“Birth Trauma at my age?”

A Patient asked me a typical question the other day. “What caused my neck problem?” He was shocked to discover that the reasons why many individuals suffer from neurological problems and health challenges as adults are from subluxations that were caused during the birth process. Signs and symptoms typically don’t show up until later in life, yet rob the individual of their health, vitality and wellness. Dr. Godfrey Gutman, medical researcher, discovered that more than 80% of the infants that he examined shortly after birth were suffering from injuries to the cervical spine (the neck), causing all types of health problems.

“If a child is subluxated at birth, that child’s perception of the world is distorted and their ability to respond to the world is compromised. This has severe implications throughout the life of that child! We are dealing with the single most devastating event in most individuals’ lives, it’s really that important. Every child should be checked for subluxations as soon as possible after birth.” Dr. Christopher Kent.

Dr. Towbin, of the Harvard Medical School’s pathology department, found that “the birth process, even under optimal conditions is potentially a traumatic, crippling event. Spinal cord annewbornd brain stem injuries occur often during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis.” As a chiropractor, we would much rather examine and adjust every newborn than to have to deal with a lifetime of health problems. We would rather adjust the newborn than wait 26 years and learn that the young person developed gall bladder disease in the areas where the nerve tissue was injured and compromised since birth.

At the Rockefeller Institute, Dr. Arpad DeNagy determined that interference to the nervous system, due to spinal stress, resulted in serious damage within a short period of time. He recommends that stabilizing biomechanical care should begin as soon after birth as possible. Furthermore, he indicated that this spinal stress tragedy may take sixty years to develop fully! “The entire birth process, from conception and pregnancy to delivery and post-delivery, can lay the foundation for later mental and physical disease. We now know that the trauma surrounding the birth process is engraved as imprints in the developing nervous system of the fetus and newborn.” Arthur Janov, Ph.D.

Has Your Birth Process Caused You An Early Demise?

A Boston University pathologist demonstrated that there is severe spinal damage to the infant as a result of the “usual” birth process. “The real cause of our demise is not diseases, but the spinal stress that happens at birth. This robs us of our innate potential for a very long, very healthy, and very happy life.” “The child will have less than optimal physical, mental, and social well-being. The birth damaged child carries the seeds of premature death with him at all times.” Studies at Columbia University have shown that the average child loses seventy percent of his biological potential by the age of seventeen. Traumatic birth syndrome, whether it results in immediate symptoms or diminishes your human potential over the course of yourbaby lifetime must be dealt with immediately.

Neck Pain – Chiropractic and the Older Patient

NeckPain_N1606_ts140306319People of all ages suffer from neck pain, and many frequently turn to chiropractors for care because it’s been found to be one of the most effective and efficient forms of treatment available, and it carries minimal side effects! It has been projected that by 2030, nearly one in five residents in the United States will be 65 or older. Currently, approximately 14% of the patients treated by chiropractors are 65 or older, making it one of the most frequently utilized forms of complementary and alternative care used by older adults. What kind of care can a senior citizen expect when seeking treatment from a chiropractor? Let’s take a look…

Musculoskeletal pain—pain in the neck, back, arms, and/or legs—drives the majority of elderly patients to chiropractors. While low back and neck pain are the most common complaints, it’s not unusual for patients to also have one or two other conditions (or more) that they did NOT know chiropractic care could help. In fact, common “goals” for managing every patient (not just the elderly) include services related to patient assessment, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness, in addition to treatment of illness or injury. Common chiropractic treatment approaches include spinal manipulation and/or mobilization, nutritional counseling, physical activity/exercise, and (especially important for the elderly population) fall prevention.

Neck Pain 90We will now focus on neck pain as it relates to the elderly population and the various chiropractic management strategies that might be encountered by an elderly patient. Common reasons patients present regarding the neck include limited movement, stiffness, and pain. Neck pain can also interfere with sleep, as finding a comfortable position in bed can be quite challenging! Lifting, carrying, and playing with grandchildren is a very common issue for either causing a new complaint or irritating an existing one. Neck pain may also interfere with reaching and lifting. Thus, activities like yard or garden work may become more difficult and less enjoyable. Neck pain is often associated with headaches, which can make daily tasks even more challenging.

