The Clinic

In 1978 Dr. Dwain Ingram came to Nanaimo, BC and was the first to offer the NUCCA technique in the region. In 1983, Dr. Ingram registered Long Lake Chiropractic with the National Upper Cervical Association or NUCCA and over the years has trained many doctors at this location. Long Lake Chiropractic Centre focuses on "Making Life Easier" every day for members of the practice and has been twice awarded for excellence in the service provided. Dr. Shawn Thomas and his staff continue NUCCA care for existing and new patients with an on-site x-ray facility.

No referral is  necessary for families looking for wellness care. ICBC,  WCB and DVA have 100% coverage for some individuals.  If you  are looking for solutions for your spine related issues NUCCA chiropractic care may be right for you
NUCCA is a form of chiropractic care that uses a procedure focused on correcting a small misalignment of the neck. This correction ultimately restores optimal balance to the entire spinal column.  Because the spinal column protects the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system that controls and co-ordinates many body functions, good spinal balance is critical to good health. Extensive research and clinical studies, over many years, have shown that improved body balance effectively reduces stress throughout the body and helps to relieve pain and tension.  An Introduction to NUCCA video.
Even though the primary work is done in the neck, the correction effects the balance of the entire body. This is because the NUCCA procedure influences one of the highest control centers over body balance; the brainstem and central nervous system. The NUCCA procedure essentially helps to "get your head on straight"!

The initial process begins with an consultation and examination where the doctor will begin the steps necessary in determining if your spinal column is significantly misaligned or out of balance.  Orthopedic, neurological, and spinal balancing measurements are used to determine if you have a significant imbalance that would require a correction. They are also used to determine the progress of your spinal stability on follow up visits and help in determining when another spinal correction is needed. 

If it is initially determined that you have significant body imbalance, a specific series of x-rays is performed and mathematically analyzed before your first spinal correction. To obtain an optimal correction a series of mathematical calculations are used to determine the proper direction for the spinal column to return towards normal. This correction is unique for each patient and the x-ray series is a critical part of ensuring accuracy and also that a successful correction is achieved. 

When it's time for your spinal adjustment, the doctor will have you lie on the adjusting table on your side and position your head  based on the information obtained from the x-rays.The doctor will then be positioned in a specific stance, which is again determined from the x-ray analysis, and place their hand near your ear. This is where the side of the atlas or 1st neck vertebra is located. The doctor applies corrections that move the spinal bones of the neck that can provide positive effects on the nervous system and improved body balance. 

Because it's important to receive the best possible correction on your first visit, the doctor will take post x-rays following the initial correction. These post x-ray films will show the doctor how the spine responded to the adjustment. This is typically done only after your first adjustment. If the x-ray measurements indicate that the correction was not optimal, the doctor will continue to re-adjust you until a favorable balance is achieved. 

We know that the better the spinal correction, the better the chance of recovery. Correcting and stabilizing the spine may require a number of adjustments over a period of time.

What a NUCCA doctor can offer is, a way to: 

  1. Correct body imbalance to relieve stress on the spinal column and nervous system. 

  2. Help you stay corrected. 

  3. Enhance your understanding of spinal care. Both, the correction and prevention of problems. 

And what is possible for you to gain from this care is: 

  1. Relief from your problem. 

  2. Recovery over time. 

  3. Regained stability and function.

Because each spinal correction and healing response is unique to the individual, you will be monitored closely with follow-up visits. These visits help ensure the spinal correction is maintained for as long as possible and the healing process continues. 

If you would like your spinal column checked for imbalance and and to see if "your head is on straight", we would be pleased to consult with you. A referral from another health care practitioner is not needed. Please contact us at our clinic with any questions you may have or if you would like to book an appointment to be examined and determine if you would be a candidate for this care.
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