Interview in local publication

Dr. Myron Brown featured in this month’s Rock Hill Living (excerpted below with permission)

Dr. Brown originally practiced in West Liberty, Iowa prior to arriving in South Carolina to oversee the academic program in a chiropractic college. As Executive Vice President/Provost he served as second-in-command of the college for more than five years, then resigned from academia and came to Rock Hill, SC to return to private practice in 2008.
A practitioner and educator, Brown teaches the principles and practice of chiropractic internationally and speaks at various events. An innovator in the development of chiropractic instrumentation, Brown’s interests includes writing, clinical practice, education, accreditation, chiropractic history and leadership.

What are the goals of your practice? “We strive to bring the highest quality chiropractic care to people of all ages. To make this a reality we use exclusively chiropractic procedures that are gentle, precise, affordable and effective.”                              A visit to his office in Rock Hill reveals that this mission is being achieved every day. With more than 25 years of practice and teaching experience, Dr. Brown has a proven track record of successful, practical methods.                                                                                              His expertise includes precision upper cervical analysis and adjusting, as well as providing specific full spine care.

Civic Activities: Locally Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation; has served on the City of Rock Hill’s No Room for Racism Committee; and the Coalition for the Homeless; He is also active in and has served in various leadership roles in the Rock Hill Toastmasters Club.

Where did you grow up? How long have you lived in the area? Tell us about your family. I was born in New Jersey and attended college in Iowa where I met my wife, Charlene. We lived and practiced chiropractic in Iowa until 2002 when I was asked to lead the academic program of a chiropractic college in South Carolina.

What is unique about your practice (what sets you apart from the rest)? Our practice provides the highest quality family care. We’ve listed our values on the office website:

Precise — The highest quality in chiropractic means a precise vertebral subluxation correction service.

 Gentle — Chiropractic done right is far more exacting than most people think. The exact adjustment on the specific vertebra, at the right point on that vertebra, and at the right time can be a life-changing experience.

 Meticulous — Monitoring a person’s spine properly to know just when, where, and how much to adjust is important. We use state-of-the-art equipment to be able to know when our adjustments are successful.

 Affordable — We are committed to making the best of chiropractic available to the community. You are free to choose between a regular and a cooperative fee system depending upon which is best for you. 

No insurance required — our practice has a no financial barriers policy. To keep quality high and fees affordable, we do not go under contract with insurance companies. People wishing to use their insurance are able to do so, and they are reimbursed directly by their insurance company.

 Open — Your health care should be a comforting experience. Our family adjusting suite is a reflection of our approach. No closed doors or intimidating, uncomfortable cubicles.

 Given your business expertise and the nature of what you do, what advice (whether general or specific) can you offer to the residents?  I think the single most important step is to teach your children the value of good function and performance by starting them on chiropractic care early in life.

 What else we should know about you, your family, or your practice?   Myron and his wife Charlene reside in Rock Hill. They have two children, Arianna who resides in Knoxville, Tennessee and Jarred, residing near Easley, South Carolina.

Contact information:                                                                                                                          Dr. Myron Brown                                                                                                                              1835 Ebenezer Road                                                                                                                        Rock Hill, SC 29732                                                                                                                        803-366-8100                                                                                                       www.YouNeedChiro.com

 

 

 

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How to weather winter

Winter can be challenging in many ways. The cold weather months test our homes by making furnaces work harder, and puts a strain on plumbing and electrical systems, too. Our families are also put to the test as our bodies adapt to temperature swings, especially this year.

A slip on an icy sidewalk, automobile collisions and countless other jolts, insult our spinal column, and whether major or minor, those forces can leave us with a subluxated vertebra. What’s that mean? Simple, those bumps we can feel along the center of our back are bones, called vertebrae. They provide mobility, while doing their most important job, to protect the central nerves system. If one of them gets out of its proper position it’s called a subluxation. But since those spinal bones protect the body’s nerve system, an out of place vertebra can insult vital communication within the body. When that happens the body’s ability to get impulses from the brain out to all our organs, glands and tissues is distorted. The result is a body that is not functioning at its best. We may not even feel anything at first, but interference in the nerve system always causes harm.

