❝"When you are constant pain, life totally stinks! "
I had regular headaches, almost daily with frequent migraines of at least 2 times per week as well. I was constantly popping Ibuprofen and Excedrin Migraine medications for so long that eventually their effectiveness wore off and only slightly lessened the pain. Even knowing the damage I was doing to my kidneys and liver from my daily pill dose, I still chose to pop these pills just so I could do life. When the pills started lose their effectiveness I had to make the decision to start the prescription for Imitrex.
My chiropractor in Colorado, Dr. Joe Singh, referred me to Drs Melendez (Pettibon technique), when we relocated to San Diego. I got my first adjustment with Dr. Melendez on May 11, 2016. I felt immediate relief!! It was as amazing and miraculous as hearing angels sing!!
When you are constant pain, life totally stinks! Even daily routines can become unbearable or impossible. When your head is pounding the last thing you want to be doing is bending down to get clean clothes out of your washer to put them into your dryer. And what's for dinner? Who in the world wants to even think about what to cook, much less cook it when you feel like someone has put a jack hammer to your head? What about simply walking down or upstairs when you have that splitting headache and it feels like your head is about to split open with each step. All you want to do is sleep when you're in pain but you can't sleep because of the pain. It becomes a vicious cycle of frustration, irritability, depression, stress, exhaustion and pain. And that's just how it affects you, but what about your spouse and children, your family? It affects every level of your relationships. Like when you have to constantly decline date nights with your spouse, or BBQ Sundays with your neighbors, or family movie nights because you have another migraine, which gets old fast. The headaches could get so bad that even hearing the person next to you breath was so intense that it would cause excruciating pain making me nauseous!
This is why I thank God for Drs David and Lorraine. Since I've been under their care my life and the lives of my husband and sons, have done a 180 degree turn! I've gone from merely existing in pain to living without pain. Once again I remember what it's like to smile and laugh again. I love our date nights and family nights again, having fun with friends and even doing laundry, well not really the laundry. But I love that I can do it all in one day and still have time to play. I can run my errands and work on my to-do-list. I can even exercise now which helps with stress management. I think the thing I'm most thrilled about is the fact that I can finally sleep for about 4 1/2 hours straight! Yes, the doctors have helped me brake my vicious cycle.
My Heart is filled with gratitude toward them for that. I still have some work to do but I'm thrilled to be going forward pain free. I'm excited to continue to work with the doctors to gain more health and live life more abundantly. As the wise Dr. Dave once said, "Good is the enemy of Great".
Thank you Dr.Dave for helping me accomplish-Great!!!
❝"I finally came in for help after my back and leg pain got so bad that I could not stand for very long without having pain shoot down my leg."
I came to see Dr. David in April of 2016, a year after my wife met the doctor at a community fair in Solana Beach and brought his card home. It took a while but I finally came in for help after my back and leg pain got so bad that I could not stand for very long without having pain shoot down my leg. It was awful, I couldn't work without pain and I couldn't do much. Nothing seemed to help.
Since completing crisis care and then transitioning to lifestyle care, I'm no longer in pain; I have more energy, feel happier and even able to go dancing again. I now workout at the gym 5-7 days per week and feel great once again. I have much more energy now and my workouts are much more productive. I even lost weight since I'm able to push my body to a new level previously not possible.
❝I first came to see Dr. Melendez in September 2016 after blowing my back out golfing. I was referred to Gold Coast Chiropractic Center by another doctor from Escondido. My back was bad when I first came for help, unable to surf, extreme difficulty walking, working and living. An MRI of my spine confirmed that I had herniated and bulged my lumbar disc at L4-L5, which was pressing on the nerve causing lots of pain. I was pretty bummed and after months of another type of chiropractic care, it continued to get worse.
The tipping point came after I went on a surf trip to Pasquales in mainland Mexico with friends and had an awful and painful time! Not only was I in horrible pain the entire time, but I could not surf at all. I missed out on all the good waves because of my disc injury. I knew something had to change so I decided to try something different.
I started on a spinal corrective plan at Gold Coast Chiropractic which included chiropractic adjustments, decompression (SRT) and rehabilitation with home exercises to fix my spine. Since starting care I feel so much better, drastically improved, and finally I am once again beginning to do the things I love, even surfing for the first time in many months, so stoked! My pain and disability has completely healed. The past days of despair and worry are now just a memory. I feel happy again and can go back to living my life with a new outlook.
❝In June of 2016 I severely injured my neck, upper back, and right shoulder while cliff jumping at Lake Powell. The pain was excruciating, it was so bad it hurt to lie down in my bed. I had to sleep propped up on my couch for weeks. Before I made it Gold Coast Chiropractic Center and Dr. Melendez, I went to a different doctor who only made things worse. He started working on me 'cold turkey' and started adjusting me without any x-ray analysis or anything. It was not a good experience! Out of desperation I went on Yelp and found Gold Coast Chiropractic and Drs Melendez.
