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May 2017 Issue

Colic and Chiropractic

Colic is a condition that usually appears between the 3rd and 6th week after birth, and is characterized by excessive crying. Most cases resolve after 3 months old. Babies with colic can often be seen drawing their arms and legs in as though in pain, and may turn bright red. It is not known exactly what causes colic, but it is thought that certain conditions may contribute to it, such as an immature and irritated nervous system, food sensitivities, and gastrointestinal upset.

As the state of the spine affects the nervous system, gentle chiropractic adjustments are one suggested course of action, and babies with colic treated by chiropractic frequently show improvement as the spinal irritation eases. Given the traumatic experience of child birth, it is not surprising that babies may experience spinal subluxations that cause problems with their delicate nervous systems. Colic is also seen to provoke an increased need for attention in babies, and more sensitivity to the world around them, both of which suggest a neurological cause.

Colic may also be the result of the diet of both mother and baby. Cow’s milk and other dairy products are one of the chief offenders in the development of colic. Human milk and cow’s milk are not at all interchangeable, and cow’s milk is not a suitable substitute. Cow’s milk contains the sugar lactose which is difficult for newborn babies to digest, plus many proteins that are detrimental to a young digestive system. Similarly, the food that a baby ends up absorbing from natural breastfeeding may cause colic if the mother is indulging in unsuitable foods, such as those that are spicy or dairy-based. It hopefully goes without saying that alcohol and tobacco should be totally out of the question for a breastfeeding mother. The best diet is one that is quite bland, and high in (non-dairy) protein, at least for the first three or four months of breastfeeding.

If your baby suffers from colic, here is some helpful advice:

  • Seek regular chiropractic treatment for your baby, especially in the first 4 months
  • A warm water bottle on your baby’s stomach is soothing, as is a warm bath
  • Rock your baby in a chair or cradle, or take them out in a car seat for a drive
  • Gently rub your baby’s stomach
  • Smaller, more regular feedings may help
  • If using baby formula, avoid dairy- or soy-based products

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March 2017 Issue

What exactly does a chiropractor do?

Maybe you’re wondering about going to a chiropractor or maybe you’re asking yourself, “What is the doctor doing when I’m in his office?” We’re glad you asked. Here’s a simple explanation and it’s the reason why chiropractic has become the most popular drug-free healing art in the world today.

Using his/her hands and various instruments, Doctors of Chiropractic locate and release a serious form of stress in your spine and body structure called a subluxation. Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to do this.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a tiny distortion in your spine and structural system that irritates your nervous system and stresses your entire body. These distortions may be tiny but they can cause big problems.


Subluxations make you off balance. This causes your ligaments, tendons and muscles to work harder because an off-balance person is not in harmony with gravity. Sitting, standing and moving take more energy resulting in fatigue and ultimately a feeling of being exhausted all the time.

A person who is out of balance often has “hot spots” or painful areas in their muscles and joints due to overworking certain muscle groups and underworking other muscle groups. Additionally, subluxations can affect your internal organs and glands – even your brain.

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January 2017 Issue

Holidays Can Be Stressful – Chiropractic To The Rescue

During holidays families often get together and drive each other crazy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Get your holiday adjustment and have a less stressful holiday season. Come in a few times. You (and your loved ones) will feel better, have more energy, be more balanced and be in a better place to deal with relatives who sit across from you and eat with their mouths open. Or whatever it is that they do to annoy you.

What better way to enjoy a festive season than to have your subluxation stress released? OK, maybe there are a few better ways, but good health is up there with them. It’ll be the icing on the cake – and its organic icing. Get your chiropractic care right away, avoid the holiday rush. Who wants to suffer from carrying lots of heavy gifts? Standing for hours cooking and cleaning? Standing in the check-out line at the post office, at the bank (somebody’s gotta pay for all those goodies)? Standing for hours caroling? Praying? Standing for hours sleeping? (Not you, we mean other people.)

And let’s not forget lying in weird positions on the couch watching football – those linebackers think they’re tough, they should try that!

But in all seriousness, with all the giving to others this time of the year, don’t forget to give to yourself. Attend to yourself so you can stay healthy and happy and strong, and so you may continue to give to and help others. We’re there for you – may 2017 be filled with more light, life and health. We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!

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December 2016 Issue

How did DD Palmer discover chiropractic?

In 1895 Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a popular magnetic (energy) healer, discovered a spinal “bump” on a deaf individual. It appeared as if the spinal bone were out of place. Upon questioning, Dr. Palmer learned that the man had bumped his head seventeen years prior and became deaf shortly afterwards.

Palmer reasoned that the accident may have displaced a vertebra in the man’s spine, hence the slight bump, and that re-aligning the vertebra may give relief. Using his hands, he “adjusted” the bone back into alignment and after 17 years the man could hear again. Shortly thereafter a patient with a heart condition was similarly found to have spinal displacements. When they were adjusted the heart condition improved.

