from Chiropractic Patients
Dr. Cynthia Boyd provides the best available Chiropractic spinal care. She is an expert in the most effective and scientific type approach to care of the spine. She has created a uniquely welcoming and relaxing office environment. It is my honor to endorse her and to encourage all persons to meet her and visit her practice.
Kerri Duggins, D.C.
Life Chiropractic College
West Health Center Director of Imaging
Man oh man, I can’t say enough about Dr. Boyd and Symmetry Health Center! After six months of trying to find relief from my chronic neck pain with Physical Therapy, a friend suggested I get another opinion and make an appointment to see Dr. Boyd. I am so thankful I did! Not only did she treat my physical symptoms with the utmost care and expertise, but made some suggestions on how changing my diet could help with the healing! I am 85% pain free and getting better day by day. On top of that, the office is such a comfortable atmosphere and the staff so friendly, you can’t help but feel better when you leave there.
I had been going to various chiropractors for the past seven years, seeking relief from my chronic and often severe neck pain. Dr. Boyd’s use of an array of machines to stretch my neck and massage the adjacent muscles combined with her incredible skill in chiropractic adjustment, resulted in an immense reduction on my pain.
Dr. Boyd has been able to consistently ‘crack’ the part of my neck where the pain was the worst, even though my previous chiropractor couldn’t get it to budge. I overheard one of her patients call her a miracle worker, and she certainly has worked miracles for me. She has also provided advice on both changes in my diet and my exercise program to help avoid any further damage to my neck and to avoid the return of pain. Dr. Boyd’s personal commitment to being as healthy as possible sets an example that has inspired me and many of her other patients.
After successfully treating the pain in my lower right arm, caused by repetitive motion using a computer mouse for the past 20 years, Dr. Boyd talked me into addressing curvature of the upper spine (also a probable result of the 20-year computer use). Rather skeptical at first, I tried her treatment regimen and the recommended exercises. Several months later, I feel better, walk taller – my back is more upright – and best of all my upper spinal area does not need to be “cracked” several times an hour to relieve shoulder and neck tension. Dr. Boyd combines ultra professionalism with personalized supportive care. Good people (Hi, Lisa!), great music, comfortable surroundings and such a relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended. Oh, and good dining recommendations! Thanks Dr Cynthia.
For my 29th birthday, my husband arranged for me to have one of my ultimate dreams come true: training with a K-9 police dog! Needless to say, despite the protection of the bite suit, after several takedowns I was definitely feeling the impact; in one particular takedown, the dog actually tackled me, grasped my left arm, and pulled me 7 feet across the grass towards the commanding officer.
The next morning when I woke up, I was unable to lift my left arm overhead, and I had some soreness in my shoulder, but I thought it was to be expected. Days later when I could barely sleep and even driving was painful I began to realize that the pain was more than simple soreness!
I had met Dr. Boyd earlier in the year, but to be honest, I have always been skeptical about chiropractic care. But, after one phone call I was in the office for a full exam and began treatment immediately. AFTER MY FIRST OFFICE VISIT I HAD NO PAIN! So I thought, “Well, that was easy,” but I continued for a few visits, to be sure the pain did not return. However, soon I began to notice some HUGE changes in my body. Namely, a noticeable decrease in my asthma…and my seasonal allergies all but disappeared. After following Dr. Boyd’s advice on nutritional and supplemental intake, I lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks, and I no longer need coffee to get me going in the morning. My husband was so impressed with Dr. Boyd, he began care with her as well, and his insomnia and TMJ have decreased dramatically.
If I would have known that chiropractic care is not just for people with sore backs, I would’ve come in so much earlier! As for now, I will definitely continue to enjoy the structural and physical changes in my body, and you can count on us to bring our future children in starting at birth!
For years I have had growing pain in my neck and upper back after a moving accident and then breaking my collarbone. I was having problems with mobility, just turning my head from side to side was painful and difficult. Regular physical tasks like doing the dishes was enough to put me out of commission because of the soreness and stiffness it would cause me. I was first recommended to see Dr. Boyd by a co-worker who noticed the pain I was going through on a daily basis.
