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Chiropractic Exercise, Lifestyle, and Nutrition

At True Chiropractic Wellness, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our Encinitas chiropractic office, but please call us at 760-632-9674 if you have any questions!

Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing “state of the art” chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr. Ryan Caringola has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.

Corrective Exercises

At True Chiropractic Wellness, we teach our patients how to perform special “blueprint” exercises which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body which may be causing pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are out of their proper place. Other types of pain such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches are caused by muscles and tissues that are being used improperly, causing injuries over time. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.

Lifestyle Advice

Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient’s specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to “coach” our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.

Nutritional Counseling

What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by our experienced chiropractic health professionals can assist a patient on their return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? At our Encinitas chiropractic clinic, we can provide each patient with a structured nutritional program that is based on their individual needs.

Spinal & Postural Screenings

There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Ryan Caringola can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Encinitas community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at 760-632-9674 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.

What is Required to Truly be Healthy and Well?


As your Encinitas wellness chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Caringola will help you fully understand what it means to be well. Everywhere you look today people are talking about wellness. It has become the new trendy term to add to the name of a business in an attempt to become a part of our increasing more health conscious society. But what truly is wellness and what does it take to be well? To understand wellness one must first understand health.

What is health?

Health is more than just the lack of disease or lack of symptoms. Health is when all of the cells in your body are fully functioning all of the time, it is when all of your cells are functioning in a state of homeostasis.

The current state of health-care is truly sickness care. It is treatment of symptoms and illnesses once they have already been acquired. The treatment of symptoms and illness will never lead to increased health. Health and sickness are like light and darkness. If there is a room full of shadows/darkness(sickness), can one go around the room and capture and remove them? No, darkness does not truly exist. The only way to remove the shadows is by adding light(health). Light exists, it has measurable properties. In order to truly be well you cannot remove sickness, you must add health.

So how do we add health?

To add health we must first understand what the body needs to function properly. To do this one must understand what is required for normal physiology of our cells. We are an ecosystem of cells. Once this is understood we must create purity and sufficiency for what our cells innately genetically require. In addition we must also remove toxicities and deficiencies that will drive cells away from normal homeostatic cell function. We must eat(nutrition), move(exercise and chiropractic), and think in ways that are congruent with our innate genetic requirements. Our cells are programmed for health. the only time our cells do not function properly is when they are either deficient in the necessary nutrients or toxic with substances that interfere with normal function. The only reason we are not well is due to poor lifestyle choices. 75% of all deaths are due to these poor lifestyle choices (heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes…) Not eating well is a lifestyle choice. Not exercising is a lifestyle choice. Thinking in a negative mindset is a lifestyle choice. Not regularly being adjusted is a lifestyle choice. Encinitas wellness chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Caringola will make sure that you have the knowledge and tools for true wellness.

Why Do Kids Need a Chiropractor?

All parents want the very best for their children. We want the top teachers and athletic coaches, we give them guitar and piano lessons, and braces for their teeth. Anything we can do to give them the best start so that they can find their way in this crazy world and hopefully have a wonderful life.

Unfortunately, I honestly believe one of the most important things a parent can do for their child has been greatly neglected. Not because of a lack of caring, but more of not knowing and misunderstanding.

If I were to tell you that there is a completely natural way to strengthen your child’s immune system, improve their ability to focus, and allow their body to function optimally, of course you would do it. Right?

Did you know that there is a condition called a “vertebral subluxation” that can decrease your child’s potential, makes them more susceptible to illness, and decreases their overall ability to function?

When a subluxation is present, our nervous system is greatly impaired and unable to function the way that it is supposed to.

According to Grey’s Anatomy textbook, “the nervous system controls and coordinates ALLorgans and structures of the human body.”

Well, how does a child get one of those sub a.., submarine.., subluxations?

Subluxations are often caused by trauma. I know what you are thinking, “My child has never had any trauma.” One of the most traumatic things that we all have gone through is being born. In a “normal” delivery there is between 60 to 90lbs of pulling force on a baby’s head and neck.

According to Dr. Guttman M.D., when looking at over 1000 infants shortly after their birth, over 80% of the infants sustained trauma to their cervical spine, which resulted in vertebral subluxtion.

