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Today there are more than 77,000 licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) in the U.S. alone, plus thousands more practicing in countries throughout the world. (1) As one of the most popular types of alternative treatment approaches (meaning those that are non-medical), millions of people each year seek chiropractic care.

Since its official beginning more than 100 years ago, chiropractic education and care has since come a very long way. While in the past certain medical doctors may not have spoken positively about the field of chiropractic, speculating that chiropractic adjustments weren’t necessarily as effective as treatments like drugs or surgery, today things are different. Many MD’s regularly refer their patients to Chiropractors for help with a range of symptoms, everything from migraines and joint pain, to constipation and visual problems.

Chiropractic care is considered an alternative treatment approach to taking pain-killing drugs or undergoing surgery. Many people don’t realize that similarly to medical doctors, Chiropractors spend years in training — thoroughly learning about subjects like anatomy, physiology, nutrition and holistic health.

When it comes to treating all-too-common complaints such as low back pain, organ dysfunction or other chronic disease symptoms, what is a Chiropractor capable of doing to help? Evidence shows that the influence of a chiropractic adjustment goes well beyond bad backs. Many unwanted symptoms suffered by children and adults today can be helped through the neurological influence of an adjustment.

Complementary to the adjustment, many Chiropractors today also offer their patients more than manual spinal adjustments: They are also well-versed in a variety of nutritional therapies, herbal supplementation, spinal physical therapy and stress management. They also work with other practitioners such as massage therapists or acupuncturists. Meanwhile, Chiropractors offer one of the best ways to prevent ailments, as opposed to only treating them.


 

What is a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are trained doctors who specialize in detecting and reducing misalignments of the spine called vertebral subluxation that interfere with central nervous system function. Subluxations can cause inflammation of the joint and nerve root as well as lack of motion which can cause joint degeneration.
Normal vs. subluxated joint - Dr. Axe
Chiropractors work in the field of complimentary or alternative healthcare, treating patients by performing hands-on chiropractic adjustments in order to help with postural restoration, spinal alignment, nervous system function and maintenance of health. Chiropractic physicians are trained to use their hands as their “instrument,” carefully adjusting the joints of the body, especially the spine.

What are a Chiropractor’s specialties?

You might think of chiropractic adjustments as only being helpful for treating problems like back pain or a stiff neck, but that’s far from true. In many ways, Chiropractors have a “stress-centered” view of health: the underlying belief of chiropractic care surrounds the fact that the body has an innate ability to heal itself once interferences or “obstacles” (sources of stress that stand in the way of well-being) are removed. (2)

Interferences that can negatively impact the nervous system and therefore diminish overall health, including the following: poor posture, poor nutrition, physical and emotional stress, muscular tension and tightness, and illness caused by a number of issues, including poor digestive health.

What is a Chiropractor hoping to do when they perform adjustments on patients?

Restoring motion and alignment of the spine is the first step in helping the rest of the body to self-regulate, self-maintain and self-restore, due to the spine’s direct neurological influence on the rest of the body. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that ” The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function.” (3)

  • To simplify a complex process, they are tapping into the recuperative abilities of the body by restoring the relationship between a properly aligned spinal column and a well-functioning nervous system.
  • Chiropractors are trained to carefully analyze the spine to determine the presence of vertebral subluxation, which is when a spinal bone misaligns, causing interference to the nervous system and nerve irritation. In other words, chiropractic care is beneficial because it allows for better communication throughout the body, especially between the spine and the brain, also called the Central Nervous System (CNS).
  • The CNS is the controller of someone’s overall health, considering it regulates communication and coordination throughout the body that affects every organ, tissue and cell. You can think of the brain as the main commander (or control center) of the CNS and the whole body. The nervous system sends chemical messages to and from the brain via the spinal cord, which is not the actual backbone (vertebra), but the cord that runs within the bones in the back and contains threadlike nerves that branch out elsewhere.

 

Top Benefits of Chiropractic

Does Chiropractic work? And for what ailments?

