Welcome to Active Life Chiropractic Center! Our center was founded in November 2005 and since then has become midtown Sacramento’s “one-stop shop” for therapeutic services. At Active Life Chiropractic Center you will be greeted by our warm and friendly Chiropractic Assistants and caring compassionate doctors. This wellness center provides chiropractic care, spinal decompression, physiotherapies and exercise rehabilitation, therapeutic massage, nutritional counseling, and many more diverse services.
We encourage you to browse through our page and get to know our team! We take pride in who we are and what we have to offer. Our team attends continuing education classes and training throughout the year to bring you the latest developments in chiropractic to provide you the highest level of service. We have seen many miracles through chiropractic care and would love to bring that experience to you. Our team is here to serve you with compassion, confidence and our full attention.
Dr. Charmaine Magale, DC Founder, Active Life
Today I make my departure for HOME! I leave Colorado Springs with great memories and life-long friendships. The past 2 weeks have been an amazing time of my life. I could truly say it has played a huge part in my personal and professional growth. Words can’t express the gratitude I have for the opportunity to serve such elite athletes, but more importantly humble, dedicated human beings. Thank you everyone at the USOTC for making my experience valuable. To all the athletes: see you 2012 in London!! All my love, Dr. Charmaine Magale, DC
Today I had lunch with a Paralympian. Our conversation began with her telling me that at the age of 13 she was first diagnosed with a rare condition called Arteriovenous Malformation. It progressed so fast that one day she woke up and told her mom she couldn’t feel her legs and felt like she was having a stroke. Within a few days, she was permanently in a wheelchair and was paralyzed from the waist down. After years and years of rehab in Mexico and Cuba and 12 years later, she has hopes to make it to the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London in the sport of swimming. Just before we ended our lunch together, she asked “so have you checked out the gym here yet?”. After thinking very hard at who I was answering the question to, I said “no, and I really don’t have an excuse”, she said “neither do I!”. This made me smile–now this is a girl with HEART
A day at the Velodrome is not your usual day. Today I spent some time with the Australian Cycling Team. Aside from their great accents, they are pretty speedy on their all carbon bikes that weigh about 6 kilos, according to world record holder and olympian Anna Meares. They start off with a warm-up doing about 35 laps of this Velodrome followed by max effort sprints to catch this motorcycle that travels at speeds of 50-60 mph. I’ve taken a liking to these Aussies and will definitely stay in contact with most of them. I’ve been invited to stay with Anna at her home in Australia…a trip I’m definitely going to make in the near future!
Plagued with an injury that kept him out of competing with Men’s USA Gymnastics in 2008 Beijing, China, Olympian Paul Hamm arrives at the OTC for training. Watch him here as he works the horse! Welcome back Paul and hope to see you 2012 in London!
Today the Pan American Games Trials for Taekwando wrapped up it’s competition! It was a bloody fight to the end. Overall, I saw blood spurt noses, 8 count knock-outs, and a lot of sore ankles, shins and knees. One particular individual I approached on the mat was round-housed to the face and was out cold with his arms raised above his head. He slowly opened his eyes with a daze as I turned to the ref and said “we’re done—match over.”. 3 days of taekwondo was exciting, however, I’ll be happy to return to less gross deformity injuries. I can put away my gauze pads and nose plugs! On a good note, these athletes are fierce on the mat but when approached have such respectful manners and always bow to you with respect. It was nice to see they leave it on the mat!
Today was a different day for me. Can’t say that I’ve ever been exposed to the sport of TAEKWONDO! The brief description that someone told me was “it’s an art of kicking, punching and kneeing”. How it works is the athletes are armored with 1 front and 2 side sensors that also double as rib and lung protectors (the doctor likes that!). You can score 1 point for kicking, punching or kneeing the sensors OR 3 points for hitting the head! This is when I had to reach to the back of my mental file cabinet for “how to perform concussion evals”. As you could probably tell, I kept my eyes peeled to the mats at all times! My favorite quote from an athlete today as I was taping her ankles: ME “So, how will you do today?” HER: “MY BEST!!” –I almost broke down in tears. It’s athletes like her that make me realize I love what I do.
Today was a show of strength and discipline. These gymnasts work so hard at practice it’s hard to believe their bodies don’t get beat up more. They fall, get back up, and do it again not even thinking that their previous slight misjudgment in hand or eye placement could’ve put them in the hospital! If you notice in the picture, the landing is a bit soft but imagine going head first into that pile…yes, pretty scary! When they disappear into that foam, I hold my breath until I see a hand pop out and then I know we’re ok until the next routine. These guys keep me on my toes!
The 6am flight was a little rough but my excitement trumped all the tiredness. The nerves didn’t actually hit until I entered the grounds and looked up to read “TEAM USA”. After getting settled into my “dorm room”, grabbing lunch at the smorgasbord of endless stations of food, I entered orientation. This is where I heard the news that over 400 athletes would start arriving tomorrow and there would only be 3 medical staff in the next week over-looking the village—I was one of them! 6 sports complexes, 1 sports med room and 3 sets of hands. I’m thinking I’m going to be busy!