Physical Symptoms: How and why do they appear?

Why do symptoms keep coming up when I have been doing really healthy things for a while now? I hear this all of the time. One thing to know is that a symptom may have been lurking for years and now after stressing your body’s systems for months, years or even decades, it has now presented itself.

Pain and symptoms can go away easily if you start making necessary changes in your life but just because you have a really good week doesn’t mean that the symptoms are gone for good. Lifestyle changes are necessary for long term results.

Think of dieting. If you diet for one month and lose a bit of weight but go back to your old eating habits, you will gain the weight back quickly. That is also how the body works. Even though you have eaten really well and even exercised a bit, once the body is stressed, it will present a symptom.

Here is a great video that explains how symptoms happen and what can be done:

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Research Shows Stress Hides In Your Body: How Chiropractic Can Help!

Stress hides in the body.  If it is not forced out it will stay and get comfortable making you uncomfortable.

“The type of stress that human beings are under really differs from animals in the wild” according to Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D who wrote the book “Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.  Animals in the wild normally encounter stress for around 3 minutes and then it is over or they end up deceased. But we are human beings and we have different types of stress.  For instance a demanding boss, work deadlines, unpaid bills, children to look after or elderly parents that need care on top of all of the other daily duties someone may have going on.

Stress left unattended and not taken care of will lead to symptoms.  Here are some of the places you will see symptoms and how chiropractic can help.

1. Hormones: When stressed, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol.  It can lead to memory loss, depression, and causes swelling in the body.

2. Your Hair: Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that chronic stress contributes to heart attacks by conducting a study on individuals admitted to the hospital who had heart attacks and took hair samples from each.  They found higher levels of cortisol on these individuals which affirmed their hypothesis.

3. Your Nervous System: When you’re stressed, your sympathetic nervous system kicks in which elevates the same hormones used primitively when we were cave people.  This system is called “fight or flight” sharpens your vision, pumps your blood faster, makes you breathe faster and puts your muscles in active mode ready to flee or protect yourself.

The amount of stress each person has can lead to different levels but most times it leads to tightness in the neck, shoulders and back.  It can also lead to constipation/diarrhea, headaches, loss of sleep etc.  All of these areas and basically any area of the body are controlled by the nervous system.

4. Your Gut
Stress can even alter the way your body processes fat, causing you to store more acid in your abdomen.  This leads to acid reflux heartburn and pain in the abdomen.

So how does chiropractic help with this?  Well, we don’t only help people with athletic injuries and neck and back pain.  Those are things that we have great success with but when we administer our treatment we ignite the power of your nervous system to work at its best.

The nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is connected to all of the organs, muscles and basically anything in the body.  Stress builds up and tries to hide in these areas but once treatment has been administered to the spinal cord, the stress can clear its way out.  That is the amazing thing about what we do!   Not to mention, I use a machine that tracks stress in the body and tells me where it is so I can monitor it and track progress through care.

My sports background allows me to help with injuries and pain but while we are working on that, we might as well work on YOU to make sure you are getting the most out of life as stress free as you can be!

Dare To Dream? 5 Letters To Help You Gain Optimal Health

I was at the gym the other day and heard someone say their head was stuffy and they were tired.  They said they were sick.

Did you know that a “cold” is in your system for 3 days before you have a symptom?  So, this means that you were “sick” for 3 days before you even had a symptom appear.  Some of the ways our body’s react to an antigen in our system fights it off by sinus drainage, fever, vomiting, diarrhea.  So when we are feeling “sick” our body is actually working the way it should and is very healthy doing exactly what it needs to get this virus, bacteria etc. out of our body so it can function as it should.  A big problem occurs when people want to stifle this and take decongestants, anti-diarrhea medication.  What this does is allow this ailment to stay in the body longer leading to a decreased immune system.  I get it, we all have jobs but taking a sick day to take care of yourself is really necessary to regenerate or it can lead to being sick longer or having your symptoms increase making you unable to go to work at all.

So what is it to really being healthy, is it how we feel or how we function?

