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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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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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Neck Problems Pt3

neckproblems_2The Orthodox Medical Approach

The standard medical approach to neck pain is painkillers, muscle relaxers and/or tranquilizers. If the pain doesn’t subside, an orthopedic surgeon may be consulted and more drastic treatment-cortisone or other injections -may be administered. When should the physician resort to surgery? “As a last resort.” Clearly, a patient should not consent to anything as drastic as neck surgery without first consulting another healer- in particular, a chiropractor!
The Role of the Chiropractor
When the spinal bones are off center, the small opening through which the nerves travel may become narrower causing irritation to the cervical nerve roots and may also cause pressure upon the spinal cord. Chiropractic spinal care counters the effect of stress and unnatural wear and tear by relieving your neck of the vertebral subluxation complex and restoring proper movement to the spinal column.
Chiropractic & Neck Injury
Since most medical doctors and physical therapists are not trained to locate and correct vertebral subluxations, an accident victim will leave the emergency room with as many subluxations as they had when they entered. Without chiropractic spinal care, a neck injury might continue to cause silent damage for decades before the problem is recognized; by that time it may be too late for a complete recovery.
Get A Spinal Checkup
Everyone with a spine needs to have it checked periodically by a chiropractor.Just as a periodic dental checkup is necessary to keep your teeth healthy, so a chiropractor spinal checkup is necessary to ensure a nervous system that is free from vertebral subluxations permitting you to experience greater healing and well-being.

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Neck Problems Pt2

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Neck Problems-Disc Degeneration & Herniation

Disc herniation (or rupture) is relatively rare but can be the source of intense pain. Sometimes surgery is needed in this instance, especially when it’s due to trauma. However, in many cases, chiropractic techniques can re-establish the integrity of the disc and prevent the need for neck surgery. These should be explored if possible.
Disc degeneration is a more common cause of pain, nerve root and spinal cord irritation. Although many doctors tell their patients that the cause of disc degeneration is age, age alone cannot be blamed for the condition because it can be found even in young children. The most common cause of disc degeneration are years of spinal imbalance, spinal subluxations, physical trauma or emotional stress.

Spinal Imbalance-Cause of Neck Stress

Let us suppose that one day you carried a bowling ball around for the entire day, but instead of carrying it closely at your side, you held it a little distance from your body. You’d get tired very fast! It’s the same with your head. If it’s properly balanced that’s fine, but if it’s held even a little off center you will start to suffer from fatigue, as well as stress on your neck.

Arthritis

If unhealthy, your neck’s normal forward curve may reduce, become straight or “military” or even reverse its curve. Over time arthritic changes in the vertebrae such as lipping or spurring (bony growths); disc thinning or degeneration; or deterioration of muscles, ligaments and other structures may occur. In spite of all these changes, however, there may or may not be pain. In fact, studies show little or no correlation between the degree of pain felt in the neck and arthritic changes found on X-rays and MRI.
Lipping, spurring and other irregularities (osteoarthritis) do not in themselves constitute a disease but are rather defense mechanisms that arise to stabilize an off-balance spine.
Recent research has shown that chiropractic care can reverse some of the effects of osteoarthritis-something that had previously been considered impossible.

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

nerveandspineCorrect Your “Pinched” Nerves

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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“Pinched” Nerves Pt2 – Nerves: Where Do They Go?

“Pinched” Nerves Pt2 – Nerves: Where Do They Go?

There are billions of nerve fibers in your body often in bundles called nerves. Many billions of them travel inside the spinal column as part of the spinal cord and exit through opening between the vertebrae. After leaving the spinal column the nerves separate into smaller and smaller bundles and travel to every nook and cranny in your body.

Life Without Nerves
Without nerves you couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste, smell or feel hot, cold, pain and pleasure. Your body would be the ultimate sensory deprivation tank; you’d be completely cut off from existence. Without nerves you would be completely paralyzed, no muscles could move; your body couldn’t respond to any of your commands- you’d be a prisoner within yourself.

