Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ear Infections and Children

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians have recommended since 2004 that doctors hold off on prescribing antibiotics for ear infections, at least initially.
But even as the number of certain types of ear infection cases have decreased in recent years, the number of antibiotics prescribed have held constant. AAP recommends that doctors give parents the option of letting their children fight the infection on their own for 48-72 hours, only starting antibiotics if the symptoms do not improve.
This is because many ear infections are caused by viruses, which antibiotics are useless against. And even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that:3
“Ear infections will often get better on their own without antibiotic treatment… Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful, and may lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhea, rashes, nausea, and stomach pain. More severe side effects may rarely occur; these include life-threatening allergic reactions, kidney toxicity, and severe skin reactions.
Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in your body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics.”
Research conducted nearly 20 years ago showed that the routine use of antibiotics for ear infections not only produces little benefit but also contributes to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.4 So if your child has an ear infection, watchful waiting is a solid strategy to try before asking your doctor for a prescription. The majority of kids will get better in 48-72 hours with no antibiotics necessary. If your child is not improving or is getting worse after 72 hours, then antibiotics may be required in some severe cases.

How Chiropractic can help with Ear Infections
Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors. Many chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection, also known as otitis media. During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause otitis media.
Ear infection or otitis media accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Many children are dealing with a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics. For nearly 100 years, the chiropractic profession has claimed that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments.
A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. 


How to Save Money on Your HealthCare

How to Save Money on Your HealthCare

Healthcare costsWhat if I could show you a proven way to save money on your healthcare,
would you be interested?

Let me make it even better.
What if in addition to saving money on healthcare you can also be healthier,
have I got your attention yet?

A Chicago study, based on seven years of data from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, conducted by Richard Sarnat MD, president of Alternative Medicine Integration (AMI), James Winterstein DC, and Jerrilyn Cambron DC PhD, concluded that when chiropractic care is integrated with medical and other complementary care the cost savings are significant, and patients had a higher satisfaction rate.

Dr. Sarnat later updated the study adding in 3 additional years of research, and concluded the following. “My research, conducted over a ten-year period utilizing clinical and cost outcomes data from one of the nation’s largest insurance underwriters, suggest that the regular utilization of chiropractic could reduce the need for hospitalization, pharmaceutical usage and overall global health care costs by almost 50 percent.”

The Results of the 7-Year Study

  • 60% fewer hospital admissions
  • 59% fewer hospital days
  • 62% fewer out-patient surgeries and procedures
  • 85% savings in pharmaceutical costs
One of the interesting elements of this study is the Illinois Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO decided to add chiropractors as primary care providers. This means that patients were able to choose chiropractors instead of MDs to provide their primary care. In 60% of the cases, chiropractors were able to provide all the care the patient needed each year without the need of medical referral and co-management. When additional care was needed, chiropractors would then refer their patients to other medical specialists, and other complementary and alternative medicine providers including therapeutic massage and acupuncture. 93% of the specialists agreed with the chiropractor’s diagnoses when receiving referrals from the chiropractors.

Chiropractic Care can Save You Money on HealthCare

When you look at the results of the study, you can see that savings goes deeper than just the cost of your healthcare. This study shows is that when patients use a chiropractor as their primary care provider, they need fewer surgeries, fewer hospital visits, miss work less, and use a lot less medications. In addition, patients report more satisfaction with their healthcare. Fewer hospital stays and surgeries means you end up missing fewer workdays. You also spend less time in rehab. That puts more money in your pocket.

Dr Lombardozzi checking blood pressure of a patientThe Chicago case study is not the only study that has been done showing the financial benefits of chiropractic care, but it was unique in that the chiropractors were providing primary care as well. Chiropractic care was combined with medical care. Chiropractors provided in-house examinations, evaluations, and treatments at their discretion. They also focused dealing with standard health risk factors such as dietexerciseposture problems, emotional/behavioral problems, as well as the diagnosis of physiological disease. They also worked with over 3,000 MDs in 18 hospitals, and registered nurses who specialized in utilization of management coordinated care.

