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Chiropractic Care and Headaches/Migraines

Posted: October 21, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Chiropractic Care and Headaches/Migraines

In a study done by Dr. Mitchell Haas and published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 24 adults with chronic cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by a problem in the neck) received chiropractic treatment for either 1, 3, or 4 visits per week for 3 weeks.  The subjects that received chiropractic care 3 or 4 visits a week had a 13.8 and 18.7 point reduction of pain on the 100-point modified Von Korff pain and disability scale respectively.   Findings give preliminary support for the benefit of larger doses, 9 to 12 treatments, of chiropractic care for the treatment of cervicogenic headaches.

In another study done by Dr. Peter Tuchin and others, 83 participants that endure at least 1 migraine per month received chiropractic care for 2 months while 40 participants that endure at least migraine per month served as the control group (received no chiro).  All subjects kept a migraine journal that included the frequency, intensity (visual analogue score), duration, disability, associated symptoms, and use of medication for each migraine episode. Of the patients that received chiropractic care, 22% reported more than a 90% reduction of migraines and more than 50% reported a significant decrease in the intensity, duration, disability, and associated symptoms of their migraines.


Haas, Mitchell, et al. "Dose response for chiropractic care of chronic cervicogenic headache and associated neck pain: a randomized pilot study."Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 27.9 (2004): 547-553.

Tuchin, Peter J., Henry Pollard, and Rod Bonello. "A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine." Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 23.2 (2000): 91-95.


Spinal Subluxation

Posted: October 12, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell



Subluxations are misalignments in one or more of your vertebrae that cause nerve interference.

"Subluxations interfere with the information your brain sends through the spinal cord and nerves to every single cell, tissue and organ in the body," says Dr. Dan. "The body is unable to function at its full 100 percent when there is a subluxation present and can result in multiple symptoms, conditions, and even disease."

The Three T’s
"Trauma is the easiest to understand becauseA this type of subluxation is caused by a physical force to the body," says Dr. Dan. Most people only think of major traumas like car accidents or falls, but your body experiences micro traumas every day—and these may surprise you. Behaviors like continuously carrying a purse or bag on the same side of your body, wearing high heels, sleeping on your stomach, the way you sit in your vehicle or at work, crossing your legs or looking down or turning your head to look at a computer monitor for long periods of time. 

Toxins, as a cause of subluxation, may not be as obvious. Think of your body as one big chemistry set—when the body is healthy and balanced chemically, it's in a state of homeostasis. Depending on the toxic chemicals you take in through what you eat drink or breathe, your body's homeostasis can be disrupted and become imbalanced. Toxins can get into the body in many ways: through processed and GMO foods, air pollution, chemicals in your cleaning supplies and even the water you're drinking—and the plastic bottle it came in. "These chemical imbalances can cause the nervous system to send a signal to the muscles to contract or change fiber length in the muscles ," he explains. "And these changes in muscle tone can cause a subluxation or subluxations to the affected area."

Dr. Dan says the third "T," Thoughts (a.k.a. emotional stress), is the number one cause of subluxations. Forbes recently reported that 83 percent of working adults in the United States say they are stressed about their job. Think about it: you can be lying on a sandy beach somewhere, but can feel completely stressed if you start thinking about the work and problems you have back at home. "When you are stressed, your adrenal glands (your stress protector glands) go into overdrive producing cortisol, however a sustained level of stress can result in the muscles in your neck and between you shoulder blades becoming tight. You may even unconsciously rub your shoulders or neck," he says. "This sustained release of cortisol and muscle tension can cause subluxation and a chemical imbalance."

Correcting Subluxations

According to Dr. Dan, chiropractic care is the only way to correct subluxations. That doesn't mean a one-time visit to a chiropractor, but a personalized corrective care plan. Your chiropractor will locate, analyze and correct subluxations and provide you with strategies to address the 3 T’s of subluxation. 

"Committing to chiropractic care is a lifestyle choice—just like exercising and eating well," says Dr. Dan. "It's impossible to eliminate all the micro traumas, toxins and stress in daily life, but choosing chiropractic as a preventative and proactive measure is vital to your path to optimal health."


How Chiropractic Care Decreases Chance of Heart Disease

Posted: October 7, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

 How Chiropractic Care Helps Prevent Heart Disease.

JB Bardot


Research indicates that regular chiropractic adjustments may prevent heart attacks, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, relieve chest pain and support the cardiovascular system, according to the Palmer Chiropractic College.

Studies at the College investigated the effects of chiropractic treatment on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in reference to an analysis of heart rate variability (HRV).  Findings indicated that chiropractic adjustments do reduce pain and lower participant's mean heart rate.

