Golf and Chiropractic: A Natural Combination

The weather is turning warmer and the golf courses are prepped and ready for the golfing enthusiasts to return to their favorite pastime, golf.  After a long winter it is important to hit those courses being mindful of what 9 or 18 holes of golf can do to a misaligned, unconditioned spine.

There are several avenues of care that chiropractic can offer golfers, including spinal adjustments, warm-up exercises and anti-inflammatory nutrition.  Spinal adjustments are known to be effective in reducing pain and improving spinal mobility.


The golf swing can be stressful and injurious to the lumbar spine.  In addition to chiropractic adjustments, exercises that impart the least amount of stress on the lumbar spine are important.   Make it a habit to do a warm up routine before you start your round.  Swinging your golf club 10 times in the opposite way of your usual swing.  Do this before and towards the end of your game. Another good pregame exercise which pumps your spinal discs and loosen up your back is to push against your golf cart extending the spine backwards.  Also when using shorter clubs bend at your hips instead of from your low back.

Nutritional factors should also be considered by golfers. Golfers commonly self-medicate with aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help deal with inflammation and pain. These medications are known to cause gastrointestinal ulceration, harm to the liver and reduce connective tissue healing. It would be wise for golfers to adopt a diet that is rich in dark greens and other colorful vegetables, which are known to be sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, bioflavonoids and phytochemicals.  Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are eggs, flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon and organic beef. A good source of bioflavonoids are citrus, berries, legumes and onions.  Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and Vitamin C are useful for enhancing the repair of connective tissues.

If after a round of golf you find yourself stiff and sore, apply ice to the affected areas using the 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off method; repeating as needed if pain persists.  Drink plenty of hydrating fluids and keep moving.  If in a day or two you are still feeling pain, a spinal adjustment may help get you ready for next weekends golf game.

Misalignments in your spine, hips or pelvis can and do adversely affect your game.  If corrected with chiropractic adjustments your golf swing will improve but accuracy is up to you!

Allergy Season/ Relieving Pain Naturally

It’s that time of year again…
Allergy and Asthma flare ups?
How can Chiropractic help?
The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly. When there is a spinal misalignment in the neck our immunity is compromised.  This nerve interference can exaggerate or even produce allergic and asthmatic symptoms.  A chiropractic adjustment can help restore alignment and open the necessary pathways of communication between the brain and spinal nerves which will improve allergies and asthma symptoms. So it’s time to get that spring tuneup for you and your family and get your adjustment.

How to relieve pain naturally.
The liver is a critical organ and we only get one. Yes, liver transplants do happen, but isn’t it better to take care of our liver so it will last our life time?  Of course it is.  Our liver and kidneys are the filters for everything we put in or on our bodies.  Everything we eat, drink, spray or rub on and injected into our bodies with will eventually end up passing through these organs.
We should be mindful of this especially when it comes to what we take to relieve pain.  We are fast to reach for Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil/Midol) and Naproxin Sodium (Aleve). Ibuprofen and Naproxin sodium are called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti Inflamatory Drugs). The advertisement for Advil says “Nothing is proven stronger or longer lasting on tough pain”.  What they don’t tell us is that even several days uses of these “pain medications” can effect our livers adversely.

Tumeric is a good way to relieve pain and much, much more.  What doesn’t tumeric do?!!!

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter phlori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches,bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds, and gum disease.

Turmeric is also used as an enema for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods. Quality turmeric supplements can be found at health food stores or you can use fresh turmeric.

How can we add fresh turmeric to our diets?  Fresh turmeric root is much like ginger root and can be used similarly.  It’s a finger-sized edible rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant? Turns out, turmeric root is surprisingly versatile: it can be used to add yellow color or orange and mild flavor to a broad range of dishes including smoothies, soups, rice dishes, omelettes, and more. Simply peel away the skin using a spoon and mash, crush or puree the yellow flesh before adding to your dishes.

Note: Be careful when using fresh turmeric root in your culinary creations – it can stain your hands, cooking utensils, and clothes, even more than turmeric powder!

How does tumeric work?

Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation.
Magnesium can relieve muscle pain.  Although it is clear why magnesium can decrease muscle pain (it makes muscles relax), why it would help nerve pain was less clear. A new study on rats to be printed in The Journal of Physiology confirms clinical experience that magnesium decreases nerve pain — while also pointing to how it works.

A major mechanism of pain is the excessive stimulation of a brain chemical called “NMDA.” The few medications that help decrease and balance this pain-carrying neurotransmitter have the downside of causing significant side effects. Magnesium seems to settle down NMDA without the toxicity. The upside of magnesium is that is very inexpensive (pennies a dose). The downside is that it hasn’t yet made it through the FDA approval process to be used for pain relief.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the FDA. Magnesium can be found in supplement form at most health food stores. And magnesium citrate is best absorbed while magnesium oxide, is not as well absorbed.

