You can be the Judge!

      Published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Dr. Sean Hannon’s article reviewed numerous studies published in the research literature showing that chiropractic care has a direct effect on the function of our bodies.  Think about this for a minute.  Could this improve your overall quality of life?  Perhaps you would tire less easily, sleep more soundly, move easier, walk faster, overcome illnesses quicker, become stronger, etc.

     MOVE EASIER:  Numerous papers showed chiropractic care improved range of motion, muscle tone, and muscle strength.

     IMMUNE SYSTEM:  Other studies have shown that chiropractic care has an effect on how effectively our immune system’s cells destroy invaders, that it can affect some of the stress hormones and even increase beta-endorphin levels.  You should be getting the picture, by reducing interference to the way your nervous system works, chiropractic care can actually help the body work more efficiently.  It improves physiological function overall.

     HEART AND LUNGS:  Research has now shown that chiropractic care reduces pulse pressure and reduces heart rate.  This effect can potentially reduce heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases by increasing cardiac reserve and nutrient supply to cardiac muscles.  Other effects on cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function have been studied revealing that chiropractic can improve aerobic capacity, lung volume and pulmonary function.

     PERFORMANCE:  Research using athletes has shown changes in agility, balance, kinaesthetic perception, power, and speed reaction as well as improvement in muscle strength, long jump distance, and capillary counts.  This will obviously translate into overall improved performance in other areas of life, just not athletics.

 

Chiropractic care offers many benefits and can improve the quality of you health.  Contact us today to see how we can help you.

 

“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)

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)

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)

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)