Blog 2016

B.J. Palmer The Big Idea

Posted: June 21, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

A slip on a snowy sidewalk, in winter, is a SMALL thing. It happens to millions. A fall from a ladder, in the summer, is a SMALL thing. This also happens to millions. The slip or fall produses a subluxation. The subluxation is a SMALL thing. The subluxation produces pressure on a nerve. That pressure is a SMALL thing. The pressure cuts off the flow of mental impulses.

That decreased flow is a SMALL thing. That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased bodyand brain. That is a BIG thing to that man. Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that sick man by a million, and you shape the physical and mental destiny of a state. Multiply that sick man by a one hundred and thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation.

Now comes a man. Any one man is a SMALL thing. This man gives and adjustment. The adjustment is a SMALL thing. The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a SMALL thing. The adjusted sublaxation releases pressure upon nerves. That is a SMALL thing. The released pressure restores health to a man. That is a BIG thing to that man. 

Multiply that well man by a thousand, and you step up physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of a state. Multiply that well man by one hundred and thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race for posterity. 

So adjustment of a subluxation, to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health , is BIG enough to rebuild thoughts and actions of the world.

The idea that knows cause, that can correct cause of dis-ease, is one of the biggest ideas known. Without it, nations fall; with it, nations rise. 

The idea is the BIGGEST I know of.

~Dr. B.J. Palmer


Allergies facts you did not know

Posted: April 21, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Allergy season is taking its toll on most people this season. When the allergies hit you, they hit you hard. I have personally experienced the burden of allergies this season first hand. The questions I keep asking myself is what are the causes of allergies, what are the medical approaches to allergies, and what is the chiropractic approach to helping allergies? Well I am here to answer these questions not only to help me but most importantly to help you. 
What causes allergies? Most medical doctors do not have an answer for allergies. However, one primary suspect to allergies may be the practice of vaccinations we receive from birth throughout our life. There have been some connections with childhood vaccinations that are responsible for food allergies as well as respiratory problems (James, 1988). These are only some of the theoretical conclusions medical doctors have come up with as to what the cause of allergies are.
What is the medical approach? In the medical world, doctors conform to the orthodox pattern and cover up the symptoms of allergies instead of finding a way to correct the cause of allergies. According to Mendelsohn “You can depend on most doctors to largely ignore the cause… unfortunately, their treatment is often worse than the disease, especially since the relatively safe folk-measures of yesteryear have been replaced by the sophisticated dangerous drugs modern medicine.” (Mendelsohn 1984). The drugs that are prescribed are called antihistamines which dry out the mucous; an example is Benadryl. However, antihistamines may cause some serious problems to the body such as affecting the heart (Science News, 1992). Another medicine that is prescribed and may damage the body are nasal sprays; they may damage the cilia (little hair) inside of the nose. 
What is the chiropractic approach? Chiropractic care is not technically considered a treatment, however, it does help correct a subluxations. What is a subluxation? It is the slight misalignment of the vertebra that disrupts the body’s normal immune response through the control of the nervous system. Reducing the amount of subluxations will diminish stress on the nervous system and the immune system will function properly, allowing it to function at its maximum potential. The immune system is our bodies’ defense system that fights off illnesses caused from allergies. 

References
James, W. (1988). Immunization: The reality behind the myth. Boston: Bergin & Garvey.
Mendelsohn, R. (1984). The people's doctor, a medical newsletter for consumers. 9.
Science News. 1992; 142(3): 46. 


Do you have peripheral neuropathy?

Posted: March 28, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Have you ever been annoyed with the pins and needles that run through your feet and hands? This could be caused by the lack of communication between the peripheral nervous system (PNS) to the rest of the body. The PNS consists of the cranial and spinal nerves that send signals to the body to function. 

So why am I telling you this background about the PNS? Well there is a little something called peripheral neuropathy that causes pins and needles to be felt in the hands and feet. It will get to the point where there is no sensation or feeling. This may be a temporary feeling that occurs in the body. 

What are some common symptoms? Well let me tell you what you should look for if there is any thought of having peripheral neuropathy. 
1.    “Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upwards into your legs and arms
2.    Burning pain 
3.    Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain 
4.    Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
5.    Lack of coordination 
6.    Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected 
7.    Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected” (White Chiropractic) 

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. There are many more causes such as trauma, vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism, subluxation, misalignment of the spinal vertebra, and a few more causes. These causes may lead to complications, as stated before, the numbness and tingling of the feet and hands. If there was a prior injury, there may be an infection occurring in the body. 

If there is any hesitation towards thinking you might have peripheral neuropathy, then go to a local chiropractor that scans patients. This will allow the chiropractor to know if you have any subluxation or misalignment of the spinal vertebra. After the findings the chiropractor will be able to do a nutrition assessment. 
What are some treatments that may help this condition? The first recommended treatment is to correct the neuropathy and treat the painful symptoms through chiropractic adjustments. Then a few more recommendations would be concentrated oxygen, and electric muscle stimulation. 