For an especially powerful effect, the magnesium can be used intravenously, and is an important tool used by most holistic physicians (including those at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers). Many holistic physicians use IV magnesium to eliminate an acute migraine headache. It has even been shown to ease the incredibly severe nerve pain that can sometimes be seen in pancreatic cancer. It is also very helpful for settling down fibromyalgia pain, which has a muscle and nerve component.

The authors of the study suggest that magnesium deficiency can be a major amplifier of pain. Because of food processing, most people are magnesium deficient.  If you have pain, taking magnesium each day can start to decrease these deficiencies as well as the pain, after just several weeks — while also leaving you feeling more energetic.

Turmeric and magnesium are liver and kidney friendly pain relief alternatives that don’t have the potential for dangerous side effects.

Ear Pain/Infections

Chiropractic adjustments do not treat or cure conditions or diseases rather, it is the reestablishment of normal body function by performing gentle spinal adjustments. These adjustments reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing overall body function.  Many parents seek chiropractic care for their children who suffer from chronic ear infections and ear pain.  All systems of the body—muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, intestinal, hormonal and immunological—depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. With chiropractic, we focus on nerve system function to enhance all the body’s systems.

Because many parents are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections it is important to know you have some options when your child comes down with ear pain or an ear infection.  You can either treat the ear infection, or not—that’s your right as a parent. We are happy to report that even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they can actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.

If you choose to go the usual route, to a Pediatrician, and after taking a watch-and-wait approach with no improvement in your child’s condition, it is more than likely your Pediatrician will prescribe an antibiotic. If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear infections more naturally, there are still several options for you to consider. A Chiropractor will restore proper nerve function so that your child’s glandular and respiratory systems can heal the condition. A Naturopath will explore herbs and nutrition; a Homeopath will assess your child for a specific remedy; an Acupuncturist will work with specific meridian points for healing.

“It is so important that you as a parent realize you have choices,” Anonymous source said. “The right to make these choices for your family.”

“Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your child’s inherent ability to function,” Anonymous source said. “Doesn’t it make sense to have your child function at an optimal level for healing no matter how or if you choose to treat? We will assess your child’s spine, make the necessary adjustments to improve the nerve system function and offer lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system stress for your child. We will also support any decision you make in your choice to treat the infection or not. This is your right as a parent, and we stand behind informed choice.”

It is important that parents realize the role chiropractic plays in whole-body wellness. So, too, is it important for parents to know, when reading the following testimonials, that chiropractic adjustments have allowed these children to express a greater state of health and wholeness, and that their systems were able to overcome repeated infections because neuro-immunology function was restored.

Chiropractic Testimonials—The Best Thing We’ve Done!

1)  “I started taking my 2-year-old daughter to the chiropractor as a last resort. She had had monthly ear infections for about nine months. We had recently scheduled surgery for her to have tubes put in, but it just didn’t feel right to put her through surgery without exhausting all of our other options.
Taking her to a chiropractor was the best thing we could have done for her! We canceled her surgery, and she has not had one ear infection since we started going. It’s a miracle, especially since she has had a couple of colds that would have definitely turned into ear infections without chiropractic care. We took her to the chiropractor immediately after she came down with her last cold, and the cold was practically gone the next day. We have also seen an improvement in my daughter’s temperament since we started care. She gets sick less often, and seems more content overall. I recommend chiropractic for anyone wanting to improve his or her overall health and well-being.”
Anonymous Source

2)  “Last February my son spiked a fever and I brought him in to see our medical doctor. It was decided that he had an ear infection. He was put on antibiotics for 10 days. We followed the prescription and the fever and any other symptoms went away. As soon as he was done with the antibiotic, he spiked a fever again. So again we went to see the doctor. The doctor agreed that the infection came back. We went through this cycle for 8 rounds of antibiotics!!! Our doctor finally said that there was nothing else he could do for him and it was time to see a specialist to get tubes put in my son’s ears. My son turned one last March. That last appointment with the doctor was in June!! In the meantime, I was talking to some people at work and they asked if we had ever tried a chiropractor. I had never been to a chiropractor and so hadn’t thought of it. I called 3 local chiropractors to ask if they work on children and if chiropractic could help children with ear infections. They all said they worked with children and that they all have had great success with helping ear infections. We chose one of those 3 chiropractors. The chiropractor we chose uses the Gonstead method. I talked to our Pediatrician to see if we could wait to schedule the appointment with the specialist for a month because I wanted to try the chiropractor. He was fully supportive and said yes! We started chiropractic care for my son on June 13th and by the end of July when we went back to see our “medical” doctor, he was amazed that both of my son’s ears looked PERFECT!! He said to keep going to the chiropractor and that we would wait to see what happened. He said that the real test would be to see how my son did in October/November when ear infections tend to return. I am happy to say that my son is a regular chiropractic patient and he has not had another ear infection since last June.”
Anonymous Source

We wish all Pediatricians like the one mentioned above saw the value that chiropractic can bring to the health and well being of their patients.