I had recently joined the Army National Guard prior to injuring my neck and back. I was scheduled to ship out to basic training at the beginning of August 2016. I was almost certain that there was no possibility for me to be able to ship out on time. I could not run or even do one pushup because of the pain until... Drs David and Lorraine worked their magic on me, getting me feeling and functioning better than ever. Not only was a able to ship out in time for training but I went on to excel at Army Basic Training.
Since my improvements, my co-workers like me once again because I'm so much happier and pleasant to be around instead of grumpy and in pain all the time. It had been two months without any sports or activities; now I play soccer three times per week and basketball once per week since coming to Gold Coast Chiropractic. Not being in constant pain and regaining my health once again, has helped me deal with the stresses of life that used to affect me in a negative way. Now my emotions are more easily controlled and feel the equivalent of relaxing on the beach. I'm now able to continue to be active again and do the things that I enjoy with rapid recovery from hard workouts once again.
❝"I've been able to go off all of my medications and have not had a headache in weeks."
I had been suffering from daily chronic migraines for many years. My mom's coworker and friend, Carla, heard about my plight and recommended that I see Dr. Melendez for help. Carla was already a patient of the doctors, having experienced her own healing success. My parents were skeptical because I had tried another chiropractor in the past without seeing much benefit. Something had to change, even with the multiple prescription medications I had been taking over the past 5 years, I still was highly susceptible to getting headaches and still in pain. These strong meds I had been taking eventually began to lose their effect as my body adapted and acclimated to them with the pain returning.
I began corrective chiropractic care with Dr. Melendez in May of this year and the approach was very different. Since that time I've had a tremendous healing take place. I've been able to go off all of my medications and have not had a headache in weeks. My neck and spine feel great as well.
The great care I have received has benefited me in many ways. At work I have been able to give my complete effort without feeling hindered and in pain. My activity level has dramatically improved without getting headaches. In the past this would have been very difficult to do without getting a headache and paying a price. I can now be in the sun at the beach for longer periods of time without the fear of getting an excruciating headache later on as well. With friends and family, I have felt more lively and more myself with my relationships improving as a result. When I do become stressed, my head is no longer stopping me from meeting the situation ‘head-on'! I have been feeling so much more personal and mental happiness in my life since starting care, I'm incredibly thankful to God and Gold Coast Chiropractic Center for all that they have done to help me.
Life is so beautiful and it's so wonderful to experience it PAIN FREE!
❝"…constant sinus pressure and couldn't breathe through my nose…"
I first became aware of Drs Melendez and Gold Coast Chiropractic from a church friend and patient, Debbie D., who highly recommended I go in and get help for some chronic health issues. I had constant sinus pressure and couldn't breathe through my nose for the longest time. My chronic sinusitis with the constant pressure and congestion was taking a toll. I tried nasal sprays, antibiotics, allergy treatments, etc., with no relief in sight.
The doctors examined my spine and took x-rays, discovering a loss of the normal curve and subluxations in my upper neck which put pressure on the nerves going to my sinuses.
Since starting corrective care I've experienced a complete opening of my sinuses allowing me to breathe through my nose for the first time in a long time, not to mention that I have no more constant pain in my neck, shoulders and lower back!
I am now able to work without constantly stopping to blow my nose. I can finally breathe fully which brings so much more enjoyment to everything I do.
Everyone that knows me knows that I have always had sinus problems. They see me now and are simply amazed that I can breathe through my nose without drugs and sprays. Since my new found health, my demeanor and well-being has been completely boosted to a new level, speaking and breathing clearly, reducing my stress and improving my quality of life.
Thank you, God is good,
❝In 2015 I was diagnosed with auto immune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. Ever since then I've suffered with severe neck pain, arm pain and knee pain, which limited my activities of daily living with pain. I had never been to a chiropractor, a bit scared, but I had several friends who had benefitted with great results. In June of 2017, I had a severe flare-up of neck pain so bad that I could barely move my neck side to side. I was extremely weakened because of it, with bad knee pain as well. My massage therapist recognized my plight and referred me to another chiropractor she knew. That office was unable to see me at that time so they referred me to Drs David & Lorraine Melendez at Gold Coast Chiropractic Center, and I'm so glad they did.
In much pain and apprehension, I began Crisis Care in June of 2017. I had relief after my first adjustment and within the first month of care I started to see lasting results. Every month I get better and have less pain. Friends/family are noticing and telling me I am standing straighter and have more energy.
