Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

May 10, 2017

Consumer Reports: Real Relief from Back Pain

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I keep forgetting to mention that the current issue of Consumer Reports features a cover story on back pain. It is a very good review of what most of mainstream medicine recommends, and therefore what most people are doing – the lack of effectiveness, cost, and risks associated with that approach. And it covers alternative methods of addressing back pain, the proven effectiveness (which is why it is the cover story), cost savings, and safety. All of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog long (and if you search any of the key words in this Post you will find many posts – there are over a thousand here – on that subject).

Two things are interesting to me about the article: what is right in plain sight, but missed entirely due to mindset; and how, still, the recommendations regarding how to bend and lift are erroneous – harmful even.

First, the mindset thing. Modern medicine is about treating symptoms: some will argue that but just look at what is said and what is the object of all the focus – back pain (a symptom) in this case, but it is everywhere all of the time if you look. And while they fairly accurately talk about the causes, they fail to conclude that substantially addressing these causes would be a means of preventing the symptom. Instead they point out, for example, that abnormal findings on X-rays is common among people who do not suffer with back pain. (That should be a clue, why isn’t it?)

Secondly, but related, is this whole business of correct bending and lifting technique – how could they get it so thoroughly wrong so consistently. How could they not connect the dots – remember the ‘they’ is the authoritative bodies of professional experts spewing opinions, guidelines, and recommendations (shifting gazillions of dollars within the economy)… but let’s not go down the cynical path.

I share all of this because we have a copy in the reception room – with the best parts highlighted (be me:-). Read it, but ignore the part about how to bend and lift, and talk with me about that.

DrD

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.

 

January 24, 2017

She couldn’t wait to tell me…

The first patient in the office this morning said that she was amazed at what happened when she practiced the breathing exercise I gave her on her last visit.

Patients show up, usually, with some ache or pain. Once that is dealt with there are often underlying or other issues that come up; stress-related tension is common.

For that and many other reasons we often teach people how to breath, if they are interested. How to breath, so you can relax, so you will be less tense, so you can hold your chiropractic adjustments, so you will feel better: it all goes together.

Anyway, I gave her the most basic of breathing instructions; the same one I give every patient, every tai chi student, and anyone else that cares to listen (It is probably on the Blog somewhere in fact.). She tried it, and…

Almost immediately fell asleep.

(She was pleasantly stunned and amazed.)

 

January 8, 2017

Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor

The Val-U-Pak coupons came in the mail last week; I just throw them in Helen’s IN basket. Today I saw that she had pulled one out and put where I could find it: “5 Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor” – I had to read it.

And now I am compelled to share my thoughts on it with you – no, I am not going to address the marketing dynamics, or the low ball offer, and all that that implies. But let’s just look at the tips and go from there.

Tip #1:  Get a thorough consultation – Make sure your doctor truly listens to your problems and concerns. Now who going to argue with that: not me. (Falls under ‘goes without saying’ though I know it may not be what many patients have encountered in the offices that they have visited, chiropractic or otherwise.)

Tip #2: Detailed Computerized Examination – The doctor should provide you with access to the latest technology. Gosh that sounds good on the face of it, doesn’t it? All I can say it think this one through, all the way through. The trouble for patients is that they are way over their head when it comes to this and are ripe for picking for those who with less than stellar ethics.

Tip #3: On-Site X-Ray Facility – see your problems for the most effective care. This presupposes quite a bit. Nowadays it is pretty well recognized that most of the time the problems that we chiropractic doctors are addressing directly are safely and effectively addressed without having to expose the patient to either the radiation risks, or the expense of x-rays. Sometimes we do, then, having an on-site x-ray facility makes sense. The most “effective” care is the care the gets the results both the patient and doctor want in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money, and in the safest way possible. I would put ‘see’, ‘problems’ and ‘most effective’ in quotes and go from there:-)

