Experience the Difference at Gohl Clinic of Chiropractic in Carlsbad
The Gonstead Difference
Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations. If your condition, whether pain or some visceral condition like asthma, is caused by a subluxation, your Gonstead Carlsbad chiropractor can help. Gonstead chiropractors work on correcting the cause of symptoms and structural spinal damage, not merely providing temporary relief of symptoms. The Gonstead chiropractic system as taught by Dr. Gohl is the most structurally and bio-mechanically specific that produces measurable results.
About Gohl Clinic
We specialize in Gonstead Chiropractic and serve patients from Carlsbad, San Diego, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, Cardiff, Leucadia, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. We offer affordable Gonstead chiropractic care for you and your family. What physical condition is getting in your way of living your life? Call and schedule a no-charge consultation with your Gonstead San Diego chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if chiropractic can help.
A Chiropractic Journey
In 2004, Dr. Kametz had the good fortune of meeting and working side by side with Gonstead chiropractic legend Dr. Richard A. Gohl. Many Gonstead chiropractors believe he is the greatest chiropractor to live. Over the next eight years, Dr. Kametz devoted his time and resources to train and practice with Dr. Gohl. He died in 2012 after 60 years in active practice. Our practice and clinic is named in honor of Dr. Gohl and the work he devoted his entire life to.
Gohl Clinic of Chiropractic
People come to our office with neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, shooting tingling pain in the arms, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, migraines, and/or many other health symptoms. Those conditions can be caused by subluxation (a herniated disc in the spine that damages the nerves). Therapies will never take the place of a Gonstead adjustment. The Gohl Clinic of Chiropractic in Carlsbad specializes in the Gonstead chiropractic technique of adjusting. The Gonstead system provides gentle, precise, specific, and provable results with significant changes in patient symptoms and structural changes in before and after x-rays.
Anterior Head Syndrome
Anterior Head Syndrome (ANS) is a relatively new condition presenting itself in the early 2000s. Sedentary lifestyle stresses such as heads down texting, computers, gaming, and tremendous emotional stresses have stressed the muscles and ligaments to a point where they cannot adapt. Often time this leads to misalignment of the spinal bones which creates pressure on the nerves and stretches the spinal cord. This produces significant neurologic consequences. ANS is so serious that in a recent medical study out of UCLA, men and women with hyperkyphotic spines (ANS) had an increased mortality rate. Besides an unsightly postural condition in females called Dowager’s Hump, children with weakened muscles and sedentary lifestyles are being seriously affected by this.
You can self-test for ANS, but your chiropractor can only determine if it is caused by a chiropractic condition. If you suffer from Anterior Head Syndrome, please call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Allergies are an incorrect response by your immune system to an allergen (substances
that normally have no effect on people) resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.
When your spine is misaligned it can impinge on the nerves in your body. The nervous system controls everything including chemical and hormone release. Any insult to the nervous system will cause the body to not function properly, and your immune system cannot work at an optimal level.
Chiropractors realign the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at a higher level, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. When your immune system recognizes allergens, it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.
In our office, most patients report a decrease in the severity and the frequency of allergies, and most cease taking drugs all together. Gonstead chiropractic does not work like an anti-histamine as a direct, short term relief from allergies. Gonstead chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies. If you suffer from allergies, please call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Arthritis is a condition in which repeated trauma has gradually degraded the joints
including cartilage and bone. It mostly happens in weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine. It is also common in the neck and hands.
Over time, degenerated joints may cause stiffness and strain the supporting muscle. This generally will lead to the body compensating consciously or not. Here the body will begin to develop bone spurs to protect the joints from excessive movement.
When there is a subluxation, there is always a bone in the spine that is fixed into position. When the subluxation is corrected, often time normal body movement will ensue. When there is no longer any need for extra joint protection, often times the bone will resorb as calcium into the blood stream.
If you suffer from arthritis, please call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
These days millions of Americans have jobs which can have damaging
effects on the hands and arms. Repetitive movements which are not performed with good ergonomics in mind can cause micro-trauma to the hands and wrists. This trauma combined with joint dysfunction and spinal problems may result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
The median nerve, which is affected in carpal tunnel syndrome, travels from spinal cord from the lower neck, down the arm, through the wrist and to the tips of the fingers. If one or more of these structures are affected, symptoms of wrist pain, numbness, weakness, burning and loss of muscle function can occur.
Surgery is usually unnecessary because it deals with the wrist, and more often than not that pain is caused by misalignment of the bones in the lower neck. Gonstead chiropractic can assure that all of the joints and muscles along the path of the nerve are free of obstruction and functioning normally, thus reducing nerve irritation and pain. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Failed Back Surgery
There is more than a 50% chance your back surgery will fail. Failure means equal or more pain, or more surgeries or drugs needed. Attempting to artificially stabilize a joint by fusion or by discectomy can destabilize the joint further by causing other vertebrae to make up the lost range of motion, or by decreasing the overall matter of the disc necessary for joint stabilization. Invariably, surgery further destabilizes spinal segments and increases misalignment causing more severe subluxation. Surgery speeds this process of subluxation.
If this is you, there may be hope. We have worked with surgery cases where there have been a complete recovery from symptoms. For these candidates, there is a special program at our office. Call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Chiropractors analyze and correct spinal subluxations.
