Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 9, 2018

How Depression Affects Your Thinking Skills

Summary: Typically, many people associate depression with feelings of sadness or despair. However, depression can also affect your cognitive abilities and memory. A new paper reviews the impact depression has on cognitive function and considers therapy options to help improve these often overlooked symptoms of the disorder.

Source: Neuroscience News.

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April 30, 2018

News You Can Use…

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1116637109108&ca=e6b4386d-9203-4043-bdad-835531c164a4

April 16, 2018

Finally, the media is saying it, and it is true…

Some would say that if the national, mainstream, media say it, it must be true.

Others would say that if the mainstream media said it, it can’t be true.

Well, there is a middle ground. Sometimes, some of what the mainstream media says is somewhat true. This article highlights the media, finally, giving some coverage of a national disgrace, a crime actually. But all of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog (search the main topics, or words from the article, here by using the Search box, and you will find many, many Posts covering these very same issues – going back 13 years).

April 10, 2018

Strategy vs Tactics

This is the best explanation I have seen. (No surprise it comes from Seth Godin!)

Why even bother to think about strategy?

There’s confusion between tactics and strategy. It’s easy to get tied up in semantic knots as you work to figure out the distinction. It’s worth it, though, because strategy can save you when tactics fail.

If a tactic fails, you should consider abandoning it.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with your strategy. Your strategy is what you keep doing even after you walk away from a tactic.

A real estate broker could decide that her goal is to get more listings.

And her strategy is to achieve that by becoming the most trusted person in town.

There are then 100 tactics she can use to earn that trust. She can coordinate events, sponsor teams, host community meetings in her office, sponsor the local baseball team, be transparent about her earnings, hire countless summer interns at a fair wage, run seminars at the local library, etc. …

It doesn’t matter if one or two or five of the tactics aren’t home runs. They add up.

But if once, just once, she violates someone’s trust and expectations, the entire strategy goes out the window.

Tactics are disposable.

Strategy is for the long haul.

April 2, 2018

“You have ruined me for using other Chiropractors.”

The words of a patient on Friday.

Nice to know.

March 26, 2018

Fibromyalgia & Tai Chi: Research

http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k851

February 3, 2018

The Opioid Crisis: Who Is/Is Not Guided By The Guidelines?

As far back as 1994, spinal manipulation has been a leading approach for managing low back pain in national care guidelines, and chiropractic care was the only approach that was also noted to improve function. (AHCPR Clinical Guideline #14: Acute Low Back Pain for Adults)

The 2017 American College of Physicians guidelines continued to point to spinal manipulation as a preferred initial non-drug therapy selection for chronic low back pain, along with other chiropractic services such as exercise, mindfulness, and low-laser therapy. (Annual of Internal Medicine; February 24, 2017)

So what percent of medical providers recommend spinal manipulation? Two. (OPTUM Insurance Study 2012 (retrospective review of 16,000,000 musculoskeletal cases)

“259 MILLION opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012 – enough for one bottle for every adult in the U.S. 2016 data suggests that opioid problem is WORSENING, not improving.” (Centers for Disease Control; https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioid-prescribing)

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 12, 2017

Pony Tails and Headaches

http://neurosciencenews.com/headache-ponytails-7065/

 

 

March 3, 2017

Biome on the Brian (Parkinson’s)

It’s been coming for a while; now it’s all the rage. Everyone will have something to say about. Experts will sprout like mushrooms. And everything that isn’t blamed on President Trump will be blamed on disrupting the biome.

Below is an example. And don’t get me wrong: the importance of the biome (new word maybe but it just refers to friendly bacteria in the body) is not news really, it is just getting to be the popular topic as more and more is learned about the details. But how to have a healthy biome and the kinds of things that mess it up – much of it anyway – has been known and spoken of by health advocates for a very long time.

Anyway, here is some news that you can use: http://neurosciencenews.com/microbiome-gut-parkinsons-6191/

Oh, and I forgot to mention, everyone will have something to sell: here, this Post, is the lead-in kind of talk (“microbiota-directed therapies”): http://neurosciencenews.com/microbiota-gut-brain-6183/

JP+ has offered added probiotics in its Capsule products since the beginning over 20 years ago, by the way.

February 3, 2017

Soccer Mom News From Neurosciences.com

I have always told the story about how this issue relates to chiropractic, courts, and car accidents. Here is the latest update from the scientific community:

http://neurosciencenews.com/headers-soccer-concussion-6046/

And if you are saying to yourself, “Well, it’s better than football,” you are right. But being right in this case doesn’t get you the prize – safety.

January 25, 2017

Left Knee Pain

Today a patient wanted me to know that her left knee pain, a pain that she didn’t even tell me about (that part impressed her the most), went away immediately after her last visit – and she hasn’t had that pain since.

Patients often like to hold back from telling me what is bothering them when they come in for any particular visit; and I don’t always  ask. They like to see if I can ‘find’ it without them telling me. Then, when I do, they make a big deal out of that.

When we accept people as patients we try to explain that ours is an “alternative” approach. That we are looking for something (the subluxation complex), and if that have that, they can be a chiropractic patient – as long as it is safe for us to address the subluxation with what we do (in our case the Activator Method). If they do not have that particular condition, they do not qualify as a chiropractic patient; if it wouldn’t be safe to adjust them in the way that we do in this office, they still do not qualify as a chiropractic patient, in this office at least.

Most all of that is lost on most people. They hurt, that is the problem. And they think that it is critically important for them to tell us where they hurt for us to do our job. We go along with the conversation and keep trying to help them understand the difference between a symptom-based approach and the chiropractic approach. First patients have to feel better. We know that. The rest is a bonus.

 

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