Functional Wellness Care
Well-Aligned merges advanced functional wellness care with chiropractic practice. We use proven, advanced diagnostics along with leading-edge protocols to expand the number of patients and types of cases that can be seen.
The Well-Aligned program harnesses the power of leading experts in DNA, nutrition, supplementation, lab technology, and biomarker analysis to create a one-of-a-kind system.
We provide all of the training, protocols, procedures, practice management, and on-going support for doctors and staff.
DNA Health & Wellness
People are incredibly concerned about genetics for cancer, heart disease, depression, and conditions that can shorten their lives. Thankfully, by being aware of your polygenic risk score and unique genotype, you can adapt your lifestyle to turn on good genes and turn off bad ones.
Vitalleo DNA testing allows patients to utilize their genetics to better understand their disease risks, what bodily systems require additional support, and what are the best diet, supplement, and exercise practices for their specific needs. Additionally, the test results point to the need for chiropractic care.
Women struggling with symptoms related to hormone and other associated issues are pandemic. On the other hand, substantial benefits have been achieved through testing and targeted wellness care. Common symptoms of women’s hormonal problems:
- Thinning hair
- Generally feeling off and with low energy
- Cravings (salty, sweet, carbs, chocolate)
- Breast Tenderness
- GI Bloating
- Fluid Retention Edema/Weight Gain
- Back and Body Pain (also uterine pain)
- Sleep Disturbances
- Mood changes arising from hormone fluctuation, which alters brain chemicals (neurotransmitters)
In addition to overall wellness evaluation, we look at two tiers of testing for women.
- 1st Tier Testing: Progesterone, Estrogen, DHEA, Testosterone and Thyroid levels
- 2nd Tier Testing: Cortisol x4 and Melatonin
Common factors of stress, toxicity, and poor diet can cause today’s men to experience not only disruptions in testosterone but also in adrenal gland function. This results in imbalanced cortisol levels, low serum DHEA(-S), and overall hormonal imbalance.
These factors are associated with increased risk for all-cause mortality, heart disease, a lack of energy, lowered libido, cognitive decline, reduced fitness capacity, fat gain, decreased muscle strength, and poor mood. Through testing estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA, we’ve developed protocols and lifestyle plans to help men recover and function at their best.
The most pervasive stressors of today’s lifestyle have led to the incredibly common presence of Thyroid health problems. Factors that inhibit proper production of thyroid hormones like stress, infection, medications, fluoride, toxins, and gut issues along with deficiencies in several essential vitamins and minerals need to be addressed. By evaluating TSH, FT4, FT3, and TPO levels and evaluating the lifestyle components that negatively impact function, you are given a roadmap to overcoming most forms of Thyroid illness.
Sleep & Stress (Adrenals)
Sleep disorders are epidemic in our society and linked to adrenal issues and other negative side-effects of stress. To get a clinical view of the problem and how to improve it, it is vital to test cortisol, melatonin, and DHEA.
Both low and high levels of the stress hormone cortisol are indicative of chronic sleep and stress challenges. They can lead to cardiac disorders, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, and elevated CRP. Salivary cortisol measurement is considered superior to serum cortisol in evaluating adrenal function.
Gut health issues have reached critical, epidemic levels and are a major underlying cause of many modern illnesses. Even a minor alteration of an individual’s gut microbiota can alter the function of the immune defense system. In fact, for any auto-immune condition, testing and treating the gut is the first place to start.
Our comprehensive program looks at both urine and stool for indicators of gut problems as well as identifying inflammatory foods, inhalants, and environmental toxins that are causing or aggravating the problem. The critical components of the protocol include creating a healthy gut ecology that is not conducive to bacteria, yeast, or fungal overgrowth and heal intestinal permeability (“Leaky gut).
Xenobiotics or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in our homes, cars, businesses, malls, our outside air, foods, fabrics, water, and virtually everywhere you go. The body has a limit as to how much it can filter and eliminate. Once someone has achieved or exceeded their toxic burden, disease and symptoms are common and likely to ensue.
Excess toxins will be picked up through our test and create awareness that there is an imminent danger, and there is a need to address the issue and follow detoxification protocols. The tests look for common xenobiotics; benzene, styrene, toluene, TMB, xylene, phthalate, & parabens.
Food & Inhalants
Food and airborne toxin reactivity is a delayed immune response by the Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody, the most abundant circulating antibody in our immune system. Studies suggest that an IgG immune response may contribute to headaches, joint and muscle pain, eczema, gut malabsorption, and other severe health conditions.
Eating foods you’re sensitive to or breathing in air particles from sources like mold, pet dander, and individual plants, grasses, and trees regularly cause chronic inflammation and place a continual burden on the immune system. Detecting the foods and inhalants that create IgG reactions (208 foods/48 inhalants) and taking action to address them will help you get to the root cause of current and future health problems.
Inflammation & Vitamin D
CRP in the blood is a marker of inflammation that can cause a wide variety of diseases like cancer and heart disease and be responsible for the infection, pain, and injury. Prolonged inflammation is at the root of virtually all illness, including the rising prevalence of the auto-immune disease. If high CRP is detected, there are both dietary and supplemental protocols to correct the score. This is both valuable for overall well-being now and as a critical measure of prevention for the future.
Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic in our society. This is no minor issue as Vitamin D regulates gene expression in over 900 vital organs and functions and is part of the prevention of the most common areas of disease and suffering.
Insufficient Vitamin D levels can lead to issues with the immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, and central nervous systems. Low D has been found to raise the risk of depression, osteoporosis, heart disease, auto-immune disease, infection, hypertension, and several forms of cancer.
Heart disease has been the leading killer of men and women for decades. Cardiac testing, therefore, should not merely be a cholesterol evaluation, but look at any biomarkers that determine the presence of any risk factors contributing to a higher risk of heart disease.
The tests in the program include: cholesterol/triglycerides/LDL/HDL, but also evaluate other cardiac markers including hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), cortisol, and Vitamin D. These factors have been shown to prevent a greater risk of heart attack than only high cholesterol.
The program offers a tailor-made diet and supplements recommendations to improve unhealthy lipid levels and address any imbalances found in these cardiac risk factors.
Caring for the sufferers of chronic pain and inflammatory disease without the use of opioids and other dangerous drugs and procedures.
The leader in the community in the vast area of conditions like:
- Chronic pain
- Traumatic injury
- Inflammatory conditions (Inflammation is at the root of all disease)
People suffering from the above conditions are growing in numbers every day. They require help from trained Well Aligned practitioners. The Chronic Pain Program tests for markers of inflammation and critical nutrient deficiencies along with providing care using Chiropractic, specific dietary guidelines, supplementation, specialized creams and supports, and therapy.