|Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM|
|Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM|
With all the sniffles and bugs that are going around, how can you tell if you have a simple cold or something worse. Read to find out some key symptoms. And by no means is this a way of diagnosing you. If your symptoms persist, consult a physician.
And don't forget about Chiropractic as the treatment; It can help your body's immune system by improving nerve flow!
|Posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM|
Breastfeeding — Why Is It So Hard Sometimes?
Dated: 02 October,2012
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. I can remember those initial days after our first son was born wondering, “How can this be so hard?”… Fortunately, with some great advice from our midwife and a little patience, my newborn and I slowly mastered this fine art.You can imagine my surprise then when breastfeeding our third son we both found it really tricky. Our first two sons breastfeed well but baby Quin had some attachment issues that made breastfeeding those first few weeks exhausting and painful. In fact it made me feel as though I had completely forgotten how to nurture my baby. Have you experienced breast-feeding challenges?
Having four boys and twice experiencing frustration with what is seemingly “so natural,” I can empathise with all mother-baby duo’s battling to breastfed.
Quin could not open his mouth wide enough to take in the breast tissue fully, or close his mouth to form the appropriate suction and therefore made a clicking sound with his tongue. Of course with both his parents being chiropractors we were fortunate to be able to address the issue relatively quickly. Please know that I am not suggesting that through chiropractic care all babies become happy boobie guzzlers as there are often many factors involved. Breastfeeding is not for all mother-baby duo’s but if you are desperately keen to breastfeed then chiropractic has been shown to be effective in resolving neurological and musculoskeletal problems.1 I’ll explain this further below…
Why is breastfeeding so hard sometimes?
Sometimes breastfeeding post birth is complicated further if the mother is shocked or distressed from her birth. Sadly we all know that births are unpredictable. Additionally breastfeeding can be made difficult if the newborn is drowsy from drugs used during labour – planned or unplanned. Babies showing signs of being affected by these drugs are often described by as ‘sleepy’, ‘lazy’ or ‘poor’ feeders (Thompson et al, 2010), and demonstrate reduced spontaneous nipple-seeking and breastfeeding behaviours in the first hours after birth (Forster & McLachlan, 2007).
At times mothers and babies need to be separated post birth and formula supplementation may be given – these factors can also complicate breastfeeding techniques. (Vallone, 2004; Thompson et al, 2010).
With this said it makes sense that sometimes external factors make learning and mastering breastfeeding extremely hard. With this post I’d like to explore how sometimes breastfeeding challenges can result from craniocervical subluxations (meaning the skull and upper neck do not move freely) or mechanical dysfunction of the jaw or cervical spine which may create ineffective rooting or sucking reflexes or tight musculature. (Vallone, 2004) Put simply this means that a lack of good motion of the skull, neck or jaw may create poor nerve communication impacting an infant’s capacity to breastfeed.
One research paper discusses how chiropractic can play an important role in helping to resolve difficulties with breastfeeding. In a study of 114 infants diagnosed with feeding problems, chiropractors found that 89% demonstrated neck joint restrictions, 36% showed jaw imbalance, 34% had inadequate sucking reflexes and close to 14% exhibited overt signs of birth trauma (Miller et al, 2009). All had previously been seen by other practitioners including midwifes, lactation consultants, and paediatricians. After receiving chiropractic care in addition to the support given elsewhere, all children showed improvement with 78% being able to exclusively breastfeed after 2 to 5 treatments within a 2-week time period.
A second study of 25 infants with breastfeeding difficulties found that all babies were unable to open their mouths wide enough to encompass the breast tissue or close their mouths to create adequate suction (Vallone, 2004). They were also unable to use their tongues effectively compared to controls. The majority of the babies were found to have an imbalance in the muscles around the neck and jaw along with improper movement of corresponding joints. Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy resulted in improved nursing for over 80% of the babies.
Again let me emphasis chiropractic care may not solve all breastfeeding issues for all mother-baby duos.
Why pursue Breastfeeding?
If you are keen to breastfeed then I suggest seeking the advice of recommended lactation consults and girlfriends who have successfully breastfed. If problems persist then consider finding a recommended chiropractor or osteopath skilled with children.