So how does a chiropractic adjustment help this condition? Ear pain can be caused by a build up of fluid behind the ear drum in the eustation tube of the inner ear.  This fluid causes pressure, inflammation and pain. This fluid can also become infected with bacteria.  Why does this fluid collect there?  One reason could be from a kink in the eustation tube caused by a cervical vertebre being misaligned which causes the muscles to pull on the tube causing a kink.  An adjustment to the cervical vertebra corrects this condition instantly and allows normal drainage to happen.  Many times parents are told the only way to avoid chronic ear infections is to place tubes through the ear drums of their child.  This will prevent fluid from collecting but will also open up the inner ear which is a protected environment. There are also reports of scar tissue formation on the ear drum which could diminish hearing from the insertion of the tubes.

It is important to weight the pros and cons when we make decisions for our children’s healthcare. Do your homework and be informed. We are here to help and would be happy to answer any questions you may have on how chiropractic can help you and your family live optimally.

Milk does a body good, or does it?

The following article was written by Mark Hyman MD who is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.
Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits.
“There is no biological requirement for cow’s milk. It is nature’s perfect food but only if you are a calf. The evidence of milks benefits are overstated, and the evidence of its harm to human populations is increasing.
The white mustached celebrities paid by the Dairy Council promoted the wonders of milk in their “Got Milk” ads. Scientists are increasingly asking, “Got Proof?” Our government still hasn’t caught on, in part because of the huge dairy lobby driving nutrition guidelines. When I once lamented to Senator  Tom Harkin (from Iowa) that all we wanted to do was to make science into policy, he cocked his head and with a wry smile and said, “that would make too much sense.”
The media is also influenced heavily by advertising dollars. Once, when I was on Martha Stewart’s television show, the dairy lobby sponsored the episode, and her trainer was forced to mouth the talking points of the Dairy Council touting milk as a fabulous sports drink. Studies may show some benefit, but studies funded by the food industry show positive benefits eight times more than independently funded studies.
In a editorial by two of the nation’s leading nutrition scientists from Harvard, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett, in JAMA Pediatrics, our old assumptions about milk are being called into question. Perhaps it doesn’t help you grow strong bones, and it may increase the risk of cancer and promote weight gain.
It is bad enough that the dairy industry recently petitioned the FDA to sneak artificial sweeteners into chocolate milk. They want their “shake and eat it, too” by pushing milkshake-like flavored milk drinks into schools as a “healthier” option, even though they have 30 grams of sugar per cup. By cutting the sugar and adding artificial sweeteners to low fat or non-fat milk drinks, the idea is that they would be healthier. Except for the fact that recent studies have found that one diet drink a week increases your risk of type 2 diabetes by 33 percent and a large diet drink increases the risk by 66 percent.
What about low fat milk or non-fat milk? These are the healthier options, right? Wrong.
Ludwig and Willett note that there is scant evidence that fat makes you fat, despite this commonly held mistaken belief. Reducing fat in milk reduces its ability to satisfy the appetite (which fat does) and can promote overeating and hunger. Often, the fat in the diet is replaced with sugar and refined carbohydrates, which clearly has been shown to promote obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Studies show that reducing fat in the diet, which parallels an increase in starch and refined carbohydrates in the diet, not only increases hunger but also may actually slow metabolism. In one study. Dr. Ludwig found that those who ate a low fat, higher glycemic diet burned 300 calories less a day that those who ate an identical calorie diet that was higher in fat and lower in glycemic load. For those who ate the higher fat, lower glycemic diet, that’s like exercising an extra hour a day without doing anything!
More concerning still is that, in studies of kids and adults, those who consumed low fat milk products gained more weight than those who ate the full fat whole milk products. They seemed to increase their overall intake of food because it just wasn’t as satisfying as the real thing. In fact, those who drank the most milk overall gained the most weight. It makes logical sense. Milk is designed to quickly turn a little calf into a big cow and contains over sixty different hormones, most designed to boost growth.