Chiropractic treatment also has a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels, according to a study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients' anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. In all cases, those subjects who received active treatment experienced a distinct drop in blood pressure and a decrease of their anxiety levels. Results of this study provide evidence that chiropractic treatment offers support to the cardiovascular system.


Palmer Chiropractic College: Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multi-site Clinical Study

Journal of Chiropractic Medicine,: Sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to specific diversified adjustments to chiropractic vertebral subluxations of the cervical and thoracic spine; Arlene Welch, et. al.; September 2008

Chiropractic and Osteopathy: Management of chest pain: exploring the views and experiences of chiropractors and medical practitioners in a focus group interview ; Monica Smith,, September, 2005

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: Effects of chiropractic treatment on blood pressure and anxiety: a randomized, controlled trial; RG Yates, et. al, December 1998

Chiropractic Helps Reduce High Blood Pressure Levels


Think twice before you get your flu shot! Here is how you can naturally boost your immune system.

Posted: September 28, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Immune Boost: This Is Spinal Zap
Give your immune system a leg up through chiropractic care.
By Katie Gilbert, published on August 24, 2006 - last reviewed on April 13, 2009


Terry Rondberg, president of the World Chiropractic Alliance, explains that the spine does play a role in
wellbeing. He notes that many factors affect the body's ability to maintain optimal balance. Nutrition,
posture, exercise, stress, fatigue are important, but so is the health of your spine.

Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and
1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This
observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had
an estimated .25 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who
did not receive chiropractic care.

In the years since, studies are finding that chiropractic care is a way to improve immunity. One study,
from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, found that disease-fighting white blood
cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after chiropractic manipulation was applied to the back. A
similar study investigated the immune system response in HIV-positive patients under chiropractic care.
After six months of treating spinal misalignment, the group receiving the chiropractic treatment showed
a 48 percent increase in white blood cell counts. Conversely, the group that did not receive chiropractic
manipulation experienced a 7.96 percent decrease in immunity cells.

What the Heck is Subluxation?!

Posted: September 3, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

What the Heck is Subluxation?!

There is more to subluxations than back pain, neck pain and a pinched nerve.  Some of the scariest consequences of subluxations come from the possible global effects on your body. When most patients investigate their subluxations, they are often concerned about the potential health problems that may arise in the tissues that the specific nerve supplies at the level of their subluxations.  For example, if they have a T1 subluxation, the nerve at that level supplies the heart and lung tissue.  Their concern, and rightly so, is whether the subluxation will cause heart or lung problems.  The research and case studies indicate that this is a possibility, but even more importantly, subluxations may cause even more serious global health problems in your body.

Global Effects of Subluxations

1.    Impaired Immune Function: Arguably, one of the most important keys to a long, healthy life is a healthy immune system.  Research now reveals that your subluxations may seriously impair the function of your immune system.  Dr. Pero’s research indicates that one’s immune response and susceptibility to serious disease is negatively affected by subluxations.  Another study reveals that the quantity and quality of your white blood cells are negatively affected by subluxations.

2.    Decreased Mental Function: Nobody would want their mind to be clouded and unable to process information or think clearly.  A chiropractic study demonstrated that an individual’s mental efficiency may improve 1,500-3,000% after a chiropractic adjustment.  In another study, researchers discovered that brain stem function improved following a chiropractic adjustment.

3.    Altered Emotional Stability: We usually don’t relate our emotional states to whether we need an adjustment or not; however, our emotions are intimately related to our nervous system function.  Studies reveal an amazing connection between altered neurochemistry and emotional states to the subluxation.  Many studies reveal that chiropractic care can offer fascinating results for patients with ADD/ADHD, panic attacks, nightmares, anxiety attacks, irritability, and general states of loss of well-being.

4.    Damaged Genetic Potential: New research is now indicating that subluxations can alter the genetic expression of your genes.  This has devastating consequences to your health and your future as a human being.

5.    An Early, Unnecessary Demise: In 1994, Dr. Lee authored a lengthy article that postulates that the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is involved in all disease processes and explains that the causes and cures of all diseases are mediated by our central nervous system.  Everyone must be checked on a routine basis for neurologic interference caused by subluxations at a Wellness Chiropractic office if they desire to stay healthy.  Another study reveals that subluxations negatively affect the visceral (organ) input centers and output centers in your brain stem.  This indicates that almost any subluxation at any level may result in almost any kind of health challenge.  Finally, the autopsies performed by Dr. Windsor, M.D., correlated that nearly 100% of diseases these people suffered from were related to a curvature in the spine or a spinal problem that damaged the nerve that supplied that specific organ.


Aspirin a Day? NO WAY!

Posted: August 4, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

Aspirin a Day? NO WAY!

