upper cervical chiropractic

MindSet ReSet

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Let’s play a little mind association - chiropractor- adjustment. They go together, right? Crazy as it might sound, this is exactly the perception that I’d like to change. 

To start with, it’s not surprising. All of your past experience tells you that you go to the chiropractor to get adjusted. I want you to take a moment and really think about what that means. It means that no matter what, you know that when you go to the chiropractor SOMETHING is always wrong with you! Isn’t that sad? It seems that human nature makes us assume that something will always be wrong with us.

When patients come to my office, we have a mindset “reset.” We work on retraining our brains to understand WHY we go to the chiropractor, and also how we should feel when we go there. I love helping my patients feel better in their bodies. It’s why I became an upper cervical chiropractor in the first place. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself when it’s allowed to function the way it was designed to.

In my office, utilizing upper cervical (UC) chiropractic care, I’m able to check a patient using objective testing (a thermal scan) to see if they are truly stuck, or if their body is just stressed out and needs some other form of help and self care. Many times the brain and nervous system are doing exactly what they were designed to do (self healing), but we have overused them to a point where they’re not actually stuck - just in a state of high stress.

Using the scan allows me to determine if patients truly need an adjustment or not AND lets me help them focus on ways to feel better while their body is doing its job. This new mindset allows them to see how amazing the body truly is -- that it can actually hold a correction and that they can keep making improvements so that they don’t need to get adjusted as often. 

So let's try this again - chiropractor…checkup! I mean, how much better is it to focus on how well your body can function? I try to relate it to going in for a mammogram, pap smear, or prostate exam. You go in, pay for the test, and truly hope nothing is wrong! Wouldn’t you love to go see someone with an optimistic outlook on your health? Someone who also does a happy dance with you when you find out you don’t need an adjustment because your body is being awesome?!

Of course, if you do need an adjustment (think of this as a tiny nudge in the right direction) we can do that, and then focus future check ups on maintaining that correction. It takes the body time to heal, time to rest in between adjustments and time to do its job. Come in with a positive mindset and the assumption that your body is adjusting itself!

Next time you're not sure if chiropractic can help you, just remember this association-chiropractor ... brain and nervous system ... all major functions of the body. Your visit is a check up, and having your most important system checked should bring you peace of mind. Chances are, your body is healing itself!

To find out if this could be what you're looking for connect with me!

Here is how NOT to find a chiropractor...

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I'm sure you've wondered how to decide who is the best chiropractor to work with, there are so many options to consider when making a decision. Today, I wanted to share how NOT to choose a chiropractor:

1. PRICE: The cheapest or most expensive chiropractor may or may not be the best fit for you. A good bargain for your wallet, may not be the best for your health.

2. DISTANCE: Just because there is a doc down on the street corner, doesn't mean they should be your first choice. Quality care that offers superior results is worth the drive! (I personally drive an hour to see mine!)

3. TIME: Are you looking for a quick fix or lasting results?

4. IN-NETWORK PROVIDER: Having health insurance is a great thing, but I would never let an insurance company determine what I can and can’t have for my health care. They have a legal obligation to make shareholders money, sometimes by denying the services that I need.

5. SKIPS X-RAYS: 95% of us have some type of malformation in the top 3 bones of the neck. In upper cervical chiropractic care we like to say "To x-ray is to see, to see is to know, and to know is NOT to guess!" Do you really want someone guessing with your health?

Instead, here are two things you might want to try instead:

1. Look for a doctor with amazing testimonials and use the referral of a friend. 

2. Call the doctor yourself to see if you connect and they're the right fit for you. 

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic May Help Reduce your Blood Pressure

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As I continue to meet more and more people in my line of work, I am always surprised to learn just how many people in today's society are on blood pressure medications.

While I've never claimed that upper cervical care will help reduce blood pressure, there is an understanding that if the brain stem and surrounding blood vessels are compromised and unable to communicate properly within the body, then our natural systems would not be able to properly maintain normal function. If there is no compromise and the atlas (first bone in the neck) is in its proper place, then the body should be able to use its natural mechanisms to regulate blood pressure.

A study completed in 2007 showed just this. Published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, the placebo-controlled study completed by an upper cervical chiropractor and an MD showed that the upper cervical procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination.

