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So I was traveling through California and had some back pain (probably from sitting in a car for too long). Started to try to search for a Chiropractor around the Fresno area and ended up finding this Clovis CA Chiropractor

Draxe did a really helpful article on the 10 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic

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
Headaches
Ear infections
Neck pain
Arthritis and joint pain
Scoliosis
Asthma
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.

Check Out Our Family Photographer

Usually I post about health related issues but I gotta mention our family photographer.  She does all outdoor photos anywhere on the island of Oahu.  Here’s her bio from her website:

Honolulu Portrait PhotographerI’m Liz, and it is lovely to meet you! I’m a 29 year old natural light photographer based in Kailua, Hawaii. While photography has been my chosen work since 2008, it hardly seems like it, since my biggest passion is to spend time with PEOPLE! What better job is there than to create a work of art out of the beautiful moment I see unfolding before me? I’m so blessed to be able to combine my love of people with my love of capturing moments. I’m a lifetime learner, and want to always be developing my understanding on both subjects. You can call me at (808) 201-0875

What do I love? Lots of people, lots of things.

My Hubby. My tall-blonde-and-handsome husband who I met during college in 2004. Yes, he swept me off my feet, and still does, and we’ve been married almost 8 years (holy smokes, how old am I?!).

My Littles. I’m in absolute, irreversible love with my two little boys, Truitt & Brave, and don’t mind being outnumbered a bit. We jump in every puddle we see, play endlessly with Hot Wheels & Legos, play lots of hide-and-seek, boogie board & surf in the ocean, and love to go on family hikes. I wouldn’t trade my 3 boys for the world.

I love the One who gave it all for me and made it possible for me to live abundantly, freely, and fully- my Jesus.

My youth group girls. They are supposed to be learning all kinds of deep stuff from me, but goodness, I think I learn more from them.

Raw cookie dough. I really love raw cookie dough. I love it too much actually.

I love traveling! Which will not happen for a while since I have two Littles under three… But someday!

My friends. A girl HAS GOT to have a solid group of girlfriends. It’s where encouragement, joy, laughter, honesty, and love all get to collide abundantly.

I love sweet tea, the smell of rain, mountains & ocean, big earrings, words, the smell of fall leaves and real Christmas trees (I think I’m living in the wrong state…), reading, jumping off of cliffs into the ocean, adventuring to unseen places in the islands, end-of-day sunlight, and many, many other things.

…I DON’T love cooking or gardening or knitting or reupholstering or coffee… I don’t even really love crafts. That’s all there is to say. What kind of mom doesn’t love crafts, right? The “artist” in me clearly puts all of its energy into photography and nothing else! Sorry kindergarten, this mama won’t be making a house out of popsicle sticks. *For the record, I do love PEOPLE who love crafts, and I’m in awe of your abilities! I think to myself, “GO YOU! That’s awesome!”

A bigger glimpse into my life can be found on my blog if you want to follow our family’s adventures.

Enough about what I love- I want to meet YOU and find out what YOU love. I believe every person has been created with a purpose, which means we are all quite different from each other, which makes this “life” thing so much fun! Beauty can and will be found in every person I photograph, and I would love nothing more than to get to know your heart, while giving you pictures that reflect the very beauty of your life.

Or here’s a video of some of her work!

Honolulu Family Portrait Photographer

Dance Movements Can Help Your Back Pain

One reason people are constantly in pain in the lower backs is because they sit in a chair all day long.  The human body wasn’t meant to spend a majority of its waking hours in that position.  So one way you can help your back pain is to move.  And what better way to move than to dance?   You can find many dance schools around…but to help you in your search here’s an article from a friend.

Finding the right dance school can be a challenge.  There are a lot of factors to consider.  Location could be a deal breaker.  The variety of classes offered will definitely play a role.  The teachers and their levels of expertise, the quality of performances, and the dancers’ taste will all weigh in importance.  So what, then, sets one school apart from the rest?  What differentiates Prisma from another dance school?

Location.  Prisma offers classes at the home studio in centrally located Kalihi.  In addition, Prisma classes are available for the Windward and Leeward communities in both Kailua and Kapolei.  Location is a great reason to say yes to Prisma.