One major key way of prevention is to watch and manage any medical conditions that may put you at risk. Keep up a healthy diet/lifestyle that includes eating right and staying active. In all ways possible, try to avoid any cramping positions and toxic chemicals, avoid any repetitive motions that will cause any damage to the nerve. 

Work cited: White Chiropractic. (2016). Peripheral neuropathy. Retrieved from: http://www.whitechiropractic.info/neuropothy.html.

 

For more information click on the link below: 
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm

 


Heart health in March

Posted: March 16, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Can you believe we are already in the middle of March? Since we are starting to get warm weather we would liketo give a little more advice about how to have a healthy health. As our patients or future patients, hint hint ;), our goal is to have everyone at one hundred percent health. Here is some information about how chiropractic wellness is able to help your heart. 

Starting in the twentieth century, the practice of chiropractic has increased in popularity. Most patients go in for muscular and spinal pain, however, these pains may be just symptoms that are cover up or may possibly lead to larger problems. These are problems that need to be fixed sooner rather than later because they may eventually lead to being life threatening. 

According to the Palmer Chiropractic College, it has been proven statistically significant that seeing a chiropractor regularly to get adjustments, may prevent heart attacks. This may help reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, relieve different types of chest pains, and in addition support the cardiovascular system. Their primary focus is the nervous system and how it lowers an individual’s heart rate. This mainly works on the top of the spine, which in medical terms, is the atlas or also called the first vertebra. By receiving regular adjustments it may reduce the chances of a heart attack occurring. 

According to Natural news, a study was conducted that measured the systolic (end or peak of heart cycle) and diastolic (start of heart cycle) pressure of the heart. After viewing their data, the study reported that the people who see a chiropractor on a regular basis had a reduction in blood pressure as well as their anxiety levels. This proved to allow a little more support to the cardiovascular system. 

Here is a fact many people do not believe, women are just as likely to get a heart attack as men. The only problem is the fact that men are more likely to seek out treatment than women are when it comes to heart attacks. 

This may sound like I am repeating myself, however, this is something that is important and cannot be repeated enough. Heart attacks are not something to mess with and if there is a way to reduce the issue, listen to any reliable source. DO YOUR RESEARCH! 

 


Bardot, JB. (2012, Jan. 07). Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and 
lowers blood pressure. Natural News. Retrieved from: http://www.naturalnews.com/034760_chiropractic_heart_attacks_blood_pressure.html


What your doctor has NOT told you

Posted: February 11, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

During this time of year we are getting to the cold and flu season. Now no one has time to be sick because we want our time off for the summer when it is nice out. Research has shown that chiropractors help with the body’s immune system and the nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord. Within the nervous system, there is the autonomic nervous system which is directly related to the immune system. Now the immune system works with the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. These are some terms that most people do not need to know, the key to this is that these glands work with the immune system. These are things that are vital to our health.

How do chiropractors help with the immune system? Well here is the answer for you. A chiropractor is able to assess and give the best treatment possible for the wellness of the patient. With alignments occurring, it reduces stress on the nervous system which puts less stress on the immune system.

Ronald Pero, Ph.D., has researched more with the relationships between endocrine system and nervous system having a susceptibility to cancer. “Pero found that these injuries led to a very high rate of lymphomas and lymphatic leukemias. This understanding led Pero to consider Chiropractic care as a means of reducing the risk of immune breakdown and disease.” (Jockers, 2011). Patients who have seen chiropractors throughout their life had a 200% greater immune system than people who had not seen a chiropractor and a 400% greater immune system that people that have cancer or serious diseases. Also in his findings he discovered that there was not an age difference between the patients. Pero quoted, “Chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you have so that you can fully resist serious disease...I have never seen a group other than this show a 200% increase over normal patients.” (Jockers, 2011).

 

You can learn more: 

http://www.naturalnews.com/031206_chiropractic_immunity.html#ixzz3zo50oIyC

 

 

Jockers, Dr. D. (2011, Feb. 04). Chiropractic boots immunity. Natural News. Retrieved from: http://www.naturalnews.com/031206_chiropractic_immunity.html#ixzz3zo50oIyC


February! The month of love chocolate and chiropractic wellness!

Posted: February 4, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

February is the month where we wait for the chocolate to go on sale after Valentine’s Day. Being a chocolate lover myself, I look forward to this time of year. Around this time of year, the news tells stories about how chocolate is good for the heart and may cut heart disease. However, these studies only occur around this time every year. Well you should pick up some delicious chocolate and bring down here to your chiropractor. 

Now what is also good for you heart is the chiropractor. By removing spinal stress and help the nervous system. When people hear about the heart, all they think about is blood pumping into and out to allow the body to work. There is much more to the heart, it has a connection with the brain.

The heart is controlled by the nervous system and there is a nerve that runs from the lower part of the brain, known as the brain stem, down to the heart. This is called the vagus nerve or in medical terms psneumogastic nerve (cranial nerve X). Fun fact, this is the only nerve that runs from your brain down to your abdominal region. A good way to know you are suffering from spinal stress is feeling a tender bump under your ears. 