I found her office to be very comfortable and inviting and I enjoyed the open atmosphere rather than an office feel. Thanks to Dr. Boyd’s methods I have had steady improvement in my mobility and I can ride my bike again! She has been very patient and caring and I always leave the office feeling very positive. I am very grateful that I have found Symmetry Health Center and I recommend anyone experiencing pain in their daily lives go see Dr. B if you are ready for a change. Looking back, I can’t believe I waited as long as I did. GO NOW!!!
I first brought my son Carlos to Dr. Boyd when he was 16 months old. He had been in and out of the hospital with severe asthma for 2 months. Although he had one asthmatic episode at 13 months old in September 2004, he wasn’t on daily medications or having any problems until he fell out of a cart onto his forehead the day before Thanksgiving.
He showed no immediate signs of trauma, cried for a few minutes but then ran around, played and giggled as usual. Over the next few hours, I knew something else was wrong, as his energy level drained and he became pale. He started developing symptoms of a cold, so both the advise nurse and I thought it was viral and not related to his fall. His breathing went south late Thanksgiving night and we ended up in the ER the next day.
Although I told the doctors about his fall and thought an x-ray was in order, our healthcare provider said any “real” trauma would have been immediately evident and wouldn’t affect his breathing. He was admitted to the ER and/or hospitalized 4 times over the next 5 weeks, constantly on oral steroids and inhalers with his health failing rapidly. I was worried he was going to die, or at best always have to be on strong medications and constantly monitored.
My active, happy, lively boy was now lethargic, pale, sad and extremely sick all the time. The “real” trauma to all of us! In less than 10 visits to Cindy, who immediately found his atlas vertebra completely out of place, my son was off oral steroids and almost all of his inhalers. Within a month, he was doing so well that we attempted to wean him off all medications. We ended up in the hospital for what seemed to be the last time. That was almost two years ago and he’s never even come close to visiting the ER again! He rarely gets sick and is back to being his happy, rambunctious self again! We can’t thank Cindy enough!
I recently dislocated my knee cap & was under the care of an orthopedic surgeon, but I knew Dr. Boyd could help with some of the other issues associated with my problem. I went in, somewhat hunched over from walking with a brace on my knee and told her my lower back was in a lot of pain. She helped me lay on my stomach (which I had not done yet since injury) and worked on my lower back. I had no pain, no fear and was standing up-right when we were done. Dr. Boyd takes the whole person into consideration when helping with your issues…I feel completely confident when I go in to see her.
Holy Cow! Dr. Boyd is a miracle worker…I’ve been to many chiropractors over many years, and none ever actually FIXED me in any kind of permanent way. They just crack you and send you on your way. Dr. Boyd did a thorough analysis with x-rays and mobility tests, and catered a specialized treatment to my individual needs.
After only 3 weeks now I have movement in my low back and sacral joint that had been pretty immobile for years… and my “hump” is almost gone! (it was just a little one, but still unsightly on a pretty lady)
Like many computer users, I’ve had neck pain for more years than I care to count. However, after one session with Dr. Boyd, my pain in the neck disappeared and hasn’t yet returned. All sorts of activities—some as benign as sitting in a move theater—that used to make my neck ache are now pain-free.
I’m beyond thrilled—all the more so because my first visit to Dr. Boyd had nothing to do with my neck. I originally consulted Dr. Boyd in hopes she could do something about some badly strained back muscles.
It started with a fall from a horse I probably should not have been on in the first place. Lying in the dust, I knew I was in serious trouble, and a violent cough a few hours later sealed the deal—pulling, it seemed, all the muscles on the right side of my back and shoulders. That’s what I told the emergency room doctor a few days later, when my home-grown remedies proved inadequate. Sympathetically prescribing painkillers, the doctor sent me home.
Remembering, after days with no improvement, that a chiropractor had once helped me with a strained back muscle, I looked online for chiropractors in Alameda. I chose Dr. Boyd from the Chamber of Commerce website because I liked how she described her work. She quickly arranged an emergency appointment.