There are many reported health benefits to breastfeeding including
Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of childhood illness, lower ear infection rates by 50%, asthma by 40%, and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 50% (Miller et al, 2009)Breastfeeding also has long-term positive effects such as reducing the risk of being overweight, obese or developing type 2 diabetes later in life (Miller et al, 2009).
I outline other benefits in Chapter 16 of Well Adjusted Babies 2nd Edition.
How a baby enters the world may impact their capacity to breastfeed?
If you are pregnant and debating the smorgasbord of birth options that are available to you, one thing I urge all mothers to do – is to consider the short and long impact of any decision that they make. All births involve an element of risk even straight forward vaginal deliveries and it is vitally important that one prepares physically, mentally and emotionally for the myriad of outcomes that can eventuate with birth. I believe all mothers have individual birthing needs, what is right for one mother may not be for another but good preparation allows us to honour our individual needs.
Here are some interesting points to bare in mind when considering birth options.
Forster and McLachlan (2007) state that C-section has been associated with decreased breastfeeding on the day of birth, delayed onset of lactation and lower levels of breastfeeding after leaving hospital.Miller et al (2009) found that mechanical extraction of a baby’s head with forceps or vacuum can lead to trauma of the baby’s jaw and neck and prevent proper movement for breastfeeding.Torvaldsen (2006) found that out of 1289 labouring women, those given epidurals or general anaesthetic opioids were less likely to fully breastfeed their infants in the few days after birth and more likely to stop breastfeeding in the first 24 weeks.
Best wishes to you all and happy breastfeeding should that be what you desire.
Dr Jennifer Barham- Floreani
P.S. Don’t forget — if you’d like more information about breastfeeding, please read Chapter 16 of Well Adjusted Babies.
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|Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM|
Hello again and thank you for reading this updated article.
This one is once again related to the Third-Party Administrator, American Specialty Health (ASH)!
We wish to inform all of our AETNA and CIGNA members that as of November, 16, 2012, we will NO LONGER be In-Network with ASH! We view this is GOOD NEWS!
What this means to you:
If you are an Aetna member, this is entirely beneficial to you and your family as it now means that we will be able to bill to Aetna directly and no longer have to deal with the hassle of using ASH. The benefits that your insurance rep quotes to you for chiropractic will be applied accordingly.
If you are a Cigna member, this may appear as Not So Good News at first, because we will have to bill towards your Out Of Network benefits. There may be higher deductibles or co-pays, BUT in the long run, the benefits still outweigh the negatives of working with American Specialty Health. And as a side-note, we're still working with Cigna to see if they're honor the same "In-Network" benefits without having to use ASH, just like Aetna has agreed!
Should you have any questions about how this will impact your benefits, please feel free to contact us at 614-764-4001!
|Posted on February 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM|
Teach your children about good posture and the attached exercises to start them on the road to a lifetime of proper posture!
The printout for this article can be found here. Print it out and practice these exercises everyday with your children!
|Posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:50 AM|
The Well-Adjusted Spine
By Dr. Brian Jensen
How many visits does it take to have a well-adjusted spine? It depends on your definition of well-adjusted. For many patients who experience complete pain relief after their first adjustment, the answer might be one. But if you understand you can have a problem even without pain, you'll see that it takes a lifetime of minor tune-up visits to be at your best. These minor tune-ups also prevent many of the problems that can show up in your 40s and 50s.
It's important to look at the big picture to understand what is going to take place during your lifetime. This can help you see how chiropractic can work to preserve many of your body's functions and prevent degeneration of your spine. Degeneration is when your bones and the surrounding tissues deteriorate. This can lead to major problems for you later in life. Two basic principles form the underlying theme to lifetime care and a well-adjusted spine:
Balance is better than imbalance. Mobility is better than immobility. Notice that these two principles do not mention being pain-free, because simply being pain-free doesn't mean you are in perfect health. Pain is the weakest basis for evaluating long-term wellness. Obviously, pain is an important indicator of a problem and needs to be addressed, but dealing only with pain is not the main principle of chiropractic care. That's because right now, you may have a poorly functioning spine, full of degeneration, but not feel pain.
Let's examine some general ideas about what happens to the body during the first six decades of life.