There are some medications that could affect the function of the vagus nerve. A category of drug called an anticholinergic has the possibility of blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to the nervous system. In other words, this is not something that you want to occur in your body because of the lack of signals going along the nerve. 

This is where the chiropractor comes into play. No one wants to take drugs that cause constipation or may affect the heart, intestines, and other organs in the body. This is when we want the body to work naturally and on its own. Chiropractors are able to help not only adjust but help with your health. 


Dorausch, M. (n.d.) Chiropractic & chocolate for a healthy heart.


Easing into New Year Workouts

Posted: January 27, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

After the New Year begins we all make the pledge to ourselves that we will become healthier. For many this does not last too long, it may last for the first couple of months. Getting into the gym for the first time, most of us want to lift heavy and start off strong. In reality, many of us have not been to the gym in months and will be very sore if we start off like this. Washburn (n.d) created an article that will help with lower back injuries. Prior to hitting the gym, take into consideration these exercises, stretches, and stability exercises. The muscles we need to be aware of are the inflexibility of our hamstrings and hips. Then there are other muscles in this region that need to be targeted as well such as buttocks, abdominal muscles, and all muscles in the lower back.

Washsburn (n.d.) lists in the article are some exercises that may be performed before the heavy lifting in the gym.

This list includes stabilizing exercises:

1. Three different levels of hip extensions- these work the lower back, muscles in the hip region, and buttock muscles
2. Chair pose- targets the lower back muscles and hamstrings
3. Triangle pose- targets hamstrings and muscles that surround the hips
4. The pyramid- targets hamstrings
5. Bird dog- targets the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, and all muscles in the buttocks region
6. Modified downward dog- targets lower back muscles, hamstrings, and muscles that surround the hip region

This list will include strengthening exercises that may be performed at the gym:

1. Hamstring curls- focus on the hamstrings
2. Back extensions- focus on the abdominal muscles and the lower back muscles
3. Plank- focuses on the abdominal and lower back muscles
4. Seated abdominal crunch- focus on the abdominal muscles
5. Supine bridge- focuses on the abdominal muscles and the muscles in the buttocks

This last list includes stretches that will help with lower back pain prevention:

1. Gluteal stretching consists of three different levels- all focusing on the buttocks region
2. Hamstring stretch- targets the hamstrings
       a. Standing hamstring stretch
       b. Seated hamstring stretch
       c. Lying hamstring stretch
3. Cow/Cat stretch- focuses on back muscles
4. Child’s pose- targets the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, buttocks muscles, and muscles that are in the hip region
5. Trunk rotation- targets the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, and muscles that are in the hip region

 

*Pictures may be found on website. Link is below*

 

Washburn, L., Vincent, J., & Traywick, L. (n.d.). Increasing physical activity as we age:
exercises for low back injury prevention. University of Arkansas System: Division of Agriculture- Research and Extension. Retrieved from http://agrability.org/Documents/back/FSFCS38%20Low%20Back%20Injury%20Prevention.pdf


Do you snow how to shovel?

Posted: January 21, 2016
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

       We are back at the time of year where we expect a range of snow and that means the shovels are going to start coming out. Shoveling snow may be a tedious job that needs to be done in order for anyone to go to school, work, or the grocery store. When there is shoveling there is a potential of hurting a back. According to Wetmore (2015) there are a few different ways we are able to prevent back injuries from shoveling the snow.
 

1. Keep your body neutral- keeping your back at a neutral position will create less pain and less strain on the back.
2. Using your legs while shoveling- this is a huge factor in shoveling, just like lifting, shoveling will put a great amount of strain on your back. Using your legs will help lift the stress off of the back and will make shoveling less painful. 
3. Lightening up the load- creating more loads will put less stress on the back. Since it is cold outside you are wanting to get the job done as quickly as possible. There is a potential of being hurt in the long run from trying to do something too quick and with too much weight.
4. Push instead of hoisting the snow- there is a potential of frustration that will occur while shoveling snow, look to push it instead of hoisting it over the shoulder. Pushing in the proper manner will leave you a little sore, however, not to the point of an extreme amount of pain. 
5. Suit up in warm layers- it will be snowing outside, this means the temperature is below freezing. Shoveling is a workout of its own, however, going outside in the cold temperatures still calls for bundling up and staying warm. While shoveling you do not want your muscles to become cold, stay warm and bundle up.
6. Ease into the amount- if you have not been exercising recently and you take it too hard too fast it could potentially lead into an injury if your muscles are not used to being worked. This could lead to number two if there is too much occurring at once. Start out easy and lead into a little more as the time goes on and as the snow falls to the ground.  
7. Take a break- since there is no need to rush take your time and take breaks. We do not want any of the previous six items to occur while shoveling. Take your time and enjoy the snow with your family.  
 

Doing these seven items will help prevention of lower back problems while shoveling the snow. Enjoy the snow and be safe with you loved ones as you are shoveling the snow.

 

Wetmore, E. (February 2015). Watch your back: avoid injury while shoveling snow. University
of Rochester Medical Center. Retrieved from https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/patients-families/health-matters/february-2015-1/watch-your-back-avoid-injury-while-shoveling-snow.aspx