We’re blessed with a body designed to function well and heal itself when necessary. To do all of this, the vital communication network of nerves works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep the brain in touch and in charge.

With so many winter colds and flu going around, many people have been talking about trying to fight something off, or had family members at home trying to adapt to the changing seasons. The stresses placed on individuals, families, school and the work place are daunting, and it underscores how important it is to keep our immune system operating at its peak. Like every other system in the body, the immune system is controlled and coordinated by the brain. That’s one reason why it’s so important to get your spine checked during the cold months of the year.

Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of clear, clean water, adequate rest, and exercise. Along with a good nerve supply, each of these is basic and essential to bear up under winter’s extra stresses. To perform at their best, make sure each of your family members gets their spine checked during these stressful months.

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Demand Answers

A few days ago a woman in our practice was getting checked to see if she needed an adjustment. While having her spinal analysis she spoke about her family and how difficult it was to relate to her teenage daughter. In learning some of what was going on in this woman’s life, it reminded me about how being a parent is demanding – and it’s not getting any easier. She was facing many of the same challenges we did when our kids were younger, but with advanced technology, and the complexities of today’s world, it’s getting more and more difficult to be a parent. Kids may think that their parents have it easy because they wield all the power, but if they only knew the reality. The stakes are high, and parents often feel a bit helpless when trying to make the right decisions to give our children the opportunities they need to flourish.

It occurs to me that one of the things that make it so difficult is that we care so very much. We care about their health, happiness, grades, friends, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately deciding not to care isn’t an option, so we do the best we can with what we know and have available to us.

The difficulties confronting today’s parents involve all facets of life, intersecting with education, cultural, economic, racial and even political overtones. It’s become so complicated that we often find ourselves looking to experts for answers. We also live in an age where it’s harder than ever to trust expert opinion, and upon closer examination we find that the experts don’t seem to agree with each other. So just what are we supposed to do when the experts disagree?

It seems as though people are finding many different ways to answer that question and we can see their impact on changes in our way of life. In some ways people are beginning to take control. Nowadays we find supermarkets offering organic foods that they laughed at a decade ago. Health foods didn’t just happen, you demanded them and the economics of your demands changed what’s on the shelves. Health care is also changing based on your demands. For example, you couldn’t imagine hospital emergency rooms advertising for business ten years ago. Similarly, educators are having serious introspective conversations about goals, methods and outcomes; and home school families aren’t nearly as rare as they were a few years ago. These are but a few of the changes reflecting the power of informed people. All of this being said, getting the right information to make informed choices remains difficult for parents.

Today a practice member asked me whether I thought it would be good for her family members to get flu shots. As a chiropractor it’s not relevant to my practice, nor is it within my professional expertise to offer advice on the subject. After I told her that she asked me whether I was getting a flu shot. I’m skeptical of anything where big money is involved, and as a consumer just like her, I have to look at the evidence before making that kind of decision. We’ve all heard the argument in favor of getting the shots, yet we don’t seem to hear or see much about the other side of this controversial matter. But the information is out there for parents seeking it. I wrote an entry in this blog about the subject a couple of years ago called When the experts disagree…  At that time I was concerned about how controversial this subject is. Unfortunately the problem is getting worse and it’s still shrouded in big money for big pharma. See the article: http://www.youneedchiro.com/blog/?p=752

A January 8, 2018  ABC News report by Mariam Alam, MD says that “…Concerns have been raised about this year’s vaccine after an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine last Thursday said it was only 10 percent effective…” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/years-flu-season-bad-flu-shot-effective/story?id=52209578 Some other reports indicate that the vaccine’s effectiveness might be higher than ten percent.

One has to wonder whether to put our faith and trust in experts with such outcomes, especially when we consider that the shots themselves pose a risk including serious known side effects like difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes or lips, hives, racing heart, dizziness and high fever. Source: Live Science https://www.livescience.com/40279-flu-shot-information.html (accessed January 15, 2018) and an article in Natural Health 365 suggests that persons having the flu shot for three to five consecutive years greatly increase their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Source: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/flu-shot-vaccine-dangers-1640.html (accessed January 15, 2018).

