Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 25, 2017

“I had no idea chiropractic was covered by insurance.”

That from today’s new patient. If you know anyone suffering from back pain, neck pain, or headaches (or knee pain, or shoulder pain, or… or…), you would be doing them a great service to mention that chiropractic might help them.

A chiropractic patient is qualified as a chiropractic patient because they need chiropractic care, not because of their complaints, or lack of complaints.

We look for a condition that is often no painful – it will likely eventually become painful. It may be painful, it may not. The condition we look for and attempt to prevent, correct, or manage is a progressive condition: it will get worse if it is left uncared for. It will lead to degenerative changes, eventually. And this process will lead to disease labels.

If a patient waits too long, there may be little that chiropractic care can do. But you will not know that without an examination, and usually a trial of care.

And if someone you know, work with or are related to is suffering, does have the condition that chiropractors look for and correct, and does not get chiropractic care, there is a good chance that, symptom relief or not, they will still have that condition afterwards. By this I mean medication, physical therapy, massage, may give symptomatic relief; if may not correct the underlying condition causing the symptoms.

It is an old story. We who have been telling it for decades tend to assume everyone knows it. But like insurance coverage, which has been standard for chiropractic care since the early 70’s, not everyone knows.

You need to tell them.


July 5, 2017

Maybe you too?

“I feel amazing” she said. And “doing stuff that I haven’t done in years… and on my knees too!”

When I met this patient in December of last year, it was: “I sometimes have to pull over…” while driving due to knee pain. She said that her back was “always really tight” and it had been that way for two years.


She is going a month between visits. She knows how to brace and breathe, and how to bend and lift, as well as get up and down off the ground. She does the exercises to keep the joints that I adjust moving between visits; and she is helping her husband build a 40 foot deck – with no pain anywhere!

This is a woman who has had back surgery for lower back disc herniations – twice.

Not every patient does this well. Not all chiropractors check and adjust hip, knee, and ankle/foot joints. But all chiropractors who use the Activator Method properly can check all the joints. If you need help finding a decent chiropractor in your area, just let me know. Maybe I can help.

And if you are within striking distance of Everett, WA., then give us a call at (425) 348-5207.

June 6, 2017

Hearing What Isn’t Said


Yesterday a new patient with a fairly typical bad low back story, told me that he wasn’t much for going to doctors. His current episode of back pain was just about over – the pain was worse when he made the appointment – and he is getting good physical therapy (they recommended he come here).

He had already told me about his lifestyle, which is good: diet conscious – with a full garden, fit, and active – a thoughtful guy. I suggested that there is another way to think of doctoring when it comes to chiropractic: more like exercise, something that he would never think of starting and then not continuing in the sense that he might not want to continue “going to doctors.”

It was an attempt on my part. Today my first phone message was him saying that he has had a change of heart, and cancelling his next appointment.

It occurs to me that he heard something that I did not say, namely that, like exercise, he would need to come in for chiropractic care often (like exercise). He missed the point, failed to stay in the conversation long enough to get clarification, and may end up missing out on the benefits of chiropractic care.

After that message my first patient arrived. A guy who started his care here 7 weeks ago and has no symptoms at all now – hasn’t for weeks. He has been shown and is compliant with doing the things that will help him hold his adjustments (keep the joints that I adjust moving properly). He was shown how to properly bend and lift (knee rule, neutral spine, and hip hinge) and how to get up and down off the ground safely (knee rule) – something that he needed. And he as been given the exercises he needs to work on spinal stabilization (core strength) if he wants to.

He now goes two weeks between visits, and soon will be going a month between visits. It is possible that someday he will go three months between visits, enjoying little to no symptoms, and fully confident that every day he is using his back properly and maintaining his health. He is using chiropractic like exercise: regularly, and for the right reasons.


February 9, 2017

A Nice Article on Sleep and Injury


This is from the Advocate, a newsletter of the Adler-Giersch law firm. It is a good review, and might contain information not familiar to you.



November 30, 2016

Something To Think About


November 9, 2016

Chiropractic IS Effective, Cost-Effective, and Safe


Bishop, et al. (2010) The Chiropractic Hospital-based Interventions Research Outcomes (CHIRO) Study: a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines in the medical and chiropractic management of patients with acute mechanical low back pain. The Spine Journal 10: 1055-64


“This is the first reported randomized controlled trial comparing CPG-based treatment, including spinal manipulative therapy administered by chiropractors, to family physician-directed usual care in the treatment of patients with acute mechanical low back pain.”

“Compared to family physician-led usual care, full clinical guidelines-based treatment including chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition specific functioning.”

September 28, 2016

This Week’s Trend in Low Back Pain

Things always seem to happen in series: not too long ago there was a series of patients presenting who had ‘I fell’ stories; this past week it was, “I was just putting on my socks”, then “I just bent over to pick up my shoes”, then, “I was putting on my pants when…”.

