NUCCA News – Winter 2010

Message from the President

As we wind down the first year in the second decade of the 21st century, I would like to depart from the format of the last two quarterly reports and express some comments with regards to the NUCCA protocol in the context of the healing sciences in general and Chiropractic specifically.

Most discoveries occur more by accident than anything. This is true of the discovery of penicillin by Fleming, radiographic imaging by Roentgen and the first adjustment by DD Palmer. Time is spent afterwards trying to figure out how/why it works. As an undergrad, one of my professors was noted for saying that science is good at describing things but poor at explaining why things occur. Another noted author described Science as “…a set of approximations that are always being corrected.” If you have been attracted to NUCCA, it is likely that you have experienced the almost miracle-like results that often occur, but you also were probably attracted to the absolute commitment to technical excellence manifest in the ultimate outcome measurement and accountability of the post x-ray. Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art. For us, as NUCCA practitioners, NUCCA provides us the science and art. We are however, foremost a clinical science. As such, we are built on what occurs in the adjusting room each day in our offices. For this reason, our instruction is always provided by clinical practitioners who make their life and their living doing this every week in their offices. Instructors who have proven not only a commitment to the NUCCA protocol, but also have achieved a certain high level of skill in the work.

In recent years, certain non-Chiropractic practitioners have come on the scene with web sites taunting the wonders of Upper Cervical care, of course their own particular brand of upper cervical care. With little apparent training, all kinds of claims are made, and their innocent victims literally place their life and health at risk when allowing these practitioners ply their trade. It is really not surprising. It occurs whenever any discovery surfaces. As it becomes more known and accepted then cheap imitations are bound to occur.

Likewise, there are those who will claim to have discovered a better way. It only appears a better way to those still learning who do not fully understand the richness and wonderful complexity of this work and those looking for an easier way. There is a story I would like to share. It is called “The Fox Catcher” and it goes something like this: A number of years ago, there was a King who ruled over a vast kingdom and he was able to control the population of foxes that, if left, would overrun the property. He was able to achieve this because of a loyal and dedicated servant who served the kingdom as its fox catcher. For many decades this fox catcher served his master well, keeping the fox population under control and all was good. One day the loyal fox catcher came to the King and asked for a two year sabbatical offering to train a new fox catcher in all that he knew. The King could not say no after so many years of loyal service, so reluctantly he agreed. The fox catcher recruited and trained his young protégé and saying his farewell, he went on his way. Two years later he returned and to his horror the kingdom of his master was totally over run by foxes. Going to the king he asked: What happened? Turning to the fox catcher he trained, the young man spoke up explaining that he had discovered a better way.

Dr. Berti has said to me over the years that new doctors are looking for the short cut. He goes on to say what they don’t realize that what we are teaching them is the short cut.

What we teach at the conference is the shortest quickest way to success in this work. You must apply yourself. It takes work and commitment. It is not easy; otherwise, everyone would be doing it. But don’t get diverted by claims of an easy or better way. Be wary of rash claims. Our instructors are not paid and they have nothing to sell. Their only desire is your success and the advancement of this work.

Technical Tip: – One of the keys to controlling the plane line is your weight control. Take a close look at where your weight is when adjusting. Is it on the balls of the foot or more towards the heel on one or both feet? Is it more towards the base of the big toe or more towards the outside of the foot? Is it constant throughout the adjustment or does it change? Do you alter the proportion of the weight distribution based on if you are addressing a high or low plane line? If you have no plane line is it equal distribution between the feet? What about anterior or posterior rotation does it affect your distribution of weight? If you don’t know the answers to these questions you may want to book yourself for the spring conference April 14th-16th 2011.

May you have better corrections,

Lee G. Yardley, D.C.
Board Certified NUCCA Practitioner,
President, NUCCA Board of Directors,
Chair, Educational Committee,
Director, Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF)



What Do Patients Ask?

Certified NUCCA Practitioner and Board Member, Dr. Steven MacDonald submitted this highly important notice regarding a wonderful new book entitled: Striking Back! The Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Handbook, by George Weigal and Kenneth F. Casey, M.D. for patients who are suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia™ and the NUCCA practitioners who treat them. This publication was presented at the TM symposium held at the Mayo Clinic and recommends finding a NUCCA doctor to help treat this disorder because so many patients report success with the NUCCA treatment. There is a very informative section on Upper Cervical care and NUCCA as well as how the NUCCA procedure can possibly help. There are chapters on causes, diagnoses, treatments, statistics on outcomes, and complications of surgical procedures. Dr. MacDonald recommends that all NUCCA doctors purchase this book as a resource to show patients and recommend it as a personal resource guide. It is available on Amazon.

