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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Can Nerve Compression Get Worse?

Nerve pinching, compression, or irritation are relatively common among Americans. However, not many people know that they have this health concern. Others also take their nerve health for granted, thinking it won't get any worse. If you happen to be among these people, our discussion on nerve compression might enlighten you on the risks that it poses to your overall health. Read on to learn what happens if you don't get help for your pinched nerve and how an atlas bone adjustment can help you improve your symptoms.   What is Nerve Compression? Nerve pinching or compression affects 85 out [...]

By |June 19th, 2022|Categories: Pinched Nerve|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can Nerve Compression Get Worse?

How Dysfunction in the Upper Neck Triggers Migraine

Migraines are no ordinary type of headache or ailment. In truth, it’s a neurological disorder that triggers a laundry list of symptoms, such as throbbing and pounding pain on one side of the head. In some cases, the head pain can take place on both sides of your head. Migraine attacks have varying triggers and risk factors, including age, gender, and genetics. Sometimes, it can also arise from postural problems. Unknown to many, a dysfunction in the upper neck can trigger migraine and neck pain.  Are you familiar with your specific migraine triggers? If not, we suggest going through our [...]

By |April 17th, 2022|Categories: Migraines / Headaches|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How Dysfunction in the Upper Neck Triggers Migraine

What to Expect When You Visit a Chiropractor for Vertigo

Have you been to a chiropractor before? Is upper cervical chiropractic something you’re considering as a natural procedure to help you? If you’ve been hearing or reading testimonials from people and want to know more about how a chiropractor for vertigo can help you get lasting relief and manage your debilitating symptoms, well, you’re in the right place! Upper Cervical Awareness connects vertigo patients to chiropractic professionals who can help them get back to their normal lives—free from the challenges and difficulties that go with their condition. If you have questions in mind or you’re worried and nervous about the [...]

By |February 20th, 2022|Categories: Vertigo / Dizziness / Menieres|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What to Expect When You Visit a Chiropractor for Vertigo

How To Deal With A Pinched Nerve In The Shoulder

Most people immediately associate shoulder pain with muscular problems, not knowing that their symptoms might have a neurological origin after all. That’s why sometimes, they notice minimal improvement after taking NSAIDs or muscle relaxants. Thankfully, some people already know about nerve pinching and how natural remedies like upper cervical chiropractic can help get to the bottom of the problem.  If you frequently complain about an achy shoulder that prevents you from moving around or working on crucial tasks, our list of natural and holistic pain remedies might help you turn things around. But before you deep dive into that, we [...]

Do Migraines Cause Eye Twitching?

As a complex condition, migraine causes symptoms. Most patients only experience a headache behind the eyes, vomiting, nausea, and sensory sensitivity. However, others complain about migraine eye twitching which causes involuntary eye or eyelid movements. While it doesn’t pose a serious threat, eye twitching can most definitely cause inconveniences, not to mention discomfort.  Most people note that their eye twitching appears simultaneously with other migraine symptoms. Others, on the one hand, say that it triggers their headaches.   Migraines are More than Intense Headaches Many people think that a headache behind the eyes is the only hallmark symptom of migraine [...]

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 [...]

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