Chiropractic Health and Wellness Facts

At the heart of chiropractic is an understanding that the alignment of the spine affects the nervous system in a big way. The spine houses the spinal cord, and nerves extend from the brain to the body and back. Therefore it is crucial that this flow is uninhibited and able to carry messages that affect how we function. For this reason, chiropractic care can improve a variety of conditions and disorders including anything from migraines to foot pain. In a recent study chiropractic was shown to greatly improve blood pressure in patients with hypertension. This amazing finding points to something chiropractors have known for a long time – proper alignment of the spine impacts everything we do, and its role in cardiovascular health should be recognized and emphasized more often.

Details of the Study

The study involved 50 participants who were in the early phases of high blood pressure.  Half of the group received cervical spine chiropractic adjustments, while the other half received fake adjustment techniques.  After 8 weeks, those participants who had received legitimate chiropractic adjustments experienced a significant drop in blood pressure, as compared to the placebo adjustment group who saw no changes.

Chiropractic in Health and Wellness

This is just one of the many studies that have shown chiropractic’s benefits in overall health and wellness. While chiropractic is most often recognized for its treatment of neck and back pain, it should also be noted that chiropractic care influences all of the body systems and therefore a huge variety of disorders. Chiropractic is an important part of any wellness routine, just like working out and eating right. Consistency is key here, because it can treat problems before they lead to more serious issues, and it can prevent problems from developing in the first place. Contact your chiropractor today to discuss how your unique health concerns can be successfully addressed by long term chiropractic care.

Sciatica Pain and Chiropractor Treatment

If You Have Sciatica Pain, a Chiropractor Can Help

Sciatica affects the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg.

What are the symptoms?

• Pain in the leg or rear that is worse when sitting
• Burning or tingling running down the leg
• Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
• A constant pain on one side of the rear
• A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often times, pain travels from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg.

The pain may also reach the foot or toes. For some people, the pain can be severe. For others, the pain might be infrequent and irritating, but it can get worse.

What triggers sciatica? Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.

Other common causes:

• Spinal stenosis, narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back.
• Degenerative disc disease affecting the discs that cushion the vertebrae.
• Spondylolisthesis, when one vertebra slips forward over another one.
• Pregnancy, which can add a severe strain on the spine.

Additional irritants: excess weight, not exercising on a regular basis, high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.
Sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling, paralysis of a single limb or group of muscles, and insomnia.

Diagnosis of Sciatica Is Critical. A Chiropractor examines the patient and reviews medical history to determine what is causing the patient’s sciatica pain. Chiropractic treatment is based on the principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function. Chiropractic care helps the body heal itself with non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment.

Sciatica Treatments Used by Chiropractors:

Ice/Cold Therapy reduces inflammation and helps control sciatic pain.

Ultrasound is gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. It increases circulation and reduces muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations). Spinal adjustments are at the core of Chiropractic care. Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spine. Adjustment techniques vary from a swift high velocity thrust to those that combine minimal force and gentle pressure. Mastery of each technique is an art that requires great skill and precision. Spinal manipulation is the treatment that differentiates chiropractic care from other medical disciplines.

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Pediatric Chiropractic Care

13 Reasons Your Child May Need Chiropractic Care
Written by Elena Wilkins

Years ago, having been through several car accidents over a span of many years, my back health took a nose dive. I could not as much as sit, sleep or move without pain. Finally I found a chiropractor, and with his help and the help of his colleague, after regular treatments over the span of about 6 months, my back was good as new. Since then I learned to take better care of myself, doing yoga, strength training, and, of course, regular chiropractic adjustments.

Right after I gave birth to Sprout, I noticed that my little girl favored turning her head to the right. We went for walks, she would look to the right, she slept having her head turned to the right, etc. No matter how many times I tried to readjust and redirect, Sprout always went right back to her right side. It was time to find out what is going on and fix it. From my personal experience I knew that no one is better suited for such tasks than chiropractors.

I found a chiropractor who specializes in infant chiropractic care–Dr. Heather Prenger–and took Sprout to see her once a month since. Sprout’s problem was completely resolved and she enjoys a full range of motion with her little neck.

Sprout is now 3 and I still take her to see a chiropractor on a regular basis. Since moving to Washington we found an amazing wife/husband chiropractic duo to take care of our skeletons and we love them! And so does Sprout! She feels as if they are a part of our family, and both of them are spectacular with kids.

(Sprout gets warmed up for her adjustment by adjusting a “Sproutosaurus”)

Not everyone knows the benefits of kids’ chiropractic care, so, when people learn that Sprouts gets adjusted regularly, I get a a plethora of questions: “Why?” “When?” “How?” Since I love educating myself and others on all health topics, I thought it would be amazing to take these questions to Sprout’s former chiropractor [former only because we moved states]. Dr. Heather, as we called her, had graciously answered the most asked questions about kids’ chiropractic care.

