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


Post-Accident Headache

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After even slight automobile accidents, the world is a different place: your body has been in the middle of the force generated by two substantial objects colliding. The reverberations of a car accident can leave your confidence shaken and your body in a tumultuous state; the damage done to the spine can be hard to determine immediately. Most likely, there is a fair amount of adrenaline coursing through your body that will waylay symptoms for a few days, meaning that underlying conditions may not come to the fore until days or weeks after the collision. At American Canyon Chiropractor, the most common complaint we treat for accident sufferers is headache.

Automobile accidents expose the neck to whiplash, a split-second motion of the head that leaves spinal ligaments damaged. The supporting soft-tissues can also be strained and inflamed during such a severe motion. Most commonly, people complain of stiff necks that hurt when moved, and pain that refers into the head, causing tension headaches.

If your neck has been whiplashed out of alignment, there is very likely an impingement on the cervical nerves which is dealing you a lot of pain. We restore these misalignments and treat the spinal joints with chiropractic adjustment to ensure that your neck sustains no long term damage. We use massage and manual treatment to the inflamed tissues to speed blood flow that brings healing oxygen and nutrients to the region.

If you are suffering from persistent headaches in the wake of an automobile accident, call our office in American Canyon. Our services are at your disposal to get you back behind the wheel feeling confident and free of pain.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Cervicogenic Headache


Headaches are almost a part of the mentality of being an adult. We accept them as a byproduct of our busy waking lives, a minor annoyance that can be quickly subdued with aspirin or Ibuprofen. If we could only get caught up with work, or bills, or get a restful night’s sleep, then everything would be OK. But what people fail to realize is that all these causes are interrelated and mutually antagonistic: a lifestyle that promotes one will eventually promote the other. And there are other, more physical factors that contribute to headaching behind the scenes. Consider cervicogenic headaches, which are common for people who have experienced a trauma to the neck or back during their lifetime.

Cervicogenic headache is unusual because the pain does not originate in the head. If the neck is out of alignment, nerve pain could be referred from the neck to the head. Nerve signals travel up the spinal cord in the neck and merge with nerves in the brain, making the pain indistinguishable. Furthermore, over 20 muscles in the neck and upper back can refer pain to the head.

At American Canyon Chiropractor, we would like to see people stop writing their headaches off as just a part of life. With a careful and considered diagnosis, we can determine if your pain may be caused by a disorder of the neck or upper back and begin a course of treatment that will restore the cervical vertebrae to proper alignment, freeing up pressure from the associated nerves. If muscles are damaged or strained from repetitive tension, we can use massage to restore circulation to the region and repair them quickly. Call our office at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Posture Headaches


sittingModern posture is concerning. A dangerous fusion of circumstances exists: a lack of awareness about proper posture, poor ergonomic support and more jobs than ever plopping down humans in front of computers. Humans are also innately pleasure-seeking, meaning that temporary comfort will win out over healthy posture in most cases: people will sit for hours in an unsupported position, moving nothing but their fingers, distributing pressure unevenly on the body that leads to pain and headache.

Here is a typical picture of someone actively harming their spine at work: working for hours with head and chin forward, shoulders slumped forward and back rounded. Working for hours in a state of tension, the weight of your head is now straining the neck and shoulders; it is no surprise that muscle spasms begin to refer pain to the nerves of the head. And thank yourself very much, your poor posture has now caused you a headache.

Fortunately, this is a reversible situation: posture and ergonomics are something that everyone can succeed at, if only given the right information. Improving your posture is one of the quickest ways you can influence the severity and frequency of chronic headaching. Just knowing that your posture is not actively contributing to your condition is helpful. 

If your posture has left you in a state of muscle tightness and misalignment, call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today. We will relieve muscle strain and misalignment with chiropractic techniques that are non-invasive and gentle. After that, we work together to create a healthy back care plan that includes good posture.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

Sleep and Headaches


It is not inconceivable that your headaches could be caused by poor sleep, as they are mutually antagonistic factors: inadequate or lack of restful sleep leads to chronic headaching, but headache often prevents people from falling asleep in the first place. At American Canyon chiropractic, we believe that you can improve the severity and frequency of your headaches by sleeping better.

