Can’t Get Pregnant? Try Chiropractic.

March 19, 2018 - Leave a Response

What a Gift for this 29 Year Old Woman with a 3 year history of Infertility. She had failed attempts of getting pregnant with intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and taking estrogen modulators for 5 months. She went to a Chiropractor and after 16 weeks of Spinal Adjustments, she reported being pregnant.

A study was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to subluxation-based chiropractic research. The study, detailed a number of cases where infertile women undergoing chiropractic care became pregnant. While some of these women went to the chiropractor to be helped with their fertility, others went merely to have their spines adjusted but then became pregnant while under chiropractic care.

An interesting theory for one reason Chiropractic may help improve fertility is that the adjustment helps the motility that is needed at the Fallopian tube. There also is the knowledge of the nerves that exit the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone) which directly effect the communication and function of the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, ovaries and other structures in the pelvis.

In, Frank M. Painter D.C., compiled information on a few case studies of women getting pregnant while receiving Chiropractic Care. Here are the details: 1.) One patient had her first natural menstrual cycle 3 ½ months into care and discovered she was pregnant 4 ½ months after initiation of chiropractic care. An Ultrasound confirmed the pregnancy shortly after. 2.) A 27 Year Old Woman, who in the previous year had suffered 2 miscarriages, and had been anovulatory for 9 months, found that after 60 days of Chiropractic care, a normal ovulatory cycle occurred. She became pregnant after her second normal cycle. 3.) After receiving wellness chiropractic care for the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations, a practice member showed marked improvement in autonomic and motor system function as demonstrated on her surface electromyograghy and thermography scans. In additon, after having great difficulty conceiving, she became pregnant nine months after commencing chiropractic care. 4.) One month after the application of chiropractic care, marked reduction in dysautonomia and dysponesis is demonstrated, and while previously infertile for 5 years this woman conceived and sustained a successful pregnancy. 5.) A patient had her chronic condition of colitis relieved and relatively simultaneously became pregnant after giving up on allopathic fertility treatments for 7 years.

Chiropractic Case studies like these have been discussed in the profession for years amongst doctors and their patients. I suggest a minimum of three months of Chiropractic Care to enhance the body’s ability to conceive.


Add Chiropractic and Nutrition to your Crohn’s Treatment Protocol.

March 12, 2018 - Leave a Response

What a Blessing for this This 60-year-old with Crohn’s Disease! He presented with abdominal pain and cramping, stiffness all over his body, diarrhea and a generalized feeling of sickness. There was immediate relief following his first and second Chiropractic adjustments. After nine months of care, including changes in diet, the patient experienced complete remission of his diagnosis from his endocrinologist and was able to stop taking all medications.

Did you know that a cross sectional survey revealed 51% of those with inflammatory bowel problems such as Crohn’s are seeking alternative care? Also a 2007 study with Crohn’s showed that 12 of the 17 participants who received spinal adjustments showed long term stable remission of their symptoms. The study also found vertebral misalignment a common finding for those with allergies and Crohn’s.

Based on these results patients with Crohn’s who incorporate Chiropractic and Nutrition into their treatment program will help improve their quality of life on a daily basis. This may also prevent the serious complications associated with Crohn’s such as: bowel obstruction, ulcers, fistulas, malnutrition and colon cancer.

Find the Perfect Stretch for Your Back Pain.

March 5, 2018 - Leave a Response

If you’re having back pain see which of these 40 stretches you find helpful. The key is to do them slowly and if you’re not as flexible as those that are in the pictures then only go as far as your body allows you to. If it feels good, then hold it as long as it helps relax you. If the stretch doesn’t feel good, don’t do it! Each person’s back pain, sciatica, herniated disc and other symptoms are unique. This means the stretches that help you might not work for someone else. Each person needs to find what their body responds well to.

Be persistent in finding what is right for you when you are in pain and then continue to do them daily as a preventative. Most of us when we feel better stop doing our stretches but we do a lot every day to put undo pressure onto our spine and posture. We sit, Text, read, use our phones and tablets all day, lift groceries, twist with the laundry, cleaning and cooking, workout, drive to work or other places, slump in our chairs, get into weird postures on our couches and bed, and so much more. This is why it’s always a great idea to have a few quick daily stretches that reduce the effects of our daily life when we aren’t in pain.