Dr. Heather, a Magna Cum Laude graduate, earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida. She was honored for her work as a Clinical Teaching Assistant. Dr. Heather continued her education after Palmer, obtaining the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®). She is trained in many chiropractic adjusting and soft tissue techniques including the Webster Technique for pregnant women and care for infants and children. She practices in the Columbus area, primarily seeing pregnant moms, children family’s, and athletes. Dr. Heather is a mother of 2 young boys and wife of chiropractor, Dr. Greg Prenger, DC. If you are local to Columbus, OH area, you can learn more about Dr. Heather on her web-site:

Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
Do you take your children to the chiropractor? If your answer is yes then, fantastic! If the answer is no, then why not?

Your child has a spine and nervous system that need cared for just like an adult. It is actually even MORE important to have your children checked as infancy and childhood are impressionable times of rapid growth and development of the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors examine and evaluate for proper movement, function, and alignment of the spine. Adjustments remove vertebral fixations (joints that are “stuck” and not moving properly) which reduces inflammation and interference to the nervous system. The nervous system controls all of the functions in the entire body. By having your child’s spine checked you are maintaining the health of your child’s entire body, naturally too! Chiropractic care is gentle and safe. Only light force is needed when adjusting an infant or child’s spine. Imagine the pressure needed to press your pinky finger into a ripe red tomato and you get the idea.

But let’s dig deeper into the “why chiropractic for our little ones” question, and let’s start at the beginning.

In utero, the baby is in a small space and could be in awkward positions at times. Secondly, birth can be a traumatic process on an infant’s body, even a smooth and natural birth without interventions. The baby is being squeezed through a small space in a short amount of time. If there are interventions such as pitocin causing more intense contractions, forceps, vacuum, or cesarean it is even more dire that your baby be adjusted as soon as possible after birth. These interventions can involve intense pulling and tractioning on the head and neck, and therefore on the spine and spinal cord. Due to all of these factors, it is very common for a newborn to have a misalignment in their cervical spine (especially the first vertebra, C1), and often the pelvis too. These are very easy to treat and babies respond very quickly. However, if neglected, the ramifications could be many and pronounced. Looking down the road, many children are diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis as adolescents. Idiopathic means unknown cause. I wonder if a misalignment from birth, left untreated, could cause the spine to make compensations leading to abnormal curves of the spine? In my opinion it’s not worth taking a chance and waiting on the research to prove it. Adjustments are simple, quick and painless.

When it comes to infants, chiropractic care helps with breastfeeding problems, colic, digestive problems, allergies, and sleep problems. I have seen a child who was 16 months and not walking took her first steps a day after her first adjustment and a kindergartener stopped his nightly bed-wetting after his treatment. Chiropractic adjustments can affect the body in many positive ways because of its influence on the nervous system.

So when should your child be adjusted and how often? It is important for children to be examined for spinal fixations after birth. I suggest within the first 2 weeks unless there is an immediate problem such as not breastfeeding, then they should be evaluated as soon as possible. For a healthy infant or child, they should be adjusted when they first hold their head up (cervical curve develops at this time) and when they first sit, crawl, and walk (lumbar curve develops at this time). They should be adjusted at the first sign of a cold or ear infection, if they are not sleeping well, have a fall or after especially rough play, and if they are just “out of sorts”, not acting themselves. These are all good times to bring your child in for an adjustment and tune-up for the nervous system. Additional signs your child needs adjusted are if you notice your infant always looking or carrying or holding his or her head in the same direction or position. For example if she always looks to the right when in the car seat, sling or swing. If you notice resistance when turning her head to one direction verses the other. Also if your child’s neck or abdomen is sensitive to touch, and if they are experiencing constipation or frequent gas. And if all of this is too hard to keep track of, a monthly chiropractic visit should cover the bases.

Kids Chiropractic Checklist
I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a quick checklist of life events that would call for chiropractic care for your kiddos.

help with breastfeeding
digestive problems
sleep problems
bed wetting
physical developmental delays
developmental milestones: begin to hold up head, sitting, crawling, walking
ear infections
falls/rough plays
not feeling themselves

(a future chiropractor in the making?)

Q & A
Vegalicious readers asked Dr. Hearther specific questions.

Q: Will visiting a chiropractor help with a child’s sleep?

A: Yes, it could, if the child has a misaligned vertebra that is causing discomfort or disruption to the nervous system.

