Waiting for months or years to properly treat a traumatic neck injury can allow the injury to become permanent. We can be successful in these cases but the sooner it is treated the better the chance of great outcomes.
Sciatic leg pain, persistent back pain, and spinal disc injuries tend to respond well to Gonstead Technique, widely recognized as one of the safest and most complete biomechanical chiropractic analysis.
Most people will turn to their general practitioner first for medications that may only help temporarily. Upper cervical chiropractic care addresses the underlying cause of migraines.
It is fairly common for a person who sustains a concussion to also experience an injury to the upper cervical neck. More often than not, it is this neck injury that results in headaches or migraines.
“A year and a half ago, I suddenly started experiencing vision problems, headaches, and neck issues. I first visited my eye doctor who assured me that my vision had not changed and that all was good. I then visited my general practitioner who ordered a CAT scan and referred me to a neurologist. The neurologist diagnosed me with migraines and proceeded to change my diet to alleviate the headaches and vision issues. I began to give up foods that I loved, and make some changes in my way of life.
Several months later, I heard Dr. Dennis Young (from Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic) speak about the Atlas Orthogonal machine and technique.
Dr. Young has changed my life! The procedure is quick, easy, and painless, and I feel relief immediately. I can now tell when I need an adjustment; I start cracking my neck, and my vision gets blurry—usually brought on by stress.
I can’t say enough about Pairmore & Young. I was ready to live a life of migraines and a restricted diet. However, now I have my life back!”
- P. Gapinski, 6/17/2015
Two years ago, I was suffering from a herniated disk in my neck. Consequently, I purchased a head “sling” to apply traction to my neck and thus reduce the bulge in the disk. Unfortunately, I put too much weight on the traction device and strained my neck. For two years afterward, I suffered blinding headaches every time I laid my head on a pillow. This resulted in an average of 4 hours of sleep per night, and the consumption of an inordinate amount of Advil Sinus and medication.
After two years of suffering, I met Dr. Young. He encouraged me to drop in for a visit. On my first visit, I found the staff and clinic to be friendly and warm. The layout of the clinic was unique; rather than closed rooms in which one had to wait in isolation, the floor plan was open, and people--fully clothed--would just relax at their “station”, without the feeling of dread that comes from waiting in an isolated closed room. I watched as Dr. Young went from station to station, relaxed and sharing a kind word here and there, and with the lightest of touch, making adjustments. When it was my turn, he took me into a side room for X-rays, and then showed me how my OC joint (the vertebrae furthest into the skull) was at an acute angle, when it should have been perfectly straight, and explained how this could cause the pain I was suffering. He then laid me on my side on a bed, and using a robotic-looking arm, with a stainless steel probe on the end of it, placed the probe under my jaw bone, on the upward facing side of my head. I waited for the sharp blow that I was sure would follow, but all I heard was a single click. The pressure was about the same as if someone gently touched your arm with a finger. That’s it…nothing more. I was sure the device was broken or had “misfired”.
Naturally, I was skeptical. We went back into the X-ray room, took another quick shot, and he showed me how the vertebrae were now aligned!
Still a bit skeptical, I went home and that night lay my head upon a pillow with trepidation and doubt…and slept for a full 7 hours! For the first time in two years, I was not awakened by a blinding headache…in fact, my head did not hurt at all. If I had been asked to bet on whether so subtle and gentle of a “manipulation” would have worked, I would have said NO. But to my amazement, it worked and worked well. Since then, I’ve been back twice, for minor adjustments, each time the experience was similarly relaxing and provided immediate results that lasted for weeks…and in fact, are still in effect.”
- T. Humphrey, 6/22/2015
“The bleeding had stopped but the trauma remained. Great, I thought, as I struggled to get out of bed. I have quests for the next 4 days on a once in a lifetime trip. Now what?! I had tremors in my hands along with the pins and needles in my extremities—I knew I was in trouble. You see, in the wee hours of the morning, I tripped over the fan cord and fell into the dresser in my bedroom. The fan helped with the heat, but was placed incorrectly! There was a nice cut on my eyebrow bone and lots of swelling already. I knew what I needed was to get my head back into place. One call and I was at Pairmore & Young before noon. As soon as I walked in, I was taken back to the doctor. He went through all the questions about what day it was, where was I, etc., and then through the physical exam to make sure my reflexes were okay. Then off to the X-ray. The tech was so gentle and did everything she could to ensure that I was okay throughout the process. After X-rays. it was off to get the help needed. Dr. Young used a machine—I don’t know the name—however, it took less than a minute for the tremors and tingling to be set right again. He put a neck brace on me, and off I went. Sounds simple; too good to be true you say? Well, it WAS simple, and it IS true. I wanted no drugs, no 4 hours in the emergency room. I wanted pain-free, drug-free help, which Pairmore & Young so professionally and compassionately provided.”
