There seems to be no end to the conditions that respond to chiropractic care – physical as well as psychological conditions.
That is because chiropractic does not “treat” a particular condition. Chiropractic care “corrects” a serious interference to the brain, nervous system, and energy function known as the subluxation.
No matter what condition you or a loved one may have, you and they will always function better when free from subluxations. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to locate and correct subluxations. Enjoy this month’s cases and see more next month.
Low back pain, headaches and fibromyalgia
A 31-year-old female with low back pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia began chiropractic care; she was seeking an alternative to pharmacological pain medications.
Spinal analysis established the location of the patient’s subluxations and she received five specific adjustments in the span of 18 months. The patient reported a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms after two months of care and recently reported that she is no longer taking any medications. (1)
Chiropractic and ADHD, depression and learning disabilities.
An eight-year-old boy was brought into the chiropractor’s office for care. The child was diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability regarding working memory and processing speed. The patient’s mother said that his medications were ineffective, causing nausea, heart palpitations, and low appetite. She brought him in for chiropractic care for an alternative treatment plan to manage these concerns.
The child was analyzed for subluxations and care was initiated to reduce and correct them using spinal and cranial techniques. He had significant improvements in irritability, mood swings, social interaction, temper, energy, memory, and immune function. After eight months of care, he continued to progress as evidenced by positive reports from his teachers and parents. (2)
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1. Soriano W, Apatiga A. Resolution of fibromyalgia & polypharmacy concomitant with increased cervical curve & improved quality of life following reduction of upper cervical subluxation: a case study. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. October 21, 2014:61-67.
2. Zielinski BA, Mankal K. An epidemiological approach to the effects of subluxation-based chiropractic care on the management of ADHD, depression and learning disabilities in an 8-year old: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 15, 2014:153-160.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a psychological condition in which those affected experience depressive symptoms during specific periods of the year. Thought to affect approximately 6% of those in the US, this condition can be alleviated by a range of natural remedies.
What is SAD?
Seasonal affective disorder is a recurrent major depressive disorder that has a seasonal pattern specifier, which means symptoms are usually experienced during the fall/winter months and remit in the spring/summer months.
The condition varies in severity. Some patients have milder symptoms and will subsequently be diagnosed with a subsyndromal type of SAD (S-SAD) commonly referred to as the “winter blues”. A different seasonal pattern may also be observed, where individuals experience depressive episodes during the spring/summer months and remission during the fall/winter months.
Symptoms and causes of SAD
Typically, those with SAD will experience some of the following symptoms:
Weight gain due to overeating
Sleeping more often than usual
Lack of enjoyment in activities normally found pleasurable
Those with S-SAD may experience weight loss due to lack of appetite, issues sleeping or insomnia, and feelings of anxiety. There are several proposed theories to explain SAD, most of which come from a biological perspective. These include a lack of vitamin D and serotonin and overproduction of melatonin.
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder
There is a range of options widely used to treat SAD (some of which include drug treatments such as antidepressants, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy). Alongside these treatment methods, patients may benefit from a range of natural remedies that can be used to manage and prevent symptoms.
Light therapy is a common natural remedy used to treat seasonal affective disorder and is characterized by the use of a lightbox to replace the lack of sunlight in the fall/winter months. The light emitted from the box is approximately 20 times brighter than typical indoor lights. Its use is recommended for approximately 30 minutes to two hours per day, early in the morning.
In order to prevent potential symptoms from developing, users are suggested to start light therapy before the winter months begin. Furthermore, results are normally seen in a few weeks. Activities such as reading and eating are permitted while using the box, as long as light enters the pupils.
Light therapy may not be appropriate for everyone though. For example, its use is not recommended for photosensitizing medication such as antipsychotics and phenothiazines. Potential side effects for others may include headaches, eye strain, and blurred vision.
Exercise is known to have a myriad of health benefits. It is linked to the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and muscle bone and joint diseases. The effectiveness of exercise interventions has been observed in those with non-seasonal major depression. As a consequence, these are being investigated for their usefulness in SAD.