But shouldn’t we stick to low fat milk to reduce our intake of saturated fat? The fact is that, while your LDL or bad cholesterol goes down by reducing saturated fat in the diet, the protective cholesterol, HDL, actually goes up by eating saturated fat improving the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol, which is the most important marker of your risk of heart disease. Switching out saturated fat for carbohydrates actually increased the risk of heart attack in a 12 year study of 53,544 adults. In fact, the whole story of the evil of saturated fats is in great debate. The evidence for linkage to heart disease turns out to be pretty weak indeed.
If you ate only whole foods, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains (not whole grain flour), you might be better off overall (although a recent scientific review of saturated fat dismissed the very notion that is it bad for you). But sadly, that is not what most Americans do when they switch to low fat.
The sad thing is that many schools and “healthy” beverage guidelines encourage the idea that flavored milk is better than soda and that getting kids to drink more milk by any means is a good idea. This is dangerously misguided.
There are 27 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of Coca Cola and a whopping 30 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of Nestlé Chocolate Milk. Sugar is sugar and drives obesity and diabetes. It is not a good way to get kids to drink milk.
But that begs the bigger question. Do kids need milk? Is milk necessary for healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis? The data is clear, but our government polices don’t reflect the science.
Dairy and milk products do not promote healthy bones. In a large meta-analysis, milk did not reduce risk of fractures. Other studies have shown it can increase fracture rates. And the countries with the lowest milk consumption have the lowest risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Calcium is not all it’s cracked up to be. Studies show that higher calcium intakes are actually associated with higher risk of fracture.
Milk may not grow strong bones, but it does seem to grow cancer cells. Milk increases the hormone called IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor, one that is like Miracle-Gro for cancer cells.  Dairy products have been linked to prostate cancer.  And cows are milked while pregnant (yes, even organic cows), filling milk with loads of reproductive and potentially cancer-causing hormones.
There are other problems with milk, too. It increases the risk of type 1 diabetes. Dairy is a well-known cause of acne. And of course, dairy causes millions around the world (75 percent of the population) to suffer digestive distress because of lactose intolerance. It causes intestinal bleeding in 40 percent of infants leading to iron deficiency. Allergy, asthma, and eczema all may be triggered by dairy consumption.
The US Department of Agriculture’s new My Plate initiative recommends three cups a day of milk for everyone! If you are two to nine years old, you get away with only two to two and a half cups. And the “key consumer message” is to switch to 1% or non-fat versions.
There is absolutely no biological requirement for milk, and the evidence for low fat milk is lacking, along with the bone benefits. The dairy lobby has it’s tentacles deep in the US Department of Agriculture. One scientist friend who advises the government on food policy confided to me that when he protested that there was no evidence for the government’s recommendations that we all drink three glasses of milk a day and that, in fact, it may be harmful, he was patronized with a “yes, we know, but the dairy lobby makes it difficult to make science into policy.”
Let’s just forget the science and spend taxpayer’s dollars to promote foods that we know are harmful, because money runs politics. To heck with the health of our citizens.
Bottom line: Milk is not nature’s perfect food unless you are a calf and should not be consumed in large quantities by most people, because it can promote weight gain, cancer, and even cause osteoporosis. Write to your congressmen to encourage them to support changes to our food and farm bill policies that shape our nutritional guidelines and make them evidence based. The answer to the question, “Got Proof?” Heck no!”.

So instead of cows milk there are a variety of nut milks such as coconut, almond and cashew. All these milks would be a great substitute in your morning cereal and coffee.  The best beverage for us to drink is clean fresh water.  If we start our children out with water to quench their thirst think of all the sugar, chemicals and empty calories they will avoid ingesting.  There has to be a positive to that!

The above article is another example of big business dictating what is good and necessary for us. Follow the money trail to determine what is and who is driving these campaigns that tell us their products are good, healthy and necessary for good health

When to Treat a Fever and When Not to

First lets look at what a fever is and why we run fevers.

Fever in children is defined as: rectal temperature over 100.5° F, or oral temperature over 99.5° F. Simply put, fever is an elevation in body temperature that is controlled by the brain and spinal cord (the central nerve system – CNS). A fever occurs when the body’s innate intelligence detects an imbalance in the level of bacterial or viral organisms within the body. As a result, an effective means of dealing with this imbalance is to create an environment (fever) where it is difficult for these organisms to live.

Most fevers due to viral causes range from 101° to 104° F and last for 2-3 days. Symptoms usually occur only when the fever reaches 102° F. According to research by itself a fever in the range 100° to 104° F is not harmful and is most commonly due to the body responding to a viral or bacterial imbalance. A small percentage of children (4%) will develop febrile convulsions due to a rapid rise in body temperature. This type of fever is generally harmless.

Many parents incorrectly think that a temperature of 104° to 105° F will cause brain damage to occur, or that if a fever is untreated it will rise higher. As a result, inappropriate treatment is frequently employed, such as: medications, herbal remedies, tepid and alcohol baths to reduce the fever. It is thought that brain damage can occur in a fever of 107 degrees or higher. Studies have shown that it is not the high fever that causes brain damage, it is due to the blood/brain barrier being weakened or compromised due to the effects of drugs, vaccines and chemicals such as MSG and aspartame crossing the blood/brain barrier.  Irregardless a close watch of a child’s temperature and the rate at which it rises is advisable in high fevers. Parents may opt for medical evaluation/diagnosis to determine the course of care for their child at any stage.