I have a long commute to work each day, with sitting in the car and at work, it usually takes a toll on me causing a lot of pain. Since starting care, my knees no longer constantly hurt and I'm now able to go out dancing without knee or neck pain; I even walked 5 miles this past weekend without pain for the first time in many years. This only makes me more motivated to get out and do more, a renewed zest for life!
My co-workers and friends say I seem happier. I personally feel so much better being almost pain free, with an improved energy level and a new hope that I can lead a normal, healthy life and do many more fun things.
I have a renewed confidence and once again like seeing myself in pictures with better posture and less tension in my neck, shoulders and body. I enjoy coming to see the doctors at GCCC, there's always a great energy conveyed by Dr. David and staff and how they care for their patients. He is very caring and I know he has my best interest in mind.
❝"…I felt like golf was being taken away from me…"
I first learned of the doctors at Gold Coast Chiropractic Center from my wife who attended a BNI group with Dr. Lorraine. At the time, I was having horrible lower back pain, beginning in July 2015. I suffered with it for a few months, hoping it would go away but it just seemed to persist and get worse. After much agony, I finally sought help at Gold Coast. My low back condition was very limiting with difficulty walking, standing, sitting, and sleeping. I was in constant pain, everything hurt including coughing and sneezing. My symptoms were extreme with severe lower back pain with immobility, unable to do much of anything, including stranding up straight.
I am extremely fortunate that my wife was so adamant about me seeking the right care and following through with corrective care that Drs Melendez recommended. I almost instantly felt better with my first adjustment and continue to get stronger as I transition from crisis care towards lifestyle care. My symptoms are gone, my life is back and my back is back!
The benefits I've experienced are many. I am no longer limited anymore, especially in my beloved sport, golf. I love golf and have played since I was 8 years old. When I was down, I felt like golf was being taken away from me and was likely the cause of my lower back pain. Well, the good news is I'm now able to play without the pain and I can practice without the fear that golf is to blame. This has been very positive for me and brought much personal happiness for me and my family. When I was in constant pain all day my emotional well-being was absolutely horrible. Now everything has changed for the better. I had actually given up on a lot of things, such as golf, because the stress of constant pain and fear of the future with chronic pain was almost too much to handle. I'm so thankful that the stress is gone.
I must mention my first child Nico, two years old and very active. Now that my back and spine have been restored, I'm able to keep up with him, running, jumping, chasing, etc. Exciting, every part of my life is better but this stands out in my mind. I feel like me again.
Thank you again,
❝Future Chiropractor of America and friend from middle school, Jacob Melendez, referred me to Gold Coast Chiropractic Center. I was in a terrible condition with severe neck and shoulder pain affecting the left side of my body. I always had a kinked neck to where I was limited to rotate my head only a few centimeters. It got so bad that I could barely move the left side of my neck, always feeling very sore, to the point that I would have to use ice or a sauna to help soothe the pain. I had tried chiropractic elsewhere before but going only once a month produced no significant change or help.
Since starting corrective care at GCCC, I have no more neck pain and full mobility. The great care has also improved my posture as well, with upright shoulders instead of rolled or hunched forward shoulders.
Now at work I can lift without pain and feel stronger. My gym workouts have improved more than ever with stronger lifts and greater endurance. My outlook has changed for the better with an improved positive attitude and greater ability handle situations more effectively. In addition, I've noticed that stress affects me less and my thinking is more concise and clear. I believe the doctors are instruments of God being used for His healing miracles.
Thank you Drs. Melendez,
I first came to Gold Coast Chiropractic in mid-February 2015; I was having trouble walking, very painful and slow, unable to run at all. As a former collegiate rugby player, this was not looking good. My condition was the worst and most extreme pain and disability I had ever experienced. Before I came to Gold Coast Chiropractic, I had tried massage therapy but it wasn't enough and did not stick. It gave me momentary relief and increased range of motion but it was not permanent and did not last. My massage therapist, Raelyn Hokulani, HHP, recognized I needed more and thankfully referred me to Drs Melendez.
Since completing Crises Care and now making the Critical transition to Lifestyle care, I am so much better. I can now run and lift weights again. My symptoms have almost completely disappeared; I have my full range of motion again in my lower back and legs without experiencing pain.
My work life has improved, I'm able to lift like I used to and able to operate power tools once again. In addition, I'm back to throwing clay on the wheel.
Before I came in for help, running was out of the question, truly a bummer for my dog loved to run with me. Now my core is strong and I can run with my dog anytime I want. Now that I can be more active, I'm able to spend much more quality time with my family. Furthermore, my stress level has been reduced and my mental focus and concentration has dramatically improved. Life is good.
