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What Is Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Chiropractors can help with:

 

  • Neck/Low Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc Problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Colic
  • Menopausal “Hot Flashes”
  • Bed wetting
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Infant latching issues
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Stiff/Sore Joints
  • Digestive Issues
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual Issues
  • And Many More!

For more information on chiropractic please visit American Chiropractic Association for a detailed explanation


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Positioned For Pain?

Small posture changes can lead to BIG symptom relief!

Positioned For Pain?

Improperly positioned monitors are a big source of back pain. Read these OSHA guidelines for setting up your work station: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/


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8 Steps to Beat the Cold and Flu!

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

There are many lifestyle factors which will directly contribute to maintaining your good health and well-being, especially during the cold and flu season.  Many of these factors are directly under your control and may help you keep your immune system strong!  This is good news!

1.  START NOW!  Rather than waiting for a cold or flu to strike, be proactive and congratulate yourself for taking an active and vital role in your healthcare.  Consider regular chiropractic care.  Regular chiropractic adjustments strengthen and optimize the functioning of the master control system of your body – your amazing nervous system.  Your nervous system controls all of the functions in your mind and body – including your immune system.  

2. DON’T FEED THE BUGS! – Cold and flu bugs like to feed on sugar, so limit your intake of sugar and refined (simple) carbohydrates, especially during the cold and flu season.  Sugar, white flour and other processed foods create stress and inflammation in your body and mind.  This will also slow down your ability to heal.  If you are using nutrition supplements or vitamins, talk with Dr. Weaver about what vitamin supplements you are taking, so he can help you determine if you are getting the most benefit from them.

3. EXERCISE – Engaging in regular exercise benefits not only your body and your mind but regular exercise also strengthens your immune system!   In his best-selling book, SPARK, John Ratey, M.D. explains the new scientific discoveries regarding the role of exercise in improving mood and attention, strengthening your immune system and lowering stress and anxiety.  Regular exercise also appears to guard against and even reverse some of the effects of aging on the brain.  Dr. Ratey says: “In order for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to MOVE”.  Check with Dr. Weaver about the right exercise program for you.

4. HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED – Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to lowered immunity.  A recent review of the medical literature published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med, 2007; 357:  266-281), strongly suggests that a Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor in the development of infections – such as the flu.  We do not get the sun exposure in the winter months, like we do in the summer.  This has been found to be a direct correlation as to why there are much fewer colds and flu in the summer.  Boost that immunity with Vitamin D3

5.  CONSIDER USING PROBIOTICS – Probiotics are the “good” bacteria which live in your gut and help keep your immune system strong.  “Good” bacteria protect us from germs, viruses and other microorganisms that could cause disease.  “Good” bacteria also assist us with the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients.  Probiotics are available in dietary supplements.  Yogurt also contains probiotics (but stay away from yogurt with lots of added sugar, remember…“don’t feed the bugs”).   Most often, these “good” bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus (best for adults) or Bifidobacterium (best for children).

6. DEVELOP SKILLFUL STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH STRESS – Stress is a part of life.  However, there are many scientific studies which now suggest that overwhelming physical, emotional and chemical stresses (if left untreated) can weaken your immune system and may make you more prone to colds and the flu.  If we are overwhelmed by too much stress, our minds and bodies will respond as if our survival is being threatened, even if the “threat” is one we have created only in our minds, by getting “stressed out”.  This is called your “fight or flight” or stress response.   As part of your ”fight or flight” response,  the body will TAKE ENERGY AWAY FROM YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM (the immune system requires a lot of energy to function) and use that energy to try and maintain your stress response and ensure, first and foremost, that you “survive”.   