When an elderly patient visits a chiropractor for the first time or for a new complaint, he/she can expect to fill out some initial paperwork, as well as provide a history of the main complaint and any lesser complaints. This may also include providing a family and medical history. The examination usually includes general observations, palpating or feeling for muscle tightness, tenderness, warm/cool, range of spinal motion (neck, back, extremities), orthopedic tests, neurological tests, and possibly x-rays. Treatment of the neck may include massage or mobilization to loosen up the neck, manipulation to free up restricted joint motion, and even exercise training. The goal of treatment is to improve neck motion, activity tolerance, and quality of life (less pain, improved sleep, etc.). So, whether you are 10, 20, 50, 70, or 90 years old, give chiropractic a chance to help you manage your neck pain.

Chiropractic & The Gallup Poll

What Does the New Gallup Poll Tell Us About the Public Perception and Utilization of Chiropractic Today?

In 2015 Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa commissioned Gallup Inc. to undertake a study called American’s Perceptions of Chiropractic. This was important because the last studies done about chiropractic were in the 1970’s and 1980’s and were very out of date. Those studies also occurred before Federal Antitrust Laws finally broke up the AMA’s nearly 100-year plan to contain and eliminate chiropractic in a verdict handed down in 1987.

gallup-chiropractic-use-on-the-riseHere are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning utilization:

One half of all Americans have been to a chiropractor (much higher than previously thought)
14% of all those polled had been to their chiropractic in the past year (a number that is twice as high as projected in previous studies)

Here are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning health conditions:

• Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
• The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
• More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of Americans would choose chiropractic first for back or neck pain.

It’s great that so many Americans see their chiropractor as someone they would see for the neck and back pain. But chiropractors certainly have an upward battle to educate the public about the importance of the nervous system and how it relates to all body functions, not just neck and back pain. One encouraging statistic from the study was that of those who are seeing a chiropractor 31% of them want to see their chiropractor regularly even if they have no pain (sounds like there are a lot of chiropractors educating their patients about the true benefits of chiropractic. Hopefully this number will continue to rise exponentially.

Here are couple of statistics that are great for chiropractors. Among those who have seen their chiropractor in the past five years:

74% of all people saw their chiropractor as trustworthy. (As opposed to 58% of MDs, NEJM)
82% of all people felt that their chiropractor has their best interest in mind when it comes to health care.

Source: 2015 Gallup-Palmer Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic

16 Reasons to Get Adjusted

What Are Some Good Reasons to See a Chiropractor Regularly?

chiropractic-adjustments21. More Energy. The vital energy that runs your body comes from the brain, travels over the nerves and gives vitality and vigor to your body. Logic says that if that energy is interfered with, your body will not work at its fullest potential.

2. Clearer Thinking, Memory and Concentration. Did you ever have a day when your mind was extra sharp, thoughts and ideas came quickly or your memory was especially good? Ever have just the opposite type of day? Well, your body chemistry determines to a great extent your ability to think, concentrate and remember. Body chemistry is controlled by your nerve system and your nerve system works better without any interference (vertebral subluxation)

3. Less Stress. How can getting adjusted make your job easier or cause your kids to give you less problems? Well, it cannot. But there is a difference between adversity and stress. Adversities are the circumstances of life. You cannot change them. Stress is the inability to handle those adversities. How well your body is working will determine to some degree how much adversity you can handle and how much stress you have in your life.yourinhomechiro_smt

4. A Longer Life. Here is a reason based on logic. All things being equal, you will live longer if you take care of yourself, barring any unforeseen trauma, of course. Taking care of yourself, in no small measure, means keeping your nerve system free of interference due to vertebral subluxations.

5. More Sleep. All sleep is not the same. Just because you get ten hours does not mean you are getting the kind of rest you need. At different time, we have all awakened refreshed, sluggish, or tired from the same amount of sleep. How well your body is working will determine how much of your sleep is real sleep and not just “down time”

6. Greater Value from Your Exercise. We all need to exercise regularly. Some of us do not have the energy to get up off the couch and begin a workout, although that is an issue we have already addressed. Some of us have interference in the nerve system that keeps the muscles of our body from receiving a full complement of vital life energy. It is like trying to exercise a paralyzed muscle. There is not enough energy going to those muscles. That is what happens when there is interference in the nerve system due to a vertebral subluxation.

7. More Balanced Chemistry. The proper balance of your body’s chemistry is unique for you. Only the innate wisdom of your body knows exactly what is should be. People can only guess. The organs, glands and cells of the body must be working properly to produce just the right amounts at just the right time. Your nerve system is critical in the coordination of that function.

8. More Hours in Your Day. How can you get more than 24 hours a day from chiropractic visits, especially when the visit is going to take at least a little time?13hour_clock Well, time-management experts will tell you that it is the efficient use of your time, not the total number of hours that is the issue. If your mind and body are working as well as they possibly can, you will be more efficient and more than make up for the time it takes to visit your chiropractor.