Childhood and the Teen Years
Arthritis is considered to be an older person's disease, but it can start as early as childhood. Here's how: In your first two decades of life, you will have indirect and direct stresses. Indirect stress is poor posture and direct stresses are sprains and strains from sports activities or other childhood traumas. These stresses, if left untreated, can lead to degeneration and other problems - such as arthritis - down the road.
Poor posture is very subtle and rarely causes pain, yet it can lead to degeneration. It is important to have your feet, the foundation of your posture, evaluated. Flat feet can cause one leg to act shorter than the other one, which affects the pelvis and spine, as well as putting excessive stresses on your knees and hips. These stresses can lead to weaknesses that could make you more susceptible to injuries and/or degeneration (more about this later), and also can cause stress in your spine, which can create chronic misalignments. If you've ever said to your chiropractor, "My back is out," chances are, it all started with your feet!
Recent advances in technology have provided us with the ability to take a digital image of your feet. This will help us determine if custom-made, flexible orthotics (shoe inserts) would be beneficial for you. This is the starting point to the support that will pay off for you in the later decades of your life.
Your 20s and 30s
This period of time is when your chiropractor can start to see the early stages of degeneration and arthritis that actually had its beginning in your childhood and teens. You may begin to experience diminished flexibility and joint aches and pains. Athletic performance typically begins to decline. You might say, "I just can't (run, jump, swim, stand) like I used to." The early signs of joint degeneration begin to appear on X-ray. These are all signs of long-standing physical decline, yet you still don't have pain most of the time.
Symptoms flare up occasionally but are usually manageable with the types of care chiropractors provide. Again, pain is a late response to the process and is a poor indicator of health when you are trying to prevent degeneration and maintain overall wellness. A few visits to your chiropractor may provide temporary relief from your symptoms, but to get to the root of the issue and maintain overall wellness for a lifetime, a few visits won't be enough.
Your 40s and 50s
This is the time frame during which we start to see the effects of arthritis. Generally this is when your activities start to become limited because of reduced muscle flexibility and joint pain. Chronic pain is commonplace and destruction of cartilage in the knees and hips often results in joint replacement surgery.
At this point, your chiropractor can work to fend off the debilitating symptoms and help you maintain as much function as possible. Treatment can help you get your life back and slow down the effects of your arthritis.
How to Prevent or Slow the Damage
A well-adjusted spine is possible to attain! Using a combination of proper diet, exercise, regular chiropractic adjustments and custom orthotics if necessary, you can have an active role in preventing damage (or slowing down the wear-and-tear process).
This won't mark the first time you've heard how important it is to eat nutritional foods and maintain a proper diet. Yet, it plays a vital part of your overall health and one that is within your control and yours alone. Your chiropractor or nutritionist can suggest what you should be eating, but it's up to you to actually follow this plan and choose a healthy lifestyle. It may seem harder than it is - just start small with one healthy choice (veggies instead of fries for dinner tonight) and you're already moving in the right direction. Build on those moments and continue to make healthy eating choices and you can see a major improvement not only in your body, but in your overall health. The five keys known to contribute to longevity are:
Don't smoke.Eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.Drink plenty of water.Drink alcohol in moderation.Get regular exercise. Exercise
Getting exercise on a regular basis goes hand-in-hand with proper nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are some easy tips to get you started:
Start slow, gradually increasing the intensity of your workout.Always warm-up and cool down when working out.Drink plenty of water (8 ounces before you work out, 8 ounces while you work out and another 8 ounces after).Listen to your body - stop exercising if you experience pain or dizziness.Wear proper-fitting, supportive athletic shoes Chiropractic Adjustments
Being evaluated by your chiropractor even when you are pain-free can have a very valuable payoff in the later years. Healthy joints, muscle flexibility and a healthy nervous system will allow you to continue to exercise and be active, which we all know contributes to overall health.
Motion is life to a joint and to a person. A properly balanced body absorbs and disperses stresses, while an imbalanced body absorbs and accumulates those stresses. Those stresses begin in the feet and can affect your entire back and neck. Custom-made orthotics can be a great addition to your chiropractic care. That's because the effects of your chiropractic adjustments can last longer if your body is supported between visits. Orthotics work to support all three arches of your feet, which supports your foundation and your entire body.
The key to a well-adjusted spine is starting early and continuing to keep your body in balance. This is a lifetime's approach to overall wellness and health.