Health is really when all of our systems (reproductive, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, urinary, skin) are running optimally.  Not just when we are in pain or discomfort.  The symptoms come up after one of the systems has finally broken down from lifestyle stress.

Here are some examples of problems people have that they don’t think are health problems:

1. Insomnia – The brain doesn’t relax so the body doesn’t relax.

2. Fatigue: –  You get home from work and are exhausted, wake up but are still really “sleepy”.  You need coffee throughout the day to stay awake.

3. Frequent Aches and pains – Neck, back pain, headaches…everyone gets them right?  Not really, this is a sign of something not working right.

4. Digestive issues – Heartburn, acid reflux, constipation.  Your body needs the right foods, exercise and relaxation.  This is a sign that your organs are stressed.

5. Mood changes – Anger, negativity, worrying…this is a sign that you are under too much stress and you need to find a way to get rid of stress.

6. Skin issues – Hives, discolorations, bumps…this can be an allergy or stress related.

Doesn’t everyone have those things?  Well, no and even if it is common, it doesn’t mean it is normal or healthy.  We live in a society that eats out frequently, or if not eating out, eat foods with pesticides and additives.  We also sit for long hours at a time at a desk or in front of a television.  So, if there are a lot of people with the above mentioned, it is only because of our lifestyle.  These problems were not common to our grandparents.

Symptoms are our body’s alarm system telling us that something is wrong and letting us know that we need to lay off of something for a while.

Ignoring symptoms can lead to more serious problems.  You will probably notice your body giving you slight discomfort long before a full blown problem arises. Ignoring it won’t make it go away, it will only wait until it can’t take anymore and give you discomfort that you can not tolerate any longer.

So what is it like to DREAM with health?  Dream stands for

D: diet, digestion
R: Rest/good sleep
E: exercise
A: Alignment and Function
M: Mental health/relationships

These are all necessary for optimal health.  If any one of these areas are abused, the body will eventually respond.

I like to take the full-body approach to health and give guidance anywhere I can to help every one of my patients understand how every action they take in life will correlate with their health.  Once you know what to do to keep your body healthy, you will take the steps necessary to be able to work, spend time with family and enjoy life the way you should!

The only thing you are in control of is your health.  It is the most precious asset in your life.  Without it, you life will not be as full-filled as you would like and you may have to settle for a life that you did not envision.  The decisions and actions you decide on in life will either “make you” or “break you”.  Most people when I ask them what there goals are tell me excellent health.  Getting to excellent health takes hard work, dedication and time.  You are worth it!

Bad Posture Effects Your Mind As Well As Your Body

I remember my mom always on me about sitting up straight on my chair and not looking down when I was walking.  I thought this was just because it didn’t look good so I listened.  However many people don’t listen and work 8+ hours at a computer with bad postural habits.

Slouching is bad for you. It’s bad not only for your physical health because your spinal muscles send messages back to the brain and these are altered with misalignments, but also for your emotional well being as well.

Sitting with your computer eye level instead of looking down is helpful.  Sitting to standing desks help but you still need to be conscious of how you are standing and how you are sitting.

Poor posture may not get you right away but in time it can cause back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, breathing limitations, arthritic joints, digestive problems and mood disturbances. It can also create a bad impression when interviewing for a job, meeting new people and other people’s impressions of you when watching you move about.

Researchers have shown that poor posture can even leave you vulnerable to street crime. Many years ago it was shown in a study where women who walked sluggishly with head and eyes on the ground were much more likely to be mugged than those who walked briskly and purposely with head pointed forward and looking alert.

We have gravity pushing on our body at all times.  If not aligned properly certain muscles will have to work harder than others to keep us upright. This leads to muscle exhaustion and discomfort.

In a study performed on 110 students at SFU in San Francisco.  50% of the students were told to walk slumped and the others were told to skip while walking down the hall, the skippers had a lot more energy throughout the day.

Any repetitive or prolonged position “trains” the body’s muscles and tendons to shorten or lengthen.  This puts a lot of stress on your joints and can reshape them until they are retrained again.   Just as walking in high heels can shorten the plantar fascia and achilles tendon,  slouching while sitting  for hours or standing will eventually lead to permanently rounded shoulders and upper back which I am sure if you live in Slicon Valley, you see a lot of.

