What Helps With Posture?

Many factors can affect posture, including tight muscles, weak muscles, abnormal foot or knee function (ascending postural imbalance), scar tissue or adhesions, scoliosis, eye imbalances, and head and neck imbalances (descending postural imbalance).

NUCCA craniocervical care takes great pains to measure posture, and determine if it is affected by imbalances in the head and neck. At Vital, we use standing mechanical measurements as well as infrared sensor measurements of 16 landmarks on the body in 3D, and measure postural changes after every correction to make sure we’re affecting the whole body.

I had to come in on a Sunday to adjust my 9 year old daughter after she was complaining of significant hip and knee pain a few days after she had hit her head playing at school.

BEFORE:

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Her muscles down her left spine were pulling so tight, it was causing her to lean to the left, and her psoas muscle was causing her pelvis and hips to twist significantly. Notice her 8 degree head tilt and 10 degree pelvic tilt!!

NUCCA ADJUSTMENT

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I adjusted her (in my shorts) with VERY light pressure on the side of her neck (the transverse process of her atlas vertebra).

IMMEDIATELY AFTER:

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…and immediately remeasured her posture showing near full return of symmetry to her muscle tone down both sides of her spine and hips.

Thankfully, she also immediately felt near full release of her muscle tightness, hip pain and knee pain.

As parents, we all wish we could solve ALL of our children’s problems. Thankfully, this was a day dad came through with flying colors.

-Dr Licata (Gianna’s dad)

Concussion Management: It Takes a Village

Concussion Management: It Takes a Village

Reports of concussions continue to rise in the U.S., yet concussion management is still considered to be in its infancy. The complex nature of concussion injuries make traditional medical care models ineffective in properly diagnosing and rehabilitating the brain…and the whole person.

Smart Gifts for the Holidays, 2018

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If you’re looking for smart holiday gifts that stand out in a crowd, here’s a short list of some unique gift ideas.

Four Sigmatic: Smart Mushroom Coffee (link)

Few things spice up Christmas Stockings like a box of mushroom coffee. I’ve been drinking Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi Coffee for over a year now, and think its great. Ok, it might take a few cups to find the right taste for you, but with benefits like increased energy, focus, and ease of mind, the benefits are certainly worth it! Give it to the most adventurous family member and report back on how they liked it.

Vanmoof: Sleek Electric Bike (link)

Exercise stimulates the brain. I repeat, exercise stimulates the brain. In fact, 20 minutes of moderate to intense exercise increases a powerful chemical in the brain called BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF actually creates new brain cells and allows “old” people to grow “younger” brains. I love biking, and this electric version will power you home in case you’re just too tired to pedal back from a long trek!


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Hanayama: Dot Pocket Puzzle (link)

Keep your brain active with this beautiful japanese pocket puzzle. The brain is a “use it or lose it” organ, which means keep challenging yourself, and your friends, in order to keep it strong and healthy.

Espro: Ultralight Travel Coffee Press (link)

Coffee has enjoyed a rebirth in the last few years, and I have personally read so much on the benefits of coffee for the brain that I finally taught myself to drink it! Research seems quite clear that quality coffee has been shown to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, lower memory decline, improve antioxidant levels, and improve brain function. I drink 1-2 "Bulletproof” coffees a day, and hope someone will buy this beautiful Travel Coffee Press for me for Christmas.

Oura Ring: Say goodbye to Fitbit (link)

Sleep is the new superpower, and the secret to staying younger (see Growth Hormone and Deep Sleep), getting smarter (see memory and sleep), and to maximum performance (see sleep and performance). This amazing ring tracks sleep quality, along with heart rate, heart rate variability, body temperature and so much more. It is one of my favorite finds of 2018.

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Prospek: Computer Glasses (link)

Blue light has a wavelength of between 380 nm and 500 nm, making it one of the shortest, high-test-energy wavelengths of visible light. This wavelength taxes the retina, overstimulates the brain, and triggers our circadian clock to think it is daytime. The challenge is that cell phones, computer screens, and more indoor LED lights are filled with blue light. This is why I recommend wearing blue-filtering glasses when on the computer, around LED lighting, and especially once the sun begins to set. While there are many on the market, I currently use these. Read a cool study here.

Headstrong: A book about “Hacking” your brain (link)

Computer scientist turned “biohacker”, Dave Asprey, is bringing neuroscience to the masses as he integrates volumes of research into this easy to read manual on taking steps to “upgrade” your brain. I’ve gifted it to many friends and family, and return back to it regularly.

Calm: Sleep and Focus (link)

I bought this app to take advantage of the music which has been the most effective at helping me stay focused in my office when I need to drown out the interruptions from Analisa and Dr Radwanski. After spending time with the wonderful professionals at the Center for Connection in Pasadena, I’ve learned about the importance of helping my kids stay neurologically “down regulated”. So my girls have now started to listen to some of the guided relaxation tracks before bed, and seem to fall asleep faster. That is worth the yearly subscription fee alone.

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Let me know which gifts you liked best!

-Dr Giancarlo Licata

19 Innovative Health Groups to Watch in Pasadena (and beyond) in 2019

2018 has been a record year in Pasadena - with increasing collaboration and knowledge-sharing with local health professionals from various disciplines and specialties. 2019 promises to even bigger. We love and work with so many more professionals than we could possibly list here, however we want to highlight a few groups who are changing health culture in Pasadena, and beyond.

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Why Phone Consults?

We have now served over 2500 people throughout greater Los Angeles transform from pain to thriving since 2008.  We continue to see “miracles” in chronic headaches, migraines, chronic pain, TMJ pain, dizziness, and post-concussion symptoms, among others.

I have personally come to understand the frustrations of trying to get answers from your conventional medical doctors, only to feel overwhelmed by all the claims and promises of so many non-allopathic health professionals.  

Our mission at Vital Head & Spine is to connect you with the resources needed to acheive the breakthrough to reach the next level in your health and function.  While we have some of the most advanced brain-based skills and tools to help many acheive transformative results, we want to make sure you find the right fit for your own needs.   

This is why we started providing 10-minute phone consults to better undertand your needs, answer any questions, and give you trusted advice on alternative solutions which may be cheaper or more appropriate. 

We collaborate with over 100 trusted health professionals throughout Pasadena, and Greater Los Angeles, and refer regularly to others when appropriate.  We do not gain anything by doing so, other than the satisfaction of knowing we can help.  

Some example questions you may want to consider are: 

  • What is really causing my limitation right now? 

  • Am I pursuing care that addresses the cause, or am I pursuing care that will mask the symptoms? 

  • Is the cause mental, structural, or biochemical? 

  • Are there multiple factors contributing to my current health needs? 

  • Will one person or practice have all the answer? Or do I need a team or collaborative approach to handle the complex nature of my case? 

  • If NUCCA can help, how does it help so many different types of people? And who is it not best suited for?  

  • Are there cheaper alternatives? 

And many many more….

If you are interested in scheduling a short phone consult, you can follow the link to my personal schedule. 

HERE

I look forward to connecting with you, and being a resource for you, whether you become a patient, or not. 


Warmly,


Dr Licata

Owner, Vital Head & Spinal Care 



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