The savings were considerable and bear repeating. Chiropractic care saved money on healthcare through reductions of 60.2% in hospital admissions, 59% in hospital days, 62% in outpatient surgeries and procedures, and a remarkable 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs.

This study shows that chiropractic care not only reduces your overall healthcare costs, but it provides excellent preventive care. This is because chiropractic care keeps your central nervous system in optimal working condition, allowing your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Gentle chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations, or misalignments, of your spine and restores normal nerve supply to your body’s organs and muscles. Your nerves are then able to accurately communicate with your brain, allowing your body to fight off disease and infection. Without this communication, your body is unable to take care of itself properly, your immune system will be compromised, and you will be very susceptible to diseases ranging from the common cold to various cancers and other diseases.

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Benefits of Having a Chiropractic as Your Primary Care Provider

  1. Miss fewer days of work
  2. Need fewer surgeries
  3. Spend less time in hospitals
  4. Have a better functioning immune system
  5. Use less medications
  6. Save money on your healthcare costs
  7. Higher patient care satisfaction

What can we conclude from this study?

You can save money and live a healthier life by integrating a chiropractor into your healthcare as your primary care provider. A chiropractor working in conjunction with a good network of specialists and other medical professionals will be able to refer you to a specialist if needed. The patients in the study were healthier, and more satisfied with their healthcare due to chiropractic care.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Back to Exercise???

If you are like all of us out there, then you have probably started and stopped an exercise program several times before.  The stopping is the easy part, but it seems fairly difficult to get back into the swing of things after a long break from exercising.  Use these tips to help you get back into a healthy exercise routine:
  1. Start slow – don’t try yo pick up where you left off, especially if it has been a while since your last workout.  Start slow and work your way back into things.
  2. Make it fun – there are so many different ways to have fun while you exercise, so don’t make it seem like work.  Find an activity you enjoy and start there.
  3. Try something new – with all the new fitness trends popping up around the globe, it should be easy to find something you haven’t tried before.  Challenge your self, but make it fun while doing it.
  4. Make it convenient – if you try to fit your workout into a hectic day, chances are you won’t stay consistent with it.  Find a time of day that works best for you and keep it consistent.
  5. Start now – there will never be the right time or the perfect day to begin an exercise program.  You don’t have to wait until Monday to start the week off right.  Just pick a day and go for it.
  6. Find a workout partner – having someone else to workout out with keeps you accountable for your workouts.  It is harder to skip a workout when you know someone is there waiting for you.
  7. Read about health – if you engage yourself in health blogs, health books, or health news, you will find yourself wanting to change your life into a more healthy lifestyle.  Plus you will probably pick up new ideas on how to train more effectively.
  8. Reward yourself – give yourself treats or gifts for accomplishing goals, or keeping on track.  These will help you stay motivated on your quest back to good health.
Hopefully these tips will help you quickly get back into an exercise program again.  There are so many healthy benefits to regular exercise so I highly suggest that you find a simple activity and start there.  Try exercising one day a week, then add a second day, then another.  Eventually you will built up your exercise program back into what it once was, if not better.  Wishing you the best of luck!
Dr. Jon Wise

Surgery Is Not Always the Answer: 12 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Your Back Pain

Surgery Is Not Always the Answer: 12 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Your Back Pain 

Many people don’t realize that good Chiropractic care they can prevent a lot of medicines and procedures. Chiropractic is about naturally and safely improving your health. Research has show over the last few years, that chiropractic is the best choice for patients who suffer from conditions like acute or chronic back pain:
Here are a few ways Chiropractic can help:

1. Give Chiropractic a Try Before Surgery

back painThere are certain risk factors that come with having surgery as well as long term side affects. What’s worse you either end up seeking chiropractic care anyway. We suggest that you do it in the opposite order and seek the Chiropractic care first.

 2. Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Surgery, Too!
For those who actually have back conditions that lead to surgery, preventative care can ease the pain and discomfort as well as prevent the need for surgery.