Although early humans spent most of their waking hours walking, running and standing, today in developed countries, 75 percent of work is performed while sitting.  Then after work, people either take work home and are on the computer or watch television seated so more hours with slouching.  The more you live a sedentary life, the easier it is to have body discomfort.

“Text neck,” a term coined by a Florida chiropractor, Dean L. Fishman, is a repetitive stress injury resulting from hours spent with the head positioned forward and down while using electronic devices. This leads to tight muscles in the back of the neck and upper back. People who lean forward while sitting may be inclined to clench their jaws and tighten their facial muscles, causing headache and TMJ.

Leaning forward or slouching can also reduce lung capacity by as much as 30 percent (this may be why there is a rise in C-paps).  This reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, according to Dr. Rene Cailliet, a pioneer in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

Additionally, slouching or sitting in a rounded position compresses the abdominal organs putting stress on them and decreasing normal digestion and bowel function.

Improving posture requires a conscious effort and often strengthening and flexibility exercises to correct muscular imbalances, according to Nick Sinfield, a British physiotherapist. For example, exercises that strengthen the core, buttocks muscles and back extensors help correct a slouching posture, he said.

So, in conclusion, the habits your mom instilled in you as a child can be helpful to your body and mind.

8 Ways You Can Slow Down the Aging Process; Can We Anti-Age?

We are animals and animals age.  It can not be avoided, however, we can remain healthy, look younger and have a high quality of life while we begin to get into our older years.

You can slow down the aging process but you can’t stop aging.  There is no “Anti-Aging” remedy.

Here are some tips on how to keep your body as young as you can inside and out:

Drink a Lot of Water

The human body consists of 60% water and working out, stress, and daily routines use up our water in the body so we need to add more. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. You will go to the bathroom more each day but it is good for you.  Accurate amounts of water in your body keeps your internal organs hydrated and working properly.  Your digestive system and bowels need water to work adequately.  Your skin also needs water to stay smooth and flexible and look healthy.

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay young and feel great about yourself.   It helps your heart and gives you more energy.   Cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week is recommended. Experts say getting your heart pumping at about 90% of its maximum rate (220 minus your age) for 15 to 60 minutes is best but I found in my athletic career that going about 70% will keep you more injury free.  Also, for those of you who like to walk, 30 minutes a day can add years to your life.  Swimming is also great.  It is a great aerobic exercise, is easy on the joints and helps with flexibility and muscle strength.

Sleep Well

In today’s busy world, sometimes we forget to do one of the most important things in life that is sleep. Stress at the job or in your personal life keep you up, kids keep you up or you just can’t turn off.  Healing happens when you sleep.  Your body regulates and slows down promoting healing and allowing your muscles and whole body to heal while you are asleep.  Sleep at least 6 hours a day or even better 7 to 8 hours.  It makes a huge difference.


Eating real foods loaded with minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A (carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, peaches, apricots and spinach).  Vitamin C, (oranges, limes and other citrus fruits, green peppers, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes, broccoli). Vitamin E (nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables and oil, liver and vegetables). Proteins like seafood, red meat, grains, eggs.  Proteins should be eaten with each meal but only in portions that are no bigger than the palm of your hand.  Food serves as fuel to your whole body and if you are nutritionally deficient, it will catch up to you.

Quit Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin. It causes wrinkles (especially around the mouth and eyes) and your skin loses elasticity and tone which helps keep it looking young.  Alcohol makes your body dehydrated and decreases the amount of nutrients you absorb into your skin.  This leads to a dry and damaged looking face which obviously makes you look older.

Skin Care Products [Natural]

Too much sun or bad eating habits lead to rougher looking skin.   There are some natural skin care products that are made without pesticides or hormones and are full of antioxidants that help your body eliminate all impurities, so that your skin looks younger and healthier. Oil seed Granada: moisturizes the skin and also reduces inflammation of the same and the appearance of fine wrinkles.

