Chiropractor Phil Ricchiazzi D.C.
When I was fifteen I fell down the stairs at home. I bounced up and didn’t think much of it until the headaches started a few months later. They were debilitating. I couldn’t move when they would strike. Nothing seemed to help them. I was having trouble concentrating in school, I stopped playing sports, gained weight and no one seemed to know what was causing the headaches. After countless tests, MRI’s, and CAT scans I was told nothing was wrong. Apparently, something was very wrong. A friend of my parents said I should try a chiropractor. “A chiropractor?” At this point I had nothing to lose. I went not knowing what a chiropractor could do to help me. I started getting better almost immediately after my chiropractor found I had extensive nerve irritation in my neck at the base of skull causing my headaches. After a few weeks I stopped getting headaches all together. I was able to get back to sports, my concentration was better than ever, and I was thankful to have my life back.
Ever since I can remember I loved science. Yes, I was one of THOSE kids. Naturally, I thought I would become a medical doctor. During college I did extensive research in the areas of Brain Physiology & Anatomy. I eventually started teaching about brain anatomy and how the nervous system works. After college I went to work at USC Medical School in the Department of Neurology working as a neuroimmunology researcher working and treating MS patients. While working at USC I was trying to figure out how I could combine my love for the nervous system and help people in a more wholistic, natural way without drugs or surgery.
It finally hit me when talking to my chiropractor that chiropractic did all of that and more. Although extremely rigorous I loved every minute of chiropractic school. I made some life-long friends and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
I opened my practice right out of school in 2005 in Pasadena. After 5 years I had an opportunity to move my office into a space in Los Feliz which was very near and dear to my heart. My grandparents owned a duplex in Los Feliz. They lived on one side and rented out the other spaces commercially for 65 years. When my grandmother’s health prevented her from living alone she asked me if I would like to rent the space to keep it in the family. I jumped at the chance and have built the practice of my dreams.
My grandparents home was always a healing, loving space and that energy has translated into a fun, inspiring environment at HealthWorks.
I love working with patients helping them achieve their highest potential. I have other passions outside the office as well. I am an avid cyclist participating in numerous centuries and 5 AIDS rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles thus far.
I hope you come to join our family. HealthWorks uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of practice members. I have developed a technique of adjusting unique to HealthWorks which blends my neurology background with various holistic techniques to address the underlying cause of your problem. This often gets practice members feeling better with higher function much faster than traditional techniques. We have combined the very best hands-on-technique, state of the art physiotherapy procedures and provided the newest and best natural vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today. I look forward to meeting you.