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A Brief History of Chiropractic

Daniel David Palmer, originator of chiropractic

The history of chiropractic is interesting. In the ancient world it was recognized by Greek philosophers that the health of someone’s spine had a direct correlation with their well being and quality of life. The term chiropractic actually comes from the two Greek words, cheir (meaning ‘hand’) and praktos (meaning ‘done’). As you may have guessed, the form of spinal healing performed in ancient Greece was ‘done by hand’. These techniques would be passed down from generation to generation, but were still a very long way from becoming the widespread phenomenon that chiropractic care is today. Continue reading “A Brief History of Chiropractic”

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a complex emotional roller coaster. There are physical, chemical, and emotional changes occurring. Those all add up to additional stress on the body. Fortunately, a chiropractic adjustment can positively balance those changes.

During pregnancy you carry more weight in the front than you’re used to causing postural changes. The extra stress can unbalance the pelvis. That can lead to pain in the knees, ankles, low back, mid back, and neck. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can restore balance and bio-mechanics. A balanced and properly aligned spine leads to better bio-mechanics and less pain. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg.

Chiropractic patients receiving prenatal care report: decreased labor times, less pain with delivery, decreased nausea, and are less likely to need a C-Section. By putting the body in a better position the baby is in a better position for delivery. We want your pregnancy to be a joyous experience. That is why we highly encourage you to get adjusted during your pregnancy.

 

ADHD

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My brother and I were not getting along. We were very different people, and in very different stages of life living under the same roof. I was a 22 college drop out starting to get my life back on track with chiropractic care (future blog entry). He was a 12 year old adolescent.

I realized we were constantly fighting because he would ask me the same question repeatedly, refuse to shut doors, or sit down and do his homework. At this time my mom was given a solution he was diagnosed with ADHD and given medication. It was an answer and really that’s what a parent is looking for.

As I mentioned I was getting back into school to finish my degree. Also, at that point in time ADHD diagnoses were skyrocketing, and the dependence on drugs to treat them was the norm. After my own experience and lack of success with pharmaceuticals I began to question this. I knew the problems I developed from side effects, and wanted to look deeper into his prescription. For my parents they were just looking for something to get them through the nightly homework fight at the kitchen table. We all wanted a way end the tension.

Around that time I was tasked with a research project to review scientific papers on the subject of my choosing. I chose ADHD. I poured over tons of research on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment of ADHD. What I found about the drugs was shocking, and scary for my brother. What also shocked me were the results people were getting with non-pharmaceutical options. Why weren’t we given a non-psychoactive option to try first?

It takes more work to go the non-drug route, but there are no side effects that can harm a child now or later in life. We have that option, and I want to help as many kids as possible. I don’t want anyone’s child to deal with the side effects my brother did. With diet, supplements, exercise, and chiropractic adjustments a substantial improvement can be expected.

Back Pain and Chiropractic

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This is what most people think a chiropractor does all day; fix bad backs. The reason is everyone has experienced or known someone with back pain. Many of those people have been helped by a chiropractor.

While I will say chiropractic is for so much more; I want to explain why and how it works for back pain. When a joint locks up in the back the message of pain gets sent to the brain, and the process of degeneration begins. We restore proper movement in the joint and it stops that degenerative process. Also, it turns that pain signal off. This allows us to listen to our bodies feedback.

Another very common aspect of back pain is radiating pain (radiculopathy). Many people think any pain in the legs from the low back is sciatica, but that only incorporates one nerve. Many nerves can be effected in low back or mid back issues. So it is important to avoid catch-alls, and instead do specific tests with a competent chiropractor. We at Radix do specific neurological scans to locate the exact cause and location of your individual problem.

Locating a specific cause leads to a specific solution. This allows for the fastest and safest results. I always say that Chiropractic is the safest, least invasive, and most cost effective solution. When choosing treatment you should always go least invasive first. Don’t let us be your last resort. Save yourself time and money. Let us help you and your family.

“While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment” – B.J. Palmer

Innate Healing

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We are all born with an incredible gift. Our body knows how to heal and repair itself. This is why we say you are your best Doctor. This is great news because you don’t need a magic pill or potion to unlock this power. It is lying within you waiting to be unleashed.

This knowledge is not widely circulated because there isn’t a huge financial reward to the drug companies in empowering people to be healthier. When you realize you can control and influence your own health it is extremely liberating. When you trust yourself, and listen to that small voice that tells you the truth, the power that lies within you, you innately make better and healthier choices.
This voice and power in your body is called innate intelligence. Innate intelligence means living or existing in one from birth. Our bodies have always known how to grow and heal. That is relayed through the nervous system. When there is a lack of communication through the nervous system that is, when disease and malfunctions occur. That is why chiropractic is vitally important and needed to remove that negative influence and restore health and ease to the body.

What is a Diagnosis?

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You are not your diagnosis.

When I meet people out and about in the community, and the topic of health comes up many people tell me a diagnosis they have. Almost as if it is their middle name. Heck for some people it’s their first name. It devastates me to hear that. I am here to tell you that you you are not your diagnosis. You are so much more, and many times that diagnosis doesn’t have to be a life sentence.
When you are given a disease or diagnosis you are not destined to live with it. A body is designed to heal and repair itself. You can become a healthier and more vital individual. Just as a diagnosis is assigned to you from an outside source, your solution can not come the outside if you want true health and wellness.
I totally understand that having a name for something makes people feel better. We innately fear the unknown. The problem is that when something is labeled a disease it becomes passive. It is something that happened to you. The natural thing to do is look for a passive solution like a pill or it’s something you just have to live with. We need to start taking ownership of our own health. This process is reversible in many cases. Don’t feel like you have no hope. Let’s look at what the root cause is and strive to correct that. In that way we can strive to be better!