7.  PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVING – Take time each day to enjoy being fully present with people (with face-to-face interactions rather than Facebook).  Take a little break from the computer and engage in meaningful events and/or hobbies that are not computer-related.  Live mindfully, in the present moment.  Take yourself outdoors, if possible, and surround yourself with meaningful and inspiring experiences.
8.  BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND STAY POSITIVE – Sometimes life can be very challenging and stressful.  So, despite our best efforts, the functioning of our immune system may be lowered by too much stress and we might develop cold and flu symptoms.  Stay positive, and remember that your body has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself if given the time and the right conditions.  So, if you develop symptoms, take it easy, slow down and take care of yourself.  Get plenty of restful sleep – this is the time when your body does the most healing.  Drinking plenty of water will also help the healing process.  Talk with Dr. Weaver about additional vitamins & nutrition supplements which will help you to strengthen and support your immune system.  If symptoms persist, he will also recommend you seek further attention from your primary care doctor.

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your healthcare team.  Please share this information with family & friends to help them stay well too!

Be Active Be Healthy,Dr. Austin Weaver, DC

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Today’s Fashion Can Be Tomorrow’s Pain

Looking your best might not always be the best thing for you. Today’s society is extremely fashion and style conscious. Unfortunately, clothing designers and stylists aim to please by creating unique looks that might not always be practical or even comfortable. The look of the season shows runway models in high platform heels and tight skirts or pants. Models have perfected the runway “walk,” but the popular looks and accessories are frequently impractical and could create leg, back, and spine or neck problems. “Sometimes I see a woman walking down the street with high heels and a two-ton bag, and I want to stop her and make her aware of what she is doing to her body,” said ACA national spokesperson, Dr. Jerome McAndrews. Women generally wear high heels to complement an outfit, not for comfort, but some might not realize that these shoes can cause serious discomfort in the feet and can also exacerbate back pain. 

High heels alter the balanced position of a person’s body. When a woman wears high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. Dr. McAndrews compared the musculoskeletal system to a mobile, hanging in dynamic equilibrium, each part balancing the other. If one part becomes ‘fixed,’ the whole system will compensate with a movement or restriction. Essentially, wearing high heels for any length of time increases the normal forward curve of the back and causes the pelvis to tip forward. This alters the normal configuration of the pelvis and spine necessary for the body to maintain a center of gravity. “The legs are the foundation of the musculoskeletal system, and a person standing flat-footed or bare-footed would be completely balanced,” said Dr. McAndrews. “While standing, the hamstrings are taut and both parts of the pelvis are stabilized so that the support is normal. By bringing the heel up, you encourage the shortness of the hamstring muscles.” 

Women and men alike fall into the fashion trap. However, women, more than men, tend to wear clothes that are too tight. Stylish tight tube skirts and tight pants can be attractive, but are often too restrictive. Clothes that are too tight throw a person off-balance, and simple everyday tasks such as bending, sitting and walking become difficult. “Tight clothes restrict a person from moving comfortably, resulting in poor posture and misalignment of the spine,” said Dr. McAndrews. 

Another unhealthy fashion statement is the use of heavy purses, backpacks and handbags. Women and men tend to carry too many items in one bag, or briefcase, and are often not aware of the potential health risks associated with toting an excessive amount of “stuff.” Carrying a bag with detectable weight-more than 10 percent of your body weight-can cause improper balance. When hiked over one shoulder, it interferes with the natural movement of the upper and lower body. “The person carrying the bag will hike one shoulder to subconsciously guard against the weight, holding the other shoulder immobile,” said Dr. McAndrews. “This results in the unnatural counterbalance movement of one shoulder and little control over the movements of the arms and legs. Even worse, the spine curves toward the shoulder.” 

More and more people carry their credit cards, ATM cards and personal identification in the back pocket of their pants. This might be a convenient way of carrying the necessary items with you each day, but carrying your wallet in the back pocket of your pants can cause discomfort. Dr. McAndrews suggested men and women remove their wallets or other items before sitting for long periods of time. “Sitting on your wallet or card holder for the entire day will create a pocket in the muscle lying underneath the wallet, and whether your pants are tight or loose-fitting, this can result in discomfort or pain.” In today’s society, it might be important to you to look fashionable, but it is more important to choose clothes, shoes and bags that are comfortable and that suit your style. By following and remembering these simple steps, it is possible to look and feel your best.