- D. Webster, 6/22/2015
“I am a twenty-plus year veteran migraine patient. My daughter’s childhood, my marriage, my friends, my LIFE were held hostage by the frequent headaches and chronic, unmitigated pain. I couldn’t make plans because I was afraid I couldn’t keep them. Whatever I didn’t write down was forgotten. If the atmospheric pressure was going to increase, I knew I should plan to stay home. Our coastal community is known for playful weather patterns. “Again?!” was a daily thought. Enough was enough. The many years of pills and more pills, barbaric chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, acupuncture, neurology referrals, new primary care providers, and emergency room visits taught me one very important thing: I am in charge and I need to take charge. The very definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing while expecting different results. What haven’t I tried? And what is this Atlas Orthogonal treatment that I keep hearing about?
Instead of making another appointment with my Nurse Practitioner, I did my own homework and decided I would pursue a referral (to Pairmore & Young). I was not prepared for what happened next. My migraines were all at once validated through the discovery of a twisted disc in my neck. A 22-degree twist. Dr. Young talked to me about how we’d have to start treatment right away and reassured me that he and his team would be right there with me as we navigated the journey together. We? Team? Had I found the Holy Grail of options on Facebook? Maybe. I couldn’t help but be skeptical.
I had my last migraine in April, and now June has almost passed. My legs are the same length, and the hip pain caused by compensating for the twisted neck is resolving itself. Through a mutual commitment to managing my appointments, Dr. Young’s team and I have made faster progress than I thought possible. The medical massage therapists are teaching me about more of my physiology than I ever wondered.
I am planning to resume my endeavor to finish my Master’s degree this Fall after I am cleared for it. One journey at a time, I am told. Don’t rush, let’s see if it holds. And we’ll work on it until it does.
- T. Turner, 6/23/2015
“I injured my back 8 years ago in an airline mishap. A heavy bag was not labeled and I went to pull it off a top luggage cart shelf, and it jerked me down causing a lower back injury. I was able to get to the point where I could function with minimal pain, so I never had anything done about it. After 8 years of suffering and getting to the point where standing or walking more than a couple of minutes was agony, I made an appointment with Pairmore & Young, per referral from my boss. Everyone at Pairmore & Young has been wonderful, and after my first adjustment I was able to walk out virtually pain-free, and now I no longer have issues with standing for long periods of time. They continue to work with me, and I am again able to lead the life I had pre-injury. Thank you Pairmore & Young for taking my pain away and giving me my life back.”
- C. DeRoche, 7/7/2015
“When I first came to the office, I was in continuous pain in my back due to an accident. I had been told that it would always be there, and nothing could be done about it. The Doc checked out my back and said he could help with it over some time. After a few more visits my back was feeling a lot better with a lot less pain. I am extremely glad to the Doc, and appreciate it greatly.”
- S. Grady, 8/19/2015
“On May 14, 2015, I was rear-ended in a car accident. I went to the emergency room, but not much was done other than to confirm I had experienced “whiplash”. My head hurt and felt heavy, my shoulders were tight, I felt nauseous, couldn’t sleep, and my eyesight was blurry--I was miserable! I was told by the emergency room doctor NOT to go to a chiropractor because they will “crunch” me, and instead I was given medication for my pain and discomfort.
I was not seeing much improvement from taking the medication, but then in July I was rear-ended AGAIN! I went to the emergency room, again; they sent me to an MD, and he sent me to a physical therapist. After doing PT for a while, the therapist recommended I try seeing the doctors at Pairmore & Young because they have a technique they use that specifically deals with whiplash issues. The therapist thought the combination of the two therapies might work well together. I also started receiving messages.
Going to Pairmore & Young is the best thing that ever happened to me! I’ve been seeing them for about 6 weeks now, and I just keep getting better and better. After around 10 sessions I started sleeping better, the nausea and heavy head sensations disappeared, my appetite was back, I was able to move better and even clean the house again. I think I’m about 80% better now, and I am NOT on any pain medication!
After my accidents, I honestly did not think I was going to get better. However, I believe my improvement came from the teamwork between the chiropractor, physical therapist, and massage therapist. I now tell everyone about my experience, and wish everyone could benefit as I have. I really love coming to Pairmore & Young because of their excellent customer service. Thank you to everyone who helped me feel better!”
- A. Alva, 9/14/2015
“For 13 months I suffered shooting pains on the right side of my head, going back behind my eyes, the pain was debilitating and caused me to be off work for several months. I went to doctor after doctor, each of them sending me to another. After seeing six specialists and 14 months later I was finally diagnosed with Migraines. I was introduced to Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic by my niece who goes regularly to an Atlas chiropractor in Virginia. My neck became so tight I was unable to move it without severe pain, I had backaches, and overall felt very unhealthy, with hip pain, vertigo and loss of balance.
I was having about 20 migraines per month, and now since going for atlas adjustments with Dr. Young, I have had four migraines in five months. I must say if you are having migraine headaches, dizziness, neck pain or any other pain, I would recommend you run, not walk to Pairmore and Young Chiropractic. You will not be sorry you did!”
