American Canyon Chiropractor - Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

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+1 (707) 864-2223Dr. Steve Rasmussen, D.C.
100 W. American Canyon Rd. Suite k6
American Canyon, Ca 94503


Runner's Form

running posture

Running is an activity that contributes joy and physical health to many people here in American Canyon. However, it is also an activity that can cause damage to joints in the knees and spine, which is a situation we hope to avoid. For people who use running as an indelible part of their health routine, we urge you to focus on good form to minimze the damage and maximize the benefit. 

Staying upright is key: even when you are tired and pushing yourself hardest, fight the urge to let your head look down and shoulders scrunch up! 

  • Focus on facing straight ahead. In most positions, sitting and standing included, your head determines your posture. Keeping your head centered over your spine and your face forward encourages the rest of your body to stay balanced.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed. If you catch them creeping upwards as fatigue increases, take a deep breath and shake them out. 
  • Establish your hips as your center of balance: by staying upright, your hips and torso should naturally face forward. A downward tilt in the pelvic region can contribute to lower back pain. 

We don't seek to change your unique running style; rather, we encourage you to remain aware of the pitfalls inherent to running. Running exclusively on concrete is very harmful to spinal joints. If possible, mix up your running surfaces so that your joints aren't absorbing a high level of shock all the time. Lastly, if your back is hurting you regularly in the wake of running, there may be a structural cause that we can help you find. We provide spinal adjustments which ensure that there is no nerve interference and keep the back balanced and healthy. 

Chiropractic and running are complimentary in their support of your wellness: call our office in American Canyon today. 

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

Seated Posture


How much of your day do you spend seated? For many people, the minutes spent commuting, working and relaxing really add up: in many cases, sitting accounts for the largest share of a person's daily positioning. Unfortunately, it is also the position most conducive to poor posture. 

Everyone knows the adage, "Sit up straight!" But is this ever enough? Take a look around next time you are in a public setting or at work: how many people are sitting slumped forward, necks craned downward looking at their phones? Slumping and slouching is epidemic in America, and it is contributing to the premature degradation of spines. Are you one of the many who finds it difficult to maintain a properly supported resting posture when seated? If so, let us help! Posture is one of the most immediate ways to effect a change in the health of your back. 

It begins with addressing the strength of the muscles: if the problem is bad enough, your muscles may not even be conditioned to keep a healthy curve. If this is the case, we focus on strengthening the core stabilizing muscles to lend support to the lumbar vertebrae. From here, we focus on establishing good posture. 

A proper seated posture:

  • Head facing forward, centered over the spine
  • Avoid lurching forward (to look at a screen for example)
  • Back straight with shoulders back and relaxed
  • Buttocks touching back of seat
  • Natural curve in the lower back (use a rolled up jacket or pillow if needed)
  • Weight of torso distributed evenly between the hips
  • Legs at 90 degrees or slightly higher
  • Feet resting flat on the floor without too much pressure 

Posture is health and there is no use denying it! Call our office in American Canyon to start making improvements in your posture life. 

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

In the Office


If you are a 9-5 office warrior, you may be solidly equipped with a sharp mind, a steel wit and a penchant for multi-tasking, but what are you doing for your body? The office can be an unforgiving place for the body: long hours required sitting in front of computers encourage muscles and joints in the body to tighten, especially when poor posture is added into the equation. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we believe that with attention to posture and regular stretching breaks, you can keep your flexibility and range of motion intact while boosting your mental performance and well-being. 

  • Use lumbar support: even a rolled-up jacket will help. 
  • Focus on posture: proper sitting posture reduces the burden on the vertebrae and reduces the chance of muscles becoming destabilized. 
  • Adjust the height of your monitor to eye level, so you are not craning your neck upward or downward. 
  • Avoid leaning in toward the computer, a natural human movement as the hours pass by. 
  • Shake out the tension every once and a while. Whenever the thought strikes you, give yourself a shake and a stretch and feel the tension slip away. 
  • Hydrate frequently
  • Always face forward: don't have a computer in an awkward corner of your desk that requires you to twist your upper body or neck.

Make the office work for you rather than against you. If your back has been feeling out of sorts at the end of the day, give our office a call. We can take care of the spinal misalignments that occur from days sitting in the office and release trigger points of tension that will help reduce mental and physical stress. 