From a chiropractic perspective, sleep disorders can be directly caused by subluxation of the cervical vertebrae. Because of its role in regulating the limbic system, which is responsible for mood, a problem in this region could lead to stress, anxiety and depression. If the subluxation is impinging on a nerve, there could be neck pain that is referring into your head and causing headaches simultaneously. Correcting these subluxations is a no-brainer: muscle spasms will disappear and the muscles in the neck and shoulders will be more relaxed, which leads to better sleep.

At American Canyon Chiropractor, we specialize in getting to the root of your headache. Beginning with a conversation, we form a picture of your particular condition and the factors, both external and internal, that are contributing to your pain. We offer expertise on nutrition, exercise and posture as it relates to both headaches and sleep. Call our office and schedule an appointment to start sleeping and feeling better today.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Tension Headaches


Tension headaches are the headache of ill-fated choice for many unfortunate people. They can be blamed on any manner of factors: dehydration, sensory overload, too little food or too many screens. At a certain point, they just become your regular, daily headache. Persistent tension headaching can be an insidious intrusion on your life and as such, it is worth investigating whether any spinal misalignment is to blame. If you have searched far and wide for a clue as to where your headaches begin, rather than just treating the surface pain, consider the following information.

The daily stress of life leaves many people in a state of constant tension: we both mentally and physically tighten as a natural reaction to the feelings of anger, irritation, fatigue or anxiety. When this tightening is reproduced over long periods of time, your muscular and skeletal systems start to change to reflect this muscular strain. Coming home and sitting on the couch after a day sitting at the office in poor posture is likely to compound this situation. Headache is a very loud and clear signal that something is wrong, and often times it is that your back is out of whack.

At American Canyon Chiropractor, we provide you with gentle adjustments that ensure the alignment of the spine, particularly in the cervical region. We focus on breaking up tightness of the shoulder with percussive massage which increases circulation in the local region, bringing blood flow and nutrients to the strained spot, while simultaneously releasing endorphins that fight pain. If tension headaches have a hold on our life, call our office to see what we can do for you.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Decompression Therapy for Herniated Discs

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A herniated disc is likely to heal itself given the proper time and attention. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we want to offer you every tool in our power to treat your injury before surgery is considered. The DRX9000 provides spinal decompression therapy that actually works to reverse the bulging of a herniated disc. The basic idea of decompression therapy is to use a motorized device or traction table to gently stretch the spine, relieving pressure on the nerves, thereby relieving pain.

The goal here is to create an optimal healing environment for a herniated disc. As the bones of the spine are slowly separated, a negative-pressure vacuum is created between them, and fluid from the surrounding tissues is sucked into the disc, reconstituting its structure and establishing greater disc space between the bones. The herniated portion of the disc is sucked back inwards and the disc is remodeled.

Spinal decompression in and of itself is a beneficial treatment that can drastically improve your suffering from herniated disc. But its efficacy can only be increased by a holistic back care lifestyle. This includes a focus on correctly supported resting positions, exercise and attention to body mechanics. Give our office in American Canyon a call at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment and start healing yourself today.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Nutrition for Herniated Discs


The nature of a herniated disc injury is a compromised annulus fibrosus: the outer layer of the disc cracks, allowing the nucleus pulposus to leak out and encroach on the nearby nerve. Regardless of whether this injury was caused by direct trauma or over time as the disc wore down, the cartilaginous material that makes up the outer layer has been damaged.

Collagen, a structural protein, is the main component of cartilage. Nutrition is a great way we can impact the health of our discs, especially during the process of recovery. An awareness of spinal disc nutrition benefits you beyond the singular event of your injury: use it to strengthen all the discs in your back and make a positive step toward preventing future injury.

One further factor that contributes to the condition is the body’s inflammatory response that creates swelling in the damaged area. Therefore we want to intake nutrients that have two crucial properties: repair and production of collagen and fighters of inflammation.

Collagen repair and production Anti-Inflammatory foods
Vitamin C is essential for collagen production. Whole Grains
Omega Acids Omega Acids, Fatty fish
Collagen itself can be found in bone broths. Leafy Greens and fruits
Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate: Sulfur binds with glucosamine and chondroitin to repair cartilage. Nuts, in particular almonds
Glycine, proline and lysine are all crucial components of cartilage. Olive oil

For ideas and help on how to start using nutrition to your advantage, call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today. Our consultation includes a conversation about your diet and how you can make minor improvements to effect large changes.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.