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Gentle Adjusting

Gentle Adjusting

Color Hand PrintsPoor spinal alignment can be the cause of back pain neck pain and even poor circulation in the extremities. Poor spinal alignment can also be the cause of heartburn constipation and even menstrual cramps. Poor spinal alignment also plays a role in thoughts of depression fatigue and general feelings of malaise. These conditions can take a toll on your health your posture the quality of your interactions with people your feelings of accomplishment and your ability to work. A misaligned or subluxated spine can cause a variety of health problems and requires professional chiropractic adjustment. I am trained in a number of chiropractic techniques that help align the spine and bring your body into balance; each technique offers benefits including reduced pain increased mobility a sense of vitality and better health overall.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is the overall process of spinal alignment and involves ‘retraining’ the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality. Spinal adjustment is often used to increase mobility to bring the entire spinal column into balance. Bringing your spinal column into balance reduces stress on the central nervous system since the spinal column is the primary conduit for its interaction with the rest of the body. The process itself depends on the technique that is appropriate for your spine at the time of examination.

Extremity Manipulation

An extremity is any part of your body that is not your spine examples are shoulders wrists hips and knees. I use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that May be causing musculoskeletal problems such as difficulty walking or as a result of injury like typing or sports. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and function to the area that is not moving properly to reduce pain increase mobility or flexibility or reduce the stressful effects they can have on the spine.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the proper function of the nervous system by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to deliver the adjustment. This type of technique works wonderfully for people who have an aversion to the sounds of popping that often accompany Diversified and Full Spine Technique adjusting. It is also considered high velocity low amplitude adjusting by some researchers even though it is done by instrument. The effect is little different from a patient perspective (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1618202).

Thompson Chiropractic Technique

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints which in turn sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint. This is my preferred method because the evaluation of the subluxation has a high level of consistency and accuracy. Further the delivery of the adjustment is gentle and precise.

Diversified Technique3D Spine

Some consider this to be the best pieces of several techniques put together while others call this a technique unto itself. Either way it I use it as a part of the treatment protocol when indicated. It is especially useful in flexible patients and athletes. The application of any of the diversified moves are delivered after a complete evaluation of your needs and presentation at that time.

Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 192 and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a vertebral subluxation complex. The Gonstead technique recognizes the misalignments primarily through X-Ray and motion palpation. It is the foundation for the Life Full Spine Technique.

Cox Flexion/Distraction Chiropractic Techniques

If you are suffering from back leg neck or arm pain and do not want to pursue surgery the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers one option. It is considered a safe alternative to back surgery and helps restore the range of motion in joints after bringing the spine into alignment. Treatment is performed on a special table that flexes and bends various joints. It is commonly used to restore herniated discs reduce headaches and improve posture.

Ask Questions

You are at the center of the care that you recieve. That means that you can expect an honest evaluation and report concerning your current condition. You will also learn the most likely causes for your condition as well as what the likely outcomes are over time. You will be able to chose how you want to address the problems patch or fix. If you have any questions call the office or use the ask the doctor feature of our blog.

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Turn Over a New Leaf

According to Native American folklore spring is carried on the east wind the wind of change. It is the time for new life to emerge for seeds to be planted. It is the time to give thanks. This spring I offer you a fresh approach to optimal health and wellness. Turn Over a New Leaf serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->Do you go to the doctor only when you are not feeling great? Do you find that you are -->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">“putting out fires-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">” when it comes to your health? Are you frustrated by nursing the same symptoms rather than confronting the underlying cause? If you answered -->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">“yes-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">’-->serif;">” you are not alone. Millions of people are doing the same things expecting health care from a sick care approach. Fortunately chiropractors are leading the way to a wellness revolution to a system that focuses on prevention and good health practices away from the impersonal model that has dominated our thinking for so long. This year chiropractors will help thousands of people in all age groups reach their optimal health and peak performance because we look at the whole person and not just a few symptoms. Bloom and Grow Without Spinal Dysfunction Doctors of chiropractic understand that spinal health is the key to optimal health and peak performance. We are specialist in locating spinal barricades road blocks that interfere with your ability to getting and staying healthy. These barricades are areas of your spine that restrict movement or force bones and joints out of alignment. These dysfunctional areas are known as vertebral subluxations. Vertebral subluxations affect your health in ways that you can feel and in ways that you cant. When the spine is out of alignment or acting dysfunctional it interferes with all the soft tissues in the area the muscles that attach to that joint act differently the ligaments and tendons respond accordingly and the nerves in the area are also affected. Studies show that the weight of a dime causes changes to nerve flow and that small changes in nerve flow can result in changes in blood pressure heart rate skin temperature – these are things that we can not feel initially. When the dysfunction is sustained for longer periods painful symptoms begin to occur such as aches and pains. Nature Lives Within During spring time it hard to miss the wonders of nature. Chiropractic has a unique respect and understanding of the power of nature as it works withing us. The philosophy behind chiropractic teaches that the body has an inborn natural capacity to heal itself and adapt to the stresses of live whether emotional physical or chemical for sustained health. Chiropractic seeks to identify and eliminate obstacles that keep the inborn power that works within us from functioning naturally. Chiropractors prefer natural alternatives because medications May interfere with the natural balance of the body and mask the underlying cause of health problems and produce dangerous side effects. Proper and adequate rest and relaxation motion and exercise healthful foods and sensible diets stress reduction techniques like deep breathing and reflection all come together and May be recommended on a case by case basis. This spring while nature is flourishing outside take an important step toward your optimal health by getting a chiropractic evaluation and releasing the natural force within you. Align with the energy of this amazing season and pledge to get to the root of your health concerns.  

