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Chiropractic for kids, what are the benefits?

Why do we adjust kids? Especially when they have nothing going on? Well first off, kids often do have stuff going on and much of it runs under the radar of most people. They’re constantly trying to adapt to ever changing circumstances. Think about it. When you are an adult, your body doesn’t change a whole lot. Although as you get older, some things will change but not quickly. As a child, your body will continue to grow and change for up to 25 years before it finally settles into the shape and size that it will be, more or less, for the rest of your life. There are physical changes, emotional changes, hormonal changes, mental changes, you name it.

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Best… Adjustment… EVER!

As you guys know by now I’m a huge advocate for wellness care, for receiving chiropractic even when you have no obvious symptoms. Because of this philosophy, I get adjusted every week. When you have no obvious pain or symptoms, it’s not as immediately obvious why you should get adjusted. Most of us tend to think we don’t need any help if we aren’t having any symptoms. That there is no upward mobility in cases like that. Really, how much better could you feel? I felt physically strong, limber, flexible. I had no pain, workout had gone well that day. Mentally I felt sharp. Emotionally I was feeling good, and it was a great day. I was happy. So what

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Barefoot is best!

I’ve been wearing barefoot shoes for at least 7 years, ever since I was exposed to them. As a Chiropractor, and especially as one who greatly values a natural approach to health, it made sense that feet were made to walk and to support our weight. I embraced that value and bought some Vibram Fivefingers. They are awesome. It took a few months for my feet to fully adapt to them but I have never looked back. I used to be flat footed. There were almost no arches on my feet, and years ago, a Chiropractor of mine had given me orthotics to help with that. My knee pain went down to about 10% of what it was, and my

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Down with the sickness?

It’s the time of year when the sickness is upon us. That’s right. The sun is starting to hide. Kids are going back to school. Temperatures are dropping and rain is coming more frequently. All of that combines to stress the immune system and colds and flu are now in season. It can be hard to avoid getting the sickness. No one enjoys it, at least no one I know. My kids are both showing some symptoms already and have missed a day of school here or there. When you get sick, how do you take care of yourself? Do you think of going to your chiropractor? Well, you probably should. The symptoms that you get that are so horrible

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How I beat the asthma monster

My personal asthma story: I’ve mentioned before how diseases are basically a constellation of symptoms that we have labeled as a disease. That’s the case with a lot of diseases that result from inflammation, inflammatory diseases. Asthma is one such disease. I was diagnosed with asthma at about 5 years of age. When my parents saw me running around outside with my chest up under my chin they realized that I had a problem. I just didn’t want to stop playing. So, they took me to the MD, and I was diagnosed with asthma. And the treatment is to force the bronchioles open during spasm with a bronchodilator, which is basically a stimulant, that forces a sympathetic responses in the

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Posture is not as important as you think

Posture, not as important as you think Chiropractors in general are big fans of posture. It makes sense, doesn’t it? When you think about a chiropractor, helping to adjust the spine, it makes you stand up straighter and feel better, right? When I meet people and they find out I’m a chiropractor, they almost immediately stand up straighter. And seeing someone with poor posture immediately makes one think it should be improved. But standing up straighter is not as important as you think. Or rather, it’s important, but not for the reasons you think. You see, when you have poor posture, there can be any number of reasons why it is the way it is. But all of those reasons are simply

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5 Reasons That Have Nothing to do with Pain

Reasons to get adjusted that have nothing to do with pain Improve your mood – I see it every single day. People are happier when they get adjusted, feel less anxious/nervous, and less depressed. There are neurochemical changes in the brain which happen almost instantly, and the effect can last for days afterwards. I know that I am always in a better mood after getting adjusted. Prepare for a sporting event – Want to be your best for a tennis match? Or bowling? Or golfing? Get adjusted. The adjustment will make sure your nerve system is coordinating all of your limbs to work together, improving strength, conditioning, lung capacity, oxygen delivery, and hand eye coordination. This is why athletes use

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Medicine Cannot Deliver True Wellness

Medicine has its uses, that’s for certain. But one thing that it cannot do is deliver wellness. It’s not that medicine is a bad thing. It’s incredibly useful for what it is. It saves lives every day. Unfortunately, it also ruins lives by trying to do wellness care when it just isn’t set up to do it. From a financial metaphor, medicine is like getting out of debt, sometimes extreme debt. Wellness care builds up your savings and investments to help you weather future storms. It comes down to philosophy. The philosophy of medicine is that if someone doesn’t have some kind of detectable symptom, then they are healthy, and there isn’t anything to do. Even their preventive medicine, which

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Why the Primal Lifestyle?

Information bombards us daily. New dietary studies are published in the news on the regular basis. Yet they serve only to confuse us by offering contradictory information. The USDA publishes their food pyramid which was not designed by using science. It came about because of whatever lobby groups could exert the most influence on it. Obesity continues to rise, and diabetes is becoming increasingly common. How can we work through all of the data that continues to make the news. This glut of misinformation is why I think it’s important to have a philosophy of health to guide decisions, backed by basic science, of course, and not subject to the random whim of whatever study happens to make it to

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Vibrant Health, or out of pain?

Medically, we’re not where we should be when it comes to health. I assert that part of the reason for that is we have misunderstood symptoms and what we should do about them. Are symptoms something we should suppress? Or are they a message from the body? Most people who visit me in my office after having visited the ER for a very serious injury are looking for resolution of their symptoms. At least at first. People, and doctors, are trained to do that. Medicine can be very helpful at keeping people alive, but beyond that, they simply suppress symptoms. They are given muscle relaxants and pain killers at the hospital. But what’s the reason for that? Are the pain

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