Don’t Believe in Chiropractic?

“I don’t believe in Chiropractic” is what this guy said when I was at a local health festival sharing the good news about our clinic and our services.  It is something I have heard many times over my 12 years in practice – and the reality is that the person speaking these words either had a bad experience or has only heard stories from other people/sources.  In the case of the first scenario – if you had a bad experience with a plumber in the past, who will you call when your pipes are leaking?  A plumber, of course!  Maybe a different one.  In the case where the guy heard something bad, I feel sorry for this individual as they will never know how great a Chiropractic Adjustment feels when done by an experienced and skilled Doctor of Chiropractic – just because they heard something negative.

While chiropractic is unique and different, it certainly is not something that you have to “believe in”.  Chiropractic, like gravity, works whether you believe in it or not.  Chiropractic produces results because it acknowledges scientifically confirmed facts:

The nervous system controls everything in your body.  Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord where nerves branch off to every organ and tissue.  Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is functioning normally.

The bones of the spine can mis-align and interfere with this exchange of communication by irritating the corresponding nerves.  Dysfunction and ill health will result from a compromised nervous system.  Chiropractic care removes the interference and helps restore the integrity of the nervous system thereby promoting health and healing.

“If you start, do you have to go for the rest of your life?”

You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.  However, if you are like most people, spinal health is new to you.  Your spine, just like your teeth, need ongoing care at some level or problems and decay will inevitably begin again.  Would you go to the dentist to get your cavities filled and not maintain some level of care?  Health in our whole body is an ongoing process.

“Chiropractic results are “All in your head”?

This is a convenient claim made by critics who have chosen to overlook convincing proof to the contrary.  Being “all in your head” implies the power of suggestion.  Yet, chiropractic results have been experienced by newborns, infants, pets and others for whom the power of suggestion isn’t possible!  The power of suggestion can’t begin to explain the millions of patients who have been helped with chiropractic care.

My medical doctor told me “Don’t let the chiropractor adjust your neck because it will cause a stroke.”

Those in the medical profession who make this statement either have unknowingly been misinformed or they choose to spread misleading and inaccurate information.  When anyone makes a negative comment they need to back it up with fact (research), if not, it is all hearsay.

The research produced to date has the occurrence of stroke with neck adjusting at 1 in 5,850,000 million adjustments.  The published statistics for women taking a birth control pill is that 1 in 25,000 will die from the pill.  If you are afraid of having your neck adjusted, you must be much more scared of the birth control pill.

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Pediatrics, Parents and Posture

     Standing up straight is important for everyone, but at no time is it more crucial to develop the habits of good posture than in childhood.  Many adults with chronic back pain can trace the problem to years of bad posture habits or injuries in childhood.

Because they are growing and more active, children may be at even more risk for injury to the back and spine.  According to studies, there is a significantly high risk of injuries associated with sports and recreation.  More than 1/3 of all high school athletes sustain some type of injury.  Many childhood stresses and traumas lead to spinal and nerve dysfunction as we age.  Children that carry backpacks quite often create postural problems and regions of spinal dysfunction.

We also notice that children and teens that develop Scoliosis commonly develop it due to a lack of proper spinal maintenance.  Studies have shown that the children who have taken care of their spines with regular care have over 5 times fewer health problems than the average child.  They have fewer occurrences of scoliosis, ear infections, growing pains, and other health problems.  It is important to have your children’s posture checked and monitored as they age.

People who choose to neglect checking their posture may be in for a decrease in quality of life as they age.  Poor posture extracts a high price as you age because it can:

Limit your range of motion – muscles can be permanently shortened or stretched when a slumped over posture becomes your normal position.

  • Organs in your body become less effective – your lungs work at reduced capacity meaning less oxygen to your body, your digestive system has a harder time to function, and quite commonly cardiovascular health is compromised.
  • Your mental/emotional state can be affected – it is commonly known that people who are less capable of supporting their body properly have less energy, they have a harder time enjoying their day, and they are more commonly less active in life.

