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  • Common Chiropractic Words, Terms and Definitions - Below are just a few of the most common terms you may hear in discussions about back injuries and treatments Discs: the fluid-filled pouch that sits between each of the 24 moving vertebrae Ligaments: the dense, somewhat elastic tissue that connect bones. Ligaments surround the spine and hold it in place while allowing us to bend and twist. Ligaments have have the ability to stretch (within limits) and then return to their normal position. Muscles: running the length of the spinal cord, muscles support the spine and give our back the strength it needs to push, pull and lift objects. Tendons: similar to ligaments but connect muscles to bones rather than bones to bones, enabling the affected body part to move. Spinal Cord: long strand of fragile nerve tissue that extends from the base of the brain stem to nearly the bottom of the spine. The spinal cord allows the … Continue reading
  • Work Injury FAQ - What are the leading causes of work related injury? And how can work injuries be prevented? Obviously, some jobs bring a higher risk for injury than others (such as construction versus office work) but no jobs are completely safe. And factors like how long you’ve been on the job (experience at a task), the intensity of the work schedule and even employee age can also play a role in the likelihood of someone becoming injured at work. But rushed, careless, over confident or distracted behavior, over-confidence, improper training or simply making poor choices are by far the greatest contributor to workplace injuries. “Unsafe actions are responsible for 4 times as many injuries as unsafe work conditions.“ According to insurance companies, the 10 most common causes of worker’s compensation claims fall into the following work injury categories: Overexertion that results from moving or lifting objects. (Overexertion alone accounts for 1/3 of … Continue reading
  • Chiropractic Headache Treatment - According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 20 adults experiences headaches daily (or almost daily). That is: nearly 400 million people worldwide suffer headache pain nearly every single day.1 The bad news is that, when left unaddressed or untreated, headaches can be so painfully debilitating that they negatively impact nearly every aspect of overall life satisfaction. The ‘good’ news is that the great majority are not a sign of serious illness. Plus, the frequency and severity of most can be minimized or eliminated completely by addressing their root causes. Common headache causes We know that headaches can often be ‘triggered’ by many factors. Here are just a few: On average, 95% are caused can be tracked down to lifestyle and environmental factors2 include: alcohol consumption, noises, lights, dehydration, hunger, fatigue, stress and certain foods (including the infamous  ice-cold ice cream). Possible physical and secondary causes3 include: Anything from influenza, … Continue reading
  • Is Chiropractic Maintenance Necessary? - Chiropractic Maintenance Question: If I’m feeling fine do I really need chiropractic care? Answer: More than ever. Why? By the time a person has symptoms they may have been in a weakened, disease state for a long time. Don’t wait until you have serious symptoms; chiropractic can locate hidden blockages or interferences to proper function (subluxations) now before they become more obvious and painful or disturbing later. Some signs of problems starting are difficulty sleeping (insomnia), low energy or fatigue, high blood pressure, allergies and digestive problems like gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. It’s sometimes helpful to think of chiropractic as you would dental care. For example, you may have dental cavities, an infected root canal or other dental infections and yet you may feel no pain. All the while, there is a problem silently festering, sometimes for years, that may be affecting your entire body and can ultimately ruin … Continue reading
  • Chiropractic Care for Ear infections, Raynaud’s Syndrome and Stenosis - Here are a few studies on how chiropractic care has helped with a wide range of health issues. Chiropractic Care for a 10-year-old with an Ear Infection This boy suffered from fluid-filled ears, allergies and sleep disturbances. He was prescribed Flonase® and Zyrtec® for his allergies. His parents brought him in for chiropractic care. A chiropractic examination found a loss of normal neck curve, sacrum misalignment, and subluxations in the upper back (3rd thoracic or T3), lower (lumbar) spine and the base of the skull. The child was adjusted at T3. His ear started draining immediately and continued draining for the next two days. After two weeks of care X-rays were retaken and showed restoration of normal neck curve and alignment of the sacrum and pelvis. The child’s otitis media resolved. (4) Resolution of Raynaud’s Syndrome A 29-year-old woman had been suffering from cold, stiff hands with discoloration for the … Continue reading
