Meet Dr. Miguel Cruz
Dr. Cruz grew up in Key West, Florida. While in high school he developed an interest in health that eventually led to his deciding to enter the exciting career of chiropractic. After graduating from Life College School of Chiropractic in 1981, he moved to Burnsville, North Carolina because he decided early on that he wanted to spend the rest of his life in an area where “quality of life” was an important issue. This small mountain community with plenty of hiking & fishing opportunities was exactly that. He also knew it would be a great place to eventually raise a family.
How I Became a Chiropractor:
While I was in undergraduate school in a pre-med program, I had been suffering with a constant sinus drainage which had actually been ongoing for years but finally getting to the point is was interfering with my studies and my life. I was miserable. So I went to the best eye ear nose and throat specialist in town, and after waiting in his office 2 hours, I was in with him less than 10 minutes and left with a handful of pills. I had already done a round of pills with my family doctor which did nothing so I was very discouraged. It was shortly after that I experienced what some would say is a “coincidence” but I call it my “God Moment”. I met a chiropractor for the first time and in a short visit he explained how our bodies are meant to be healthy and if we remove any interferences to that process we would naturally move towards health. Well that made sense to me and it was through chiropractic and lifestyle/dietary changes that I eliminated my sinus problems.
Health is a Lifestyle
I consider health & chiropractic part of my lifestyle as well as my career. I am constantly striving to learn and grow while staying on the forefront of new technology. I have studied with some of the leading experts in their fields including Dr.’s Alex & Doug Cox of the famed Gonstead Clinic, Dr. Janet Travel, developer of myofascial treatments, Robin McKenzie, developer of the McKenzie technique being used worldwide for treatment of back and neck pain and Dr. Eric Plasker, author of “The 100 Year Lifestyle”. I have searched out the leaders in their fields to learn from and now use this knowledge and leadership skills traveling through the US to teach other doctors about family wellness and healthy lifestyles.
My certifications include, Gonstead Diplomat from the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society, Chiropractic Pediatrics, International Academy of Chiropractic Occupational Health Consultants, Chiropractic Rehabilitation Association, Motion Palpation Institute, Mastering Blood & Brain Chemistry and many more hours of additional workshop seminars to keep up-to-date. My wife Lesia and I are graduates of the American College of Addictive and Compulsive Disorders with certification in Addictionology, C.ad.
Being in practice for over 30 years has given me the opportunity to learn and try many things. My first rule is not to bring any treatments or therapies for my patients that I am not willing to use on myself or my family. So rest assured that anything we recommend we do so because we have seen it work, especially in our own health care. I have personally gone through a torn meniscus in my knee, ruptured disc in my neck and dislocated shoulder. All have healed without the use of drugs or surgery with no limitations on my activities using the services we offer.
My Own Health Challenges
In 2013 I did a full blood work up on myself and discovered I have insulin resistance, meaning If I didn’t make some changes I would soon be an insulin dependent diabetic. This was also affecting my brain as I was not as sharp as I liked to be, forgetting things and walking into rooms wondering what I was there for. This opened up a whole new world in “functional medicine” which I was already studying, but I had a motivated patient, myself. I am happy to report that all is well, blood sugar is well controlled and the brain is back to what I would call normal. I did it with proper nutritional therapy, the electro Neuroscope on the brain and exercise (mind and body). Of course chiropractic is part of my regular health maintenance
Our Bodies are Capable of Healing
We believe that the body is capable of healing itself provided that you eliminate any interference to that healing. Interferences may be physical such as in the spine affecting our nervous system (subluxation). That was part of my problem with my sinuses. Interferences may be chemical caused by the foods we eat (allergies) medications or even the environment (toxins). And they can be mental as in stressful lifestyles.
We also believe that any healing should come from modalities that do not cause further damage. However we respect the fact that medications have their place and are needed at times.
We have a multi-faceted approach to treatments. If someone needs immediate pain relief or need something to “speed up” the healing, then Low Level Laser is the answer. If the spine, joints or nervous system is the problem, then chiropractic will be needed. Health coaching is necessary when someone needs to address their eating and lifestyle. And we have the Electro Neuroscope which can actually help to “re program” the brain as well as address other painful conditions. We also do blood work and use it to make better recommendations towards nutritional needs.
Of course if you want to be healthy then you need to study about health. So weekly health classes are provided covering a wide variety of topics so you can get the most benefit from your care.
Dr. Cruz also is very active in his community, having served on the board and as Chair of the Mitchell-Yancey Mountain Friends Program, Healthy Yancey, Centro De Enlace in Yancey and Centro Latino in Mitchell County. He was recognized as the Family Practice Chiropractor of the Year in 2007 and He is currently serving on the board of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. Dr. & Mrs. Cruz have together coached youth league baseball and softball and have served as elders in their church.