Share this article with your friends and family and be proud to be at the leading edge of healthcare by being a chiropractic patient.  We help many patient who are in pursuit of living a long healthy lifestyle in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

The Missing Link in Health Care

 

As a family chiropractor, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the positive changes in the children and adults that we care for. Problems like asthma, ear infections, constipation, menstrual pain, ADHD, and many others.

But wait a minute!  Isn’t Chiropractic for neck and back pain?  How, on earth can a Chiropractor help such problems?  Let me illustrate how Chiropractic can help, because so often it is the missing link in alleviating such problems.

Here is how the largest, natural, fastest growing, drug free system of health care, Chiropractic works:

  • Our bodies are self-regulating and self-healing organisms. For instance, what is your liver doing right now?  Do you have to think about it?  NO – our liver works because we have a phenomenally wonderful Innate Intelligence that knows how to keep us healthy.
  • The master controlling system of our innate intelligence is the nervous system. Everything in our life is under the influence of the nervous system, for example, how we run, digest our food, wiggle our toes, fight disease, solve problems, as well as interpret and respond to the environment around us.
  • Any interference to the nervous system will result in our inability to heal and regulate bodily functions. The most common interference to the nervous system is due to subluxation (misalignment) of the vertebrae (spinal bones) that irritate the nerves and cause far-reaching chaos in our system.
  • The intent of the Chiropractor is to locate spinal subluxation, gently adjust the spine to remove the nerve interference, and allow Innate Intelligence, the wisdom of the body, to heal from within.

Spinal Subluxations can be due to many factors, most commonly: birth trauma, physical trauma, mental/emotional stress, and even chemical stress.

In our clinic, and others, we utilize new technology that measures the nerve blockage from the top to the bottom of the spine.   Also by measuring posture, muscle tension and imbalance, range of motion and temperature changes from side to side on the spine, we have excellent data to determine the presence and degree of subluxation.  This technology has helped people understand that subluxations can have an incredibly huge negative affect even in the absence of pain, and it assists the Chiropractor in providing objective clinical data to track the patient’s progress.

When people are given the chance to have their nervous system feed their body without interference they live an amazingly healthy life with large reductions in their risk to pain, dysfunction and disease.

We help many patient who are in pursuit of living a long healthy lifestyle in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

How to Live a Longer Life

     You are born to express physical, mental and spiritual health; to radiate vitality, harmony, peace, joy, optimism, strength, love and healing at any age.

But it rarely seems that way.  Disharmony, illness, disease, depression, fatigue, and emotional problems touch so many lives.  Too many of us walk this earth with our bodies, hearts and souls in pain.

Yet no baby is born bored or depressed.  Infants are full of wonder and awe.  They breathe deeply, relax completely, radiate energy and sparkle with the light of life in their eyes.  They are closer to their natural state, more connected to it, with a clearer connection to the wisdom and intelligence that we are given.

To be truly healthy and alive you must be fully connected to that inner wisdom (innate intelligence) that travels from our brain to our body via our nervous system.

In healing, the goal is to help you better connect to that inner source so your inner doctor may work its miracles.  A complete disconnection from this source results in death; a partial disconnection results in dis-ease or disharmony.  Many people are in this state; with less than 100% connection, they are less than fully alive.  As a result, these people will suffer from health problems more and leave this world before they need to.

Our word “health” derives from the old English word “hale” meaning whole.  You are healthy when you are whole, unified, integrated and complete – not fragmented, disintegrated, disconnected or incomplete.

Too many people live their lives silently waiting for disease to seemingly “strike” out of nowhere.  They must live with years of body malfunction before the medical profession can discover and diagnose a problem.  Does it have to be that way?

More and more individuals are choosing another path.  Instead of waiting for their health to deteriorate and have a life threatening diagnosis, they are taking responsibility for their health now and choosing health care systems and lifestyles that can maintain and enhance their health.

If you have your spine and nervous system checked on a regular basis you will have the ability to have that inner intelligence flow to your whole body throughout all your days, ensuring a longer and healthier life.

