Growing up, I was involved in many sports including swimming and track. For years, I had signs that something was not right with my body. As a young child, I would wake up and not be able to move my neck. The pain would come and go. My friends and family chalked it up to growing pains. One day, I woke up one day with such excruciating pain in my lower back I could hardly even perform everyday tasks–and this was in my 20’s!
Having been athletic all my life I was shocked at how much pain I was in. Over the course of a few months, it worsened. Disliking the taking of medications in the past I became more dependent on them to get through my days. I stopped all athletic activity, and I soon for the first time in my life I felt depressed. I sought medical help but the doctors said there was little they could do for me. A family member gave me a number for a local chiropractor. I must say I was skeptical and a little scared. What should I expect?
As soon as I walked in the door I felt welcomed and cared for. The chiropractor explained that I had misalignments that were affecting my body’s ability to be healthy. He told me he could help me. After the first adjustment, I felt different. By the third adjustment, I realized just how disconnected from my body I had been. By the end of my care, I was sleeping better, I had more energy, and I resumed my activities. That experience shaped me and changed my life. Chiropractic continues to enhance the quality of my life. Now I spend my days running after my vibrant little four-year-old Caitlyn. We treasure our vitality and love to spend our free time hiking and enjoy the joys of living in such a beautiful area. We love scootering and walking our dog Toro.
My name is Marrissa & I work at the front desk in Dr. Jennifer Carraudo’s office serving as her assistant. I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I have played competitive soccer my whole entire life & I am a former Women’s National team player. Soccer was my life and I have always been an active person but unfortunately with playing sports comes with injuries. I had some super traumatic head injuries throughout my career. I had two very severe concussions within a 2 month span. The concussions made my right eye permanently blurry, causing severe migraines, neck pain, dizziness, and nausea. The blurriness had me panicked because I thought I was losing my vision. No eye doctor or general doctor was able to give me any answers and I was just constantly prescribed medication that I never took. I had to drop out of college for almost 2 years because the blurry vision caused headaches and nausea.
I was in desperate need of help and I was so glad when I crossed paths with Dr. Jennifer. Of course, eager and nervous because I was so let down in the past. Dr. Jennifer made me feel heard and gave me so much clarity. After the first appointment, I noticed a difference in my right eye and saw so much improvement. Now I have more confidence doing just daily tasks that we take for granted. My overall body just feels better and it is such a beautiful thing not to wake up in pain.
As a mother of three, including a set of twins, my body has been through a lot, not to mention the countless car accidents as a kid and adult that always seemed to cause me back issues. Having chronic pain, all the doctors would do for me is throw pharmaceuticals at me. Pill after pill and still very little to no relief. It was really unbearable. I met Dr. Jen when our girls became friends in kindergarten. I had suffered a pelvic separation while pregnant with my twins and no one would work on me because it was “complicated”. I also was experiencing intense sciatica pain in my lower back and down my leg. Dr. Jen was up for the challenge though. After a few treatments with her I knew chiropractic was something I could believe in. The pelvic adjustments allowed me to walk better and with more stability and my sciatica has improved dramatically. I am taking far fewer pain meds throughout the day as well. I began to experience better health with regular adjustments and wanted to help spread the word about chiropractic care. I started working with Dr. Jen on her social media and website to help others find information and get care to live a healthy lifestyle. My twins, husband, parents, and brother have all come to find relief with Dr. Jen and chiropractic. I have learned so much about living a healthy lifestyle and how taking a whole-body approach to living can get you to optimal health, ultimately living your best life.