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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A more productive life

“Give people what they want, and do so with excellence.” It sounds like the formula for a successful business, doesn’t it? It’s true in our practice as well, with one extra wrinkle; people actually need something more than just what they want.

People often come to us seeking to feel better, especially those who are new to our practice. And they’re often surprised to learn that our efforts aren’t limited to getting rid of pain. We like to explain it this way, “Our goal is much bigger than a backache.”

Here’s how it’s bigger: the brain is constantly regulating all other body parts to keep everything functioning just right. A complex system of nerves carries messages from the brain throughout the body. Movable spinal bones, called vertebrae, protect the spinal cord and nerve system. But subluxations can happen if a spinal bone gets misaligned. Then instead of protecting, it insults the nerve system, and sets the stage for malfunction. Precise chiropractic care locates and corrects those subluxations that interfere with the body’s vital communication system. Because good nerve supply is essential, the implications of such an adjustment are huge.

Information sent from the brain to the body parts is called a mental impulse. Mental impulses travel through the nerve system, continuously controlling all bodily functions. But when a subluxation occurs, it interferes with the transmission of mental impulses, resulting in distorted information reaching the body’s organs, tissues and cells. When that happens a person might not have immediate symptoms, but it’s never a good thing to have poor nerve supply to your heart, lungs, liver or legs. A successful adjustment restores normal nerve supply, making our goal, to get the mental impulses from the brain to the body parts without interference – a really big objective.

People sometimes ask about the benefits of what we do, because they want to know what to expect. In many ways the answer is simple, “we expect the body to work better.” But because every part of the body is involved, it’s difficult to say exactly what they might feel. Should it mean less pain? Perhaps, but it’s not even done for that reason, we adjust subluxations because they interfere with the vital transmission of mental impulses. Since all bodily functions depend upon those messages from the brain, it’s reasonable to say that life is better expressed with a good nerve supply. My mom...Who needs a good nerve supply? Well that one is easy to answer, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sick people, well people, old people and young people all experience a more organized, productive life when they have a good nerve supply.

Speaking of the mental impulse, I’ll be doing a presentation on that subject before the state chiropractic association in New Jersey in a couple of weeks. To make that possible the office will be closed from Friday, June 9 through Monday, June 12.

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BMX World Championships in Rock Hill

In just 75 days from now the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships will be held in Rock Hill.

SupercrossThis exciting international event will be held at Rock Hill’s BMX Supercross Track located at Riverwalk. Riverwalk is an exciting, fast-growing part of Rock Hill that features one of the world’s finest Supercross tracks, and it also attracts cyclists to family-friendly trails and the Giordana Velodrome. The velodrome is another world-class facility for the Olympic sport of track cycling.

Giordana Velodrome

Giordana Velodrome

Riverwalk also features riverfront residences, restaurants, shops, and a kayak and canoe launch along the beautiful Catawba River walking trail.

The World Championship events will be held from July 25 through July 30. Prior to the big competitive events, there will be a grand opening ceremony in downtown Rock Hill at Fountain Park. The ceremony will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017 with live bands, amusement rides, international food trucks and presentation of flags. Here’s a link to the website with all of the details about the event: http://rockhillscbmx.com/

Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill

Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill

Also, you may wish to click on the following link to a gallery of videos and photos about the BMX Supercross Track, a great overview of the world championship event, and a glimpse of the quality of life in Rock Hill: http://rockhillscbmx.com/gallery/#!

Charlene and I will be serving as volunteers during the event and we look forward to seeing you there.

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How long and how often?

Yesterday when a practice member asked me how long it will take her to get better, it struck me that this is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. Going along with it usually is the next question, “How often will I need to come in?” These are really important questions and people are sometimes surprised by the answer.

Let’s think about the first part of the question. When she asks how long until she’s better, what she really means is, “When will I feel better?” But those two things are not the same. After all, being better is not the same as feeling better. For example, many people initially seek care because they are hurting and it’s understandable that they want to feel good, as soon as possible. Most have already been trying things for their hurts. They’ve taken pain remedies and when those didn’t work they tried other remedies. Then they went to their physician and were given more powerful remedies. The problem is that they feel better, but when the drug wears off they’re right back where they started, or perhaps even worse from the effects of the medications. Chiropractic isn’t like that. Instead of trying to help someone feel better, it helps a person function better. (click this link to see a documentary that explains how an adjustment helps the body function better.)

There’s a big difference between feeling better and functioning better. A key difference is that feeling better doesn’t necessarily mean that a problem is solved. You can feel better on a pain drug even when you’re getting worse. On the other hand, when the body begins to function properly, then its inherent ability to heal goes to work. After healing takes place, there’s no longer a need for pain, and unlike taking a drug, it’s a lasting change.