  • Choose comfortable shoes. If you must wear high heels, bring a pair of flat shoes along with you to change into should you become uncomfortable. If you walk to work, wear flat shoes and change into your more fashionable shoes when you arrive to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
  • If the shoe is uncomfortable while standing, chances are it will not be any more comfortable while walking. The wrong shoe can affect the body’s center of gravity.
  • Choose supportive shoes. Designer spikes or non-supportive loafers may look nice but do not allow for easy, symmetrical walking.
  • While sitting, whether or not you are wearing heels, it is important to take frequent stretch breaks to alleviate atrophy of the hamstring muscles.
  • Avoid excessive wear of tight pants or clothing. If you prefer tighter clothes, choose styles that allow you to perform daily tasks with ease.
  • Select a briefcase or purse with a wide adjustable strap. Ideally, the strap should be long enough to place over the head. This evenly distributes the bulk of the weight across the body.
  • When carrying a bag, or briefcase, switch sides frequently to avoid placing the burden of the weight on one side of your body.
  • Take the time to empty unnecessary items from your bag.
  • Place all necessary items-such as wallets and cellular phones-in the front pockets of the bag. Stretching around to reach for your wallet can result in a pulled neck or back.
  • If you are driving or sitting for long periods of time, remove your wallet or card holder from the back pocket of your pants.
  • Think about your daily tasks. If your clothes affect your movements, consider outfits that fit your lifestyle.

Designers and stylists tend to be more concerned about the way something looks rather than the way it feels. Listen to your body. One of the most important aspects of being in style and looking your best is to maintain healthy judgement. By following simple suggestions, being fashionable can be comfortable. Chiropractic Care Can Help… If the pain persists, see a doctor of chiropractic. The goal of a chiropractor is to manipulate, or adjust the spine and help stimulate your body’s natural healing process.


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How Whole-Body Vibration Can Help You!

I recently read an article written by Perry A. Cammisa, DC about whole-body vibration (WBV).  Our office is one of the few in Lincoln that have and utilizes WBV and my patient’s have seen the change and difference that it can provide.  This is not a new technology, but is being applied in new ways that can benefit people in pain or improve performance.  As a matter of fact most professional programs have these in their locker rooms, like the NFL and NBA, not to mention the Cornhuskers.  Below are some excerpts from the article that you may be interested to read:

“I was suffering with severe low back pain emanating from a damaged L5 disc and the complicating factor of spondylolisthesis. I lived in constant fear. I knew that any little thing I did could put me flat on the floor. In fact, this was happening at an alarming frequency. I was suffering…”
“I also had many patients who came to me after surgery, traditional physical therapy and medication driven pain management, only to find they were no better off (and sometimes far worse off) than when they started.”
“The fact is, six years ago no one really knew how to apply WBV in the clinical setting, let alone to address lumbar pain and instability!”
“Therefore, with the initial aim of personal benefit, I surrendered my body to science by electing to use myself as a “lab rat” and develop a protocol for the treatment of low back pain using WBV. Six months after my real-life experiment began, I realized I had not had a flare up of any kind! I was more stable and balanced than I had been in many years, and I moved better in every way.”
So how does Whole-Body Vibration work?
“For most people performing conventional strength training, a maximum of 40% of the muscle fibers per muscle are recruited at any one time. WBV recruits between 95% and 97% of the muscle fibers comprising skeletal muscle when the TVR is at work.”
“WBV changes the frequency of contraction primarily, as opposed to added force applied to the muscle. This approach accordingly produces much less stress and strain on the joints, ligaments and other supportive tissues. Due to greater contraction efficiency, no long exhausting training sessions are required.”
“A critical factor of WBV use in the clinical setting is that you receive training from someone experienced using this equipment in a medical and rehabilitation environment. Less is more with WBV and proper postural biomechanics are essential to training each individual body to strengthen and stabilize.”
“The use of WBV is truly how you strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine in a fast efficient manner. In addition, WBV increases the effectiveness and the long-term impact of your spinal adjustments and other complimentary treatments.”
We also have set programs on our WBV machines that can walk you through workouts with video demonstrating the moves to be done.  These programs include but are not limited to “feel better”, “look better’, and “move better” and are no longer than 15 minutes long

 
If you think this would be beneficial for you give us a call at 402.937.9963 and schedule an appointment!


