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 firstname.lastname@example.org and use the code: TSClovesFIX.