9. Increased Earning Capacity. If you had more energy, clearer thinking, a better ability to handle adversity, more alertness, and were more efficient and physically, mentally and emotionally functioning at a higher level, you work more, work harder, get a better job or possibly a promotion, or even start a business of your own.

10. Improved Relationships. Why is it that some people seem to be able to get along with people that you cannot stand? Perhaps it is you. If you were functioning at a higher level, if your body chemistry was balance, perhaps you could handle them better and not be bothered by whatever it is about them that affects your relationship. Even better, get them to a chiropractor and you could, perhaps, become best of friends!

11. Improved Performance. With an improved nerve supply, all your performance levels will be elevated. Whether that improvement is enough to make a difference is an individual matter. As the advertisement says, “Results may vary.” However, getting adjusted and doing some other healthy things will have a cumulative effect and result in noticeable changes. It just makes sense to do everything possible to improve performance, including having a good nerve supply.

12. Better Digestion. There are prob- ably hundreds of reasons why certain foods affect certain people. Most times, the cause can be traced back to the inability of the body to handle that food. If it was the food, then it would negatively affect everyone. There are many reasons why your body, in general, and your nerve system, in particular, may not work properly. One of those reasons, interference in the nerve system due to vertebral subluxation, can be addressed by regular visits to the chiropractor.

13. Enjoy Life More. The bottom line is to have a happier and more fulfilled life. If you see improvement in the areas above, your life has to be more enjoyable. Even some of the things you do not enjoy now could become more pleasurable and rewarding. Visit your chiropractor this week!

14. Healthier, More Robust Immune System. Research has demonstrated that persons who have regular long term chiropractic care have immunity to cancer causing agents that is 200% greater than those individuals that have not had regular chiropractic care. In research with HIV positive patients, those patients who had regular chiropractic adjustments not only had an improvement in the number of white blood cells that attack the HIV virus, but it was the very cell that the HIV virus prefers to use as a host.

healthy-seniors-s17-seniors-exercising-115. More Active, Vital Senior Years. A three-year study of senior citizens over 75 years of age revealed that seniors who receive chiropractic care spend fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes than elderly non-chiropractic patients. Senior citizens under chiropractic care report better overall health, have fewer chronic conditions, and are less likely to use prescription drugs than non-chiropractic patients. The senior chiropractic patients were more likely to exercise vigorously and more likely to be active in the community. Chiropractic patients spend 15% less time in nursing homes and 21% less time in hospitals than the non-chiropractic patients.

16. More Creativity. Creative thinking is one of the greatest human assets in that it initiates new thoughts and world changing ideas. Creativity is the ability to generate ideas of both novel and useful form to a particular social setting. Innovative thoughts inspire excitement and unlock the depths of human potential. Research shows that adults have higher levels of creativity for up to 8 days following a chiropractic adjustment.

Are Subluxations Painful?

A subluxation is an interference to your nervous system. Since your nervous system is responsible for running every cell, tissue, organ and gland in your body, then interference to those nerves will and do interfere with the optimal function of your body.

Subluxation_PicMany people believe that if they have a subluxation that they will know it because they will have some significant pain. The fact is subluxations are mostly painless.

There are 3 types of nerves in the body. MOTOR nerves carry signals TO your muscles. AUTONOMIC nerves carry signals TO and FROM your organs and glands. SENSORY nerves carry information about your internal and external environment TO your brain. The sensory nerves make up only 10% of the nerves in your body. Sensory nerves include temperature, vibration, hearing, sight, taste smell, touch and finally PAIN. So, in reality, probably less than 5% of all the nerves in your body actually carry pain signals. It doesn’t make much sense to base your need for chiropractic care on whether or not you have pain. Pain may or may not ever occur in a subluxation, meanwhile, the function of your body is being seriously compromised.

A 1993 study revealed that pressure to the nerve root (the nerve root is located between two spinal bones) can exist without pain. Chiropractors call this condition subluxation. More importantly Dr. Hause, the chief researcher, stated that this pressure can damage the autonomic nerves. The autonomic nerves are the part of the nervous system that regulates the function of your organs, gland and blood vessels. The plain and simple translation of it is this: A subluxation can damage nerves, even the ne654_dl_photo_c9d65rves that control your vital organs and glands, without producing any pain whatsoever. This is why so many people are “feeling good” while their health is continues to decline. Only when they have significant tissue damage and destruction will they then be aware of pain.1

It makes more sense to use your calendar rather than your pain level to determine when to have your nervous system checked by your chiropractor.

