According to the calendar, fall started a week and a half ago, but the weather thinks it’s still summer. Nevertheless, autumn has arrived and with it the leaves on the trees have begun to change color.  Soon the leaves will fall.

Sometimes I think about the seasons relating more to our bodies than simply the expression of weather.  During the spring, there is a new birth.  The summer is continued growth of what has already sprung up.  The fall is when the leaves are no longer needed, so they fall off.  During winter, there is a hibernation and a healing of what has transpired throughout the year.  Similarly, our bodies heal while we sleep.

I just talked to a new patient who has tried an incredible number of things to find relief for her chronic pain, and after her first NUCCA adjustment, she told me, “I am no longer in survival mode, but I can see my life on the horizon.”  She mentioned that her anxiety is gone.  I’m thrilled that God allows me to be a part of His healing journey for so many people and I love hearing these stories!

In order for someone to accept that they can get well, they must release those things that are holding them back.  This is applicable in all aspects of our lives, from time management to relationships to weight and health.  Autumn is a wonderful time to evaluate what is present in our lives that is no longer needed at this time.  During the summer, the leaves were necessary in order to provide nutrients and shade for the tree, but in the winter, the trees would be damaged by holding onto their leaves if they were in a snowy environment.  The leaves would hold too much snow and the entire tree would fall.  The tree must lose its leaves or it loses its life.

What do you no longer need?  Toxins?  Chronic pain?  Anxiety?  Headaches?  Poor sleep?  Insomnia? Excess weight? 

If you rid yourself of these things now, you have the fall and winter to heal, so that you, too, can have a new “birth” in the spring.

Call Dr. Pritchett today.  If you have issues that would be better resolved through another practitioner, I will be able to refer you to someone who can help.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at