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Q: Do all chiropractors adjust children?

A: All are trained in treating children but not all are comfortable adjusting children. The best thing to do is ask your local chiropractor if they adjust children; or google your city and chiropractor, infants, children, etc. Also there is a site where you can look for a chiropractor certified in Webster technique for pregnancy. Most webster chiropractors are comfortable and well trained treating children.

Q: Can adjustments help older children sleep better? I have an 11 year old with special needs and he needs to sleep and doesn’t a lot of nights.

A: It might, if he has a spinal misalignment. I think all children with special needs should be checked by a chiropractor. Many special needs involve the nervous system and chiropractic can positively influence the nervous system. A colleague of mine worked on a 12 year old boy who could not walk or talk. By the time he was finished with his treatment plan he was walking out the door on his own saying “see ya later” to his chiropractor. That is an amazing and extraordinary story! Not every case is like that but what if this boy’s parents had never taken him to the chiropractor?

Q: What are the signs to look for in infants which would indicate a need for an adjustment?

A: All of the signs I mentioned in the last paragraph above.

Q: Is there a reason to start infants on Chiropractic care?

A: Yes, hopefully you have a better understanding of that after reading this post 🙂

Q: Does it help babies with allergies or sleep patterns?

A: It can help with these issues. If a spinal fixation is affecting the nervous system. Allergies are an overreaction to an outside stimulus. Adjustments can help calm an overreacting nervous system. You won’t know for sure unless you give it a try, and it definitely won’t make the problem worse.

Q: For a healthy infant how often is it good to get adjusted?

A: At developmental milestones or once a month. Also at the first sign of a cold, change in sleeping or behavior.

Q: Are there essential oils that help soothe after an adjustment?

A: I think essential oils are a great asset to have at home. I am not well versed on which oils are best for different issues but Young Living is a great resource and they have several soothing and relaxing blends.

Q: What are the minimum, most important life events for a baby which would require and adjustment?

A: Birth and milestones such as holding her head up, sitting, crawling, walking are most important events for a little one to be checked. Following that up with continued monthly visits if you are really going for a wellness, natural and preventative approach to health.

If I missed any questions that are of interest to you, make sure to add them in the comment section, and I will ask our current awesome chiropractors, who are also kid magnets, to answer them for you.

Symptoms and Injuries we Treat

Symptoms and Injuries We Treat

We use leading edge technology and treatment protocols to treat and manage injuries. By working and studying with some of the best chiropractors in the country we have expanded our skill set to bring you professional level treatment options.
We aim to effectively address three areas that are of utmost importance to all athletes:
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Finding the fastest possible routes to recovery and rehabilitation, getting to the source of the problem, and implementing a suitable care management plan using a safe, proven drug-free approach.
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Many injuries occur due to repetitive stress, build up of minor trauma and overload which finally causes breakdown and injury. Effective assessment and management of sub-clinical biomechanical and neuromuscular problems can help prevent such injuries.
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Enhancing the efficiency of the neuromuscular, kinematic and biomechanical systems can improve many sub-clinical issues and reduce muscle inhibition leading to better performance.

Athletic Performance

Athletic Performance
There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.
Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. Studies have sown that it:
Reduces inflammatory cytokines
Boosts your immune system
Enhances pulmonary function
Decreases mental and oxidative stress
Relieves muscle tension
And can naturally increase your energy level
Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.
Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Benefits of Chiropractic care
If you haven’t visited a chiropractor before, you might be missing out. Millions of people around the world have experienced the incredible benefits of chiropractic care.

One of the best things about chiropractic care is it’s a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing naturally.

People have reported chiropractic benefits help to improve:

Back pain
Ear infections
Neck pain
Arthritis and joint pain
Blood pressure
Healthy pregnancy
Organ function
Surgery prevention
There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic practices and how chiropractors are trained. In fact, did you know many chiropractic programs also incorporate an entire year of PhD-level advanced nutrition training?

However, most of the benefits of seeing a chiropractor come from getting a chiropractic adjustment. Let’s talk about the philosophy, history and evidence-based research of chiropractic care.

What Chiropractors Believe

Chiropractors pride themselves on taking a natural, drugless approach to helping their patients reach their health goals. Essentially, the basic principle upon which the entire profession is built is that the body has the amazing, innate ability to heal itself (under the right conditions), and it is the chiropractor’s job to help create an environment to facilitate this.

Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned and, if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment.

History of Chiropractic Benefits Deafness

The natural healing art of chiropractic was first developed by a magnetic healer named D.D. Palmer in 1895. According to history, it all started when Harvey Lillard — a man who was deaf in one ear — went in to see Palmer for his condition hoping that he had something up his sleeve to cure the deafness.

