Some Atascadero History

I had a few minutes today and thought I would write a little about the history of Atascadero, CA. For some reason I found myself on the Atascadero Historical website and found some of the early history about the town to be pretty interesting and thought I would share a few highlights for those who may not know.

Atascadero CA

Edward Gardner Lewis (E.G. Lewis) is really the person to credit with having the vision that came to be Atascadero California. Numerous books and articles mention that before he came along it was not much more than cow pasture. As with all historical figures, there is definitely some debate over whether or not E.G Lewis was a business person interested in quick riches and making a buck or a true visionary looking to carve a utopia out of open land and oaks.


In 1913, he and his wife purchased 23,000 acres that would eventually become the colony of Atascadero. The price tag for this was under a million dollars back then and more land was added a few years later in 1918. The story gets interesting from here and there are a few books that do a much better job of the details than I will in this short post. Check out this post for more info

Long story short is that in 1925 due to bankruptcy, a trustee took over which eventually led to the residents voting to incorporate as a city in 1979. Just recently in 2013 was the centennial celebration.

City of Atascadero website has some information and there are a lot more interesting details on the Atascadero Historical website

Superbowl Sunday

Just about everybody is getting ready for the big game this Sunday, and even if you aren’t a big sports or football fan you’re probably going to be watching Superbowl 48. This years match seems like it might be a little intense and is between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. For those of you who might not be in the know, the game is going to be on Sunday Feb 2nd at 3:30 PST. Unless you live in a bubble it might be pretty hard to miss.

At first I thought this game was going to be all about Peyton Manning dominating with offense and might not be too fun to watch. After all, he set some all time passing records this year and the Bronco’s are the league’s number one offense. Then I learned that the Seahawk’s were the number one defense, and after reading a bit more it seems like we all might be in for a pretty good matchup.

Add to this fact that the game is going to be played outdoors in New Jersey where it has been extremely cold this year. Weather like that means anything can happen and leaves room for mistakes on both sides of the field. I don’ think they are predicting any snow or nasty weather just yet, but it is definitely going to be cold.

Another thing I wanted to mention about this year’s game is how every year things get more and more commercialized. I realize that the NFL has to make a buck and everything but what about the local business owners and shops around the NY and NJ area. There was an article in the New York Times that touched on this and frankly it was a little disappointing to read. Seems like there should be plenty to go around and is a shame how some local businesses fell left out. In a way it reminds me of the Olympics over the past years and how some cities end up spending more money than they actually take in when hosting a high profile event like this.

I’ll wrap things up here and long story short, regardless of who is playing I am looking forward to the game this weekend. Predictions here are a 100% chance of the BBQ grill getting fired up and some good times. And if the game turns out to be not so exciting, you can bet there might be some pretty decent million dollar commercials that come around:)

And speaking of Superbowl Commercials. I guess YouTube has done a thing called Ad Blitz this year and released a few superbowl commercial teasers early this year. Here’s one below and check out the You Tube Ad Blitz site for more

Chiropractor or Pharmicist

There are many conflicting opinions on this issue and we thought it was worth writing a post about. People should definitely do their own research and make up their own opinions, however the more research that is looked at the clearer it becomes to many chiropractors across the U.S. Here is the underlying question:

Is Back & Neck Pain Better Treated With:

  • Medication
  • Chiropractic Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Combination of the Above

This isn’t the most exciting question to ask (unless you’re a chiropractor nerd like us) but when you find yourself in pain or have a neck or back injury it becomes a little more urgent. Anyone who has experienced this before can relate – one minute everything is fine and your thoughts are consumed with the usual day-to-day life, the next minute you are in excruciating pain and all you can think about is who to call to get rid of it.

A recent article we saw on a ABCNews website is what really gave the idea to discuss these options in a post. We won’t spoil the results (or at least try not to) but suffice to say that they spent 12 weeks studying patients that tried a variety of treatments to see what worked best. Again, every situation is different and by no means are we suggesting there is a one size fits all solution for everyone with neck, back or other pain.

Taking Medication for Treating Back & Neck Pain

As modern medicine and advancements in pharmaceuticals have made strides, Americans in particular have sometimes adopted an attitude that taking a pill can solve everything. Sure there are medications that have extraordinary benefits in a lot of situations, but sometimes it is necessary to change behaviors or habits as well.

In the case of back pain or neck pain, medications by help to mask or alleviate acute pain in the short term, but no necessarily fix the problem. Taking a pill every day to get through work or as a temporary fix may seem to work, but is it really a solution? What if there are side effects that might catch up over the long term? Are there cost issues? What if you forget your pills one day or are unable to get a refill in time? This recent blog post in also touches on some of the addiction issues or increased pain risks when relying solely on medication to alleviate pain.

Maybe the problem or cause of the neck and back pain is getting worse and you are unaware because the medication masks the pain. Wouldn’t a long term solution that solves the origin or source of the pain be better? This question seems obvious but in the everyday stress and chaos of our lives it sometimes seems like we may be too busy to drop everything and go see a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist.

Chiropractic Treatment for Back & Neck Pain

Full disclosure, since Maximum Health Chiropractic is a local chiropractor office, we do have a vested interested in recommending this as a treatment. But you don’t have to take our word for it. More and more studies, like the one we referenced above on, are showing the benefits of chiropractic treatment as a stand alone solution or combined with other forms of treatment.

In fact, just browsing through the titles on some of the Top Chiropractic Studies of 2013 it seems pretty clear that there are definitive benefits to seeing your local chiropractor for treatment of back or neck pain. At our local Atascadero office, we treat each patient that comes through the door as an individual, and are focused on working with them to find a solution for their lifestyle and situation. We ask questions about their day to day lives, how the particularly pain they feel effects them, and then discuss options for treatment that might help them specifically.

Our goal is to provide honest and effective treatment focused on each person’s individual situation or need.

Physical Therapy for Back & Neck Pain

There is no question that physical therapy can play a beneficial role in the treatment and recovery process. A lot of times muscles need to be re-strengthened , stretched or straightened from not being used and physical therapy is a good way to do this. A quick look at this article on shows some of these benefits. This should always been done under the supervision of a doctor or chiropractor because the last thing anyone wants is to re-injure themselves during treatment.

Re-aggravating or causing an existing injury to get worse is easier to do than one might think. We all get a little stir crazy sitting around waiting for our bodies to heal. Sometimes the urge to get back to our regular lives drives us to do so before the body is fully healed and in turn actually ends up setting the healing process back. This is particularly true with neck and back pain injuries.

Use a Combination of Treatments for Back and Neck Pain

This might actually be the best case since there is no real magic bullet when it comes to recovering from a serious physical injury. A recent article and report from on Managed Care in elderly patients helps to illustrate this. When choosing a combination of treatments if you have back and neck pain, we strongly recommend that you factor your local chiropractor into the equation. And on the off chance that you’re in Atascadero, CA – Come check us out at Maximum Health Chiropractic Center!