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Why the Simple Act of Walking Can Improve Your Health and Save Your Life

Walking is an act that humans have being doing for thousands of years, but recently, due to technology, has become “obsolete.” So what’s the big deal?  Well the body needs movement and activity to keep it functioning properly.  Walking a minimum of 30 minutes a day makes you healthier, gives you more energy, and makes you younger! 

 

Take a look at the list of benefits walking can provide YOU:

 

 

1. Heart Health: Don’t fall victim to the leading killer in America. People who walk regularly have improved heart health.  It lowers blood pressure, decreases heart attacks and strokes, and improves your HDL (good cholesterol) compared to people who walk less than 30 minutes a day. 

Did you know: Most cholesterol medications lower both LDL’s and HDL’s.  Walking lowers only the LDL’s and increases the HDL’s

2. Regulate Insulin Right: One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now and if nothing changes one-third of the population will be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in the future.  Thirty minutes of walking a day makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin. That allows glucose to do its duty inside your cells rather than pile up in your bloodstream (that’s what happens when you have diabetes) and causes other havoc.

What’s more, it proved twice as effective for lowering blood glucose as following a stringent diet regimen.  A recent study showed that people with adult-onset diabetes that walked two miles a day lost weight and lowered their heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

 

3. Shape Up and Shed Off: Walking will help you burn more calories than you eat, and before you know it you are wearing one-size-smaller clothes. Plus, walking can help curb those chocolate cravings and nix the stress and anxiety that often lead to overeating.

That sounds like a lot of work! In reality, walking is not the ideal way to lose that excess weight.  To lose 1 single pound, you would have to take a brisk walk for an hour and a half every single day.  It would be much better to consider eating healthier or joining our medically managed weight loss program and eat more sensibly and take a regular reasonable walk that you know you can manage and keep up.
Though you may not shed the weight with walking, you will sill improve your muscle tone, decrease the likelihood of osteoporosis, and be a lot more mentally relaxed.

 

4. Keeps you sharp: Physical activity nourishes brain tissue and stimulates its production of neurons, synapses, and blood vessels. Some studies have found that walking can counter faltering memories in people over age 50.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease in which a protein called amyloid plaque is laid down in the brain. The brain actually shrinks in size, as seen on an MRI scan. This is a complex disease, but quite a lot is known about it. Including that a walk every day actually causes the brain to INCREASE in size. It’s a greedy organ, requiring exceptional amounts of fully oxygenated blood.

More exercise = More blood to the brain = More oxygen = Bigger brain. Literally.

5. Eases the mind: Have you ever noticed you feel better and think better after a walk? Studies back up that walking benefits your mood — and may even ward off depression and anxiety.

Deep inside the brain is a very tiny but so important gland called the Pineal. This little gland controls your waking and sleeping cycles through a hormone called Melatonin.

Light entering the eyes sends not only images to your visual cortex (where you ‘see’ things) but also to the Pineal gland where it is stimulates the secretion the feel-good-hormones. Turn off the light and your Pineal puts the body into sleep mode. During the day, that’s called depression. One of the first steps back on the road to recovery is a daily walk in the sunshine.

It’s also no coincidence that depression soars in the long winter months in countries far from the equator. It’s called Seasonally Affected Disorder or SAD.  Much of it is due to the lack of proper sunlight exposure for a prolonged period of time.  Again, walking in the sunlight will activate your Pineal gland and give your Vitamin D3 levels a boost, preventing SAD and improving your immune system.

6. Boosts your immune system: Tired of catching the cold? Walking regularly can lower your risk of arthritis, macular degeneration, and even cancer by an astonishing 50% compared with people who don’t exercise.

No one is quite sure why, but women who exercise regularly have a lower rate of breast cancer. Just another good reason to enjoy walking benefits. Women who breast feed too have less breast cancer AND their children are more intelligent.