According to Dr. Dan Sullivan — Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), speaker, author and one of the most well respected holistic health experts in the country —

One of the biggest challenges that Chiropractors face is the public’s perception of Chiropractic. Many still believe that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments are limited to back and neck pain relief. But that is just a small portion of the benefits that chiropractic care delivers. Some of the greatest evidence today shows exactly why Chiropractors have been seeing amazing results in their offices, each week, for over 120 years, with symptoms and conditions seemingly unrelated to the spine.

It all comes back to how Chiropractic positively influences the nervous system. From improved breathing and digestion, to increased immunity, better organ function, fertility and so much more, we now know from a scientific and research standpoint how adjustments can have such far-reaching benefits.

Patients who can benefit from visiting a Chiropractor include those with symptoms or diseases such as:

  • Back pain (4)
  • Neck pain (5)
  • Migraines or frequent headaches (6)
  • Asthma (7)
  • Sciatica (8)
  • Back pain due to pregnancy (9)
  • Acid Reflux (10)
  • Colic (11)
  • Heart problems including high blood pressure (1213)
  • Joint pains and osteoarthritis (16)
  • Neurological problems such as epilepsy (17)
  • Brain/Central Nervous System dysfunction
  • Insomnia/trouble sleeping (18)
  • TMJ
  • Injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints
  • Indigestion or upset stomach
  • Dental or visual problems
  • Injuries due to accidents or trauma

One of the reasons why Chiropractic is tied to so many benefits is because it has been shown to help reduce inflammation, the root cause of many different diseases. (19) Another factor behind why Chiropractic can help numerous health challenges has to do with it balancing out the bodies sympathetic/parasympathetic response of the nervous system. Most people live in a sympathetic “fight or flight” response and a chiropractic adjustment in the upper cervical region and sacral region can stimulate a parasympathetic response that reduces stress and allows certain organs to function to a higher degree including the digestive and endocrine systems.

A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine done on 40 participants found after receiving a cervical adjustment, pulse rates decreased, blood pressure balanced and there was a significantly positive parasympathetic response. (20)

This is a prime example of why so many people choose to visit a Chiropractor on a regular basis even if they don’t have symptoms because they understand the benefits of decreasing ongoing stress and maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system.

Because chiropractic adjustments can help decrease the stress load on the nervous system, chiropractic care sets the stage for recovery and healing. Contrary to that of most medical doctors or other healthcare providers, Chiropractors do not seek to cure or remove the symptom, ailment or condition. It is important to note that Chiropractors focus on removing interference from the nervous system so that patients can heal and function the way they were intended. (21)

Chiropractors take pride in educating their patients about how the human body is designed to heal, and that the body is programmed to be constantly striving towards health. Anyone with altered spinal alignment or movement can be helped by a Chiropractor. However, because the central nervous system directs all healing in the body, many symptoms and conditions have been proven to be helped through the influence of a chiropractic adjustment.

 

Below are some of the greatest benefits associated with chiropractic care:

1. Back pain

Spinal adjustments and certain other chiropractic techniques have been shown in many studies to help treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that adults visit Chiropractors every year. Chiropractic for treatment of back pain has been so well-supported in studies that it’s no longer even considered “alternative care.”

According to the National Institute of Health,

Spinal manipulation is one of several options — including exercise, massage and physical therapy — that can provide mild-to-moderate relief from low-back pain. Spinal manipulation appears to work as well as conventional treatments such as applying heat, using a firm mattress and taking pain-relieving medications.

 

2. Neck pain

Neck pain is another common problem that can be caused by factors such as injuries, trauma, stress, poor sleep, arthritis, older age and degenerative disc disease. Chiropractors use techniques including adjustments, mobilization, massage or rehabilitative exercises to help relieve pressure placed on the neck. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found strong evidence that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal adjustments that lasted for at least 12 weeks post-treatment.

 

3. Migraines and Headaches

Adjustments to the spine, neck and head can be very effective for treating recurring headaches, including tension headaches. Adjustments help restore posture of the head and relieve pressure and tension on nerves that contribute to headaches. A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief naturally, without the risks of taking drugs long-term, like chiropractic adjustments can.