❝I first heard about Gold Coast Chiropractic Center from my old boss and friend Nate who was a satisfied patient of Drs Melendez. I received a Christmas card from Nate with a new patient gift enclosed. He knew my back was "all jacked up" from my time in the U.S. Navy. I had chronic lower back pain, severe neck pain and stiffness, making it difficult to drive and check my blind spot.
I first injured my back in the Navy. After I got out I injured it again lowering my son into his crib. I had sharp, stabbing pain that put me on the ground. The medical doctor referred me to a physical therapist without taking any x-rays. They tried but the P.T. did not help my back.
Since coming to see Dr. Melendez, I've gained an inch and a half in height back. My lower back pain has been reduced by 97% with full range of motion in my neck and now checking my blind spot when driving is a breeze. I have no more pain at work anymore with better movement and range of motion. I no longer feel like I'm dying. I'm now out walking and anticipating working into more strenuous activities once my spinal muscles and core strength have improved to the point where I can hold my spine in the right curves and alignment. My family relationships are improving mentally and physically as well.
When I first walked in to the office, I was a busted up and malfunctioning terminator. Dr. Dave is a terminator repair man!
My stress level is way down because I know I can work and do all the stuff I used to do without chronic pain!
Lastly, I'm now thinking clearly and more intelligently, my long term memory has come back far better than before, I'm losing weight, eating better with organic/non-GMO foods as well. To God be the Glory; "For god so loved the world that He gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16; "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9.
❝After trying regular chiropractic with insufficient results I asked Dr. Google for help and Gold Coast Chiropractic and Drs Melendez came up with their more thorough system of corrective chiropractic care. My right leg and right hip hurt constantly. It was hard to sit down for any length of time and I have to sit at the computer for 99% of my life, especially for work as a software VP. The pain was a constant 5 to 6 out of 10, not horrible but definitely bad enough that I knew I had to fix this problem. I had been under chiropractic care prior, but those methods were not enough for my problem. I had been living with this for several years so it was finally time for a change. I wanted to be out of pain.
Dr. David took x-rays and revealed that one of my lumbar vertebrae was wedged (subluxation), squashing my disc and hitting a nerve. Since following through with corrective care, including SRT decompression, my hip is worlds better! The pain is sometimes still there but at a level of a 1 or 2 at most. A good chunk of the time it isn't there at all, which makes working at my computer much more comfortable. I can concentrate at work better now, without being distracted by pain.
Now that I don't hurt all the time, I can spend more quality time with my fiancé and a pain free Marc is a happier Marc. As a busy software VP, I still have stress but this is one less thing to worry about now. I can sleep much better and also my body feels better in general without stiff necks or stiff shoulders any longer too.
❝I was referred to Gold Coast Chiropractic Center by my friend Laura. I arrived with constant numbness and tingling into both hands at night when sleeping in addition to six years of chronic neck pain and "Charlie-horses" in my muscles. Waking up with severely numb hands was alarming considering I'm young.
Since completing corrective chiropractic care and now transitioning to Lifestyle care, my neck has felt the best it ever has in the last eight years. The numbness in my hands is gone, tension in my neck and shoulders is all but gone and my neck range of motion is greater as well.
Now when I work sitting at a desk for long hours there is much less tension and discomfort. Playing my sport, Volleyball, I have more power in my arm than before, especially my right arm when I hit the ball. My shoulder feels so loose again, the whole shoulder joint.
I feel more connected and grounded again, more conscious of making healthy choices. I'm less affected by stress and feel more optimistic and in control of my health and vitality. The benefits of being part of a caring chiropractic team both gives and share a positive sense of community.
❝I only heard about Gold Coast Chiropractic after one of my regular clients overheard me talking about having 3 to 4 chronic headaches every week. It just so happens that Jim Lackey was a patient of Drs Melendez and urgently recommended I go see the doctors right away for help. In addition to my constant headache pain, I had continuous low back pain, always hurting at night while in bed and unable to relax my back muscles. It was always so painful. The severity of my headaches was like a bad migraine. It kept me from wanting to go out and do anything with others. I was miserable at age 20! Work was hard to complete and it was very difficult to be friendly with customers while I was in pain. Standing all day at work was really hard on my low back and I often had to go home in pain.
Now since going through corrective care with Drs Melendez, It's rare to get a headache, now only once in a while and they are not nearly as bad as before. My lower back is much better, I can stand longer at work without discomfort and going to bed is no longer a painful process.
It used to be hard to workout, now I can work out faster; doing everything I need to without developing pain afterwards. My relationships with my family and moods are better. I'm able to do more with them without getting headaches. Even my mom says I'm less cranky which has improved our relationship together. I never knew chiropractic could help especially how it has helped me. I am thankful for the referral to Gold Coast chiropractic center and I want to encourage others to come see Drs David & Lorraine.