Have you ever been told to take an aspirin a day? Have you ever been told that this is critical to your health? “NEW” research says that ASPIRIN IS NOT SAFE!

SURPRISE! Do you really think that you can ingest a toxic chemical everyday and get healthy? Let me share with you what we know aspirin does.

  3. 86% increase in Pancreatic Cancer
  4. Increase in Hemorrhagic Stroke!
  5. Causes ULCERS


So once again, as is always the case, we learn that MEDICATIONS CAUSE HARM AND DO NOT MAKE YOU ANY HEALTHIER! One other study I found very interesting is that when they “tested”, Europeans found aspirin did not “help”.

Why? Well the drug companies have MASSIVE influence in this country on studies and their outcomes.

So, what can you do? The best thing would be to make sure that you are REDUCING INFLAMMATION in your body! This is done by:

  • Reducing Nerve System Stress
  • Diet (follow the Maximized Living Diet or Clean Diet)
  • Exercise (Burst or Peak8 Training)


These are basic, but POWERFUL tools. If you truly want to STACK THE DECK in your favor there are no shortcuts. We need to make the commitment to make the changes necessary to save our lives -Regular adjustments, consistent healthy diet, regular burst exercise, and good sleep.

Understand how AMAZING YOUR BODY WAS CREATED. You are DESIGNED TO BE WELL. The body needs no help, and no interference.

I understand the FEAR and LIES that we are told daily. I understand the concerns you have. However, do you have more FAITH in the power that CREATED and CONTINUES to heal you, or in a PILL, POTION, or LOTION?

You are AMAZING! You are more powerful than you could ever imagine. You can be more –You can have the health and life that you were intended to have, but you have to do those things that will create that. What are the excuses that you are telling yourself? Now realize they are LIES, and go have the LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS. SERVE OTHERS –RESTORE HOPE!

Healthy By Choice NOT By Chance
Yours in Health!
Dr. Dan

The Difference

Posted: July 15, 2015
By: Dr. Daniel Atwell

WHO we are and WHAT we do....

What is the difference between outrageous health and success in life, and limited or minimum results? 

As I was away with my kids and beautiful wife this weekend I was thinking about exactly this. Why have my children never been on a medication or been vaccinated? Why are they so healthy? Why does my wife not live on migraine medication? Why was I able to get off daily prescription drugs for acid reflux, headaches, asthma, allergies, and ulcers? And why do patients in our office get 



I know the answer -- WE WORK WITH THE POWER INSIDE YOU! Health comes from within! Resistance to disease of ALL kinds and comes from WITHIN. There is a saying in Chiropractic, ADIO, and it means:

A- Above

D- Down

I- Inside

O- Out

What this means is that anything real and lasting in your life MUST follow these principles. It ALL comes from ABOVE (GOD) and flows down to US! From there the INSIDE or internal environment can heal and recover, and whatever quality is there will be the OUTcome! I challenge you to apply this simple principle to ALL aspects of your life.


One way to test a principle is to try the opposite (Outside-In-Down-Up). This principle is why our healthcare is FAILING, and why many other areas are failing as well..."take this pill" (Outside-In approach).

This is why people get adjusted for their ENTIRE LIVES. This is why we see babies as soon as they are born, this is why people GET OFF DRUGS here, this is why people refer hundreds of people into our office, and this is why we KNOW you can have success here. Think of one of your goals that you want (i.e. lose 50lbs) and now think about how to apply ADIO to this goal. This helps you know what NOT to do as well. You know that it won't be a pill, a surgery, some FAD will need to get to the root CAUSE! This office ALWAYS focuses on CAUSE!



Chiropractic Matters of the Heart

Posted: July 17, 2014
By: Dr. Doug Ferguson

Many people already associate chiropractic with is great success in dealing with back and neck issues. But what about the heart and other body organs?

Chiropractors deal with matters of the heart literally.  Did you know that there is a direct correlation between forward head carrying and mortality? Usually heart attacks!  It is a matter of nerve compromise as well as sympathetic overload that results in these problems.  A study done on geriatric patients found that the further forward your head is carried the more chance you have of not waking up tomorrow.  Not a happy thing!

I find patients who carry their head in a forward position present little or no cervical curve on x-ray analysis.  Usually this relates back to some type of accident such as an auto accident.  It could have occurred years ago and never presented any major noticeable symptom.  I have patients who show up with problems in their cervical curve whose injury was five or more years ago and it could be from school sports or fun activities like water or snow skiing.

People with no curve in their neck often complain of neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and even migraines.  Office workers with neck problems often have carpal tunnel and other complaints in their upper extremities and hands.  This is usually directly related to the lack of a cervical curve and is called Double Crush Syndrome.