When Palmer learned that Lillard suffered a head injury that preceded his condition, he evaluated his spine and noticed that a vertebra in the upper back seemed wildly out of alignment. According to Palmer:

“I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves, which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing ‘accidental’ or ‘crude’ about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time.”

Palmer coined his manual therapy technique chiropractic, which comes from the two Greek words cheiros and praktikos (meaning “with hands”). Since then, countless millions of people across the globe have benefited from this manual therapy that some sources date back to Hippocrates!

Vertebral Subluxation

At the core of the numerous chiropractic miracle stories is a concept known as “vertebral subluxation.” When chiropractors use this phrase, they refer to mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. In Harvey Lillard’s case, the nerves affecting his sense of hearing were compromised, and once D.D. Palmer freed his body of this “neurological insult,” his hearing was restored.

For someone else, it could be sciatica
Or gastrointestinal complaints
Or (fill in the blank)
When you consider how most cells and organs in your body are controlled by nerves traveling through your spinal canal, it’s mind-blowing to consider how vast the side effects can be!

Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments?

Many things can lead to a vertebral subluxation. Some of the more common causes I’ve found are:

A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macrotrauma”).
The entire spine misaligning globally due to poor posture.
Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint.
An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of pure water or psychological stress.
Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs.
Trigger points and tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place.
Importance of Posture

The problem that we see in Western cultures is that our unnatural habit of sitting down all day does a number on our spines — not to mention our posture! We’re glued to our cell phones, iPads and laptops!

Far too many live their lives hunched over and with their necks stuck out like turtles. Doctors call this “forward head posture,” and studies prove that for every inch your head sticks out from a true center of gravity, your neck bears an extra 10 pounds of stress. Just think about how common and dangerous this can be for your health!

During posture evaluations, chiropractors regularly observe many of their patients carrying their head two to three inches forward, which is an extra 20-30 pounds of pressure on their neck!

Top 10 Chiropractic Studies and Research

Finding a good chiropractor isn’t only key to correcting the damage caused by years of poor posture or trauma — it’s also important for everyone wanting to take a proactive approach to his or her health care.

I don’t know of any other profession on the planet that can prevent neuromuscular-based disease like chiropractic can. That is why I’ve been personally getting adjusted for over 10 years and recommend my patients, friends and family members to do the same.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is some of the medical research and studies proving the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic.

1. Sciatica
The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial last year uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
In a study published in the British Medical Journal 2003, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study.

The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients.

A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.x

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations.

After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)
Second only to back pain, headaches are one of the most common conditions regularly managed by chiropractors. At the time I conducted this research, over 230 peer-reviewed articles referenced chiropractic’s ability to help cure, prevent and ease the burden of headaches and migraines in people all across the globe!

A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief like chiropractic adjustments can.

4. Colic and Ear Infections
A 2012 study published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments greatly reduced colic symptoms.

Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from otitis media (ear infections), acid reflux and colic have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits.

The reasons for this vary, but one common theme is that nerves controlling the gut and brain are intricately connected to each other and are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations.

5. Neurological Conditions
Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable.

Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing!

Montel Williams, the famous TV host, was interviewed about his experience as a MS patient under chiropractic care. Check it out here to see how it changed his life!

6. Blood Pressure
In 2007, George Bakris, the world expert on hypertension, published a study with a team of researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension proving that one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Even more fascinating, the effects of just one adjustment lasted more than six months!

Compared to the placebo-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

Other studies have shown similar findings with hypotensive patients, and their low blood pressure was raised to normal levels after chiropractic care. This is exciting because it highlights the body’s ability to create a homeostatic balanced environment once vertebral subluxations are removed.

7. Surgery Prevention
Chiropractic has long been heralded by natural health care providers as a natural method to prevent back surgery.

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association just recently published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.

8. Frozen Shoulder
Last year a clinical trial was published describing how patients suffering from the debilitating condition frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care.

Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement; eight showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement.

9. Scoliosis
Chiropractic adjustments for scoliosis coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques may help prevent the progression of scoliosis. Organizations like the nonprofit Clear Institute founded by Dr. Dennis Woggon have set out to empower health care professionals with an effective chiropractic system to treat people with scoliosis.

They’ve perfected a model and discovered that it is possible to effectively treat the condition without the use of restrictive braces or dangerous surgeries. In many case studies, participants have seen a 10 percent to 30 percent decrease in their scoliosis curvatures. You can read about some of the cases here.

If you or a family member suffer from scoliosis, I strongly recommend reaching out to a certified Clear Scoliosis Center to see if they can help you!

