Find a Chiropractor near me!

February 25, 2015

Siri…Find a Chiropractor near me.

If you are like many people these days, you are using your iPhone for location of business and products.  Technology has really come a long way and now google and Siri have changed the way we look up services.  But what should you really be asking when searching for a Chiropractor near you? What are the questions to ask?  And should you go to someone down the block without trying several places out first?

It used to be people would ask a friend or family member who they liked and what results they are getting.  But individual needs and differences vary, and so the Chiropractor you see will need to vary as well.  But the truth is that people are really asking the question “who can I trust!”

$40 First Visit!

There are all kinds of apples in the healthcare barrel, and we Chiropractors have our share of good and bad, just like all professions.  And to be sure,  I’ve met some really talented and committed Chiropractic professionals out there, some of which are affordable, others which are prohibitively priced, and not easy to seek regular care for many people, especially those without insurance. Therefore, we strive for the highest quality and professionalism and are committed to provide this care at an easy, affordable price.

We are so committed to do our part to meet peoples needs, and earn your Trust, we offer a $40 first visit so you can try us out for yourself and let us earn your trust.

We believe that we offer so much during our treatments and we want to make it easy for you to try us out with a very low commitment on your first visit.  Our regular office visits are only $40 per treatment, and even less if you are on a membership plan. (only about $25 per treatment for wellness care). *does not reflect personal injury prices

At A Spinal Health and Movement Center, we are committed to offering high quality chiropractic care… so during your treatment, in addition to a highly skilled adjustment, you will receive a heat treatment, interferential stimulation, and local soft tissue massage to relax areas of stress and pain.  Our approach is to relax the mind and body, so we have a spa like office with relaxing music that helps calm your nervous system and allow you to relax during the treatments.

We never have high pressure sales, high cost, or expensive difficult to get out of contracts, and we will never use fear to make you come in for treatments.  We respect you and value your health too much to use those approaches.  We make it easy, affordable, and accessible for you to receive your Chiropractic care.

Dr. Ramirez

A Spinal Health and Movement Center.

316 Adams SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


I’m worried about my neck getting adjusted, I’ve read and heard some really scary things about it, what techniques does your Chiropractor in Albuquerque use, especially for neck adjustments?

A Spinal Health and Movement Center Chiropractors utilize a variety of traditional techniques that are taught in Chiropractic College, as well as techniques taught in Post Graduate Courses in Manual Medicine, and we use a combination of methods that are appropriate for each individual. In addition, we also utilize Myofascial Techniques, coupled together with our adjustments, and have developed our own unique and specific style of technique.

With regards to the upper cervical spine (C1,C2) we acknowledge that is the area of the spine that is most vulnerable for Vertebral Artery Dissection. This area is especially potentially vulnerable to forceful manipulative techniques that utilize excessive over rotation and excessive lateral bending. This vulnerability of the upper cervical area of the spine (C1,C2), combined with overaggressive manipulative techniques, is possibly implicated in a very small and very rare number of cases of Vertebral Artery Dissection, (leading to Stroke), that has been reported in the medical literature. We take your health very seriously, and understand the risk/reward of intervention of pain vs. techniques used to relieve that pain. Furthermore, the risk of Vertebral Artery Dissection, however small and rare, is a concern for us and we are committed to minimize any risk, no matter how small and rare, as much as possible.

Therefore, our approach is to manually adjust the lower cervical segments (C3, C4, C5) in a modified manual technique that reduces excessive rotation and excessive lateral bending of the neck as much as possible, thereby potentially reducing risk of Vertebral Artery Dissection. The upper cervical spine (C1, C2) and occiput is adjusted with a mechanical adjusting instrument and myofascial release techniques of occipital and upper cervical musculature. We find this approach is safer, and equally effective in reducing upper cervical neck pain, and headaches, without the extreme rotation and lateral bending of the neck that is used in some adjusting techniques. We also recommend our patients seek medical attention first for any headaches, dizziness, or upper cervical pain, prior to seeking chiropractic care to rule out medical conditions that may be a source of these symptoms.

Dr. Ramirez

A Spinal Health and Movement Center


Below is the anatomy of the cervical spine and vasculature.

Source:  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. (JNPT)


Affordable Chiropractic Treatments in Albuquerque, NM

Since 1996, A Spinal Health and Movement Center / Ramirez Chiropractic has been serving the Albuquerque Community with quality Chiropractic Care. And now, we would like to give back a little.