As a health care provider it’s my goal to provide the highest quality care possible. That’s why we never try to just help someone feel better. Instead we always try to help them function better. That brings us back to the original question, “How long will it take?”  To answer that, let’s consider the real question. Remember, it’s not about how soon pain will be gone, but instead it’s about getting function right (and keeping it that way). We know that whenever a person successfully receives a precise spinal adjustment they’re already better. Better because an adjustment gets rid of nerve interference restoring their body’s ability to function. Then the question changes. It becomes how to keep the interference out of the way. It turns out that good function isn’t a short-term matter. How long would a person want to eat wholesome food, drink pure water, or breathe clean air? The same is true of any of the building blocks of good health. How long should we stay in good physical condition? If healthful exercise brings us into a better situation, would that be the time to quit doing it? What about the other forms of good hygiene? Would we only brush our teeth when they hurt, or only bathe when we feel poorly?

Getting one’s spine checked for subluxation is basically good hygiene and it shouldn’t be something we do only when we hurt. hygiene Nerve interference can be present for long periods of time without causing any obvious symptoms. That’s why we encourage people to use their chiropractic care wisely. For how long? That’s the easiest part to answer. We should continue to receive periodic chiropractic evaluations for as long as we want to function well. Is there ever a time when we really want to experience less than our best? I’ve never encountered a case where someone was too old or too young to benefit from having good nerve supply.

It’s your chiropractor’s job to monitor how well you hold your adjustments and to give recommendations to get you checked often enough that if and when you get subluxated, it is caught and corrected soon. Ultimately this approach helps you live as free of vertebral subluxations as possible.

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Caveat Emptor

The title of this message is the Latin term, Caveat Emptor, which means “let the buyer beware.” That’s the term that popped into my head after returning to the office for afternoon hours a little while ago.

At lunchtime today Charlene and I went to a local restaurant that was having a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was great to see the Mayor, and many other local dignitaries there to have lunch and wish the business well. I’ve been to a number of events like this since locating my practice here and I firmly believe that Rock Hill is a great community with a strong business environment, good planning and excellent leadership. Simply put it’s a wonderful place to call home.

When we arrived for lunch today, there was a greeter at the front door table with a warm handshake and a table where you could participate in a drawing by dropping your business card in a fish bowl. There were also a number of small gift items. I noticed that there were many tubes of lip balm on the table, and since I like to keep one in a jacket pocket, I gratefully accepted one.

After returning to the office I emptied my pocket and took a closer look at the product. The lip balm’s called New Belgium Citradelic™. I know it’s not right to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I like to scan the ingredients list of any products that I eat or drink – which is often not an activity for the faint of heart. Since lip balm can easily be absorbed into the body through both the skin and the mouth itself, it should be thought of as something we eat. To my dismay I found that the first ingredient was neither beeswax, mint nor an essential oil. In fact it wasn’t wholesome in any way. It’s a chemical called, Octinoxate, an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disturb thyroid function.

I read on to see what the other active ingredient in Citradelic™ lip balm was. Unfortunately, that one is even worse than the first. It’s called Oxybenzone. Toxicology experts are concerned about that one because it has been linked to hormone disruption and has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer.

Do we really want to risk hormone disruption and cancer? Is it really necessary? Actually the answer is simply, NO! We have many choices of wholesome products without carcinogenic ingredients. At the Vitamin Depot™, where I get my family’s vitamins, they carry organic lip balms that don’t have any of that nasty stuff in them.Vitamin Depot If you have time and ambition, you can even make your own. Here are a couple of links to lip balm recipes: http://www.couponcloset.net/homemade-lip-balm-recipe and https://www.pinterest.com/explore/homemade-lip-balm

The key idea in all of this is simple, look at the ingredients in anything you eat, or that can get into your body like the lip balm does. If you see ingredients listed that you would have to be a chemist to understand, then don’t buy it! This is actually a powerful idea 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.

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Harvard Medical School Publication Values Chiropractic

HEALTHbeat™, an online newsletter published by Harvard Medical School, that regularly examines various topics related to healthy living, reviewed chiropractic in 2016.

Harvard(click the graphic to the right to visit the Harvard publication)

Although their considerations were narrowly focused on musculoskeletal issues, Harvard’s review was favorable, particularly observing that chiropractic has been found to be helpful for headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, neck and back pain and whiplash.

For persons experiencing those problems it’s valuable to find something that benefits them without the harmful effects of drugs and other medical treatments. On the other hand, persons reading the Harvard piece should remain aware that the benefits of achieving a good nerve supply through chiropractic care include much more than just improving musculoskeletal symptoms. Remember, all body functions are controlled and coordinated by the brain, and that communication between brain and body depends on the nerve system.

Who do you know that could benefit by eliminating nerve system interference through chiropractic care?

 

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How Chiropractic Compares

How chiropractic compares

How chiropractic compares

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