Dr. Mercedes Cook is the owner of Upper Cervical Chiropractic San Diego in San Diego, California. She is a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic and has the license to practice in California state. After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she attended Life University in Marietta, Georgia, where she earned her doctorate in Chiropractic. During her study, she focused on Upper Cervical with some extra training in pediatrics and prenatal care. Dr. Cook received her first upper cervical adjustment when she was 18 and had severe hip pain. After her recovery, she realized soon after her calling was to be an upper cervical chiropractor. She is passionate about helping families, pregnant mothers, and children have the healthiest lives possible. Her wish is to have a health care shift in America through chiropractic.

Technique/s: Upper Cervical chiropractic

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What’s BPPV, The Condition Stephen Colbert Lives With?

Stephen Colbert, a comedian and The Late Show host, told a big revelation to his beloved audience on the holiday issue of Vanity Fair. The entertainer opened up about his Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo condition. According to Stephen, he has been experiencing the symptoms during the weekend before the 2020 United States Elections. He found the spinning sensation entertaining at first until he started falling when standing up. The comedian began to worry as soon as his vertigo attacks became odd and out of control.   Let us clear some facts about Stephen Colbert's condition and share some tips to get Benign [...]

By |August 15th, 2021|Categories: Vertigo / Dizziness / Menieres|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s BPPV, The Condition Stephen Colbert Lives With?

How Does an Inflamed Trigeminal Nerve Feel?

Did you know that roughly 150,000 people in the US feel pain when they smile because of trigeminal neuralgia? It’s a widespread chronic pain disorder that can severely impact your physical, mental, and psychological well-being. Most of these patients seek upper cervical care or take medications like pain relievers and anticonvulsants to cope.  Have you ever wondered what causes this condition? How does it affect an individual? More importantly, what does the trigeminal nerve have to do with the pain?    Trigeminal Nerve Anatomy A muscle can’t move without the innervations supplied by veins. In the case of the facial [...]

By |June 20th, 2021|Categories: Trigeminal Neuralgia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How Does an Inflamed Trigeminal Nerve Feel?

How Do I Fix Neck Pain From Bad Posture?

Besides the coronavirus situation, thousands of people working from their homes also worry about having a bad posture and its effects, such as persistent upper neck pain. For some people, the pain gets so bad that it drastically affects one’s ability to complete work, personal errands, and other tasks. Others also complain of neck pain that triggers additional problems like headaches and vertigo episodes.  As the remote work setup becomes the new normal, learning how to maintain an excellent posture becomes even more critical. Otherwise, you might have to deal with recurring neck pain every month. Read on to learn [...]

By |April 18th, 2021|Categories: Neck Pain|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How Do I Fix Neck Pain From Bad Posture?

8 Unexpected Migraine Facts

Migraine is a fairly common health problem, and yet not a lot of people fully understand it. Unless you experience it firsthand or know someone who frequently deals with migraine attacks, it can be a bit difficult to grasp the situation. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the same as an ordinary headache. It’s much worse and can trigger quite a lot of incapacitating symptoms. Learning about it can help you cope more effectively. Let’s explore the top 8 surprising facts about migraine and how upper cervical chiropractic plays into the picture.  1. Migraines cause a plethora of symptoms  Unlike [...]

By |February 21st, 2021|Categories: Migraines / Headaches|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 8 Unexpected Migraine Facts

What To Do When You Have Vertigo

Often, vertigo episodes can be so debilitating that you need to set aside some things until the dizzying sensation subsides. Depending on how intense or long the attacks are, you may lose time and opportunity for family bonding or completing your usual work tasks. It’s a nightmarish situation that could affect not only your physical well-being but every other aspect of your life. Unfortunately, this is the reality for millions of people in the US. Statistics say that around 40 percent of Americans have vertigo. Sadly, not everyone who experiences the symptom knows that they have vertigo. If you’re among [...]

Why Am I Having Back Pain? Is It Serious?

Back pain is arguably one of the most prevalent conditions around the world. It is also among the most frequent reasons for missing days at work, leading cause of disability, and regular hospital visits. Indeed there is some serious reason why it is so common nowadays. What might be causing most people’s back pain? Is back pain on the same level of danger as heart conditions or spinal fractures? A handful of diseases or disorders usually cause a majority of back pain cases.   Back Pain Problems: Why Is My Back Hurting? Here are some reasons why back pain happens. [...]

What Causes Ear, Jaw, and Neck Pain?

Do you suffer from ear, jaw, and neck pain issues? When you eat or talk, have you ever heard any popping or clicking sounds coming from your jaw joints? Most people believe that these are only temporary symptoms and it is nothing to worry about. Still, these symptoms should not be ignored or taken lightly.  What Could Be Causing Your Ear, Jaw, and Neck Pain? Surely, you are wondering. People experience pain in the ear, jaw, and neck simultaneously for many reasons. Even if these body parts are different, they are very close to each other.  A medical condition in [...]

By |August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Neck Pain|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Causes Ear, Jaw, and Neck Pain?

List of Food and Non-Food Migraine Triggers

Migraines are prevalent today. As many as 39 million Americans deal with them, including men and women. Even children are no exception. If you have a family member who has migraines, then you may have a high risk of developing them. Migraines are most extensive among people aged 25 to 55. Migraines are a painful neurological condition that causes migraineurs to miss out on work, social, and family events. When a migraine attack sets in, a person has little choice but to lie down in a dark and cool room. Sometimes, a cold cloth on the forehead can relieve some [...]

By |June 7th, 2020|Categories: Migraines / Headaches|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on List of Food and Non-Food Migraine Triggers

Meniere’s Disease: Watch Out For These Signs

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It usually affects only one ear and might trigger various symptoms, which we will discuss below. Meniere’s can have an effect on anyone at any age, but it often affects people aged 40 to 50 years old. It is a persistent condition that needs more understanding. Let us discuss some of its most distinct features, triggers, and symptoms.  Triggers and conditions linked to Meniere’s disease Abnormal immune response A head injury Allergies Anxiety Drinking alcohol Fatigue Genetic factor Infection in the middle or inner ear Medication side effects Migraines Respiratory infections [...]

By |April 5th, 2020|Categories: Vertigo / Dizziness / Menieres|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Meniere’s Disease: Watch Out For These Signs

Ibuprofen for Back Pain: Is It Really Effective?

Back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide. Among the parts of the body, the back is one of the most prone to injury as the spine works round the clock.  We engage our back when we twist and bend, and it also stabilizes the body while carrying a load.  Sometimes the back suffers from injury or strain that leads to its inability to function well. Anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen are often the go-to remedies for severe back pain. However, do they really work in relieving the pain? Read until the end to know if you should continue [...]

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