Tip #4: Report of Clinical Findings – Prior to receiving care, you should know what’s wrong, if they can help, how long the process will take, and how much it will cost. Great ideal, but this promises more that any of us can deliver. First, you should know if the chiropractor believes that you have the problem/condition that chiropractors’ attempt to prevent, correct, or manage and if they think that it is safe to address it in the way that they specifically work. And those, by the way, are the two questions that the doctor is trying to answer in the consult and exam: do they have the problem we fix; and would it be safe to fix it the way we fix things around here? That is the “if they can help” part. But don’t be fooled – it isn’t if they can help. It’s if they think that they can help. We don’t really know if we can help for sure until we try. Which leads to how long the process will take: no one knows! In our office we make the following “promise”: that the patient will feel different in two weeks and better in four weeks. We offer that knowing full well that the vast majority will feel different and better before they get to the door to leave on their first visit. BUT, there is no guarantee! I tell them that’s the promise, and that that way if results come quickly chiropractic is a hero, if not, we are still on schedule weeks into it – it’s a reality check. Patients bring us spinal conditions that have been developing, often pain-free, for years (sometimes decades). They have developed degenerative changes, habits, lifestyles, and other conditions that affect recovery. But we live in a society that expects instant results, so… it’s an attempt to interject the truth about their conditions seriousness and the potential limitations to recovery.

Tip #5: Education – it is critical to be instructed on how to get better faster, stay better longer, and achieve maximum results for less money. Yep. And I dedicated a whole Category of our office Blog to “Be Careful Who You Listen To”. In our office we offer the following basic education to all patients, not all want all of it, some don’t want any; some want some of it, but it is always offered: (a) The problem(subluxation): how it was created, what makes it worse, and what makes it better; (b) Our solution (the adjustment via the Activator Method) to restoring function to the joints; this includes the use of basic back first aid tricks, such as the proper use of ice; (c) how their lifestyle might be the cause of or a contributing factor, and what they might be able to do about it; (d) how to correctly move and use their back, knees, and shoulders (as a minimum) because often their history is that they do not know – and/or it is revealed in our examination – and moving poorly prevents recovery and promotes relapse; (e) exercises that the patient can do at home to promote joint motion in the joints that we had to adjust, so they can go longer between visits. From there, and not before covering that ground, we will go into strengthening, flexibility, balance or coordination exercises addressing whatever is revealed as the weak areas, or according what will help the patient hold their adjustments longer.

So, for $38, you can have a posture analysis (computerized no doubt), consultation, examination and two X-rays, and save $172 – and you can get $10 off a one hour massage to boot! And… well, stop by the office if you want this coupon (it’s first come – first served).

I hope that my comments were helpful to you and that you choose a chiropractor that delivers on all their promises and gives you all the results that you seek. Happy New Year!

 

December 27, 2016

2016 Questions & Answers

Some of these questions came up only once; others come up now and then, but I thought it would be nice to cover them for those who wonder.

  1. Yes, we do take new patients. A patient asked this question a while back, saying that she thought we were so busy and had been here for so long (30 years) that we probably couldn’t take new patients any more. We do.
  2. No, I will not teach you how to use the Activator Instrument if you find one to buy on eBay. A patient did actually ask.
  3. Yes, we are open on Fridays. Our hours changed many years ago – there was a time when we were closed on Fridays. Now our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sometimes, though rarely, I come in on a Saturday; if that is the only thing that will work for you just call and let us know, we will work something out.
  4. Our fee, when you pay us at the time of service, cash, is $43. That’s right, only $43. We don’t money to be the reason you don’t get the care you need. We ‘fiddle’ with that for kids – usually, if we charge at all for kids, it’s $20. (We certainly don’t want money to be the reason you don’t get the kids the care that they need!!)
  5. Yes, we sell Biofreeze. And the folks who regularly buy it here, as well as the random stranger who buys it, say that our prices are great. I wouldn’t know; I don’t know what everyone else charges.
  6. Yes, we sell Kangen water machines. This Blog has about a dozen Posts on the subject of water and we routinely recommend it and the machine that makes it. There is no healthier water – though sometimes it is actually too healthy (Like everything else, powerfully healthy choices are best made by reasonably healthy people. People who are very sick can not just blindly change to what would otherwise be a very healthy habit. Seek professional advice!) P.S. – we strive to make what we offer the very best in it’s class. So whether it is Activator Method chiropractic care, tai chi (exercise), JuicePlus+ (supplements) or Kangen water, as far as I know, there is no better (healthier, more effective) choice: and usually whatever is in second place is way back there! When we say that we take your health seriously, we are not kidding.

