Should I Be Better in One Adjustment?

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Should I Be Better in One Adjustment?

One Adjustment.

I am frequently asked about adjustments, and one of the things that many people naturally assume is that if you are put “back in place”, it will instantly feel better and you can go on your merry way, laughing and running, skipping and jumping.  Unfortunately, our bodies don’t really work like that.  We are so complex, and chiropractic is so simple!

The adjustment puts the bone back in place, where the joints line up.  That takes pressure off of the nervous system by allowing the nerve to function completely.  In our spine, there are tiny holes formed by the stack of vertebra on top of one another that provide a pathway for the nerves, which branch off of the spinal cord, and go into our bodies everywhere.  This is how nerve branches get to muscles, organs and limbs.

Spinal degeneration

This picture depicts a degenerated spine where you can see the nerves coming out of the joint spaces in the spine.  Without proper space, the nerve gets irritated, causing pain and pressure wherever the nerve goes in the body.  That is a subluxation.  Chiropractors can put the bone back in place, very specifically, to make sure that the nerve can do it’s job.

This pictures shows what happens to a spine when it is not periodically checked.  The bones remain out of place, sometimes without symptoms because it’s not pressing on a pain nerve, but affects the function of the nerve nonetheless, and causes shearing in the joint. That shearing is what causes arthritis.  Arthritis, or inflammation of the joint, is caused by the friction between two bones that are not in their correct place.

What’s really cool about chiropractic is that it’s easy to get you feeling good when you are in pain, but then, it keeps you healthy long after your adjustment!  The power in a chiropractic adjustment is absolutely phenomenal!  When you get adjusted, the pressure that is on a nerve is released, allowing the electrical impulses from the brain to the spinal cord, from the spinal cord to the nerve branch and the nerve branch to the area or organ it affects -making your body function like it should!

When you really stop and think about it, our bodies are pretty amazing.  Chiropractic taps into that amazing potential by helping the body do better!  Get your spine checked and be healthy!


Chronic Pain and Chiropractic

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain – What is it?

I have so many patients who have what is known as chronic pain.  Chronic pain is the catch-all phrase to encompass syndromes that people can have that has many causes. Chronic pain can accompany diseases such as Chronic Lyme’s Disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and there are so many more.

Many people with chronic pain have to continue chasing their symptoms with different practitioners because they don’t always feel the same, aren’t always having a flare-up when it would be important for the practitioner to see them at their worst, and they aren’t always taken seriously.

Chronic pain can be debilitating one day, unable to do regular activities of daily living that most of us take for granted, and then the next day, do everything they were not able to do the day before.  Why is this?

If there is anything I have learned in practice, it is the commonality of all of these types of diseases and patients who suffer from chronic pain:  Mitochondrial dysfunction.

Mitochondria are the little motors inside of every single one of our cells.  You could say that magnesium is their “gas” and they run around the cell using oxygen to deliver nutrients and ultimately energy to the cell.  They convert proteins, fats and carbohydrates into usable energy.  They also form the waste products due to the conversion of those nutrients.

The research I have done in chronic pain leads me to believe a few things.  People who suffer from chronic pain have to be extra careful with their diet, exercise and getting enough oxygen, magnesium, stay well hydrated and get lots of vitamin D3.  These are all things that the cell needs to stay healthy – and cells form tissue.  Can you imagine what your mitochondria are doing with the donut you ate for breakfast, but what they could do with a couple of eggs and some fruit?  It really makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it!?

Chronic pain is complex.  That’s why you just got a physiology lesson in mitochondrial function!  In light of it all, it’s complex to understand generally because the people who suffer with it have a hard time with basic cellular function than those without it!

What Can Chiropractic Do for Chronic Pain?

Chiropractic is the art of replacing the bone to it’s natural position with specific vector and force.  The bones place pressure on the nerve when they are out of place, and this causes irritation to the nerve wherever it goes.  Without proper nerve flow, the cellular structures can be weakened and the function can go haywire.  That means that having a properly functioning nervous system can help with any and all conditions, to whatever degree they can be helped.  Chiropractors don’t treat symptoms,  there is only one cause in our philosophy.  When the bone is out of place, placing pressure on the nerve, a chiropractor moves the bone back into it’s natural position, and allows the body’s nervous system to conduct impulse exactly how the body was meant to work.

Of course not only people with chronic pain, but everyone should see a chiropractor to determine if chiropractic care is right for their problem.  Most times, chiropractors know if it is a chiropractic problem with a simple yet thorough examination that can screen and rule out many things that may be containdicated for chiropractic care.

The bottom line is, chronic pain is real and many people feel alone.  If you know someone who has chronic pain, or anyone for that matter, let them know that you care about them and be a willing listener.


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Chiropractic & Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis


Did you know that chiropractic care can significantly reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis?

