17 years, 3,000 shows, 30,000 guests - After 17 years of tackling social issues and interviewing ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances, the Emmy-winning talk show host is featuring his most personal story,…that changed his life: MS & Upper Cervical Atlas Correction.
“I want to tell you I suffer from MS (multiple sclerosis), I have extreme neuralgic pain in the lower extremities, I'm in pain 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year, and then I go to see this doctor, I've had pain in my feet, I've struggled with my balance, so Dr. Erica set me to see a man who I will tell you now, 12 days ago... and there's not a person that knows me who will not confirm this, if you just ask them, everybody who sees me, I am walking differently, my pain is less, I have already regained strength in my left leg, my left leg has dropped because I found out that my pelvis was tilted, it's dropped back down, they are now the same length, it's the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me”
In 2009 I began to experience an increase in migraine headaches. With an average duration of three days, it was having a serious impact on my ability to work and my quality of life, and I was paying a fortune for the migraine medication. In the spring of 2010, I was told my liver was enlarged, and I began to wonder if the amount of Tylenol and other pain relievers were responsible. I stopped taking everything except the migraine medicine for three months. My new employer’s benefits program covered Botox for migraines, so out of desperation, I went to see a specialist to receive Botox treatment. With this treatment, I went pain free for two months. In hindsight however, I believe the migraines were happening but that I just did not feel them, as Botox was only treating the symptoms and not the problem. I had heard of Dr. Foran and upper cervical care. What I did not know was that the reason I was experiencing migraines was a result of undiagnosed misalignment. The results were evident almost immediately. I stopped having daily headaches, and the migraine headaches disappeared virtually overnight! It was life changing to go from constant face pain and migraines to going a day, then two days, then three days without even a hint of pain or headache. Quite astonishing! I recommend upper cervical care with confidence, appreciation, and awe.
- Sara Young is a patient at NUCCA Chiropractic Clinic - Vancouver BC.
After my MVA, the symptoms manifested slowly over a few months, they were terrifying and quite debilitating. From extreme face pain, jaw clamping, firey pain in arms and legs and not the least, whole muscle groups seizing up making it impossible to stand or walk. My head-on-collision also produced some nerve damage causing permanent loss of use of a calf muscle (and who knows what else).
Dr Foran presented me with very clear and specific treatment goals to recovery from a head-on-collision. The gentle upper cervical treatments were always so specific to my personal needs. As my work and life hindered progress from time to time Dr Foran and the staff seemed to listen and responded with every fibre.
The treatments I received helped with pain management to such an extent that my GP questioned why I didn't request more prescription drugs. Without the chiropractic treatments I would have had no choice but to gobble up any and all pills I could get my hands on. In years past I've witnessed others come out from back surgery without positive results, only regrets.
It’s true that clamped/seized and bruised muscles may hurt like the 'dickens' when allowed to relax. Bruising responds very well to ice and I've certainly learned how and when to apply ice or heat (oh yeah!). After the accident my body simply did not respond to the prescribed exercises (let alone my old yoga routines). At best the response was null, at worst and more common were spasms and deepening weakness with brutally long recovery times. Dr Forans treatments allowed me to breathe and climb out of those episodes. Now the cycle is way shorter and I often manage them on my own.
Watching Dr Foran and his staff go through their paces tells a lot. What is normally expected and received from other medical offices is not only sub-par but unimaginable to the staff at the Foran Chiropractic Clinic. They recognize and respond to those in extreme pain with techniques that go straight past symptoms to cause and actually work. Their demand for accuracy and truth with tests, notations, x-rays or administering personalized treatments is really rather obvious. What I have learned from Dr Foran and his caring staff Marie and Diane about my new body is plenty. Also that real listening is the big thing! Listen to your own heart and you will hear anothers.
- Farren D. - New Westminster, B.C.
I am very grateful this Clinic was recommended to me. Dr. Foran offers the best in Chiropractic care and genuinely cares about the well-being of his patients. He is one of the most compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated doctors I have had the privilege to meet. He takes the time to listen and answer your questions and offers great advice. This clinic has been my greatest source of support and care while recovering from a car accident and I don't know what I would have done without them. Dr. Foran goes the extra mile and is simply the best!!!
- Adelle B. - Vancouver, B.C.
I would highly recommend Foran Chiropractic. He is a NUCCA practitioner and in my experience it is the most effective type of chiropractic treatment. Dr. Foran has helped me in recovery from a car accident from two years ago. He is very thorough and genuinely cares about the well-being of his patients. He was also responsible for me finding an excellent lawyer to take my case. Dr. Foran is also very sensitive to the financial needs of his patients so that they get the care they need. I have found his staff to be very friendly and helpful. They are great for squeezing me in at the last minute which I really appreciate! At times there can be a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it!
- Jamie O. - Vancouver B.C.
I had a car accident a year ago (Oct 2011), and after seeing 2 physios (at the insistence of my lawyer because ICBC will only pay for physio) I was still experiencing chronic pain in my neck as a result of whiplash. I went to see Dr. Foran and after one visit (not one year), my neck pain has gone, I feel I finally have a doctor who listens and who has my best interests (healing) in mind. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Foran to my friends and family.
- Karen F. - Vancouver, B.C.
I have been seeing chiropractors for about 30 years in different areas of the country. I like Dr. Foran as I find he listens to my concerns, is open minded, and practices an equivalent to a chiropractic specialty which I find very effective.
A friend of mine experienced double vision as a result of a vehicle accident. Doctors wanted to perform surgery on her eyes in order to correct the problem.
After a series of treatments from Dr. Foran, her vision was restored to normal and she was able to avoid the surgery. Chiropractic works! Having experienced the benefits I will never look back.