This issue even seems to impact our pets. Last Thursday’s Natural News featured an article on the devastating side effects that dogs have experienced due to the toxicity of vaccines. https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-11-pet-health-warning-veterinarians-overdosing-small-dogs-with-toxic-vaccines.html#

Yes it’s true, the experts don’t always agree, but the lesson in all of this is to question what’s being marketed to us, look for both sides of the issues and most importantly, set a good example for your children by being a well-informed consumer. I’m not recommending that we all drop out of the culture and not trust anything, but we do need to remain aware that not everything that comes down to us from those in authority is reliable.

Ultimately it’s a good thing that we consumers are more demanding than ever because that’s how things get changed. In the supermarket please read the labels. If you see ingredients listed that you would have to be a chemist to understand, then don’t buy it! This is powerful because we vote with our feet, and if we stop buying things that are full of artificial chemicals, then manufacturers will eventually learn what we want, and what we don’t want. If a physician offers a treatment we should know why he or she recommends it, what the potential benefit might be, and the risks of being harmed by it. Whether shopping for physicians, dentists, groceries or auto mechanics, we need to be discerning, willing to ask the hard questions, and demand sensible answers.

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A gift that improves life

Almost everyone that I talk with seems to think that our care helps them feel better. Frankly, I wish it wouldn’t. No, not because I’m mean, but because feeling better often causes people to miss the point. The thing is that chiropractic really isn’t about pain, nor is it about a person’s back, it’s about their life. The real benefit of what we do is much bigger than just how we feel, it’s about how we function. Remember, every part of our body is carefully regulated by an inner wisdom that uses our brain to coordinate those functions. It’s really miraculous when we think about it.

Within our body exists an ability to regulate our breathing, thinking, walking, talking and other functions. When was the last time you stopped everything else you were doing and concentrated on raising or lowering the amount of acid in your stomach, or change your blood sugar, or change your heart rate? You’re probably thinking that I never do any of that. But in actuality you’re doing those things and a thousand others all the time, without having to even think about it. Your innate intelligence is sending messages from the brain to the body parts all day long, regulating body chemistry and keeping all the organs, cells and tissues functioning harmoniously.

Unfortunately we live in a culture that values short term feel good more than it values the bigger, more important things. That’s probably why drug use is running rampant. So when people come to me seeking pain relief they need to know that health is about much more than the disappointing short term changes that are commonly sought. That’s why we begin our relationship with all new practice members by discussing what to expect from chiropractic care.

Most people arrive here with pain oriented goals. They haven’t yet learned about the greater benefits that chiropractic brings to their family members. They need to know that getting out of pain is the least important part of what we do, and that a precise chiropractic adjustment reduces interference in the nerve system. It restores communication between the brain and the rest of the body; and the benefits of a better functioning body are huge. A body that is able to function better performs better on all levels. Another thing that is often surprising to people who are new in our practice is how important it is for this care to begin early in life. Chiropractic check ups are an important part of building good health habits for a child. Click here to see a video clip demonstrating how much children enjoy getting their chiropractic checkups (then scroll about half way down the page).

Children receiving this care have the opportunity grow up with a good nerve supply, and that makes all the difference. As we go through the holiday season with gift giving on our minds, let’s not fail to think about good health, the essential gift that chiropractic offers to improve one’s life.

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Thanksgiving

Yesterday we were treated to an early Thanksgiving Dinner at the home of our daughter, Dr. Arianna Coe, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The food was wonderful, and there was plenty of it, too. I had the honor of leading the toast before dinner, I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to have been there.

