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Colds, Flu and Chiropractic

Chiropractic for the flu and common cold? Absolutely!colds

“But isn’t chiropractic just for backs?” we hear you ask.

Chiropractic is for the entire body. Many people seeing chiropractors for pain find a general improvement in their health that includes fewer and less severe colds, flu and other respiratory problems.

What Causes the Common Cold?

It’s not just germs. For germs to grow in you, you must first be fertile soil. For example, cold viruses were placed on the mucous lining of the nose in test subjects, yet only 12% got a cold. (1)

Obviously, there is more to the cold than germs. For that reason, chiropractic doesn’t “treat” the common cold. It does, however, help awaken your inner healer, your natural resistance – the only “cure.” Natural resistance is the only reason why your cold goes away rather than lasts for weeks, months, years or your entire lifetime!

Chiropractic helps raise your natural resistance to disease by removing a serious interference to your proper body function: subluxations, permitting your body’s natural resistance to disease (immunity) to function at greater efficiency.

There are numerous case histories of chronic cold and flu sufferers having less or no colds after chiropractic care. (2-4) If you want protection from colds and flu, see your chiropractor for natural healing and prevention!

here Are Benefits to Getting Colds and Flu

It’s been said that there can be no cure for the common cold because the common cold is the cure. This is nothing new or really unusual. This approach has been known for thousands of years. Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine wrote: “Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” 

Symptoms are defense mechanisms, helping us detoxify and destroy infection. An infectious disease leaves a healthier person in its wake. In one study, a history of common colds or influenza was associated with less stomach, colon, rectum, breast and ovarian cancer. (5)

Other researchers found that having two childhood viral infections reduces the coronary risk by 40%, four infections reduced it by 60% and six viral infections lowered the risk by 90%. (6)

If you have a cold come in for chiropractic care. A chiropractic adjustment could make the difference between a quick recovery and a lingering illness. Especially do not interfere with your body’s natural healing ability with drugs; permit the symptoms of colds and flu to take their natural course. Do everything to give comfort and build up your natural immunity (chiropractic, hydration, essential oils, homeopathy, rest). The result will be a healthier and stronger body.


  1. Chopra D. Quantum Healing. New York: Bantam Books. 1989:142. 
  2. Absence of T-cells, immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. November 1996. 
  3. Aguilar AL, Grostic JD, Pfleger B. Chiropractic care and behavior in autistic children. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2000;5(1):293-304. 
  4. Bofshever, H. Case history. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. Nov/Dec 1999. 
  5. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9454821/ns/health-heart_health/t/childhood-infections-may-prevent-heart-disease/#.W-mP0hNKgcU
  6. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1991;117(4):339-344.  Erkki Pesonen, MD, University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. Presented at IV World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 23, 2005.

How many nerves come out of your spine?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: How many nerves come out of your spine?drawing of spinal column and nerves

Answer: A lot. About 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) are in your spinal cord. Neurons are specialized cells that transmit and receive electrical impulses. They are like wires and can be as much as a few feet long or a fraction of an inch long. All 100 billion are packed into your spinal cord that is a little thicker than a pencil. Your spinal cord goes down your spine or backbone. 

Your nerves inside the backbone branch off from your spinal cord and travel through little holes between your spinal bones (vertebra). These nerves connect your brain to your heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, intestines, glands and all your other body parts. 

Your brain and nerves coordinate the function of all the organs in your body so you function as a whole – so your organs all communicate with each other and all your systems work together. 

But if your nerves are stressed by your spine being out of proper alignment then you will have nerve interference; messages won’t travel properly through your body. Chiropractors refer to this as a subluxation.

As a result of subluxations, your body won’t be able to function at 100% efficiency and you’ll suffer from dis-ease: your resistance may be lowered; your muscles may not work properly; your balance, brain, vision, hearing, digestion and hundreds of other things may be adversely affected.

Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct (adjust) subluxations. Come in for a checkup, and bring your family to make sure they are subluxation-free. Call today! 517.627.4547

Researching Chiropractic: Children, mothers and chiropractic

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. 

Chiropractic care is the most common complementary and alternative (CAM) intervention for children, with wellness care cited as the most common reason for care.

This study included five children (3 boys and 2 girls, ages 9-13) who were under chiropractic care since birth. In fact, all the mothers were under chiropractic care before, during and after they became pregnant.

All the mothers reported a decrease in symptoms such as low back pain, extremity numbness and generalized soreness while pregnant. Four of the children were born vaginally with no complications and one was delivered via an obstetrician-recommended cesarean section. All the children were either fully or partially vaccinated; all were breastfed. 