Associated symptoms ranged from movement and developmental impairment to lowered resistance to infections, especially to ear, nose and throat infections.(Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and Infants Manulle Medizin 1987 25)

Every child has experienced hundreds of slips and falls. From learning to walk, riding a bike, surfing, skateboarding, sports injuries, and just plain old being a kid. Considering all of this, it is easy to see where a child’s subluxations arise from.

“How do I know if my child has a subluxation?”

In our office, we combine state of the art computerized technology and a very detailed examination to determine if subluxation is present, and if so, to what degree it is affecting the nervous system. Only a chiropractor has been trained to detect and correct subluxation.

To put things simply, children that are free of subluxation are healthier, happier, more focused, and are able to reach their full potential both mentally and physically.

Why Chiropractic Care for Infants?

Birth is a beautiful natural process. Unfortunately it has been turned into a medical procedure. Many children are born with forceps or vacuums creating as much as 40 to 70lbs of pulling and tension on their neck. Even in “normal” births there is a lot of twisting and rotation of the head and neck of the baby. This can disrupt the delicate structures in the upper cervical part of the neck. In chiropractic we call this trauma a subluxation. Subluxation causes nerve irritation. Our nervous system controls every function in the body. If we have interference to our nervous system we will not be able to grow or develop with our full potential.

Is Chiropractic Safe for a Baby?

Very. The amount of pressure we use when adjusting a baby is no more than you would put if pushing on your own eye.  It is very gentle, and effective. In our office we use very gentle and specific adjustments with no twisting or rotation. Some of the many symptoms that are often helped when subluxation is corrected are; colic, reflux, latching problems, immune issues, digestive difficulties, and many more.

At our Encinitas chiropractic office we are not treating any of the above conditions, we remove interference from the nervous system so that the body can function the way it was designed to. When the body is free of interference to the nervous system, it is able to fully function and develop the way it is supposed to. If you want your child to live a life free of interference, call Encinitas chiropractor Dr. Ryan Caringola today!

Understanding Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of optimal health and wellness founded on the principles of vitalism, holism, naturalism, conservatism and critical rationalism. The human body has the innate ability to heal itself. Every cell, tissue and organ in the human body works harmoniously together as a whole. The nervous system acts much like a conductor of an orchestra, keeping all of the cells working together in harmony. The nervous system is the master control system of the entire body. The primary goal of Chiropractic is to make sure the nervous system is functioning properly. A disturbance to the nervous system is referred to as a subluxation. Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained in detecting and correcting subluxation.

In addition, to a functioning nervous system, proper nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices are necessary to provide the body with what it needs for self-healing, self-regulation, and optimal function. It is my mission to provide the highest of quality Chiropractic Wellness, and natural health care with my community, patients and their families. Encinitas Chiropractor Dr Ryan Caringola specializes in a highly unique and advanced system of chiropractic called Gonstead.

Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women

During pregnancy a woman’s body changes significantly. A shift in weight distribution of the abdomen growing forward will pull the lower back forward as well. The shoulders and mid-back will often pull back in the opposite direction to compensate for this change, and the head and neck often will tilt forward.  The body will also produce several hormones that assist in loosening the surrounding connective tissues. Any preexisting issues with alignment or stress to the spine will often be exacerbated by these new changes. If no problems were present prior to pregnancy, they often can develop as the body changes to compensate for the growth of the baby.

As a Webster technique certified chiropractor, and a Gonstead trained chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Caringola will be able to fully asses and gently adjust for any pelvic, sacral, and sacroiliac dysfunction that may be contributing to a painful pregnancy and that could possibly cause a difficult delivery. A properly aligned pelvis allows for sufficient space for the developing baby and for a quicker easier delivery. In addition the entire spine will be evaluated for vertebral subluxation and nerve irritation. An optimally functioning mother free of nerve irritation will contribute much to the health of her baby.

Dr. Ryan Caringola uses great care to ensure the most accurate, safe and painless adjustment possible. The Gonstead adjustment is so safe, care can continue until the day of delivery. Special adjusting tables and modifications are made to accommodate each stage of pregnancy. Regular chiropractic care, in combination with other healthy habits, provides the best opportunity for a healthy, happy baby.