We are offering a $40 Special for the first Chiropractic Treatment for a limited time.   Afterward our treatment prices are $40 per visit, or as little as $25 per visit on a bi-monthly Monthly Wellness Plan.  An unbelievable deal for a Chiropractic adjustments which include soft tissue work to area of complaint, interferential therapy and moist heat prior to adjustment.

We thought that this is a great way for the growing Albuquerque Community that has not seen us to get to know us, and a great way for us to give back to the city that has been good to us.  Since 1996, we have been a part of the Albuquerque Community and have helped thousands of people with stress, musculoskeletal pain, and injury.  To be sure, it’s been quite an experience, but we would not trade one minute of it because it has made us the practice we are today – A high quality, low cost, efficient practice that cares about the human condition and treats everyone special regardless of position, title, or status.

Albuquerque is a melting pot of people from everywhere, and every walk of life;  and we are fortunate to have met so many interesting and unique individuals over the years. We feel grateful for the trust that our patient population has given us over the past 18 years.  So for a limited time offer we are offering new patients an introductory price of $40 so you can get to know us, as others have,  and experience for yourself if what we have to offer is of value to you and your health…We believe it is.

We look forward to seeing you in our Nob Hill Area location at 316 Adams SE in the Highland Loft Building.

316 Adams SE, Albuquerque NM 87108.

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Thank you, Albuquerque.

Dr. Ramirez


Massage Albuquerque NM

September 3, 2014

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Massage in Albuquerque

Massage Therapy in Albuquerque is available at A Spinal Health and Movement Center. Our beautiful professional office is in the Highland loft building near Nob Hill on Coal and Adams.

Currently we offer Massage, Polarity, Acupuncture , and Chiropractic services in a Spa-like setting.  Our licensed professional therapist will be happy to schedule you in during the week, or on weekends.

Our prices are around $60 per hour but look at our website as we offer promotional deals from time to time. We also offer discounts if you are a chiropractic wellness member of A Spinal Health and Movement Center.

Call today for more information.

Dr. Ramirez




Most Affordable Chiropractor in Albuquerque.

We believe we are the Most Affordable Chiropractor in Albuquerque, NM. because we offer a first time office visit discount of $40!  (normal price $80) Why do we include interferential stimulation, heat pack, soft tissue work to the area of complaint prior to adjustment? I feel it prepares the body for the adjustment, and it’s something that we feel is important for lasting and satisfying results.

We have been around since 1996 and have done a lot of injury work over the years and feel this way really gets results, and people feel better.   We believe it so much that I give the best of my treatments to everyone whether they can pay for the full modalities along with the adjustments or not.  Not everyone can get the same care that is required when someone is injured from a car accident, and so I’m willing to give my best to everyone whether they have insurance that will pay for the modalities or not.   So if you are paying out of pocket for your care, I am willing to give you my best and help you with all I have to offer at an affordable chiropractic price to you because I believe everyone deserves my best treatment.

Our Treatment Rates are after the first visit are $40 per visit on an appointment basis but if you sign up for the monthly wellness plan you can get up to 2 treatments for $49 per month while it last.  Come in anytime Monday – Friday you can be sure to get the Adjustment, heat, E-stim, and some soft tissue work. Wellness Plan or Come as you need basis. You decide which program fits your lifestyle.

Now that’s Affordable Chiropractic Care!

Dr. Ramirez

A Spinal Health and Movement Center  (505-247-2373)


Run for the Zoo.

This past weekend in Albuquerque we had the annual Run for the Zoo event that is a 5K run.  My son who is ten participated along with his Aunt who came down from Denver to initiate him into the world of running.

I myself am not a runner and prefer run on a treadmill as the pavement on a street is a little to hard on my back and knees because I’m a little top heavy and bulky, ironically when I dance flamenco (which demands lot’s of pounding on the floor) I don’t have the same knee or back pain. Every body type has its strengths in movement, so it’s important to find one that fits your body type.

I recommend swimming, and non impact aerobics for people with degenerative joint disease or injury.  We are fortunate to have GyrotonicAlbq. here at A Spinal Health and Movement Center as it is a non impact modality and excellent for injury rehab.  But the point is that whether it is dance, running, or bicycling, what works best will be different for everyone.

Knee Pain.

My sister in law Francie and I were discussing knee pain in runners as she is a ironman athlete and has done more runs than anyone I know.  So she said she was having knee pain and the exercise that helped the most were leg extensions with low weight and high repetition.  Makes sense to me, after if you are running you will not build up the vastus medialis musculature of the thigh as strong as the lateral musculature of the thigh and the patella will begin to track abnormally laterally to the outside causing abnormal tracking and irritation, and inflammation on the underside of the patella.

