What is NUCCA Chiropractic?

NUCCA chiropractor Dr. Justin Schallmann of Back In Balance in Redmond, WA is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. He is dedicated to upholding the highest standards and values that he learned while attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

On his way to obtaining a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Schallmann was recognized with several awards and graduated Cum Laude.

One of Dr. Schallmann’s most memorable experiences while at Palmer was when he was selected to be a part of a Chiropractic Mission trip to Fiji.

“It was great to give back to the people of Fiji. Many of these patients were underserved and many of them traveled miles to receive chiropractic care. While in Fiji I saw how powerful chiropractic can be with the thousands of patients I saw get well. This allowed me to truly appreciate the body’s ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.”

Prior to graduation, Dr. Schallmann was fortunate enough to intern with a well known NUCCA chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey Scholten in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Schallmann spent nine months training with Dr. Scholten learning more about NUCCA and upper cervical chiropractic and the connection there is with dentistry and TMD (TMJ pain).

I heard about the Back In Balance from the Chiropractor my Mom sees in Chelan, I thought I’d call and see if Dr. Schallmann could help me and he did! The first time I come he told me “don’t expect to see any changes right away – it may take a few treatments” but, I went home that night after seeing him and believe it or not the nagging neck pain I had was now gone and is still gone, I feel great!! My attitude about things is back to the way it was 10-12 years ago and owe a lot of thanks to Dr. Schallmann at Back In Balance Redmond Chiropractic – he’s Great, very Gentle.

– Marcy P. in Redmond.

The result of the NUCCA chiropractic correction is that the spinal column remains straight and balanced in the area where the weight of the head is centered over the neck. The weight of the head can be shifted off center by an accident or injury causing the body to compensate and move into an im-balanced position.

The spine and pelvis will then twist and lock into a stressed position (aka. Postural Distortion) in an effort to keep the head centered over the neck. An im-balance can manifest itself in the form of one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement and progressive wear, tear and pain over time.


The NUCCA method recognizes that this body position can cause stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system. When these stresses are placed on the brain stem (base of the brain) the results can cause all sorts of problems. Our body shuttles millions of electrical and chemical impulses back and forth from the brain to every cell of our body each day. Many of these messages are unconscious such as breathing, digestion and circulation. Any restriction or distortion of those messages (nerve impulses) can easily affect every body function.

Without any correction the long term effect of this problem is degeneration of that part of the body serviced by those restricted messages. Symptoms may include mild to severe pain, lowered resistance to illness, behavioral changes, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs and disease. We recognize and work hard to solve these alignment problems using the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association chiropractic technique. Our primary objective at Back In Balance Redmond Chiropractic is to restore the entire spine back to a balanced unstressed position.

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Our professionals will calculate the exact position the entire spine has tilted, shifted, or rotated from its normal anatomical position. The slightest degree of displacement or postural distortion of the spine from its normal position can cause body imbalance and brain stem compression. The result may be increased health problems felt throughout the entire body.

Using composite three dimensional imaging of your head and your neck, we are able to correct a major cause of stress and pain in the spine which is an upset in the balance between the head and the neck. (Do you have a head-to-neck imbalance? Take our quiz)

The health practitioners of NUCCA chiropractor at Back In Balance Redmond Chiropractic will apply a slight and pre-determined pressure just below the ear at the atlas vertebrae (first neck vertebrae) to gently re-position the head over the center of the neck. This NUCCA chiropractic re-positioning restores body balance and removes brain stem compression.

NOTE: The NUCCA chiropractic correction requires NO FORCEFUL TWISTING, POPPING, OR CRACKING that some people fear about chiropractic care and is barely felt by the patient. During the adjustment the patient lies down on their side while the neck being supported in a neutral position (see picture below).

This spinal correction allows the nervous system to begin functioning differently because it no longer has the stress of the entire spinal column in its grasp. The body stabilizes under this balanced and unstressed position and begins a process of healing that leads to recovery. The long term stability brought about by the NUCCA chiropractic correction reverses progressive and degenerative effects caused by body imbalance and brain stem compression. Because the adjustment is gentle and catered to each individual, the body can “hold” the alignment for longer periods of time. Better “holding” means a greater opportunity for healing.

Contact Back In Balance Redmond Chiropractic at 425-437-9974 to see if you might benefit from NUCCA Chiropractic care.