Research investigating the impact of light therapy and aerobic exercise on symptoms of SAD found that 20 minutes of pedaling on a stationary bike was as effective as light therapy in producing a significant reduction in symptoms. Furthermore, it is suggested that regular exercise can increase serotonin levels in the brain. This finding could be beneficial to those with SAD, who typically have lower serotonin levels during depressive episodes.
The timing of exercise is important. For those with SAD, exercising at night is not recommended because it could cause a phase delay in the onset of melatonin release during the following night. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, which is involved in the regulation of wakefulness. If the cycle of melatonin production is disturbed by night-time exercise, individuals may struggle to sleep the following night.
Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin following exposure to sunlight and is believed to play a role in serotonin activity. Those with SAD have been found to produce less vitamin D, and its deficiency has been associated with clinically significant depressive symptoms.
There are two natural remedies with the potential to address this. Firstly, those with SAD could spend more time outdoors. They should plan winter vacations to sunny climates before winter starts since after this period they lose the motivation to do so. Secondly, vitamin D supplements could be taken to increase levels. If taken before winter darkness begins, it may prevent the onset of symptoms.
Research has found that implementing diet changes may have a positive impact on reducing the onset and severity of symptoms in those with SAD. Specifically, patients should cut out nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol consumption, while maintaining a balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet.
The consumption of processed food should be avoided due to the lack of vital nutrients including folate in such foods. Folate is found in a variety of vegetables including broccoli and Brussel sprouts, as well as legumes. Low levels of folate have been found to be associated with an increase in the onset of depressive symptoms.
Finding ways to reduce stress is also of benefit in preventing the symptoms of SAD or at least in reducing their severity. Some methods could include meditation on deeper truths, walking, and intentionally focusing on the beauty and detail in ordinary things.
Over a century of success in helping children regain and retain their health has made chiropractic the healthcare of choice for millions of parents and their children throughout the world.
The Earliest Years
Chiropractors have helped babies suffering from nearly every condition imaginable: colic, vomiting, sleeping problems, tonsillitis, vision and hearing problems, and many, many others.
Toddlerhood Through Childhood
Toddlerhood through childhood is a very physical time. Those first hesitant steps soon evolve into jumping and running, with falls and accidents accompanying each new skill. Even a small fall can cause damage with potential long-term consequences.
Ear infections, asthma and allergies, and constipation have responded to chiropractic care.
In addition, there are reports of chiropractic care helping children suffering from autism. Some children were later re-diagnosed as normal after chiropractic care
Improved Academic Performance
Chiropractic care has been a blessing to many children (and their parents) who were experiencing learning problems.
Both clinical reports and research validate chiropractic’s success with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lack of energy or “low mental stamina”, anxiety, behavioral problems, and other learning disabilities. Researchers, as well as parents, have reported improvements in both grades and IQ as a result of chiropractic care. (
Chiropractic Checkups Are Vital
All children, especially if they are ill, need bodies free of blockages to the flow of energy and information in his/her nervous systems. It might make the difference between a life of strength and health and a life of weakness and illness.
Many people turn to drugs. While necessary at times, in most cases drugs merely cover up or suppress symptoms but do not promote healing. You may feel a little better, but you are still sick – you just aren’t experiencing the pain or other warning signs your body is giving you. If drugs healed then those taking the most would be the healthiest. But aren’t they the sickest?
Surgery may be necessary at times. This is a serious intervention as every surgery is fraught with risks and dangers. In addition, you’re never the same after you’ve had organs tampered with or removed.
The chiropractic approach
Many people are exploring safer, natural, drug-free methods before resorting to more extreme procedures; many make the chiropractic choice.
Chiropractic is not only a great way to get your body working properly; it is a great way of KEEPING your body working properly. Why wait until you are sick to do something about your health? Chiropractic helps you prevent health problems and to feel your best every day of your life!
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractors locate and correct subluxations in your body.
