What do Chiropractors do?

Q: What Do Doctors of Chiropractic Do? A: Doctors of chiropractic promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Chiropractic has become the largest natural, drug-free healthcare system in the US (and world) because chiropractors perform a unique service. Doctors of chiropractic are able to locate and correct subluxations, a condition that damages nerves, muscles, fascia, meninges and other tissues. Subluxations cause joints to “freeze” or lose normal movement, causing damage to the involved area. Subluxations cause imbalance, weakness, pain, inflammation, abnormal body function and many conditions including headaches,  back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, tingling – and much more.  Subluxations can be caused by head trauma, whiplash injuries, car accidents, sports injuries or just a slipping and falling injury. Under chiropractic care your head is more balanced, your hips and shoulders are more level and stress is taken off the joints and muscles throughout your body. Because less of your energy goes into … Continue reading

What is Heart Rate Variability?

Heart rate variability and chiropractic. The timing between heart beats should vary beat-to-beat. That is called heart rate variability (HRV). The more HRV, the greater a person’s health. Low HRV has been linked to physical and emotional dis-ease or body malfunction. Analysis of the beat-to-beat intervals (heart rate variability) has been used to evaluate the nervous system balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions. Analysis of beat-to- beat variability is a simple, non-invasive technique to evaluate autonomic dysfunction and may be a tool to assess the changes in autonomic activity associated with the reduction and correction of vertebral subluxations. A search of the relevant literature found that some controlled studies suggest that very thing: chiropractic care may improve heart rate variability in a positive way – meaning that nervous system function improves. The author writes, “Vertebral subluxations may result in altered autonomic nervous system activity. Heart rate variability is a reliable and … Continue reading

Chiropractic Case Studies

There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by a chiropractor? Probably most of them. Difficulties in Concentration, Stomach Pain, and Abdominal Migraines A 6-year-old girl was suffering from difficulties in concentration and learning since beginning school over a year prior. She also suffered from severe stomach pain for over two months that was diagnosed as “abdominal migraines”. She received weekly care over a period of six weeks. Improvements were seen in concentration and learning along with a complete resolution of her “abdominal migraines”. The results documented in this case suggest comorbidity between difficulties in concentration, learning, and abdominal migraines. Disc Protrusion A 43-year-old man complaining of left-sided low back pain that radiated down to the left leg, down the lateral calf, to the foot and heel came in … Continue reading

Avoid the Flu Shot? Why?

Why Avoid the Flu Shot This (and Every) Season  Since it’s flu shot season we have a valuable, scientifically-based recommendation regarding getting the flu shot: don’t! Why? The flu shot is dangerous and ineffective. It’s especially dangerous if you’re pregnant because it can cause spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or can increase the chances you’ll have a child with autism. Why would anyone think something so dangerous is safe for anyone else? In addition to the above dangers, the flu shot has also been linked to paralysis, narcolepsy and many other conditions. It is one of the most commonly reported vaccines that cause serious reactions. Also, it doesn’t work. Do yourself and your family a favor, don’t get a flu shot. Here’s supporting documentation (below). Miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) after influenza vaccine The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study that reviewed data comparing pregnant and non-pregnant women who received flu … Continue reading

Is Chiropractic just about neck and back pain?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic:  Question: Why is chiropractic considered a treatment for back and neck pain by many people? Answer: It’s a matter of real estate, i.e. location. Doctors of Chiropractic work on your spine and structural system in order to release nerve interference or nerve stress (subluxations). We work on that part of the body because that’s where the nerves are. Because chiropractors work on the spine it is assumed we are treating spinal pain. But why do children with asthma, bedwetting and allergies respond to chiropractic care? Why do women with menstrual cramps or those with headaches and migraines respond to chiropractic care? Why is there better sports performance and improved balance, vision and hearing? That’s because nerves from your spine are like telephone wires connecting your brain to your internal organs, glands, muscles and many other body parts. They need to communicate with no static or interference. However, … Continue reading

