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How Chiropractic Care Improves Function, Stability, And Mobility


If you guys follow along on Snapchat you know alllllll about my chiropractor, Dr. Patrick. Patrick is QUITE popular on Snap. Ha. Ya, ya, you guys all message me about how cute he is but my favorite thing about Patrick is…well actually a few things? 1.) he is the ultimate ( & I mean ultimate ) hangover cure. Really guys, when he adjusts me it’s an instant cure. 2.) he is aggressive in the right way- meaning no fluff. And 3.) he’s helped me a lot ( a lot, a lot ) with my chronic neck pain from a lateral whiplash car accident years ago with stretching & chiropractic care.

And then of course there’s Fix Body Group in Hillcrest where Patrick works. You should know Fix Body Group is kind of my home away from home. I love it. It’s basically a one-stop shop for body pain. Whenever my neck hurts, I’m there. My favorite part happens to be the traction & stretching. When Patrick stretches my neck a million endorphins release- it’s crazy. If chiropractic work isn’t your thing they also provide massage services, acupuncture, Active Release Technique, therapeutic exercise, & stretching. YES PLZ.

Good news for you if you’re in the San Diego area ( or visiting SD ), Fix Body Group is offering all TSC readers a complimentary Initial examination & treatment with a chiropractor ( value: $120 ). See the end of this post for the deets.

Before I intro you to Patrick I want to tell you about three quick at-home methods that REALLY help me. And in turn, I hope they help you. One was recommended by a reader, Morgan Hoey, in TSC Secret FB Group: a posture corrector.

The other was recommended by my acupuncturist AND IS LEGIT THE BEST MEDLEY EVER ( menthol & camphor FTW ). It’s this Chinese herbal medicated oil that I apply on sore areas like my neck or shoulders. Sometimes I’ll apply it after a workout or anytime I have sore joints. This stuff is like liquid gold guys. If you don’t believe me just check all of the Amazon reviews. I’m telling you, it’s magic. Also it’s under $13 dollars & lasts forever. I am weirdly OBSESSED with the smell of camphor too, which I feel like is maybe acquired? You tell me. Anyway, if you’re having any kind of soreness or joint paint, TRY THIS GOODNESS. ( SIDE NOTE: it’s also been known to cure bunions. I’ve never tried it for this but I heard this Chinese oil cures them quickly ).

Lastly & you already know this one: an acuppressure mat & pillow. I BEG YOU TO READ THIS POST if you haven’t- this set-up is so inexpensive & sooooo amazing. It stimulates the whole body in a few minutes. Even my dogs like it.

So ya, at-home I’ll clean the house with my posture corrector on a lot. I also wore it this morning when I worked from home. You can use it whenever. It’s so efficient. As for the Chinese oil, I simply use it whenever I’m sore. If you have any other at-home treatments for neck/back- please share them below.

Ok with that allow me to introduce you to Patrick from Fix Body Group?

+ Introduce yourself:

Hello my name is Dr. Patrick Cucarola & I am a Chiropractor at Fix Body Group in San Diego.  I am originally from a small town in Colorado. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise physiology in Colorado before moving to San Francisco to attain my doctorate degree in Chiropractic. After that, I moved down to San Diego to pursue my career at Fix Body Group, which is San Diego’s premier rehabilitation & fitness clinic. I’m also an avid adventure sport person who loves anything active from snowboarding, basketball, beach volleyball. Oh & I enjoy relaxing on the beach too.

+ Ok Mr. Patrick, tell us EXACTLY what you do:

Our motto is: “We get you back to doing what you love pain-free and stronger than before.” I alleviate people’s pain.

To describe how that happens is hard to say exactly, because I do so many different things for my patients. I specialize in musculoskeletal injuries & improving performance & overall function of the human body by using a combination of Active Release Technique, Chiropractic, therapeutic exercise, & stretching.  

Whether this be helping an athlete perform at his peak abilities or helping a typical person live without pain to do what they love.

+ Why do I always feel better after seeing you? LOL.

