Dr. Amy Winchester grew up in the countryside of rural Sanger, California and spent most of her time outside as a child. She learned early on that she wanted to help others, starting with the small animals she found. As she grew older, her focus shifted to functional medicine.
Dr. Amy was a scholastic athlete that made regular trips to her chiropractor to aid in her optimal performance. When her horse was injured in an accident at a high school rodeo, an animal chiropractor aided in her recovery using adjustments and low level laser therapy, which affirmed her passion to become a chiropractor.
She chose to complete her undergraduate career at CSU Fresno, where she became a member of the college rodeo team as well as Kappa Alpha Theta. She completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with an emphasis in Human Anatomy and Physiology. Her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree was completed at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in 2018, where she was a member of the
Palmer West Sport’s Council; aiding in the recovery of athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area, with pro bono chiropractic care. While finishing her D.C., she also attended Options for Animals, College of Animal Chiropractic, in Kansas, where she graduated and became certified by IVCA in animal chiropractic in 2019.
Dr. Amy’s main focus is on treating the cause of problems, not band-aid solutions. She enjoys working with fellow riders and others that take an active approach to their health! She uses a series of evidence based chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue mobilization, exercises, and stretching to keep horse and rider in top shape.
She is excited to help you and your family maintain optimum performance and live a healthy, active, & functional life.
Her list of education and certifications include:
Dr. Amy works out of her home in Clovis, but is able to see you at your home for an additional fee. Please know that mobile services have a longer waiting period to be booked.
Dr. Amy is able to see your large animal at your barn. She would love to work with your veterinarian to keep your large animal in top condition. She is able to travel within 100 miles of Clovis to see your animal but you may incur a small barn call fee depending on location and quantity of animals at the location.
Dr. Amy will treat small animals under direct veterinarian supervision. Please ask your vet if your small animal would be a good candidate for chiropractic work.
Doctors of Chiropractic spend four years studying their art after completing a four-year undergraduate degree. The focus is put on spinal health leading to the overall health of the body. Chiropractors implement a small thrust or adjustment to joints in their normal range of motion to restore proper motion and function. By adjusting the spine and other joints, movement, as well as proper communication with the nervous system, is restored. This allows the body to heal as nature intended. A variety of techniques are utilized by our chiropractors and tailored to each individual based on comfort and effectiveness. An emphasis is put on implementing evidence based chiropractic techniques and treatments.
IASTM is a soft tissue technique that utilizes instruments to improve the restoration and healing of soft tissue pathologies. This idea stemmed from the original Graston Technique, the first in the field of instrument assisted soft tissue work. Now, you can find many different techniques, with all implementing instruments to increase range of motion, decrease pain, and enhance athletic performance. When scar tissue develops from an injury, it forms in an unorganized manner, leading to decreased range of motion and possible subsequent pain. IASTM looks to break up the scar tissue so that it can form in an organized manner to promote full function and range of motion. Some pathologies that respond well to this technique include scar tissue adhesion, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, tendonopathies, myofascial syndromes, carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, iliotibial band syndrome, bicipital tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis, swimmer’s shoulder, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow, as well as neck and back pain. This technique complements the chiropractic adjustment and can lead to adjustments lasting for longer periods of time, as well as increased healing time.
Kinesiotaping gained popularity in the Summer 2012 Olympic Games when Kerri Walsh Jennings wore it on her shoulder on her way to winning the gold in beach volleyball. Since then, many product lines, like RockTape and KT Tape, have advanced the product and the way in which it is applied. When applied properly, it increases lymphatic drainage and improves the body’s proprioception to return to full function faster. Kinesiotape is flexible and latex-free and is applied to soft tissues to promote stability by selectively inhibiting or facilitating muscle firing. While traditional white athletic tape promotes the stability of the joint by inhibiting it’s movement, kinesiotape was designed with movement in mind by distributing forces to nearby areas. It can also be applied to the skin to promote microscopic lifting of the fascia, allowing by-products of inflammation to be removed quickly. Kinesiotaping works well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and other soft tissue work.
Muscle release technique uses specific strokes to target soft tissues, such as muscles, as they actively move through normal range of motion. This ensures proper movement and breaks up scar tissue to be laid down in the direction of the soft tissue. This promotes blood flow, lengthens the muscle, improves flexibility, and decreases recovery time from injuries. Sometimes, a percussive massage gun is used on patients to improve this technique. This relaxes muscles and works well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments.
