Chiropractic Care… Safe and Cost Effective

“Ever since I was in my early teens, I’ve had muscle and joint problems that would come and go but never put me down where I couldn’t function. I was very active and played basketball, tennis, and ran in track but over the last 10 years I’ve avoided a lot of activity due to my problems. Now, after having a couple of children and gaining some weight, I notice more frequent and intense back problems and I’m getting quite concerned over the changes that have been taking place and afraid to do things. I talked about this with my family and friends and some have recommended chiropractic, some recommend physical therapy, others suggest medication and one even suggested shots! Quite frankly, I’m totally confused as to what to do!”

This scenario may sound familiar to many people.

lower-back-pain-s1-factsThe choice of health care provision is a personal one, often influenced by those around you – family, friends, teachers, and more!

It seems like everyone is an “expert” with different opinions and their advice, often conflicting, can lead to confusion about what is best for you.

There are many ways to approach back trouble, regardless of the diagnosis or condition.

First, all health care providers are biased in that they naturally focus on their specialty. If you choose to consult with a surgeon, s/he will look at your condition from a surgical perspective. Various surgical options may be discussed, tests are usually recommended and the process begins.

When consulting with a family physician, the typical approach is pharmaceutical or drugs such as anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Nuprin, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Aleve, Tylenol, etc.), heat or ice, activity modifications (possibly rest or mild/moderate activity), and possibly referral for chiropractic or physical therapy.

In reviewing the various guidelines, it is recommended to start with the least invasive, safest, most cost effective approaches first.

Unless “red flags” like cancer, fracture, infection or progressive severe neurological losses are present, surgery is not a logical initial approach.

Chiropractic has been recommended as a first or initial choice as it has been found to be safe, highly satisfying, non-invasive, and cost effective.

The typical approach includes a thorough history, an examination that includes an analysis of posture, motion, function and includes the whole body.

For example, if one leg is short, the pelvis will tilt and spine is often crooked. That needs to be corrected for both long and short term results.

If the feet pronate and the arches are flat, the effects on gait/walking on the ankle, knee, hip and back can lead to trouble or perpetuate current problems.

Deconditioning or, being out of shape is an important aspect included in the chiropractic management process.

If these methods fail to bring about satisfying results, referral for more invasive approaches will be considered.

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Top 5 Benefits of Chiropractic

Are There Any Benefits of Chiropractic Care That You May Not Know About?

There are a number of different reasons why patients decide to seek out chiropractic care. Whether you are getting adjusted for headaches, low back pain, or anything in between, there are a number of ways that spinal adjustments can help your overall health. When you take care of your nervous system, your entire body can benefit. This is why there are so many great benefits of chiropractic care that the average person doesn’t even know about. Here are some of the best benefits of chiropractic care that could help improve your life.

1. Relieve Stress: When your nervous system is interfered with, your spinal bones are misaligned and your muscles are imbalanced, chances are your entire body will feel out of line. This can cause a great deal of mental and physical stress on your body. Once you have been balanced, your body will immediately feel less tense, and this message of relaxation will also go straight to the brain.

2. Improve Posture: Over time, regular chiropractic adjustments can help align tilting and abnormal curves in your spine and help you improve your posture. This can be particularly beneficial when it comes to the curve in your neck. Many people develop neck issues younger than ever, due to their constant position sitting in front of a computer screen or hunched over a phone.

3. Improve Your Mood: When you get adjusted, you are balancing your body’s entire system. This includes your body chemistry. This means that those who are suffering from certain chemical imbalances will often benefit from chiropractic care. Many people dealing with depression can see an Chiropractic_Adjustmentimprovement in their mood with regular chiropractic care. Many individuals with ADHD have also seen great benefits with regular adjustments.

4. Improve Your Immune System: When you get adjusted, your chiropractor is removing subluxations that are preventing your nervous system from working properly. Keeping your nervous system working properly keeps your immune system working properly, meaning your immune system will start working better and you will start recovering from illnesses faster.

5. Improve Your Sleep: Many sleep problems are related to pain, stress and body aches and imbalances in the nervous system. Taking care of these issues with regular chiropractic care can help any individual improve their sleep quality and get the rest they need every night.

Regular chiropractic care can provide these benefits and more by removing interference to your nervous system allowing your body to work a peak performance.

Chiropractic and the Brain

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What Occurs in the Brain during a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Thera-peutics in 2007, shows how chiropractic helps affect brain and nerve system function. The New Zealand Chiropractors Association states, “Ground-breaking research has, for the first time, identified the actual changes that occur in the body, the nervous system and the brain during chiropractic spinal adjustments.”

The study demonstrates that chiropractic care sends signals to the brain that change the way the brain controls muscles. Researchers commented, “The process of a spinal adjustment is like rebooting a computer. The signals that these adjustments send to the brain, via the nervous system reset muscle behavior patterns.” This is the first time that anyone has used EEGs to prove that there are definite changes to the way the brain processes information after chiropractic care.

Can Chiropractic Support a Condition Like Depression?

A research study published in the November 7, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, showed a positive result in the care of individuals with depression. For the purpose of this study subjects were selected on the basis of being over 18 years of age and having depression noted in their medical history file. Fifteen
participants completed the study. The subjects of this study were given a standardized test known as the Beck Depression Inventory (aka BDI-II) both before and after receiving specific chiropractic care for correction of subluxations. The results showed a significant improvement of the average BDI-II scores of the group. On an individual basis, eleven participants experienced marked improvement; two had minimal improvement while only 2 participants scored worse on the follow up test. The researchers noted that this research tested and supported the hypothesis that the chiropractic correction of subluxations reduced the symptoms of depression.

Studies using the electroencephalogram (EEG) show that before and following a chiropractic adjustment those areas of the brain that produce neurotransmitters demonstrate more normalized brain wave maps and increased Alpha waves, associated with a relaxed or meditative states.brain

Chiropractic and the Brain… Is This a New Concept?

Absolutely not! Chiropractic has always been about re-establishing normal nerve signaling between the brain and the body. In fact, in the early years of chiropractic, the profession purchased several mental institutions. Chiropractic adjustments were the dominant clinical services provided along with healthy garden fresh foods. One of these was located in Davenport. In 1922, the Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium was established. The facility was later known as Forest Park Sanitarium. They were so successful with “mental disorders” that one North Dakota Judge A. W. Ponath noted that at the North Dakota state mental hospital, the “cure and discharge rate” ranged from 18-27%, compared to 65% at Forest Park. Sadly, both Forest Park and Clearview Sanitarium closed in large part due to third party (insurance) refusal to pay for anything other than pharmaceutical and radical electro-surgical care.

Chiropractic and The Flow of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear colorless bodily fluid found in the brain and spine. It is produced in the choroid plexus of the brain. It acts as a cushion or buffer for the brain’s cortex, providing a basic mechanical and immunological protection to the brain inside the skull, and it serves a vital function in cerebral autoregulation of cerebral blood flow. We also know that the flow of CSF affects the distribution of neurotransmitters.

The CSF occupies the subarachnoid space (the space between the arachnoid mater and the pia mater, layers called meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord) and the ventricular system around and inside the brain and spinal cord.

It has long been held that disorders of CSF flow (called CSF stasis) affect the distribution of neurotransmitters; disrupt blood flow (and nutrition to cells) as well as disrupt proper brain function. New research by Drs. Vincent and Carmine Esposito has discovered that there is an improvement in cerebrospinal fluid flow after a chiropractic adjustment. Using before and after MRI studies they have shown dramatic increased of CSF flow around brain and down the spinal cord.

What do you call a person with a brain that functions better? …Smarter and more efficient.