How does a fever work? Fever has a direct effect on the immune system. When one has a fever, the CNS increases the body’s metabolism while decreasing its ability to disperse heat. A fever reduces the amount of iron in the blood stream that is needed by invading bacteria, thus starving the invader of needed nutrients. A fever also increases the activity of white blood cells that kill bacteria in your body. When the virus or bacterial imbalance has returned to normal the fever breaks and body temperature returns to normal. So running a fever is not bad, it is our bodies natural response to keep an infection from growing.  Think of it as “burning out” a bacterial or viral infection.  When we are quick to treat a fever to bring it down to normal we are interfering with the body’s defense mechanism. This sabotages our innate healing response, both now and for the future.  Our bodies were created to fight illness on their own. Eliminating fever can cause a secondary infection because it suppresses the immune system.  Fever plays an important role in our overall wellbeing. Once the body has healed from an illness the immune system is stronger and better equipped for the next illness.  We can also enhance our immunity in several ways.  Eating a diet that is rich in clean foods. lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (coconut and olive oils,avocado and nuts) and other good sources of protein eggs, poultry, red meat and fish.  Sufficient hydration is important.  Regular exercise, about 30 minutes most days is sufficient.  Managing daily stress is also very important.
So what is the best way to treat a fever?  We feel uncomfortable when we have a fever but that doesn’t mean we need to medicate to bring the fever down.  Both over the counter and prescription medications contain toxins that add to the body’s stress load by depleting their glutathione stores. Gloota What?  Found in every cell in the body, glutathione protects the cell’s engine, called the mitochondria from bacteria and viruses as well as toxins. It’s considered “the mother of all antioxidants,” because all other antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, rely on it to give them a second life. As the most powerful antioxidant in the body, glutathione works around the clock to fend off infections from bacteria and viruses.. And yet, few people recognize its importance. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the go to medications to treat a fever.  Studies show that this drug has many adverse side effects.  It increases toxicity and is a neurotoxin which depleats glutathione stores that are critical for the body for fighting infection.  Studies have show that exposure to this drug both prenatally and postnatally is linked to autism, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and asthma.   Every medication carries warnings of dangerous side effects, so it’s much safer to utilize natural remedies to keep you and your children comfortable while recuperating.
So if there is fever it would be  (1) advantageous to see your chiropractor to make sure there is no nerve interference from a spinal misalignment which would inhibit normal functioning of the nervous system.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments can improve immune function and speed healing. (2) Rest in a quiet, calm, and peaceful atmosphere to facilitate healing. (3) Hydrate with plenty of fluids, water, herbal teas, broths.  Try to avoid sugar including juices and dairy products as they may interfere with the healing process because our digestive systems slow down when we are sick.(4) several warm baths each day will help “sweat it out”. Add epsom salts, baking soda or essential oils in the bath can help you feel more comfortable.

New Year, New You

Easier said than done, but not impossible!  Instead of making new years resolutions we should be making new year lifestyle changes.

A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Usually a resolution is made not putting enough forethought into how we will accomplish it. Quite often resolutions are thought of as denying yourself of life’s pleasures and we find it very difficult to make it to the end of the first week of the new year without breaking them.

A lifestyle change is a process that takes time and requires support. Once you’re ready to make a change the difficult part is committing and following through. So do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time. There are several areas we can target to make positive changes that make life more enjoyable and feeling good is a great goal.

Many struggle with making healthy food choices which is the main cause of excess weight.  Foods that aren’t great for us are easily accessible. Making a lifestyle change to mainly shop the outside isles of the grocery store and/or cut out white foods (pasta, flour and sugar) are a good start. Our bodies actually crave these types of food the more we eat them. If you replace these white foods with colorful fruits and vegetables you will begin to crave “good for you” foods.  As they say we should eat a rainbow of colored fruits and vegetables each day.
We can also reset our systems and stop “junk food” cravings by doing a cleanse.  In just a few days you will notice your craving for simple carbohydrates are vanishing. Complex carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables gives you more of what you need and also gives your immunity a boost.  If you stick with the cleanse you will shortly notice you’re feeling better overall.  You’re sleeping better, have more energy since you’re eliminating toxins better and you have probably have lost a few pounds.  Healthy living is a choice.  It’s easier than ever to make good choices with Standard Process’s purification kits.  The kits come in regular, vanilla and chocolate flavors. There is a dairy free option and all are gluten free and vegetarian.  To help you jump start this lifestyle change we recommend the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Cleanse Kit.  This is an easy program to follow and can be purchased from us. If you have any questions about this product we would be happy to talk to you about it.

