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)

10 Minute Daily Fuel 003: Intention

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Childhood Ear Infections & Chiropractic

 

     What is the most common reason parents bring their child to the doctor?  Ear infections.  This is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.  Although adults can get ear infections, they are more common in children.  The National Institute of Health has said that Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.

Let’s look at the anatomy to understand why an ear infection may occur.  Behind the ear is the Eustachian tube which are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults.  This can make it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.

From a biomechanical or Chiropractic view, the atlas (first cervical vertebra aka C1) has two side projections called transverse processes and when the Atlas (C1) is subluxated (spinal vertebra misaligned) can put pressure or partially block the Eustacian tube from draining as well.

One common question, I get from patients is, “Why would my young child have a subluxation?”  I respond it’s because they have a spine like adults, they are active (running, falling, bumps, etc.) and they went through the birth process which for some can be traumatic at times on a infants spine.  The overwhelming majority of newborns that I have checked for subluxation in my 12 years of practice have shown some type of subluxation – many times at C1.  Side note: Chiropractic care for newborns is unlike care for adults and is very safe, gentle and effective.  

When the Eustacian tube is blocked, bacteria can build up thriving off the build up of mucus that accumulated.  Research has shown that children get ear infections as a result of this improper drainage of the deep neck lymphatics.  This causes fluid build up, an inflamed and bulging ear drum, and a welcome habitat for bacteria.  Since a child’s immune system isn’t as effective as an adult’s because it’s still developing, this makes it harder for children to fight infections.

The medical approach has children using antibiotics, which with prolonged use can lead to future antibiotic resistance, gut flora problems that can lead to leaky gut and other GI issues and it makes the child more susceptible to other infectious diseases, allergies, obesity, and autoimmune disorders.  Even famous medical doctors like Dr. Sears has come out and recommended a restricted and limited use of Antibiotics.  Even, the Journal of the American Medical Association had a study that concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were up to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear problem than those who received a sugar pill.  Lead author Erdem Cantekin Ph.D. said “children are being abused by the antibiotic treatment in this country.”

Drug resistant strains of childhood ear infections are rapidly increasing.  Health officials say the trend is closely linked to doctors’ misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics.  It is now known that antibiotics can cause side effects and lead to the development of drug resistant bacteria that can cause a more serious disease.  Antibiotics are not the preferred option in the early stages of the condition.

A more natural approach of killing off bacteria is to restore nervous system function which results in normal drainage of the ears and lymphatics and a more normalized function of the immune system.  Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in restoring normal function of the spine and nervous system and have shown to have a good track record in dealing with children with chronic ear infections.  I have seen an incredibly high success rate in my own clinic in treating Childhood and Adult Ear Infections and each case was a subluxation of the Atlas (C1) that we removed the nerve interference for maximum healing and removed the blocking of the Eustacian tube for proper ear drainage.

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Maximized Living 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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Chiropractic

 

With the explosion of technology over the last 30 years (smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers), it is no wonder that we are seeing a rise with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) cases.  CTS is also called “Repetitive Trauma Disorder” or “Overuse Syndrome”.  It occurs when the median nerve of the wrist is irritated or compressed, many times by the subluxation of the carpal bones.

The wrist is formed by 8 carpel bones with some creating a tunnel like structure (the carpal tunnel).  Through this tunnel, the median nerve and 9 tendons pass through.  Symptoms of CTS include pain, numbness and/or tingling, and weakness of the wrist, hand, and fingers.  Sometimes it is so severe that it will awaken the sufferer during the night.  CTS can affect anybody that does repetitive tasks with their hands i.e.:  secretaries, carpenters, computer workers, musicians, assembly line workers or anyone who uses the previously said technologies on a consistent basis.

The medical approach for CTS has included drugs, cortisone, splints, and surgery, yet all have shown a poor success rate.  As a result of the poor medical outcomes, Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. concluded:  “Since the medical treatment for this condition is so often unsatisfactory, I have for years been recommending that my patients consult muscle and joint therapy specialists (like Chiropractors).”

A number of researchers who found spinal nerve root irritation in patients which had carpel tunnel or ulnar-neuropathy have documented the relationship between spinal health and carpel tunnel syndrome.  Other researchers have shown that nerve compression in the neck can block the flow of nutrition to the nerves in the wrist.  This will increase the chance of injury.  Yet another researcher found that out of 1,000 cases of CTS a large number of these sufferers had bad neck arthritis, thus supporting the connection that in many cases – the issues of the sufferer does not stem from the wrist, but from the neck.  We have see hundreds of these cases in our clinic over the years.  A patient will come in with CTS symptoms and with Chiropractic adjustments of the Cervical Spine, the patient’s symptoms reduce or are eliminated.  Our success rate of CTS has been so high, I often wonder how this may be the case for the poor medical outcomes – as they treat the symptoms of CTS (wrist) and we find the cause (cervical spine subluxation correction).