Do yourself and your family a favor; have them stand sideways to you relaxed and look at where their ear is in line with where the middle of their shoulder is.  If their ear canal is forward of their shoulder chances are great that their cervical curve is not what it should or could be.  Ask us how you can improve your posture and extend your life!



Tired of Getting Sick?

Posted: June 17, 2014
By: Dr Daniel Atwell

Chiropractic and a healthy immune system!











Many studies have been conducted which link chiropractic care, a healthy nervous system, and proper immune system function. Many attempts to control germs through the use of drugs (antibiotics) have not only failed in their application, they have fostered the development of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms or “superbugs.”


Because every body system, including the immune system, is under the control and coordination of the nervous system, it should come as no surprise that regular chiropractic care can keep both you and your immune system in top working order.

Here are three studies that show the positive effect of chiropractic care on the immune system: 


Chiropractic HIV Study

Selano, JL and others: The effects of specific upper cervical adjustments on the CD4 counts of HIV positive patients. Chiropractic Research Journal 1994; 3(1):32.

Over the 6 month period of the study, the control group experienced a 7.96% decrease in CD4 counts while the adjusted group experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell counts over the same period.

CD4 cell counts are a blood marker for immune system competence.


Chiropractic and the Elderly-The Rand Study

Elderly chiropractic patients report better overall health, have fewer chronic conditions, spend fewer days in nursing homes and hospitals, are more mobile in their communities and are more likely to report strenuous levels of exercise than their non-chiropractic counterparts.”


Preliminary Research Reveals

...that chiropractic patients seeking long term wellness care receive improved immune system function that does not diminish with age.

...if that were the only benefit to a person attempting to enhance their health potential, do you think they would be excited?



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What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know! - 3 of the Most Common Pregnancy Problems

Posted: June 12, 2014
By: Dr. Amanda Vozar




Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and joyful times of a woman's life!

But as the body changes and prepares for the coming baby, many women experience a variety of painful and uncomfortable symptoms. 

Three of the most common complaints during pregnancy are back/neck pain, nausea (especially morning sickness) and then difficulty with long labor and delivery times. It can be a struggle for women to treat these issues because of desires to avoid pharmaceuticals and unnecessary medical intervention in order to protect their developing babies.

Luckily, chiropractic offers a holistic and safe alternative to help with these pregnancy concerns!


Labor and delivery time

 In a three-part study performed by Joan M. Fallon at Yeshiva University, 65 women were used as subjects. All of the subjects received chiropractic care from at least the 10th week of pregnancy through labor and delivery.Their average labor times were recorded and compared to average labor times as statistically averaged by at least 4 sources, as well as compared to those of a local midwife/ obstetrician practice.The study found that "chiropractic care significantly reduces labor time!" The labor time was decreased 24%-39% (as compared to national averages). 




Back Pain

Approximately 1/2 of all pregnant women complain to their doctors about back pain. In the second part of the same study, a questionnaire regarding the levels of back pain was given to determine any changes that might result due to the chiropractic adjustments. The study also revealed a significant reduction in back pain with chiropractic care. Each woman reported at least a 50% reduction in back pain, some as high as 100%, as a result of the chiropractic care. 






Nausea (morning sickness)

According to Victoria C. Arcadi, D.C., this condition occurs anytime during pregnancy, but most commonly from two to four weeks after fertilization. "The most frequent complaint is nausea, vomiting, and/or indigestion, either constant or intermittent.

There are three reasons why this can happen. At the time of fertilization, the estrogen levels begin to rise and within a few weeks can reach levels up to 300 times above normal. In addition, the corpus luteum begins to secrete the hormone human cortico gonadatrophin (HCG) in very large quantities. The other physiologic function which occurs (weeks 1-15) is the implantation and formation of the placenta. In order for this to happen, trophoblastic cells on the fertilized egg begin to digest the endometrium, causing implantation within the lining and forming the placenta.

These cells release toxins and debris which the liver must detoxify," explains Dr. Arcadi. Chiropractors can adjust specific vertebrae to target these areas and also help patients follow a diet that is easier on their livers. 


If you or a loved one were pregnant wouldn't you want to experience less pain and discomfort through your pregnancy? Wouldn't you want to decrease your labor time by hours? 

Since nearly all medications can be harmful to health of your baby, chiropractic becomes the obvious choice. Wellness Chiropractic is the natural choice for a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy. 



American Pregnancy Association. (2013). "Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy". Retrieved from

Arcadi, V. (1991). "How Do You Treat Hyperemis Garvidarum (Morning Sickness)?" Retrieved from

Gandolfi Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center, Charleston. IL. "Health Tip of the Day - Pregnancy and Wellness Chiropractic".