Best chiropractor I have found. Gentle & effective treatment. An M.D. said I was showing signs of having a stroke. Dr Foran was able to determine the problem was a pinched nerve. A few simple non- invasive treatments by Dr Foran resolved the issue. I have complete trust in Dr Foran and trust his expertise and judgment more than any medical doctor!
- Walter Y. - Richmond, B.C.
The chief complaint that brought me to the clinic was chronic neck pain on one side (right?) that was impacting my ability to drive (could not look over my shoulder without pain/stiffness), caused me discomfort while in bed often disturbing my sleep, impacted my ability to swim and exercise whenever my shoulders were being used.
With regular NUCCA adjustments the pain disappeared completely. I have had full freedom of movement after about 6 weeks of initial treatment. Occasionally I have stiffness, but nothing that impacts my lifestyle or sleep patterns. I cannot believe how much pain and inconvenience I put up with before I came to the clinic. I wish I had come in sooner!!
Would I recommend the treatment to others? Just do it! The actual NUCCA adjustment is pain free – no “bone cracking” involved, no movement on my part. It is a gentle approach to readjusting one’s spine and it worked for me. It really, honestly worked. Ongoing treatments are necessary to maintain a healthy spine and generally healthy approach to life. I have not only been pain free, but I also have had fewer illnesses over the past 6 (7?) years, and have good blood pressure and feel much healthier overall.
- Sherry H. - Vancouver, BC
In my third year of university I was suffering from chronic insomnia and stress. One particular night my neck was bothering me more than usual. Since I was up most of the night thinking, I remembered going to the chiropractor at 10 years old after a car accident. I remembered the chiropractor explaining how it all worked and how one leg was shorter than the other (I was un-balanced). I instantly knew I had to go back to the clinic to see if it would help me.
Ever since I started getting adjustments my general health has been much better. I am sleeping better and I can deal with stress more effectively now. I found that it helped with balancing my hormones, betters my mood and I even find an adjustment helps my skin when I get an acne flare up. Going there was one of the best decision's I've made for my health.
I believe that balance is key to over all good health - balance on an external and internal level. Dr. Foran helps your physical body become balanced in order for our body to better cope with the stress we put it through every day and therefore potentially avoiding future health problems. The question is, how important is balance to you?
- Jessica V. - Vancouver
The chief complaint that brought me to see Dr Foran was upper back and neck pain from an injury 30 years ago that could not be fixed until I came to NUCCA. I had been to many different chiropractors but none gave me more that temporary relief. NUCCA helped me to manage pain and most days, be pain free. I now come once a month for an adjustment. This allows me to be proactive. Dr. Foran is Great! For anyone that has back or neck issues and has tried many things I believe strongly that Dr. Foran can help you. It is not a quick fix so you need to be able to invest time, but it is so worth it.
Thanks Dr. Foran & Marie – you are both amazing!
- Dale S. - Vancouver
I started seeing a chiropractor because of frequent headaches, back pain, and neck stiffness. Dr Foran and his staff are very knowledgeable, and they have given me more advice about my overall health than my family doctor over the past 8 weeks. They have worked with my health needs, provided me with natural and high quality products to aid my recuperation. They have also been very flexible with my payments and made it easy to make claims with my insurance company. As a young student, it seems like they genuinely want me to start developing good habits and be in the best shape I can be for my age. Because of their care, I am choosing to take chiropractic care seriously (and schedule regular checkups) so I can be as healthy as possible.
- Veronika J. - Vancouver, B.C.
I have been experiencing headaches, arm numbness, neck and shoulder pain for quite some time (unbearable for two years). I was just about to make the tough decision to go on short-term disability at work - nothing seemed to be working, when I was introduced to Dr. Michael Foran. For the first time in two years I actually cancelled two massage appointments back to back…WOW, what a difference!
I have also been working with a personal trainer who specializes in injuries, after a few weeks of adjustments my neck and back are finally starting to stretch like they should be. Wish I met Dr. Foran sooner, now I can get back some of my life!
- Ms Nikki Needham - Surrey, B.C.
Paul Chek, is a prominent expert in the field of holistic health, posture, and corrective high-performance exercise. For more than twenty-five years, Paul's unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless clients, students and peers. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has successfully coached clients toward complete resolution of their health and performance challenges. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, and a licensed Holistic Health Practitioner.
"As a practicing clinician I find it vital to the healing process to recognize that the upper atlas/axis complex serves as a vital interface between the head and body. Every single nerve in the spinal cord below the skull passes through the foramen magnum. The atlas being the vertebra with the least ligamentous support, as well as being influenced by ocular, masticatory and auditory dysfunction often becomes subluxed, resulting in loss of an optimal instantaneous axis of rotation during normal head and body movements. This results in compression, torsion and sheer forces being transmitted to the cord via the dentate ligaments. The effect of such subluxation is alteration of ascending and descending information in relevant cord tracts, frequently producing pain and dysfunction at sites distant to the etiology, such as low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot/ankle pronation and a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms in the domain of the cranial nerves, which are routinely treated with drugs by allopathic practitioners." "Having an extensive background in the treatment of head, neck and jaw disorders, orthopedic disorders and the conditioning of world class athletes, as well has having worked very closely with NUCCA doctors I have been able to coordinate and facilitate the recovery of not one or two, but literally HUNDREDS of patients that had seemingly hit a dead end in their road to recovery!" "For those of you wanting to facilitate a complete recovery of any patient, friend, relative, or even yourself, I strongly suggest an evaluation by a NUCCA doctor. Until you have a fully functional upper cervical spine, your rehabilitation program is far from complete!"
Paul Chek Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Clinical Exercise Specialist The Chek Institute