Monday, September 29, 2014

Health defined

Health and #Chiropractic. Hard to have one without the other.

Health defined


Friday, September 26, 2014

What Can Chiropractic Do For Your Child?

Chiropractic’s purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. When that power is unleashed the healing that results may be profound.

Today we find more parents bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health concerns we’re all familiar with: colds, sore throats, ear infections, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, pains, falls, stomach-aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.

Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease 

It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease.

Its purpose is to reduce spinal nerve stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies.

Spinal nerve stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.

When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and all the other stresses he/she comes in contact with more efficiently.

 So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of spinal nerve stress, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.

What Exactly Is Nerve Stress? 

Spinal nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation complex, or “pinched nerves”) is a misalignment or distortion of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and outlying or peripheral nerves).

Since the nervous system controls the function of the body,any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.

How Is Spinal Stress Caused?

Spinal nerve stress can be caused by physical,chemical and/or emotional stress.

Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby lying in distorted or twisted manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is more common than previously realized. This may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis.

Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve system.

How Does the Chiropractor Reduce Spinal Nerve Stress?

This is accomplished first by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments. Using her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct those abnormal areas, the spine and cranium regain their intended state of balance and the nerve system is freed from stress.

 It’s All About Function!

Today’s parents are more concerned than ever about the adverse effects drugs have on their children. Parents are increasingly asking, when handed a prescription for a child’s recurrent problem,

“Is this really all I can do for my child?"
"Is there a safer alternative?”

Parents are hesitant to merely mask symptoms with drugs and are worried about side effects. Their desire to achieve a state of true health—has led parents to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy. Chiropractic care is one such option. All children function better with 100% nerve function. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential.

Chiropractic care for children is safe,
gentle and effective. It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being.

Modified excerpt from: What Can Chiropractic Do for Your Child? by Pathways magazine.
Read more in Pathways Issue 04:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Life Is Motion

Your body was made for motion, so get moving!

Life Is Motion

Your body was made for motion, so get moving!

Friday, September 12, 2014


It's time to take care of yourself. We can help you find the tools to achieve a healthy life.


It's time to take care of yourself. We can help you find the tools to achieve a healthy life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What we offer makes a difference

Many parents bring their children into our office asking us to treat their ear infections. My first response is that the purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal body function. I explain that as chiropractors, we work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments.

We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing all overall body function. I further explain that all systems of the body: —muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive eliminatory, hormonal and immunological— depend on the optimal function of the nervous system.

With chiropractic, we focus on nerve system function to enhance all the body’s systems.
Because many parents are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections, I continue, “As a parent, you have some choices to make. You can either treat the ear infection, or not—that’s your right as a parent. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.

As a parent, you can choose to treat or not to treat. If you do choose to treat, you again have some options. You can treat the ear infections allopathically (the typical medical/ drug route) or naturally. If you choose to go the usual route to a pediatrician, she may take a watch and wait approach. More likely, she will prescribe an antibiotic.

If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear infections more naturally, there are several options for you to consider. A naturopath will explore herbs and nutrition; a homeopath will assess your child for a specific remedy; acupuncturist will work with specific meridian points for healing. It is so important that you as a parent realize you have choices, and the right to make these choices for your family.

Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your child’s inherent ability to function.

Doesn’t it make sense to have your child function at an optimal level for healing no matter how (or if
) you choose to treat? We will assess your child’s spine, make the necessary adjustments to improve nerve system function and offer lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system stress for your child. We will also support any decision you make in your choice to treat the infection or not. This is your right as a parent,and we stand behind informed choice.
Modified excerpt from: Chiropractic and Ear 
Infections: What We Offer Makes a Difference 
by ICPA Member, Jeanne Ohm, DC. Read the 
full article in Pathways Issue 23:

Your Spine is Amazing

Your Spine is Amazing

Your spine an amazing part of your body; it allows your body to heal and stay strong.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Breaking The Cycle of The Rat Race

“Hurry, hurry; get what you can! There’s only so much to go around and only so much time to get it, so you’d better get your share before someone else takes it!” This kind of urgency and “lack” mentality is typical of anyone who finds him/herself in the middle of what has been called the “Rat Race.”

And while people in this mode of thinking may not consciously be aware of these short-term, destructive, and isolationist thoughts, they are nonetheless the beliefs and emotions that drive their decisions as they make their way through each day. This kind of existence is what is known as “survival mode.”

Survival mode is unfortunately very common in the world today. How do so many people get into this mode of thinking and living? How can they possibly believe that this incredibly vast world we live in is so terribly limited? How can they think THEY are so limited? The answer may be simpler than you think.

It is well–known that our thoughts (our psychology) affect our bodies (our physiology). After all, we can tell when people are “down” by looking at them— their entire posture is down! And, it is just as easy to tell when their mood is “up!” It’s not as well known that the reverse is true too: our physiology also affects our psychology! So where am I going with this? Well, if your body is physiologically in survival mode, it will also cause your mind to be in survival mode.

How does your body get into survival mode? It happens every single time you develop a neurological misconnection between your brain and your body—what we chiropractors call subluxation. Whenever interference exists in your nervous system, the body uses its energy very inefficiently; energy stores are used up at a much greater than normal rate. When the body, with its innate intelligence, recognizes this rapid depletion of energy, it goes into survival mode and shuts down activities that are not necessary to survival. This shutdown is both physical and mental, and since psychology and physiology affect each other so intimately, a vicious cycle results.

We call this downward spiral in your health and vitality :The Subluxation Process. The specific chiropractic adjustment process gradually restores the neurological connection between your brain and your body and takes you out of survival mode, both mentally and physically. And, because of this connection between psychology and physiology, an upward spiral in health and vitality results, including your outlook on life. A gradual awakening reveals the whole picture of your life and the direction the world is moving; it drives all of your thoughts, words, and actions. No longer do you think strictly about selfish and short– term solutions to immediate problems. You begin to deliberately make choices to change the world for the better in the long run. You also begin to become aware of the incredible abundance that our Creator continually provides for us.

The end result of this shift in your thinking is that you, once and for all, purposefully take yourself out of the rat race. And this is a great thing because the problem with the rat race is that even if you win the race…you’re still just a rat!
Modified excerpt from: Breaking the Stress Cycle –
Of the Rat Race by Kevin Donka, DC. Read more in