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Take a Walk


What could be more simple than a walk? One of the first things we learn to do as humans is also one of the most powerful things we can do for our health. For those of us looking to change our health for the better, the message is clear: it is time to start walking. Some of the benefits from a 30 minute walk include: 

  • Improved circulation: getting up and walking helps your blood circulate, nourishing all the cells in your body.
  • Reduced pain: walking releases endorphins and gets spinal joints moving, which frees them from accumulated pressure. 
  • Improved range of motion: helping your flexibility and preventing injury. 
  • Better digestion: try walking after dinner to help your digestive system. 
  • Less mental stress
  • Less muscular tension
  • Weight management

There should be an emphasis here on repetition: try walking for 10 minutes a day, every day at the same time. Make it a routine and then scale upward: 30 minutes, one hour; the possibilities are endless. For help on making simple changes to achieve life-changing health goals, give our office in American Canyon a call today. 

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

A Healthful Summer


Nutrition is power. Particularly in the summer time, when so many great, raw ingredients are abundantly available, a healthy diet is one of the leading ways to keep yourself feeling healthy and full of energy. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we urge you to take advantage of the season by visiting farmer's markets and creating a nutrition plan to support your overall well-being. 

  • Healthy picnicking: Rather than chips and soda, opt for a fruit salad and sparkling water. 
  • Seafood. lean protein, less fat, less saturated fat and more essential oils: it's a no-brainer. 
  • Iced green tea instead of iced coffee: There is a noticeable difference in calories and green tea contains anti-oxidants and caffeine (albeit in lower levels). An iced green tea with a dash of honey is a refreshing drink that will help you lose weight and feel less stress.
  • Raw fruits and veggies: juice generally contains more sugar and fewer vitamins than the fruit it is derived from. 
  • Hydrate: most people will sweat more in the summer, making it important to regulate water and sodium levels in the body. 
  • Smaller portions: studies suggest that humans will eat 92% of what is on the plate, making the size of the portion you serve one of the most critical sub-conscious ways to control how much you consume.

Losing weight helps to ease the burden on the spine, particularly in the lumbar region. However, weight loss is not our only goal here: we want you to eat well to boost your mental acuity, energize you for summer fun and elongate the health of your spine. For help on turning this summer into your summer of health, give our office in American Canyon a call.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

Stress Less

stress less

The S word: stress and physical pain exist in a vicious cycle: mental stress leads to physical pain which, in turn, leads to more stress. High levels of mental stress encourage muscles to tense and remain this way: prolonged periods of muscle tension leads to a variety of problems including subluxation, headache and back pain. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we would like to see your muscles exist in a state of relaxation rather than tension, and we have the knowledge and treatment to help this become your reality.

When vertebrae fall out of alignment, they put pressure on the nearby nerves, a condition that we call subluxation. Subluxation essentially creates nerve interference which can lead to back pain and other dysfunction. We focus first on correcting misalignment and ensuring that the nerves are free of pressure. Then we focus on releasing muscle tension and improving circulation and blood flow throughout the body, especially to injurious regions. By reducing pain, we make a positive impact on the stress cycle, hoping to eventually turn it into a positive feedback loop: removing pain makes it easier for you to reduce stress.

At our office in American Canyon, we know that we cannot simply end all stress in your life: after all, some jobs require a higher level of stress than others. Instead, we offer you the chance to combat mental stress without the accompanying physical pain: it is easier this way. Call our office today and find out how a balanced spine is a key component of a stress-free lifestyle.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 



When it comes to muscle building, the body's mental reward system follows its basic model: the more work you put in, the more muscle you get out. However, it is equally important to listen to your body and observe the equation that makes muscle: a period of strain in which the muscle fibers are torn microscopically, followed by a period of rest and recovery in which the muscles repair and regrow stronger, using muscle protein synthesis. At a certain point, continuing to attempt to lift is futile, because the body needs to repair before further muscle building takes place. However, many people often ignore their bodies and push on, to the detriment of their overall well-being: this is called over-training. 

Symptoms of over-training include: 

  • Weight loss
  • Depression 
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Underperformance
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Loss of concentration
  • Feeling drained after normal workout

Listen to your body: it is the greatest possible monitor for whether you may be over-doing it. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we are helping people get in tune with their bodies to maximize both their workout and their well-being. If you are feeling burnt out, it may be time to leave the weights behind for a week and focus on light aerobic activity, and a focus on nutrition and hydration. If you are feeling out of sorts perpetually, there may be a pre-existing nervous system imbalance that can benefit from an evaluation at our office in American Canyon. Give us a call at (707) 864-2223. 

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.