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What Is NUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?

NUCCA is a little known yet highly effective corrective procedure that has been developed and refined since 1966 by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and its research affiliate the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF). If you would like to learn more about current research being conducted in the field of NUCCA care, you can also visit The Upper Cervical Monograph for the latest articles about and advancing the NUCCA method.

The NUCCA chiropractic method is a gentle and safe form of chiropractic care, with a focus on long-lasting results. The procedure focuses on decompressing the brainstem and spinal cord and balancing the entire spine back to balance under gravity. In this unstressed position, the communication between the brain and body via the nervous system is more efficient, and the body’s nature self-healing process can begin.


The NUCCA Correction is a gentle adjustment that is based off of 3 dimensional measurements of your head and neck. As a result of these precise measurements, your adjustment requires a very minimal amount of force but is effective at restoring your postural balance and reducing your pain. People that have experienced our care are usually shocked at how such a gentle care can be so effective.


Most patients in our office comment on how they love that they can visually see the changes to their posture and muscles after care. On each visit, a patient is measured posturally to determine whether or not an adjustment is needed. Frequently, patients hold their alignment for extended periods of time.


The goal of the NUCCA correction is to get patients to hold their alignment. The adjustment just facilitates getting the patient to the right location but the healing occurs the longer the patient stays in the right position. After the initial period of care, our goal is to see people only occasionally to ensure that they haven’t lost their alignment from the stresses of daily life such as falls, accidents, traumas or stress.


The majority of patients that come to see us for headaches, neck pain, back pain and postural correction report improvement in symptomatology at the end of their initial period of care (7-9 visits). This reduces the amount of time they have to spend in the office and increases the amount of time they spend feeling better.

The NUCCA Difference

The NUCCA spinal correction is a scientifically-based, thoroughly researched and well-documented approach to health. (For publications and NUCCA research click here.) NUCCA is one of only a few procedures that use:

  • 3D composite x-rays to calculate how to best adjust and correct each patient’s individual misalignment.
  • A Gravity Stress Analyzer to measure body imbalances.
  •  Post-adjustment x-rays to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the correction.
  • NUCCA is gentle and specific. Not only is the NUCCA spinal correction extremely precise, it uses very little force and many patients are unaware the correction has even taken place.
  • NUCCA is highly effective. Click here to hear from patients about their results with NUCCA.
  •  Because of the precise nature of the NUCCA spinal correction, patients are able hold their corrections for longer periods of time compared to traditional chiropractic methods. This allows for better recovery and lasting results with fewer adjustments.
  • Image Guided Treatment: The NUCCA method utilizes x-ray calculations that are tailored to each and every individual patient based on their own personal anatomy and also based on the cumulation of traumas the individual has sustained over their lifetime.

We let you know what is happening in every step of the process

As part of the NUCCA Chiropractic Care we offer, we will engage you in the process of your care from day one, and will keep you informed of what to expect throughout your time at our office. You will likely be taken aback by the gentle adjustment you will receive. 

Many wonder how such a gentle contact can produce any form of change. We will discuss all of this with you in detail. Once you are adjusted and your posture shifts and exhibits change (generally this occurs immediately to a varying extent), we will take a second set of digital films to confirm the change the analysis would have us anticipate.
A recommended care plan will be given to you during your second visit.

Follow up visits

Follow-up visits will generally take 5- 10 minutes in which time your alignment will be assessed and you will be adjusted. We recommend that you rest in our relaxation room to allow the adjustment to settle in before returning to the outside stressors we call “life”.

After approximately ten visits, a re-assessment will be performed with a follow-up surface EMG, and re-evaluation of what the next course of care will require. It is realistic to expect a year of care to see the most sustainable change. The largest investment of time will be during the initial phase of care. As your body becomes more stable it will begin to “remember” where your alignment should be (versus where it has been for what could be years), you will be able to hold alignment for longer periods of time between adjustments.
As a wellness centre, we acknowledge the many facets of life that influence our health. We will do our best to offer the most optimal products, information and referrals to help guide you towards a worry free, healthy lifestyle.

Atlas-Orthogonal (A-O) Technique:

We are proud to be the first and only clinic in Alberta to also offer the Atlas Orthogonal Table Mounted Precision Adjusting Instrument.

Both NUCCA and A-O focus on achieving an orthogonally balanced head, neck and spine for better postural function and comfort. Each method acquires specific x-rays of the patient’s head and neck to measure the geometry of the skull and neck anatomy to provide the precise adjusting angle that is specific for that individual. This custom tailored adjustment angle is what allows both techniques to utilize a very gentle force to move the head and neck into the corrected and balanced position. Both methods position the patient on their side to deliver the correction and head positioning is carefully set to ensure the force of gravity can play a role in supporting the adjustment. Finally, both methods involve two post x-rays following the initial treatment to confirm the proper adjustment was administered and the patient can be on their way to healthy restoration of balance in their system.