Stress Reduction

Stress is one of the common problems in human life. If we try to manage our stress we might live a better life. Research has shown that mental stress that accelerates the aging process. This makes sense right? We all know when someone is stressed because they look worn down and tired.  Ways reduce mental stress are daily exercise, yoga, deep breathing and meditation.  All can reduce stress, increase oxygen, blood flow and increases our energy levels.

Avoid Excess Sugar

I do not think any of us would ever believe that even sweets can give wrinkles. But the truth is YES! Anything containing sugar definitely make us look ten years older. According to Dr.Brandt sugar accelerates the degeneration of collagen and elastin, the two key skin proteins. In other words, it actually ages. If you want to look younger then it is good that you should avoid taking sugar in your diet. I know most of you can not resist sugar completely, but you can avoid taking too much sugar.  Sugar also leads to diabetes, obesity, fatigue, digestive issues, inflammation in the body and so many other health issues.  The less sugar you eat, the better you will feel and you mood is even effected by sugar.

Like I said, anti aging is not possible, but slowing down the process of aging can happen if you work a little and take care of yourself.

At our Redwood City Chiropractic office we help guide you out of pain and into health.  Call us today!


Exam Using Heat Sensor, EMG and Heartrate, Great Way To Track Health

Click here for a quick video on our advanced diagnostics using Thermograph, Electromyograph and Heartrate Variability.  This is a tool to show us how your body is functioning with or without symptoms: Core Score Technology

Helping you reverse the effects of hidden body stress is what we do best!  Did you know that daily stress, if left unchecked, can affect your body and health? Gaining weight, having trouble sleeping, aging to rapidly, lack of energy can all be related to your stress.  It is also great for anyone involved in an automobile accident to track improvements in the body.

Our office has an easy way to assess your stress and the impact it’s having on your body and health.  It’s called the COREscore™ and can be completed in less than 15 minutes with your initial exam!

This quick & easy, non-invasive test (no radiation or harsh chemicals) identifies those problem areas within your nervous system and spine, and allows us to develop the right care plan for you.  Another benefit of the COREscore™ is that you can view your personal report on-line, anytime, anywhere through our new patient reporting web service.

We are very proud and excited about staying on the leading edge of chiropractic care by offering this service to you and your family.  Contact our Redwood City Chiropractic office today to learn more about how stress is affecting your health and to schedule your COREscore™ appointment.


Animal Therapy Is More Popular At Hospitals

For those of you who may not know, animal visits at hospitals lower blood pressure and help reduce stress during a hospital stay.  Here is a great article I f0und online.  A year and a half ago, Ruth London lay in intensive care in a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla., with severe pneumonia, delirious and hallucinating that she was in jail.

With the permission of a doctor on the unit, Ernest London, 81, cooked up a plan. He would bring the family dog, Delilah, a fluffy white Maltese, to see if the pet could calm his wife down.

At the entrance of the hospital, Mr. London was met by volunteers who stopped him cold. No dogs from home are allowed, they told him. But a call to the doctor was made, and eventually Mr. London and Delilah were allowed to go upstairs.

In the hospital room, the dog ran to Mrs. London’s side and nuzzled her hand. She stirred from her delirium “just a little bit,” Mr. London recalled, and began to remember where she was. “It was a turning point,” he said. “From that point on, she seemed to take a turn for the better.”

“I love that dog. I love her so much,” said Mrs. London, now 74.

It was a one-time deal: after a hurried meeting, hospital staff members decided they wouldn’t allow Delilah to come again, nor would they let other family members bring family pets to see other patients, Mr. London said.

That’s the policy at most hospitals across the country.

But a few medical institutions have taken a different approach and thrown open their doors to patients’ own dogs and cats, letting them visit along with spouses, children and friends. (Lots of hospitals have pet therapy programs using trained dogs, but that’s a different matter.)


The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore lets family pets visit their owners, so long as certain requirements are met, as does the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond; Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; two hospitals associated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and more than a dozen other medical centers.