10. Athletic Performance
There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.

Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. Studies have sown that it:

Reduces inflammatory cytokines
Boosts your immune system
Enhances pulmonary function
Decreases mental and oxidative stress
Relieves muscle tension
And can naturally increase your energy level
Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.

Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.



Chiropractors know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not?

They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where align- ment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

This is the principal reason why chiropractors should be called wellness doctors. Every time a chiropractor corrects a vertebral subluxation, the positive effects are felt in multiple systems simultaneously. Chiropractic Care Promotes Overall Wellness

Where’s the Proof?

For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain and headaches.1-3 In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness- based philosophies focused on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role.

The traditional medical model of symptom-based healthcare is rapidly waning. We no longer feel we have to be sick to call upon a health profes- sional for advice. Instead, we are focusing more on the detrimental effects stress has on our bodies, and the therapies that address the mind-body connection are getting much more attention.

In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the four most popular forms of alternative and complemen- tary medicine were listed as: natural products, deep breathing, meditation and chiropractic!4

People are casting their votes with their healthcare dollars and chiropractors are taking a leadership role in this new wellness model. As a profession whose core philosophy is about the optimization of the brain- body communication network, chiro- practic can be viewed as a therapy with an emphasis on whole body health and wellness

Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. In a recent study that reviewed all the available research to date, investigators found that “chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measur- able health benefits to people regard- less of the presence or absence of symptoms.”5 More people are seeking what chiropractic offers: optimization of health and an improved quality of life, with a spine free of vertebral subluxations!

In a multi-nation study involving hundreds of chiropractors and thou- sands of chiropractic patients, research- ers sought to measure the incidence of non-musculoskeletal responses to chiropractic therapy. What they found was that a number of patients experi- enced systemic benefits from their chiropractic treatments whether or not they mentioned any symptoms in these areas at the onset of care. The most common benefits reported in this study were breathing (27%), digestion (26%) and circulation (21%).6

In yet another ground-breaking study, chiropractic adjustments were shown to actually decrease blood pressure, one of the leading causes for preventable death in North America (in relation to the incidence of heart-attacks and strokes). The study stood up to medical scrutiny and showed unequivocally that vertebral subluxations – of the upper cervical vertebra in this case – can be detrimental to the health of the individual, and not just a pain in the neck.7

From these research results, chiro- practors clearly have a greater role in your health and wellness than just treating sore backs. Chiropractic care should be considered an invaluable tool for you to not only help you feel well, but to also help you be well.

References and sources:

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2. Bronfort G, Assendelft WJJ, Evans R, Haas M & Bouter L. Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache: A Systematic Review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Sept.); 24(7): 457-466

3. Thiel HW & Bolton JE. Predic- tors For Immediate and Global Responses to Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008 (Mar.); 31(3): 172-183.

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Creating a Healthy Workplace

Creating a Healthy Workplace

The Incredible Benefit of Healthy Employees

Healthy employees are creative and productive.  They take fewer sick days and lower your health care premiums.  They are happier people who are more satisfied with their jobs.

Our Healthy Workplace lunch and learn series creates a health-conscious culture.   Choose between three 30-minute talks or one 60-minute talk to help your employees create a healthy lifestyle that’s good for them and great for your company.

Your presenter, Dr. Wil Schweigert, is a midtown chiropractor who consults for corporations and government agencies such as Hyatt Hotels, Aetna Healthcare, AT&T, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Schedule your first talk today.  Call Karla at (212) 922-1600 or email her at

Corporate Wellness Program and Statistics

With the rising cost of employee healthcare, employers are looking for ways to decrease healthcare costs. Here are a few statistics regarding musculoskeletal injuries and their impact on the workplace:


  • The National Headaches Foundation noted that half of respondents of a 2008 survey stated they miss 1-3 work days per month due to headaches, and headaches cost companies nearly $17 billion annually due to absenteeism, lost productivity and medical expenses (1).
  • 50% of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year (2).
  • Musculoskeltal disorders account for 34% of all lost workdays, and account for $1 of every $3 spent for workers’ compensation, resulting in a total direct cost of $50 billion annually (3).

The good news about the statistics listed above? These conditions are easily treated, and in many cases, preventable with a solid corporate wellness and education program! Our program offers employers a vast array of options for their employees. We are able to provide basic services from onsite workstation ergonomic assessments, employee lunches focusing on topics pertinent to your company, to onsite treatment and care for employees.


Joanne and Dr. Wil’s amazing touch

Joanne has been seeing a chiropractor for a long time. She met Dr. Wil by chance in a nearby restaurant, and the doctor saw her struggling with bags, and said to lean up against the wall and that is where the miracle of chiropractic healing began!