Variety of classes.  Prisma offers classes at every level, from the teeny tiny three-year-olds to the more seasoned performers.  Ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and conditioning are all part of the repertoire offered at Prisma.  There are many ways to grow as a dancer at Prisma, and taking advantage of the great variety of dance disciplines enables anyone to become a stronger performer.

Prisma Dance offers a range of classes for every dancer.  Through practice and discipline, anyone can and will improve.  Prisma classes improve strength and ability.  The focus here, though, is not on striving to be the best dancer.  It is about being the best for God, offering Him your complete self, and striving to excel in Him.  Through this heart and motivation, techniques are learned, and dancers succeed.  The progression is consistent, just as it is in life.  But the focus remains constant – keeping your eyes fixed on the Giver, the Light, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Other schools train the body and the mind.  Other schools teach that practice makes perfect.  These lessons are useful, and a great many of professional dancers learned to work hard to be the best.

Prisma is different.  The body and mind are trained, and dancers are taught to give it their best, but before all else – they learn that God is the reason.  God is the center and the purpose, and without Him nothing else is worth doing.

At Prisma you won’t see just the typical dancer, lean and long.  You will see dancers of every shape and size, glorifying God through the gifts He has given them.  Just as God created us all uniquely, Prisma celebrates each and every dancer, realizing that His expression is best realized through the different faces He has created.

Chiropractic Therapy Q & A

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic intends to diagnose, treat, and avoid mechanical disorders of a musculoskeletal nature, with a certain concentrate on the spine. Chiropractic treatment is predicated on the idea that such disorders are the underlying cause of lots of health concerns, due to their impact on the central nervous system. In some circles, Chiropractic is considered an alternative or complimentary form of medical treatment. Most people, nevertheless, agree that Chiropractic treatments are a safe and reliable methods of addressing a myriad of medical conditions and states.

What Can I Anticipate Throughout A Chiropractic Treatment?

After an initial evaluation and medical diagnosis by a Chiropractor, a Chiropractic treatment normally involves the manual control of the spine and surrounding soft tissues. Chiropractic treatment can be applied to other joints in the body, however it is typically focused on the neck and spine. Manual control of the spinal column is an efficient treatment for spine subluxation, which is considered by numerous to be a considerable aspect contributing to lots of modern-day health conditions.

Where Can I Find out More About Chiropractic?

You can find out more about Chiropractic from a fantastic lots of sources. In addition to asking family and friends about their Chiropractic experiences, the majority of Chiropractic practitioners provide a free initial examination to prospective clients. If you are considering Chiropractic therapy for a specific disorder, you must certainly consult your family physician first. Of course, you can discover a lot about Chiropractic by means of web search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. If you happen to stay in Waipahu Hawaii and you desire learn more about a specific Chiropractic specialist, simply see among the online search engine kept in mind above and carry out a search for Waipahu Chiropractic Clinic.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Many reasonable individuals would concur that Chiropractic treatments are both safe and efficient. While there have been a handful of stories in the press suggesting otherwise, Chiropractic is as safe or more secure than the huge bulk of medical treatments. If you take a minute to consider the side-effects of the majority of modern medicines, or the circumstances of post-surgical problems and secondary infections dued to surgical treatments performed in numerous of the nation’s healthcare facilities, it’s simple to comprehend why people have actually become increasingly open minded about non-invasive, alternative treatments such as Chiropractic treatment.


Chiropractor in Waipahu

Chiropractic

Perhaps you have been suffering from persistent and often numbing neck pain for a long time. You may have tried several medical options but to no avail. Despite your visits to the GP and taking your prescriptions without fail, the pain has not abated and you are probably wondering which alternative could finally rid you off the pain. Well, have you considered visiting a chiropractor? Chiropractic involves the adoption of a treatment regimen that is devoid of drugs and focusing on a holistic therapeutic plan encompassing lifestyle changes and dietary adjustments. Once a chiropractor conducts a historical exam, he or she can provide a diagnosis upon which treatment is based. Your search for a reputable chiropractor in Honolulu need not be daunting as there are many qualified professional in practice within the area.

The body has its own mechanism for reacting to specific stressors. For instance, straining your back in the workplace could result in back pain- the body’s way of notifying you to ease off a little. Various physical changes within the body may translate to pain, which may limit the use or mobility of a certain part. A chiropractor uses expertise to rehabilitate tissues and in the process, facilitating natural healing.

