Health & Wellness

Chiropractic care is holistic in nature and our main goal is whole health wellness.

Health and Wellness Conditions

Chiropractic care is holistic in nature and our main goal is whole health wellness.  It is a safe, and proven to help people feel better and alleviate pain. There is no way to tell you if your spine is causing or contributing to any of your current symptoms. There can be multiple causes and our job as a doctor is to find the cause and treat that.  The care I provide is going to be specific for each patient.  Everyone has slightly different needs.

Some of the chronic conditions that I often provide consultation for are:

Stress

As a chiropractor, I deal with the nervous system, most people think of us as back doctors and we are because that is where the spinal cord is.  The brain sends messages down the spinal cord, out the nerves and this is how the brain controls, co-ordinates, and regulates how everything in your body works.  The brain, spinal cord and nerves make up the nervous system. The nervous system is what allows us to manage stress.  It allows us to change and adapt.  This process allows us to become stronger or faster, better at handling stress or just survive a situation.  Think about your first day on your job and what was worrying or stressing you, probably not the same things that stress you now- you learned, adapted and changed.  Or the first time you swung a golf club or went for a run, hopefully those things changed over time as well. Your nervous system allowed those changes to take place.  Now imagine your nervous system was not working very well and it did not allow you to adapt and grow and change with stress.  When there is a disturbance to the nervous system not allowing it to function properly it is called a subluxation.  This interference does not allow those messages to get through properly from the brain to the body and the body cannot function properly.  There may not be any symptoms until there is some extra stress and then all of a sudden there are a lot of symptoms and problems.  If we can improve the nervous system, we improve the way your body functions and that will improve your health.  So many things we do focuses on how we feel today and I want that as well but we also need to be concerned about next year and five and ten years down the road.

Vertigo

Vertigo usually occurs because of a disorder in the vestibular system (i.e., structures of the inner ear, the vestibular nerve, brainstem and cerebellum). The vestibular system is responsible for integrating sensory stimuli and movement and for keeping objects in visual focus as the body moves.  It is a common cause for dizziness. Again, it begins with the spine and nervous system.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some people] also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling  and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Not everyone with fibromyalgia will experience all associated symptoms. The central symptom of fibromyalgia, namely widespread pain, appears to result from neuro-chemical imbalances including activation of inflammatory pathways in the brain, which results in abnormalities in pain processing. The brains of fibromyalgia patients show functional and structural differences from those of healthy individuals, but it is unclear whether the brain anomalies cause fibromyalgia symptoms or are the product of an unknown underlying common cause. Some research suggests that these brain anomalies may be the result of childhood stress, or prolonged or severe stress. Fibromyalgia has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the US National Institutes of Health and the American College of Rheumatology.  Once diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I can give a consultation on your condition; how to best manage the pain, fatigue and joint stiffness.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is an overwhelming and complex disorder. People with CFS have overpowering fatigue and a host of other symptoms that are not improved by bed rest and that can get worse after physical activity or mental exertion. They often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before they became ill.

Other symptoms include muscle pain, impaired memory or mental concentration, insomnia, and post-exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours. In some cases, CFS can persist for years.

Moreover, because many illnesses have fatigue as a symptom, doctors need to take care to rule out other conditions, which may be treatable.

Common difficulties for CFS patients include problems coping with:

  • a decrease in stamina that interferes with activities of daily life
  • memory and concentration problems that seriously hurt work or school performance
  • the changing and unpredictable symptoms
  • loss of independence, livelihood, and economic security
  • alterations in relationships with partners, family members, and friends
  • worries about raising children

The priority of the treatment plan is to address these issues first

  • Fatigue and sleep problems
  • Pain
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dizziness and light-headedness

I will consult with each patient individually about nutrition, lifestyle changes and exercise programs that would be beneficial.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. It is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks (“hard ticks”). Early symptoms may include fever, headache, and fatigue. A rash occurs in 70–80% of infected persons at the site of the tick bite after a delay of 3–30 days (average is about 7 days), and may or may not appear as the well-publicized bull’s-eye. The rash is only rarely painful or itchy, although it may be warm to the touch. Approximately 20–30% of infected persons do not experience a rash. Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat.  If you have undergone a diagnosis from your doctor and are experiencing Joint & muscle pain, it is time to see your chiropractor.

There are some special concerns that I take with Lyme disease the biggest being the amount of inflammation that is often present.  With the use of some natural products, we can help minimize this aspect of the disease, which does not mean the prescriptions will not be necessary at times but hopefully we can reduce the frequency and the duration of those prescriptions.  Also by, creating a healthier body by reducing and removing subluxations, function improves and the body improves its ability to manage the disease.

Lupus

If you have been diagnosed with lupus, your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. This can damage many parts of the body such as the:

  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Kidney
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Blood vessels
  • And Brain.

Anyone can get lupus, but it most often affects women. Lupus is also more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women.

From a chiropractic perspective I am not treating lupus what I am doing is helping the body improve its ability to function.  Often this means an improvement in symptoms, including the frequency and intensity.  This allows the patient an increased quality of life.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). Learning to manage the symptoms of your multiple sclerosis (MS) can help you feel better during your daily activities and more in control of your life

MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop. The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord. Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different, usually there are periods of remission between attacks, and they can last months or even years. Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks. It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission. MS symptoms can appear in many parts of the body, depending upon the damage to the nervous system.

From a chiropractic perspective I am not treating multiple sclerosis, what I am doing is helping the body improve its ability to function.  Often this means an improvement in symptoms, including the frequency and intensity.  Often these chronic conditions have specific stresses to the body and we can work to minimize the impact that this has on the body.  This allows the patient an increased quality of life.

Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease begins in a region that plays a key role in movement. As Parkinson’s brain changes gradually spread, they often begin to affect mental functions, including memory and the ability to pay attention, make sound judgments and plan the steps needed to complete a task. Parkinson’s disease dementia and Alzheimer’s disease share a common source called plaques and tangles (Plaques are deposits of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid (BAY-tuh AM-uh-loyd) that build up in the spaces between nerve cells. Tangles are twisted fibers of another protein called tau that builds up inside cells.) Although people with Alzheimer’s tend to develop more plagues and tangles. It is the destruction and death of nerve cells that causes memory failure, personality changes, problems carrying out daily activities and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research with chiropractic and both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have demonstrated improvements in cognitive function as well as physical function.  Although it was not cured, it decreased symptomatology and seemed to slow the progression of the condition in many cases.

Special Needs

In addition, I do consultations pertaining to the management of symptoms of special needs children, including Autism and Down’s syndrome. Often times because of varying levels of communication skills, these In addition, I do consultations pertaining to the management of symptoms of special needs children, including Autism and Down’s syndrome. Often times because of varying levels of communication skills, these patients cannot express symptomatic distress. I like to look at the whole picture:

  • Nutrition and diet
  • Stress and anxiety levels
  • Neurological issues and complications
  • Misalignment of the spine

Every child is different with or without special needs and I have always worked hard to make their visits comfortable and enjoyable.  As a chiropractor, I am working with the nervous system.  The nervous system controls, co-ordinates and regulates how everything in the body works.  The reason this happens is to allow the body to adapt and change, to allow for interactions and responses.  I am not treating their conditions or “curing” them, I am helping them improve how their nervous system functions.  In addition, just as each of us is different this means different things as well.  Always my goal is for them to be healthier and have a higher quality of life.

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