Chiropractic Care for Parkinson’s Disease in New York

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Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that progresses slowly, robbing people of their ability to function normally. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, there are treatments that can relieve symptoms and help those with the disorder maintain their quality of life. A supportive therapy that has been getting a lot of attention in recent years is chiropractic care.

Experience compassionate care and advanced chiropractic services at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York. Our highly trained NY chiropractic practitioner is one of only 300 specialists worldwide offering a specialized type of upper cervical care called NUCCA..

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and degenerative brain disorder that occurs when brain cells producing the neurotransmitter dopamine become damaged or die. Dopamine is a vital brain chemical that your nervous system uses to signal the parts of the brain controlling coordination and movement.

Once 80% of dopamine-producing cells die, people often begin experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including:

  • Tremors or shaking
  • Slowing movement
  • Loss of balance
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty with coordination

While the causes of Parkinson’s disease are not fully known, most experts agree that genetics and environmental factors play a key role in the development of this condition.

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  • What Is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?

    Because there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment aims to ease symptoms while slowing the progression of the disease and improving a person’s overall quality of life. Upper cervical care may be able to help.

    At UCC of New York, our highly skilled upper cervical chiropractor specializes in an advanced spinal correction procedure called NUCCA. Developed by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association for which it’s named, the NUCCA technique is a gentle, safe and painless system of spinal adjustments that precisely and gently correct alignment. Once vertebrae are properly aligned, restored nerve flow can help bring your body back into proper balance and promote natural healing to bring you relief.

Upper Cervical Care Chiropractor for Parkinson’s Disease

Ongoing studies have found that chiropractic care can help manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


The condition’s exact cause continues to be scrutinized, but some believe that accidents involving head trauma could be linked to the disease. Whip-lash-like injuries to the upper cervical spine can misalign the vertebrae and cause compression of the brainstem and surrounding nerves. This type of compression may increase the risk of Parkinson’s-related symptoms, which can develop months or even years after trauma occurs.


Upper cervical care using the NUCCA technique corrects spinal misalignments caused by trauma and can reduce or remove compression of the brainstem and surrounding nerves. Once nerve compression is removed, proper communication between the brain, spinal cord and surrounding nerves is restored, potentially allowing for a reduction in symptoms and improved mobility.


Imaging studies and nervous system scans allow us to search for misalignment impacting the function of your nervous system. If misalignment is located, our NUCCA practitioner applies very specific and gentle adjustments by hand to the vertebrae in the neck, bringing them back to their proper position. We then perform follow-up imaging and scans to ensure your spinal correction was successful.

Contact UCC of New York Chiropractor for Parkinson’s Disease Support

If you’re struggling to maintain your quality of life with Parkinson’s Disease, UCC of New York is here for you. We invite you to meet with our chiropractor, Dr. George Gertner, to discuss your condition and develop a chiropractic treatment approach unique to your needs. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment.

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Dr. George Gertner is a family man, healer, philanthropist, author of “The Gift of Hope”, public speaker, and founder of one of the world’s busiest Upper Cervical Chiropractic clinics.

After receiving his bachelors degree in biology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY Dr. Gertner moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Life University. Before graduation, Dr. Gertner had a severe injury to his lower back. Traditional chiropractic procedures were not providing relief until he met a chiropractor that specialized in NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.)

Then he spent the next two years mentoring from one of the best Upper Cervical doctors; learning in the same office that helped change his life. After two years, Dr. Gertner returned home to New York to open his own office. He currently is one of less than 300 NUCCA chiropractors worldwide.

Dr. Gertner has been featured numerous times in Chiropractic Monthly Magazine for his expertise in treating Trigeminal Neuralgia and Myofascial Pain. Dr.Gertner has lectured locally and nationwide discussing various symptoms using the Upper Cervical technique.

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