On Long Island, North Shore University Hospital allows personal pets to stay with patients around the clock in its 10-bed palliative care unit, as does Hospice Inn, a freestanding 18-bed hospice facility that’s part of North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Policies vary at the institutions that allow visits by patients’ pets, but many share some of the same requirements. A doctor’s order allowing the family pet to visit is typically necessary, as is an attestation from a veterinarian that the animal is healthy and up to date on all its shots. Most institutions require that dogs — the most common visitors, by far — be groomed within a day or so of a visit and on a leash when they walk through hospital corridors. Cats must be taken in and out of the institution in a carrier.

If a dog or cat wants to get up on a patient’s bed, a covering is laid down first. If an animal seems agitated or distressed when it comes into the hospital, staff members who meet the family and escort them to the patient’s room have the right to turn it away. If the patient shares a room with someone, that person must agree before a pet may visit.

“We have not had any problems,” said the Rev. Susan Roy, director of pastoral care services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, whose “your pet can visit” policy has been in place since 2008. If anything, she said, the visits can be hard on dogs, who often respond viscerally to an owner’s illness and may take a day or two to recover from a visit.

Rush University Medical Center spent three years studying the issue before its new pet visitation policy went into effect in February. Diane Gallagher, the hospital’s associate vice president of nursing operations, described some of the questions: Would animals transmit infections to patients, or vice versa? What were the liability issues? Could allowing pets to visit interfere with patient care — if, for instance, a family dog became alarmed and protective of the sick person when a doctor, a nurse or a technician came into the room?

In the end, officials decided that the benefits — comfort and reduced stress for patients — were more substantial than the risks.

Although research has shown that hospital therapy dogs can pick up germs and potentially transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous infections, those animals typically wander from room to room, while people’s own pets are expected to stay with the patient they are visiting. If someone has an open wound or an active infection, a visit from a family pet is discouraged, according to most hospital policies.

Research on the value of personal pets visiting patients in the hospital hasn’t been done. One small 2010 study of 10 healthy dog owners by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction found that both unfamiliar and familiar dogs provoked similar reactions: a relaxation response and reduction in blood pressure and levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, according to Dr. Sandra Barker, director of the center and a professor of psychiatry.

But personal anecdotes abound. Anne Mahler, 57, a clinical nurse specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of elder care services in the Boston area, remembers how depressed her elderly father was after breaking a hip and trying to recover in a rehabilitation facility. That institution wouldn’t allow his beloved dog Molly, a springer spaniel, to come to his room, but a visit was arranged in a back room off the lobby.

“My dad sat there sobbing,” Ms. Mahler said. Afterwards, the older man began eating more regularly, his attitude lightened, and he seemed determined to do everything possible to return home to join Molly.

More than 400 seniors live on the long-term care unit at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Roslindale campus, and staff members strongly encourage pet visits, Ms. Mahler said.

Harry Grandis fought off bladder cancer for seven years before finally succumbing to the illness last October at the age of 91. The final year of his life he was hospitalized five times at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and during two of those stays had regular visits from Minnie, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

“Minnie would come into Harry’s room and his eyes would light up,” said Ann Grandis, his widow. “It was like bringing home to him. It just made such a difference.”

Harry returned home to die, and on the last day of his life Minnie lay in bed at his side until close to the end. Now it’s Ann who relies on Minnie and would want her there if anything untoward were to happen. “I would be lost without her,” Ms. Grandi, 70, said. “She’s family.”

References: When Best Friends Can Visit:

Are American’s (United States) Healthy?

According to research, Americans Aren’t Making the Health Grade

The above headline comes from the June 30, 2003 ABC News online. The story is in reaction to a report commissioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians which finds that a full 98 percent of the 1,000 adults polled admit they have at least one of the unhealthy habits they were asked about, such as smoking, not exercising enough, handling stress poorly or eating a less-than-healthful diet.

Among the findings from the study that were listed in the article are:

  • Twenty-six percent said they smoke at least sometimes, and half of these people acknowledged it’s a harmful habit.
  • Only 48 percent said they maintain a healthy weight.
  • About 42 percent of women and 31 percent of men said they aren’t doing well at stress management.
  • Thirty-two percent said they don’t limit dietary fat.
  • Only 25 percent said they work out vigorously five or more hours a week.
  • Thirteen percent said they don’t have time to watch their fat intake, and 47 percent gave no reason for not watching it.