Exercise is where many of us also fall short.  Just 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart beating faster on most days is a good goal to shoot for.  If you are struggling with excess weight you could increase the amount of exercise you do which can help you meet your weight goal. Exercising doesn’t have to be running.  Some people just don’t like to run, but they can get fit with many other kinds of exercise.  Even walking is better than nothing. What ever you do make sure it is fun so you will stick with it.  Perhaps the family dog can benefit from your commitment to making a lifestyle change.  Grab a leash and take them along.

Stress is also a thief of our well being.  Sometimes we aren’t even aware that we are stressed.  Take time for you.  Find a hobby that doesn’t require a lot of mindfulness.  It’s good to not critically think even if only for a short time.  A regular habit of doing this helps enrich our lives.  Adults are now finding pleasure coloring in adult coloring books.  The pages are beautiful and gives you ways to express your creativity just like we did as children.  Reading a good book, listening to favorite music or even watching a good movie helps us unwind and disconnect from everyday stress. So let’s make 2017 be the year of “YOU”.  It’s OK to take care of ourselves and just maybe those positive life style changes we make will trickle down to those we love and care about.  Make it your year!

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is…..

Chiropractors not only do spinal adjustments to restore proper alignment which restores nerve supply to the body, but they are also a wealth of information on many subjects which can help us achieve or stay healthy. Quality vitamin and mineral supplements are good to help fight infections and boost our immunity.
Our foods are processed to the point where they no longer offer the nutritional value they once did. From the planting of the seed to the harvesting of the plant the growing process has been modified and diminishes the end products value to our bodies. Nutrition is a key factor to our over all good health. Our world is full of different types of whole foods which we have never tried or even heard of. It’s good to challenge ourselves to try new whole foods. Many have healthful properties if prepared keeping your health in mind.
We have an epidemic of diseases that attack our bodies and are directly caused by what we eat. This is alarming because rather than make diet and lifestyle changes that heal our bodies from the inside out we are quick to take pills that don’t cure these conditions but only maintain them. Medication has many unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects.   If a person diagnosed with high cholesterol stop eating processed foods and followed a whole food diet adding daily fish oil and exercise, they most likely would see this condition greatly improve.  This is a much better remedy than taking Statin drugs which are usually prescribed.  The risk of very serious side effects are muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure and even death.
Don’t think of your chiropractor as a physician who only deals with spinal misalignments, think of them as someone who has a wealth of knowledge and information to help you heal your body and is only too happy to share his knowledge with you and your family.  We always welcome your questions and are glad to offer information that enhances your life.

The “Back Breaking” Chores of Autumn

We see more injuries from spring and fall yard clean up than winter snow removal.  As your clearing out your gardens, pruning trees, raking leaves and even shoveling the occasional early snow fall. it’s important to follow safe back care during your yard clean up.  Here are some tips to help you keep your back feeling great during what could be “back breaking” chores.

  1. See your Chiropractor for a spinal adjustment prior to doing strenuous yard work. A spine in good alignment is your best tool when tackling tough yard work.
  2. Stretch, arms, legs, neck and back before you head outside.  This warms the muscles and prepares them for the work ahead.
    Pace yourself and take your time with heavy items or stubborn weeds and plants. It is important to take breaks often when doing long stretches of yard work.
  3. Lift with your arms, legs and back as one unit bending at the knees.
  4. Rest and regroup when you’re starting to feel tired.  Remember, taking a break helps keep you from overworking which is just as important as getting the job done.
  5. Stay well hydrated. Dehydrated muscles are more prone to injury. Taking that needed break while hydrating is important.
  6. Maintaining good posture while mowing, raking or shoveling. Good posture can also prevent back problems. Taking a break is a good idea too!
  7. Take the pressure off your back using the “scissor” stance when raking.  Put your right foot forward and left foot back, then reverse after a few minutes. Don’t forget to take breaks, it’s important!
  8. Start or continue strengthening your core muscules and increase aerobic activity to lessen the chance of straining your low back.
  9. If you didn’t catch it above, TAKING BREAKS is very important. Taking a 10 minute break once per hour to stretch/recover/hydrate will go a long way in preventing back injuries.
    You may still feel stiff and sore the day after doing a lot of yard work, ice to soothe the discomfort. If there is no improvement in your aches and pains within 48 hours, call us for an appointment. Chiropractic treatments are highly effective in treating muscle pain (remember your spine and nerves control your muscles) and will get your back and you feeling good.

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

National Chiropractic Health Month spotlights the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers.  The media continues to cover the issue of pain extensively, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s declaration of the overuse and abuse of opiod painkillers in the United States as an “epidemic”,  Chiropractic is an effective solution to combat the pain crisis in America.