Brian Jensen, DC, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He specializes in structural biomechanics and has been in practice for 17 years.
This article can be found on "To Your Health" website by clicking here.
|Posted on August 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM|
There is a great article from "To Your Health" about the benefits of children receiving chiropractic care to help their young, developing spines.
|Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:50 PM|
I want to address an issue and a question that so many of my patients have. It's regarding the intervertebral disc (or disk). There are many different levels of a herniated disc and I feel that this article (by Ted Koren, well-known marketer of chiropractic material and a chiropractor himself) addresses several of the options. This was published in The American Chiropractor in November 2006.
Techniques Written by Ted Koren, D.C. Friday, 14 January 2011 16:19 Read : 563 times
An alternative to spinal surgery
Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.”
Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily and quickly locate and adjust subluxated disks.
Do herniated disks require surgery? Rarely. In most cases, even a herniated or ruptured disk can heal without surgery. Most heal spontaneously.
As Jerome Groopman, MD, writes: “A recent study of CT scans showed that twenty-seven percent of healthy people over the age of forty had a herniated disk, ten percent had an abnormality of the vertebral facet joints and fifty percent had other anatomical changes that were judged significant. And yet, none of these people had nagging back pain. Another study using MRI scanning, showed that thirty-six percent of people over sixty had a herniated disk, and some eighty to ninety percent of them had significant disk degeneration. Even patients with acute ruptured disks have a good prognosis, though their recovery is usually slower; some ninety percent will feel significantly better within six weeks, without surgery. Over time, the disk gradually retracts, so that it is no longer pressing on the nerves and the inflammation subsides.”1
Back surgery is perhaps the most dangerous and useless surgery ever developed. “Spinal medicine, unfortunately, is producing patients with failed back surgery syndrome at an alarming rate.”2
According to Norma Shealy, MD: “It was obvious to me that vast majorities of people suffering from chronic pain were actually the result of unnecessary back surgery. In one study, I demonstrated that at least eighty percent of those who had had lumbar surgery for a presumed ruptured disk had not had a ruptured disk before their first surgery. But, by the time they had had between five and seven unsuccessful back operations, they certainly were invalids.”3
No one knows how many of the over 150,000 spinal fusion operations and the 500,000 total spinal surgeries performed each year in the United States are unnecessary. I would guess the number to be over ninety-five percent. Chronic pain clinics are filled with back surgery failures. Can the disk be addressed without surgery?
How can you adjust the disk?
Years ago, when I studied Van Rumpt’s work with Drs. Pat and Mike McLean, I was instructed as follows: In order to adjust a disk, you must find a tight fiber a few inches lateral to the spine and adjust into it.
“How can that be?” I asked.
“We don’t know the mechanism, but it works,” they said.
The answer may be found in a fascinating phenomenon known as myofascial gelosis, discovered by Janet Travell, MD (discoverer of trigger points).4 Myofascial means relating to the fascia connective tissue, and gelosis means an extremely firm mass in a tissue.
Adjusting the bands
It appears that, when a disk is subluxated, the normally soft, pliable connective tissues surrounding it transform into relatively taut bands. These bands help anchor and stabilize the disk, as guy wires, to protect it from further injury. They are easily palpated as thin bands emanating laterally from the disk—often reaching many inches away.
These bands can be exquisitely sensitive along their length. Dr. Van Rumpt used wooden dowels and a deep thumb toggle—the adjustments could sting.
The results? Three case histories
The technique I developed for adjusting disks is one that applies concepts from Van Rumpt, Lowell Ward and others, using an adjusting instrument. Using the negative (index) finger, the doctor locates a “hot” disk and taut fibers. A body biofeedback device (such as the occipital drop) is used as a “yes-no” indicator. We can then introduce a relatively light force anywhere along the length of the fiber using an adjusting instrument. The results are often amazing.
Case #1. Forty-nine year old male, bedridden with severe back and leg pain. Not able to stand. Had an MRI. By third adjustment, he was able to walk with crutches. By the sixth adjustment, he could stand without pain for about thirty seconds—first time in five days he was pain free.