We help many patient who are in pursuit of living a long healthy lifestyle in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Do-it-Yourself Bug Spray & Tick Repellent

Dr. Matt’s All Natural Homemade (Do-it-Yourself) Bug Spray & Tick Repellent:

Summer is here and so are the bugs.  Since we didn’t have a harsh winter to kill off a lot of insects, many are predicting a spike in insect infestations and tick bites this coming season.  As an avid hiker and outdoors family, we refuse to let the little critters stop us from having quality family time on the trails this summer break.  So I have put together my personal natural Bug Spray and Tick Repellent that does not have potential harmful chemicals like DEET in many store-bought bug sprays.

Dr. Matt’s Bug Spray:

  1. 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  2. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 40 drops of your choice or 1 or more of these essential oils: Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary or Tea Tree Oil)
  4. Pour contents into a 8 ounce spray bottle (glass preferably)
  5. Spray over the body especially ankles, wrists, neck and behind the ears.  Avoid eyes and mouth.

Dr. Matt’s Tick Repellent

  1. Use Rose Geranium Essential Oil drops on ankles, wrists, neck and behind the ears.

Make this summer fun and get back to nature without the fear of the mosquitos, ticks and other insects!

 

We see success with many symptoms in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Sitting Disease & Computer Ergonomics to Save You

     A study in 2013 (by Ergotron) found that 70% of all Americans have to sit all day at work.  When you combine the hours working with hours watching tv, playing games and lounging – that is a total of an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day!  While Americans know about the importance of exercise, only 31 percent go to the gym.

The survey also found that the vast majority (93 percent) didn’t know what “Sitting Disease” is, but 74 percent believe that sitting too much could lead to an early death.  The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.  Also in 2013, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting.

“Research is showing links between sedentary lifestyles and diabetes, several types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease,” said Jane Payfer, an Ergotron spokesperson. “There is a significant opportunity for people to change their behavior in the workplace and for corporations to change their cultures. Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar levels and ramps up metabolism. Frequently overlooked, standing more is the simplest, easiest change someone can make.”  The World Health Organization (in 2015) stated that prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.

So how do we combat ‘Sitting Disease’?

With proper computer ergonomics.  Working at a computer for long periods of time causes strain to our bodies, especially our spine, and results in many nerve system problems.  People at work or children at home who spend a lot of time on computers may be putting their health at risk due to an overload of stress to their spine.  Here are some practical tips that can reduce some of the spinal stress.

 

  • Take breaks from sitting throughout the day to walk around.
  • Invest in a standing work desk or one that converts from sitting to standing.
  • Exercise during your lunch break, even just walking around to promote movement, cardio and fitness.
  • Set your chair height so that your forearms are at a right angle to the upper arm and your wrist is straight. Your upper arm should hang comfortably at the side of your body.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your lumbar spine. Relaxed muscles will not fatigue over time.
  • Place a footrest under your desk so that you are leaning back into your chair, this prevents tension in the mid to upper back. This is very important because these are the nerves that control your heart, lung and stomach function.
  • Your knees should be level or slightly higher than your hips, so you may have to adjust your seat tilt. This helps to prevent swelling in the feet and calves and reduces pressure on your sciatic nerves.
  • Be sure to use a glare reducing screen and have no bright lights behind you or in front of you. Also, if your screen faces a window and the view is filled with sunlight at certain times of day, close your blinds or draw the curtains to decrease eyestrain.
  • Your eye level should be at the top or within the top half of your screen. Many people have their screen height too low, so grab some old telephone books and prop yours up if you need to.
  • Use a vertical copy stand to reduce tension in the neck and place it directly beside the screen.
  • Your mouse should be right beside the keyboard. If you have a keyboard tray and the mouse doesn’t fit, extensions are available.  This is a good investment because if you’re reaching for your mouse all day, you’re subluxated.
  • The distance between your wrists and your screen should be about 15 inches. Any more and you’ll be tempted to lean in.
  • The distance from your eye to the top of your screen should be 18-24 inches. Don’t sit too close and don’t sit too far away.
  • Have regular spinal check ups. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We see success with many symptoms in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

High Blood Pressure and Chiropractic

 

 

High blood pressure affects approximately 25% of adults in North America.  Of these, 75% have only mildly elevated blood pressure, which lends itself to control through proven natural means.  Patients with high blood pressure have serious risk for heart attack, stroke and severe kidney damage if left uncontrolled.  Therefore, it is imperative that all patients put into place the appropriate measures to regulate their blood pressure into the normal and safe range.

