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
Your Doctor of Chiropractic is well trained for addressing conditions affecting your posture. A comprehensive assessment and x-ray images may be necessary to evaluate the condition of your spine be able to say whether you can correct it. Your active attempt to comply with your Chiropractor's plan and postural exercises will definitely help alleviate progression or worsening! READ MORE
Manual manipulation, much of the time, is very safe and effective for pain. It is not safe when an untrained doctor or other professional, friend or you pull, tug or twist the neck. There are many individuals who claim they know what they are doing when they offer to manipulate your spine. The only profession trained in this way are chiropractors. The amount of years it takes for academic education and ongoing continuing education is why you should only allow a Chiropractor to evaluate your specific condition to determine if it is safe and/or advisable. As a specifically trained upper cervical doctor, I've seen and heard stories of nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists and other types of "body" workers doing manipulations of the head and neck only to have them coming in with dizzyness, vision disturbances, migraines, facial pain, or other radiating symptoms after such experiences. Make sure you ask specifically if the professional you're allowing to address your head or neck condition is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. READ MORE
Chiropractic has been an appropriate and highly effective method for relieving symptoms of neck pain. Being a specialist of the upper two bones of the neck, I would highly recommend that you seek the advice and consult of a someone who is well educated and knowledgeable about this part of your spine and body. If you come across a professional who sounds good to you, call to ask about a consultation before you sign on for evaluation and treatment. READ MORE
I would always ask if I could consult with any professional prior to being treated. It greatly helps to try to express concerns and clarify what can be expected if you don't already know! Another good idea is to be clear about your own limitations related to complying to a treatment plan as your results will certainly depend on your participation. READ MORE
Chiropractors are educated for addressing any musculo-skeletal condition of the body. Each state however has it's own laws about extra-spinal evaluation and treatment, so you should check that out first. Flare-ups of hip bursitis are a tough call because of that area's weight bearing and soft tissue attachments. Conditions can take some serious time to heal. Seek the advice of a well trained Sports Chiropractor for proper evaluation and appropriate treatment protocols. Your condition outcomes are dependent upon the health of your hip joints, injury history, bony integrity, your practitioner's know how, and your ability to follow your treatment plan. READ MORE
Treatment of sciatic related pain with Chiropractic has been very successful for helping relieve and/or resolving completely. Once your symptoms are relieved however, it is important that you continue to seek and rectify root bio-mechanical causes and how to prevent irritation in your future. READ MORE
The cause of your headaches and dizzyness can vary. How long have you been experiencing them? You'll need to be more specific about describing the location and symptoms, i.e. squeezing, electrical, pressure, etc. Is there a timing and/or frequency related to the occurrence. Have you had any accidents you can recall that would explain the onset. What have you tried for relief and did that help? Consulting with an appropriate professional such as a Chiropractor or other well educated practitioner can help you determine if you need a referral for something other than a musculo-skeletal condition. READ MORE
Indeed. By definition the profession of Chiropractic addresses relieving the effects of nerve compression (depending on the degree) and irritation to the nervous system. You must find a doctor that you trust to address your questions to your satisfaction and then make an informed decision for treatment. Your doctor should take a comprehensive history of your son's past and a focused exam of his complaints. If the recommendations of your chiropractor make sense to you, proceed with a trial of treatment. If your son's complaints started after a sports injury, find a professional that has experience in sports specific related issues. If his complaints are related to a neck injury, seek the advice of a specific and well-trained doctor who specializes in the upper cervical (first two vertebra of the spine). If you aren't certain after you speak to one doctor of Chiropractic, continue to seek consult and do not give up until you feel confident about your decision to proceed. I hope this helps you. READ MORE
Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective approach to address many pain related conditions. I would seek the opinion of a specific upper cervical (neck) specialist in the chiropractic profession. You can search under specific upper cervical chiropractic or Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic, Orthospinology Chiropractic, NUCCA. Once you find a professional near you, I would call or email the office with questions about their practice and how they address conditions similar to yours. Most offices should be willing or do offer a brief consultation at no charge. Good luck in your search. Chiropractic is a great option. READ MORE
My opinion is that it is important to stay with one treatment form at a time to evaluate what works and/or what may not help to relieve or otherwise cause worsening of function. Pain is tricky because occasionally symptoms may increase for a short time, but any treatment that is worth staying with should be continually reducing symptoms and increasing function. Medication and more invasive treatments should only be considered after conservative and natural recommendations have been exhausted. Remember, your main goal should be to improve and progress toward reaching maximal musculoskeletal function (which includes relief of symptoms). Symptoms are the last to present and the first thing to go away resulting from weeks or months of maladaptation to an activity that may not have been healthy for your body! Stay mindful! READ MORE
Make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in conditions of the neck. You will want to seek someone who is highly trained in this region of the body to perform a comprehensive history and evaluation to make recommendations on the best course for you. Medication should be one of the last treatment forms recommended, in my opinion, for the reason that there are many conservative and natural methods of treating and healing that can result in long term relief and then prevention in the future. READ MORE
Chiropractic treatment can prove highly effective to assist or completely resolve your chronic neck pain as long as a comprehensive history, exam and x-rays are obtained prior to treatment. Your practitioner should be able to clearly provide you with how they may help and then a plan for enlisting additional alternatives in the event that your condition continues to be problematic. You should ask your practitioner questions about short and long term goal setting to make certain that you remain informed and clear on expectations between both doctor and patient. READ MORE
Depending on how your neck pain is affecting your abilities, i.e. sleep, thinking, functioning during your normal activities of daily living, you may consider (if you haven't already) seeking the advice of your PTP under your health insurance. Medication can help to initially take address some of the symptoms. Imaging or other special studies may be recommended depending on your history of symptoms, namely, the presence of weakness, numbing or tingling which travels, etc. It is always a good idea to research conservative approaches for the allowance of supporting your body's abilities for self healing and then seek out additional opinions that make sense to you. Outlining some questions to ask a potential professional you feel may be able to support your condition should be more than willing to help you understand what they offer and their approach so that you can make a more informed choice. READ MORE
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
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