Those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number). Some of these patients were even able to get off their medications.

Upper cervical chiropractic was even featured on Good Morning America for its success with helping reduce neurological stresses leading to normalizing of blood pressure for those patients.

Make sure to share this article with anyone who is suffering from hypertension that may want to try an alternative to their current health care options!

TMJD: A Natural Solution to A Complex Problem

Your jaw is among the most complicated joints in your body.  It has a broad range of motion.  It can open and close, move side to side, and slide forward and backward.  All of these motions are utilized during talking, chewing, and yawning. The jaw joint is commonly referred to as the TMJ or temporomandibular joint.  There are many reasons why the jaw may not be functioning properly, and that can lead to pain and discomfort, as well as other associated symptoms.

The way people experience TMJ dysfunction can vary greatly:

        Toothache
        Earache
        Headache
        Neck pain
        Jaw clenching
        Tenderness in the muscles of the face and jaw

Because of the variety of symptoms that a person with TMJ problems can experience, it can be difficult to find a way to address the root cause.  Recommendations often include pain medications or anti-inflammatories, and perhaps being fitted for a bite guard.  These approaches, unfortunately, provide only surface-level relief.

Upper Cervical Care and the TMJ

The focus of upper cervical chiropractic is on the upper two vertebrae in the spine.  What many people may not realize is how closely positioned these vertebrae are to the joints of the jaw on each side.  Because of this, even a slight malposition of the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) can affect the jaw's ability to work properly.  Given the fact that many people who suffer from TMJ pain or discomfort also have neck pain and headaches, it makes sense that the jaw and the neck are connected. The upper cervical chiropractic approach is designed to be extremely specific.  Adjustments are very gentle and do not use a great deal of force to accomplish the necessary correction.   When the upper cervical spine is realigned, the surrounding nerves and soft tissues have the chance to heal.  This can lead to a jaw that moves and works the way it was designed to.

References: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/TMJ/TMJDisorders.htm

Agoura Hills, California Residents Finding Natural Migraine Help

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Migraines can sap a person’s energy and leave one feeling exhausted and unable to complete a normal daily routine. Not only do migraines affect work performance but also recreation and family time. Things such as get-togethers, going to ball games, going on family vacations, and attending work events often have to be put on the back burner, so to speak, until a person is feeling better and recovered. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to an entire week. 
Research reports that as many as 9 out of every 10 migraine patients cannot complete their daily tasks while suffering from a migraine. This is further shown by the 113 million days of work missed due to migraines, costing US business approximately $13 billion a year.

Migraines are not just headaches but are neurological in origin. A headache is just one common symptom of a migraine. But not everyone has a headache as a migraine symptom. Also, some people experience chronic migraines, meaning they have 15 or more migraine days per month.

Seeking Care for Migraines

Most of the time, when one seeks care through his family physician or even a specialist, a prescription drug is offered to help alleviate the pain. Some medications try to stop a migraine before it gets severe, while others help block pain signals to help the person cope. Neither option has had a 100% success rate, and medications come along with unwanted side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches

This leaves people looking for natural, safe care. However, many do not know where to turn for reliable homeopathic relief. 

A Different Approach to Migraines

We offer a natural alternative to help migraine pain that does not involve medication. We understand that migraines are often linked to a misalignment of a person’s atlas or axis bone – the top bones of the spine. If a misalignment has occurred, pressure is placed on the blood vessels responsible for bringing oxygen-rich blood to the brain. 
Using a gentle method, we can correct this problem, thereby helping patients experience improved health. Many have seen fewer migraines after care. Some see them go away completely.

Five Fibromyalgia Facts for Agoura Hills Residents

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is becoming increasingly common, and it could be because we are better able to recognize it now than ever before.  The persistent symptoms of fibromyalgia have the potential to disrupt normal, everyday life.  With it being such a common condition, here are five facts that might be helpful to know:  

  1. 5 million Americans age 18 and over are affected.  80%-90% of these fibromyalgia sufferers are female.
  2. Fibromyalgia has been linked to certain diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), illnesses, repetitive injuries, and stressful or traumatic life events.
  3. The most common fibromyalgia symptoms are widespread muscle pain and extreme fatigue, but sufferers can also experience headaches, memory problems, and tingling in the hands and feet.
  4. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose and treat, particularly because its symptoms can mimic many other health conditions.
  5. Research being conducted on fibromyalgia is focused on better understanding why people with fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity to pain, if there is a genetic connection, and what role chronic inflammation might play.