Thank you for all you have done for me,
I returned to Gold Coast Chiropractic overworked, stress levels off the charts, and pain to match. As a former patient over 10 years ago, I found relief from migraine headaches with Dr. David, but was over-committed and unable to complete my treatment at that time.
Years later, inspired by the Daniel Plan in small group Bible study, I realized I had to get back into the routine of healthy eating habits and physical exercise. I had already rebuilt my lifestyle and self-care patterns, and was running two 10Ks per week until the unthinkable…I rolled my ankle. Even short-distance walking was irritating. Weight gain and lack of cardio activity was giving me the blues.
Remembering the effectiveness of chiropractic care and the positive, up-beat atmosphere at Gold Coast Chiropractic, I returned for one of the best ‘re-starts' of my life. I committed to corrective care, adjustments, strengthening rehab, and daily exercises at home. I am now stronger during work hours, fatigue less, and stress levels continue to drop.
One thing I really enjoyed in the process that enhanced all this was the "prescribed walking barefoot on the beach." My ankles are stronger now from walking on the sand, my mind and emotions are clearer, and even though I have not returned to running distance, I am stronger and more resilient.
This is the quality care and environment I needed to experience a turnaround for my own well-being and creativity as well as that of my vocal, acting, and piano students. It's important to me to model what is true and good and healthy to my students of all ages so that when they perform in musicals and other venues they are fit and strong and well equipped to bring more beautiful music into this world.
Leigh Byrket Sutherlin
❝I originally hurt my back twisting and lifting equipment. I initially sought out massage therapy for help, got some relief, but eventually was referred by my massage therapist Lindsay, who was a patient of Dr. Melendez. I had never been to a chiropractor, so thankfully she understood that if I addressed my underlining spinal problems with Dr. Melendez, I would get better results from everything else.
When I arrived at Gold Coast Chiropractic Center, I was pretty sore in the middle of my back, making daily work very difficult. Working construction all day in pain, required taking Aleve every morning just to get up and get through the day. I had difficulty sleeping, usually waking up after only 4 hours in pain and then trying to go back to sleep. This wore me out before a full day's work every time.
Since completing crisis care and moving into transition care, I feel much better with easier lifting at work, and less pain or even no pain following a full day's work. No more taking Aleve and no more pain. I play softball on a regular basis and I like to hike. Both have improved with less soreness and better endurance. My attitude towards life has really improved as well, with less worry and less stress. Since correcting my spine and posture, I'm sleeping much better and much longer, a full 8 hours! I love getting a full night of sleep before a long work day, it helps me function better and heal better. What a difference this has made!
❝"I took over the counter drugs daily, four to six pills just to get up out of bed and make it through the day."
I had pain every day from scoliosis in my spine. It was very difficult to start my day. I took over the counter drugs daily, four to six pills just to get up out of bed and make it through the day. The constant headaches, dizziness, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet that I felt each day were agonizing.
My terrible posture and the pain I felt caused severe fatigue and affected me greatly at work. Playing basketball and lifting weights caused great pain as well. At the age of 24, I was learning to cope, thinking that this was just a ‘normal' part of my life. I finally realized that these problems were not normal at all and I decided to get help.
I found out about Gold Coast Chiropractic through my parents, who were receiving great benefits from corrective chiropractic with Drs David & Lorraine Melendez. Wow, since completing corrective/crises care, I am now drug free and pain free! I can walk and work happily now without pain.
The results and how chiropractic care has helped me, is tremendous. I now work without pain and an ease I have not experienced before. I am finally back playing basketball better and longer without pain. I have better moods and feel much happier with less stress. No more headaches, dizziness or numbness! The stress and worry that these problems caused is now gone.
Since going through corrective/crisis care, my thoracic scoliosis curve went from 27 degrees to a manageable 18 degrees. This improvement in my scoliosis is enough to re-apply for a career in the Military, which previously disqualified me from serving because of my scoliosis.
The future is bright living my new 100 Year Lifestyle!
Thanks Drs David and Lorraine and chiropractic!
Chris F. Jr.
Chris F. Jr.
❝I was first referred to the office back in 2006. Dr. Lorraine had a booth at the Health Fair at Burnham Institute where I used to work. She gave me a no-charge consultation and alignment session. I was unable to continue at that time.
I returned in 2013, prompted by severe headaches, dizziness, and pain in my neck. The worst symptoms were dizziness, to the point that I had to hold onto something to steady myself. Prior to revisiting Gold Coast Chiropractic, I went to an acupuncturist as well as took medicine; none of which helped me much at all. I had noticed that my dizziness was worse when I turned my head a certain way so I knew that it had to do with my neck. I remembered Dr. Melendez and decided to seek their help. They took x-rays and compared them to the previous 2006 films and my neck was getting worse with a reversed curve, degenerative changes and subluxation. With just a few visits with Dr. Melendez, my dizziness, headaches and neck pain were gone and I continued to improve with every visit to Gold Coast.
