Chiropractic Celebrates 122 Years of Amazing Results, Including this Case Study of a 4-Year-Old Boy with Epilepsy

September 18th, 2017 marks the 122nd birthday of chiropractic. Known as Founder’s Day, it is the anniversary of the first chiropractic adjustment given by Dr. D.D. Palmer to his patient Harvey Lillard. Upon receiving his first adjustment Mr. Lillard’s deafness resolved. Inspired by this amazing result, Dr. Palmer dedicated his life to pioneering chiropractic as a unique and distinct approach to health care around the world. Chiropractic is a separate and distinct healing art, science and philosophy, which without the use of drugs or surgery, serves patients of all ages and walks of life. 122 years later, chiropractors are still seeing amazing results. Take this case study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, for example. A 4-year-old male presented to a chiropractor with loss of balance and delayed speech.  He was experiencing daily seizures, with up to 3 seizures per day. He had been diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at 18 months old by a neurologist and was given anti-epileptic drugs.  Under chiropractic care, episode frequency decreased while quality of life improved. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. How could a simple, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment lead to an improvement of symptoms in a patient with such a complex condition? A chiropractic adjustment corrects a vertebral subluxation in the spine. A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between the brain and the body. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes, improving the overall wellbeing and function of the body. This is why many of our patients receiving regular chiropractic care report drastic improvements in their health and wellbeing. When we give our bodies the care and support that they need to regain and maintain an ideal state of wellness, the results are simply...

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Case Study Reports Teenager Experiences Relief from Clinical Depression After Receiving Chiropractic Care

A case study discusses the results of chiropractic care of a 16-year old female who presented for care with a history of clinical depression, neck, and upper shoulder pain as published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health. The patient received chiropractic care to evaluate and correct vertebral subluxations. After 12 visits, her symptoms of depression and pain resolved. This study provides supporting evidence that adolescents with similar complaints may benefit from chiropractic care. How can chiropractic provide an effect to our mental wellbeing by correcting a subluxation in the spine? It all traces back to the neurological system. Recall that the spine sends information up to the brain. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes. Remember, your spine is your lifeline. The better it functions, the global impact it has on your body’s...

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Don’t be a Boiled Frog!

What is a boiled frog? There is a metaphor that has been around that describes how the inability to change and adapt will eventually lead to sickness, disease and death. It involves frogs and pots of water with varying temperatures. For instance, consider if we had frog “A” and a large pot of boiling water. If we were to take frog “A,” drop it into the boiling water, and if it were to remain in the boiling water, eventually that frog would succumb to its death. Because it notices the extreme change in environment, it wants to make a change. So, it shifts its energy to change its environment in order to not just survive, but to continue thriving. That frog jumps out of the pot of boiling water and will be on its merry way. Now consider we have frog “B”. Frog “B” is placed into a large pot of room temperature water. The frog remains since the environmental temperature appears to be non-threatening. If we were to apply heat to the water and very gradually increase the temperature of the water, we notice a very different reaction compared to frog “A.” Frog “B’ will not perceive the change in temperature, will not perceive its environment changing. What is the eventual outcome? Death…a boiled frog. Albeit not very pleasant, this metaphor illustrates an underlying, yet very essential dynamic which is different for both frogs – communication. For frog “A”, somehow there is communication of information that the environment is no good. Frog “B” seems to lack such vital communication as it remains in the deadly environment. Because of a change in how communication occurs, there are two very different outcomes. Are you a boiling frog? Are your family members and friends boiling frogs? Recall that your body is always communicating back-and-forth with your brain, passing along information about your environment, and coordinating millions of processes every minute without your conscious awareness, and it does so through your nervous system (“lifeline”) which is your spinal cord and nerves with your brain. Is your temperature too hot? Thermoreceptors in your skin touch the air, send messages through your nerves, up your spine and into your brain to complexly process. Your brain sends signals through your spinal cord and nerves back to sweat glands in your skin to release sweat. Did you have to think about it? Nope. There are a TON of functions that happen with your body every moment in addition to temperature. For instance, creation of red blood cells, circulation of hormones, stimulation of the immune system, digestion of food, moderation of liver enzymes, changing how kidney filters...