Examples of which stretches are shown include: lay on your back and bring your knees to the chest, lay on the floor stomach down and then arch backwards, lay on your back and hold the leg straight to stretch the hamstring, get on the floor on your knees and your head to the ground also known as child’s pose, stand and twist, sit with the legs out to the side in order to stretch the inner thighs and hips, get on all fours and do the cat posture, stand and then bring your head to the knees, lay on your back with the knees bent resting on a chair, cross one leg over for a piriformis buttock stretch, sit in a chair with low back support to get the shoulders back, try the runners stretch for the iliotibial band which goes from the hip to the knees and there also is the McKenzie Method: a series of exercises starting with extension poses and then ending in flexion poses.

I personally have some daily stretches I do and also have given stretches to my patients for years. This video from Dr. Mandell is an excellent resource as another way for you to find relief from your pain!

February 28, 2018 - Leave a Response

Can Text Neck Have an Effect on Digestion? Yes. Your head is around 12 pounds but the moment you move it forward 2” while texting, reading etc, then your body registers your head as 32 pounds. This is based on the physical forces that occur in forward head posture. One of the main reasons the forward head posture can create digestive problems, is the effect it has on the Vagus nerve. The Vagus nerve comes from the brain down the neck and into the heart, lungs, stomach and intestines. If the Vagus nerve is compromised during the forward head posture this could have an effect on digestion.

One of the ways to help reduce the negative effects of a compromised Vagus nerve from Text Neck, is with neck and shoulder exercises. Here are a few stretches. Bring you arms out to your side, slowly look up towards the ceiling as far as is comfortable, then open your mouth and stick out your tongue. Hold for 5 seconds or longer. Bring your head back to normal and then slowly turn head side to side holding 5 seconds or more each way. Then slowly bring your ear to down to the shoulder holding 5 seconds on each side. Lastly do shoulder rounds in the backwards motion. Ideally do this every hour or at the least do them each morning and before bed. Make this a daily habit for life and after two months notice if your digestion is better and your posture too! (To make an appointment with Dr. Schuster call 1-847-509-9067)

What Do You Know About Essential Oils?

February 26, 2018 - Leave a Response

Learn how Essential Oils can be used for health and wellbeing. There is an abundant amount of information you can find in books, classes taught locally and even online courses such Essential Oils for Abundant Living, by Dr. Eric Zielinski. I have been using Essential Oils on myself and in my practice for years. It’s been wonderful for me to experience patients learning how to use essential oils on their own. They notice that they’re not getting sick as much, have better digestion, less headaches, pain, sinus issues and on top of that they feel empowered with how it helps them and their families.

What essential oils do you find helpful? I love Deep Tissue Oil from Dr. Schultze as it helped me when I broke my pinky toe a few years ago and then again more recently when I stubbed it. I used it every few hours for a week and each time my toe and foot felt so much better. I also love a few products from Kettle Care, such as Robber’s Room Mist which is a sanitizer, as well as their Arnica Oil and Muscle Rub for aches and pains. I often use individual oils as well such as Lavender, Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Vetiver, Frankincense and Peppermint to name a few.

Did you know Essential Oils are used by the processed food, pharmaceutical, fragrance and industrial industries? I didn’t either and just learned that in Dr. Zielinski’s course. In case you are interested in what he teaches he offers many great nuggets of information including practical uses of Essential Oils to help with sleep, anxiety, hormone, adrenal and thyroid balance, acne, dark spots on the skin, how to make your own body lotions, home cleaning products, and so much more. The course seems pretty comprehensive to help you learn about Essential Oils at your own pace and includes work books, charts, videos and access to a private Facebook page. Proceeds help the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, so you’re giving to a great cause as well.

No matter how you learn about the oils, here are a few tips. Always use a carrier oil and pay attention to how you respond to each oil as each person’s chemical reaction is going to be different. Every time you open a new bottle be aware that you may react differently to the oil. This is due to the time of year the crops were grown, the nutrient density of the soil, how much rain there was and other factors. Use oils sparingly as they are potent so be wary of online sources encourage using excessive amounts of drops. This may have negative side effects, so remember, less is more!

Why Patients Love Chiropractic!

February 21, 2018 - Leave a Response

Have you ever wondered what patients love about Chiropractic? A 2012 National Health Interview Survey revealed some interesting reasons.

The survey participants said the reason they visit a chiropractor is:
For General Wellness
To Improve Energy
To Improve Athletic or Sports Performance
To Improve Immune Function
To Improve Memory or Concentration

The participants also said the benefits of chiropractic are:
Improve Overall Health or Feel Better
Help Sleep Better
Help Reduce Stress or Relax
Make it Easier to Cope with Health Problems
Give a Sense of Control Over One’s Own Health
Help Feel Better Emotionally
Improve Attendance at Job or School
Improve Relationships With Others

Participants emphasized valuing their Chiropractor as a source of information and guidance, being motivated to “exercise more regularly” and “eat healthier”. Also noted was that Chiropractic is natural, focuses on the whole person, treats the cause and not just the symptoms and combined with Medical treatment would be helpful. What reasons do you love Chiropractic?

