Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Controversy

From the beginning, chiropractic has been the target of discrimination but we’re still here, ready to help anyone that wants natural health.

Colorful Personalities

The Palmers of Davenport, Iowa discovered and developed many of the principles of chiropractic. Both D.D. Palmer and son B.J. Palmer were flamboyant and charismatic. Their personalities and dogmatism produced vehement detractors.

Medical Monopoly

To hamstring the fledgling chiropractic profession, the American Medical Association prevented medical doctors from working with or referring to chiropractors. This illegal tactic ended in 1990 when the A.M.A. was found guilty in U.S. Federal Court. Nevertheless, the damage was done.

Increasing Acceptance

Today, the profession of chiropractic is recognized and licensed worldwide. Currently, there are 22 chiropractic colleges around the world graduating educated, compassionate and talented healers. Insurance companies and many government programs reimburse for chiropractic care. Chiropractic has come a long way since 1895.

Blood vs. Nerves

Traditional medical treatment relies on putting drugs into the bloodstream. Chiropractic care helps restore nervous system integrity by reducing subluxations. Two very different approaches:

Medical Treatment -------------------- Chiropractic Care
Blood-based ------------------------------ Nerve-based
Treats symptoms ------------------------- Corrects cause
Renders sickness care --------------------- Offers health care
Prescribes drugs -------------------------- Makes adjustments
Sees body as a group of “parts” ------------ Sees person as a whole
Removes organs --------------------------- Revives organs
Tries to kill germs ------------------------- Helps person resist germs
Causes side effects ------------------------- Provides added benefits
Artificial ----------------------------------- Natural
Risky -------------------------------------- Safe

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

How Do You Choose A New Mattress?

Buying a new mattress set isn’t that hard, but buying the best one for you can be. There are just too many different types of mattresses in the market these days. If you bought your mattress five years ago, and want to change now, you definitely would not be able to find the same one and just might get lost in the choices.

Before you buy a mattress you need to consider a few things like the comfort level that the mattress can provide, the foundation, warranty, and don’t forget about how much you want to spend! This list is by no means covers everything but it’s a good start!

1. Comfort and Support Levels

Basically there are three different comfort levels when it comes to mattresses, Firm, Plush and Pillow top. What differs is the type of support or padding that the mattress can provide. A firm mattress is typically believed to be better for the back because it gives more support, although this isn’t always true. Plush mattresses usually have a firm mattress foundation, with additional padding on top for extra comfort. The pillow top typically has more layers of padding than the plush.

Keep in mind, “firmness” is not standardized in the mattress industry. One manufacturer’s firm mattress may actually be firmer than another manufacturer s extra firm mattress. Look for comfort and support. You want to feel cradled and supported when you lay on a mattress. The best way to check out the mattress is to take off your shoes and coat (if you’re wearing one) and start lying on mattresses! Don’t feel self-conscious about doing this, it’s the best way to tell if a mattress is or isn’t right for you.

2. Foundation

A new mattress set would not be a different type of mattress from what you have been using, unless you want to try something new. The most important feature when it comes to the different types would be the foundation of the mattress itself, or what it is made of. The common ones would include spring, foam, water, air, and so on. Basically, here you have to consider the quality of the spring or foam or any other medium used in the mattress set. If you are looking for a long lasting mattress, then you should go for springs that flex and absorb some of the weight.

3. Warranty

Cheaper mattress sets would not have warranties normally more than a year, but when you buy good ones they may go up to even five years. When you buy a mattress worthy of your money, make sure the warranty is worthy as well.

4. Price

Buying a new mattress can be pretty expensive, king size Sleep NumberÃ’ beds can cost upwards of $5000. When shopping for a new mattress it’s best to figure out the most you’re willing to spend and then DON’T look at any of the mattress’ you can’t afford. How much should you spend? Personally, I feel that with the amount of time that you’re going to spend in your bed, spend as much as you feel you can afford and buy the highest quality mattress you can afford.

I hope this has helped steer you in the right direction. If you are still having some of your old “aches and pains” even after breaking in your new mattress, think about making an appointment to see if Chiropractic can help!

What is a Pinched Nerve?

Chiropractors and neurologists typically use the term “pinched” nerve when they are talking about your back and neck. That term isn’t really true and to understand why, you need to know about something called “motion segments”.

A “motion segment” is made up of two adjacent vertebrae (bones), a disc that acts as a “shock absorber” between the two bones, and the muscles and ligaments that keep the two bones together.

However, the really important part of this “motion segment” is the nerves that exit between each of these vertebrae. Nerves allow your brain and body to communicate by passing signals through the billions of tiny nerves fibers that make up the spinal nerves. Why is that important? If either bone in a ‘motion segment’ is out of place, or turned even slightly from its proper position, pressure will be exerted on the nerve. This is commonly referred to as a “pinched” nerve, but is really a misaligned bone(s)! This minor misalignment causes a ‘short’ in your nervous (wiring) system and this can wreak havoc on your nervous system.

So what causes a bone in your spinal column to become out of place? Displacement can occur as the result of almost anything: a fall, an accident, an injury, repetitive movement (heavy lifting on the job), something as simple as staying in the same position for a long time (working at a computer all day) or sudden twists/jerks or even stress.

Each of your nerve roots is made up of millions of little fibers (like a telephone cable) that exits each side of your spinal column, above and below each of your vertebra. When a vertebra (bone) loses its normal position, even slightly, it puts pressure on the nerve roots which affects the nerve impulses (messages) that go out to different parts and organs of your body.

The symptoms of pressure on a nerve root can include pain, a burning sensation, tingling or numbness down one side of your body, perhaps in your arm or leg. You might also experience headaches, stomach or intestinal problems, sciatica (leg pain), a stiff neck, insomnia, asthma, allergies, wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome) or any number of illnesses’ as a result of nerve interference caused by the displaced vertebra (bone).

Chiropractors are trained to identify these areas of “displacement,” which we call subluxations. Once located, chiropractic adjustments begin the process of moving the bone back into place. This takes the pressure off the affected nerves, so that they can re-establish proper communication throughout your body, allowing your body to function at it’s best, free of interference.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Your Health and the Titanic?

What does the sinking of the Titanic have to do with your health? Would you believe the connection is the iceberg?

The Titanic has made the iceberg a common topic since it’s sinking years ago. These amazing structures bulging out of the sea are something to behold. The part below the surface is even more breathtaking. The size above the surface is small in comparison to the portion which is lying unseen, underneath the sea.

Symptoms are like icebergs. The top is only an indication of the real problem below. Pain is only the tip of the iceberg.

Chiropractic focuses on the cause of your pain. An imbalance in your body can cause pain, but masking the pain will not return your body to a state of balance.

Try the following experiment to better understand this point:
1. Twist a rubber band around your index finger.
2. Leave it on your finger for at least 10 minutes.

What happens to your finger? Most likely it will turn red and start to hurt. Even go numb. You can choose from several options to deal with your pain:

1. Ignore it and hope it gets better.
2. Wiggle your finder to temporarily relieve the pain.
3. Take a lot of aspirin or Tylenol to mask the pain.
4. Cut your finger off!
5. Massage it, hoping to get more circulation.
6. Ask your chiropractor to help you by removing the cause (rubber band).

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