 

4. TMJ

There’s evidence showing that symptoms due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, such as pain while sleeping or trouble opening up the mouth and chewing properly, can be managed with adjustments that help correct posture of the neck and jaw. One method that has been shown to be useful for TMJ is called the Activator Method, which involves making precise adjustments to the jaw with a small hand-held instrument.

 

5. Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System

Many symptoms due to injuries affecting involving the muscles, ligaments and joints can be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractors use a variety of precise techniques like adjustments, massage therapy, stretching, exercises and weights to help relax tense muscles and improve posture. This helps to treat symptoms including muscle pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, weakness due to muscular compensations and spasms. Certain muscles that are overactive can be “turned off” while others that are under-used can be “turned on.”

 

6. Digestive Problems

Digestive issues can be tied to both stress and spinal misalignments, due to how both negatively affect the nervous system’s communication with the organs, glands and tissues of the digestive system. Following chiropractic treatments, the gut-brain connection can be restored in order to improve control and function of nerves and muscles in the GI tract. Chiropractic techniques aimed at evoking relaxation, improving blood flow to the digestive organs, and improving communication between the nervous system and gut are all used to treat a range of digestive problems — such as IBS, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, etc.

 

7. Joint Pain

According to the Arthritis Foundation, chiropractic is considered one of the safest therapies someone can use to treat joint pain. Chiropractors can help to relieve joint pain, such as those caused by osteoarthritis, by gently manipulating soft tissue and helping to improve overall functionality and posture. DCs may use active exercises and slow stretches to increase range of motion in stiff joints, as well as to relieve pressure placed on certain nerves or to stop muscle spasms that contribute to pain.


 

History of Chiropractic Care

The natural healing abilities attributed to chiropractic care was first developed by a man named D.D. Palmer in 1895. According to records regarding the first treatments, it all started when Harvey Lillard — a man who was deaf in one ear — had seen Palmer for help with his condition.

Mr. Lillard was hoping that D.D. Palmer had something up his sleeve to help his deafness. When Palmer learned that Lillard suffered a head injury that preceded his hearing condition, he evaluated his spine and noticed that a vertebra in the upper back seemed wildly out of alignment. (22) According to Palmer:

I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves, which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing ‘accidental’ or ‘crude’ about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time.

Palmer coined his manual therapy technique “chiropractic,” which comes from the two Greek words cheiros and praktikos (meaning “with hands”). While D.D Palmer is considered to be the first Chiropractor, records show that similar adjustments have been utilized to help the body heal itself dating back to the time of Hippocrates. Since the time of Palmer, millions of people across the globe have benefited from this manual therapy. In 1897, Palmer helped establish the very first chiropractic school, located in the U.S. and now called the Palmer College of Chiropractic (formerly the Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure).


 

Chiropractor Education & Licensure 

According to the International Chiropractors Association, “Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second-largest primary healthcare profession.” There are approximately 95,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practicing around the world, and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic education in the U.S. alone.

Once their training is completed, many Chiropractors feel that they specialize in a combination of science, art and philosophy, practicing a holistic system of health that takes into account the many different aspects of their patients’ lives. Once graduated from a school of chiropractic, doctors of chiropractic can work in private practice or in clinical settings, specializing in areas including work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling.

The formal education required to become a Chiropractor focuses on teaching practitioners to effectively locate patients’ vertebral subluxations and remove them through the use of specific adjustment techniques. Chiropractic education also emphasizes the practice’s underlying philosophy, that the body wants to and is capable of healing itself.

How many years of schooling does a Chiropractor receive?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.” DCs must complete four years of doctoral graduate school in order to qualify for exams that must be passed before becoming licensed. Prior to beginning graduate studies in chiropractic training, four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education must be completed. Undergraduate courses must include biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work.