This time I chose to fully correct my spine with the benefits becoming very apparent. At work, I was now able to focus more on projects and tasks at hand and I no longer had to worry about the pain and dizziness that previously consumed my attention.
After just a few visits with Dr. Melendez, I once again began to play tennis, which I love. I'm also confident that I can return to swimming once again without fear of dizziness or headaches coming back!
While I live far from my family, I interact with them via phone or mail, and now have the peace of mind that they don't have to worry about my health because I am well.
Additionally, more than the physical effects that ailed me, it was the psychological toll that bothered me so much. Now, I have a renewed mental and emotional well-being towards myself. While stress will always be present at work, just knowing that I'm back to my ‘much-healthier-self ‘allows me to cope with stress much better.
One important take-away from my experience at Gold Coast Chiropractic is that they taught me a valuable lesson: that I have the choice to be healthier and it's just up to me to choose it. I'm glad I did!
With a renewed spine, posture and health, I'm continuing with transition care to fully regenerate and better live my 100 Year Lifestyle!
❝I first came to see Dr. David Melendez four and half months ago by way of a recommendation from a friend who had great success with the Pettibon style of chiropractic. I was reluctant and very skeptical after trying and then firing 5 other past chiropractors with little or no success to show for it. They simply could not create the lasting changes I needed. Dr. David's use of the Pettibon System produces results where other methods fail by working with the muscles, tendons and ligaments that hold the spine with specific body weighting on whole body vibration (WBV) that makes it stick. I was diagnosed with severe spinal and disc degeneration creating severe spinal stenosis resulting in chronic pain and disability, losing my ability to walk very far without pain and dramatically affecting my golf game. The medical doctors at Scripps said the only thing they could do was drugs for the pain, cortisone injection for the inflammation, then surgery last and or wait until my spine completely fused, saying good bye to any hope of functioning normal or playing golf again the way I knew I could.
Dr. David presented the Pettibon System of Chiropractic explaining how my severe forward head posture was contributing greatly to the abnormal weight bearing mechanics of not only my lower cervical spine but especially fueling the rapid degeneration, misalignment and resultant spinal stenosis of my lumbar spine. He outlined a program of posture and spinal correction utilizing the Pettibon System of Chiropractic that incorporates spinal decompression from both the lumbar spine and cervical spine, cervical repetitive traction, wobble chair motion and patient specific body weighting all done with whole body vibration to enhance isometric contraction and strengthen core postural muscles for lasting correction. An emphasis on hydration and motion to bring necessary fluid back into tissues and specifically the spinal discs has enabled the adjustments, specific rehab and home fulcrum exercises to dramatically reduce my forward head posture, taking the abnormal leverage and mechanical load off of both my lumbar and cervical spine, stopping or at the very least slowing any further spinal stenosis formation. In addition, the lessening of pain and inflammation has enabled me to not only play golf again but to improve my golf swing, hip and joint flexibility as well. I'm definitely encouraged and empowered with this system of care that I can actively participate in and improve the healing process while reversing the aging of my spine and body.
Some of the best and most innovative golf instructors say that your posture and spinal structure impacts sports motion, with 90% of people, including athletes, suffering from this fundamental problem. Instead of building muscles and technique upon a bad and faulty structure, imagine a properly aligned and balanced spinal platform to build upon? The sky would be the limit! In addition, imagine the students in our charter schools, either rich or poor, who are serious about athletics, if they had access to proper sports development on a properly aligned spine and posture? It could change the forecast and could mean the difference between a good to great athlete and a full-ride scholarship. Just think if parents had the choice to have their child reap the benefits of a fully balanced and aligned spine for health, sport and academic achievement for a lifetime?
My better posture is now natural and effortless to hold without having to even think about it now. In addition I now get so much more benefit out of my workout with my better aligned hips, improving my golf swing even more. For someone who was told there is no hope and only eventual spinal fusion in my future, I have made great strides in reversing the aging of my spine and body and improving its performance. I now feel like I can hit the ball like I was a 25 years old!
❝My daughter listens to KPRZ radio and heard Drs. David and Lorraine Melendez talk about their chiropractic office. She knew the constant and chronic neck pain I suffered on a daily basis. There are several chiropractors that advertize on KPRZ and all are probably very good. However, my daughter especially liked the testimonial about the Drs. patient who was bedridden and now lives a more active lifestyle. In addition, we found their money back guarantee was unbeatable, which was a testimony in the confidence they had in their work.