3. Chiropractic is Better than Drugs

Several studies have shown that  chiropractic patients had better outcomes than patients who used medications for their back pain. Think about it, your back hurts, you pop some pain medicine and hours later what happens….your back hurts again.

4. Chiropractic Prevents Future Cases of Back Pain

If your job requires a lot of lifting and other motions that affect your back you will find that Chiropractic care can help correct any injuries you already have and keep you lose enough to not sustain more.

5. Chiropractic Saves You Money

Think about the cost of surgery even with insurance, not think of the cost of routine chiropractic visits. A year of chiropractic care often times won’t add up to the price of back surgery.

6. Chiropractic is More Effective than Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

A study conducted in 2013 found that back pain patients had better outcomes and lower health care costs with chiropractic than those who had epidural injections for spinal disc herniations. This basically says that the adjustments done help correct whats causing the pain instead of just numbing it.
7. Chiropractic Best Option for Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Studies have shown that their is a 72% success rate for chiropractic patients. This is great especially since sacroiliac joint can cause severe back pain and sciatica. 

8. Chiropractic Best Option for Sports-Related Back Pain

There is nothing more common in athletics then back pain. It is a common sports injury, and studies have found that chiropractic was the best option for treatment.

9. Chiropractic is Safe

According to some several medical journals like Spine chiropractic is a safe choice for back pain patients.

10. Chiropractic Beneficial for Back Pain in Pregnancy

It’s a know fact that most pregnant women suffer from back pain. Medically pregnant women can not take most pain reliving medication without possible harm to the unborn child. Studies have shown over the last several years that chiropractic is a safe and effective way to relieve a woman’s back pain without putting the child at risk.

11. Chiropractic Helps Older Patients with Back Pain

Time definitely changes things. As we get older, our spine loses flexibility and we’re more likely to develop back pain. Chiropractic Care can address these pains and lack of flexibility and prevent injury.

12. Chiropractic Best for Teens with Back Pain

Back Pain exist in everyone including teenagers. This can be because of sports or other activities. Chiropractic Care can not only help teens but improve flexibility.
This series only share 12 of the numerous ways Chiropractic Care can prevent you form needing not only Surgery but many medications. The next time you are feeling back pain and get ready to seek medical attention call your local Chiropractor.