7. Revs up your energy: No need for that cup-a-joe in the morning.  Not only can a walk perk you up when you need it, but also it helps improve the quality of your sleep, so you’re less stressed and more energetic all day long.

8. Helps you kick the habit: Ever heard of replacing a bad habit with a good habit?  Taking a daily 30-minute walk is one of the keys to the success of quitting a bad habit.  A 5-minute walk cuts down on cigarette cravings — it engages your brain’s emotion centers, unleashing mood-enhancing hormones that decrease cravings and take your mind off that cigarette. And establishing a walking habit proves to you that you have the discipline to stick with your stop-smoking plan.
9. What’s Your RealAge?: Want to be younger?You can improve your RealAge in as little as 90 days after starting a regular walking program, its age-reducing effects can be measured. Take the time to Find out yourRealAge now.

 

10. Keeps you going: Time to follow through! Walking has the highest compliance rate of any exercise.  An easy way to improve compliance and stay dedicated is to get a buddy.  Walking with someone keeps you accountable and can make it more enjoyable!
I could list another thousand walking benefits, so why don’t you try it and let me know what it does for you!

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Cold and Flu Season


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
COLD AND FLU SEASON:  POWERFUL STRATEGIES FOR STAYING WELL
 
“The natural healing force within each one of us is the
greatest force in getting well”
–  Hippocrates –

There are many lifestyle factors which will directly contribute to maintaining yo
ur good health and well-being, especially during the cold and flu season.  Many of these factors are directly under your control and may help you keep your immune system strong!  This should be good news!
1.  START NOW!  Rather than waiting for a cold or flu to strike, be proactive and congratulate yourself for taking an active and vital role in your healthcare.  Consider regular chiropractic care.  Regular chiropractic adjustments strengthen and optimize the functioning of the master control system of your body – your amazing nervous system.  Your nervous system controls all of the functions in your mind and body – including your immune system. 

2. DON’T FEED THE BUGS!
Cold and flu bugs like to feed on sugar, so limit your intake of sugar and refined (simple) carbohydrates, especially during the cold and flu season.  Sugar, white flour and other processed foods create stress and inflammation in your body and mind.  This will also slow down your ability to heal.  If you are using nutrition supplements or vitamins, talk with Dr. Weaver about what vitamin supplements you are taking, so he can help you determine if you are getting the most benefit from them.

3. EXERCISE – Engaging in regular exercise benefits not only your body and your mind but regular exercise also strengthens your immune system!   In his best-selling book, SPARK, John Ratey, M.D. explains the new scientific discoveries regarding the role of exercise in improving mood and attention, strengthening your immune system and lowering stress and anxiety.  Regular exercise also appears to guard against and even reverse some of the effects of aging on the brain.  Dr. Ratey says:  “In order for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to MOVE”.  Check with Dr. Weaver about the right exercise program for you.

4. HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to lowered immunity.  A recent review of the medical literature published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med, 2007; 357:  266-281), strongly suggests that a Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor in the development of infections – such as the flu. 

5.  CONSIDER USING PROBIOTICS – Probiotics are the “good” bacteria which live in your gut and help keep your immune system strong.  “Good” bacteria protect us from germs, viruses and other microorganisms that could cause disease.  “Good” bacteria also assist us with the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients.  Probiotics are available in dietary supplements.  Yogurt also contains probiotics (but stay away from yogurt with lots of added sugar, remember…“don’t feed the bugs”).   Most often, these “good” bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus (best for adults) or Bifidobacterium (best for children).


6. DEVELOP SKILLFUL STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH STRESS – Stress is a part of life.  However, there are many scientific studies which now suggest that overwhelming physical, emotional and chemical stresses (if left untreated) can weaken your immune system and may make you more prone to colds and the flu.  If we are overwhelmed by too much stress, our minds and bodies will respond as if our survival is being threatened, even if the “threat” is one we have created only in our minds, by getting “stressed out”.  This is called your “fight or flight” or stress response.   As part of your ”fight or flight” response,  the body will TAKE ENERGY AWAY FROM YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM (the immune system requires a lot of energy to function) and use that energy to try and maintain your stress response and ensure, first and foremost, that you “survive”.   

