This Is What Hope Looks Like

By Dr. Jason Gonzales

I’m sure you could imagine that if you’ve been struggling with a chronic health problem, migraines, for instance, for 18 years you would begin to lose hope of ever finding a lasting solution. That was Anne’s story when she walked into my office last spring (names have been changed to protect privacy).

Anne had been suffering from frequent, debilitating migraines since she was 12 years old, and in spite of the numerous doctors, medications, and procedures she had tried, her problem was still with her—looming around every corner and threatening to ruin her day or her week. It was out of pure desperation that she followed the recommendation of one of her friends and came to my clinic to see if I could help.

Dr. J

I’m Dr. Jason Gonzales, or “Dr. J” as most of my patients call me, and I help people like Anne every day. I help those who are struggling with chronic health problems to get off most, if not all, of their prescription meds so they move beyond surviving and get back to living.

Why did Anne take 18 years to find me? That’s a question I frequently ask my new patients and the ones who are honest tell me they waited so long because what I do is different and “different” can be a little scary. I think that’s completely understandable—unfortunate for people such as

Anne because they suffer for so long—but understandable.Jason Gonsales

So when Anne came to my clinic last spring, I explained to her what I do and almost immediately I could see the doubt and fear begin to melt away, replaced with a feeling she had long given up on—hope. I confirmed her suspicion that what I do is different from what her previous doctors had done, but I also explained that at this point “different” is exactly what she needed.

Mainstream Healthcare

Now this isn’t a knock on mainstream health care, just an accurate observation (if you doubt me, then just hang out at my clinic for a day and listen to the stories my patients tell me and you’ll begin to see what I see). As it stands right now, the vast majority of our mainstream health-care system is designed to manage illness, disease, and dysfunction, not to fix it.

It’s in a health crisis (heart attack, broken bone, ruptured appendix, massive tumor, etc.) that our mainstream health-care system shines. We’ve gotten really good at saving a life when someone is moments away from losing it, but what about those who are suffering from a chronic, not immediately life-threatening, kind of problem? For the chronic problems, our mainstream system offers only temporary relief followed by more temporary relief.

(On a side note, this is why we have a national health-care problem. We don’t need a better system or more options for insurance, we simply need more people who are less sick. We have a quantity problem, not a quality problem. We have too many chronically sick people who have been led to believe that managing their problem is health care. It’s not—that’s called sick care. If you want to feel numb while you stay sick then you should get sick care. If you want your health back, then you need to seriously consider pursuing a different approach.

So after 18 years of sick care, Anne was desperate and willing to try a different approach. After I explained to her what I do, we began the process. I performed a thorough evaluation and determined that the underlying cause of her frequent migraines was due to a problem within her nervous system. I explained to Anne that her nervous system is what controls virtually everything in her body and it explains why her problem kept returning after previous medical interventions and countless medications. Temporarily taking away the pain is not the same as fixing the problem.

I also discovered that her nervous system was unable to function normally because of a small misalignment of one of the uppermost bones in her neck. I told her that if we could remove the nervous system interference by way of realigning that small bone in her neck, we could put her body in a position to function normally and heal. And that’s exactly what happened.

This is what hope looks like …

Upper Cervicle



What you’re looking at is a sketch of why Anne had a nervous system problem that ultimately was the underlying cause of her frequent migraines. The picture on the right shows where the small misalignment in her neck was situated and how it was causing pressure at the base of her skull. The picture on the left shows her head/neck alignment after I began to work with her to remove the misalignment and relieve the pressure.

In her own words:

“I had seen every doctor imaginable trying to find a long-lasting cure for my migraines, only to be told I would have to manage my symptoms with treatment when they arose. After spending an insane amount of money and 15 years seeing other chiropractic services, treating my problem, I researched Upper Cervical. That’s when I found Dr. J (as his patients call him) at the Specific and skeptically began treatment. Within one month of treatment my migraines had stopped, going from a couple a week to none at all. I couldn’t believe it, it seemed too good to be true. As I continued treatment my progress stayed the same, no migraines! Now let me explain that I had learned to live with my migraines, sometimes waking up with one so severe I would need to seek immediate care in the form of a shot of Demerol by a nurse to calm them. Now I have finished my treatment and am ecstatic to say that I am still migraine free. The treatment I received from Dr J was superb and I would recommend him to anyone who thinks Upper Cervical can help and even for those who are skeptical as I was.” —Anne N.

What I do is called upper cervical specific chiropractic. You can read more about this unique approach on my website (, but all you need to know is this—it’s safe, it’s effective, it’s objective, and it has the potential to restore hope.