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Gentle Adjusting

Gentle Adjusting Poor 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 serif;">’-->serif;">’-->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 -->serif;">’-->serif;">‘popping-->serif;">’-->serif;">’ 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 Technique 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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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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The Posture of Stress

Stress Posture

So in the last post I asked the question What would happen if every time we someone touched us on the shoulder we thought we where under attack? The answer is that you would not be fun to be around and we would call you stressed out! The reason becomes clearer as we look at the symptoms of stress.

stress posture

Think about a time when you where totally relaxed and try to visualize your posture at that moment. You where most likely extended meaning that your shoulders where back your head back and your trunk extended. Compare that to a time when you thought you where stressed and your shoulders rounded forward your head forward and a flex in your hips. This is natural for when we are in the sympathetic mode we flex and in the relaxed mode we extend. Have you ever noticed a worm curl up when it thinks it is threatened? Does it curl backwards or does it curl forward like the image in the picture. It curls forward because flexing is the natural stress response.

How to reduce the stress effect?

Manage your physiology

The first most powerful thing we all can do to reduce stress is to breathe. It May seem simple but our breath rate actually tells our brain how much oxygen to expect and that information alters hormones and other neurotransmitters that influence and dictate the function or other major organs like the thyroid and adrenals. By simply controlling the rate of breathing we can change our response to stress.

The next time you are in a room observe people as they walk in and out. Look for signs that someone is having a good day and some that indicate that they are not. It will become clear to you that our bodies or our physiology reflect whats happening with our thinking. The rounded shoulders head down tight facial muscles are signs that stress is not being handle well in that moment. When you find yourself in that physiology stand tall breathe deeply and change the focus in your mind. Without any effort you will be affecting the two of the three causes of subluxation and reducing the stress to your spine and nervous system and therefore the decay that comes with it.

Manage your thoughts or perception

The second way is to change how we think of what is causing our stress. There are several way for us to do this. Much of it depends on the type of stress we are experiencing. So let me give you one example of how to reduce stress using thought. Lets say that there is a big test coming up one that will impact your future with a company or a school or with your personal goals. You have done all you could to prepare for the test yet there is anxiety over taking the test. How do you think your body would respond if instead of focusing on taking the test you shifted your focus to what you were going to do after the test? This simple activity now puts your mind to something you are looking forward to and the test now becomes something that you want to do in order to get to that thing. The first time I tried this I did not expect much. I had to attend a two day meeting and was not looking forward to being away from my family. It was stressful to me. So I came up with some activities that I wanted to do when I returned and now instead of the stress of leaving for two days I was more focused on the fact that something fun was just around the corner. The side effect was that I enjoyed the meeting more than if I had stayed in that non-productive mind set. There are many ways to apply this simple idea. Find what works for you!

 

 

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