Chiropractic for Anti-aging!

July 9, 2018 - 2 Responses

In this case study, a patient’s telomere length was measured before and after chiropractic care. After 36 visits the blood was retested and showed lengthening of the telomeres. This is exciting as according to an article in Pubmed anything that reduces the rate of telomere shortening helps to delay age-associated diseases and increase lifespan.

Did you know that normally telomere length shortens with age? This shortening increases the incidence of coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, increased cancer risk and osteoporosis. Pubmed looked at the effects of smoking, diet and exercise to see what helps or hinders telomere length. Perhaps with the results of this case study you’ll want to add consistent Chiropractic Care to the list of what helps lengthen your telomeres for a healthier and longer life.

Here is a synopsis of the Chiropractic case. The patient was a 35-year-old elementary school teacher who suffered for 5 years with neck and mid back pain as well as urinating at night. All of her symptoms started after being involved in a car accident. She had X-rays, which showed a loss of the normal curve of her neck as well as forward head posture, blood tests to determine her telomere length and her heart rate variability measurements indicated health risks. The patient received CBP® spinal care including Mirror Image® corrective spinal exercises, adjustments, and traction. After 36 visits she reported improvement in her urinating at night, neck and mid-back pain, and quality of life. The x-rays showed correction of her neck curve and forward head posture. The blood test showed significant improvement in her telomere length and the heart rate variability improved from a health risk to within normal limits.



Essential Oils for Healthy Summer Skin!

June 18, 2018 - 2 Responses

Want Healthy Skin this Summer while getting Vitamin D from the Sun? Here are 4 Essential Oils for Sunburn prevention and treatment: Chamomile, Patchouli, Tea Tree and Lavender. According to the attached article, essential oils offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which can counteract the sting and swelling caused by sunburns. Using essential oils for sunburn relief is quickly becoming a popular alternative. Today, you can even find sprays and ointments which include essential oils that are effective for sunburn in their ingredient list.

Essential Oils are highly concentrated so always dilute them with a carrier oil or lotion when applying onto your skin. I recommend testing ahead of time to make sure your skin has no reactions. Once you know what works well without any contraindications, then you can use those oils mixed with a carrier. One preventative is Patchouli, apply in a diluted form with an oil or lotion before using your sunscreen. Afterwards you can apply any of the oils singularly or in combination with a carrier oil, lotion or with aloe. You can also put into a bath as well.

I have found it helpful to apply essential oils diluted in a natural lotion every few hours. Recently I got more redness than I realized and applied Essential Oils mixed with natural lotion onto my skin every few hours and slept without any discomfort. I continued to apply the Essential Oils and lotion over the next few days to make sure my skin received the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of the oils. I used tea tree along with a blend that contains Peppermint and Wintergreen and it felt very soothing. I also take a multiple vitamin that contains Vitamins A and C. According to an article from Dr. Mercola, your cells use vitamins A and C to regulate both light absorption and protection against sun overexposure.

I also recommend bringing a long sleeved top, bathing suit cover up or an extra towel to cover the skin if any redness occurs. Each of us has a different tolerance to the sun and must recognize the balance that is right for us that honors the health benefits of the Vitamin D while also making sure to keep our skin healthy. Be careful and have fun this summer!

Military benefits from Chiropractic!

June 11, 2018 - Leave a Response

A recent study involving 750 Active-Duty US Service Members ages 18-50 with low back pain, resulted in the reduction of pain and disability plus improved satisfaction of care. These significant outcomes are consistent with existing literature of spinal manipulation involving both military and civilian populations. These results also align with the recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians, recommending the inclusion of spinal manipulation as first line therapy for acute and chronic low back pain.

Did you know that Chiropractors currently are in V/A Centers, Hospitals and private offices on and off Army bases? Some of the goals are to get veterans off of pain medication along with teaching them ergonomics and diet. Acupuncture is another discipline that the military includes as well. Perhaps this study will inspire hiring even more Chiropractors and other integrative disciplines to help the vast amount of active-duty service members and veterans that are disabled and have chronic pain.