How Cell Phones Affect Your Child’s Health

Cell Phones, Radiation & Your Child’s Health

Children are growing up in a sea of radio-frequency radiation that has never existed in human history. In America today, about twenty million children under the age of fourteen have cellphones. Increasingly, scientists and policy makers in tech-savvy nations like Israel and Finland are concerned that the ways these devices are used imperil the brain. The iPhone plastic baby rattle case protects the phone’s glass screen from cracking when chomped on by teething babies, but does not protect the infant’s young brain from the phone’s pulsed digital microwave radiation.
This proliferation of wireless gadgets overlooks a critical health issue for pregnant wocellmen, men who wish to father healthy children, and children themselves: non-ionizing or microwave radiation damages the brain and sperm of experimental animals. A cellphone is a two-way microwave radio with intermittent and destabilizing pulses, unlike microwave ovens that steadily operate at the same frequencies. The weak and erratic microwave radiation from cellphones and tablets cannot directly break the bonds that hold molecules together, but does disrupt DNA, weakens the brain’s protective barrier, and releases highly reactive and damaging free radicals. A five-year-old’s brain, healthy or otherwise, is encased in a thinner skull and contains more fluid than an adult brain. The bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs 10 times more radiation than an adult, while those of infants and toddlers will absorb even more.
Few parents appreciate that infant apps like One Fish Two Fish, Peekaboo Farm, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star may do much more than amuse and distract babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions that children need more real face time than screen time, more laps than apps. The capacity to learn how to tell the difference between mommy and me and to learn to think about the other requires holding, touching, smelling, seeing, and hearing real live people. This cannot be supplanted by intoxicating technological bells and whistles.
Every major well-designed study ever conducted has found that those who use cellphones regularly for half an hour a day or more for a decade have a doubled risk of brain cancer, and those who began using cellphones as teenagers have four to five times more disease in less than 10 years. Exposure to radiation from cellphones may also play a role for a growing spate of serious problems, including attention and hearing deficits, autism, behavioral changes, insomnia, ringing of the ears or tinnitus, Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, and a broad array of disturbances to the nervous system.
Most disconcerting are findings from the highly respected Prof. Nesrin Seyhan, the NATO-supported founding chairman of the Biophysics Department at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, whose studies repeatedly show that prenatally exposed rats and rabbits have fewer brain cells. His studies also show those that survive sustain more damage to their brain, liver, reproductive system, and eyes. Other research carried out by the dozen laboratory collaborative of the European Union Reflex project found that exposures to cellphone radiation directly impaired human brain cells. Despite highly publicized charges of fraud against that work, the Reflex project has been exonerated and others have since independently confirmed their findings.
Experimental work completed by teams working with two distinguished experts in male reproductive health, Professor Ashok Agarwal of the Cleveland Clinic and Sir Robert John Aitken of Australia’s Newcastle University, have shown that cellphone radiation-exposed human sperm die three times faster, swim significantly more poorly, become more deformed, and develop significantly more damage to their DNA. With one in every five couples having problems reproducing when they chose to do so, the wisdom of the fine print warnings that come with all smartphones to not keep phones in the pocket and avoid contact with the pregnant abdomen or those of teenagers should become standard medical advice.
There is no known safe dose standard of cellphone radiation for pregnant women, their developing babies, men who wish to become fathers, or for young children. All safety warnings for cellphones (e.g., keep 2.54 inches from the abdomen) are modeled on a very large fellow with a big head who talks less than half an hour a day. The average toddler’s head weighs about half as much as the one for whom standards have been set.
Cellphones are just one source for microwave radiation exposure. iPads and other wireless tablet systems emit radiation as well, although the former comes with automatic proximity sensors that reduce radiation whenever the device comes close to the body. The safety material that comes with an iPad recommends users hold it eight inches from an adult body—a distance far greater than most toddlers’ arms. Yet nowadays even babies and toddlers are learning to read from wired devices and falling asleep to white noise played from phones placed under their pillows and connected to wireless routers.
 What can you do to protect yourself from radiation emitted from high tech gadgets?
 When it comes to using electronic devices, those hidden safety warnings have it right, so remember: distance is your friend.
•    Don’t hold a cellphone directly up to your head. Use a headset or speakerphone to talk on the phone.
•    Pregnant women should keep cellphones away from their abdomen and men who wish to become fathers should never keep phones on in their pocket.
•    Don’t allow children to play with or use your cellphone. Older children should use a headset when talking on a cellphone.
•    Turn off your wireless router at night to minimize exposure to radiation.
•    Eat green vegetables and get a good night’s sleep in a dark room to enhance natural repair of DNA that may have been damaged by radiation.
This article was found on the Healthy Child Healthy World Blog. I think we can all agree with that title.

Top 5 Running Injuries:

Top 5 Running Injuries:
  1. Runner’s knee. Chondromalacia patellae, known colloquially as runner’s knee, is a general term describing any damage or irritation to the cartilage under your kneecap. While the exact cause is currently unknown, it’s thought to be related to repetitive stress on the knee joint, or any trauma to the kneecaps. It’s typically associated with a dull pain in the knee, that can be aggravated when your leg is bent.
  2. Achilles tendinitis. A common overuse injury, Achilles tendinitis is essentially an inflammation of the Achilles tendon – what connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. It can cause pain in the back of your leg, and is commonly brought on by a sudden increase in the intensity of your physical activities.
  3. Plantar fasciitis. Affecting over 2 million patients each year, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when there is too much pressure placed on the heel, damaging the plantar fascia – the ligament that connects the front of your foot to your heel.
  4. Shin splints. A term used to describe medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints can cause runners to feel pain on the inner side of the shin, both during rest and exercise. It’s caused by excessive stress to the shins, and results in small tears in the muscles around the shin bone.
  5. Stress fractures. Defined as tiny cracks in a bone, stress fractures occur due to repetitive force and are commonly seen in long-distance runners. Symptoms generally include swelling, pain, and tenderness in any affected areas.