When asked why they continue a habit that’s unhealthy, 24 percent said they lack willpower or self-control, and another 14 percent said stress was to blame. Dr. Michael O. Fleming, a family physician in Shreveport, La., and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which commissioned the health behavior poll made this suggestion, “The main thing is to begin to take things seriously,” Fleming says. People must realize the importance of managing risk factors for disease, he says, or they’ll pay the price, probably sooner than they think.

If you are not feeling like you are as healthy as you could be and want your body to function at its highest level, give us a call.  We cover the full spectrum of wellness care at our Redwood City Chiropractic office.


Tips For Next Years Holiday Season

We all know how important it is to keep yourself as stress free as possible during the holiday season.  The stress of holiday candies, dinners, celebrations and travel can take a toll.   Make sure to eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch, exercise and take a few minutes to slow down take some deep breaths and relax.

The ACA and Precise Moves Chiropractic have some tips to keeping you healthy and limit stress during the holiday season: 

Treat Holiday Shopping As An Athletic Event

  • Stay hydrated! Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. (Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are dehydrators. Don’t substitute them for water.) On shopping days, you may need to drink even more water.
  • Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping or taking those returns back. When you are stressed-out, your muscles are less flexible than usual.
  • Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
  • Make sure your clothing is as comfortable as possible. It’s a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
  • Leave your purse at home. Wear a light fanny pack, or if necessary, a light backpack instead. Pack only those items that are absolutely essential (driver’s license, credit card, etc.).
  • If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

Plan Frequent Breaks Into Your Shopping Day

  • During a day of heavy shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those with less stamina may even need to take breaks more frequently.
  • If possible, obtain a locker. Lockers can help cut down dramatically on how much you have to carry around. You can take a load off by scheduling trips to your locker into your breaks.
  • If your mall or shopping center doesn’t offer lockers, try to plan trips to your car. Don’t carry around more than is absolutely necessary at one time.
  • When taking breaks, try to eat light foods. A salad and some fruit is a much better option than a burger and fries.
  • Skip the coffee break! Coffee and sodas contain caffeine and sugar, which add even more stress to your body. Pass on the designer coffee at the java stand and keep drinking water.

Shopping With Children

  • If at all possible, DO NOT bring children along on a holiday shopping trip. Most children simply do not have the stamina for such an event, and you and your child will only become frustrated with one another. Don’t add this type of stress to an already stressful situation.
  • Try to split “child duty” up with a spouse or another parent. They’ll watch your kids while you shop, and vice-versa.

Wrapping Your Gifts

  • Since there is no “ideal” position for wrapping gifts, the most important thing to remember is to vary your positions. For example, try standing at a table or countertop for one package, sitting on a bed for another, sitting in a comfortable chair for another, etc.
  • Do not wrap packages while sitting on the floor. Wrapping packages while sitting on a hard floor can wreak havoc on your posture, and should be avoided.
  • Always stretch before and after you wrap gifts.

“When wrapping presents, it’s a good idea to ‘stretch the opposites,'” says Dr. Bautch. “In other words, if you are leaning forward when wrapping your gifts, stretch backward when you are done.”

Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you experience pain or discomfort as a result of holiday shopping, consider calling us for a visit. We can help alleviate your pain naturally, so you can enjoy the holiday season as it was meant to be.

Hope your holidays were wonderful and have a prosperous New Year!


ADHD And Chiropractic… It Works!

FROM:   J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2004 (Oct);   27 (8):   e14 Bastecki AV, Harrison DE, Haas JW

OBJECTIVE: To discuss the case of a patient who was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a general practitioner and was treated with chiropractic care.

