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East Asheville Chiropractor
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Dr. Christopher Boyhan
Welcome to AlignLife as I am glad you got here. Life has many seasons to it and during our journey we may get stuck in a perspective expressed through our health or lack thereof. For myself growing up with chronic asthma and allergies, medical doctors impressed upon me that I would never be able to play sports. I learned to overcome this obstacle and it is my mission to share my experience creating a bridge between health care and personal development. Please allow me to coach you through this storm for a change of season.
Dr. Boyhan was born and raised in Northern New Jersey where he was a competitive student athlete in both football and wrestling. He went onto play football for the University of Massachusetts only to have inconsistent health derail his athletic career. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from William Paterson University and he was awarded honors at Sherman College of Chiropractic where he earned his Doctorate degree. Prior to becoming a chiropractor, he had worked as an athletic trainer for ten years at the collegiate and high school levels. Ten years following that he worked as a medical device representative for orthopedic trauma and spinal surgery in the Northeast Territory. Dr. Boyhan enjoys reading, hiking, power lifting and spending time ‘doing his neurology homework,’ with his family. Together he and his wife Heather have two sons, Benjamin 9 and Luke 7 with a baby on the way, live in the Asheville, North Carolina
My journey into the mind body connection thoughtfully expressed itself during my undergraduate career studying anatomy and bodywork under the guidance of Professor Andrea Olsen (my mentor at Middlebury College). This experience guided my graduate program at Northeastern University, where I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Herbert Benson (Cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital) at his mindfulness training clinic in collaboration with Harvard University.
Then life took me in a beautiful and challenging new direction with the birth of my first son. He was tongue-tied (TT) and Upper Frenulum, lip-tied (LT). He exclusively breastfed until he self-weened at 19 months (just prior to the birth of my second son). Colic, reflux, heartburn, sleeplessness, low weight gain, constant nursing, excessive tension in the body and the need to be constantly held; these chronic symptoms affected the whole family.
I overproduced and recovered from mastitis numerous times during our nursing relationship. It was a painful and arduous road with constant misinformation from the professionals I trusted. I had limited answers from my pediatrician, chiropractors, lactation consultants and nursing support groups (TT & LT training was just not part of the pediatric protocol yet and very few professionals were trained in assessing it properly). Eventually, the more I learned via self-research and through mothering/lactation support groups, the more I realized I wanted to pursue lactation training. As a result, I earned my Certified Lactation Certification (CLC) in 2012. Through this process I actively attended various lactation support groups under the guidance of Sherry Spacco, IBCLC at Newton Wellesley Hospital and Dana Paris Mahoney, IBCLC at Norwood Hospital. I co-lead a BACE-NMC group with Linda Winslow, IBCLC and became an active member of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition (http://massbreastfeeding.org/about/).
It was during this process that I figured out how the majority of my son’s symptoms were related to Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT) and at this point, both of my children were revised by Dr. Kotlow in Albany, NY.
As a result of this journey, I learned the importance of Craniosacral bodywork & Craniosacral Fascial bodywork for pre & post care and furthermore gained insight into the larger spectrum of the epigenetic profile for future growth and development.
My path in bodywork evolved organically through the struggles that I encountered and through helping my children continue to be grow and be nourished.
It is my goal to help the individuals and families that I work with integrate towards the best version of themselves while honoring and following their innate wisdom. I focus on reducing facial strain and increasing the function of the Central Nervous System in adults, children and newborns. I offer hope to every mother that I work with whose baby has tethered oral tissue and help reduce overall facial strain in their child while supporting their breastfeeding relationship and their breastfeeding goals. I collaborate with other lactation professionals that are working with my clients, to create an optimal care plan.
I am humbled by the individuals that I work with and by the great healing potential of the human body.
Aside from my work, I am passionate about setting intentions in my life, while mothering my sons and our two dogs. I am also passionate about yoga, kayaking, studying herbal remedies, nutrient dense cooking, fermentation, immersing myself in nature, tending to my organic garden and gathering energy by the ocean (born and raised near Cape Cod, MA).
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Living the chiropractic life is so much more than getting rid of back or neck pain. It’s all about having a full, healthy, and active life!
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We’ll go over your health history, current lifestyle and habits, and what it is that brought you in to see us. Many times we can trace the underlying cause to an undetected subluxation (or misalignment in the spine) that happened earlier in life. That’s why regular chiropractic checks for you (and your family!) are crucial to your overall health. It can also save you a lot of aches, pains, and money in the long run.
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We’ll work to create the very best plan for you so we can help meet your health goals. Typically, this includes more than chiropractic visits! It will also show you how to fill the gaps in your nutrition and highlight any lifestyle changes that need to be made to keep you from falling back into pain. We’ll also give you exercises you can do on your own at home to help you build strength and flexibility and keep your adjustments longer.