Research Update

Efforts in several months of work culminated in the JMPT manuscript submission of the Supine Leg Check (SLC) pilot study conducted at Life West, May 2010. Results from the pilot allowed for refinements of the reliability protocol and calculation of a sample size for the next phase of investigation. Once funds are available, the larger study can begin.

Results from two migraine cases studies have been submitted to the 2011 World Federation of Chiropractic Conference. These results were previously submitted to Cephalalgia. This manuscript is currently under revision for resubmission by Drs. Alperin and Woodfield. This serves as a prelude to the upcoming Phase Contrast imaging study in Calgary planned to begin early 2011. The addition to the research team of Dr. Werner Becker, noted migraine neurologist at the University of Calgary, assures publication of results in an indexed peer reviewed medical journal.

The American Colleges of Chiropractic — Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC Conference) has accepted the SLC study results for a poster display at the 2011 session in March 2011. Dr. Woodfield has been invited to participate in a panel session at the 2011 ACC-RAC entitled, Challenges with chiropractic technique research. Other participants on the panel include: Dr. Arlan Fuhr, developer of Activator Methods; Dr. Christine Goertz, Palmer Center Research Director; Dr. Ronald Rupert, developer of Mantis; and Dr. Tony Rosner, former research consultant to FCER.

Drs. Scholten and Reney are busy collecting data for the Practice Based Research project from various participating practices and find that the information is very interesting. There is now corresponding paperwork for anyone already involved or wanting to be involved. Contact Dr. Scholten directly at 403/247-4257 to access that paperwork.

For the Finite Modeling project at the University of Toledo, Drs. Denton and Palmer are collecting data on S-lines on specific lateral curves, e.g., on “military” necks, to be used in setting the tilt of the atlas in the sagittal view for use in the FEM model lateral curve study.

Dr. Goel Awarded

(Dr. Vijay Goel, right, Robert Moore, secretary of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.)

Dr. Vijay Goel, Distinguished University Professor of Bioengineering, and lead researcher on the Finite Modeling project at the University of Toledo, recently received the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine’s (ISSLS) Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award.

The annual award is given to scientists, clinicians and basic science researchers responsible for exceptional achievement in the field of spinal medicine. This is Dr. Goel’s third such award, having received two other recognitions for his lifetime of achievements from similar organizations. Dr. Goel has an internationally recognized 30-year academic career in bioengineering work on spinal diseases and mechanics, as well as orthopedic and dental biomechanics more broadly. He collaborated with the MUO Department of Orthopedic Surgery to establish the UT Spine Research Center, and has authored more than 260 peer-reviewed articles as well as two textbooks and has delivered more than 450 presentations on scientific and clinical matters. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several prominent journals.

Be Part of Practice Innovation 2011!

This short but powerful event will occur in Newport Beach, California, February 4th and 5th beginning at 5:30 PM on Friday, concluding by the end of day Saturday. We have an inspiring line-up of presenters and hope to help fill what we see as a void in the upper cervical community. This seminar features instructors who are highly successful upper cervical doctors with a diversity of expertise who will be sharing their practice principles, experiences, and insights to help create a prosperous, fulfilling upper cervical practice. (This is not a technical instruction seminar.)

Register by December 31, 2010 for Early Bird Discount: Doctors – $295 Students – $125

Practice Innovation is being held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach with special hotel rates at $114. Call direct 949- 833-0570 or 800/333-3333 for reservations. Ask for the NUCCA block. Click here for seminar registration or call the NUCCA office at 702/966-8479 or 800/541-5799.

Click here for schedule information.

NUCCA Spring Conference

Save the Date! NUCCA Spring Conference April 13th – 16th in beautiful, warm, Newport Beach, California! Join us at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach with rates of $114/night, but be sure to use the NUCCA name to obtain your discount. For reservations call 949/833-0570 or toll-free 800-333-3333 US/Canada. The Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is a non-smoking property offering free parking, free Internet access and Four-Star service. Conveniently located in the heart of Orange County, less than one mile from John Wayne Airport, this property offers easy access to all the top attractions including wonderful beaches and Disneyland! Class schedules, special event information and registration coming soon!