Twenty five to 30 years ago I was in a car accident where I was rear-ended and suffered a severe whiplash. I just lived with the pain and resigned myself to limited activity. Unfortunately, the pain spread from my neck, to my shoulders, to my arms. At times, even my back was affected. The pain was unrelenting! In addition, I was struggling with other medical problems and I just felt terrible overall. I was saddened at the loss of my active lifestyle and independence. I had never tried any alternative therapies such as chiropractic but my daughter convinced me I had nothing to lose but the pain. I was ready to try anything that might help at that point.
Over the years, I tried physical therapy multiple times to help ease the stiffness in my neck. It was ice and heat, then heat and ice and then some home exercises. Nothing helped and I never had complete relief.
I started to come to see Drs Melendez in late July 2012, and let me point out that I live in CHULA VISTA. My son and his wife drove me to Cardiff by the Sea/Encinitas three times per week. That is a 30 mile drive one way and it was worth it! At first I didn't know what to expect and thought, "oh this is not for me". But after my first adjustment, I felt different. Having Dr. David call me after my first adjustment was especially helpful. I could tell he really cared for my well-being. My children insisted I continue to go at least a few more times before deciding whether chiropractic was helping or not. I am so glad I stayed on track and followed the doctor's recommendation, completing corrective care (includes spinal decompression with whole body vibration, specific adjustment and posture training with body weights on vibration platforms). I am so happy to be pain free at last! Thank God! In addition, I've had other health annoyances such as epigastric pain and insomnia. To my surprise, both of these conditions have improved during the course of my care as well.
I am now preparing for a European vacation cruise through the Mediterranean in late October 2012. I am so excited that I am now able to go without worrying being in pain or sick.
Here are some additional benefits since my health improvement:
Erlinda Y., 74 years young! - November 2012
❝In December of 2012 I almost had complete loss of muscle strength, muscular twitching and tremors, difficulty swallowing and loss of vision amongst other bizarre symptoms. I had been seeing traditional medical doctors as well as specialist and neurologists for a year. I am a school teacher teaching the 5th grade, but with this unexplained illness and weakness, I almost had to quit my job. They had tested me for everything from Lou Gehrig's disease (A.L.S.) to mercury poisoning but nothing was definitive nor worked. I would lose almost all strength and spend the majority of my day in bed for almost an entire year. Doctors could see I had extreme muscle atrophy but couldn't figure out the cause.
My husband had been helped by Drs Melendez and encouraged me to get my spine and nervous system checked. My x-rays of my neck showed a complete reversal of the cervical curve (arc of life) pressing upon my spinal cord and blocking nerve messages from my brain to my body. As soon as I got adjusted, I started seeing a difference. My tremors went away immediately. Over the next three months, I saw a gradual increase in strength and a decrease in muscle twitching.
The good news is now I am fully able to handle my teaching work load and began starting back at the gym and taking yoga classes again. Most importantly I can now fully take care of my own kids ages 3 and 5, reading them bed time stories and putting them to bed.
I feel so happy, blessed and thankful that God was able to use Drs David and Lorraine to bring health and life back to me and my family.
❝I finally came to Gold Coast Chiropractic in December of 2011 at the recommendation of Jim Lackey who had benefited from care with Dr. Melendez. I was suffering the chronic effects of a 7mm bulging disc at L5-S1 disc level, with sciatic pain in my glute and left leg. I tried other methods to get help but they only gave temporary relief, nothing ever seemed to work. I could not eliminate the pain in my glute and had trouble sitting, constantly shifting while sleeping, pain while exercising and unable to surf or snow ski.
Since completing Dr. Melendez' chiropractic corrective care (includes spinal decompression, specific adjustment and core body weighting on vibration platforms), I finally have lasting relief in my glute and no more sciatic pain and surprisingly my daily activities and recreation are back to normal. My biggest and most appreciated improvement is a return to surfing and skiing again after a long year without. What a relief, especially since I take regular ski trips with my family! Additionally, I'm able to drive comfortably which is extremely imperative to me, not only for work but for the regular winter road trips to Mammoth. I've put in a standing desk which continues to promote my posture stabilization initially begun with the doctor's body weighting exercise system, done on whole body vibration platforms.
With my improvements comes less strain and stress on my spouse as I am fully able to participate in "heavy lifting" around the house with picking up my kids being much easier as well. In addition, the mental funk I was in because I was unable to recreate: surf, workout, and most especially snow ski, is now a distant memory. By far the biggest positive impact on emotional well being has been my return to the sports that I love to do!