History of Chiropractic

How Old is Chiropractic? Chiropractic was discovered (or really rediscovered) in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa by Dr. D.D. Palmer. Dr. Palmer learned that the owner of the janitorial service in his office building had been deaf for many years after an accident. Dr. Palmer analyzed the man’s spine and located a displaced vertebra. He laid him down on a bench and gave him the world’s first chiropractic adjustment. The man’s hearing returned. Dr. Palmer thought he had discovered the cure for deafness but shortly thereafter Dr. Palmer had a patient suffering from heart trouble. He found a spinal distortion (subluxation) in the man’s spine, corrected it, and the heart trouble was relieved. How could two conditions so different as deafness and heart trouble be helped by spinal adjustments? So began the birth of chiropractic. Dr. Palmer’s successes attracted people from far and wide and in time he opened the world’s … Continue reading

The Importance of Regular Chiropractic Visits

Why should I return (especially I’m feeling fine)? “Delays have dangerous ends.” – William Shakespeare You entered our office feeling terrible and now you feel great. So why does your chiropractor suggest coming in again? “Why can’t I return when I’m feeling bad?” you may ask. “I Feel Fine” Health Care We’ve all seen people looking like death warmed over who say they “feel fine.” Yet they have no energy, sleep poorly, are tired, depressed, have aches and pains, headaches or backaches. Too many people who “feel fine” have a sudden heart attack, stroke, debilitating pain or are diagnosed with a serious disease. Sadly, too many people have lost touch with how they really feel. They’ve lost sensitivity or ignore their body’s subtle signs of disease. Don’t make that mistake! Why More Visits? Most people first visit our office for chiropractic care after they’ve had years of long-standing subluxations. By that … Continue reading

Scoliosis, Parkinsons and Neck surgery. How can Chiropractic help?

Researching Chiropractic Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? Probably most of them. Post Neck Fusion Adjustment This is the case report of a 43-year-old woman suffering from neck and mid-back pain and stiffness, migraines, shoulder pain, low energy and decreased performance of activities of daily living. She had undergone a surgical fusion of her neck (cervical spine) to help her symptoms, but after the surgery, her symptoms remained. The woman received chiropractic care 36 times over 3 months and follow up X-rays showed improvement in neck curve and posture. Her head was sitting atop her spine in a more balanced position. She reported improvements in neck and mid-back … Continue reading

Can Chiropractic help Asthma?

Asthma and Chiropractic Can chiropractic help asthmatics? About one in 12 people in the United States now has asthma, a total of 24.6 million people, and an increase of 4.3 million since 2001…. The increases come, surprisingly, despite improved air quality throughout most of the country and widespread decreases in smoking. During an asthmatic “attack” the little tubes that transport the air in your lungs (bronchioles) become swollen, go into spasm and fill with mucous. Asthmatics struggle for every breath, literally gasping and wheezing for life during an attack. In some unfortunate individuals the wheezing, gasping and struggling go on continuously and long-time sufferers may develop a barrel chest. Attacks may be triggered by allergic reactions, emotional stress, physical exertion or irritants like cigarette smoke. The most dangerous form of asthma, status asthmaticus, is so severe it can result in death. Asthma was almost never a fatal disease; medical folk-wisdom used … Continue reading

Baseball and Chiropractic

It’s baseball time. Improve your team’s performance with chiropractic care! Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson has seen the chiropractic light. Gibson described the problem by saying, “There were a couple starts where I didn’t sit down in between innings because if I sat down, my hips just got tight.” The Twins relief pitcher, Trevor May, also suffered back problems. At first, he saw the chiropractor occasionally, with limited results, but after getting more regular adjustments, his condition greatly improved. “My hips were really, really out of line. Seeing a chiropractor consistently has helped me make sure I’m getting readjusted and staying in line as much as possible.” The Florida Marlins pitchers Adam Conley, Jarred Cosart and Wei-Yin Chen also receives chiropractic care to improve their game. Chen, who signed an $80-million-dollar contract with the Marlins commented how chiropractic helps him by saying that he “…noticed a huge difference in recovery … Continue reading