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Researching Chiropractic: Asthma, Diabetes, and Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them.

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Asthma, stomach and intestinal complaints, colds, and chiropractic

A 23-month-old child suffering from asthma, gastrointestinal complaints, and frequent colds was brought to a chiropractic office for evaluation and possible care by her parents. She was on various asthma medications and was under constant monitoring by her pediatric pulmonologist. 

Chiropractic care consisted of adjustments to address areas of vertebral subluxations in her cervical (neck), thoracic (midback), and lumbosacral (lower back) spine. 

Within approximately 11 months, the patient’s parents reported a 90% improvement in their child’s condition. All medications were discontinued with a dramatic decrease in asthma symptoms, sinus problems, and frequency of colds. 

Fibromyalgia and chiropractic

 A 36-year-old woman began chiropractic care due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident three days prior. Chiropractic examination found vertebral subluxations and the patient was placed on a schedule of chiropractic care. 

The patient was seen over a 12-week period. She responded well to care with dramatic improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and was placed on a long-term maintenance plan.  

Diabetes and chiropractic

A 61-year-old man presented to the chiropractor with a 20-year history of type 2 diabetes. Chiropractic adjustments were applied to the sites of vertebral subluxations, and dietary modification to reduce inflammation in the body was recommended as well. After 1 month of chiropractic treatment and dietary changes, the patient decided to cease taking medication for the treatment of his type 2 diabetes.  After 2 months of chiropractic care, he returned to his medical doctor who confirmed that his blood-glucose levels had normalized. 

Dr. C notes that her sister dropped her insulin needs to virtually nil after getting under care.

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Your Listings: How are yours?

We’re not talking about your listing in the phone book (do people use them anymore?) or whether your boat is tilting in the water. When chiropractors use the word “listing” it’s used to describe the direction your vertebrae or spinal bones are subluxated or out of position.  

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For example, let’s say you’re told your listing is “C-1 right.” What does that mean? Well, C1 is shorthand for your first cervical (neck) vertebra. It’s located just underneath your skull. “C-1 right” means that C1 is shifted to the right. C-1 RA means that the vertebra is shifted right and has rotated anterior (or forward) on the right. 

If we said that your C-2 is left that would indicate that your second cervical vertebra is shifted left. Your seven cervical vertebrae are named C-1, C-2, C-3 all the way to C-7.  

You also have 12 thoracic vertebrae named T-1 to T-12. You have five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae named L-1 to L-5. 

Your vertebrae can misalign in many individual directions – left, right, inferior (down), superior (up), rotation, anterior (towards the front), posterior (towards the back), medial (towards your center), lateral (away from your center) – and many combinations of directions. There are also different listing systems based on the various adjusting techniques chiropractors use. 

It can get very complicated. 

How do doctors of chiropractic determine what your listing is? X-ray analysis is a common tool that is used but there are others in use in the profession.

 

To discover if you have any listings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray.  Please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

10 reasons to take children to a chiropractor

 

We get asked this a lot. Why would you take a child to a chiropractor? They aren’t old enough to have back pain. IMG_1269

There are lots of reasons for taking children to a chiropractor and here some popular and very beneficial ones:

  1. To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development). 
  2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing. 
  3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches, and general illness. 
  4. To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome. 
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties, and allergies. 
  6. To improve spinal posture. 
  7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate. 
  8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing. 
  9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
  10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues. 

Your child’s health is their greatest asset.

To schedule an appointment or talk to Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

What is Chiropractic Philosophy?

Every healing art follows a philosophy. While medicine follows a mechanistic philosophical model (the body functions like a machine and is chiropractic philosophy unreactive), chiropractic follows a vitalistic philosophical model (the body is intelligent and reactive). 

Chiropractic recognizes that the ultimate healer is your inner healing ability that can heal anything – from a cut to cancer. Our purpose as chiropractors is to help your natural healing ability to function as close to 100% as possible. 

  We do that by correcting subluxations – structural distortions in the body that interfere with the flow of energy and information throughout the body. 

  Chiropractors are specialists in locating and correcting subluxations in everyone – from the newborn to the elderly – so you’ll function with more balance, harmony, and energy. 

To learn more about our chiropractic practice, please click here.

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Researching Chiropractic: Strength Building, Failure to Thrive, Thyroid Issues

Chiropractic makes you stronger. We know that professional and amateur athletes love chiropractic. Now there is a simple study showing that chiropractic makes you stronger. In this study grip strength was recorded for 100 male and female patients before and after chiropractic care. The results were statistically significant.

In this study 95% of the patients had a more than 5% increase in grip strength immediately after chiropractic care. A majority (31%) of the patients showed between 11-15% increase in grip strength; some had over 40% increase and one patient’s strength increased by 85%!

From the paper: Removal of vertebral subluxation can lead to improved motor function, better body function and healthier well-being. (1)

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Failure to thrive, oral thrush and inconsolable crying in a 4-month-old. The baby was medically diagnosed with “failure to thrive” (FTT) and MDs recommended surgical insertion of feeding tubes (i.e. gastrostomy) into the baby’s stomach. The mother refused and sought alternative care.