The treatment by a Doctor of Chiropractic is to perform a gentle and specific Adjustment to gently realign the cervical spine or one of the subluxated eight bones (the scaphoid specifically is the most common subluxated carpal bone)of the wrist to reduce the never interference, irritation and swelling.  When the swelling decreases, so do the carpal tunnel symptoms.  With proper care, the bones and nerves to the wrist and the neck will function properly for many years to come.  Chiropractic treatment for this ailment is often a first choice because it is non-invasive, gentle, drug free, and surgery free.  The aim of the treatment is to move the joints into position so they can work as they were designed to and allow your nerves to function with no interference.  Once the joints are properly aligned, the stress in the area is lessened and the pain and numbness are relieved.

In light of what is known about CTS, anyone suffering from it should see a chiropractor to ensure that their spine is free of spinal subluxations.  A chiropractic spinal adjustment may make the difference between a pain free wrist and spinal surgery.

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living 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)

Is it Really Medicine vs. Chiropractic?

     I have this conversation about a dozen times a year, whether it be with someone in the community, friends and new patients.  First let me begin by saying – this is NOT a ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ article.  I believe that all doctors (MD, DO, DC, NPM, DPT, etc.) should ALWAYS work together for what is in the best interest of the patient – period!  Our approach as Doctors of Chiropractic is more natural in nature (no pun intended).  Modern medical treatments do save lives and is necessary in our modern society, but unfortunately many have become dependant on treating all ailments with drugs, no matter how small the issue is.  We as holistic doctors believe that the body was created to heal on its own and that a natural approach (proper nutrition, fitness, mindset and Chiropractic adjustments) keep the body in optimal functioning and reducing the need of excess drugs and surgery.

I do feel though, that there is a lack of understanding on what Chiropractic and an Alternative lifestyle provides, especially considering we are brought up indoctrinated in this modern medical society.  In addition, once there is a clear understanding of what chiropractic does for human health, people see clearly how chiropractic is not in competition with what medicine does.

Medicine is the best health care system we have for crisis care.  It has prided itself on the fact that people with health crises live longer than they have in the past.  This is clearly a significant development in health care today.

Medicine takes most of its criticism over the issue of long-term health care, especially long-term drug use.  It has been shown repeatedly in the last decade through various research reports that long-term health care belongs more in the realm of natural methods.  An increasing number of medical professionals are saying that there is a need to move away from drugs for long-term health and to move to methods that are more natural.  Organizations like the World Health Organization, The United Nations, and local governments say openly that the wave of health care in the future is dealing with health care methods that build a stronger body. They suggest a move away from the current focus on crises health care.

If medical doctors of the future are better educated about the successes of natural methods of Chiropractic, it will take away this conflict of Chiropractic versus Medicine.   If someone’s health has failed and they experience a heart attack, I am very glad that we have a system of paramedics and medical doctors to keep that person alive.   However, if someone is involved with natural methods of healthcare they have a dramatic decrease in the risk of having a heart attack in the first place. They would also experience a decreased risk of many other health crises.  As a result, people who use natural health methods have a stronger, healthier body and a higher quality of life throughout those earlier years as well.

Chiropractic prides itself on the fact that proactive care leads to healthier people.  These people experience a decrease in many different diseases and health problems as life progresses.

Chiropractic is based on the premise that we all have a brain and nervous system that holds all the information needed to have a perfectly healthy body.  Health problems exist because there are blockages in how this information is allowed to get to the body for it to heal itself.  Chiropractic care is based on the idea that we look for the blockages to how our nervous system is supposed to communicate with our bodies and remove these blockages.

As Dr. Deepak Chopra has said: “All we need to do to have perfect health is to remove the interferences to how our body is supposed to work.  We do not need to add unnatural substances.”

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living 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)

Asthma and Chiropractic

      During an asthmatic attack the bronchioles become swollen, go into spasm and fill with mucus.  Asthmatics feel as if the lungs are being strangled.  They struggle to get air into their lungs and once in, the air is trapped behind the mucus and then it’s nearly impossible to exhale!  Asthmatics struggle for every breath, literally gasping and wheezing for life.

The standard medical approach offers no cure for asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.  Patients are told to avoid physical or emotional irritants and given temporary relief with drugs like cortisone and bronchodilator inhalers.  These drugs may cause severe side effects including addiction.  Sadly, heavy uses of common asthma drugs have been linked to a greater risk of death for asthmatic patients.  Many people with respiratory ailments feel condemned to a lifetime of taking drugs.  Others are looking for a better way, and are turning to the drugless healing of Chiropractic.