Tips for Preventing Running Injuries

For runners who want to reduce their risk for injury, here a few easy tips you can follow.
  1. Wear the right shoes. The right pair of running shoes can play a huge part in injury prevention. Make sure to select a pair with the contour of your feet in mind – and buy for comfort, not just looks.
  2. Listen to your body. Many of the most common running injuries are caused by overuse. Don’t push through the pain – if your body is telling you to stop, continuing on will typically only worsen your condition.
  3. Stretch. Warming up and stretching before a run is a crucial component in preventing injury, as it can loosen up the muscles that are most susceptible to damage.
Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Sports Injury
Participation in athletic activities of all kinds, at all ages, is at an all time high.  Accordingly, sports injuries are also on the rise.  However, many injuries can be avoided.  According to the American College of Sports Medicine, up to 50 percent of all athletic injuries can be avoided.  The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases conservatively estimates that athletic injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes followed essential safety, conditioning and preventive strategies.  The following 10 tips are meant as a guide to the pursuit of that goal.
  1. Consult your chiropractic physician before starting any exercise or sports program.  A proper medical evaluation can spot potential problems and correct weaknesses that may be worsened by starting a sports program. Previous injuries can result in chronic problems if they have not been properly rehabilitated.  Ideally, a pre-season physical should take place within 6 weeks of the start of the season.                                               
  2. Get in shape before starting a new activity or sport.  Be in shape when you start, don’t expect your sport to get you in shape.  Follow an off season conditioning program that is sport specific, that is, one that is designed for your sport. Most sports require a balance of strength, agility, flexibility, co-ordination and endurance.  Off season training should address these areas as well as provide instruction to improve overall technique.
  3. Build gradually.  Don’t try to do too much too soon. Slowly increase the time and intensity of your work out routines.  If running, don’t increase your mileage or overall time by more than 10 percent per week.  In weight training, avoid increasing the resistance or repetitions too drastically too quickly.  Overuse injuries occur when you increase your exercise intensity more quickly than your body can adapt to the change.
  4. Wear proper protective gear.  Helmets are essential for biking, skiing snowboarding, and rollerblading; as well as for team sports such as football, hockey, baseball, and lacrosse. Protective eyewear and mouth guards are equally important to prevent injuries.  In addition, make sure your equipment is correct for your sport.  Running shoes are great for marathons, but don’t offer enough support for basketball, soccer or tennis.  Needless to say, all equipment must be well fitting and in good condition.  It is particularly important to check children’s’ equipment before the start of each season since their sizes can change so rapidly.  Don’t forget, the field is part of your equipment too.  Make sure it is in good shape and free of debris. 
  5. Warm up and stretch before you start.  A good warm up should last 15 – 20 minutes. Start with an easy cardiovascular workout to raise your body temperature and heart rate, and finish with slow easy stretching.  Stretch slowly and don’t bounce.  Stretching lengthens muscles while it increases blood flow and muscle temperature.  When you’re finished, your muscles are ready to perform and are less likely to be injured.
  6. Use proper form.  Sprained ligaments and strained muscles often result from poor technique.  Good body mechanics will help to prevent a lower back injury while swinging a golf club, hockey stick, or baseball bat. Good form increases efficiency and prevents overuse injury.  Training with a coach or sports trainer to learn and maintain good form can prevent bad habits and prevent chronic injuries in the future.
  7. Hydrate.  Even experienced athletes have been shown to drastically underestimate their fluid needs.  Adequate fluid intake is essential for athletes and all sports participants before, during and after exercise.  Ultimately the decision to use a sports drink or plain water depends on the duration and intensity of the exercise.
  8. Don’t overdo it.  The whole idea of no pain no gain is obsolete and went out in the 60’s.  Learn to differentiate normal mild soreness, from serious pain and stiffness.  Don’t train hard every day; avoid overuse injuries by alternating hard and easy days as well as hard and easy weeks.  Don’t be trapped by the “weekend warrior” syndrome.  Try to do a little exercise every day rather than cram too many activities into the weekend.  Listen to your body and watch for signs of fatigue.  When you’re feeling down, ease off.
  9. Cross train when possible.  Varying exercise routines and styles prevents boredom, burn out, and overuse injuries.  Exercise routines should not only concentrate on strength, but should include elements of cardiovascular training as well as balance and coordination conditioning.  Team practices should also be varied and contain different activity periods of varied intensity and purpose.  Mixing routines and workouts allows for an increased number of muscles and positions to be used and again can prevent overuse injuries.
  10.   If injuries occur, don’t play when you’re injured.  Although this list is meant to prevent many injuries, injuries my still occur. When this happens, don’t try to “play through” the pain.  Rest and let the injury heal before returning to sport.  Continuing to play can only make it worse and may lead to chronic problems.  Taking a few days off, may prevent the loss of an entire season or career.  Finally, remember RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation, the best treatment for an acute injury.
Good luck and play safe!
Dr. Jon Wise