Based on this study it’s been suggested that there be true integration of chiropractic care into the military Health Care system. The recommendation is to involve communication and referrals between Chiropractors and medical personnel. This serves patients more effectively and efficiently while providing a model for other integrated Health Care systems involving civilians. I agree with this suggestion and it already exists between a handful of Health Care practitioners and should continue to grow.

No More Leaky Bladder For This Patient With Chiropractic!

June 4, 2018 - Leave a Response

Fantastic! Urinary Incontinence Resolved after 6 Chiropractic visits. This case study is of a patient who came in for chiropractic care during her second trimester of pregnancy. For three years she had suffered with urinary incontinence after a previous traumatic birth. During that birth, three years beforehand, she had severe perineal tearing and then immediately afterwards was unable to hold urine beyond about a half-full bladder. She also would frequently urinate on herself when sneezing or coughing even shortly after going to the bathroom. During the six Chiropractic visits she received instrument-based chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignment of the bones above the sit bone, the pelvis and the ligaments above the groin. The patient was also instructed on corrective exercises to perform at home.

Did you notice that the incontinence occurred after perineal tearing? I remember years ago a pregnant women came to my office specifically because she did not want to tear during delivery and she did not want an episiotomy. I sent her home with the following instructions which were so successful that I recommend this to all of my pregnant patients.

Every day during the last trimester, massage the perineum with olive oil or coconut oil or any oil that doesn’t cause any kind of allergic reaction. Then follow up with a very warm washcloth and keep it there for a few minutes. This primes the tissue to be more flexible during delivery. Some obstetricians massage this area during the delivery to prevent tearing and if yours does make sure to bring in the oil you have been using so as not have an allergic reaction to any oil they might use.

Along with massaging the perineum, I recommend my pregnant patients get adjusted immediately after birth to release any bones and ligaments that got jammed during delivery. New moms need all the help they can get to give optimal attention to their newborns.

What’s The Best Pillow?

May 21, 2018 - Leave a Response

What’s the best pillow, is a question that I hear a lot. We sleep nearly one third of our life, which is a crucial time to allow our body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Some pillows are washable and for those that aren’t I recommend spraying them monthly with essential oils that are anti microbial. I love the product from Kettle Care called Robbers Room Mist. Other Essential Oil companies have anti microbial sprays or you can make the spray yourself by using a prepared blend of oils mixed with water and alcohol. The main thing is to sleep comfortably with good hygiene to wake up refreshed and enjoy the day!

This video has some helpful tips for the posture of your head and neck while testing out pillows. It also shows products for those that snore, get too warm while sleeping or who like a supportive edge for their neck. There are many videos online that show a variety of pillows including a European one from Wenatex that costs around $250. It lasts 5 years or longer, has the capability of adding or taking out the stuffing to adjust height and has no harmful chemicals in it.

When shopping at the store, if there are beds there, then I recommend testing out the pillows to experience how they feel as you will know pretty quickly if you feel comfortable or not. If you can’t do that, then check out the store’s return policy and bring a few pillows home. Keep the plastic wrap on the pillows while testing them and the ones that don’t work can be returned. Keep testing until you find the right one for you!

15 Essential Oils For Allergies.

May 14, 2018 - Leave a Response

Research shows 15 Essential Oils that help with Allergies: Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Thyme, Oregano, Frankincense, Clove, Rosemary and Basil.

These oils have been shown to reduce inflammatory allergic reactions and help reduce an overactive immune response in the body. They reduce swelling of the respiratory tract, treat coughs, sinus pain, phlegm, clear respiratory infections and relieve symptoms of bronchitis and asthma. Essential oils also soothe symptoms of dermatitis and reduce skin swelling through an anti-histamine effect. To help your allergies use a diffuser or massage onto the skin with a carrier oil. With 15 oils to choose from, start with the oils you gravitate towards and notice what effect they have with consistent use. Keep at it until you find the ones that work for you.