It’s because I take a precise approach to identify your specific problem areas & then use all the therapies I just spoke about to fix your issue.

It really is a combination approach by our team of therapist to fix the cause of your problems, release tension, release endorphins, & improve your overall function and not just focus on the symptoms.

+ Why is chiropractic care so important?

Chiropractic takes a whole body approach to your problems while improving your function, stability, & mobility to get you back and keep you doing what you love. It helps treat current aches/pains as well as prevents future injuries.  

+ Who’s a perfect candidate for your care?

Anyone who needs to alleviate pain or who loves to be active.

So many people have learned to live with daily pain that they have accepted as simply part of their life. They don’t have to. Some people have also been told, or have convinced themselves that part of their issue is genetic or only surgery can help.

Many times this is not the case & a good chiropractor can really help them.

+ Let’s talk about posture…what do you see that needs to change in regards to posture?

Our culture spends way too much time in one position at work or school looking down at their laptop, phone, or tablet. It puts you in a prolonged position that places stress on your muscles & joints. This overtime causes strain, muscle spasms, & decreased blood flow- all of which causes acute/chronic daily pain.

Almost everyone says they hold their stress in their neck, back, & shoulders. This isn’t just a coincidence.

+ Ok so what if someone was involved in a car accident? Share a detailed wellness plan with us?

It’s hard to do a general care plan, because each person/case is unique, but most likely it would begin with a releasing the myofascial tension through ART, Chiro, massage, stretching, & acupuncture. Then we add corrective exercise & overall strengthening to build stability in those injured areas.

+ Do you recommend mixing this with rehab, massage, & acupuncture?

Yes, that is our purpose at Fix- it’s what we do best. Fix is a 1 stop shop with all of those therapies & why we are SO successful at fixing injuries.

+ Anything people can do at-home to improve their posture?

Stretch & exercise! Stretching is like flossing, we all know we need to do it, but many people just forget or get lazy. The difference is a dentist can replace your teeth; you can’t replace your body.

Good posture makes you feel better; move better, & makes you look sexy. Good posture for the ladies gives the impression of a flat stomach, tight butt, & gives your bust an added boost. Let’s just say I’m a fan of good posture.

…And don’t forget about the guys. We like to look taller too with a shredded six-pack & a broad chest.

+ My Snapchat has quite the crush on you- where can people find/stalk you?

Easy: Instagram is @patrickcucarola & you can Find Fix Body Group on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram all under the handle @fixbodygroup. Or they can find me on the beach, at the gym, riding along the coast of SD on my motorcycle or out exploring what else San Diego has to offer. Say hi.

+ All San Diego readers ( or visitors ) get one complimentary Initial examination & treatment with a chiropractor which is a $120 value. To book call 619-295-9791 or e-mail and use the code: TSClovesFIX.


  1. Great post!

    In addition to stretching, mobilizing using mobility tools is like using water-pick in addition to flossing your teeth.

    I see Dr. Travis at Your Healthy Spine and like Dr. Patrick, he fixes my problem and not just the symptoms. He also gives me at home mobility and stretching exercises to keep me pain-free and help me perform my best at the gym and the dance studio.

    @Angela: if the sound bothers you, feel free to skip the adjustment part. I skip it sometimes because my chiropractor fixes my sports injuries using other methods to improve my movement & mobility.

  2. Great post!

    In addition to stretching, mobilizing using mobility tools is like using water-pick in addition to flossing your teeth.

    I see Dr. Travis at Your Healthy Spine and like Dr. Patrick, he fixes my problem and not just the symptoms. He also gives me at home mobility and stretching exercises to keep me pain-free and help me perform my best at the gym and the dance studio.

    @Angela: if the sound bothers you, feel free to skip the adjustment part. I skip it sometimes because my chiropractor fixes my sports injuries using other methods to improve my movement & mobility.

  3. Many people do not know that chiropractic care is evolving. What was once a profession of spine- only adjustments is moving toward a total body musculoskeletal treatment model. The Graston technique is a unique, comprehensive treatment plan that is new to the evolving practice of modalities.