Palmer reasoned that if two conditions so different, deafness and heart disease, could be caused by displaced vertebrae in the spine, could not other conditions be related to spinal displacements (later called subluxations)?

So began the discovery and evolution of chiropractic.

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November 2016 Issue

Gratitude: Some Mental Hygiene

A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. – Plato

Our minds often need a break from our thoughts. We seem to be programmed to complain, worry, criticize and doubt. These thoughts do serve a purpose – making us aware of danger and preventing mistakes. But this defense can get out of hand and dominate our thoughts, weigh us down and make us miserable. Life can lose its luster as we get caught in our own minds.

Plato’s observation above is an excellent mental exercise to balance our thoughts and enhance personal peace and contentment. Research reveals that people who feel grateful have higher levels of well-being and are happier, less depressed, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives.

Expressing gratitude also leads to enthusiasm and inspiration, because it promotes the savoring of positive experiences, no matter what the present circumstances are in life.

But why wait for gratitude to hit us? We can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and increase our well-being and happiness right now. How? It’s easy.

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Back Pain and Chiropractic: A Non-drug Approach to Relief

Back Pain and Chiropractic: A Non-drug Approach to ReliefAt some point, nearly everyone experiences back pain, especially low-back pain. This type of pain can feel sharp or it can be a dull ache with tingling, burning or numbness. Back pain is the second most common reason for a trip to the doctor and one of the major contributors to disability worldwide.

Researchers used to believe that back pain would heal on its own. Minor back injuries do often go away within a day or two. Although back pain may disappear temporarily, it is relatively likely to return. It has been demonstrated that more than 33 percent of people who experience low-back pain find that it lasts more than 30 days.

If your back pain does not resolve quickly, it may be the result of mechanical problems that a doctor of chiropractic (DC) can address. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation, DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Many chiropractic patients with long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting chiropractic treatment.

How We Harm Our Backs

Many factors negatively affect our backs, including poor posture, improper lifting, reaching and twisting, and too much sitting. Certain occupations are known to be particularly hard on backs. For example, nursing home workers, delivery drivers, farmers, firefighters/ EMTs, landscapers and construction workers may strain their backs by lifting heavy objects or people. Auto mechanics and shingle roofers frequently twist their spines into physically awkward positions. Police officers strain their backs by sitting in their cars for prolonged periods, followed by bursts of strenuous activity. And heavy truck and tractortrailer drivers often compress their spines by sitting in one position in a vibrating vehicle for hours at a stretch, which can lead to disc degeneration.

Other Causes of Back Pain

Back pain does not necessarily result from straining the back with too much weekend basketball, golf or gardening. It can be caused by arthritis, obesity, psychological stress and diseases of the internal organs (e.g. kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots or bone loss). Back pain can also last longer than expected when a patient, fearing further injury, cuts back on physical activity.

Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain

With the abuse of prescription opioids in the United States now classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, utilizing non-drug treatments first to address pain makes sense. The essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic represent a primary care approach to the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that may potentially reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications.

The value of chiropractic’s conservative, drug-free approach to back pain treatment is supported in scientific literature. In a Journal of the American Medical Association article published in 2013, the authors suggested chiropractic for low-back pain (surgery was mentioned as an option only if all else fails). In another article, published in the medical journal Spine, researchers determined that adding spinal manipulation to standard medical care for low back pain yields a “significant advantage” in pain relief and physical functioning.

Recognizing the value of non-drug pain treatments, the Joint Commission, which accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. including every major hospital, added chiropractic to its pain management standard in 2015.

Back Care and Injury Prevention

  • Maintaining a healthy diet allows the spine to receive the nutrients it requires for good health. There’s nothing wrong with eating snack or junk foods occasionally. Problems arise, however, when we turn to such foods frequently. The calorie load from snack foods tends to be high and the nutrient value is either low or nonexistent.
  • If you still smoke, look into quitting. Smoking impairs blood flow. When blood flow is impaired, that keeps oxygen and nutrients from reaching the tissues of the spine.
  • The typical American lifestyle is far too sedentary. Our backs benefit when we take a break from sitting to walk around or exercise. Try taking 100 brisk steps every hour on the hour.
  • Good ergonomics at the workstation helps the back. Many people hunch over their keyboards or reach for the mouse in a way that stresses the shoulder, neck and/or back. The mouse should always sit only a couple of inches from the keyboard.
  • Remember to warm up before indulging in physical activities like gardening or exercising.
  • When lifting something, bend the knees and keep the object close to the body. Above all, do not twist the body while lifting.
  • When moving a heavy object, don’t pull. Push, instead.
  • Let comfort be your guide when choosing the shoes you wear all day. Low-heeled shoes are best for posture and the back.
  • When shopping for a mattress, look for one that’s of medium firmness to give your spine the proper support.
  • A program of regular exercise will help to prepare the back and your muscles to respond in healthy, pain-free ways.
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