Ask the Doc: What’s the hardest part of your job?

By Dr. Hannah Orem

The best part of being a NUCCA doctor is helping people who are hungry to experience true health. The NUCCA work (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) restores health by correcting the connection between the brain and the body. When this connection is lost, people continually experience pain, dysfunction, and/or weakness. My job is to get the brain back in control so that the body can heal itself.

Numerous things make this work challenging. The doctor needs to have an understanding of physics, biomechanics, the nervous system and spine — especially the intricate upper cervical region. Precision and specificity are critical. However, I would say the hardest part is also one of my favorite parts — teaching other people about this type of work.

Before I became a NUCCA patient, I didn’t know anything about this type of work. I didn’t understand how a gentle adjustment at the top of my spine could do anything, let alone solve the leg problems I had been dealing with for three years. After a life-changing experience, I researched the science behind NUCCA. It made sense. I wanted to do this work so I could help other people.

As a doctor, I labor to explain the “why” behind the NUCCA work’s dramatic effect on body function. Some people comprehend these concepts quite readily, others do not. I can’t blame them; we live in a society that often focuses on treating the symptom instead of the root cause of the problem. That is why education is so important; it is one of the most challenging, yet hope-giving, parts of being a NUCCA doctor.

Dr. Hannah Orem is a NUCCA practitioner at Upper Cervical Care-Rockford, a division of 1st Step Chiropractic, which has been delivering precision upper cervical corrections since 2003 to the stateline area. Her office can be reached at (815) 398-4500.

From the Oct. 1-7, 2014, issue

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