After ten days he was completely pain free with eighty percent strength in leg. Neurosurgeon was at a loss to explain his recovery. He told patient, “Your MRI is the second worse disk herniation I’ve seen in my career. I would recommend immediate surgery. I cannot believe you are pain free.”5
Case #2. Patient hurt his low back in an accident and was making very slow progress after six weeks of three-times-a-week of diversified adjusting. I had guessed his problem was a disk, and my history with disks was it takes a while to mend. After one adjustment (to the disk) he stated he was fifty percent better; after the second, no more pain, and is bringing in the wife.6
Case #3. I had seen a patient years prior for low back pain with radiating leg pain and numbness/tingling down the leg. Poor response. She discontinued care and, eventually, had surgery to “repair” her disc. She still had numbness/tingling in her foot, even months after the surgery.
She returned to the office. I started adjusting her with KST. After a few adjustments, the numbness/tingling was gone and whatever remaining LPB she had went as well. She was amazed and very pleased. On a follow up with her surgeon, she told him her symptoms were gone because she was back under chiropractic care.7
One final note: dehydration
I have never seen a disk patient who was not dehydrated. Most disk sufferers are moderately to severely dried-out and that may be a major reason why their disks start weakening and compressing in the first place.
The earliest sign of disk herniation is decreased signal on a T-2 weighted image due to desiccation and dehydration of the disk. This is usually associated with a loss of height and a bulging of the annulus fibrosis circumferentially.8
Putting patients on an aggressive hydration plan (a glass of water every hour—not iced or distilled) for one to two weeks can often result in dramatic improvements.
It is gratifying to see that simply drinking water (rehydrating) and adjusting the disk and/or vertebra can help the patient at a fraction of the cost of medical and mechanical traction devices.
Dr. Tedd Koren is the founder of Koren Publications and developer of Koren Specific Technique (KST), an Empirical/Vitalistic method of locating and correcting subluxations anywhere in the body that is easy to learn and is revolutionizing chiropractic practices.. For information on KST seminars, go to
www.teddkorenseminars.com or call 1-800-537-3001. Write to Dr. Koren at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Groopman J. A knife in the back (Is surgery the best approach to chronic pain?). The New Yorker. April 8, 2002.
2. The BackLetter. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2004;12(7):79.
3. Shealy CN. Chronic pain management. The Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients. January 2005.
4. Simons DG, Travell JG and Simons LS. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vol. 1; The Upper Half of Body (2nd Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2nd edition (October 1998).
5. Tedd Koren, DC. Conversation with patient. September 12, 2006.
6. Brad Miller, DC. Personal correspondence with author. September 6, 2006.
7. Warren Silver, DC. Personal correspondence with author. September 13, 2006.
8. Bradley WG. MRI of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. https://e-edcredits.com/XrayCredits/article.asp?TestID=12
|Posted on September 21, 2009 at 11:27 AM|
I would like to extend an invitation to everyone out there reading these blogs to inform you of an important situation that insurance companies put us in every now and again.
This office has been happily treating many employees of Verizon Wireless (also based in Dublin, Ohio) and those patients are very satisfied with their care. They express their satisfaction by referring OTHER Verizon Wireless employees. So a large percentage of the patients we treat each week are these employees. And they're happy because we are able to accept their health insurance. But Verizon Wireless made an executive decision to swich insurance carriers for their employees so as of 1/1/2010, those employees will no longer be able to have their insurance benefits accepted here. And the reason for this is because Anthem's Managed Care Network is CLOSED to chiropractors stating there are enough "providers in this geographic location" (meaning Dublin). But what about the freedom to CHOOSE your own chiropractor. Not one of the 5 that are listed for Dublin.
So I have started two (2) petitions to help this office get credentialed with Anthem's Managed Care Network. I would love for you to take a moment to read the petition and sign it, REGARDLESS of whether you have Anthem as your health insurance. This isn't an insurance fight, it's a matter of giving employees a CHOICE to their own healthcare providers.
If you are an employee of Verizon Wireless or it's affiliations, please click here to sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dublinfamilychiropractic
If you have Anthem (or any Blue Cross/Blue Shield) Insurance, or if you would like to see changes made to this policy, please click here to sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dublinfamilychiropractic1/
Thank you for your time today!
|Posted on July 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM|
I would like to invite everyone to contact your local legistlator to include chiropractic in the National Healthcare Plan.