The parents reported that their children experienced a higher level of health and quality of life than other children of the same age. (1)

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Rib and low back pain in a 26-year-old. A 26-year-old man complaining of rib and low back pain began chiropractic care. Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations and an unbalanced nervous system; the patient received 17 adjustments over a 10-month period and experienced a significant improvement upon his first post-examination at one month and second post-examination at 10 months of care.

In addition to his rib and low back pain relief, the patient demonstrated long-term curve correction as well as improvement in his autonomic nervous system. (2)

back pain

An “immune-deficient” 5-year-old. A 5-year-old girl diagnosed as immuno-deficient with recurrent respiratory illnesses was brought in for chiropractic care.

Her history included a premature birth, birth trauma, torticollis, constipation, frequent ear infections, tympanostomy (ear) tubes, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Under chiropractic care her vertebral subluxations were immediately addressed and corrected. The mother reported a decrease in her daughters’ respiratory illnesses and related symptoms and an increased ability to respond to infections more efficiently. She was able to stop all medication with only occasional use of an inhaler at night. (3)

5 year old girl


  1. Stone-McCoy P, O’Brien S. Health outcomes of pediatric patients undergoing chiropractic care since birth: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. August 13, 2018:90-98.
  2. Hoying M, Bulla C. Long-term cervical curve correction and reduction in dysautonomia in a 26-year-old male undergoing chiropractic care using the Pierce Results System. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 28, 2018:121-129.
  3. Deignan D, DaCampo T. Resolution of immunodeficiency in a child undergoing chiropractic care for the management of vertebral subluxations: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. July 5, 2018:68-76.

Researching Chiropractic: Increased telomere length

Telomere length? Telomeres are parts of our genes that shorten with each cell division; at a critical length, the cell stops dividing or dies. Increasing telomere length can indicate reversal of aging and increase of life span.

Increased telomere length, neck and mid-back pain, and quality of life

A 35-year-old woman, an elementary school teacher, had been suffering from chronic neck and mid-back pain for 5 years following a motor vehicle collision. She also suffered from nocturnal polyuria (frequent urination at night).

Chiropractic examination revealed a forward head posture and loss of normal neck curve consistent with subluxations. Quality of life measures were determined by the Short-Form 36 health survey, and heart rate variability was measured.

After 36 visits, she reported improvement in her nocturnal polyuria, neck and mid-back pain and quality of life. X-rays showed correction of her neck curve (cervical lordosis) and forward head posture. A blood test showed significant improvement in patient telomere length and heart rate variability improved from a health risk to within normal limits.


 

Fedorchuk C, Lightstone D, McCoy M, Harrison DE. Increased telomere length & improvements in dysautonomia, quality of life, neck & back pain following correction of sagittal cervical alignment using Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 18, 2018:114-120.

 

Researching Chiropractic: Chronic Constipation

Case study: Enuresis, chronic constipation & dysautonomia in a 9-year-old child

A 9-year-old child suffering from chronic constipation and day and night time bedwetting (enuresis) began chiropractic care for management of subluxations.  Postural abnormalities, vertebral subluxations and nervous system imbalance (dysautonomia) were found upon examination.

The child received adjustments to the upper cervical spine (C1 vertebra) and to the sacrum over a 7-month period. After receiving the first adjustment the parent was thrilled to report that her child had multiple bowel movements as well as cessation of enuresis for three consecutive nights.

The patient continued to report no daytime or nighttime loss of urine control as well as one to two bowel movements per day after receiving specific chiropractic care.

chronic constipation


Rollette D, LaMarca C. Resolution of enuresis, constipation & dysautonomia in a 9-year-old child following chiropractic care for management of vertebral subluxation: a case study & review of literature.  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health ~ Chiropractic. June 25, 2018:57-67.

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: What is the most important area of the spine needing adjustment?brain and spinal chord

Answer: There is much discussion and debate about this. 

Many doctors hold that the top of the spine, the area immediately below the skull, the “upper cervical” (top of the neck/C-1) also known as the “sub-occipital” (base of the skull) is the most important area of the spine. That is because a subluxation there can directly stress the brain and upper spinal cord where millions of nerves may be affected. Indeed, many powerful healings have occurred when this area has been adjusted.