At 4-months-old the baby was brought to the chiropractor. In addition to FTT she suffered from inconsolable crying, chronic diarrhea and was dangerously underweight. Chiropractic examination detected vertebral subluxations at C1-C4 (upper neck) and T3-T4 (upper back) that were adjusted on the first visit.

Following the first visit, she slept a few hours continuously, without waking up and crying. After three visits she stopped arching in extension and screaming and her stools were becoming a normal color and well-formed. Eventually, she was sleeping through the night and was notably a happier baby, consistently gaining in strength and health each week. The child did not have the gastrostomy surgery.

Five years later the child was healthy and well-developed. (2)

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Hypothyroidism reduction. A 44-year-old woman with upper shoulder pain and pain between the shoulder blades that occurred after a motor vehicle accident 23 years earlier sought chiropractic care. She also suffered from low-thyroid function (hypothyroidism) and was taking Armour ThyroidT. Spinal X-rays revealed a significant loss of normal neck curve (hypo-lordosis) in addition to vertebral subluxations.

She received spinal adjustments to reduce her vertebral subluxation complexes (VSC). In addition to improvement in her pain, she began exhibiting signs/symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Her endocrinologist found improved thyroid function and instructed her to significantly reduce her thyroid medication. (3)

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Taking Out Adenoids Does NOT Help Ear Infections

Removal of the adenoids, often associated with swollen tonsils, is the first surgical treatment for many babies and young children. Although recommended for ear infections, it is not effective. (4) If your child is suffering from ear infections bring him/her in for a chiropractic checkup and adjustment so you may avoid drugs and surgery.

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Resources:

  1. Ng K. Improvement in motor function measured by grip strength following chiropractic adjustments to reduce vertebral subluxation in 100 subjects. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. March 23, 2020: 33-42.
  2. Neally R, Alcantara J. Resolution of failure to thrive in a 4-month-old infant following adjustment of subluxation: case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;4:149-153.
  3. Bak AD, Engelhardt PR. Improvement in cervical curve and hypothyroidism following reduction of subluxation utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: a case study & selective review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 10, 2015:226-237.
  4. Koivunen P, Uhari M, Luotonen J et al. Adenoidectomy versus chemoprophylaxis and placebo for recurrent acute otitis media in children aged under 2 years: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2004 Feb 28;328(7438):487.

Researching Chiropractic: Hypothyroidism, Constipation, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them.

Hypothyroidism reduction under chiropractic care. back-5163495_1920

After a motor vehicle accident a 44-year-old woman suffered from upper trapezius (upper shoulder) and inter-scapular pain (pain between the shoulder blades) for 23 years! In addition, she had been prescribed Armour® Thyroid in order to treat symptoms of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism).
X-rays of her neck revealed a 80.7% loss of normal neck curve (hypo-lordosis) in addition to vertebral subluxations. The patient received spinal adjustments to reduce her subluxations and to improve her spinal and postural alignment over a seven-month period. Thirty days into care the patient began exhibiting signs/symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). After serum lab evaluation, the patient’s endocrinologist instructed the patient to significantly reduce her thyroid medication. In addition, her shoulder and scapular pains gradually disappeared. (1)

Constipation in a three-year old. girl-996635_1920

A three-year-old suffered from constipation for one year, needing laxatives in order to have a bowel movement. She would have no bowel movements on her own. After 4-5 days her parents would give her laxatives. Chiropractic examination included spinal thermography, postural analysis, supine leg length comparison, range of motion, static and motion palpation of her spine. She was diagnosed with vertebral subluxations of the cervical region with related dysautonomia.

Chiropractic adjustments were utilized to correct the cervical subluxations. After two office visits, the toddler started having daily bowel movements. Within a three-month period of weekly chiropractic visits and adjustments, her constipation resolved completely. (2)

Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux). woman-3809444_1920

A 77-year-old woman suffering from severe right-sided trigeminal neuralgia (TN) for seven years started chiropractic care. Her TN pain was only initially helped by medication and was made worse by chewing, talking and smiling. When her symptoms were their worst, she was unable to eat or talk well for 4 days.

When she began chiropractic care she rated her pain 10 out of 10; describing it as a constant hot, throbbing, burning sensation that progressively got worse. Subluxations at C1 and other segments were located and adjusted. After six visits the patient saw significant reduction in pain; after four months she went off her medication and at 6 months was pain free. (3)

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1. Bak AD, Engelhardt PR. Improvement in cervical curve and hypothyroidism following reduction of
subluxation utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: a case study & selective review of the literature. Annals of
Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 10, 2015:226-237.
2. Merkovich AP. Resolution of chronic constipation & dysautonomia in a three-year-old female following
chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health,
Chiropractic. August 23, 2019:100-104.
3. Zielinski E, Mankal K, Pirini J. Resolution of trigeminal neuralgia following chiropractic care utilizing
Chiropractic Biophysics and diversified techniques: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation
Research. November 6, 2014:177-183.