I can attest to their benefits as I often recommend incorporating Essential Oils to my patients and they report how helpful they are. Just recently one of my patients, who has had chronic sinus issues since being a teenager noticed a difference. I recommended that he massage Lavender and Peppermint oils onto his neck and wrists before bed. He noticed that it really helped him sleep and wake up with less congestion. In the past he was having to go on antibiotics a lot even after sinus surgery and wanted to see what else he could do. He started coming in regularly for Chiropractic as noticed that his sinuses felt much better during and after his visits. Along with regular chiropractic care I made sure to have him incorporate vitamins, probiotics, less sugar and dairy too. All of this helped him not have to go on antibiotics again and he noticed even more improvement with consistent use of the Essential Oils. It’s great to see how dedicated he is to follow through with the protocols that keep his sinuses clear. What protocols do you find helpful?

Chiropractic Can Help Those With Ankylosing Spondylitis.

May 7, 2018 - 2 Responses

Have You Heard Of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), is an inflammatory disease, more common in men, that can start early in the teenage years. Pain can start in the low back going into the rest of spine, where as it progresses the vertebrae can fuse and cause what is known as a ‘bamboo spine’. Inflammation can also occur in the rest of the body including the eyes and bowels. NSAIDS, Corticosteroids and Physical Therapy are commonly prescribed, yet many patients still suffer from quite a bit of pain.

Did you know that there are cases where Chiropractic helped AS? This is great news as unfortunately AS patients are often told not to get Chiropractic care. However; Pub Med and The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research suggest otherwise, even with advanced AS. The outcomes showed that pain, Spinal flexibility, chest expansion and posture improved with chiropractic care. Based on these cases I suggest that along with care from one’s medical doctor to also include Chiropractic and exercise. It also may be effective to incorporate foods, supplements, essential oils and stress reduction modalities to help decrease inflammation and improve gut health.

I have included the cases below for those who would enjoy reading them.

The cases from Pub Med: A 34 Year Old male, diagnosed 10 years earlier, sought chiropractic for spinal pain and stiffness. He underwent an 18 week course of chiropractic spinal manipulation and mobilization therapy. There was a 90% improvement in the disease activity index and an 85% improvement in the functional index from the pre-treatment baseline. Spinal flexibility and chest expansion also improved. A 30-year-old Asian male was first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 12. Despite medical intervention, a series of exacerbations had fused his sacroiliac joints and the facet joints in his lumbar and cervical spine. Improvement occurred, which shows that even advanced cases of ankylosing spondylitis may show a favorable response to chiropractic manipulative therapy.

Case study from the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. A 38-year-old male presented with complaints of upper back pain, neck pain, left groin and bilateral buttock pain, right patella and right medial heel pain. The patient reported relief of pain symptoms, increased mobility and improved posture. The patient underwent chiropractic cared for a total of 16 visits over a one year period and continues to attend care on a periodic basis.

Ease Your Pain With Essential Oils.

April 30, 2018 - Leave a Response

Oh What A Relief! Studies show Essential Oils are effective in reducing pain. One study showed that a blend of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint oils helped reduce pain by around 30% in people with chronic shoulder pain. Another study found that using black pepper, marjoram, lavender and peppermint essential oils helped relieve neck pain when massaged daily to the painful area.

Does this tempt you to consider adding Essential Oils to your medicine cabinet? I have them on the side tables next to my couch and my bed so that they are easily within reach. Sometimes I mix them with the body lotion I use or with jojoba oil. You can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, Magnesium oil or any oil you like. At my office I mix them with Epsom Salt lotion to apply onto the spine of my patients as part of their Chiropractic Adjustment. I use them to help with pain and to create an effect of deeper relaxation.