7.  PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVING – Take time each day to enjoy being fully present with people (with face-to-face interactions rather than Facebook).  Take a little break from the computer and engage in meaningful events and/or hobbies that are not computer-related.  Live mindfully, in the present moment.  Take yourself outdoors, if possible, and surround yourself with meaningful and inspiring experiences.

8.  BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND STAY POSITIVE – Sometimes life can be very challenging and stressful.  So, despite our best efforts, the functioning of our immune system may be lowered by too much stress and we might develop cold and flu symptoms.  Stay positive, and remember that your body has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself if given the time and the right conditions.  So, if you develop symptoms, take it easy, slow down and take care of yourself.  Get plenty of restful sleep – this is the time when your body does the most healing.  Drinking plenty of water will also help the healing process.  Talk with Dr. Weaver about additional vitamins & nutrition supplements which will help you to strengthen and support your immune system.  If symptoms persist, he will also recommend you seek further attention from your primary care doctor.

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your healthcare team.  Please share this information with family & friends to help them stay well too!

Be Active Be Healthy,
Dr. Weaver

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Does Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic, i.e., not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.

What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements-for example, picking up a pencil from the floor-can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

Back injuries are a part of everyday life, and the spine is quite good at dealing with these often “pulled” muscles. These very minor injuries usually heal within 1 or 2 days. Some pain, however, continues. What makes some pain last longer is not entirely understood, but researchers suspect that the reasons may include stress, mood changes, and the fear of further injury that may prevent patients from being active. In addition, sometimes a painful injury or disease changes the way the pain signals are sent through the body, and, even after the problem has gone away or is inactive, the pain signals still reach the brain. It is as if the pain develops a memory that keeps being replayed.

Will Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain will “heal” on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily but will most likely return. The study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low-back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days. Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later.1

Another study looked at all of the available research on the natural history of low-back pain. The results showed that when it is ignored, back pain does not go away on its own.2 Those studies demonstrate that low-back pain continues to affect people for long periods after it first begins.

What Can I Do to Prevent Long-Term Back Pain?
If your back pain is not resolving quickly, visit your doctor of chiropractic. Your pain will often result from mechanical problems that your doctor of chiropractic can address. Many chiropractic patients with relatively long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting chiropractic treatment.3 The relief they feel after a month of treatment is often greater than after seeing a family physician.4

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.5

How Can I Prevent Back Pain?

  • Don’t lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.
  • Don’t twist your body while lifting.
  • Push, rather than pull, when you must move heavy objects.
  • If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.
  • Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels.
  • Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower-back pain.

What Should I Tell My Doctor of Chiropractic?
Before any treatment session, tell your doctor of chiropractic if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain goes down your leg below your knee.
  • Your leg, foot, groin, or rectal area feels numb.
  • You have fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness, or sweating.
  • You lose bowel control.
  • Your pain is caused by an injury.
  • Your pain is so intense you can’t move around.
  • Your pain doesn’t seem to be getting better quickly. 

Courtesy of the ACA:  Does Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?


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Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections

Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.

Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body’s own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain.

Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first).  Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.

Before yet another round of “maybe-they’ll-work-and-maybe-they-won’t” antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

“Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Fallon. She’d like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

Dr. Fallon uses primarily upper-cervical manipulation on children with otitis media, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. “Adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it’s been and on where they are in their cycle of antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves.” That means, for the average child, between six and eight treatments. If a child’s case is acute, Dr. Fallon will check the ear every day, using a tympanogram to measure the ear and track the movement of the eardrum to make sure that it’s draining. “I’ll do adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they’re acute, and then decrease frequency over time.”

Chiropractic Care Can Help…
Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child’s ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children.

Read the complete article from the ACA by clicking here


Helpful Tip!

To reduce the severity and length of ear infections and the common cold, avoid foods that are mucus-thickening like cow’s milk, orange juice, peanuts, peanut butter, bananas, wheat, sugar, additives. These items can complicate the healing process.


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Headaches & Chiropractic

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”

Article provided by the ACA


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