The difference is how the adjustments are delivered:

  • NUCCA is a hand-delivered correction whereby the doctor aligns their body and hand position along the specific angle (determined by X-Ray measurement) and generates a gentle but gradually increasing pressure force into the upper-cervical spine along the exact path of correction until the misalignment is overcome. It is a slower delivery and for that, gives people more time to process the treatment progression.
  • The A-O instrument is set precisely to the angles taken from X-Ray and delivers a percussive wave force to deliver the correction. The delivery is an instant and gentle tap sensation, therefore quick, efficient & very reproducible.

For the majority of people, the outcome is similar in terms of relief and success with lasting benefits. The techniques can be used interchangeably. However, some appreciate the quickness of the A-O procedure and might find the smaller contact surface of the force delivery to support more stability of correction in certain cases. For some, it might also be easier to tolerate the adjustment when in an acute headache or dizziness episode, as it does not stimulate the mechanoreceptors of the neck in the same way.

Every individual is welcome to discuss with their Vibe doctors the benefits and differences of each approach and which one may be best for their circumstances.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a common treatment modality within the larger system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practice has a written history in China of 2000 years but dates back another thousand years or more before recorded history. It is currently used by a quarter of the world's population, mostly in Asia, and its popularity is growing rapidly in the West as scientific studies prove its efficacy. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points to regulate the systems of the body and alleviate pain and dysfunction.

A qualified registered acupuncturist may use acupuncture in conjunction with herbal and diet therapy, exercise (Tai Chi, Qi Gong), tui na massage, moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha therapy techniques.

How does acupuncture work?

Over a few thousand years, dedicated Chinese doctors developed a working theory of acupuncture. They discovered channels along the body that connected the organs and various systems of the body. These channels or meridians acted as pathways where qi (vital energy, life force) circulated to maintain proper mental and physical function. The doctors found that when there was disease or dysfunction in the body, the qi was blocked or in a state of excess or deficiency. Acupuncture became an effective method to promote the flow of qi and restore balance to the body. By inserting needles in specific points along the channels, doctors could stimulate the body's qi to circulate properly, thus regulating organ and whole body function. Through the centuries, these doctors recorded their efforts, observations, and theory with astounding detail. Every generation learned from and improved upon those that came before.

Today, acupuncture is benefiting from modern research techniques. Countless studies are now supporting what the Chinese have known for so long. Though the exact mechanism of how acupuncture works in bio-medical terms is still unclear, some promising modern theories are being researched. What is known is that acupuncture works very well to relax muscles, reduce inflammation, stop pain, and calm the mind.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. In Alberta, a registered acupuncturist undergoes several years of training and must pass a rigorous licensing exam to ensure the safe implementation of needles. All acupuncture needles used are pre-sterilized and disposable (single-use).

What does acupuncture feel like?

When administered by a skilled professional, acupuncture should not hurt. The hair-thin needles are not to be compared with the thick hypodermic syringes used for shots or drawing blood. A momentary prick may be felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a mild dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the session. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.

What sets us apart from other acupuncturists and health clinics?

We are passionate about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and are devoted to the highest quality patient care. Providing safe and effective acupuncture treatment is our daily practice and driving purpose.

We are a holistic clinic, focusing on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the patient's state of health. All are equally important and influential in achieving an optimal state of balance and wellness.

We take our time with you. Your initial visit is approximately 90 minutes. Follow-up visits are approximately 60 minutes. There is always time for questions and discussion.

We educate you about what's wrong, why it's so, and how it can be fixed according to Eastern and Western medical perspectives. We aim to be clear in our communication and we’re always happy to explain what we’re doing.

When you have an acupuncture session, you may also receive herbal, nutritional, and meditation guidance, as well as cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, and tui na massage when necessary, all at no extra cost.

We intentionally created a unique clinic environment, specifically designed to encourage peace of mind and to support the healing process.

Schedules can be hectic, we completely understand. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available.

What should I do to prepare for my acupuncture appointments?

Please complete any intake or pre-screening forms emailed to you prior to your visit.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing or bring a change of clothes with you.

Avoid tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and sedatives 2 hours before and 2 hours after treatment.

Do not engage in physically strenuous or excessively stressful activity 2 hours before and 2 hours after treatment.

Avoid eating large meals 1 hour before and 1 hour after treatment. Small amounts of food (snacks) before and after treatment are okay.

Do not come for treatment on a completely empty stomach.

After treatment, be sure to drink plenty of water, unless advised differently.

If treatment is for a pain condition, continue to avoid strenuous activity for 2 days after treatment, even if you are pain-free.

Until a discussion takes place about decreasing or stopping medications, continue to take prescription drugs as directed by your physician.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the nature, severity and duration of the complaint, the course of treatment will vary. As a general guideline, most acute problems can be fixed quickly, often with 1-5 treatments over a short amount of time. For more chronic conditions, the best outcome will be achieved with weekly or bi-weekly sessions over a period of a few weeks to a few months.