Always add a couple of drops to a tablespoon of lotion or oil before applying to your skin. These oils are highly concentrated and within 5 Minutes are absorbed into your blood stream. Within 20 Minutes they are absorbed fully and by 90 Minutes the body has used them up. This means you may need to apply them 3 or more times a day if you are in a lot of pain. If you have chronic pain you also may need daily application a few times a day to get the therapeutic benefits. Once the desired effect has occurred you can find how often you need to use them each day or only as needed.

For those of you who are curious about what researchers have found about Essential Oils, here are some results. Lavender essential oil has pain-relieving properties similar to a popular pharmaceutical drug prescribed for reducing arthritis inflammation. Clary sage can help to relieve muscle cramps and ease tension. Because it also controls sebum levels on the skin, it is a great essential oil if you also suffer from acne. Chamomile extracts help to inhibit neurotransmitter signals that are connected with pain perception and help to relax blood vessels. Other studies have pointed to the effectiveness of using chamomile extracts to treat chronic rheumatic pain and back pain. Eucalyptus essential oil can ease the muscle pain of rheumatoid arthritis and chronic muscle aches. You can also use eucalyptus to get rid of other types of pain like headaches, treat respiratory infections naturally, and get relief from joint aches. Thyme extracts contain enzymes that act as COX-2 inhibitors to help suppress pain perception and reduce muscle inflammation. The natural analgesic properties of thyme help get rid of muscle pain without causing side effects like some NSAIDs do.

There are many more oils that have been studied and the results are easily found in this article. May you enjoy their aromas and health benefits!

Enhance Intuition with Essential Oils.

April 23, 2018 - One Response

6 Essential Oils to Enhance Intuition. Every time a patient asks me for advice, I always recommend that they listen to their own voice to see if what I advised feel’s right for them. We each have an inner GPS system and I know what it feels like to listen to it or to push it away. Often fear is what makes one not listen to their GPS system even though decisions are an important part of how we live our lives. One way to help enhance intuition is by getting calm inside especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed about a big decision. Perhaps walking outside, taking a quick nap, or using essential oils can help with that. Essential oils can help balance your mood, reduce stress, counter negative emotions, and lift your spirits. Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rosemary and Sandalwood are recommended in the attached article, however, I recommend that you pick oils that immediately make you feel relaxed when you smell them. The oils don’t need to be any of the six that are recommended and what you like can change depending on your mood, time of day and the season. Next time you have a decision to make and are feeling anxious or unsure, mix a few drops of Essential Oils in a tablespoon of oil or lotion, then rub onto your neck and wrists. You may need to do this once or a few times day to help create more peace and calm in your decision making for better outcomes!

Chiropractic helps with Seizures.

April 16, 2018 - Leave a Response

Fantastic to see that Chiropractic helps with Seizures. Let’s start off with this first Case from the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ April 5, 2018. At age one this boy started to have absence seizures, where there is a vacant stare, lip smacking and eyelid fluttering. At age two he started to have clonic seizures, where there was sustained rhythmical jerking of the body. He also had self aggressive behavior. At age three he received a total of 10 Chiropractic spinal adjustments over an eight-week period. His seizures abated such that over a two-week period, he experienced only two clonic seizures per day. At eight weeks, his parents reported that their son was having one absence seizure every other day and his self-aggressive behaviors had stopped altogether.

The following cases were sited in the website chiro. org. A 9 Year Old girl with Occipital Lobe Epilepsy had uncontrollable eye twitching. Her twitching decreased immediately following a Chiropractic upper cervical adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in approximately 2 years.

A 25-year-old woman with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy was diagnosed at the age of 14. Her seizure episodes began shortly after trauma to her neck and the onset of her period. She received chiropractic spinal manipulation to her upper cervical spine and there was improvement in her seizure episodes as well as her menstrual cycles following 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

A 23-year-old man began suffering from bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, seizures, migraine headaches, and neck and back pain following a headfirst fall. He received 18-months of upper cervical chiropractic care where all of the patient’s conditions were absent by the seventh month of care and remained absent at the conclusion of care.

Impressive results indeed that hopefully inspire you to add Chiropractic care for relief of symptoms.