Mastery in this field requires rigorous training. Therefore, Chiropractors provide the perfect blend of knowledge and years of experience developed in the Chiropractic field to provide natural remedies. Further, the components of a chiropractic treatment plan tend to vary depending on the pain presented by a patient and your chiropractor can make an appropriate determination after a physical examination. The components may include the adoption of simple massage techniques or the use of laser technology.

Some people may be skeptical about chiropractic. As such, chiropractors play a critical role in assuaging their patients concerns by being thorough in assessing their patients. Further, practitioners provide patients with an understating of their body and potential causes of stiffness, swelling, and pain. When patients have adequate information regarding the intricate workings of a chiropractic plan, they can develop greater confidence in the regimen. Additionally, by making the requisite lifestyle adjustment, they can overcome chronic muscular pain.

Once patients have undergone a chiropractic treatment plan and gained firsthand experience regarding its efficacy, they can readily recommend the solution to others. Once your body is re-energized and full free from pain, you will soon realize the wealth of expertise provided by chiropractors. Chiropractic programs do not offer quick fixes. Instead, they focus on restorative care by providing wholesome health through the elimination of disorders that affect the spine.

Overall, in case you need to visit a chiropractor in Honolulu, you can rest assured to meet a passionate group of chiropractors and assistants to address your bodily concerns. Chiropractic treatments focus on therapy, which is only conducted after thorough assessment of the patient. Well, the nagging, seemingly drug-resistant pain you have been experiencing could just be a step away from resolution upon scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor. Take that step, and it could provide the much-needed relief you need.

 

3 Phases of Chiropractic Wellness

When I’m talking about wellness, I’m referring to holistic wellness.

I was looking at some info from Dr Damian Smith, a Pain Relief Chiropractor in Hawaii.

Let’s say you have some back pain because you’ve been sitting in a chair at a desk all day every day for work.

People weren’t designed to sit in that position all day so you are bound to have some lower back pain  and some pain around your shoulder blades from using a computer mouse.

Or maybe you were in an auto accident where you got whiplash or something like that.

There are 3 phases to getting well.

Phase 1 is all about pain relief.

A chiropractor can discover the exact source of the pain and implement a plan to not just get rid of the pain but eliminate the root of the problem.

A lot of times doctors will merely prescribe medicine which doesn’t fix the problem it just masks the pain momentarily.

A chiropractic wellness doctor looks at the whole body and can usually the source of the pain in 5-10 visits.

Phase 2 is all about correcting the misalignments of the spine

An arc is one of the most powerful forms to hold weight up.  If that arc gets a dent or misaligned in anyway it can no longer hold the weight up it will collapse.

Your spine is the same way.  It has 3 arcs and if either one of the arcs gets misaligned your body will feel the difference.  You’ll begin having pain and getting injuries because everything is off.

A chiropractor can see this almost immediately and create an adjustment plan to correct the problem.

The other silent pain and disease creators are subluxations.

The misalignments of the spine pinch off the nerves that bring healing to the body.

The body was made to heal itself but if the healing can’t get their because of the road blocks the body suffers.

Adjustments get rid of subluxations and then the healing can get to your body.

The 3rd Phase is the Holistic Wellness phase

In this phase the subluxations have been dealt with so now you look at other ways to keep the healing you have received.

This might be changing your diet and eliminating harmful inflammation creating foods or changing the way you sleep so you keep the proper arcs in your neck and back. Whatever it is. Visit your local Chiropractor to see how they might help you.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique Sports Massage Therapy in Honolulu, Hi

When you’re thinking about your overall health and wellness you might want to consider this alternative to pain relief.

The guy in this video experienced years and years of shoulder pain and found relief after just one ART Massage Session.

I guess ART focuses on the knots binding to the nerves.  Pain comes from nerves sending messages to the brain that you are in pain.  Pain doesn’t come from muscles.  So they find the anatomy that is messing with the nerve and use motion (hence the name Active) to try to unbind it.

Of course this is my elementary understanding of it….there is probably a lot more to Active Release Technique.

But if you’re experiencing pain that medicine or other forms of therapy aren’t helping.

Go try this one out and let me know how it works for you!