Bursitis and tendinitis, meaning swelling of the bursa and tendon respectively, present very similar to one another. The bursa is a fluid filled cushion found in high friction areas between bone and soft tissues, including skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. When it becomes inflamed, it presents as pain, and sometimes swelling, in the shoulders, elbows, hips, or knees, usually while stretching the joint. This usually leads to a decreased range of motion of the joint, sometimes without any associated pain. Muscle weakness can also occur if pain is involved. Tendinitis presents as pain at the site of the affected tendon, which can be gradual or sudden and severe, as well as a decreased range of motion.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease affecting joints of the body. Pain and stiffness occur in the joint after repetitive use and is worse with periods of prolonged inactivity. The pain is usually worse later in the day, and can cause swelling, heat, and creaking of the joints. When OA becomes severe, there can be a complete loss of cartilage, causing bone-on-bone friction leading to pain and limited range of motion at rest. Oftentimes, bone spurs develop in these joints as the body’s way of protecting itself. OA of weight bearing joints is exacerbated by obesity, leading to a limp and, eventually, joint replacement surgery if the progression is not halted.
There are many different types of headaches, but all present with pain. Here are the different types and their presentation:
Migraines: Present as moderate to severe pain located on one side of the head. Nausea, light/sound sensitivity, visual disturbances, loss of appetite, dizziness, and fatigue are among some of the symptoms associated.
Sinus Headaches: Present as pain in the face, associated with nasal congestion and aggravated by sudden head movements. This deep and constant pain will be felt in the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and forehead.
Tension Headaches: Present as a dull, steady pain that feels band-like around the temple. Chronic fatigue, irritability, disturbed concentration, muscle aching, and headache upon awakening are among some of the symptoms associated.
Cluster Headaches: Present as intense unilateral pain described as constant burning, piercing, and throbbing. Oftentimes, there is pain behind one eye that usually lasts 30-90 minutes at a time. These headaches occur regularly, and can lead to disturbed sleep.
Herniated or bulging discs can present with a myriad of symptoms. Depending on the location, there is usually localized pain in the neck or back, radiating pain into the arms or legs, muscle spasms and weakness, and/or numbness or tingling. Disc bulges usually occur over time as a result of microtrauma to the annulus fibrosis of the disc. Usually, pain begins when a quick twisting and bending motion is performed as a sort of “straw that broke the camel’s back.” If proper motion and biomechanics are not restored to the affected joint, the bulge and symptoms usually progress, leading to diminished sensations and muscle wasting.
Low back pain, or lumbago, and neck pain, or cervicalgia, are all-encompassing terms stemming from any number of causes. Whether it is a strained muscle, sprained ligament, bony deformity, or aberrant joint mechanics, any number of solutions may be presented.
Plantar Fasciitis is a term referring to the inflammation and subsequent tightening of the fascia located at the bottom of the foot. Fascia is the covering found over muscles and tendons. Pain is noted at the bottom of the foot, usually at the center and/or front of the heel bone. It is usually worse in the morning or when inactive for a substantial amount of time.
Scoliosis is a change in the curve of the spine leading to a lateral “C” or “S” shape. Many people have a mild version of scoliosis that they never know is present. It typically affects juveniles and early screening and prevention is of utmost importance in stopping the progression of the curve. If symptoms persist, patients report pain, decreased respiratory capacity, and altered biomechanics. Many times, shoulders and hips are different heights, ribs are uneven side-to-side, and arms and head carriage are uneven. If it is allowed to progress, patients report difficulty breathing, trouble walking, numbness/weakness/pain in the legs, and difficulty standing up straight. Chiropractic, rehabilitation exercises, bracing, and possible surgery are among some of the solutions.
The all-encompassing extremity pain can include things like frozen shoulder, tingling and numbness, muscle weakness, brachial plexus injuries, sciatica, rheumatism, sprains and strains, bursitis, decreased range of motion, and arthritis. Every diagnosis is treated on an individual basis and tailored to each patient.
Injuries that occur in sports rival those found in motor vehicle accidents. Impact sports can compromise the spine and it’s soft tissues without the athlete detecting it. Repetitive motion sports can create microtrauma to the body leading to the eventual breakdown of the body. Restoration of proper alignment and subsequent movement is the best way to prevent the body’s breakdown. Creating functional movement patterns is the best preventative care an athlete can take and a major reason why Doctors of Chiropractic are found on almost every professional and Olympic sport’s sideline.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder affects the jaw and the surrounding soft tissues on one or both sides. Although the cause isn’t really known, several theories suggest injuries to the jaw, teeth grinding, shifting of the joint’s disc, arthritis, and jaw clenching are to blame. TMD presents as pain in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, and/or ears; difficulty opening the mouth wide; a jaw that locks or “clicks” when opened or closed; difficulty chewing; and headaches of unknown origin.
Although not always true, whiplash is fairly synonymous with motor vehicle accidents. It is a neck sprain/strain caused by an abrupt jerking motion from forward to backward. Symptoms often don’t present for 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disturbances, low back pain, and pain or numbness in the arms and legs. It is important to have images taken to rule out major injuries like fractures. *Although we would love to help with these symptoms, we do not treat Personal Injury cases (including those due to motor vehicle accidents) under current or future litigation in our office.*
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