200 Infants a Week Being Saved Thanks to Lockdown

A silver lining to the lockdown?

Approximately 700 infants die each week in the US. Recently researchers Mark F. Blaxill and Amy Becker discovered something shocking.
Infant deaths have dropped to under 500/week by mid-April and throughout May. Ironically as deaths in nursing homes have increased all over the country, approximately 30% fewer children have been dying.

This is incredible, over 200 babies per week that were expected to die did not. Was this a protective effect of school closures? No, because school-age children or adolescents showed no such benefit. The evidence indicates that as less babies were brought to pediatricians for well-baby visits, including childhood vaccines (given at 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, etc.) less babies have been dying from Crib Death or SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

From the paper: SIDS deaths are one of the two largest causes of death among infants aged 1 month to 1 year.
U.S. mortality rates have declined among young people during the lockdown, especially among infants. These trends have gone largely unnoticed and remain unexplained.

[Coincidentally] public health officials are bemoaning the sharp decline in infant vaccinations as parents are not taking their infants into pediatric offices for their regular well-baby checks. …the reduction in expected deaths is highest in infants…the lives of over 200 infants per week were saved during the month of May. Combining the number of lives saved in infants and children aged 1-4, demonstrates a smaller but comparably large and beneficial effect: roughly 145,000 life-years saved among children under 5. (2-3)

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2.https://healthchoice.org/lessons-from-the-lockdown/
3.https://www.ageofautism.com/2020/06/lessons-from-the-lockdown-a-white-paper-from-health-choice.html

Chiropractic: Run Faster, Jump Higher, Be Stronger

It’s summertime and we’re out playing. Can Chiropractic really help sports performance? It certainly does, and that’s why professional sports teams keep chiropractors on staff so their players’; bodies are more balanced, their nervous systems are healthier, their muscles function at their peak and, if they get hurt, they recover faster from injuries.

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  • golf
  • tennis
  • football
  • soccer
  • track
  • swimming
  • hockey
  • martial arts
  • wrestling
  • all the others

Chiropractic can give you the winning edge. Of course, you don’t need to be a professional athlete to benefit from chiropractic;
anyone who uses his/her body needs it to function at its peak. That means everyone, including you, your family, your friends and sports team, can have the winning edge. (1-3)

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1.Haldeman S. Spinal manipulative therapy in sports medicine. Clinics in Sports Medicine 1986;5:277.
2.Lauro BM. Chiropractic effects on athletic ability. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and
Clinical Investigations. 1991;6(4):84-87.
3.Interview with Nick Athens, DC Chiropractic Achievers. November/December 1989;38.

How Was Chiropractic Discovered?

Chiropractic was discovered by Dr. DD Palmer of Davenport, Iowa in 1895. Dr. Palmer learned that his building’s janitor, Harvey Lillard, had become deaf after being in an accident 17 years prior. The accident produced a slight distortion in his spine.

Dr. Palmer asked Mr. Lillard to lie down on a bench and gently guided the distortion back into alignment. Mr. Lillard’s hearing returned.

Dr. Palmer was intrigued by this spine-disease relationship. His next patient had a heart condition and when Dr. Palmer located and “adjusted” his spine, the heart condition was relieved.

Soon hundreds of people began to flood his office for “Dr. Palmer’s hand treatments” as they were then known. Dr. Palmer began to teach his methods and so began the profession of chiropractic.

Learn more about the Palmer family at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_David_Palmer

 

Researching Chiropractic: Back pain, developmental delay, constipation

There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?

Probably most of them.

Pregnant mom with back painpregnant case study

A 28-year-old mother who was 31 weeks into her 2nd pregnancy visited a chiropractor complaining of low back and right sacroiliac joint pain. She said her pain began one week after picking up her 2-year-old child. She was cared for once a week for 3 weeks. Her low back and sacroiliac pains disappeared and she also showed improved hip and spine mobility. (1)

Developmental delay

A 15-month-old girl had lack of muscle tone and developmental delay. She was unable to pull herself up to standing, walk unassisted or communicate appropriately for her age level.  After eight months of chiropractic care the child was able to pull herself up to standing, walk unassisted and had become more verbal using words appropriate for her developmental age. (2)

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Constipation

A 3 ½-year-old girl suffered from chronic constipation. Subluxations were located in her cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), lumbar (low back) and sacroiliac (hip) regions.  The girl received chiropractic care. Within three weeks, she experienced complete resolution of the constipation and was fully potty-trained. (3) 

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  1. Snyder J, Alcantara J. Resolution of low back & pelvic pain in a pregnant patient utilizing the Webster Technique: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Dec 18, 2019:139-143.
  2. Throp I, Shaw Y, Cade A. Improvement in developmental delay and hypotonia in a 15-month-old female following chiropractic care for reduction of vertebral subluxation: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Jan 16, 2019:144-147.
  3. Babinski K, Alcantara J. Resolution of chronic constipation in a child undergoing chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxations: a case report & review of literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Oct 18, 2019:122-128.