Of course getting regular adjustments to the hip and pelvis will help proper alignment so that you don’t have functional difficulties later.  I like to adjust the foot as it is very overlooked by chiropractors.  There are 26 bones in the foot and they to will have misalignments especially if there is plantar weakness, excessive load and strain, or weight increases.  It’s important not to overlook your feet and knees as well when you get adjustments from your chiropractor.

Pain treatment vs. Wellness Treatment.

Most people come in usually driven by pain from degenerative joint disease, meniscal tear or ligament strains in the lower extremities which are very difficult to treat with chiropractic alone and usually require co-treatment with orthopedic and physical therapy and can be very expensive.

I try look for the joints that are starting to fail but have not alerted one to pain, as the pain threshold for joint dysfunction has not be reached.  Regardless, I prefer to check people for joint instability and balance dysfunction as part of a routine adjustment whenever I can, and hopefully before things start to fail and predispose one to injury.  This is prevention and wellness care, and in the long run, more cost effective.

This is my small yet practical and very valuable recommendation for runners or athletes with knee pain: get your hips, knees and especially foot adjusted on a regular basis along with your spine.  Find a chiropractor that will adjust extremities.  Your joints will thank you.

Dr. Ramirez

Lose Weight, Feel Better.

Many people are motivated to lose weight in order to look better so as a chiropractor at A Spinal Health and Movement Center, I am often asked “What exercise is the best for losing weight?”  The question seems backward to me, I don’t like the idea of recommending strenuous exercise to lose weight.

For successful weight loss, I suggest healthy nutrition and smart food combinations (avoid simple refined carbohydrates, sugary drinks, and fast food) and include fruits and vegetables as much as possible.  This is usually a good start, and many people will lose weight this way, and keep it off long term. So rather than focusing on hours of strenuous exercise that will leave you frustrated, fatigued, and possibly predispose you to injury if done too quickly without allowing the body to adjust to the new demands and forces on the joints…focus on exercise as a part of your lifestyle and weight management, not weight loss.

Of course, it doesn’t mean you should not exercise, in fact, exercise is so much more important than just having the “right” body image.  Exercise, when done consistently, no matter whether it’s biking, swimming, hiking, running, dancing, or yoga is so much more beneficial to the mind and body, than seeking the image people want. Alternatively, some people diet without exercise, which I think is a mistake- because you will likely gain the weight back if it is done for the wrong reasons and without thought to the benefits of proper and routine exercise.

I was reminded of this today as I read an article in todays in Shape Magazine stating the many benefits of exercise such as reduction in anxiety, boost in immunity, reducing disease (heart disease, diabetes), helping sleep and improving overall mental health.

I totally agree that these reasons alone are sufficient motivation to get moving.

Use it Or Lose It!

In my opinion and experience, when people are trying to exercise to lose weight or to get the “right” body image, their brain is really subconsciously trying to get them back to a time and place when they were more fit, had more time, and possibly better mental health.  To be sure; stress, pain, and disease take a toll on a person, and the mind seeks a place and homeostatic set point (sort of speak) of another time when the body was better able to move and function.

In fact, when one is in chronic pain, the brains neurons will decrease dendritic connections and will actually result in a reduction in the body image of the limb or body part that is in pain, missing, or immobile.  This is a kind of phantom pain syndrome on a functional level and our somatic blind spots will only increase if our bodies are not moving, and we are not aware of the area that is not being used.  And as far as the brain is concerned, a part that it is not aware of is the same as a part that doesn’t exist.

Use it or lose it applies to neurons as well as muscles.

Warning Signals!

Our minds tell us stories in order to  think we want to look better when we are actually seeking more movement, and attention to our bodies, and possibly time to enjoy the things we used to.  Advertisers and Marketing Corporations are aware of this and will feed into and exploit this real biologic warning signal that comes from a bottom up unconscious awareness of body neglect.

Our brain’s neurons will fire signals much like a car will signal when tire is low or engine maintenance signals.  Only we have difficulty seeing them as signals.  We misread what the brain is alerting us to do.  Our ego’s filter neuronal information and we misread what the brain is saying.

We need to reassess our thinking from time to time and have the courage to make the changes needed to improve movement, attend to our bodies, and make real lasting changes in our lives daily in order to stay healthy, and truly alive.

This is the vibrancy that we remember from our youth that our brains subconsciously whisper to our conscious mind but our ego mis-interprets.


Dr. Ramirez

A Spinal Health and Movement Center