Nerve Regulation
Nerves regulate your breathing, sweating, shivering, internal organ function, heartbeat, digestion, excretion, regulation of blood supply to different organs and control of blood pressure. Without nerves your body would be quite useless.

We Need Healthy Nerves

Without healthy nerves the body is weakened, not able to adapt to environmental stresses and becomes a candidate for physical and mental diseases. The most common form of nerve damage is the so-called “pinched” nerve. It can affect the health of the nerves and the entire body.

How Do Nerves Get Impinged or “Pinched”?

When the nerves come down from the brain they travel through a bony canal formed by vertebrae. If the vertebrae misalign slightly they may cause the nerves to be irritated, compressed or stretched along with blood vessels, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, meninges, lymphatics and fat tissue. Nerves also send more than “electrical” impulses; it is now known that chemical nutrients, necessary for muscle health, travel over the nerves.
What can cause nerve “pinching” or impingement? A fall or an accident, even a very mild one that happened years ago, may be enough to misalign your spine. Some common causes are unnatural sleeping positions, bad posture, fatigue, dental work, a difficult birth, emotional stress, poor nutrition or a combination of stresses (falling or tripping when fatigued, etc).

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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? Pt2

Are You Popping Pills? Pt2

Are You Popping Pills ?

Are You Popping Pills ?


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 drugs truly corrected your health problems then you’d only have to take them once. But as soon as their effects wear off, the symptoms return and isn’t it back to the pill bottles? Is that any way to go through life?

Do Drugs Make You Healthy?
If drugs make you healthy then those taking the most of them should be the healthiest of us all, but isn’t it true that such people are often the sickest?
And what about the side effects? Sometimes side effects cause more problems than the original condition for which they were taken. Sometimes the drugs cause physical or psychological dependence on them. Sometimes they cause disease and sickness. Sometimes they even cause death. And all the time they take us away from depending on our natural healing ability and make us dependent on artificial supports.

Drugs Lie
The symptoms the drugs are covering up are often warning signals telling your that something is wrong with your body. By constantly covering up the symptoms with medicines you may be ignoring what your body is telling you. While you take medicines to feel better your healthy may continue to deteriorate, and if it does you may start to take more powerful medicines to continue to hide the warning symptoms your body is giving you.
Drugs lie to you. They take attention away from correcting the real problem: the cause of the illness.

Alternatives To Drugs?
Is there an alternative to drug use? Chiropractic teaches us that true health does not come from a pill, a lotions, a potion or some other chemical concoction. True health comes from within. Health is the expression of the body functioning properly.
Chiropractors correct a very common condition that interferes with your body function causing it to weaken and become susceptible to disease and malfunction. That condition is called a vertebral subluxation.

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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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10 Tips for Improved Ergonomic Fitness

computeruse10 Tips for Improved Ergonomic Fitness

  1. When sitting, vary your body position as much as possible to relieve tension on your back, neck and shoulders.
  2. Give you eyes a break by frequently looking up from your computer and focusing on a distant object.
  3. Keep you wrists in a straight position, rather than flexed or bend, while typing. Position your keyboard so your wrists and forearms are parallel to the floor.
  4. Take short breaks every 30 to 60 minutes. Stand up, stretch or walk for a few minutes.
  5. Reposition your monitor to avoid glare. Position the top of your monitor slightly below eye level.
  6. Help reduce exposure to electromagnetic emissions from your computer by sitting 20 to 28 inches away from the front of the monitor.
  7. Sit well back in your chair and place your feet on the floor to prevent posture-related problems. Us a footrest if your feet are not flat on the floor.
  8. Avoid neck strain by location your monitor directly in front of you. Place documents in the same vicinity so you do not have to turn your head to read.
  9. Keep clutter away from your computer to avoid eye fatigue caused by what you see using your peripheral vision.
  10. Schedule regular chiropractic adjustments to correct any problems that computer use may have irritated.
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