Thanksgiving has really become a favorite holiday to me because of all it represents. Thankfulness is one of the greatest virtues that a person can nurture, making life better in many ways. The importance of holding a thankful heart comes to us in many ways, whether it be when the bible says to be “thankful in everything, in all circumstances,” or for those who require more pragmatic understanding, the act of being thankful is actually a healthy activity. A number of research studies have shown the relationship between thankfulness and improved health, some of them being very direct, while others are associations, suggesting that thankful persons simply tend to do the things that bring them greater health and well-being. One study indicated that people who wrote about being grateful “were more optimistic and felt better about their lives.” From the article 6 Ways Giving Thanks Can Make you Healthier by Jeff Hayward, writing for Activebeat, an on-line magazine.

There seems little doubt that when optimism and enthusiasm work together it boosts a person’s performance, reduces stress, improves self-esteem, and can even improve a person’s ability to gain a restful night’s sleep. With so many upsides to the simple act of adopting a thankful disposition, it seems silly to overlook such a valuable, simple to take up part of life.

Maya Angelou said “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer” and Ralph Waldo Emerson told us to “cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” None of this suggests that adversity doesn’t exist or can’t find its way to us, but when the negatives occur we don’t have to wallow in them. Beyond that, just the act of being thankful can be the first step to pulling one’s self up and out.

Getting home late last night and sleeping in our own bed was also a special pleasure, so I’m thankful for having had a good night’s rest. Speaking of thankfulness, and I don’t think we ever say this too much, thank you for bringing your family members to us for chiropractic care. When you bring the people you care about to us for care, we consider it a special honor and we really appreciate that it means so much to you.

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What Scares You?

It’s October and fall is just barely beginning to arrive in South Carolina. We’ve had such a long, hot summer that I’m glad to see the hot weather finally leave. With clearer air and cooler days, everything’s getting more comfortable, and soon we’ll have the colors of fall, too. All in all, it’s my favorite time of year.fall

Driving around Rock Hill I see some of the other trappings of fall starting to show up like pumpkins on the doorstep, and colorful trees. With Halloween around the corner some of the usual scary decorations are showing up around the neighborhood. Just today I saw a pumpkin with sharp, angry looking eyes and teeth, a skeleton hanging from one tree and a flying ghost, tethered with fish line to the branches of another tree. Yes, it seems like people are getting into full swing about trying to scare one another. Seeing that, scarereminded me of something that someone said just before getting an adjustment yesterday.

The eleven-year-old girl needed a neck adjustment, so I asked her to step over to the special table for adjusting the top of the neck. That’s when she hesitated “Getting my neck adjusted scares me.”

“Why does that scare you” I asked.

“Oh, I don’t really know, but it looks like it should hurt” she answered.

I said “Let’s think about it then. You just saw a six-month-old baby get her neck adjusted, and before that you watched your father get a similar adjustment. It didn’t hurt either of them, did it?”

“Well no, but it still scares me” she answered.

I thought that we needed to clear up some misunderstandings, so I said “You’re right to be scared.” Then after a few seconds I added “You’re just scared of the wrong things!”

“What do you mean?” she inquired.

My answer was simple “There are lots of things in this world about which a healthy fear is a good thing. We should fear things that are harmful, like polluted water and air, artificial chemicals in our food, crime and other hazards that have crept into our culture.”

“So what does that have to do with you adjusting me?” she asked.

“I was just coming to that” I said. “The thing is that when it comes to our body, there’s one really good reason to be afraid, it’s called a subluxation. When a spinal bone gets misaligned like the one in the top of your neck is, it can’t do what it’s supposed to do.”

She stopped me and asked “What’s it supposed to do?”

“That’s easy. It protects your nerve system.” I answered. “Now remember we talked about how the nerves connect your brain to everything else in the body?”

She replied “Yes, I remember.”

“Well, here’s the thing, if your spinal bone isn’t protecting properly, then it does just the opposite, it insults your nerve system. When subluxations happen, the messages from the brain can’t get to the body parts properly and all kinds of things can go wrong. That’s why I said that you were right to be scared.”

“Since you already know it doesn’t hurt, it just makes sense that the thing to be scared of is not getting adjusted, right?”

“I guess so” she said.

Then we got her on the table, did the adjustment and I heard her giggle. When I looked closer I noticed a big smile on her face.

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Happy Birthday!