Every person responds uniquely to acupuncture. Some notice an immediate improvement in their health while others experience a cumulative effect over several visits. It should be noted that the speed of progress can be assisted by the patient's willingness to live and eat well in conjunction with the acupuncture therapy.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Though Alberta Health does not currently offer acupuncture coverage, many extended, or secondary health insurance plans provide financial assistance for acupuncture care. Be sure to check your plan as each provider offers varying amounts in coverage. Vibe Health & Spine is pleased to provide a complementary direct billing service should you have a supplementary insurance policy. You may speak with our patient care desk administration to take advantage of this service.

In addition, we have successfully assisted many individuals following motor vehicle accidents (MVA). You may be eligible for full coverage of acupuncture service following a car accident. Be sure to discuss acupuncture as an option with your primary care provider (chiropractor, medical doctor, or physiotherapist) if you've recently suffered an MVA.

What is Esoteric acupuncture?

Esoteric Acupuncture is a wellness-based healing practice which incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sacred geometry and other energy systems. Sessions are individualized and patient experiences may include deep relaxation, personal insight and physical or visual sensations. Esoteric Acupuncture can facilitate the release of emotional or energetic blockages and increase spiritual awareness. Registered acupuncturist, Kendra Heck, has completed additional training in esoteric acupuncture and is pleased to offer this uniquely effective modality at Vibe Health & Spine.

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues. Its purpose is usually for the treatment of body stress and pain. Massage therapy may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage. The most common ones are:

  • Swedish massage. A gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping. Mainly used for relaxation and general well being.
  • Deep massage. This technique uses slower, more focused pressure to work with the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue (fascia). Mainly used to help with muscle damage from injuries and promote recovery.
  • Sports massage. This technique is similar to Swedish massage, but it is more focused on people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger Point Massage. This is style of massage, works with areas of tissue holding. The therapist applies specific pressure to the area of injury or strain in the muscle.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is one of the many beneficial alternative therapies. Such benefits may include:

  • Reducing stress and increasing relaxation
  • Reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension
  • Improving circulation, energy and alertness
  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improving immune & lymphatic function

Massage Therapy may also help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Upper back and neck pain

Some contra indications to receiving massage therapy can be:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Infections
  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • A very low platelet count

If you have concerns with receiving massage, please consult your doctor with regards to your specific health issues.

What you can expect during a massage

At the beginning of a massage therapy session, the massage therapist will do an assessment. This involves questions about symptoms, medical history and what benefits you are hoping to receive from your massage treatment.

In a typical massage therapy session, you undress to the level of your comfort or wear loose fitting clothing. You may be asked to lie face up or down on our heated massage tables and are covered with a sheet. Only the part of the body being treated will be uncovered such as leg or back.

A massage session may last from 30 to 90 minutes. Depending on your reason to come for massage, the massage therapist will massage the full body (except private areas) or specific areas the need attention, such as very tight muscles or old injury. No matter what kind of massage you choose, You should always feel relaxed and comfortable with normal breathing and lowering stress.

It is always important to communicate during your massage with regards to the amount of pressure the therapist is using. If the pressure is too light, too hard, or painful, let your therapist know. Some muscles might be tender or have painful points. This is common and the therapist will help to reduce the level of discomfort in the muscles with different techniques. The therapist may also use a massage oil . Let the therapist know of allergies or skin sensitivities.

A Final Note

Some misconceptions regarding massage is that it is only something you do to pamper yourself or to just feel good. Massage therapy can be a wonderful tool to help with your mental and physical wellbeing, specific health concerns, and to support a healthy lifestyle.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, such as digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and more. CST has also been shown to help with the physical components related to such somatic conditions as Post Traumatic Stress, depression and anxiety.

By facilitating the body's natural and innate healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and has been shown to be beneficial for people seeking help with a wide range of healthcare challenges and symptoms including:

(Source: http://www.upledger.com)

Healing Touch

Healing Touch & Biofield Energy Medicine is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Healing Touch is a biofield (magnetic field around the body) therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal.

Laser Therapy

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy in Calgary is clinically chiropractor using a laserproven as an effective relief for pain and inflammation. Able to penetrate to deep tissue structures, it has the ability to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions including low back pain, hip bursitis, and chronic neck pain

The non-invasive nature of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provides a solution for those who are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery.

Patients feel a soothing warmth as laser energy gently penetrates tissue and boosts your body’s own regeneration powers to relieve your pain. Relief care are painless and fast (5 to 10 min).

Results can be immediate but the most observed results are after 3 to 5 relief sessions. The body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after relief care. During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.


Providing a solution that did not exist before, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has become preferred by those who have long sought relief without success. Its ability to impact pain on a cellular level provides pain relief for complex and simple conditions alike.

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation associated with:

  • Sprains & Strains
  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder & Knee
  • Sports Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Disc Issues
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis & Tendonosis
  • Foot & Ankle Conditions

And Much More

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