I Love Chiropractic and being a Chiropractor as my preference is to help the incredible healing processes of the body through specific hands on care combined with diet, vitamins, homeopathy, herbal supplements and stress management techniques. I personally use these modalities first and then if needed can add medication and or surgery as sometimes you need the best of both worlds.

Medical Doctor recommends Chiropractic for managing symptoms of Lupus.

February 19, 2018 - Leave a Response



Can Symptoms of Lupus be Managed with Chiropractic? Medical Doctor, Gary Levin, thinks so. He suggests chiropractic for lupus patients who struggle with joint pain, joint stiffness, muscular pain, and fatigue. Chiropractor, Dr. Kenneth Wilson recommends taking the whole person into account when reducing the severity of lupus symptoms. This involves a combination of spinal manipulation, vitamin therapy and muscle relaxation therapy. A recent clinical case study involving a 34 Year Old patient diagnosed with Lupus, showed improvement of her symptoms after 12 visits and there was a resolution in her lupus blood work as well.

Lupus is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks its own healthy tissue. Patients can go into remission for long periods and can be triggered by infection, tissue injury or other medical conditions. There is no known cure for lupus at the present and medications such as NSAIDS, Antimalarial, Corticosteroids, Immune Suppressants or Biologics may be prescribed.

Lupus can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. Consider incorporating a holistic
Chiropractic approach that focuses on possible causes of flare ups, treats symptoms when they do occur, reduces stress in the body, includes diet, as well as nutritional supplementation and teaches stress management techniques.

Can Chiropractic Resolve Chronic Fainting or Passing Out?

February 14, 2018 - Leave a Response

Here’s an Exciting Clinical Case where Chiropractic demonstrated resolution of chronic fainting or passing out, known as Vasovagal Syncope. Along with this Case study I personally had success with a patient that came to me for another reason but also had a long history of fainting. Her chronic condition, to her delight, resided once she began Chiropractic care.

The resolution of Vasovagal Syncope through chiropractic makes sense if the cause is structural. The vagus nerve extends from the head, through the neck and into the abdomen. It interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs and digestive tract. Any compromise in the structure of the vertebrae in the neck certainly could have an effect on the part of the vagus nerve in that area. When the structural integrity of the neck is reestablished this certainly could allow for the vagus nerve to regain normal function. I would recommend Chiropractic Care if one has symptoms of fainting or passing out, especially if other modalities don’t seem to help.

Chiropractic Enhances the Immune System.

February 12, 2018 - Leave a Response

If you’re looking for quicker recovery from colds, respiratory infections, allergy symptoms and other immune related problems, then consider implementing Chiropractic as part of your solution. An accumulation of data from studies suggests that a possible benefit of spinal manipulation is related to neuroimmunological effects. For many years, chiropractors including myself, have observed immune system benefits with our patients.

For those adults or children that have chronic symptoms of colds, allergies, respiratory issues, etc… a series of chiropractic adjustments may be warranted to help the body’s immune system become more effective. Once positive results occur, then a maintenance program should be implemented for consistency. For those adults or children that notice a cold coming on then consider coming in for an adjustment immediately with the idea of going home to rest, get into a hot bath and implement natural remedies such as probiotics, Elderberry, Vitamin C, garlic, reducing sugar and dairy, etc.

If you enjoy details about studies on how Chiropractic can help the immune system then please read the link attached.

The History of Animal Chiropractic.

February 7, 2018 - Leave a Response

Did you know that in the early 1900’s a Chiropractic Veterinary hospital was created? Sick cows, horses, cats, dogs, etc. where adjusted by Chiropractors to prove that the principal and practice of hands on manipulation also applied to animals. Years later in the mid 1980’, the late Sharon L. Willoughby, a Veterinarian that became a Chiropractor, began teaching and founded Options for Animals, a College of Animal Chiropractic. Soon the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association was established, a certifying agency for doctors who have undergone post-graduate animal chiropractic training.

Options for Animals says that Animal Chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary medicine. When used in conjunction it is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining strength, vigor, and well-being. It offers another method of exploring and treating the root causes of an animal’s aches, pains, and illnesses. It ensures maximum improvement, top performance, and an exceptional quality of life. To find a specialist search the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.