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Reasons to see a Chiropractor

DSC025251.Back Pain- relief and prevention-

Chiropractors are notorious for our results when it comes to resolving back pain. Even Consumer Reports rated Chiropractic the #1 solution to lower back pain over medical care, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture and physical therapy. Numerous studies show how patients seeking chiropractic care for low back pain get relief faster and the results last longer over time.

2Neck Pain- relief and prevention-
Chiropractic’s history with neck pain is just as impressive as our results with lower back pain. Recently, ABC news conducted a study which revealed that Chiropractic adjustments are superior to pharmaceuticals and physical therapy when it comes to neck pain. Similar to the back pain studies, they found chiropractic patients recovered twice as fast as those receiving traditional medical care.

3. Pain,Tingling and/or Numbness in an Extremity-
These patients who are suffering with Sciatica(in legs or feet), or a Cervical Radiculopathy(in arm or hand) usually seek medical intervention first due to the pain and discomfort. They eventually find their way to the chiropractor after these methods fail and the only other alternative is surgery. Chiropractic aims to remove the pressure on the nerves affected, thereby addressing the cause instead of covering up the symptoms. In most cases, Chiropractic can delay or even eliminate the need for drugs or surgery.

4. Headaches/ Migraines- relief and prevention-
Headaches are a very common condition, but they are never “normal”. They are a sign that you have excessive stress on your central nervous system. Chiropractic has been shown to help with all sorts of headaches. From the classic Migrains to Trigeminal Neuralgia, or Tic Deloroux. Chiropractic does not treat headaches. The Adjustments remove pressure off of nerves and allow the entire body to function better. As a result, many headaches tend to dissipate or even disappear. There is also published research on it’s effectiveness. If headaches are plaguing you, Chiropractic is a logical place to start.

5. Easier Pregnancy and Labor- 
Moms-to-be have been finding relief at the chiropractor for all sorts of common issues during pregnancy. Conditions such as back pain, heartburn & circulation problems all been shown to improve under chiropractic care. Patients who see chiropractors have also been shown to have shorter and less painful deliveries! This makes for happy moms, especially those choosing natural child births.

6. Improved Range of Motion and Peak Performance-
Many athletes see chiropractors on a regular basis. Professional athletes in every sport have endorsed chiropractic and given it credit, in part, to their level of success. Chiropractic helps the musculoskeletal system to perform more balanced. This tends to reduce injury and recover from it faster. People such as Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Evander Holyfield, Lance Armstrong and many others include Chiropractic as part of their lifestyle.

7. Healthier Children-
Mom and Dads have found relief in other ways through Chiropractic. More and more parents have been bringing their children to see the chiropractor for multiple reasons. Chiropractic care has helped many children recover from conditions such as acid reflux, ear infections, colic, asthma, ADD, ADHD and even Autism. It has an impeccable record when it comes to safety as well. Again, Chiropractic does NOT offer to diagnose or treat these conditions or any others. The chiropractic adjustment removes interferences in the central nervous system, allowing the entire body to express itself at a higher level. EVEN IN CHILDREN!

8. Relief from Menstrual Problems-
Due to the nervous system’s control over the menstrual cycle, chiropractic has helped women with not only the level of pain, but also abnormal cycles and even infertility. More mature women have also found relief in their menopausal symptoms. Are you starting to see why 80% of chiropractic patients are women?

9. Relief from Allergies-
Another issue people see chiropractors for, is Allergies and other sinus and respiratory issues. The efficiency of your Immune System to fight off allergens and infection is largely dependent on the integrity of your Central Nervous System. Chiropractic patients perceive less overall symptoms due to seasonal allergies without the need for over the counter medication.

10. Improved Overall Function-
As you can probably gather from the previous 9 reasons, the theme is pretty similar. The Power that Made the Body, Heals the Body. Chiropractic focuses on removing nerve interference called Subluxation, thereby improving the function and integrity of the entire body and mind. Since your Nervous System controls and coordinates all function, stresses in that system can create a state of dis-ease, which leads to dysfunction and eventually a symptom. Chiropractors do not treat symptoms. We focus on the cause and on removing the interferences in the normal transmission of mental impulses from brain to body, and body to brain. Then your body can get all the information it needs in order to function the best that it can. That is why 80% of the patients I see on a daily basis are feeling great! They come in for regular monthly visits in order to maintain that level of health and expression.

So, you see. There is much more to chiropractic than just a “crick” in the neck. Unfortunately that’s what most people think. Trends these days are changing though. More people are seeing the problem with over medicating and covering up symptoms. People are turning to more natural forms of healthcare and focusing on prevention through diet and exercise. Chiropractic is the leading alternative to the Allopathic, or Medical paradigm, and they’ve been teaching this lifestyle for over a century. So, don’t wait until you’re in pain to see a chiropractor. That’s like waiting until you have a cavity to see your dentist!