Since we know that blood pressure medication can have serious adverse effects to other aspects of our health, looking for a natural approach is what more and more people are doing.  What is too commonly left out of the equation is the fact that specific dietary practices, natural supplements, spinal adjustments (JMPT 1988; 11:484-8) and lifestyle changes (exercise, quit smoking, weight loss) are proven strategies that can lower blood pressure.  In cases of mild to moderate high blood pressure these lifestyle changes have been shown to eliminate the need for drugs or to substantially reduce the required dose.

This is of great importance because blood pressure drugs often produce undesirable side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, elevated cholesterol, male impotence or erectile dysfunction, liver and kidney disease, and much more.

NATURAL AND LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS

Proven methods to lower blood pressure naturally include:

  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Weight loss
  • Endurance exercise; even a brisk walk for 45 minutes per day, 4 times per week can make a difference.
  • Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day.
  • Reduce intake of salt and heavily salt-processed foods.
  • Eat at least five fruit and vegetable servings per day.
  • Eat fish three or more times per week.
  • Natural supplements i.e.: Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorn extract, flaxseed oil, Calcium-Magnesium. With the aid of a nutritional analysis many people have gained life-changing knowledge.

We see success with high blood pressure with many patients in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Headaches and Chiropraactic

     Studies have shown that roughly a third of all people suffer from headaches.  The causes of headaches are many; they include such things as spinal misalignment, certain foods, toxic fumes, preservatives and alcohol.  Spinal misalignments (subluxations) are shown to be involved in up to 80% of all headaches.

Unfortunately, our society in the past has taken numerous drugs to fight off the pain associated with headaches, instead of trying to remove the cause of these headaches.  However, we are moving into a time where society is starting to look for the causes.  Utilizing natural approaches, chiropractors are capable of removing headaches, or dramatically reducing the occurrence and frequency of these headaches.

When there is a loss of the normal range of motion of the vertebrae in the upper neck region, nerves that feed either the front, sides, back, or top of the head are impinged.

Recent research at the University of Odense, Denmark and Harvard Medical School has shown that chiropractic treatments can dramatically decrease the frequency and length of headaches as well as the number of painkillers needed for relief.  With a proper spinal examination, a chiropractor is able to determine if someone has spinal subluxations and nerve blockage to the head region.

If you are tired of suffering from headaches on an ongoing basis and you want to find out what the cause is, try the natural chiropractic approach.  Besides spinal care, chiropractors will look at the need for nutritional changes, stress management, stretching, and food sensitivity testing.

As we move into the next decade, there is a trend developing where people are looking for the cause of their health problems.  As a result, the profession of chiropractic will continue to grow at a fast pace, allowing it to continue its quest to have the world heal naturally.

 

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic

     Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that combines pain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.  New research suggests that this syndrome is caused by imbalances of chemicals and hormones in the nervous system that amplify sensation, making even a slight touch feel painful.

In a recent study, Daniel Clauw MD, a rheumatologist at the University of Michigan, used MRIs to show what happens in the brains of fibromyalgia patients in response to minimal pressure to their left thumbs.  He showed that to receive the same brain response from healthy people you have to apply twice the pressure, showing that fibromyalgia patients are extremely sensitive to touch.

In other studies it has been shown that nerve interference such as Vertebral Subluxations cause nerves to be extremely sensitive and alter the chemicals and hormones within the nervous system.   The subluxation itself is something that the person in incapable of feeling.

Some type of trauma early in life will create the existence of Subluxations (which are not felt), and later in life a person is exposed to some type of “trigger”.  The trigger can be something that is chemical in nature like moulds or other airborne toxins, it can be an emotional stress, or it can be a physical stress that sets off the negative health effects of the Subluxations.

It has been known for a long time that Chiropractic adjustments reduce the sensitivity found in fibromyalgia patients and allow them to live a better quality of life with less pain and increased function.  This is one explanation to help people understand why Chiropractic continually helps people who suffer from fibromyalgia.

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

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