September is a birthday month! If it’s yours, then happy birthday! However, this message is also a celebration of the birth of the chiropractic profession. The story of chiropractic’s birth is quite interesting. It was actually a discovery, which took place in Davenport, Iowa, on September 18, 1895.birthday-cake

Harvey Lillard, an African-American entrepreneur, had a very unusual encounter with Dr. D.D. Palmer. Harvey and his employees operated a janitorial business, which provided cleaning services in the building where Palmer operated his infirmary. On that mid-September evening when Dr. Palmer was working later than usual in his office, Harvey entered to sweep the floors and the two became engaged in a very loud conversation. It was so loud because Harvey was deaf and could only understand when Palmer shouted at the top of his lungs.

The discussion began when Dr. Palmer asked him how long he had been deaf. Mr. Lillard answered “Over 17 years.”

Palmer then asked Harvey why he was deaf and Mr. Lillard smiled “It’s funny you should ask because I’ve been to all the doctors in Davenport and more of them over in Illinois, too. All of them tried to do different things in and around my ears to treat them. They all failed to help me, but none of them ever asked why I was deaf.”

Palmer asked again “Do you know what brought it on, Harvey?”

Lillard said “I don’t really know why I lost my hearing, but I know when it happened.

“What exactly did happen?” the doctor asked.

Harvey explained “One day when I was bent over in a corner scrubbing a floor with my brush, I felt a popping sound in my neck. It was immediately like someone put heavy mufflers over my ears and it kept on getting worse after that.”

“Why don’t we have a look at your neck, Harvey?” Palmer asked gesturing toward the desk chair where he had been sitting previously.

Harvey said “Sure” as he sat on Palmer’s chair.

Harvey Lillard, received the very first chiropractic adjustment

Harvey Lillard, received the first chiropractic adjustment in history

While examining the neck, the doctor noticed an unusual bump just below Harvey’s head. He touched the lump in the upper neck and Harvey winced in pain. “How long has that been hurting?”

Harvey’s surprising answer was “I never noticed that it hurt until you touched it! I don’t think anyone has ever examined my neck before.”

Palmer said “It seems that the vertebra under that bump is twisted out of position.” With a puzzled look on his face, Harvey just shrugged.

Considering that the deafness came with the upset of the neck, Palmer reasoned that helping the neck problem might just be the right thing to do. Palmer was an extraordinary doctor, whose keen analytical mind had already been studying the relationship between function in the body, and the nerve system. He was especially interested in how the brain uses the network of nerves to control the functions of the rest of the body. Harvey’s situation brought an ideal opportunity to test the doctor’s ideas. When he asked “Will you let me try to help you?” Harvey agreed, and together they performed the first chiropractic adjustment in history.

Patting his hand on an upholstered table in the middle of the room, Palmer said “Harvey, please lie face down here.” After Harvey positioned himself, the doctor gently turned Harvey’s head to the side and placed his hand in contact with the bump, directly over the twisted vertebra. Next he introduced a light movement of his hand so quickly that it got the vertebra to shift its position back to normal. Harvey noticed an immediate, amazing improvement.

According to Mr. Lillard’s letter documenting what happened, he received three adjustments over a couple of weeks’ time, and his hearing was completely restored. With today’s scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology we can understand how a chiropractic adjustment could restore normal function to Harvey’s nerve system and bring such a miraculous outcome.

That’s how the chiropractic profession was born. Since then many thousands of chiropractors have followed in D.D. Palmer’s footsteps, and it’s interesting to note that

Dr. D.D. Palmer

Dr. D.D. Palmer

Harvey wasn’t involved in the founding of this profession to make his back feel better, and Dr. Palmer wasn’t trying to find a better way of relieving pain. Together they were working on something much bigger, restoring proper function to the body. That’s why it has been said that chiropractic adds years to life, and life to years. It’s also why we often try to remind practice members with this little slogan Chiropractic, it’s not about your back, it’s not about your pain, it’s about your life!

