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Welcome To August’s Health Newsletter

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.



Do Chiropractors and MD’s work together?


Chiropractic and medicine are completely different professions and have different goals. The goal of chiropractic is to locate and remove blockages to life, energy, and healing (known as subluxations) in your body. Chiropractic helps you function and heal as close to your potential as possible.


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Welcome To July’s Health Newsletter

What’s Nerves Got To Do With It?

Chiropractors help your nerves! Chiropractors may appear to work on your bones (chiefly your spinal column) but that’s only because the nerves are within.

Let us explain. Your nerves are not exactly inside your bones, but your soft, delicate, vitally important nerves are surrounded by hard bone. Your brain is covered by your skull—protected from all sides by solid bone.

Your brain’s billions of nerve fibers travel down through the bottom of your skull through a big hole (called the foramen magnum—Latin for ‘big hole’). This bundle of billions of nerve fibers is called your spinal cord.

Your Spinal Cord Helps Make You Whole

Your spinal cord travels from just under your skull to your lower back. It is protected by your spinal column—but not 100% protection. If it were wrapped in solid bone you wouldn’t be able to bend, twist, turn, or even move. Nature compromised and wrapped your spinal cord in rings of bone—vertebra (spinal bones). This way you can have movement AND protection.

Your vertebrae have discs between them to provide curves, and lots of muscles to provide movement. Your nerves exit between your bones through holes called foramina (Latin for ‘hole’) and from there your brain communicates with your organs, muscles, glands, immune cells, all your systems—and that makes you whole so you can function at your best.


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Welcome To June’s Health Newsletter

Six Unexpected Benefits of Chiropractic Care

If you think chiropractic care is just for your neck or your back, you need to think again! Chiropractic treatment can benefit you in ways you might never expect. And while most people pop into their chiropractor’s office for the first time to relieve pain in their back or neck, they keep returning even after the pain is gone because of the amazing benefits. Here are just a few of the unexpected benefits of Chiropractic care:

Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Immunity

A healthy immune system should be able to fight off most of the bacteria and viruses that it comes into contact with, with only minimal assistance from antibiotics or other drugs. Because the nervous system controls the functions of cells, organs, and tissues of the body, a misalignment can reduce the ability of the immune system. Chiropractic care can realign the spine, freeing up the immune system to fight off intruders. Studies show that people who practice chiropractic maintenance have fewer colds than others.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Improve Your Digestion

The nerves that run through the spine also control your stomach and its functions. If the vertebrae in this area are improperly aligned, the nerves can begin signaling a need for more acid
production, resulting in gas, heartburn, and acid reflux. A chiropractic adjustment can help the nerves in the thoracic spine work properly; the end result is frequently the elimination of stomach problems.


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Welcome To May’s Health Newsletter

Strengthen Your Immune System with Chiropractic

Good Health is Easy; Sickness Takes Work

You are the product of hundreds of generations of strong, healthy, intelligent ancestors. Think about it—every one of your many ancestors needed to be healthy to live long enough to at least reach puberty; every ancestor needed to be attractive enough to find a mate; every ancestor needed to be smart enough to survive in this difficult world and be able to raise heirs.

You have inherited a wonderful body designed to keep you going for (believe it or not) over a hundred years in perfect physical and mental health. Oops! But it doesn’t always seem that way. A lifetime of physical, mental, and chemical stress can weaken us and cause our bodies to malfunction. One of the most serious forms of stress you can have in your body is the subluxation.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a tiny distortion in your spine that causes nerve damage. Subluxations create disharmony in your body, a precondition for sickness and disease of all kinds. Subluxations have been linked to internal organ weakness as well as abnormal stress on your muscles, cartilage, and discs. Subluxations have also been linked to arthritis, spinal degeneration, lowered resistance to disease, premature aging, loss of height, unbalanced posture, weakness, and pain.

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Welcome To February’s Health Newsletter


Measures to Minimize COVID-19 infection and maximize your immunity to protect yourself, family, and loved ones:

1. Receive regular frequent chiropractic adjustments (according to Dr. Donald Pero’s, PH. D., Chief of Research at New York’s Preventative Medical Institute and Professor of Medicine at New York University). Dr. Pero’s research study of 107 individuals who received long term chiropractic care chiropractic patients had a remarkable 200% greater immune competence than those who didn’t receive chiropractic care. Despite a wide range of ages in this study, immune competence did not show any decline with age and remained uniform for the entire group. It is for this reason that new patients are encouraged to keep their chiropractic appointments to increase their immune system defenses and protect against all infectious diseases. Existing patients are encouraged to keep their adjustment appointments and to consider an increase in their frequency in their adjustments to maximize their immune and nervous system function.

2. COVID-19 clinic protocols involve social distancing during your clinic visit. Our reception area allows for 6 feet distance between patients entering and exiting our clinic. Additionally, our frequent disinfection protocols and procedures have always been and will remain exceptional. Our clinic facility allows patients to be adjusted without coming near (6 feet) of other patients.

3. Protect and confine your elderly loved ones (80+ yrs old) and minimize any public contact especially those with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, immune disease, and/or diabetes.


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Welcome To March’s Health Newsletter

An Eternal Spring

Winter, spring, summer, fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, winter—those are the seasons and the cycles of life. Birth, growth, decay and death, these are the seasons of our lives. Yet our macrocosm is a reflection of our microcosm because every organ, tissue and cell has its own cycle of life. Throughout our lives, there is constant birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth. Your body is alive but not static, it must replace its parts all the time.

Every cell in your body is replaced at least once every 7-8 years. But some are replaced at an astounding rate. For example, your body replaces about 4 million red blood cells every day, your stomach cells are replaced every 2-4 days. You have a new skin every 10-30 days, a new cervix every 6 days, new taste buds every 10 days. There are just a few parts of your body where the cells are not replaced: you don’t replace lens cells or oocytes in the ovaries—they are for life.

The key to healing is to replace sick or damaged cells with healthy cells. How do we do that? Chiropractic care is a very powerful healing art that helps to keep your body properly balanced, without obstructions to your nerves and brain, so life energy and information may flow to all your parts and you become healthier day by day. Regular chiropractic care ensures that your body is free from life-damaging spine and nerve stress.

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