How to become a Chiropractor

After approximately 4,620 hours of graduate classroom education, laboratory work and clinical internship, prospective DCs qualify to take exams administered by state licensing boards. As part of their training, DCs must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with patients in a treatment setting.  Exact requirements in order to practice vary by state, but usually DC licensure requires successful completion of a medical licensing or acceptance of a certificate issued by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Once a DC obtains a license in the state in which they wish to practice, they can began seeing patients in a variety of settings.

DCs must continue their education each year, completing ongoing training in order to stay up to date on the latest treatment approaches and to maintain their licensure. Many also go on to complete training programs in other complementary approaches, such as Active Release Technique, Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Neurology, Pediatrics, Sports Chiropractic and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), a type of natural therapeutic system that has the goal of correcting learned movements and muscle functions within the body.

For help finding a qualified and licensed DC in your area, you can search by location on the International Chiropractic Association website. Additionally, you can ask your primary doctor for a recommendation or seek out referrals from friends, family members, colleagues, etc.

 

What are some chiropractic colleges/schools?

There are now more than 40 chiropractic schools located throughout the world, including 20 within the U.S. In the U.S, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and its Commission on Accreditation is the national organization that is considered to be the authority when it comes to regulating the quality of training offered by different chiropractic colleges.

The CEE was established in the 1930s and is now recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (C.H.E.A.) and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (A.S.P.A.). In the 1990s, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges was established to provide support for chiropractic schools and research, in addition to helping promote chiropractic care to patients and doctors. If you’re interested in a future career as a Chiropractor, visit the CCE’s website to review information about prerequisites, lists of accredited courses and college reviews.

Below is a list of some of the chiropractic schools/colleges that meet qualifications for the CCE include:

Canada:

  • CMCC (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College) (Dr. Anthony Posa 1984)
  • Universite du Quebec a Trois Riviere (French)

Australia:

  • Macquarie University (Dr. Matthew Posa 2011)
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • Murdoch University
  • Central Queensland University (CQU)

USA:

  • Cleveland Chiropractic College
  • Life Chiropractic College East
  • Life Chiropractic College West
  • Logan University
  • National University of Health Sciences of St. Petersburg
  • National University of Health Sciences of Chicago
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Palmer Chiropractic College California
  • Palmer Chiropractic College Iowa
  • Palmer Chiropractic College Florida
  • Parker University (Dr. Ashley Posa 2011)
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • Texas Chiropractic College
  • University of Western States

 


Straight vs. Mixer Chiropractors

While training for all Chiropractors is rooted in the same underlying philosophy and principles, today Chiropractors vary widely in terms of how they are specifically educated and how they choose to actually practice once licensed. 

  • Some practicing Chiropractors have a more conservative/traditional approach, sticking closely to the foundations of chiropractic care based on vertebral subluxation techniques that have been practiced for decades. Others are more “modern,” blending different treatment approaches in order to offer their patients a wider range of alternative therapies.
  • Even various chiropractic colleges and institutions differ in terms of how traditional versus modern/liberal (or “straight vs. mixed) they are, which influences the types of doctors that graduate from different colleges.

To describe how different Chiropractors fall somewhere along a spectrum and to distinguish between different types (traditional vs. more modern), the labels “straight” and “mixer” are often used to:

  • Straight Chiropractors range in terms of their exact beliefs and patient offerings, but generally speaking they stick to spinal adjustments as their core offering, and typically stay away from using rehabilitation, nutrition and other therapies in their clinics. 
  • Mixer Chiropractors are more likely to work with other healthcare providers, to practice multidisciplinary care, give dietary advice, prescribe supplements, teach spinal rehabilitative exercises and do other treatment techniques including acupuncture and massage.

Chiropractic Organizations:

Large chiropractic organizations, including the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), take different stances on certain issues in chiropractic care. There are certain conflicts between the two associations, as they have different perspectives regarding how Chiropractors should practice, and generally speaking all Chiropractors will usually take one side or the other.