CLINICAL FEATURES: A 5-year-old patient was diagnosed with ADHD and treated by a pediatrician unsuccessfully with methylphenidate (Ritalin), Adderall, and Haldol for 3 years. The patient received 35 chiropractic treatments during the course of 8 weeks. A change from a 12 degrees C2-7 kyphosis to a 32 degrees C2-7 lordosis was observed after treatment. During chiropractic care, the child’s facial tics resolved and his behavior vastly improved. After 27 chiropractic visits, the child’s pediatrician stated that the child no longer exhibited symptoms of ADHD. The changes in structure and function may be related to the correction of cervical kyphosis.

CONCLUSION: The patient experienced significant reduction in symptoms. Additionally, the medical doctor concluded that the reduction in symptoms was significant enough to discontinue the medication. There may be a possible connection that correction of cervical kyphosis in patients with ADHD may produce a desirable clinical outcome.

From the Full-Text Article:


There exists in the current biomedical literature an ideal cervical spinal model, [17] which was used as a goal of care in this case study. It is generally known in neurosciences and anatomy that the central nervous system is the master control system of the human body. It controls and coordinates all body and cellular functions. When we look at the literature today, there has been a significant amount of information published about the mechanical forces and tension placed on the spinal structures and cord tracts in various postures. [25-36]

Breig [26] showed the changes in spinal cord biomechanics from abnormal postural positions. We propose that these changes in spinal canal and thus spinal cord position can cause such pathologic states as edema, hypoxia, blood loss, and cellular death. [28-36] It has been reported by some researchers that abnormal putamen and lenticular magnetic resonance imaging and positron-emission tomography have been observed in children with ADHD. [37, 38] The previous refrences [28-36] may give insight to these abnormal scans. The underlying cause of the mechanical and thus physiologic changes in the spinal cord, brainstem, and higher brain centers are related to the abnormal static postural positions of the skull relative to the thorax. [26]

Mechanical compression of nerves can result in microvascular permeability changes in the endoneural capillaries and lead to neural edema and changes in impulse propagation. [28-36] Additionally, it has been shown that gradual decompression of nerve roots can restore the intrinsic blood flow. [36] Because the parents reported no other major traumatic injuries to the child other than a difficult birth, we propose that the cause of the abnormal spinal configuration was a result of difficult labor. Because of the vast amount of information concerning abnormal nerve function caused by mechanical stress in neck flexion (kyphosis), [26, 39, 40-45] it stands to reason, because his neck configuration was kyphotic, that the child’s nervous system was not functioning properly. Through the restoration of normal biomechanical structure and curvature, these abnormal stresses and strains were removed from the cord, which led to the improvement in function.

There exists a large amount of literature on ADHD. This literature is generally pharmacologic and behavioral in nature. Many theories of causality and subsequent treatment have been put forth. However, because chiropractors are not authorized in most states to prescribe drugs, the pharmacologic information has little bearing for chiropractors. The chiropractors who treat patients with ADHD should, however, familiarize themselves with the current diagnostic and treatment protocols used by physicians. Medication may have an effect on treatment outcomes and may be an important factor in proper management of this condition. [1-15] It should be noted that these references are nowhere near a complete review of the literature on ADHD.

It is possible that the farther we move from the Harrison ideal spinal model, [17] the greater the neurologic stress from abnormal stress and strain on the spinal cord. [26] Restoring the cervical lordosis could be the most critical aspect of any chiropractic care protocol or clinical intervention. With specific mirror image adjusting, mirror image traction, and mirror image postural exercise, cervical curve restoration is now a possible outcome. [18-21]

Several limitations of this study include: (1) a possibility that there was spontaneous remission of the ADHD symptoms and that chiropractic care had no relevance to the symptom remission; (2) the patient may have been misdiagnosed by the medical doctor; and (3) the patient’s parents may not have been reporting the retrospective symptoms accurately, giving a false sense of improvement. Because this is a case report, further research is needed to determine the true effects of CBP protocol on patients suffering with ADHD.

This case study shows that spinal correction using the CBP approach may have effects much greater than relief of musculoskeletal conditions. Altered spinal biomechanics associated with abnormal posture clearly relate to significant neurological stress and malfunction. This is particularly evident when considering the effects on the brainstem and the autonomic nervous system.