  • Sports Injuries – Can Chiropractic Care Help? - Football Injuries – Can Chiropractic Help?  The excitement of this most American game of modern gladiators battling over territory cannot be denied. Football must touch an ancient part of our psychology and that is why it draws in millions of people around the globe. Football widows would enthusiastically agree.   However, football, along with so many other sports and human activities, has a dark side: you can get hurt. Badly hurt. We’re not just talking about broken bones. It appears that football (and boxing) causes brain damage known as CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy associated with repetitive head trauma. Other injuries include rotator cuff tears, whiplash type injuries and a host of other sports injuries.   The problem is worse than we thought. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, CTE was diagnosed on autopsy (post-mortem) in a high proportion of former football players whose brains … Continue reading
  • What do Chiropractors do? - Q: What Do Doctors of Chiropractic Do? A: Doctors of chiropractic promote physical and emotional well-being. 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 supporting … Continue reading
  • What is Heart Rate Variability? - Heart Rate Variability and Chiropractic Care 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 disease 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 … 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
  • Nutritional Therapy Advice - What’s the #1 nutrition mistake? Not eating nutrient-dense foods. Some foods give you an abundance of life-sustaining nutrients – these are known as “nutrient-dense foods”. Other so-called “foods” have no nutritional value or even negative nutritional value – they drain you of nutrients. These are processed “junk foods” manufactured with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and white flour. Soda (pop), margarine, canola oil are toxic and artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet™ (aspartame), Splenda® and Equal® are linked to brain tumors, memory loss, and vision damage. GM or genetically-modified foods are to be avoided. Soy is especially unhealthy because it is often genetically modified, difficult to digest and affects the thyroid and hormones. Exceptions are fermented soy products such as soy sauce, natto, tempeh, and miso. Nutrient-dense foods include healthy fats and oils (olive oil, coconut oil, butter, tallow, duck fat, lard), grass-fed beef and … 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
  • How can Chiropractic Help Scoliosis, Parkinson’s and Neck Pain? - 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
  • Vaccine Summit Omaha - Jeffrey Meyers recently attended the Vaccine Summit of Omaha to discuss the impact of vaccines on our society with a panel of experts. Watch the Facebook live video below.
  • 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
  • Wear socks to bed, but not a bra! - Wear socks to bed … Swiss researchers found that people fell asleep quickest when their hands and feet were warmest. This happens because warm feet and hands cause blood vessels to enlarge, allowing more heat to escape your body, which in turn lowers your core temperature faster and causes you to fall asleep. Putting on socks may help you fall asleep in half the time it normally takes. (1) … But not a bra Bras, with their straps and hooks and especially underwires, dig into the skin and interfere with the flow of lymph through your lymphatic system. The result can be health problems that, apart from irritations, welts, indentations and cysts, include an increased risk of breast cancer. One 1991 Harvard study found that wearing a bra 24/7 increased the incidence of breast cancer by 100%. (2)  Questions and answers about chiropractic Question: What diseases do chiropractors treat? Answer: … Continue reading
  • Worried about Zika? The rest of the story… - Zika virus – worth worrying about? What’s with the Zika virus? Should we be concerned about it? The Zika virus is nothing new. It was identified in the 1940s. It causes no symptoms in 80% of people with it and minor symptoms in nearly everyone else. It was never known to cause serious health problems such as microcephaly and other defects. Freaking out pregnant women – and lots of others “Oh my, I was bitten by a mosquito. Will my baby will be born with birth defects? What can I do? Should I get an abortion?” Bad science is making pregnant women (and a lot of other people) incredibly nervous. The fact is that previous epidemics of the Zika virus was never been linked to microcephaly and fetal malformations. Also – even though Zika-carrying mosquitoes spread across Brazil and infected untold millions of people, those infections never translated into neurodevelopmental birth defects … Continue reading