Dr. Julie Amundsen is a Chiropractor practicing in Petaluma, CA. Dr. Amundsen specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patient's potential for function and quality of life. Conditions treated include traumatic brain injury related issues, balance and coordination dysfunction, head, neck, upper and low back pain as well as that associated arthritis.Dr. Amundsen specializes is an advanced method of correcting the neurological insult secondary to malposition of the 1st and 2nd spinal vertebrae. This specialization requires years of training in addition to the four-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The method practiced is called Atlas Orthogonality and is delivered utilizing the precision of an instrument developed by Roy W. Sweat, D.C. Learn more at www.globalao.com
Education and Training
San Francisco State University BA 1992
Life Chiropractic College West DC 1998
Sherman College of Chiropractic BCAO 2014
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Dr. Julie A. Amundsen D.C.'s Expert Contributions
Certainly, if you gout condition is complicated by a bio-mechanical issue, a doctor of chiropractic can be of assistance for management of unrelated and additional pain. Many times, a condition of non-complicated gout can be addressed through dietary and other life-style changes. Your primary treating health care practitioner should be well versed in helping to guide you to the appropriate treatment and help! Don't give up. READ MORE
Chiropractic care can absolutely relieve pain from a muscular standpoint. It all depends on the cause of your injury, the duration and source of your pain, and where you've been to have it addressed. You might find your symptoms aren't the only thing that resolves as a result of Chiropractic care, your function may improve greatly too! READ MORE
Surgical intervention presents a special set of circumstances with respect to being a Chiropractic candidate. It is my opinion that your Chiropractic treatment be resumed once your physical therapy and other recommendations by your orthopedic surgeon have been completed. Chiropractic adjustments are contraindicated on the segments operated on. However, the segments above and below the surgical alteration are potentially safe to manually adjust/manipulate. Proceed with caution and make sure you are attended by a well respected and skilled practitioner. READ MORE
Many symptoms that arise do not have a clear etiology however it sounds like you have experienced your symptom with a specific activity for a long time. In that case, you should ask yourself the questions, how much time to I spend sitting, what physical activities should/could I be doing to alter my symptoms (in a positive or negative way), what is my past history of any injuries? With that information you should seek out professional advice and get some help for your ongoing symptoms. The low back and pelvis are a very heavy weight bearing region as relates to the spine and sitting upright presents a great amount of weight on the spinal segments of your low back. When the segments start to change shape (degenerate) because of abnormal loads, the nerves become irritated and pain results. READ MORE
It may be time to return to your physical therapist or another type of manual therapy to address asymmetries of your spinal balance and lifestyle habits. Don't be afraid to re-evaluate and renew your knowledge about yourself and your needs. READ MORE
Lots of Chiropractic doctors take x-rays to evaluate the integrity of the bony spine and signs of soft tissue abnormalities. With the advancement of imaging techniques, x-ray is utilized less often for evaluating serious medical conditions as it is limited with respect to observation of anything other than bone. Insurance coverage and insurance network participation is also denied if a Chiropractor takes x-rays, therefore, some doctors do not take x-rays because they would be denied access to patient referrals. I utilize x-rays in my practice and am of the opinion that they are a vital factor for guiding and dispensing the treatment method I use as well as evaluating and educating the patient about themselves. READ MORE
If you have never tried chiropractic for you ongoing symptoms, it is an appropriate and, in many cases, a very beneficial option. As long as you can give information on what, where, duration and how your symptoms or discomfort affect your life, and ask what you can expect from your chiropractic practitioner. If it makes sense to you, then go for it. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you are not getting your questions answered in a way that makes sense to you, move on. Before you choose a doctor, educate yourself on different methods of Chiropractic. Make sure the doctor you choose has the licenses and certifications described by the practice. Performing your due diligence is always prudent! READ MORE
Chances are that you will not have an adverse reaction by not be attended regularly by your Chiropractic doctor as would be the case when dropping a long consumed medication. For some, there is a strong belief that getting regular Chiropractic adjustments (manipulations) of the spine or extremities keeps them highly functioning. The beauty of the health care world we live in today, is that there are many resources from which to draw from and preventative measures to assist in reaching our physical and quality of life goals. You may want to try other alternatives to see how they fit your lifestyle and insurance perimeters and eventually revisit your needs through Chiropractic after you've explored other options. READ MORE
That snapping sound you hear when your spine or other musculoskeletal joints get adjusted is a change in position of the gasses within the joints structure. Without getting greatly technical, the muscles' nerve endings that are specialized for detecting load and pain (as well as other sensory input/output) attached to the joints get stimulated by these adjustments and nerve messages are then able to communicate as they are designed for the high physical demands we place on our bodies. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Upper Cervical Instructor LIfe Chiropractic College West 1998 - 2003
- Intern Supervisor Life Chiropractic College West Public Clinic 1998 - 2003
Professional Society Memberships
- California Chiropractic Association
What do you attribute your success to?
- Education and family.
Hobbies / Sports
- Outdoors, walking and hiking
Favorite professional publications
- Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
Dr. Julie A. Amundsen D.C.'s Practice location
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