Mike P. - October 2012
❝I was referred to this office by my mom, Holly, who was getting tremendous help from Dr. David for her horrible headaches as well as her neck pain. She thought that he could help me with my problems, because I was getting really bad headaches as well. I could rarely be in the car without getting a headache, which made driving miserable. Even on the drive into the office to see Dr. David I remember getting and having a headache through the appointment. My mom also thought I should see Dr. David because in P.E. class I would easily get exhausted and had trouble running with the rest of the students, as well as participating in other activities. My mile was 13 to 16 minutes and I was always one of the last students to finish.
Before I came to Gold Coast Chiropractic I used to get these really intense headaches that felt like a knife to the head, it felt like someone was beating my head with a hammer. The first day I got adjusted I instantly felt better. My headache from the car ride into the office was gone and even the car ride home was smooth sailing. I had no headache when I went to bed that night and I slept easy. I also improved in P.E class right away! My mile went down to 9-10 minutes and I found it much easier to run. I felt great and was not easily exhausted or feeling tired the rest of the day in classes after P.E.
I also started to notice my overall improvement in most of the activities in P.E class. I even scored 3 goals when we played soccer! I felt like I could be more freely active in general and I also felt happier about everything. There was a lot going on in my life at that time and I was a little anxious and depressed but with my adjustments I started to feel a lot happier and life got better. I think it helped with my family relationships a lot. My stress levels went down too, I used to stress about my academics a lot, worrying that I wasn't doing as well as other students but finally I was able to relax and focus.
Life definitely got better and I greatly improved in everything!
Morgan W. -September 2012
❝I first heard of Gold Coast Chiropractic from my friend and neighbor, Allie Moyer, who recommended we take our 6 week old son to see if his severe acid reflux/colic could be helped. Before we even went I told my friend Megan, whose son Orrin was having reflux as well, to go see if Dr. Melendez could help her baby as well.
Our son Waylon was born 3 weeks early and began having severe symptoms of colic once he turned one month old. He cried 5 hours per day and screamed severely during and after every feeding. We knew his little tummy hurt badly because he would pull his little legs and knees up in pain and discomfort. When Waylon's symptoms became very severe, we took him to see the Pediatrician. We visited the doctor many times and were always told the same sad news: "there is nothing we can do to help him!". I tried eliminating dairy from my diet and his, through breast feeding, and that helped a little but the colic continued and every night was a battle to get him to sleep.
Since Waylon started with Dr. Melendez specific method of corrective chiropractic adjustments, Waylon began to heal, especially when we became consistent with his care. He seemed happier during the day and began sleeping better as well. Waylon stopped screaming during and after nursing, and the colic and projectile reflux episodes decreased significantly.
My role as a mom is much more pleasant now and I don't feel as bad leaving him with a babysitter while I go to work, outside the home twice per week. He's now such an active and smart baby boy, very alert and attentive. He is beginning to crawl now and rolls over all the time. Waylon's favorite thing to do now is go to the beach with mom and dad and put his feet in the sand and let the water and the waves roll over his little feet. He interacts with us so much better and smiles now at everyone he meets. He seems much more secure because he is not in constant pain anymore and is a very passionate and happy boy. He definitely does not seem as stressed now.
It's so nice to be able to put Waylon down to sleep, the same time every night without a fight and without screaming and crying for 3 hours. We are very grateful.
Chrissy P., mother of Waylon, a now happy 7 month old baby boy.
Waylon, 7 month old baby! - December 2012
❝I first came to see Dr. Melendez after my husband Tyler suggested that the doctor may be able to help my chronic back pain. The severe pain in my lower back, I've had since I was in middle school, motivated me to seek help in the beginning of May 2012. In addition, I also wanted help for the weakness I felt in my shoulder joints and hip sockets. Prior to coming to Gold Coast Chiropractic, My back would bother me every day, all day. My spine and the muscles around it constantly felt sore. I also experienced severe pinching and pain in my hip sockets if I stood or walked for too long. My shoulders constantly felt weak and would often give out under the weight of a holder my blow dryer or other objects that I lifted above my head. I had never sought treatment for the pain until Tyler urged me to visit his family chiropractors, Drs Melendez.
Since starting corrective chiropractic care with Dr. Melendez, most of the pain in my back is gone and now only shows up when I sit for long periods of time like at work and then only in my low back and not the entire back like before. It is much better! Now my shoulders feel stronger and don't give out as often when holding elevated objects. I can also lift my arms past the point where my shoulders would have previously stopped. I also have not experienced any hip pains or pinching in months. It's wonderful!
Thanks to the easy stretches Dr. David showed me, work is easier to get through with minimal irritation in my back. Since coming to Gold Coast Chiropractic, I am definitely more active and more inclined to take long walks without having to worry about my hips causing me to stop like in the past. I feel a lot happier and more open to trying new activities and challenges that my pain used to prevent me from doing. My life has a lot less stress since feeling so much better without pain.
Kaitlin M. - August 2012