Subluxations are internal distortions that weaken your body, unbalance your skeletal system, put stress on your brain, nerves, and organs, lower your resistance to disease and sap your energy.
Subluxations are unfortunately very common – and painless! You could have multiple subluxations in your body and have no idea something is wrong – until disease or illness “suddenly” strikes you. Even babies, from the stress of birth, may have them.
It takes time to get sick
No one goes from perfect health to illness overnight – it takes time. The first stage is dis-ease: your resistance is lowered, your body may be accumulating toxins and you’ve lost that healthy bounce to your step. Your body is slowly breaking down. Now is the time for a chiropractic visit!
It is important to keep yourself subluxation-free. Since you don’t necessarily know if you have subluxations, periodic chiropractic checkups will help you maintain your improved health and continue the healing process that you’ve already begun. Most people wait until they are ill before addressing their health. Why not work to prevent disease, to prevent deterioration, to maintain and optimize your health? That is the goal of chiropractic.
You deserve it
You deserve to live the rest of your life in the best possible health, tapping into your full potential, maximizing your life expression.
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.
Improvement of a patient with essential tremors.
A 58-year-old woman with a 40-year history of diagnosed essential tremors (ET) without relief began chiropractic care. ET is the constant, rhythmic movement of a body part, usually the upper extremities or the head. In this case, the woman had ET in both arms. ET is 20 times more common than Parkinson’s Disease. There is no known cause or cure. In addition to the tremors, she suffered from headaches, mid and low back pain, hip pain, sciatic pain, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and challenges with self-motivation.
She was found to have vertebral subluxation in her upper neck (upper cervical or C-1) spine. Chiropractic care addressed her C-1 subluxation.
She reported an 80% improvement of ET immediately after her first adjustment. Over a period of 4 months, she received 4 adjustments to her C-1 vertebra with 95% improvement of ET. In addition, her headaches were reduced by 95%. Her mid and low back pain improved by 80% with associated hip pain improving by 90% and a complete resolution of her sciatic pain. She also reported a 90% improvement in brain fog with an increased ability to concentrate and be self-motivated. (1)
High blood pressure, ringing in the ears, and arthritis.
A 72-year-old man with a history of hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, ringing/buzzing in the ears, and numbness/burning in his shoulder sought out chiropractic care. He was on blood pressure medication for one year prior to care.
For the next three months, the patient received chiropractic analysis and correction (adjustment) of his vertebral subluxations.
Over that period, his blood pressure decreased, he reported improvement in his arthritis, ringing/buzzing in the ear, and shoulder numbness/burning. A self-survey showed additional improvements in emotional/mental state, stress, and life enjoyment. (2)
Upper back pain, numbness, and “nerve feelings” in the hands (T-4 Syndrome).
A 64-year-old woman came in for care to a chiropractor’s office. The symptoms of those suffering from T-4 syndrome typically include upper thoracic (upper back) pain, and odd nerve feelings, and numbness in the hands. The cause appears to be from upper thoracic subluxation (T-4 stands for 4th thoracic vertebra).
Chiropractic adjustments were administered to reduce vertebral subluxations; by the fifth visit, the patient reported complete remission of thoracic pain and hand numbness. (3)
Do you know anyone suffering from these things? Please share this article with them and gently suggest they make an appointment to see us. 517.627.4547
Berner N. Resolution of essential tremors in a female patient undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. 2021:35-42.
Van Dyke V, Russell D, Alcantara J. Resolution of hypertension in a 72-year-old male following subluxation-based chiropractic care: a case report & selective review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 12, 2015:172-177.
Librone P, Kalantarov E. Resolution of T4 Syndrome following chiropractic care: a case report. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 29, 2014:161-168.
Allergy is a recent condition. It didn’t exist until modern times. John Bostock, MD originally described his own symptoms of “hay fever” for the British Royal Society in 1819. He later reported that after investigating 5,000 patients in all of England he was able to find only 28 cases of this new condition.
Allergies were pretty much unknown throughout the UK, US, and Canada, as well as the rest of the world, until modern times. For example, in Japan allergies barely existed until 1950, but now affect about 1 in ten Japanese.