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Salute! A Toast to Health!

Imagine that your body is a sacred home. There are many ways you need to care for your body as it has many different requirements. Requirements are related to activity and physical stimulation, proper influx of nutrients, limited or avoiding toxins in foods and in environment, the state of your relationships with yourself, your loved ones, your community, the types of thought patterns that course through your mind daily, etc. Consider each of these as raw materials and nutrients to help you build your body and keep it at its best. Much like a house that always needs work in repairs, additions, re-painting, your body is never the same as it was a moment ago and is constantly changing based on its environment. Now what if your “temple” has a fire, a crisis? Naturally, you would call the fire department. They will come with their tools of water hoses and axes, they will bust open the doors and windows, spray down everything within the home and do everything necessary to remove that fire and its negative effects. They will save your life. And for this, we should be grateful. They did their amazing job. Then what? The fire is extinguished, and your house just underwent a lot of trauma in order to do so. Would it make sense to call the fire department back to the house with their same tools to repeat the process? Obviously not. This will lead to more destruction of materials, soaked floors and walls, mold buildup, etc. The next step needs to be something different altogether. The next step needs to focus on repairs and enhancements using tools that are very different than water hoses and axes. Is this to say the fire department is wrong? No way! They served an important purpose in a life-or-death crisis. Now our focus is no longer on a crisis, but on rebuilding. How does this translate to your health? How you care for the health of you and your family ultimately determines quality of life and enjoyment. Yet, when it comes to forms of healthcare, there are two very different forms that need to be understood.   Let’s call the first one – pathogenic care. “Pathogenic” means the birth of disease. So, this type of care focuses on sick care, on disease, and how to decrease a disease or a negative event of some kind. Typically this the primary focus of the conventional medical system in that there is some negative situation with the body, and treatment revolves around taking away that negative event to avoid pre-mature death. Any changes that occur to the patient is perceived...

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Chiropractic for Better Relationships and Community?

What role does chiropractic play in relationships? We know that chiropractors look to the spine for the connection to the brain. This impacts the brain-body connection for overall vitality and health. But is there a connection with relationships – relationships to self, to another person, to our community? The autonomic nervous system is that branch of the nervous system over which you have no voluntary control. It connects to all of your visceral organs for adaptation and appropriate changes to environmental stimuli. If you are in a state of stress, your visceral organs change function for survival or protection (aka “fight or flight”) and you can notice changes within your heart, lungs, muscles, immune functions, digestive functions, reproductive functions, etc. Staying in this state long-term means your vitality and health suffer. On the contrary to the state of surviving is the state of thriving, and functions of your body change more for growth, repair, regeneration, and healing. This is all coordinated and controlled through what your brain perceives in your environment as well as on the messages sent through your nerves back-and-forth between all of the trillions of cells in your body and your brain. As long as your brain properly perceives its surroundings, and messages are properly directed throughout your nerves, your body will always respond the best possible way to its environment. You cannot be in a state of surviving and in a state of thriving at the same time. The parts of your nervous system that coordinate these functions are the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. But what about relationships? Dr. Stephen Porges Ph.D. is a professor at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and researches the areas of psychology, behavioral neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Through his endless work he has developed what is called the “polyvagal theory.” You see, in addition to the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems is a third involving awareness, intimacy and relationships. First, your nervous system is all about sensory and awareness about you. This same division of the nervous system is then about creating connection with others around you – lover, friends, community. As long as you are not in a state of chronic survival due to the inability to deal with stress, and your brain has best perception and awareness of your internal body and external environment, then can you better connect with others. How does this relate to chiropractic? Because the true purpose of chiropractic is working with the awareness of self and with the brain’s perception of the body. As stressors – physical, chemical, mental/emotional – accumulate over the years, one becomes sympathetically (fight or flight) dominant and becomes...

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