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10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

1. Pain is the last symptom of dysfunction.  A patient’s back is often restricted or unstable for months or years before it presents as a problem and they show up in a chiropractor’s office. In addition, the absence of pain is not health. While medication may be needed, if you take a pill and the pain goes away, the dysfunction that caused it still persists. Muscle, ligament and joint injuries often occur as a result of long-term bio-mechanical dysfunction, sometimes from past injuries, making the area more susceptible to future injury.

2. Athletes use chiropractors to stay well and perform better, not just for the occasional injury.  Athletes choose chiropractors because we are movement specialists. Chiropractors were spotted all over the Olympic coverage this year, and top athletes such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all been proud patients of chiropractors. Female athletes also benefit from chiropractic care.  Dr. Mike Foudy team chiropractor for the Women’s World Cup Championship Team in 1994 states  “all but one member of the team received regular chiropractic care during their training and on the days of their matches. Chiropractic adjustments balanced their spine, removed nerve pressure and optimized the function of their bodies. They felt like they healed quicker from injuries and that the care gave them a competitive edge.” These days it’s far more common than not for major athletes and sports teams to keep chiropractors nearby to help prevent injuries, speed injury recovery, improve balance and coordination, and give them a greater competitive edge.

3. The body does not perform as a cluster of separate mechanisms, but rather a cascade of events that all starts with proper control by the nervous system.  The nerves that travel through and control every function of your body originate at the spinal cord and their transmission may be disrupted if the joints of the surrounding spinal column are not moving properly. This disruption in biomechanical integrity combined with altered physiological function is what chiropractors call a subluxation. Below is a chart that illustrates the relationship of the spinal nerves exiting the vertebra branching off to the various organ systems. You can see why it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to treat a patient with mid-back pain who also suffers from irritable bowel system, a patient with a subluxated sacrum who has been unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant, or a patient with an upper back fixation and acid reflux.


4. Doctors don’t do the healing.  Sorry to disappoint you, but a chiropractor will never fix your back. What we are able to do is restore proper motion in the joints, which relieves tension on the nerves and muscles and allows your body to do the healing that it is inherently made to do. Chiropractors believe that the body is a perfect organism in its natural state, and all disease comes from a disruption in the body’s proper transmission of signals by the nerves which affects its ability to heal and to defend against disease-causing agents. Chiropractors never treat disease. We assess to find which spinal levels are causing the dysfunction, and we adjust it to restore proper nerve flow so the nervous system may work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

5. Chiropractic is for all ages.  Many seniors are not aware of the benefits of chiropractic care which can help them not only with pain relief, but also increase range of motion, balance and coordination, and decrease joint degeneration. There’s no patient too young for chiropractic either! Chiropractors check infants moments after birth for misalignments of the upper vertebrae that may occur as a result of the birth process. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being, parents also take their children to chiropractors to encourage healthy brain and nervous system development, to assist with colic, asthma, allergies, bed-wetting and sleeping problems, and to assist with behavioral disorders.

6. We know about more than your backbone!  This surprises many people who had no idea that chiropractors give advice on nutrition, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle, screen for conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system and refer out to other practitioners when necessary. Chiropractors are also able to complete specialties in other areas such as pediatrics, sports rehabilitation, neurology, clinical nutrition, and addictions and compulsive disorders.

Other than particular specialties and the differences in learning to adjust and learning to prescribe medication, our training hours are not dissimilar from that of medical doctor. The following are the classroom hours for basic science requirements compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic schools and 22 medical schools.


7. Successful chiropractic patients accept responsibility.  When somebody says that they tried chiropractic and it didn’t help, we cringe and get the feeling that they really missed the boat. Of course, there are cases with complicating factors, but we have heard this from people with straightforward chiropractic problems when it is very clear what has happened here. In most cases, one doesn’t acquire back pain over night, and it’s not going to go away over night. If a weak core from years of sitting at your desk is to blame for the additional stress on your joints, we would expect an adjustment to provide relief, but once the condition is no longer exacerbated, we would most definitely prescribe some exercises for you to do at home. The doctor might also suggest he evaluate your nutrition if he suspects an inflammatory diet may be wiring you for pain.  Sure, the doctor is  always happy to adjust someone, but if you’ve been given homework and you don’t do it, remember that this has to be a team effort!

8. Chiropractic may help you get sick less. Studies have indicated that adjustments consistently reduce the production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with tissue damage and pain, and may also enhance the production of immunoregulatory complexes important for healthy immune system defense. As far back as the deadly flu pandemic of 1917-1918, chiropractors noticed that their patients seemed to have fewer fatalities than among the general population and were able to publish their work in an osteopathic journal since no scholarly journals were accepting chiropractic data. The estimated death rate among patients of conventional medical care in the U.S. was estimated at 5 to 6 percent while the fatality rate among influenza cases receiving spinal adjustments was estimated at 0.25%.