PS. If you need a consultation to have myself evaluate your body, please feel free to call my office! 

RICE Method for Sports Injuries

RICE Method for Sports Injuries

Athletes are at a considerable risk for ankle and knee sprains, as well as other soft-tissue injuries. Practicing the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation, can help jump-start the healing process in such injuries. Following these steps can even help stop complications from arising, and promote faster healing to get you back in the game. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly this method involves.


Immediately after getting hurt, make sure you rest and protect the injured area. Stop what you’re doing, and do not try to “play through the pain,”  as this may further complicate your injury. Do not put any pressure or weight on the injured area, and have someone help you safely off the field.


Icing an injured area directly after getting hurt can stop excessive swelling before it even starts. Never place ice directly onto the skin; always be sure to put a protective layer of cloth between your skin and the ice pack. For 48 hours, ice the injured area for 10-20 minutes, then remove the ice for 20 minutes. Repeat this step as needed for up to 3 days. Call your orthopedist if swelling and pain persists for longer than 3 days.


Wrapping the injured area with an elastic bandage (such as an ACE™ bandage) can help decrease swelling. Howver it’s important not to wrap too tightly, as the area beneath the injury may swell and pain, numbness, and tingling can increase.


While resting, elevate the injured area as often as you can. Elevation is most effective when the area that is injured is kept higher than your heart. This can also help cut down on swelling.
If pain and swelling persist after practicing the RICE method for 2-3 days, a more serious injury may have been sustained. In these cases, it is important to visit an give our office a call and have Dr. Wise perform an examination and possible take x-rays of the injured area. Fractures and sprains/strains share many similar symptoms, and only a doctor can determine the extent of your injury.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Could Chiropractic Help You?

Could Chiropractic Help You?

Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell of your body. When your nervous system doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. And when you don’t work right, you’re sick! Simple as that.
Nerve compromise can result from postural distortions that are easily revealed with a few simple tests. Consult a professional for evaluation!
Simply study the pictures, follow the directions and conduct the tests. If the results indicate that you or a loved one is a good candidate for chiropractic care, contact Wise Chiropractic at 702-248-6292 or view our website to arrange a thorough examination in our practice immediately.
A great place to begin is to notice postural distortions that show up in the head, neck and shoulders:
Anterior posture
Unbalanced shoulders
Notice if one shoulder is higher than the other or if the head tilts to one side. Both could be indications of the types of problems that respond nicely to chiropractic care.
Anterior posture
Forward leaning head
A common problem is a forward leaning head. Besides a source of fatigue, this is a common sign of neurological compromise in the neck, shoulders and into the arms and wrist.