However (there always seems to be a “however” when it comes to the body), there are chiropractic researchers who claim the base of the spine, the sacrum, to be of paramount importance because that area supports the spine. In addition, wrappings around the brain (meninges) anchor to the lower spinal area. Indeed, many powerful healings have occurred when this area has been adjusted.

What is correct?

In all probability, both are! Everyone is different and each person needs to be evaluated for their individual needs. For some people the upper spinal/sub-occipital area needs correction, for others the sacrum or base of the spine needs correction. For others both areas need to be addressed.

Why not ask us about your individual needs?

 

Researching Chiropractic: Constipation in dogs

Here is a real story about a real dog who just couldn’t poop. Find out how chiropractic can with constipation in dogs.

A constipated Boston terrier

A 14-year-old female Boston terrier was brought in for chiropractic care, referred from a veterinarian. The dog had constipation for six days, constant drinking (polydipsia), generalized weakness, a history of impacted anal glands, dry skin and obesity (46.10 lbs.). The dog had been prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug as well as Chinese medicines. There was no change in her condition.

She was brought in to the chiropractic clinic in a wagon because she was unable to walk by herself. She had to be lifted out of the wagon and placed on the floor. And was unable to even stand without her hind limbs collapsing.    Subluxations were found in the upper neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum. Immediately after the adjustment the dog could stand and walk a couple of steps without assistance, was taken outside and had a large bowel movement. By her second visit she was healthier than she had been in years.

If you have pet who isn’t pooping, give us a call at 517.627.4547

constipation in dogs


Research: Sullwold P, Lavallie N. Resolution of constipation, polydipsia and generalized weakness in a 14-year-old canine following chiropractic adjustment: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 3, 2018:135-144.

Researching Chiropractic: ADHD

How are chiropractic care and ADHD related?

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.

ADHD in a 38-year-oldADHD 36 year old man

A 38-year-old male patient entered a chiropractor’s office complaining of chronic headaches and adult onset attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He was taking Adderall®, OxyContin® and Lortab®.

On examination, vertebral subluxations with correlated neurological imbalance were found.

After two months of chiropractic adjustments he reported a resolution of all his ADHD symptoms; he was able to focus and to exercise.

He was also able to stop taking medications for ADHD.

Do you know someone struggling with ADHD? Please share this article.


Pellegrino A, McNulty E. Resolution of adult onset attention deficit hyperactivity disorder following chiropractic care for management of vertebral subluxations: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 11, 2018:95-107.

Researching Chiropractic: Hearing Loss

Discover how chiropractic care can help with hearing loss.

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.

Hearing loss in a six-year-old boyhearing loss

A six-year-old boy with diagnosed mild to moderate hearing loss was brought in for care. He was falling behind in class and his speech was difficult to understand. Tympanostomy (ear tube insertion) was recommended.

The child was examined, found to have vertebral subluxations and adjusted.

He had 12 chiropractic visits/adjustments. Hearing, speech and school performance improved following chiropractic care and his hearing was reclassified to normal.

Additionally, he caught up with his class by the end of the third term of school and his speech improved.

Do you know a child suffering from hearing loss?

Please share this information with the child’s parent or caregiver. We can help!

Schedule an appointment today!

517.627.4547

 


Ng K. Resolution of hearing loss, improved speech & school performance following chiropractic management of vertebral subluxations in a male child: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. July 16, 2018:77-83.

Emotions and Your Spine

When we explain that physical, chemical and emotional stress is the underlying cause of subluxations, many wonder how emotions can cause spinal misalignment.

Yet, our language reveals some common connections.

“I just can’t stand it.”
“He’s a real pain in the neck.”
“She’s cramping my style.”
“My feet are killing me.”Emotions and Your Spine

Our emotions are linked to the meaning we give to situations or circumstances.

For example, for some of us, just the sight of a snake produces fear or aversion. But for others, the same snake is a beautiful reptile to be picked up and held—two very different emotional responses to the same thing!

The Fight or Flight Response

The relationship is complex, but simply put, when we become stressed, our body releases a “fight or flight” hormone called cortisol, influencing muscle tension throughout the body.

When muscles supporting the spine tighten, they can misalign spinal bones, affecting the spinal cord and adjacent nerve roots exiting the spine. After all, bones don’t move unless acted on by muscles, and muscles don’t contract unless commanded by the nervous system.

Our emotional health affects our immune system, increasing our susceptibility to colds and infections during or following emotionally difficult times. And while regular chiropractic care won’t eliminate stress, it may help you to better accommodate it.

Call us for an appointment today!

517.627.4547
Emotions and Your Spine