It occurs to me to share a few just-before-getting-out-of-bed-in-the-morning tricks. These will prepare your back for getting up and (whether you get up correctly/safely or not), will increase the likelihood that you will not experience back pain then or shortly thereafter. I will also share a little wisdom on what to do and what not to do immediately after getting out of bed; and how to do it.

So you have just woken up, and you are thinking of getting up out of bed. First, take minute to practice ‘bracing’. We teach new patients how to do that, it is easy enough to learn; and it is a basic skill for safely performing many of the other activities of your day. Here is your chance to rehearse it a little.

Then pull the covers off your legs and bend one knee and then the other so both feet are flat on the bed. Then extend one leg so the foot is up in the air – gently. Next flex and extend the foot/ankle a few times and gradually flex the toes toward your knee. When you have done that a few times comfortably, gently allow the straightened, now vertical or nearly so, leg to come back toward your head.

Do that on both sides several times, then put the ankle of the up leg over the bent knee of the other leg. Let’s say it’s the right ankle over the left knee; now let the knee/ankle combination gently lower to the left, then gently lower to the right.

By now you should be getting the idea: ‘gently’ is a guiding principle and necessary component of this procedure. When you are all done with that, get up. (I will cover how to do that safely tomorrow… .)


June 28, 2016

“It already feels a lot better.”

That was the comment a patient made as she left the office today.

I saw her once last year, and had not seen her at all this year. I wouldn’t have seen her today except that her regular exercise class teacher was out a couple weeks ago and the substitute teacher was a young ambitious guy and she ‘just had to try and keep up with him.’

At 79 years old these things are to be expected.

Especially if you have been a chiropractic patient since the age of 17 (1954). That’s when she first came in to this office (well it was Haynes-Thompson Chiropractic then, of course). I have only been taking care of her for 30 years.

She was referred in by her husband.

They charged her $18 for that first visit, which included X-rays of her neck, the history, examination and the first chiropractic adjustment.

(Interestingly, that’s only a few dollars less than what Medicare now pays for a visit. But that’s not why I brought it up.)

I share this so that you can connect the dots, and apply the lesson to your own life. This patient lives on her own, doesn’t need a cane or walker, and can exercise with the best of them. Chiropractic care played a role.

February 20, 2016

I Guess It’s True


Have you ever heard that once you go to a chiropractor you will have to keep going?

Well, last week a patient drove over the mountains from eastern Washington (about 4 hours). He arrived in the late afternoon, checked in to a motel and came over to be adjusted.

The next morning he came in again to be checked and was adjusted again. Then he left for home, feeling much better, and walking normally.

He had not been in for 12 years – not since that last time he drove over to get adjusted.

So I guess it’s true, once you go to the chiropractor you have to keep going. (We must have some sort of mystical power over people.)

And for some it’s a lifelong problem

Something to think about.

February 2, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.5



Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

5. Reduces your risk of getting heart disease.

I will Posting a benefit every day from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

I hope this list of benefits of exercise is of help to you.

December 28, 2015

“It’s my favorite [exercise]”


A patient’s comment from last week: this isn’t about what exercise is their “favorite”.

It’s about why any exercise would be a patient’s favorite. (Note: the context is exercises given by us to patient’s, and I have talked about the thinking there here and, in particular, the “why” of the first 5 or 6 exercises we usually recommend to patients.)

Anyway, patients who do the recommended exercises discover two things: the exercises help patients hold their adjustments – which means they help with managing pain (usually) – which means that they can go longer between visits and remain comfortable.

Exercises are not convenient. They take time. But they do produce results if chosen carefully, done correctly, and done for a long enough time (spine exercises are forever!)

Something to think about.

August 27, 2015

“…a colossal disability burden.”

I mentioned a couple of years ago that back pain had become the #1 cause of disability not just in the U.S. but in the world, and shared an article.

Here a more recent analysis of the same data, published in Lancet, June 7, 2015, highlights further the implications for our future.

35,620 sources of data were looked at and among other things they looked at the “years lived with disability (YLD)”.

“The transition to non-fatal outcomes as the dominant sure of burden of disease is occurring rapidly outside os sub-Saharan Africa and will require more and more attention from health systems. Premature death rates are in decline… but the death toll has been replaced by a colossal disability burden. Leading cause of disability in order: Low-back pain, …”. (depression was #2, neck pain #4, anxiety #6, migraines #7, and falls were #9). Lifestyle & age-related conditions are exerting a greater toll with “startling increases” in health loss from diabetes (it was #8), Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis, etc. (Emphasis mine.)

One of the authors says that their findings are “a call to arms for policy makers to put more priority on keeping older people active, diagnosing & treating diseases more quickly and finding new ways of reducing suffering.” (Emphasis mine.)

What does proper chiropractic care and exercise do?

It keeps people active!!

(Notes from the August 22-23, 2015 Applying Cutting-Edge Research to Everyday Practice seminar by Dr. Malik Slosberg, D.C., M.S.) There are 132 pages of research excerpts and a an 11 page addendum current as of “Thursday” included. This is me sharing them with you:-)

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