Fibromyalgia Hope Found Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Many fibromyalgia sufferers and their families are hoping to find a solution – nobody wants to live with chronic pain and extreme fatigue day in and day out.  Unfortunately, most treatment approaches are aimed at medicating symptoms, which only serves to provide short-term relief.  People with fibromyalgia are finding hope and long-lasting relief with upper cervical chiropractic care, which is a unique niche within the greater chiropractic profession.

Upper cervical chiropractors look at a very specific area of the spine – the upper two vertebrae – and how it relates to the body's overall ability to function normally.  The atlas and axis vertebrae protect the brainstem, a critical component of the body's central nervous system.  Since fibromyalgia sufferers process pain differently, it only makes sense to examine the pathways over which pain signals travel.  An upper cervical misalignment can interfere with the normal transmission of pain signals and can lead to fibromyalgia symptoms.  Upper cervical chiropractic care is gentle, natural, and can be a lasting solution for those who are coping with fibromyalgia.

5 Facts About Migraines in Agoura Hills, CA

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For those who have not experienced the terrible pain of a migraine episode, you may think that it just feels like a really bad headache.  There is definitely more than meets the eye when it comes to migraines, and there are many myths circulating out there.  The truth is that migraines are an extremely common neurological condition – over 1 billion people worldwide are affected.

  1. 1 out of 4 migraine sufferers experience aura – visual disturbances that will accompany an attack.  An aura can cause a person to see spots, wavy lines, or flashes of light.
  2. Migraines tend to run in families – about 90% of those affected have a family history of migraine.
  3. Children are impacted by migraines too – half of all migraine sufferers experienced their first attack before the age of 12.
  4. $36 billion a year is spent on healthcare costs associated with migraines across the United States.
  5. Migraines disproportionately affect women – 3 times more women than men deal with migraines at some point in life.

Dealing with Migraines the Natural Way

In order to address migraines on any ongoing basis, the root cause must be identified and addressed.  Otherwise, you get stuck in a symptom-chasing game that leaves you scrambling for solutions when you're feeling bad.  Migraines can often be linked to a small misalignment of the vertebra that sits at the very top of the neck just beneath the skull.  When the atlas is not aligned properly, it can contribute to migraines in at least three ways – pressure on the brainstem hindering normal brain-body signals, disruption of normal blood flow to and from the head, and an interruption of normal cerebrospinal fluid flow.


As an upper cervical chiropractor, I am specifically trained to analyze for and correct misalignments of the atlas.  The atlas can move in more complex ways than any other vertebra in the spine, and this requires a different level of expertise to address thoroughly.  Our atlas corrections are gentle, specific, and designed to hold.  This restores your body's ability to heal and function normally, which can ultimately give you the lasting migraine relief you've been looking for.

I Hate Getting Adjusted!

So, its not normally the phrase you expect to hear coming from a chiropractor's mouth. bu I really do hate getting adjusted!

Here's why: When you need an adjustment, it means that your body has been stuck and not working properly.

What I love about upper cervical chiropractic is that the point of coming to visit me isn't to get adjusted. Why go somewhere when you know every time you go, something is always wrong? Doesn't that make you feel bad? I would hate to go to a place, where every time I went I knew I was going to get bad news.

Upper cervical chiropractic is about CHECKING the nervous system, that most important system in the body, and only adjusting when absolutely necessary. Whether my patients know it or not, I do a little happy dance inside every time I don't need to adjust them!

Why? Because that means we're making progress! Healing is about adapting to our environment and making small steps toward health. Even when we may not feel so great, checking the nervous system and knowing it is working okay can be amazing peace of mind for the soul. To leave a space with some hope, instead of frustration that it was stuck, again!

o, just like most people (except those addicted to the "crack") I too hate being adjusted. I do love being checked and having the peace of mind that even on my bad days, my body's got it covered and I can keep on doing what I need to be focusing on.

A quick mid year thank you to all those that have trusted me to be there for you. To be your hope and peace of mind as you progress to your best health.

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.