- J. Crutchfield, 9/25/2015
“I originally came to Dr. Pairmore to address a chronic, displaced lumbar vertebrae. I was hesitant to exercise due to its tendency to create pain and restriction. Once under Dr. Pairmore’s care, my neck and spine were realigned, and I’ve experienced a total freedom of movement. I feel as if I’m relaxed, centered over my hips, and comfortable. I’m ready for anything! I am no longer hesitant to move freely. I am more relaxed in my posture, creating a positive state of mind. My energy is better; I don’t feel as tired.
I feel that good chiropractic care is essential to overall health. Anything we can do to nurture our health without resorting to medication is important. I am convinced that Dr. Pairmore’s chiropractic help gave me my life back.”
- J. Barber, 10/22/15
“So it all started with a hockey accident four years ago. I hit the boards of the ice rink just right and broke five to six ribs, punctured my left lung, and fractured my mid back. I lived with the pain for years due to stubbornness and not sure what to do. After getting a job with good medical insurance I decided to get my back looked at. I had x-rays taken two years ago and they could not find anything wrong. They just prescribed me pain meds and muscle relaxers to help. The pain was starting to affect my life. I am an outdoors person, I love hunting and fishing but had to give it up due to the pain it caused me. So after doing research on chiropractors, I found Pairmore & Young. They were nothing but friendly and professional. During my first few appointments I realized that Pairmore & Young was the real deal. Dr. Young realigned my back over the weeks, and slowly I became pain-free. I now don't have to take any pain medication and can enjoy the outdoors without being laid up for days after. I would like to thank Pairmore & Young for giving me my life back.”
- A. McCarty, 11/4/2015
“I was in a front end car accident that caused considerable neck pain, headaches, and back pain that felt almost unbearable. I am a single mother and a nurse, and taking time off from work (following the accident) was not an option. After considerable research done by my chiropractor in California, Pairmore & Young was whom he recommended I seek treatment with while working in Alaska for 3 months. I arrived in their office feeling like I was at the end of my rope, dealing with the pain by being adjusted almost daily, and not yet seeing the injury healing.
After my first week - 3 adjustments later - my headaches were greatly reduced, and the neck pain was almost bearable. I have now been treated for the last 3 months with chiropractic and massage in combination, and can actually say that I am feeling like there is an end in sight, with a complete loss of the hopelessness and daily worry that the pain won’t go away.
I have strongly recommended these guys - Dr. Pairmore & Dr. Young - to several friends and acquaintances that complain of neck and back pain not being relieved by conventional medicine and chiropractic. The methodology and integration of massage that Pairmore & Young have created is hands down the best I have ever seen or experienced in my life! ”
- E. Gardiner, 9/26/16
“I brought my daughter, Megan, into Pairmore & Young with much hesitation. It was only because of my relationship with Janna and her testimony that convinced me to try. Megan had struggled with pain in her back, hips and head for the past 5 years. We have tried other chiropractors, doctors, massage therapists and a neurologist with little results - in fact, sometimes making the problem worse. It had been over a year since we last saw anyone, and the only reason that Megan was willing to try again is because the pain was keeping her from riding her horse.
The entire experience at Pairmore & Young was different than anything else that either of us has experienced. After an initial assessment, X-rays, and conversation, Megan was treated a few times over the course of a few weeks. The movements and adjustments that were made were not violent or jarring to her - in fact, they seemed quite small, but the difference it has made for Megan is astounding. She has more energy, feels more clear and is free of pain in her back and hips. She is for the first time in her life excited about activities that involve physical exertion.
I truly cannot say enough about the experience that we had at Pairmore & Young this past summer. It has been life changing for my daughter and actually our whole family’s activities.”
- J. Christensen, 10/13/2016
At Pairmore & Young, we value your relationship with us and appreciate the opportunity to assist you on your road to recovery. Thousands of fellow Alaskans suffer daily with conditions similar to yours that respond successfully to the unique procedure that we have available. We would be honored to have a written testimonial from you in the email below! Please share the story of YOUR experience with us by describing your condition, why you chose Pairmore & Young, and how we have improved your quality of life. We are grateful for your patronage to our clinic and thank you in advance for sharing your story.
Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic is changing the way Alaskans view chiropractic! With over 44 years of combined experience, Doctors John Pairmore and Dennis Young run a “specialty” chiropractic clinic. It is the only clinic in Alaska offering a unique procedure called the Atlas Orthogonal technique. The AO technique differs from traditional chiropractic in that it employs a painless, hands-off adjustment using a gentle, light force instrument, specifically to the first bone in the neck known as the Atlas. This technique has proven to be a highly effective approach to addressing the needs associated with migraines, car accidents, slips and … Continue reading “Changing the Way Alaskan’s View Chiropractic”
What type of schooling, training, or experience do Chiropractors have? After receiving an undergraduate degree, Chiropractic school is an additional 4 years of intensive study, and internship. An Atlas Orthogonal doctor has specialized training on top of that, with continuing education being ongoing throughout their professional work. Why do I need an exam and X-rays at Pairmore & Young when I didn’t with other chiropractors? The doctors use the X-ray films to then take very precise measurements of your upper cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in order for them to get a clear understanding of what is taking place along … Continue reading “Miscellaneous Questions for P & Y”