    1. Whenever you suffer from heel pain then take ample rest. If this pain is caused due to doing some specific work such as walking for a long distance, continuous standing etc, then just avoid giving strain to your feet. The more you rest the better and quicker are the chances of healing.

    2. As warming up increases the flow of blood to the muscles, it is crucial prior to any sport or exercise regime if we are to avoid injury. Warming up can include gently jogging or even walking or static stretching whereby you stretch out your legs and arms, and in increasing the muscle temperature you limit the chances of injury.

    3. Feet are easy to ignore, especially in cooler months when they’re often in closed-toe shoes or boots. But a little attention can go a long way toward comfort, Make sure you cut toenails straight across” to avoid ingrown nails. Moisturize dry skin on the foot when it’s cracked to keep feet comfortable, and to help ward off infections when bacteria enter through cracked skin.

    4. Chiropractor address the underlying cause of pain disorders, headaches, low back pain and sports injuries by treating the cause, not covering the symptoms. Quite often, those painful conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine known as vertebral subluxations – where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned. Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations and this often alleviates the pain.

  4. I’m thinking of seeing a chiropractor for corrective exercises for my spine alignment. In this article, you talked about how chiropractic care can improve my posture. Thanks for this valuable information!

  5. While there may be many causes of foot pain, it is important to note that not all foot pain originates in the toes or in the front or back of the foot, nor does it necessarily develop because of some injury or trauma to the foot. What may come as a surprise is that many types of pain in the foot may have nothing to do with the foot or the leg, but rather a problem in the lower back.

    1. The basic treatment for relieving acute back pain from strain or minor injury is a limited period of rest for 24 to 72 hours. An ice pack can be helpful, as can aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to reduce pain and inflammation. Do not give aspirin to a child aged 18 years or younger because of the increased risk of Reye syndrome. After the inflammation subsides, applying heat can soothe cramped muscles and strained connective tissue.

  6. I was hesitant to visit a Chiro but after 2 visits my neck pain was fixed. The doctor gave me some exercises to do at home and have not needed any adjustments/manipulations in over 6 months. Do your research, read yelp reviews when looking for a Chiropractor.


  7. Visiting a chiropractor can help you deal with a number of conditions. In some cases, a visit to the chiropractor can take away the need for painkillers or at least reduce it.

  8. Well, I read your article and get essential information about mobility. But I don’t understand some topic. I want to know that how to reduce and get fresh to mobility problem. You have not mentioned any device or therapy for mobility problem. I am expert in mobility. If you need any product for disable person you can visit my website:

  9. I so agree with the people spending too much time in front of laptops or computers because of their desk jobs. And I do see people who are into desk jobs are more likely to have that bad posture.

  10. Working out just a few times a week can go a long way to helping you not only fall asleep, but stay asleep throughout the night. In addition, you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed than if you were just sitting around all day. Just remember not to exercise too close to bedtime. If you do, that energized feeling you get after a workout may keep you from falling asleep for a while.

  11. At CSS, we don’t just treat your symptoms.
    We start by identifying the root cause of the problem, determine
    the best, most scientifically-advanced treatment,
    and restore function & health to give you a better quality of life.

  12. Nice post and I am really impressed with you, You’ve maintained yourself very well and this the reason I follow your posts and blog.

  13. You are lucky that you got the chiropractor like Dr. Patrick. I am suffering from back pain from last week I feel that your article is gonna help me a lot. Thanks for the article!

  14. I like this insightful interview of a professional chiropractor. I appreciate that he gets to help out people towards alleviating their pain and stress in their bodies. My wife is experiencing pain through her back and we would like a chiropractor like Dr. Patrick to help us out.

  15. I like that the interview summarized that a chiropractor takes an approach to a problem area and apply several therapies. MY wife and I are retirees and we could use some of that therapeutical approaches. We will need a medical expert to help us out on this.

    1. Chiropractic adjustment is generally considered safe when performed for the right condition by someone who is properly trained and licensed to practice chiropractic care

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