Today allergies are commonplace, and the numbers are growing all over the world. What novel environmental factor can account for this now all too common condition?
One of many examples is that researchers, wearing medically approved blinders blame allergies on mites – as if mites didn’t exist before modern times. Others blame “allergenic” foods – which magically didn’t exist in earlier times as well as worms, cockroaches, mice, and dust. Why should we not wonder that none of these “allergens” caused allergies until modern times?
Others have reported that lack of breastfeeding caused allergies – but not all women breastfed their babies for various reasons. That’s why wet nurses were in use. No allergies were ever reported. Others said allergies were caused by crowded cities and atmospheric pollution but again, where were allergies in the crowded cities in Europe and Asia in times past?
Sometimes “medical experts” and “researchers,” say the most foolish things and avoid telling us the truth. Because they are so revered, their mistakes can lead to serious health problems. Today’s reliance on medical and government “experts” has caused terrible worldwide suffering.
Researchers have discovered that vaccinated children have allergies while allergies (as well as asthma and autism) are rare in the non-vaccinated. (1)
Can chiropractic help allergies?
Allergies, whatever their cause, appear to be an overreaction or hypersensitivity of the immune system. By adjusting subluxations, the Doctor of Chiropractic takes stress off both the nervous and immune systems.
For that reason, chiropractic care has been a blessing to many allergy sufferers. Chiropractic seems to interrupt the nervous system’s immune system overreaction. The chiropractic adjustment can be referred to as a “pattern interrupt.” The overreaction of the nervous system stops and the body functions more effectively – something all allergy sufferers need. Recent understandings in psychoneuroimmunology reveal that when the nervous system functions better the immune system functions better. (2-3) That is something chiropractors have been saying for over 125 years!
Nyiendo J, Olsen E. Characteristics of 217 children attending a chiropractic college teaching clinic. JMPT. 1988;11(2):78-84.
Busse WW. Mechanisms and advances in allergic diseases. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2000;105(6pt2):S593-S598.
James W. Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth. Boston: Bergin & Garvey. 1988:71.
Chiropractic care is made up of two parts. First, a subluxation, a physical distortion causing nerve interference or stress, is located in a person’s body. This is done using various instruments and tools that may range from the highly sophisticated, such as X-rays and MRIs, to the relatively simple (body measurement and various tests). In the hands of an expert, a simple tool can be very accurate.
Now comes the specialized procedure to correct, release or (the most commonly used word) adjust the patient’s subluxation. This is done to undistort the distortion in a person, to correct the hidden stress, to release nerve stress. There are many chiropractic adjustment techniques, over 100 are taught today.
Typically, the adjustment involves introducing force or energy to the part of the body where the subluxation resides to unlock it, to put the part in motion so that the body will reposition the offending part.
An adjustment may take a moment, but its beneficial effects may be lifelong.
Feel free to ask us what techniques we are using on you and why. Remember, we are partners in your healing journey. The more you learn about our practice and our approaches to your health, the more satisfying, complete (and fun) your journey will be.
Hope you are enjoying the Norwegian weather we brought back with us!
It was a wonderful time spent with family and introducing Grampi Ray to Granddaughter Emily. We celebrated her first birthday and also had her christened, all in one big celebration that was a bit exhausting for Dr. Ray and I as we were “gifted” with the task of blowing up 70 balloons for the “arch” at the baby gift table. (no pumps provided!)
We got a serious fill-up of grandkid time and now that travel is a little more open, we will be going to see them sometime soon.
Meanwhile, here in Michigan, time is accelerating into the final stretch of the year(Good Grief Lucy where did the time go?)
I just placed letters on our front desk for our Annual Food Bank Fundraiser. This is an event that is special to us, for which we usually get great support. Helping others is always a good feeling!
Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy fall even if the leaves are late hitting the ground (They have been glorious, though.)
SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE YOGA MAT, AROUND TOWN, OR UNDER THE BARBELLS.