Chiropractic benefits for asthma and respiratory problems are becoming more common place in our society as more and more people are experiencing the positive effects from care.

A Chiropractor’s objective is to first locate all areas of nerve interference (which is caused from Subluxations) and then set a plan to remove them all.  Many times this nerve interference is directly correlated to the nerve supply needed for lung function.

The fact that nearly half of all children with asthma will become symptom free before they become adults (“they grow out of it”) demonstrates that the body has a natural healing ability which is capable of affecting the course of the disease.  There is an intimate connection between the spinal column, the nervous system and our lungs.  We have an innate intelligence within our nervous systems that continually regenerates our bodies only if the messages can travel from the brain through our spine and to the rest of our body.

If you or a family member suffers with asthma and would like the opportunity to stop the chronic use of drugs call us to begin living a healthier life.

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living 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)

ADHD and Chiropractic

     The first issue to deal with is the occurrence of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).  There are numerous children given this diagnosis in our society.  One study showed that 1 in 20 children in North America are diagnosed with ADHD while one in 2000 in Great Britain.  Are our kids worse than kids in Great Britain?   I don’t think so.  The European tendency is to give more weight to social causes and a reluctance to rely on medication.

The International Narcotics Control Board found numerous regions in North America where up to 20% of all students were diagnosed with ADHD and were on Ritalin or other psychotropic drugs.  They also documented that 80% of these were in boys.

A study done at McGill University showed that 75% of the children diagnosed with ADHD were tested by laypeople and not by health care professionals.  These laypeople informed the doctors of the diagnosis and asked that the children be placed on Ritalin or other psychotropic drugs.  This in itself should be alarming.

How many children right now are on these drugs in our community needlessly? How many are potentially in harm’s way?  How many of the kids are normal-developing children that parents and teachers just cannot keep up with?  Are we drugging these children because we can’t move at their pace?  Are we simply slowing down their brains with drugs, just so we can keep up?

Many children have food or environmental allergies that parents are not aware of.  Apart from the changed behaviour, there are other common symptoms associated with ADHD; sinus congestion, headaches, asthma, frequent colds, constipation, etc.  Referral for testing needs to be a part of care for these children.

These children usually have had some type of early life trauma to their spine that has created subluxations.  These subluxations block off nerve supply from the brain to the body and decrease vital communication for proper body function and activity.  All children, especially those diagnosed with ADHD, need to have a spinal exam to determine their level of nerve function.

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living 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)

The Triangle of Life

In my office, many times I demonstrate health by using the simple shape of a triangle.  Friends say I should use a square as it has four equal sides and angles to demonstrate the ultimate equilibrium or homeostasis of the body, functioning and the subsequent result of health.  The four corners could be likened to the four pillars of health (nutrition, fitness, body biomechanics and positive mindset).   Other friends say I should use the circle as in life, everything comes ‘360’ meaning if you eat crap, move like crap or treat your body like crap –  you yield sickness, disease and a early demise.

In support of the triangle, I propose life and health are simpler than a square and a circle.  How so?  Well, in my 12 years of private practice I have found that patients are either moving towards health or away from health.  There is no middleground.  There is no plateau.  It is that simple.  Your moving up or down – it’s based on your life choices.

If you take care of your health: upwards movement from the base (time), you will have a larger peak.  That is until God decides to take you home (ultimate decline) of which you can not stop.  Now you can make your triangle as big as you want which would equal a better quality and quantity of health and life.  Otherwise a life of poor choices will typically have a smaller triangle of life compared to your optimal potential triangle.  Meaning that the better you care for yourself the closer you will reach the largest size of your optimal potential triangle.

I believe God wants you to achieve this.  However every decision of ill health, will cut your apex earlier and cause a steady decline and ultimately shortening your triangle’s base (time on this Earth).

Am I getting too deep for you?

Good.  Now what if you choose to ignore health and ‘just live your life?’  In fact, if you choose to ignore your health – that itself is a choice of self destruction.  We were created to eat, move and prosper.  We were not created to stay static and motionless.  Yet if you eat garbage, have a sedentary lifestyle and ignore the maintenance of your body, your triangle will most definitely shrink.

What if you compare your triangle to another person’s triangle?  Guess what?  This doesn’t work, because only God can gauge the optimal triangle potential of each person. Thus forget comparing yourself to others and focus on being the best YOU possible.  Keep moving forward, upward and make your Triangle of Health as large as you possible can!

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living 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)