9. “I heard I’ll have to go forever” is a myth.  You may want to go to your chiropractor forever once you’ve started because you didn’t realize how great getting adjusted is, but your doctor won’t expect you to come for continuous care without symptoms. Generally, if you come in with pain, once you’ve been treated for your initial complaint, you’ll be scheduled for a few more appointments to make sure proper motion is being maintained, then it will be recommended you return occasionally to be checked just like you would go to the dentist to get checked for tartar buildup and cavities. Many people choose to see their chiropractor more frequently for wellness or maintenance care.

10. Adjustments don’t hurt. There is no bone snapping or warrior-style pulling heads off spinal columns! The neck adjustment some chiropractors use causes anticipation for many new patients, but is actually much more gentle than they imagined, and involves a quick, direct thrust to a specific spinal bone. The sound an adjustment makes is called a cavitation and is only space being created within the joint causing gasses to be released from the joint capsule, which creates the popping or cracking noise. Also, chiropractic adjustments will not wear out your joints, as some imagine because they have been warned in the past not to “crack their knuckles” for this reason. Adjustments, unlike “knuckle cracking” or having your friend stomp on you while you lay on the carpet, are applied specifically to improve the alignment of your joints and limit the small dysfunctions that over time can lead to arthritis. Most people after an adjustment describe the feeling as being “lighter”, having greater ease in moving the body, and being able to stand up taller.


Happy 121st Birthday to Chiropractic! September 18th is Founders Day for Chiropractic

On September 18, 1895 the first chiropractic adjustment was performed by Dr. DD Palmer, a magnetic healer of the time. The patient was Harvey Lillard.  Mr. Lillard, a janitor in the Ryan building on the corner of Brady and 2nd Street in Davenport Iowa, had been nearly totally deaf for 17 years. After the historic first adjustment, Harvey’s hearing returned. This revelation led Dr. Palmer to theorize that nerve interference from a spinal bone out of place was the cause of Harvey’s hearing loss. He further affirmed that returning the bone to a more normal position might help correct the problem. It was from this simple beginning that the chiropractic profession was born.
On this anniversary, it might be interesting to read the words of Dr. DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic:“Harvey Lillard a janitor in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. An examination showed a vertebrae racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half-hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before. There was nothing “accidental” about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view, and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing “crude” about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equaled it.” Within two years Dr. DD Palmer opened the first school of Chiropractic on Brady Street in Davenport. It was his son Dr. BJ Palmer, who continued the school after his death. It is the son, BJ Palmer, who is given credit for growing and developing the profession into what it has become today.
Clarence Gonstead graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1923. Dr Gonstead introduced the Level Disc Theory that subluxation (misaligned vertebra) began at the disc where the inflammatory response from damaged tissue created “nerve pressure” resulting in the neurological complications associated with subluxation. This theory gave birth to the Gonstead Method of Chiropractic which is the “gold standard” of chiropractic technique. The Gonstead method addresses only the problem areas with a specific, precise and accurate adjustment.  Great care is taken to ensure a correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and gentle adjustment possible.  Dr. Gonstead became internationally renowned through determination and constant refinement of his craft.
The month of September is also “Subluxation Awareness Month”

We’d like to take this opportunity to inform and educate the public on chiropractic and to raise the public consciousness about the benefits of living a life with a properly functioning nervous system, free from subluxations.  More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of having a nervous system function free of interference from subluxation.
Subluxations are misalignments of the spinal bones.  This condition causes irritation to the nervous system. These irritations can be caused by a number of mechanisms including trauma or stress, and result in some form of functional change in the nervous system. The chiropractic profession has been the leading profession over the years in the detection and correction of subluxations thus allowing normal nerve system function and improved health.

Our spines, similar to our teeth, work hard for us every day and suffer minor changes, that if not corrected, can lead to greater ailments and pain.  We encourage our patients to see us whenever an injury has occurred, but also it is important to follow Doctor’s recommended schedule for followup adjustments to correct any minor misalignment before they cause a greater problem.

If you are new to chiropractic it is important to keep your treatment plan schedule because each adjustment builds on the last.  Far too often we have patients come in hurting and having their first adjustment they leaving feeling much better.  When it’s time for their 2nd appointment they still “feel fine” and do not keep the appointment.  More times than not they are back in our office with the original pain and sometimes worse  We believe if they had just kept to the advised treatment plan they can avoid these emergencies or at least lessen their pain when a subluxation happens.

Chiropractic adjustments are for all ages and should be received every few months to keep your spine in correct alignment thus limiting the inflammation that causes nerve interference which leads to many adverse conditions. The most important role of chiropractic is correcting subluxations, and being a part of an overall healthcare plan for wellness.

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