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.
Shoulder problems in two patients.
A 45-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man had complaints of shoulder pain and restriction. Both reported falls and accidents two months prior. Over-the-counter medication and physical therapy were ineffective.
Both patients received upper cervical (upper neck) chiropractic adjustments. Significant improvements in shoulder range of motion and decreased pain occurred in both patients. (2)
Vertigo, hearing, and quality of life.
A fifty-one-year-old woman was diagnosed with Chiari malformation (CM), a structural defect where the brainstem is below its typical/normal position. CM can cause headaches, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, dizziness, neck pain, unsteady gait, poor hand coordination, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet as well as speech problems.
This woman suffered from Meniere’s disease, migraine, concussion, whiplash, upper cervical subluxation, and TMJ dysfunction.
She had previously received skull and neck surgery to address her symptoms. She experienced only temporary relief.
She began chiropractic care. At a two-year follow up she reported that her vertigo number went from 10 to 1 (occasional imbalance but no dizziness) and her hearing was restored. Her tinnitus was replaced by an occasional humming sound. She reports she has her confidence back, can drive and shop again and her sleep has improved. (3)
A 9-day-old girl with a history of birth trauma was brought in for chiropractic care. Her mother reported that her daughter had breastfeeding difficulties and failure to gain weight. Breastfeeding was so painful that a lactation consultant recommended a nipple shield.
The child had chiropractic adjustment to her atlas (C-1 vertebrae) and sacrum along with cranial care. She had four visits in two weeks and after each visit, the mother reported more comfortable breastfeeding and an increase in weight gain. (4)
Do you know anyone suffering from these things? Please share this article with them and gently suggest they make an appointment to see us. 517.627.4547
Shin M, Alcantara J. Resolution of adhesive capsulitis following subluxation-based chiropractic care: a case series & selective review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. October 19, 2015:167-171.
Burcon MT. Resolution of vertigo restored hearing & improved quality of life in a patient with Meniere’s disease & failed craniectomy: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. May 10, 2021:10-19.
Williams-Libs S, Alcantara J. Resolution of breastfeeding difficulties and concomitant weight gain following chiropractic care in an infant with birth trauma: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. June 1, 2021:46-52.
It deactivates drugs – without it, a few ounces of alcohol could keep you drunk for life; a moment’s adrenaline rush would go on and on; pharmaceuticals would never stop altering your body chemistry.
It helps life-sustaining nutrients to get to your cells.
It converts food into nutrients.
It stores fats, sugars, iron, and vitamins for later use by the body
It is the most amazing juggler in existence – creating and balancing over 13,000 chemicals and hormones.
It keeps your blood sugar levels within a safe margin and balances vitamins and minerals so your bones will stay strong and won’t deteriorate.
It clears out inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed (through the skin) toxins, chemicals, and pollution. Without this constant detoxification of waste and toxins, you’d be dead in less than a day.
It works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and doesn’t take off for holidays.
With the exception of your skin, it is the largest organ in your body and performs more than 500 functions to keep you healthy.
If you guessed your liver……… go to the head of the class.
When your liver is not functioning properly you may feel sluggish and possibly nauseous. Many of your organs are affected by an unhealthy liver – your eyes can be bloodshot, you can have bad breath, abdominal bloating, poor digestion, fatigue, a coated tongue, a sluggish metabolism, excessive body heat, sugar cravings, and inability to lose weight. A sluggish liver stresses the kidney, heart, and brain.
This is one very important organ.
An important way to keep your liver healthy is to make sure your spine is healthy. Why? Because your liver, as well as your other organs, needs constant communications from your spine. A subluxation could block essential communications between your brain and body, potentially affecting liver function.
Please share this article with someone who may need this information!
I was in a huge amount of pain and nothing the MD’s gave me relieved it. I saw 3 MD’s in 2 days and then 2 friends told me about your office. Dr. Charmaine was wonderful and even volunteered to come in on the weekend to adjust me. No pain after a couple of visits. Hooray!