When I explained the problem and symptoms, Dr. Boyd looked puzzled. “What you’re describing sounds more like ribs than shoulder muscles.” Now I was puzzled. “Ribs? Where the heck are my ribs? And what do they have to do with this?” Dr. Boyd spent about an hour with me, taking a detailed history and running me through a battery of gentle tests. She urged me to go back to the doctor for an x-ray, even making the appointment for me. “I can’t say anything without x-rays, but I’m worried about your ribs.”
The doctor, during our brief visit, was skeptical. “I’m pretty sure you didn’t break your ribs,” he said, “but if you really want an x-ray, we’ll set that up.” He was so skeptical, in fact, that he called me less than an hour later. “The technician emailed me the films,” he said, “and your ribs are fine. Just keep taking those painkillers, and if they don’t work for you, we can prescribe you something else.”
However, about noon the next day, the doctor called me again. “The radiologist checked your film,” he said, sounding sheepish. “It turns out I was wrong. You have not one, but three cracked ribs.” He apologized for the misdiagnosis, adding, “I cracked a rib once. That really hurts.”
Since the cure for cracked ribs is to do nothing, I can’t claim that the emergency room doctors mistreated me. However, Dr. Boyd’s ability to listen carefully, conduct a thoughtful evaluation, and reach an accurate diagnosis contrasted sharply with the actions of the emergency room doctors. In short, I was impressed. And now that my neck doesn’t hurt any more—I’m also very grateful. As I tell Dr. Boyd, falling off that horse was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Best chiropractic care in Alameda and beyond!!!
When I began seeing Dr. Boyd a few months ago, I could barely walk due to severe lower back pain. People looked at me funny on the street because my mobility was worse than most at age 85 and I’m not even 30 (yet!). Because of her excellent care and meticulous attention to my unfortunate condition I now feel like a new man. I can once again enjoy all the things in life that I took for granted before. I had nearly become a shut-in because my pain was so severe. I can’t thank her enough.
I enjoy the atmosphere that Dr. Boyd has created in her office as well. The open adjustment area makes for a very community oriented yet individually therapeutic feel. I find my visits very relaxing as well as social due to the ability to interact with the diverse group of patients while receiving unmatched attention. The staff (Lisa) is friendly as well as helpful and makes for a constantly pleasant experience. I would recommend Symmetry Health Center to anyone in need of the best care available.
Throughout the last 9 years, I have had a string of injuries that have severely limited my activity, especially athletically! Yesterday, I ran around the track for the longest distance I’ve run since my first knee injury 9 years ago. Afterwards, I felt great! With the help of Dr. Boyd, not only am I improving my overall health & daily activity, but also I’m also becoming an athlete again!
Last year my lower back and hip would hurt for periods of up to a week at a time. Some days I was unable walk without extreme pain. Since visiting Symmetry Health Center this year, I no longer suffer any pain in my hip, my back pain has also subsided and I am experiencing improved sleep and mental clarity. Besides being an amazing chiropractor, Dr. Boyd is always willing to answer my many questions about nutrition and vitamin supplements which has definitely improved my overall health!
I became a regular patient of Dr. Boyd’s in January 2010. One of the first things that I liked about Dr. Boyd was that she always had an answer for my questions, and always explained in great detail what she believed could be the cause of my continued neck and shoulder pain issues. In short, Dr. Boyd has done for me what one of the largest health care firms in California never succeeded in doing-she had truly helped me!
Dr. Boyd’s knowledge and her ability to use it, is just incredible! After determining the cause of my pain issues, she has over a relatively short period of time corrected many of my past long term pain issues. Even my most severe neck pain issues are now at an extremely low and tolerable level. I spent years seeing many doctors and top surgeons in which no one could tell me what the real cause of my pain was nor give me long term pain relief; but Dr. Cynthia Boyd did! For this I will always be truly grateful!
Dr. Boyd’s skill level and her up to date knowledge in chiropractic care keeps her at the top of the chiropractic curve. Dr. Boyd truly cares about her patients. She has made a huge difference in my life and I have no doubt she can make a difference in yours!