Archive for April, 2013

Veterinarian Becomes an Animal Chiropractor
April 24, 2013

Sue Manning from the Associated Press wrote on article about Veterinary Chiropractic, which I loved and wanted to share with you.

Thirty years ago, veterinarian, Dr. Gene Giggleman thought chiropractors were quacks! Now he is a professor at Parker University in Dallas, which specializes in chiropractic care. His first success of adjusting an animal was decades ago when a cocker spaniel named Sparky appeared to be having seizures. He was on three drugs from three different vets and was about to be euthanized if Dr. Giggleman could not help him.

During the examination Dr. Giggleman could tell that Sparky’s neck was out of whack as when he went to pet his neck it hurt him so bad that he flipped over and started shaking. Right then and there Dr. Giggleman performed his first adjustment and Sparky lived another 6 years without any seizures. This incident is what converted him to believe in chiropractic and then he went on to co-found the Parker University animal chiropractic program.

Dr. Giggleman notes that chiropractic care is a drugless, non-surgical approach to treating animals and much cheaper than traditional medicine. One day a week he sees animal patients and the rest of the week he teaches. His patients are 90% chiropractic and the other10% need traditional care. He does whatever it takes to help the animal and through out his career he has straightened out thousands of dogs and cats along with the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.

About once a month a pet owner comes in and says that if he can’t do anything they will have to put their pet to sleep. Dr. Giggleman says he is able to help about 80% of the time, which he sees as a double blessing, making the pet better and saving their life. For the others he is able to help reduce pain and prepare the families for the inevitable.

Over a decade ago Dr. Giggleman began to teach a course in how to adjust animals and the majority of his students at that time were chiropractors; now more of the students are veterinarians. There is also a one year intensive course with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, were the AVCA has certified over 1000 veterinarians or chiropractors since 1989.

One of the ACVA certified students is chiropractor Dr. Rod Block. 30 years ago Dr. Block became a human chiropractor and then 20 years ago became certified to work with animals. He currently works with several veterinarians and limits his practice to house calls in Southern California. He says it is important to be in tune with the being of the animal he is working with and that he is more concerned with the quality than the quantity of the pet’s life. For example, one of his patients is a 38-year-old horse who is not ride able any more but is mobile, off of steroids and free to roam around and enjoy the rest of his life relatively pain free.

Dr. Block wrote the book “Like Chiropractic For Elephants”. In the book he describes the work he did with a gimpy elephant at a sanctuary whose herd accepted him and how the elephant used her body language to help him find her pain. Dr. Block wrote his book to help demystify chiropractic because many still think it is dangerous and quackery. His book helps to explain the difference between chiropractic and allopathic medicine and how they can be integrated even though they are on opposite ends of the pole.

Dr. Block describes that chiropractic promotes the flow of energy within the body and anywhere there is an obstruction or blockage of energy due to the vertebrae being out of line or due to muscles being dysfunctional, the chiropractic adjustment helps normalize that function.

To see the entire article go to:
http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/It-takes-a-spine-to-benefit-from-chiropractic-care-4439697.php

Bringing Chiropractic to Kenya
April 17, 2013

I just read an article in Dynamic Chiropractic about local chiropractor, Dr. Warren Bruhl from Glencoe. I met him years ago at a pediatric conference and was interested to read that in 2012 he went to east Africa for two weeks, providing chiropractic care to the native Massai people. Here is my synopsis of the article.

Until this trip no chiropractor had ever visited the Massai in east Africa and lay their hands on to help these people that are riddled with diseases such as 85% of the population is HIV Positive, many have tuberculosis, fungal infections, bacterial proliferations and many other intense health issues. As a chiropractor, Dr. Bruehl knows the incredible power of hands on healing to help the body express itself more fully. Through this healing art he was able to make a difference in how these people felt and in helping them to see that health is more than just popping a pill or having surgery.

Dr. Bruhl is the founding director of Dreamweaver International, a nonprofit charity that provides education, medical and human services to some third world countries. The opportunity for Dr. Bruehl to provide chiropractic care on this health care mission to the remote Mount Kilimanjaro valley in Kenya, east Africa, opened enormous possibility. According to him the native Massai live in one of the harshest, yet most beautiful scenic wonders in the world, and they also know immense hardship and pain.

Normally the Massai are a guarded culture and it is difficult to get close to these people yet Dr. Bruehl has had family in the area for 20 years and built relationships in the community. Initially as the clinics developed he was working with nurses, as well as osteopathic doctors and students, allowing for a multidisciplinary team. With all of these diverse therapies results were what counted and one of the male Massai nurses was deeply impressed how chiropractic was able to help the people with the pain that they normally were used to enduring. This nurse desired to learn these chiropractic methods so that he could help his people when Dr. Bruehl was not there during the year.

Dr. Bruehl has plans to return to Kenya and develop clinics that run more frequently through out the year. The work of this clinic has been such a success that there are plans to build a local hospital. The goal is to incorporate an interdisciplinary aspect to healing in this hospital; which Dr. Bruehl is excited to be a part of. Dr. Bruehl also has a humanitarian program called Gear for Goals and plans to set up some Little League Baseball programs in Kenya as another way to positively affect their lives.

Dr. Bruehl felt honored to work with these people especially since he could feel the intense physical strain in their bodies and was able to help them through hands on chiropractic care. He is very excited to continue to bring chiropractic and his other humanitarian programs to this part of the world.

If you want to read the entire article please go to: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56455

The Vocal Gymnasium
April 3, 2013

For those of you who don’t know, I have a t.v. show that is broadcast on my local cable station called “What’s Your Story?”. I also put this up on youtube for anyone to watch at anytime. This episode features an interview with Wendy Morgan; vocal coach, professional singer, children’s music artist and the developer of The Vocal Gymnasium. Also interviewed is one of her students, Jamie Lampert; a vocal artist and past contestant on The Voice. Jamie also sings the Olly Murs song Troublemaker at the end of the show. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOiA0mKQSlU&list=UUyf2L6bgWxiX2Bo01KLfhKQ

A Biofeedback Device For The Jaw
April 3, 2013

I recently discussed the jaw and how clenching or grinding of the teeth can create problems with headaches, neck pain, ear pain, tooth pain or pain in other parts of the body. Those that have come in to the office for me to work on their jaw have reported great results. Along with working on my patients I also give them a sheet of exercises to do at home in between visits as a way to help reduce clenching and grinding during the day and while sleeping. Even though this approach has been very successful I recently came across something that is used for the jaw that I wanted to share with you.

There now is a biofeedback devise that one wears while they sleep. It fits around the temples and is battery operated to beep when it senses the muscles tighten during clenching or grinding of the teeth. Initially one would wear this devise during the day then clench or grind their teeth to set off a beeping sound. Then they are to relax their jaw and this stops the beeping noise. Doing this during the day a few times helps train the brain to stop clenching or grinding at night without the sound of the beeper waking them up.

Many people wear a night guard and this stops them from destroying their teeth yet it does not stop them from grinding or clenching. Even though I am very pleased that my patients have received relief from the work that we have been doing in the office; this device may be great for stubborn cases. Here is a video that further explains this biofeedback system for the jaw. http://stopgrinding.com/index.htm