People of all ages should see their chiropractor to function well and improve their performance, whether or not they have pain. Chiropractic improves a person’s quality of life so that your decision to provide chiropractic care for your family is a down-to-earth choice for healthy good hygiene. So if you and your children haven’t been checked for a while, then why not help celebrate this great discovery by getting in for a chiropractic visit real soon?

For more information about the thoughts, words, and deeds of Dr. D.D. Palmer click the following link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3342800 and http://www.youneedchiro.com/blog/?p=1088

American Originals

American Originals

 

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School’s open – are your kids well adjusted?

Back to school time is upon us. The kids are falling into their routine, and we parents have worked hard readying our children. We’ve seen to the clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and the like. Teachers, doing their part, are ready to guide them through one of their back packmost important journeys, education, preparing them for their futures.

We know that our kids also need to be ready physically. Learning requires a body performing at its highest level. That’s why a visit to the chiropractor is so important at this time of year. No, we’re not talking about back aches now. Those kinds of symptoms may indicate when a problem has been present for quite a while. There’s a bigger picture to see, it’s the value of getting a child’s spine checked, and adjusted whenever subluxations are present. These aren’t the kind of things revealed by pain, but they do interfere with your child’s performance, even if they’re not hurting.

Remember, the spinal column protects the body’s nerve system. It’s the linkage between the brain and all other body parts, and that’s what makes it essential to their good performance. So whether reading, writing, thinking or swinging a baseball bat, your child requires a good nerve supply to function at their best level. That’s why we advise people not to wait for their child to complain before scheduling their chiropractic visit.

A spinal adjustment is one of the few things that enhance kid’s health safely and naturally. Beyond that, it’s fun for them to go see the chiropractor. Most kids really enjoy their visit to the chiropractor, so if your kids haven’t been checked by the chiropractor before returning to school, don’t worry. It’s not too late for the kids to get checked and adjusted.

Just give the office a call and we’ll schedule a visit to see if they need an adjustment. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your child is being given the opportunity to perform up to their potential.

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TyTron™ C-5000 thermographic scanner

All of our practice members are familiar with this device we use to help determine whether or not someone needs an adjustment. Although each individual is scanned on every visit in our practice, someone recently pointed out to me that it seemed a bit mysterious and they really didn’t know why we use it.

Dr. Brown shown taking a scan along a child's neck

Dr. Brown shown taking a scan along a child’s neck

Actually the reason is as simple as the procedure itself. Taking these skin temperature measurements is a valuable part of the spinal analysis. It safely and comfortably provides objective information about the presence of nerve interference. When an adjustment is performed it is always done for one very important reason, to get rid of nerve interference.

Keep in mind that in the human body all functions are controlled and coordinated by the brain. The brain communicates with the body’s many thousands of different cells, organs and tissues through a delicate network of nerves. Nerves are like a wiring system that links the brain and body. The spinal column is a stack of bones (vertebrae) that protects the nerve system. Here’s how it works: the vertebrae are like movable rings of bone that surround the spinal cord (the spinal cord is the main cable of communication). When this system is doing what it is supposed to, the nerves are well protected and life can be good. But if a vertebra gets out of position, it can’t do what it is supposed to do. Then instead of properly protecting the nerve system, it can insult it. That’s called a subluxation. Nerve interference distorts the messages from the brain, and then the body can’t work properly. If a subluxation is fairly recent, it may not cause any pain, or feel unusual in any way, but it’s always bad.

The problem is that a person can have a subluxation and feel fine, even though the signals from the brain to the body are being distorted. We wouldn’t want someone to go on that way until they finally end up with symptoms weeks, months or even years later. The reason is that damage can be done, even though we’re not hurting. This is why a careful spinal analysis is an important part of healthy living. It’s how we can determine whether or not a person is subluxated without waiting for damage to occur. Another good thing about taking these thermographic measurements is that they are completely safe and comfortable. That sounds sensible enough, but in today’s health care world, there are very few things done that can be called completely safe and comfortable.

