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Chiropractic care makes a lot of sense when we ask questions about symptoms we’re having like:

  • Are headaches caused by a Tylenol deficiency?
  • Is high cholesterol caused by a Lipitor deficiency?
  • Is acid reflux caused by decreased levels of Tums in your body?

Symptoms, like the ones listed above, aren’t caused by a deficiency of any artificial chemical in the body.

They’re caused by miscommunication between the brain and the body.

(Your brain controls EVERYTHING)

This miscommunication is called:

SUBLUXATION

Subluxations are caused by physical, chemical and emotional stress.

Chiropractic works by removing subluxations and restoring communication.

When communication is restored, symptoms “miraculously” disappear in many cases.

(It’s not really miraculous – it’s NORMAL)

If you want to feel (and function) normal again, ask yourself:

Do I want to take another medication?

Give chiropractic a shot!

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Chiropractic is TERRIBLE

Let me start off by telling you that I am a chiropractor, and yes, I am writing this blog entitled, “Chiropractic is TERRIBLE”.  I feel there are some misconceptions out there that need to be addressed regarding this CHIROPRACTIC thing.

  1. Chiropractic is TERRIBLE if you’re looking for a quick fix to a problem that’s been going on for weeks, months, or years.  Healing is a process and as Principle #6 in chiropractic’s 33 principles states: There is no process that does not require time.  It may not be fun, or pleasant or even seem bearable to wait as the body heals through chiropractic, but it is necessary, and it is worth it.
  2. Chiropractic is TERRIBLE if you only come in when you can’t move. First off, it’s no fun to get adjusted when you’re in severe pain – trust me, I’ve been there.  Secondly, if cost is a concern, it will cost you more in the long run for this type of care.  Like repeatedly patching a pothole, you’ll pay more long term than if you fixed it the right way in the first place.
  3. Chiropractic is TERRIBLE if you think it’s just about the bones. People seem to think chiropractic is concerned just with the bones and joints, but we’re concerned about so much more than that.  Your nerve system – your brain, spinal cord and all the miles and miles of branching nerves in your body – controls and coordinates all the functions of your body.  Subluxations affect EVERY aspect of your health and every part of your body.
  4. Chiropractic is TERRIBLE if you get adjusted and just go back to life as usual. Subluxations are bad habits that have developed in your nerve system.  Adjustments are a “pattern interrupt” for your body and your life.  If you do everything the same after you get adjusted, you’re headed right back into the old habit of subluxation.  If you, however, do something different – even something ever so slightly different – your body learns new habits and will change much faster!

Chiropractic is about so much more than these things!  This is about LIFE and it has nothing to do with symptoms, medication or surgery.  Want to know more?  Give us a call.  Otherwise, enjoy your TERRIBLE chiropractic.

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Is Your Pillow Causing Neck Problems?

Is Your Pillow Causing Neck Problems?
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We spend a third of our lives asleep, yet, compared to our waking existence, we give our sleep time little thought.  Sleep is, of course, vital to our well-being and health, just as important as diet, exercise, and hydration.  We need the respite that sleep offers to recharge our bodies and mind, unwind from the stresses of today, and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.  So it’s critical that we make sure we’re getting high-quality sleep and, of course, not doing our bodies any harm during sleep.

Quantity and Quality

Eight hours is often quoted as the optimal amount of sleep per night, but this varies from person to person.  Some people can get by with less time while others may need a few hours more.  But even more important than the amount of sleep we get is the quality of that sleep.  Ten hours spent tossing and turning from back or neck pain won’t be very restful, nor will you feel refreshed in the morning – just the opposite, in fact.   Good quality sleep should leave you feeling energized and ready for the new day.  This is mainly achieved during REM sleep, the deep sleep we enter when we dream.  To start and maintain the REM phase of sleep, we need to be comfortable, relaxed, and pain-free.

The Role of a Pillow

Along with a mattress, a good pillow is critical to quality, restorative sleep.  Even more importantly, the wrong pillow can cause neck and back pain and other chiropractic issues.  Any existing spine issues are exacerbated by poor pillows or sleep positioning.  When you’re comfortable and supported by the right pillow, you sleep better, deeper, and longer.

What’s the Right Pillow?

A good pillow will fit the curve of your neck, with no space between the pillow and your neck.  You don’t want the pillow to elevate your head above the top of your spine, though.  The pillow should fully support your neck while still allowing your head to fall to the same level as your spine.  If your head is perched too high on a very thick or stiff pillow then your neck and head muscles will be flexed during the night.  This results in stiff muscles, headaches, and neck aches in the morning.  The above is true whether you sleep on your back (supine) or side.  Side sleepers should keep their head and spine aligned in a neutral position.  It should be noted that sleeping on your stomach (prone) puts more stress on your spine and should be avoided.

Remember, the pillow should conform closely to you and follow the natural curve of your body.  If you find you need to place your hands between your pillow and your head as you sleep, that’s a signal that your pillow is not firm or high enough.  Before buying a new pillow, it might be helpful to try different heights by simply using rolled up towels.  This way you can adjust your pillow positioning over several nights and try out new heights without making a commitment.

A pillow should be replaced about every six months to two years.  When the time comes to purchase a new pillow, look for quality.  Remember, you’re going to be spending a third of your life on your pillow.  Although cost doesn’t always equal quality, don’t skimp on price.  Look for good materials.  Memory foam can be a great choice for many people.  Feather pillows should usually be avoided as they don’t provide much support and can exacerbate allergies.  The most important factor is comfort.  Try out any potential pillow before you buy.  Your chiropractor is an excellent source for recommendations based on your individual needs.

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