Subluxation is a condition when the spinal bones, instead of protecting the delicate nerves, interfere with the nerves. This causes damage to the end organ attached to them.
There are four characteristics of a subluxation.
1) Misalignment – bone twist out of normal position
2) Occlusion – when the hole the nerve passes thru gets smaller
3) Pressure – smaller hole causes increased pressure on the nerves
4) Interference – pinched nerves restricts nerve impulses to organs
Since subluxations interfere with the master control center of the body, they may cause any condition in the body. Often times subluxations produce pain, but this is at the end state of disease, not the beginning.
When an organ gets a restricted nerve impulse, over time the cells malfunction at that organ. If enough cells malfunction, then you have a symptom. If symptoms persist long enough, then you have a pathology which is now a medical condition.
If your primary condition is a subluxation, chiropractic can help any secondary condition from asthma to irregular menses to colic to back pain. Once the subluxation is corrected, normal function can begin. Call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Injuries happen when the body cannot adapt to the physical stress placed upon it. This is often the case in golf.
Most often the pain and discomfort is caused by a vertebral subluxation.
The twisting of the spine (along with flexing forward) is the most damaging to the discs, which protect the nerves. Over time, if the subluxation is not corrected, neurologic malfunction become more prevalent, the discs begin to degenerate, and the spine in an attempt to protect itself develops arthritis.
Common manipulative technique used in chiropractic involves a twisting of the pelvis. While this may temporarily work for decreasing pain and increasing motion, the continuous twisting will further damage lumbar discs giving rise to more inflammation around the nerves. In our office, using the Gonstead system, we use a specific technique that requires no twisting of the spine for adjustments. This facilitates the healing process quicker and for more lasting effects.
Call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Headaches & Migraines
Migraine headaches are a neurological disorder characterized by severe headaches and other visceral symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and sound, and sever pain. Many sufferers report an aura.
When there is spinal misalignment, the bones protecting the spinal cord interfere with the nerves instead of protecting them. This interference causes the body to malfunction somehow, either directly by causing pain or indirectly by not chemically or hormonally balancing the body properly. Often, a symptom of this is a migraine headache.
Once the pressure on the nerves is relieved, the body has no reason for pain and can balance itself chemically and hormonally and function properly.
We have outstanding success with those suffering from headaches and migraines. If you’re suffering from headaches or migraines, call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Neck & Back Pain
Subluxations (misalignments of the spinal vertebrae) are one of the most common causes of neck and low back pain. When vertebrae are misaligned, they put pressure directly on spinal nerves, causing pain. Muscle spasms may set in which can increase the pressure further. This extra pressure can cause even more inflammation and irritation, which leads to more pain. And the cycle continues. Often times, stretching and massage may only temporarily relieve the pain because the cause (subluxation) has not been addressed. A chiropractic adjustment focuses on correcting the cause.
If you suffer from neck or back pain, call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a “pinched nerve”. This can be caused by spinal misalignment, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Whiplash & Auto Accidents
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments (including the Intervertebral Disc) to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement.
Gonstead chiropractic can help with both types of injuries. Gonstead adjustments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment, preventing nerve and disc damage.The most important time to get checked by a Gonstead chiropractor after an accident is roughly three days.
If you are under regular Gonstead chiropractic care, you should be seen shortly after the accident. The small delay in care will have given the upset structures a chance to settle down a bit so a more accurate xray may be taken. However, waiting too long after an accident may cause structures to mal-adapt and begin the degeneration process. Many people after accidents wait 10, 20 years or even more before seeing a chiropractor years later when they have neck pain. Yet, the problem began in an accident as a teen. At that point, the amount of degeneration that has taken place during this time will never allow a full recovery. If you have been in a car accident, call and schedule a consultation with your San Diego Gonstead chiropractor in Carlsbad to see if you qualify for care.
Gohl Clinic Testimonials
Dr. Kametz initially impressed me with how much he cares about chiropractic and me as a patient. Even more so, how much he wanted me (and all of his patients) to understand how the body works and the importance of a healthy spine. Over 2-3 months I felt better, slept better, and reduced injuries during my long runs. When we did a follow up x-ray I could see visible improvements.
What I admired the most and the reason I go to Dr. Kamerz is the fact that he’s such a detailed oriented individual. He wouldn’t allow you to leave until everything is perfect and at tip to shape. This is extremely important and I believe the reason I was able to qualify for the Boston Marathon because of him.
The Gohl Clinic is a top notch chiropractic facility with one of the best chiropractors I have ever experienced. I have been to many different docs over the years but Dr Kametz is by far the best. He takes time for you and explains your condition in detail and correlates with his exam and x-rays. His adjustments are precise and gentle and he never twists or uses excessive force. I would recommend this doctor to anyone looking for high quality chiropractic care in the san diego or orange county areas.
I have been seeing Dr. Kametz for three years now. Before that I had seen at least a dozen chiropractors, therapists, acupuncturists, medical doctors and anyone else who could offer me pain relief over the last dozen years. After seeing Dr. Kametz, I am so much better today than I have been in many, many years thanks to his techniques. I did construction work and drove and loaded and unloaded trucks for over 30 years and it took its toll on me. I continue his maintenance visits every 3 weeks as well as walking to keep in shape. I highly recommend Dr. Kametz to all of you whether you feel the pain or not. You deserve to feel better and your body will thank you for it.