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Motion: Our Bodys Most Vital Nutrient

Almost everyone now understands that exercise is good for the body. It promotes good cardiovascular health increased metabolism keeps our muscles strong and tends to give us a feeling of well-being. There is another benefit though that is not so well known and that is the benefit for our spine and nervous system!

Our spine requires regular motion to stay healthy. We know from experiments that when the spine is immobilized it actually begins to decay! In the absence of normal motion and healthy amounts of stress such as achieved during exercise ligaments and discs become thin weak and dehydrated joints become rigid and painful and bones weaken. When these structures decay we become prone to injuries such as herniated discs and painful inflammation of joints. Over time we lose our natural range of motion lose our proper spinal alignment and develop debilitating back and neck pain as we grow older.

More importantly however are the effects this has on our central nervous system which is made up of the brain the brain stem and spinal cord. Our spine which is often called our “back bone” is actually our “center bone”. Besides bones discs muscles and ligaments the spine also houses our most vital structure – the central nervous system the coordinator or “Master Control” of all of our body systems. The nervous system requires proper blood supply in order to function properly. In the same way that walking helps pump blood back to our heart from our lower limbs regular motion of the spine is also required to pump to and from to the spinal cord!

Sadly most of us take better care of our teeth than we do for our spines! While our teeth can be replaced our spine cannot. That is why it is so important to our long-term quality of life to take care of the one we have TODAY! If all you can do is take 5 minutes to move bend and stretch a few times throughout the day you are much better off than if you did nothing! If you can spend 5 minutes brushing your teeth in the morning and at night you can easily do the same for your spine!

Exercises such as yoga are so good for our health because they give motion to the spine and promote blood flow to the central nervous system. However exercise alone is often not enough. Spinal bones can still become “stuck” or fixated in improper positions that can make it difficult or even painful to exercise especially if we have had past injuries that have affected areas of the spine and these “stuck” bones affect our central nervous system. Chiropractors specialize in finding and correcting misalignments of the spine allowing us to have a healthy spine and nervous system and increased quality of life throughout our years.

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What is Watercress?

Watercress has a viewed as both a healing agent and a weed. The plant has old history in the treatment of scurvy a disease resulting from Vitamin C deficiency. Recent scientific studies indicate that this historic plant can protect human DNA from damage. A 2010 study conducted by the University of Southampton found that consumption of watercress May also inhibit the growth of breast cancer. The high content of phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) May explain some of the benefits. If you can find this plant pick up a bunch and try it out. It has a tangy taste since it is in the same family as mustard. It does not have a long shelf life 2-3 days refrigerated and is eaten raw. You can sprikle it in a regular salad for deeper flavor or eat it by itself.

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Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower High Blood Pressure

Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for disorders such as cardiovascular disease diabetes and dementia. New research shows that chiropractic a non-invasive manual procedure May be effective in reducing blood pressure.

A recent study in the Journal of Human Hypertension reveals that chiropractic adjustments May lower blood pressure. The experiment was conducted with 50 participants all with stage 1 hypertension who were not currently taking medication. The group was made up of 70 percent men and 30 percent women.  Half the subjects underwent chiropractic care and received adjustments designed to correct vertebral subluxations or misalignments of the spine that are believed to cause insult to the nervous system. The group was adjusted as indicated by chiropractic protocols over a period of 8 weeks. A control group received a sham procedure.

Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are misaligned. This common condition is triggered by physical chemical and emotional factors. Vertebral subluxations are corrected utilizing gentle and safe manual maneuvers.

In the study those undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxations enjoyed significant drops in both systolic blood pressure (first or upper number) as well as diastolic blood pressure (second or lower number).

At the end of the eight week study systolic BP decreased by an average of 17 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for those receiving chiropractic care compared with 3 mm Hg for those who received the sham procedure. Diastolic BP dropped an average of 10 mm Hg among chiropractic patients compared with 2 mm Hg in control group. No adverse effects were detected among the study participants.

The authors speculate that subluxation of the upper cervical spine causes abnormal tension of the brain stem reducing blood flow and causing dysfunction of the cardiovascular neural control mechanisms.

The studys authors concluded: Restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions in BP similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy. This suggest that chiropractic care May prove to be an effective alternative to standard medication for hypertension (J Hum Hypertens 25:2007;Epub).

Past studies investigating the effects of chiropractic on hypertension achieved similar results although with smaller patient groups. One of these divided 30 participants with upper cervical (neck) subluxation into two groups. One received adjustments the other rested and did not receive adjustments. BP was compared before and after for both groups. The adjustment group experienced a significant change in BP; the rest group did not change significantly (J Manip Physiol Ther 2001;24:101-9).

Another study found that 6 out of 8 patients studied experienced significant drops in BP following chiropractic adjustments (J of Chiro Res and Invest 199;8).

A study of 75 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic who were found by chiropractic examination to have upper cervical subluxation found that blood pressure 5 minutes after an adjustment was significantly lower than prior to the adjustment (J Manip Physiol Ther 1988;11:261-6).

A review study suggested that the chiropractor is particularly suited to effectively manage patients with high blood pressure stating that hypertension :May be regarded as a prime condition warranting specialized care that included proper education during the formative years modification of dietary habits in conjunction with daily exercise regiments and regular spinal maintenance all of which are covered by modern chiropractic clinical practice. (J Manip Physiol Ther 1986;9:27-3)

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