Reference:
Virginia Hill Chiropractic, K. Peterson,October 3, 2012

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Chiropractic for Back Pain

What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?spinepain
A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.

The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care?
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Acute back pain, which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own.

Research has also shown chiropractic to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage

People who have osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, or inflammatory arthritis, or who take blood-thinning medications should not undergo spinal manipulation. In addition, patients with a history of cancer should first obtain clearance from their medical doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.

All treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. The chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors. Although rare, there have been cases in which treatment worsened a herniated or slipped disc, or neck manipulation resulted in stroke or spinal cord injury. To be safe, always inform your primary health care provider whenever you use chiropractic or other pain relief alternatives.

Source: WebMD

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Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Old Whiplash?
Anyone who has ever had a whiplash injury, no matter how long ago, should see a chiropractor. The M.D.s may have sent them home after x-rays and MRI or CT scans and found nothing broken or ruptured, yet the spine may still be structurally unsound. Without structural integrity, the spine will not heal properly and may develop problems years later. Arthritis and disc problems may develop years after he accident (and the legal settlements) because chiropractors were not consulted for spinal integrity.Vertebral Subluxation Complex
A whiplash injury is a dramatic example of subluxations produced by sudden accident or trauma. Other subluxations may be caused by poor posture, repeated stressful movements, poor sleeping positions, bad diet, fatigue, constant emotional stress or even extensive dental work.

If you’ve ever been involved in a whiplash-type accident see your doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible to make sure you heal as completely as possible.

Postscript: You can always benefit from a healthy spine no matter what disease or condition you have. It is as important for healing as good nutrition, water and sleep.
A doctor of chiropractic will remove your spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex) tholepin you better tune in to your natural innate healing ability (your internal healer) for better physical, mental and emotional healing. That is the goal of your doctor of chiropractic: to strengthen your inner healing ability.
Are you, your family and your friends carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxation complex, in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

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“Pinched” Nerves Pt 4 Correct Your “Pinched” Nerves

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Only doctors of chiropractic are able to analyze the spinal column for “pinched” nerves or vertebral subluxations. Using the art of the chiropractic spinal adjustment, the doctor of chiropractic then begins a process of correcting the spinal damage. No painkillers, muscle relaxants, other drugs or medical procedures can do it. No surgery can do it. “Pinched” nerves (vertebral subluxations) will not go away by themselves. Anyone suffering from “pinched” nerves needs a proper chiropractic spinal analysis and spinal adjustment to relieve their body of vertebral subluxations-nothing else will do.

No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be an important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness, and disability.

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Are You Popping Pills? Pt3

Are You Popping Pills? Pt3

spinecordWhat is Vertebral Subluxation?

A subluxation is often a painless condition that can cause much serious damage if it is not detected and corrected. Since the nerves control and regulate the body, any interference to nerve health can cause widespread effects.
It’s caused by stress of all kinds – physical stress such as falls, accidents, sleeping in a bad position, poor posture, sitting all day; chemical stress such as pollution, chemicals in your food and any other stress that weakens you.
Subluxations can damage your nervous system, and affect your brain and internal organs.
Chiropractors spend four years of intense study learning how to analyze spines in order to locate and correct vertebral subluxations.

The World’s Greatest Drugstore

The greatest drugstore in the world is your own marvelous body. It manufactures every medicine you need antibiotics; insulin; painkillers; chemicals to alter your blood pressure, heartbeat, moods; hormones to regular your digestion, growth, blood chemistry; and hundreds of other drugs, many of which science has yet to discover. They’re all there inside of you, if your body is working right.

And your marvelous internal drugstore gives you the right amount of medication, at the right time, all the time, without paying extra for prescription.

Correcting Subluxations
When chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations they help turn on your natural, internal ‘drugstore.’ Correction vertebral subluxations turns on your body’s natural healing ability without side effects, adverse reactions or drug dependency.

Going to a chiropractor may do more for someone’s internal chemical health than all the medicines in all the drugstore in the world. The next time you see someone living on medication, will you tell them about their internal drugstore? Will you tell them about chiropractic?

Postscript
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family caring the vertebral sublimation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractor spinal checkup can tell.
Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relation- a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.

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Are You Popping Pills? Pt 1

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Are You Popping Pills? Pt.1

How Do You Spell Relief?
Do you spell relief A-S-P-I-R-I-N? V-A-L-I-U-M? T-Y-L-E-N-0-L? There are thousands of ways to spell relief and most are spelled the same: D-R–U-G-S.
We swallow a lot of pills in this society. Why shouldn’t we? We and our children are exposed to thousands of drug commercials, newspaper and magazine advertisement, all saying the same thing: “Drugs and medicines are good for you.”
Every twenty-four to thirty-six hours, from fifty to eighty percent of adults in the United States and the United Kindgdom swallow a medically-prescribed drug.
Is relief important? Of course it is! If you’re in pain that’s all you can think of: “Let me get rid of this headache,” “If only the pain would go away,” “I wish I could find a position that’s comfortable,” “If only the fever would break,” “If only I could breathe freely”…Medicines are sometimes seen as little gems to those who know only agony and distress without them.
No one can question that there are times when medication is necessary and desirable. The accident victim, the burn victim, the terminally ill, the acute patient and others should receive the medication they need.

