Your Health is Our Passion
We practice a patient-centered, hands-on approach to chiropractic wellness. People of all ages benefit from the individualized care we provide. Our goal is to help you feel good, so you can lead a healthy and active life. Our team is dedicated to giving you the highest quality care in a welcoming environment. We are passionate about improving our patients’ health each and every day.
Too many of our patient’s find us after having tried what feels like “everything” -- only to wish they had seen Dr. Winchell first. Don’t let that happen to you!
Trusted by Pro Athletes
to Weekend Warriors
Athletes have to be selective when choosing doctors to care for their bodies. From Super Bowl stars to weekend warriors – golfers, tennis players, runners, bikers, and surfers -- they count on Dr. Winchell for the fast recovery and lasting results he is known for. He is the go-to guy for chronic and acute sports injuries in Orange County.
With the same care and attention he gives his athletes, Dr. Winchell treats patients of all types.
Highest Level of Expert Care
One of the select doctors of chiropractic invited to train with Harvard Medical post grad, Dr. Winchell is highly educated and well known for his ability to restore health to patients, even when no one else has helped. A constant researcher, he studies relevant research and attends extensive conferences. Just last year, he spent weeks at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. learning about the most recent studies not even yet published. His patients always feel confident their health is in good hands.
We are Compassionate and Respect You
When you are suffering, personal, compassionate, and friendly service is just what you need. We have treated thousands of patients who walk in our door for the first time aggravated by their discomfort and ill health. By getting to know these patients and how they are suffering, we understand what you are going through. You will always be greeted with a friendly smile and treated with compassion and respect.
What We Do is Different
What Dr. Winchell does is a different approach than other healthcare professionals. He takes time to listen to you, and to discover and then treat the cause of your condition, rather than treat symptoms. His non-drug, non-surgical treatments provide results you can count on.
Whether you are searching for pain relief and healing, or natural wellness and weight loss, Dr. Winchell is committed to only the best treatment options that work. An avid researcher, he constantly evaluates current medical studies, alternative therapies, and treatment options that give you the best results. His signature therapy that has our patients raving provides 30-50% faster recovery than similar therapies by stimulating healing at the cellular level, with lasting results.
Your Comfort and Convenience is
Important to Us
We believe your time is valuable. So we make sure you don't sit and wait...and sit and wait. We are committed to keeping your time in the office to a minimum, while giving you the quality of care necessary for your health and recovery.
- On-Time appointments, with little to no waiting.
- Drop-in treatments welcome without an appointment. We will work you in after our patients with an appointment are treated.
- Insurance billing is done for you.
- Kid-friendly environment, the little tykes are always welcome.
You Can Be Confident You Have Made
the Right Treatment Choice
We know choosing a healthcare professional that is right for you is a difficult decision and it is important for you to be confident you’ve chosen the best team. We invite you to meet with Dr. Winchell for a complimentary consultation where together you can discuss your condition and options for care. He will do a thorough exam and gather all the information needed to make a personalized treatment recommendation you can trust. If another type of healthcare professional is a better choice for your condition, he will refer you to a specialty best suited for you, because our ultimate purpose is to give our patients their quality and joy of life back.
Frequently Asked Questions
To help serve you better, we have compiled the most commonly asked questions from new patients visiting our office. Can’t find your question, our staff is eager to answer your call and help you discover your path to better health.
Dr. Winchell is dedicated to his profession and patients. As a researcher, he believes that knowledge is key to the tremendous success he has with his patients' treatment. And also believes in the importance of educating his patients about their condition, their involvement with healing, and in prevention. As a team, Dr. Winchell helps his patients reach their optimum level of health. He encourages your questions and involvement with your healing plan.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints, arms or legs, and headaches.
Each of us is designed to be healthy. Chiropractic care helps restore optimum health. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulation, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.
Today’s chiropractic doctor looks for the underlying nervous system involvement that can be the cause of many health problems. Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy. A common location of interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission for controlling nerve impulses. With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic physician can help remove interference’s that may be impairing normal health. Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on many conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems.
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixed, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, nervous system function and health.
Regardless of the adjusting technique, chiropractic care is tailored to each patient’s age, condition and spinal problem. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Some patients who complain of headaches may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the actual problem is in the neck. Every patient presents a uniquely different spinal pattern. Patients notice that their chiropractic care is delivered with confidence and precision. Each visit builds on the one before. While visits may seem similar, each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient’s.
You cannot effectively adjust yourself. Just like you cannot fix your own teeth. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific correction, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function.
Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers and even common aspirin. In the words of the New Zealand government’s inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe”. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. A thorough case history and examination help reveal areas of the spine that may be causing nervous system malfunction. This information will be used to determine the best course of care for each patient. Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, headache, colic, upper respiratory, back pain, allergies, asthma, colic, torticollis, and insomnia. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.
Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help improve mobility and maintain vitality. More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious. And Dr. Winchell’s laser-assisted chiropractic treatment technique is perfect for children and seniors — very gentle, with maximum effectiveness.
Periodic chiropractic checkups, like brushing and flossing, getting regular exercise, and eating wholesome foods is part of a healthy lifestyle. Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These longstanding problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits is helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time-consuming, our office stands ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
NO. I encourage a patient to choose from one of three types of care. If you want relief of symptoms, choose relief care for a short-term program. If you want to correct the cause of your symptoms at the source, choose corrective care. This is a more extensive program. If you want to prevent problems from occurring, choose preventive maintenance care. In this program, you plan regular checkups to stay as healthy as possible and prevent problems from occurring as a result of untreated misalignments. Either way, it’s your choice. And it’s our promise to you that you will never be pressured to continue care.
Dr. Winchell prefers a gentle and safe non-force adjustment for his patients. Chiropractic care should not be painful during or after an adjustment. However, some temporary stiffness may occur.
Unfortunately, in most acute injury cases, waiting can make your condition worse. Affected muscles can weaken, atrophy, become tight or spasm. Swelling or inflammation can occur and may cause delicate tissue to tear or degenerate. Soft tissues may suffer permanent damage. Sometimes bone spurs or other bony growths may occur.
Chiropractors can recognize and detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions. Chiropractic adjustments may help to maintain or support a healthy spine, and maintenance spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition and exercise, can effectively prevent pain. Regular checkups will also ensure that small stresses on the spine don’t become major misalignments. However, people have different approaches to their healthcare and our office will never nag you to get treatment.
Technically discs do not “slip”, however like the shock absorbers on your car, they can leak or rupture. The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage-type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. A soft, jelly-like center is contained by outer layers of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending. Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot “slip”. Trauma or injury to the spine, however, can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniated, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on damaging pain pills by choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problems. See Degenerative Disc for more information.
Low Level Laser Therapy has been proven to penetrate tissue and to be absorbed at a cellular level. A series of reactions occur resulting in enhanced tissue healing, pain control and stimulation of the vascular, immune and lymphatic systems. It is the only therapeutic modality with a cumulative effect in the cells and tissue. Low Level Laser Therapy is safe, painless, and non-invasive; the results are often immediate and are long lasting. See Cold Laser Therapy for more information.
Our first goal is to get you out of pain. But that is the just the first step in your recovery and does not mean that your problem is gone. You have likely heard someone complain of a significant injury that was attributed to very little, like bending over to pick up a shoe. We hear that all the time. Until the root of your problem is resolved, not only will degeneration continue, but also you are at a great risk for a recurring painful injury.