When speaking with my patients, many of them know that they have been diagnosed with foot pain called plantar fasciitis, but are unfamiliar with what it is.  Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia – specifically the fascia, or connective tissue that protects the muscles and layers of the foot just beneath the fat pad and skin on the bottom of the foot.  The typical place to have pain is just before the arch on the heel side of the foot.  This is because the plantar fascia attaches at the ball of the foot and the calcaneus, or the main bone making up the heel.  The pain can travel all the way up the arch of the foot on the inner side, and to the ball of the foot as well.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are several ways the inflammatory process of plantar fasciitis can start:

  • overuse as with distance running without properly fitted shoes, foot bones that are out of place, or inadequate gait for length of run time
  • weight gain, obesity
  • improper training techniques
  • lack of mobility or slide between the skin, fat, fascia and muscles in the foot

How does a chiropractor treat plantar fasciitis?

Chiropractic care can help plantar fasciitis by treating the cause.  Typically, an individual that comes into my office with plantar fasciitis has one of the above causes going on. Second, the activity is not stopped so the fascia does not have adequate time to heal.  This does not mean, however, that when you have plantar fasciitis that you should stop your activities – and that is where chiropractic comes in.

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the foot – chiropractic adjusting includes any joint in the body, not just joints in the spine.  It is possible to move the bones in the foot in order to achieve better motion between the layers of skin, fat, fascia and muscle as well as the bones and the motion required to do activities like running.
  • Gua sha therapy – this Eastern Asian myofascial technique is the stripping of scar tissue in a localized area, such as an insertion site of fascia to the bone, that breaks up the scar tissue so that the body can use it’s innate healing ability to resorb the scar tissue and increase mobility of the area.  Typical treatment is done with a blunt instrument such a porcelain dumpling or won-ton spoon. Results are usually seen within a few weeks and can greatly increase the mobility of the fascia and decrease scar tissue build up dramatically.   Treatment time is typically under one minute.
  • Fascial Movement Taping – similar to kinesiology taping, fascial movement taping can allow for healing response to endure movement, so it is ideal for people who cannot stop doing a physical job or an athlete.  Application can be done in a few minutes and the tape can stay on the skin for up to a week, even with showering and dressing and undressing.


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Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

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Pregnant Mom


I know lots of pregnant moms right now;  some as patients, some as friends.  Did you know that the spine must accommodate for pregnancy throughout its length?  It has got me thinking how many women don’t know that chiropractic care can reduce labor time, ease the symptoms associated with pregnancy, and reduce the stress of having a child when it comes time for that HUGE change in your life!

Now, I don’t have any children of my own, but I do have a lot of experience in treating pregnant moms with chiropractic care!  My conclusion:   Chiropractic is a safe and effective means to treat pain in muscles and joints during pregnancy!

How Does the Spine Change During Pregnancy?

Pregnant Mom Spine

The illustration above certainly demonstrates the kind of stress that is put on the lower back when the center of gravity changes with a pregnant moms growth during pregnancy. The angle of the pelvis changes, forcing it more forward than before, say the first trimester ends.  When that angle changes in the pelvis, the spine must compromise by using the lumbar spine to compensate for the changes in movement.

What do you think happens next?

Right, the lower back compensates, and pretty soon the upper back and neck must compensate as well!

Some of the conditions associated with pregnancy can include:

  • Sciatica
  • Numbness in the arms or legs
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscle fatigue

The conditions listed above are structurally caused conditions.  This means that without proper posture, exercise, etc., the body has trouble dealing with the changes that it is making as far as the spine is concerned.

With all of the changes that the spine is making, you can imagine that when labor happens, the spine is already in a compromised state!

How Can Chiropractic Reduce Labor Times?

A chiropractic adjustment is how chiropractors replace a bone to it’s natural position if it is pushing and placing pressure on a nerve.  When a bone is pushing on a nerve and causing pain and irritating the nerve, it is called a subluxation.

If you have a nerve that isn’t working correctly because of pressure on it from a bone, what do you think happens with that nerve and all of the things that that nerve goes to?  It suffers in function;  it stops working as it should because the nerve controls it.  Pain in the lower back while pregnant (as well as any other area) is due to pressure on the nerve, causing pressure and pain wherever it goes!

When the nerves are working properly, they can send and receive messages to and from the brain conducting what the body should do.  When in labor, you want it to be over fast, with a healthy baby boy or girl as the end result, without complications!  Should the body have optimal nerve function during that time?  Of course!  Even more so than any other time.

Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the amount of untreated back pain a woman endures during pregnancy and labor and delivery times and difficulty!

How Does Chiropractic Relieve Pain in Pregnancy?

Very much the same as it reduces labor times, chiropractic is the science of moving the bone off of the nerve so it can function correctly.  Our nerves are made up of pain, sensory, temperature and pressure.  They coordinate all movements, thoughts and perception of touch.  They are all different fibers that run together to make up the nerve.  When the bone pushes on nerves containing pain fibers, it can greatly reduce the amount of pain one feels.

How Does Chiropractic Relieve Stress?

We all have stress, but stress becomes a health issue when there is too much of it, and we can’t deal with it in a healthy way.  Chiropractic can relieve stress by taking pressure off of the nerves, and getting a chiropractic adjustment also releases endorphins and other FEEL-GOOD neurotransmitters which help our body be stress-free!

Chiropractic is great for everyone, but when it comes to you and your baby’s health, it is a great way to feel good throughout your pregnancy!