There are going to be other questions – I will add them as I think of them:-)

Happy New Year!

DrD

March 15, 2016

One Simple Change: The Path That Leads To Health

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Right now – right this very minute – you are somewhere on the spectrum between perfect health and… dead.

More than that, you are moving along that spectrum – in one direction or the other.

If you are someone who wants to move in the direction of health, there are five or six simple changes (physical, chemical or mental/emotional), any ONE of which you could make, that would leverage all your time, energy and money to make huge gains in a (relatively) short time toward your goal: more health.

One Simple Change is an event held in our office now and then. The next event is Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. We will be joined by Carolyn Carman, who is a Health and  Wellness Coach with much valuable experience. There you will learn about simple changes that change everything. Understanding these choices will help you to choose which moves you might want to make to move yourself along that spectrum in the right direction. Her and I have done all the work so that your job becomes much easier and simpler. (We know that you and your situation are unique, and so should your choices be, but… these things can be organized into groups and categories… and we have done that for you.)

The last time we held this event no one contacted me to say they were attended and I cancelled it. Then, on the day of the event, I found out that there were many people who wanted to attend, and planned to attend – they just hadn’t mentioned it. Don’t be that person; be the person who calls or emails to let me know that you want to attend. That way we can manage the crowd and confirm the date.

February 26, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.19

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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.

19. Helps to maintain weight loss – unlike dieting.

(Search “weight loss” (click here, I have already done it for you!) or better yet, the “If-You-Want-To-Lose-Weight?” series of Blog Posts to learn more…)

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.

February 23, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.17

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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.

17. Helps you relax. (more than 20 Posts…)

(This might be a good time to think of the “industrial athlete” point of view in the prevention of job-releated injuries.) I have been focused on that here for the past five years: if you are interested search this Blog for related terms.

(This might be a good time to point out, once again, that Tai Chi is the perfect exercise! Our tai chi is a complete system, with an exhaustive syllabus, a focus on practicality, and a long list of superior teachers from around the world. Traditional Tai Chi Chuan includes a lineage that links it’s teaching to the famous tai chi people of the past and a school of instructors committed to transmitting authentic teachings, based on the principles found in the Tai Chi Classics.)

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 15, 2015

Stocking Stuffers

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Here at the Everett Chiropractic Center you have many great choices for stocking stuffers. They include as a small sample:

Biofreeze (gel, roll-on, or spray)
Ice Packs
JuicePlus+ Complete (in individual servings)
JuicePlus+ Snack Bars
Gift Certificates for Chiropractic care

And, of course, there is all of Helen’s jewelry to chose from too!

Pick something up for your family and friends when you are in the area or on your next visit to the office.

Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

DrD & Staff

December 14, 2015

Sleep: File Under “Good To Know”

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Which would you rather have?

October 9, 2015

Research Worth Knowing About if You Are a Coffee Drinker

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“these results suggest that coffee polyphenol consumption improves postprandial hyperglycemia and vascular endothelial function, which is associated with increased GLP-1 secretion and decreased oxidative stress in healthy humans.”

That business of flow-mediated dilation (FMD) is important and one of the big reasons for taking JuicePlus+ Vineyard Blend, in particular: when it comes to vascular health, you can’t beat the berries:-)

October 5, 2015

A Little Something You Might Not Know About Baking Soda And Kidney Health

From the Juice Lady!

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