We use the thermographic scanner as an objective part of the spinal analysis. The TyTron™ C-5000 is actually a state-of-the-art scientific instrument. With resolution of 1/100 of a TyTrondegree and accuracy to within 1/10 degree centigrade, it provides the chiropractor with a reliable measure of paraspinal skin temperature. Research has shown that patterns of skin temperature imbalance are associated with nerve interference http://youneedchiro.com/joomla/publications (Please click on the third article from the top. For links to more studies on thermography see the end of this article). When we look at your scan we’re watching for patterns. If no pattern is present, it’s an indicator of adaptability, which suggests a spine without subluxation causing nerve interference. That’s how taking these measurements help the chiropractor to determine whether or not someone needs an adjustment. By the way, on hot summer days (above 80 degrees) or cool winter days (below 60 degrees), please be sure to arrive at the office at least five or ten minutes prior to your appointment so that you have time to acclimate to our indoor temperature before we take a scan on you. Arriving soon enough to acclimate assures that the most accurate information is being received from your scan.

To read more studies about thermography and its value in detecting nerve interference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1978449/

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What to Wear – your chiropractic visit

There are various things we do to get the greatest benefit from our adjustments. For example we try to time them right. One wouldn’t want to get their neck adjusted only a few minutes before painting a ceiling. It’s not that painting ceilings should be forbidden, but holding one’s neck upward for a prolonged period of time right after getting it adjusted could disrupt what the body is trying to do.

There are other things that we like to think about to improve our chances of holding an adjustment. That’s why getting checked on the way home is probably better than at the beginning of a busy day. Developing good living habits makes a difference, too. Children growing up without subluxations in their spines are naturally healthier, so kids should have the advantage of periodic chiropractic visits. It also stands to reason that people getting good nutrition will hold their adjustments better than those living on junk food and fast food. Adequate rest along with good hygiene and wholesome exercise are life-style choices that surely help us hold our adjustments better.

A careful spinal analysis reveals the presence of subluxations that interfere with good nerve supply and there are some things you can do to help your chiropractor get the analysis done right. If it’s a hot day out, or a cold winter’s day, arriving at the chiropractor a while before your scheduled appointment helps. That’s because the time you spend in the reception area relaxing gives your body time to acclimate to our indoor temperature. This is valuable since your spinal analysis includes skin temperature measurements called, thermography. If it’s 20 degrees warmer outside than inside or vice versa, the scan may become inaccurate if taken too soon after you arrive. But after acclimating to our indoor temperature, the thermographic scan better reveals whether you have nerve interference (to help the chiropractor determine whether you need an adjustment).

Sometimes people ask us what they need to wear when they come here. Mostly the answer is simple, come as you are, but there are a few things to think about. Generally, I like to say “the less hardware the better.” The spinal analysis can be done just fine through clothing, but it’s best if zippers, buckles and uneven things in the clothes aren’t covering the spinal fashioncolumn. attireWe can work with most situations, but a few things do tend to get in the way. Extra-large belts, huge earrings, and stiff corsets come to mind as distractions. Oh, here’s something else – when we do a spinal analysis several things are measured, and one of those is the leg length equality. This is done when a person is face-down on the adjusting table and we look at the feet to compare the leg length. We’re checking to see if they are even, and it is most accurate to measure it with shoes on. That’s because feet are very curvy things, and the shoes give us a nice straight point of reference to measure against. Speaking of shoes, try to wear shoes that won’t fall off when you’re face down on the adjusting table. That would include some kinds of sandals (the kinflip flopsd that don’t have a strap behind the heel) and flip-flops, which tend to fall off easily. We don’t want a person to be clenching their toes to hold on the flip-flops, because it contracts the leg muscles and reduces the accuracy of the leg length equality test.

In summary:

  • “Come as you are,” it will be fine under most circumstances
  • Remember to avoid disruptive activities soon after getting adjusted
  • On very warm days, or very cool days, arrive early to give yourself time to acclimate to indoor temperatures before getting checked
  • It’s always a good idea to take some rest time after your visit
  • Adopt a wholesome lifestyle and be sure to get your kids checked by your chiropractor
  • Wear shoes that won’t fall off when you’re on the adjusting table
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