCA chiropractor, such as Dr. Emily Staples, you'll first go through an onboarding and intake process. Unless you're transferring in from another NUCCA upper cervical chiropractor, you won't have undergone the analysis that is required to perform the NUCCA adjustment. Each person's adjustment is specific to their body and the angle that the atlas bone sits in their spine. As such, that requires that we use some imaging to make that determination. After the imaging, Dr. Emily is able to use formulas and calculations to determine the exact adjustment your atlas bone needs. In addition to imaging, Dr. Emily will take other measurements, scans, readings, and notes about different indicators that will provide verification that the adjustment is actually doing what it should be. We want to scientifically verify that your body is doing what it should and that interference of your nervous system is being removed or reduced.

NUCCA in Indiana

According to the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association - - there are four NUCCA chiropractors in the entire state of Indiana as of the date of this writing. Only one of those is in Fort Wayne (that's us) and two of them are in Indianapolis. Since NUCCA has been around for quite some time and many midsize to large cities have a NUCCA chiropractor, we were astounded when we found out that not only did Fort Wayne not have a NUCCA chiropractor, but that it did not have any upper cervical chiropractors at all. In fact, there are no other upper cervical chiropractors of any type that we have been able to find in Allen County or any of the surrounding counties as well - Adams, Wells, Huntington, Whitley, Noble, or DeKalb. So here we are! While we've only been open a short time so far, we've already heard from some of you that you've been driving to neighboring states or that you moved here from somewhere that had a NUCCA chiropractor. Whether you're new to NUCCA or you're just now learning about this technique, we're glad you've found us! We'd love to become your chiropractors in Fort Wayne!

Complimentary Consultation

We know that our patients are busy and perhaps in pain or distress from the symptoms they may be experiencing. The last thing you want is a complicated process when seeking help. We make use of the latest technologies and a lot of automated processes in our office to help make your experience as smooth as possible. To book a complimentary consultation you can either reserve your spot through the link below or you can give us a call at (260) 399-9020. Many times we still answer the phone after normal office hours, so don't hesitate to call any time. If we're unavailable to take your call, we'll call you back as soon as we can!

How NUCCA Can Benefit People with Migraine

NUCCA migraine photo. Picture of riding a motorcycle. Migraine can prevent you from living your best life.Migraine is a common neurological disorder that can cause severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can significantly impact a person's quality of life, making it difficult to work, go to school, or enjoy activities. According to the American Migraine Foundation as of 2023, 39 million Americans live with migraine. The AMF also estimates that migraine affects 1 in 4 households in the United States.

There is no cure for migraine, but there are a variety of treatments available that can help to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. One promising treatment option is NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic care. (NUCCA is an acronym for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.) NUCCA is what we offer here at Atlas Chiropractic of Fort Wayne.

NUCCA is a specific type of chiropractic care that focuses on the alignment of the upper cervical spine. More specifically, NUCCA focuses on the top vertebra C1, also known as the atlas bone. These upper cervical vertebrae are responsible for supporting the head and neck, as well as for protecting the brainstem and spinal cord. The atlas bone itself is known as the brain to body connection through which all of the nerves of the body pass through.

When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, and cerebrospinal fluid that travel through this area. This can lead to a variety of problems, including migraine attacks.

NUCCA adjustments aim to realign the upper cervical spine, reduce the pressure on these nerves and blood vessels, and improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This can help to prevent migraine attacks or reduce their severity.

How NUCCA Works for Migraine

One way that NUCCA helps is to improve the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain. This is because the upper cervical spine is located near the base of the skull, where the brainstem and spinal cord connect. When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on these structures and restrict the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

Another way that NUCCA helps is to reduce inflammation in the brain. Inflammation is a common trigger for migraine attacks. When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can irritate the nerves and blood vessels in this area, which can lead to inflammation.

Research on NUCCA for Migraine

There is a growing body of research on the effectiveness of NUCCA care for those with migraine. A 2017 study published in the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies found that NUCCA treatment was effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks in adults. The study also found that NUCCA was well-tolerated and had no serious side effects.

Another study, published in the journal Headache in 2018, found that NUCCA treatment was effective in reducing the frequency and severity of attacks in children. The study also found that NUCCA was more effective than medication in reducing the frequency of attacks.

Here are some additional tips for people with migraine who are considering NUCCA:

  • Keep a headache diary to track your symptoms and triggers. This will help your chiropractor identify the underlying cause of your attacks and develop a treatment plan.
  • Make lifestyle changes that can help to reduce your risk of attacks. These changes may include getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.
  • Be patient. It may take some time to see the full benefits of NUCCA treatment.

If you are looking for a natural and effective way to manage your migraine, NUCCA may be a good option for you. Book a complimentary consultation at Atlas Chiropractic of Fort Wayne to learn more.

Why Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Fort Wayne Are Awesome

Picture of an arrow pointing to the atlas bone, C1, in the spine, which is adjusted by an upper cervical chiropractor.In the Chiropractic universe, there are many different techniques that Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) use to adjust subluxations (misaligned vertebrae) in patients. Some of the techniques, such as Thompson or Diversified, are known as full spine techniques where the chiropractor adjusts any of the vertebrae, while others may focus on just specific areas. Upper Cervical chiropractors focus on just the upper part of the spine where the spinal column connects to the skull and the brain. However, even within the upper cervical world there are multiple different approaches, or techniques, that a doctor might practice.

Upper Cervical Chiropractors

Some of the more common techniques include Atlas Orthogonal (AO), Advanced Orthogonal, Blair, EPIC, Knee Chest, NUCCA, and Orthospinology. Here at Atlas Chiropractic of Fort Wayne, we exclusively practice the NUCCA techique. As of the time of this writing, we are the only upper cervical chiropractor in all of Fort Wayne and Allen County and the surrounding counties. So if you have a friend that has told you about the benefits of NUCCA, Atlas Orthogonal, Blair, Orthospinology, or some other upper cervical technique and are looking for an upper cervical chiropractor in Fort Wayne, we'd love to talk to you about the benefits of NUCCA upper cervical specific chiropractic care!

NUCCA upper cervical specific chiropractic has demonstrated amazing results where people with migraine, vertigo, occipital neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, and many other diseases have found relief and a reduction of their symptoms. Don't miss out on another soccer game or baseball game or cheerleading practice for your kids or grandkids when there are solutions out there that can help without the costs and side effects of surgery!