Monday, August 4, 2014

7 Ways to be A Natural Birth Ninja

7 Ways to be A Natural Birth Ninja

7 Ways to be A Natural Birth Ninja
I don’t remember exactly when I decided to have a home-birth. For me, there is no other way to do it. I can’t say it’s for everyone, but what I experienced through both our home-births is what I would want every single mother to experience in childbirth: a birth of her choosing. If a woman is educated, knows all the risks and benefits, has access to her desired birth, and makes a choice from this place I support her wholeheartedly.
What I don’t support is that one birth fits all. I don’t support women being bullied into interventions that aren’t wanted or needed while in labor. There are simply too many women who are being bullied and beaten down verbally until they gave into interventions which began the cascade toward an unwanted and often unnecessary surgery.
In my chiropractic practice I help moms to achieve their desired birth, whatever that may be. If she chooses an elective Cesarian birth, the list of things she MUST do is shorter. She certainly has less barriers to overcome to achieve it. Today, as long as you have insurance and a signature you can schedule a C-section.
Here’s a list of things I recommend to all my moms who want to be a natural birth ninja!
1. Commit to your outcome. I achieved my natural births because there was no other option for me. If you are going to cut my baby out of me, you might as well take my arm too. I know that sounds very harsh, but it’s how I feel in my gut. If you want a natural birth, it is achievable for most women but you have to be unwavering, committed, and unwilling to simply “try” for a natural birth. It is ludicrous to think that 30% of women (the average for most American hospitals) need C-sections. When you commit to something, there are an infinite number of ways to achieve it.
2. Chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy. Chiropractic gently aligns the hips and spine to allow mom’s body to function better and therefore labor more efficiently. You don’t want to be in a hospital gown in the middle of a contraction and find out your hips are out of alignment or you have a crick in the neck. Women who receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy report shorter over-all labors, more comfort, and have more optimal positioning of the baby.
3. Take a Natural Childbirth Education course. Your hospital may have some great information for you in their class, but if you want a Natural birth, you need to prepare yourself with laboring techniques and pain management options other than medications. Every woman has a different set of needs during labor, so the more techniques you have in your pocket going into labor the better.
4. Labor support. I highly recommend a doula for all natural births. If your partner or husband is not well educated and 100% supportive of your desire for natural birth you need to have an advocate in attendance at your birth who is. A doula is there to support you through labor and assist in achieving the birth you desire.
5. Written birth plan. If you don’t write it down and share your wishes with everyone who will be attending your birth, it’s less likely your wishes will be respected. You still may have to make some decisions, but putting them onto paper in advance is the best way to let everyone know what’s going down. You will also want to indicate what kind of newborn care you want. Will you delay cord clamping? Will you be breastfeeding? Will baby be placed on your stomach or be swept away to be cleaned? Will you be catching your baby or someone else?
6. Choose your provider wisely. If I wanted a natural birth, I wouldn’t choose a high-risk pregnancy OB. Ask questions of your provider well in advance. Interview several providers. If you don’t get an answer that fits your needs, it’s really okay to change providers. Get to know the nurses too! If you are choosing a midwife, ask her about transport rates and emergency plan.
7. Stay fit. Labor and child-birth are really like running a marathon. You would never show up to a starting line without preparing adequately. Labor requires a lot of energy, a lot of focus, and a lot of muscles. The better you care for your body before and during pregnancy, this includes exercise, the better prepared you will be for labor. Sure, it’s important to rest plenty during pregnancy (you ARE growing another human), but it’s equally important to keep your body strong and fit.
There you have it! If you want a natural birth, that’s a very human thing. You aren’t trying to prove anything, you aren’t trying to be super-mom. You are a woman, and it’s okay to embrace that. You don’t have to explain yourself.
“A flower doesn’t try to be a flower to attract a bee. A flower is a flower… because it’s a flower and the bees come.” -Unknown
Happy Birthing!

Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Things I Don’t Worry About Because My Kids See a Chiropractor

5 Things I Don’t Worry About Because My Kids See a Chiropractor

5 Things I Don’t Worry About Because My Kids See a Chiropractor

Before we became parents, we had no idea how much we would worry about them. Then we remember all the crazy stuff we survived as children. Save yourself some worry and let’s check a few of those things off your list. Here are 5 things I don’t worry about because my kids see a chiropractor.
1. Ear infections
Ear infections are not a bacterial problem. They are a drainage problem. The way a stagnant pond will attract and allow bacteria to thrive, fluid sitting in the ear is prime breeding grounds for bacteria to grow and populate. Tubes are a valiant idea, except that every child has a tube in their ear designed to drain fluids into the throat. All you have to do is get that tube to work as intended. Enter chiropractic.
The C1 nerve root supplies the muscle that allows the tube to open and close (like when you yawn and feel the pressure change in your ears, or on an airplane when your ears pop). Chiropractic is a method of assessing and correcting mal-alignment of the bones in your spine thereby allowing the nerves to flow more freely. (If you mess with an electrical cord, the light may flicker). In other words, get your kids adjusted to help the ears drain. I also recommend an ear drop like Wally’s Natural to create an unfavorable environment for infections. This also can help with ear pain so they can fight off an infection on their own, without repeated doses of anti-biotics. I don’t worry about ear infections, and my kids have never had one.
2. Fevers
Fevers are the only thing proven to kill viruses and mobilize your immune system to attack any active infection. It has anti-tumor properties and too many other benefits to list here. Yes, fevers suck. They make you achy, sweaty and can be dehydrating. Every medical and physiology text book published support the benefits of fevers in creating an immune response but they’ve gotten a bad rep. Fevers don’t mean you are more contagious than someone who doesn’t have one and being on a course of anti-biotics with a fever does not make you less “contagious”. Bottom line, fevers are beneficial, and because my kids get adjusted when they have fevers I don’t worry about the fever. I have every faith in their body’s ability to fight that infection. In our family, if we have symptoms we support them with lots of fluids, getting adjusted, and lots of rest. There is nothing I can put into their bodies to make that go away faster.
3. Germs
Have you ever wondered why some people are prone to getting sick while others seem to have a steal immune system that nothing can get past? Well, it’s no accident! The more germs you are introduced to, the stronger your immune system. Every time you use an antibiotic, you weaken your immune system. A visit to your chiropractor has been shown to improve your immune system response. In other words, when you get adjusted as part of a healthy lifestyle, you’ll have less colds and infections. Of course, you still need to make sure you eat for success and minimize your sugar intake, get plenty of sleep and de-stress regularly. I don’t worry about germs because I know my kids are well adjusted and I know if they do show symptoms, it means their immune system is getting stronger.
4. Genes
If  my health and therefore the health of my kids was dependent on genes, I’d be powerless to affect it. We MUST get this belief out of our brains and our vocabulary if we are ever going to be successful at making a change. It has never set well with me the idea that we are programmed to get sick. Evolutionarily it just doesn’t make sense. Hasn’t it always been survival of the fittest?  There is an area of research which is proving that genes play a much smaller role than we ever thought. Epigenetics is the study of the cellular environment. What it shows is that the environment of your cells whether healthy or unhealthy has the ability to turn on and off genes as an adaptive mechanism. I don’t worry about bad genes because we are no longer powerless to change it. It is our lifestyle that affects our health far beyond. What a relief!
5. Accidents and Injuries
I don’t worry about my kids getting hurt. Didn’t we learn the hard way? I fell out of a tree and broke my arm, but after it healed I was right back up there. Sometimes I’m amazed that my brother and I made it to adulthood. Kids fall down. Kids get hurt. But I don’t keep my kids from being kids to avoid that risk. I just make sure they get their adjustment when they do and I know they will be okay. Don’t get me wrong, if the bone is broken, I’m going to the ER. But the human body is so amazing that even if a bone is broken, it will heal. In fact our bodies are pretty resilient. Chiropractic care ensures that kids are growing and developing appropriately. There isn’t a more important time to get adjusted than when a body is actively growing.