Student Scholarship Program

Enter the Student Scholarship Contest and address the topic: “Defining the NUCCA Practice in the 21st Century” Complimentary conference fees will be awarded to one student winner per chiropractic college. Entries can be emailed as a word document or video to: Dr. Stan Dombroski at or 300 South State St., Ste. 4, Zeeland, MI 49464, to be received no later than March 31, 2011. Contestants must be sure to include their name, address, school, anticipated graduation date and phone number.

New Gregory Circle Benefits

It’s now easier than ever to step into the prestigious Gregory Circle as new categories and benefits have been created making it more affordable and even more appealing. Please visit the NUCCA website for specific membership pricing detail at

The first new benefit is the introduction of an interactive leadership program facilitated by Dr. Gordon Hasick entitled: “Building Personal and Practice Capacity™” which is designed to help support the most successful and fulfilling clinic experience possible. Its focus includes the NUCCA work, tips, and suggestions for patient communication, education, and office management as well as personal exploration into: discovery of what is most important to you; identification of the most authentic expression of your unique practice; understanding the power of personal vision, values, ethics and choice; and deepening your awareness of your personal practice style.

Secondly, all Diamond, Platinum and Gold Gregory Circle members will receive complimentary registration to the 2011 Practice Innovation taking place in Newport, February 4th and 5th. This seminar is ideal for those who want a stimulating, concentrated volume of information packed into a Friday evening all day Saturday event. Our most successful doctors will be sharing their personal methods for success. This is an outstanding $375 value!

NUCCA Patient Spotlight

From Changed Life to Changing Lives:
NUCCA Patients Become NUCCA Doctors

Many NUCCA doctors are introduced to the NUCCA procedure, not as doctors of chiropractic, but as patients. This patient spotlight highlights the experience of two students, one who has just entered chiropractic college, and another who will start in summer 2011.

Hannah Orem found chiropractic after leg injuries began taking a toll on her competitive running. “I ran competitively for years and had a lot of success early on. When I was in college I suffered a number of leg injuries. I strained both hamstrings, and had a number of problems all over my legs, from hips, to my knees, to my ankles.”

Hannah found that her hips were out of alignment, and sought chiropractic care. “I was told my hips were off and I began to receive chiropractic adjustments two or three times per week.” Hannah thought there was some initial improvement, but her running times continued to decline. After repeated visits for many weeks, “I knew I had to do something different.” Hannah explained. “My mother had good results with NUCCA from Dr. Giffen in Chicago.”

While attending college in Minnesota, Hannah received NUCCA care from Dr. Kerry Johnson, and saw immediate improvement in her legs, and her performance. “My senior year of college I was able to qualify for track nationals.”

Her NUCCA experience helped her recover, enhanced her performance, and forced her to reconsider her future as well. “I was a biology major in college. I knew I wanted to be in health care, but wasn’t sure where.”

NUCCA took her into chiropractic where she is a second trimester student Palmer-Davenport.

Finley Sesker is a future colleague and will also attend Palmer in the coming year. Like Hannah, he intends to become a NUCCA doc, inspired by his personal healing experience under NUCCA.

Dr. Sesker and children Left to Right: Luke (is in pre-chiropractic studies)
Dr. Sesker, Christa (5th tri at Palmer), Finley (will attend Palmer next summer)

“I was born blue” Finley writes in his entrance letter to chiropractic college. “I was haunted by symptoms of asthma and pneumonia for the first six years of my life… I couldn’t run three steps without losing myself to coughing fits and wheezing spells. I was paying for a trauma that happened to me by chance.”

Medications and breathing machines brought little comfort to this boy who wanted to run and play like everyone else. “Chronic asthma was my prison, meds were the guards, and my inhaler was the warden,” he writes. Then in one day “I went under NUCCA care, and everything changed. Although I was too young to remember all of the details, my mother reacted as if I had experienced a miracle: awe, relief, and especially confusion. I was able to run, jump, and play without surrendering to coughing fits. I was sick no longer.”

Finley’s response to NUCCA inspired a career change in his own mother Dr. Deb Sesker, who was a respiratory therapist before becoming a NUCCA doctor. Finley is following in her footsteps, and that of his sister, who is already attending chiropractic college.

“NUCCA had done for me what a laundry list of medications had not,” he writes. “How many people get a second chance?”

Like Hannah Orem, and every other NUCCA practitioner who was once in chiropractic college, Finley Sesker is looking forward to offering second chances with NUCCA.

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