1. Hause, M: Pain and the Nerve Root. Spine 1993; 18(14):2053.

Your Neck and Your Stomach

A recent conversation with one of our practice members occurred during their re-examination and the only thing that was persistent from their first examination to their most recent one was a major subluxation of the sixth bone down in their neck (known as C-6).

According to the nerve chart we use, C-6 is often associated with stomach issues and, when I explained this, for the first time this practice member explained about having digestive issues and a hiatal hernia.  This never came up during her initial evaluation because she thought that her care program was only about her back problems.

So, what all of you should know is that the health of the spine and spinal cord can have a significant impact on the health of digestion and absorption. The nerves that send signals to and from the organs of the digestive tract travel through the spinal cord. The healthier the physical body the healthier the nerve conduction and the better digestion and absorption is likely to be.  By the way, the other spinal area commonly associated with the stomach is in the mid-back area near the base of the shoulder blades.

Hiatal hernia, the elevation of the upper portion of the stomach above the diaphragm is associated with spinal subluxations in the lower thoracic spine.  Constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, and many other digestive symptoms often improve when spinal alignment, movement, and function are restored and maintained.

This is NOT a Political Endorsement BUT He Is Right:

 

“…the reason medical costs have skyrocketed is that individuals have stopped taking personal responsibility for their health care.”

-Ron Paul

The word to the wise today is to do three things:

  1. Take more personal responsibility for your health and health care.
  2. It’s never JUST A BACK problem as your nerves go to all parts of your body.
  3. Tell us what’s going on…even if it’s something you don’t think we can help!

Neck Pain and Sleep

I’m hoping this entry will not PUT you to sleep but rather WAKE YOU UP to the important information presented here about how to sleep in the presence of neck pain.

If you’ve ever had neck pain, then you already know how challenging it is to find a comfortable position in bed and how difficult it can be to fall asleep and stay asleep! In fact, sometimes neck pain can get so bad, that lying down is not even an option.

Sleep, especially deep sleep, is a VERY important part of healing so it’s important to learn as much as possible so you can get some good quality sleep! In fact, a Harvard based report states 75% of us get less than 6 sleep hours at least a few nights per week, which over the short haul, is not a problem, but NOT so in the long haul! They go on to list “Six reasons not to scrimp on sleep:”

  1. Learning and memory – “memory consolidation” occurs better after we sleep when learning new tasks (and tests scores reflect the difference);
  2. Weight and metabolism – chronic sleep problems can cause weight gain by altering the way our body processes and stores carbohydrates and by altering the hormones that affect appetite;
  3. Safety – increased fatigue = a greater tendency to fall asleep during the day, which can be catastrophic (car accidents, industrial accidents, etc.);
  4. Mood – the lack of sleep can increase irritability, impatience, concentration loss and moodiness;
  5. Heart health – serious sleep loss has been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat;
  6. Disease – alters immune function and may help fight cancer.

Let’s get back to sleeping best with neck pain! As a start, avoid caffeine at least 2-3 hours before bedtime – that’s a “no brainer!” For some, exercising too close to bedtime is not helpful.

Regarding neck posture while sleeping, the proper pillow is VERY IMPORTANT! Try lying on your back and both sides but preferably not your stomach due to the need to rotate the neck. The “ideal pillow” is one that allows the neck to remain “neutral” or, maintain its normal curve that is present when standing. The pillow should not be too thick or too thin. Since the neck is generally skinnier than our head, a “neck-friendly” pillow should be thicker on the edge so that it fills in the space between the neck and bed and thinner under the head. This is true whether we lay on our sides or back but the amount of space varies with age, gender, and phenotype – that is, thin, medium or heavy-set body types. There are many contoured or “shaped” pillows available that are thicker on the outside edges and thinner in the middle. Some of these include foam pillows of different densities, air pillows, water pillows, memory foam pillows, feather pillows, and others. Some companies make a pillow based on the measurement between the neck and the point of the shoulder. This allows the person to pick the pillow size best suited for their neck size. It’s important to note that it can take about a week to get used to the “new shaped” pillow so, “BE PATIENT!” Since we spend 6-8 hours of time in bed sleeping (that’s 25-30% of our life is spent sleeping!), neck pain may be PREVENTED by using a contoured pillow and, it’s easier to get used to the new shape when you don’t hurt so take advantage of getting a contoured pillow when you are feeling good – talk to us as we can measure you and help you get set up right away!

Interested in learning more how chiropractic can help with neck pain so you can get a good nights sleep? Call (309) 692-6800 today, to discover chiropractic benefits.