But What of Chronic Use?
But what of the housewife who swallows painkillers for the headaches she’s always getting? What of grandma who gulps down a dozen aspirin tablets a day for arthritis?
What about blood pressure medicines? Menstrual pains? Backache? What about your classmate who cannot stand daily stress without something: Valium or alcohol, cigarettes, coffee?

Does This Spell Health To You?
Do drugs correct the cause of your problems or do they just temporarily relieve your symptoms? The fact is if deus truly corrected your health problems then you’d only have to take them once. But as soon as their effect wear off, the symptoms return and isn’t it back to the pill bottles? Is that any way to go through life?

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Dr Longo takes on the Birkie! (American Birkiebiener)

Dr Longo takes on the Birkie! (American Birkiebiener)

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Dr Longo and a couple of his Birkie Boys, training for the American Birkiebiener in Hayward.

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The distance is 51k which is about 32 miles.

It was an buttocks kicker!!! The distance is 51k which is about 32 miles. It’s the largest xc ski marathon in North America! 4 largest in the world! It’s rated in the top 3 races in the world. It was probably the hardest thing I’ve done so far, but…It was an butt kicker!!! The distance is 51k which is about 32 miles. It’s the largest xc ski marathon in North America! 4 largest in the world! It’s rated in the top 3 races in the world. It was probably the hardest thing I’ve done so far, but it was a “mission accomplished” I don’t know what I expected but in my mind I Won! The weather was good, but the conditions were challenging. I swear the whole corse is up hill! Everyone shared a real sense of accomplishment!

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All first timers receive a medal

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It turns out that this participant was nearly 80 years old and this was his 40th Birkie!

 

This is the last place finisher. The snow mobile behind him follows him in and makes sure the course is cleared. People came out and lined the streets to applaud his efforts. It turns out that this participant was nearly 80 years old and this was his 40th Birkie! He was one of the founding members that brought the American Birkiebiener to Hayward.

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Why isn’t one adjustment enough?

DSC02525What difference does one adjustment make ? Why isn’t one adjustment enough?

One adjustment may help mobilize the structure initially, it really does not change the long term correction of a problem.

Initially when you mobilize and get some function in an area that hasn’t been moving as it should have been,your body creates it’s own lubricate called synovial fluid, which help lubricates that joint and helps the inflammation and swelling around that area become reduced. You will start feeling better as a result. To make a change requires some frequency and repetition that varies depending upon the nature of the problem and the individual patients condition. It is more like an exercise program where if you go to the gym to work out once you feel pretty good about yourself, that you got there, but you really didn’t make a change in your health. If you stuck with an exercise program consistently, within a short period of time you will see weight loss or muscle gain, whatever you goals are.

The frequency and repetition of your treatment plan will allow changes to occur over time. Initially, your muscles ligaments and tendons are used to the way your body has always been. so initially they do want to pull your structure back to the way it was but within a period of time because those tissues have also have a certain amount of elasticity they do start stretching and stabilizes the area which allows the long term change

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Will I need to keep seeing a chiropractor, once I start going?  

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Will I need to keep seeing a chiropractor, once I start going?  

No. Many people choose to see the chiropractor periodically to maintain and manage their structure, to be proactive with their health, for better health and well being. My short term goal is to get you feeling better, that’s why you presented to my office to begin with. The long term goal is to rehabilitate the problems that we found so that it has a long lasting result and you have a better structure and function in the future.

What difference  does one adjustment make ? Why one adjustment is not enough.

One adjustment may help mobilize the structure initially, it really does not change the long term correction of a problem.

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Who should see a chiropractor and why ?

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Who should see a chiropractor and why ?

Everyone should see a chiropractor because we are the most complex machine in there is in this universe. We should take care of ourselves as well as we take care of the things we own and operate. For example, you take your car in for an oil change, you get the tires rotated, you get the car serviced, as the warning lights turn on or alarms sound because it is much better to manage and maintain your car than it is buying a new car sooner than you care to.

Everyone should have a chiropractor, like they have a medical doctor and dentist to maintain their body and keep it healthy.

You go  to see the dentist periodically to get a cleaning, even though you brush your teeth everyday, this because they do a better and deeper job.  The objective is that you have teeth in your head as you get older.

Your brain controls  every function of your body and it delivers the impulses to control these functions via the spinal cord and the nervous system. The spinal cord is housed and protected in the spinal column which is the main support structure of our body, the nerves exit between the vertebra separated by a disc through a small hole. If there is structural dysfunction or stress or problems within the spine it will affect the nerves where they exit and the organ systems that they control. So managing your spine is very important not only to avoid back pain but for the  better function of your body as a whole

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