Meet Cupertino Chiropractor, Dr. May Cheung
Dr. Cheung’s personal philosophy can be summed up in one word: prevention. Like Ben Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Dr. Cheung likens chiropractic care to a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. By feeding your body healthy foods, you can prevent a wide array of illness such as heart disease and diabetes.
“I believe in living life to the fullest, as long as you can, and as healthy as you can,” she says. Chiropractic care is essential to the health of the body’s central nervous system. Keeping the spine and joints aligned properly promotes the nervous system to do its job in communicating with all of the body’s systems including circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
“People plan for financial security and retirement, but they often forget that if you want to enjoy your retirement years, you need to plan early by taking responsibility for your health at your current age.” The key to remaining healthy and vital as you age is to not wait for your body or health to decline and then treat the symptoms with medicine or surgery, but to respect your body and give it the time, consideration and care it needs to stay healthy.
Dr. May Cheung was raised in Troy, New York. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/chemistry from Union College, a liberal arts college in Schenectady, New York. She moved to Sunnyvale, California to attend Palmer College Of Chiropractic-West where she graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1991. Dr. Cheung opened her first practice in Sunnyvale in 1993. She sold the large successful practice in 2000 to become a full-time mom to two girls, Coco and Daisy. When her youngest daughter reached third grade, Dr. Cheung decided to go back into practice full-time and opened Cupertino Chiropractic Center in 2011.
Her Healthy Lifestyle
Dr. Cheung believes in enjoying life to the fullest and to do so, she keeps in shape and provides a healthy lifestyle example for her daughters. She regularly competes in triathlons and even when not in training for a race she keeps fit by running, cycling and swimming. She took third place in the “World’s Toughest Triathlon” in Lake Tahoe in 1993 and first place in the 1998 Iron Maui competition. She’s been a participant in the challenging Alcatraz swim five times, and this year she’ll be joined by one of her daughters.
Because she strives to be physically fit with intense endurance training, Dr. Cheung identifies with patients who are very athletic. She is able to help them recover from sports-related injuries and get them back to their fitness routine faster than some of her colleagues because of her personal experience as an athlete.
A Great Example
A big believer in practicing what she preaches, Dr. Cheung encourages parents to turn to holistic health care for their children’s continued growth and wellness. Her daughters are living proof that living a healthy lifestyle, including preventative chiropractic care, can prevent illness and pain.
She has taught them to opt for healthy choices in their diet and as a family they never drink soda or eat fast food. She illustrates the importance of holistic care by comparing it to dentistry. “Parents teach their children to brush and floss as soon as they have teeth and take them for regular hygiene appointments at the dentist. Chiropractic care is similar in that regular adjustments to keep a growing spine in alignment can help a child avoid injury and illness.
Building a long-lasting relationship with patients is important to Dr. Cheung. While she does see patients who come in when they are experiencing acute symptoms from injuries, accidents or falls, she educates them on recognizing symptoms of less obvious pain. “We never encourage patients to mask pain with drugs.” Instead she provides fast and effective therapies to prevent the pain from worsening.
Dr. Cheung believes the most unique feature of her practice is the availability and personal access that she provides to her patients. She provides her email and phone number so that patients can send her personal messages and get immediate answers.