Functional Medicine Center
Explore Functional Medicine at Ventura Chiropractic
An Alternative Approach to Traditional Health Care
When Traditional Approaches Fail…In today’s hectic world, patients can’t seem to get good, compassionate, care at an affordable rate. That’s not how we run our practice. As members of the community we will do what it takes to get you well. At Ventura Chiropractic Destress Center we treat people, not their problems. We always give simple recommendations without an extra service charge. If simple recommendations don’t solve your underlying problems, we’ll perform in-depth blood panels, & other cutting-edge diagnostic testing.
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We treat people who suffer from the following conditions:
Neck, Back, Shoulder, Knee or Jaw Pain
Dr. Algee treats normal joint pains located in the neck, back, and shoulders. He also treats elbows, knees, ankles, hands, sciatica and the jaw. He incorporates chiropractic, massage, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, strengthening exercises, primitive reflex testing, cross cord reflexes, balance and muscle testing as a part of standard care. Regardless of what pain you suffer from Dr. Algee will do everything within his ability to make you feel more comfortable in your body.
Oftentimes, headaches are the brain indicating difficulty coping with an overabundance of sensory information. For example, too much light, sound, or mental processing can fatigue the brain, causing headaches. Strained muscles in the neck, and jammed cervical joints, can contributing to headaches. In our office we treat upper and lower joints in the cervical spine, not only the ones in the middle, for a more complete reduction in headaches.
Spinal Distraction is a form of spinal decompression therapy. It is non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniation. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.
Spinal decompression therapy is useful for reducing pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge and a conservative option to surgery for herniated discs. Spinal Distraction increases spinal motion within the disc and reduces symptoms of sciatica.
Sensitivities to Lights, Sounds, Smells or Touch
Sensitivities to any stimuli, that causes a person to feel uncomfortable, in anyway, can occur for a variety of reasons: specifically if your brain is tired or unable to limit information. Believe it or not, one of the jobs of our brain is to limit excessive information from making it thru to conscious levels. Non important information is filtered out. Too much information can overload our brains causing a host of mental, social, and cognitive problems. We improve brain function to limit sensory overload.
Stress is the overwhelming sense of a loss of control over one’s environment. This has profound negative impacts upon the body, heart, breathing, mood, sleep, sex, relationships, sobriety, sanity and one’s soul. Our office incorporates stress reduction in every visit.
The majority of patients are not immediately aware they suffer from stress until AFTER their first appointment. A life full of stress is not a life well-lived. Our name Ventura Chiropractic Destress Center implies what we offer.
Good sleep leads to good health. Poor sleep leads to poor health. Sleep is the time when we repair. If you don’t sleep you don’t repair. Good, deep, restful sleep is paramount to one’s health. Regardless of your main concern we ALWAYS strive for improving your sleep by removing pain, balancing blood sugars and reducing stress in all its forms.
Car Accidents/Personal Injury
If you’ve suffered from a car accident, or fall, you’ll need a chiropractor who specializes in your well-being. You need a doctor who understands the relationship between high-speed physical impact injuries, head trauma, concussions, physical pain, upper neck tension, headaches, visual disturbances, sleep difficulties, and mental wellness in one collective person called you. Rest assured we are the office to deal with the complexities of your injuries.
Concussions and head trauma have a damaging affect on an individual’s brain and life. In our office, we check every patient for past head/brain injuries regardless of the patient’s main complaint. Head trauma, even if it was ‘years ago’ and you have not received treatment for it, it has not been treated—which could potentially manifest in future years.
Through the use of chiropractic we ‘treat’ brains. We also perform nasal cranial release technique. Nasal cranial release is a chiropractic adjustment technique that treats pain and health problems associated with concussions and other head trauma. This technique re-establishes the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to the brain and spinal column. Pioneered by Dr. J. R. Stober in the 1930s, this nasal cranial release adjusts the skull bones by using a small finger cot affixed to an inflatable device.
The device is inserted into the nasal passageways for the adjustment to be made. Dr. Algee has successfully used this adjustment technique to help patients manage pain associated with concussions and head trauma.
Depression can be caused by anemia, fatigue, poor nutrition, genetics, head injury, trauma, chronic stress, poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle or low neurotransmitter output. Emotional work is not our specialty, however, the physical body is. If necessary, we will run in-depth blood tests that determine the underlying cause of your dysfunction and/or dietary recommendations to remove low-grade chronic inflammation which can disrupt neurotransmitter output.
Food allergies, chemical sensitivities, adrenal circadian rhythm dysfunction, abnormal blood sugar homeostasis, structural problems such as TMJ dysfunction, upper cervical improper articulation, or chronic unremitting pain all affect brain function and a person’s mood.
Multiple systems sync to maintain your sense of stability. Joints, muscles, inner-ear equilibrium, tonic neck reflexes, proprioceptors and the cerebellum. Dysfunction to one of these systems can cause dizziness and balance issues. There are many causes of vertigo including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck dysfunction, inner-ear infections and trauma. Vertigo and/or dizziness can be debilitating. We can help alleviate these conditions.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation or both. Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that we’ll need to manage long term. A over missed competent of irritable bowel syndrome is the neurological part. The interaction between the brain and bowels cannot be overstated. A combination of dietary change and/or neurological stimulation is necessary to calm down the colon and reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome can be caused by a variety of things. These can include: genetics, metabolic issues, improper diet, food sensitivities, viral/bacterial infections, and head injury. Our examination can help identify the root cause and determine the best course of action for restoring your physical and mental energy levels.
When the body cannot make energy properly and easily, it makes energy through a pathway called the lactic acid pathway. As the name implies, what is being given off is an excess of lactic acid. Lactic acid causes muscles to ache, the joints to hurt, and one’s mood to be low.
As the eminent psychologist Aaron Beck put it: “The cost of survival of the lineage may be a lifetime of discomfort.” Survival of our species may have favored genes within us that make us jumpy. So genetics is one of the causes of anxiety/panic attacks. However, other causes are maladapted patterns of behavior, balance mechanism that don’t work properly, and high stress. We don’t work on genes, but we DO work on balance mechanisms and stress. Our office can help reduce the severity of your attacks and calm your system down.
Poor digestion can be caused by a combination of factors including the brain, diet, head trauma, poor balance, gastrointestinal infections and decreased digestive enzyme output. We apply brain, nutritional, and vagal stimulation therapies to improve digestion. If necessary, patients will perform a Gastrointestinal Panel to check the quality and quantity of healthy intestinal bacteria. Contingent to the outcome of the panel, specific nutritional therapies will be applied to correct any imbalance.
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Chronic pain syndrome is when pain last more than 3 to 6 months in length. Patients with chronic pain syndrome are sensitive to all forms of touch including chiropractic and massage. Chronic pain syndrome is difficult to treat. However, managing all the conditions associated with chronic pain syndrome such as poor sleep, blood sugar instabilities, inflammatory diets, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety can alleviate chronic pain syndrome symptoms.
Tight or Loose Pelvic Floor Muscles
Weak pelvic floor muscles happen after giving birth to a child. In some patients these muscles can become too tight. Functional medicine can help.