As Dr. Dan Sullivan explains,

There has always been a divide in the profession between the more traditional-practicing ‘straight’ Chiropractors and the more broad-scoped ‘mixer’ Chiropractors. Both types of Chiropractors help their patients overcome health challenges and uniquely improve function for all ages through the location and correction of vertebral subluxation. And the continued advancement of the profession centers around the fact that the body is self-healing and that chiropractic adjustments remove interference to allow better function and health for children and adults of all ages. Both types of Chiropractors agree on this central focus. And the best part is that the scientific evidence now explains and supports the overall practice of Chiropractic like never before.

  • The ICA states that they are “committed to the rights of the chiropractic practitioner and his/her patients as it was nine decades ago. ICA welcomes all Chiropractors who believe in and want: advancing chiropractic’s distinct identity as a drugless healing art, full integration of chiropractic with other health care professions —not subordination” and other benefits.
  • The ACA states that they are “The largest national association in the U.S. dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession.” The ACA emphasizes the need for evidence-based research to support the field of chiropractic. They support lobbies for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, aim to promote a positive public image of chiropractic, provide ongoing professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, and offer leadership for the advancement of the profession.

 

Chiropractors vs. Medical Doctors 

Is a Chiropractor a doctor? Yes, as mentioned above, Chiropractors hold a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). (24) They are not medical doctors (MDs) because they do not write their patients prescriptions or perform surgeries. Chiropractors uniquely help their patients heal through natural means by removing interferences from the central nervous system. The education that DCs receive focuses on all basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, with special emphasis on the health and function of the spine and central nervous system.

Two of the leading alternative health care systems practiced in the U.S. and elsewhere today are osteopathy (osteopathic manipulative therapy) and chiropractic care. These two approaches are closely related and require similar training, but osteopaths do more global manipulations of the spine where Chiropractors do more specific vertebral adjustments.

  • Chiropractors are holistic, non-invasive practitioners who focus on disease prevention as well as symptom management. DCs specialize in vertebral subluxation, or removing interference of the nervous system due to a misalignment and/ or abnormal motion of spinal vertebra. When vertebral subluxation is left untreated, it leads to improper communication between nerves, organs, muscles and tissues. This contributes to widespread function control problems and can lead to symptoms in any or all parts of the body.
  • Chiropractic is the art of restoring the body to its natural state utilizing many different techniques, which can include manual adjustments but also stress-reduction, inflammation-reduction and dietary improvement. Rather than using medications to achieve this, DCs focus on removing irritation interference in the central nervous system (subluxations) that causes the body to break down and dysfunction.
  • DCs are somewhat different from primary care physicians, or MDs, because they emphasize “a whole-person approach” to treatment and care. And rather than focusing only on relieving symptoms once a patient has already started to feel unwell, Chiropractors try to find the root cause of their patients’ problems in order to fix the underlying issue.
  • DCs commonly get to know their patients well, taking their time during visits to discuss the patient’s unique symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, level of stress, diet and sleep. It’s very important for Chiropractors to really understand their patients in a holistic sense, in order to not only develop a treatment plan, but a way to help prevent symptoms from returning in the future.
  • Seeing a Chiropractor is not meant to replace visits with your regular doctor. In fact, most Chiropractors have a working relationship with local Medical Doctors, co-managing the care of a patient to provide the best possible outcomes. A written referral is not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC) because they are primary care physicians. Just like seeing a MD, chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major many medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans.

 

Different Approaches in Chiropractic Care

DCs use hundreds of different approaches in chiropractic practice, some (but not all) involving thrust techniques. The difference between most chiropractic techniques is the degree of force applied. Most adjustments are done quickly, involving high speed to help with realignment. Sometimes an instrument besides the hands is also used.

Spinal adjustments are among many chiropractic techniques, but not the only types that are offered. Below you’ll find a brief description of some of the most common chiropractic treatment techniques that evolved over the past several decades, which address abnormalities in the spine, neck, head, pelvis, joints and muscles. When you visit a chiropractor, you might be treated with any number or combination of techniques, depending on your specific anatomy and needs:

    • Activator: A hand held instrument that applies an impulse and is used to help release joint and muscle tension. Done quickly with a gentle, low force, making it suitable for patients who are sensitive.
    • Applied Kinesiology: Helps to assess the nervous system by utilizing changes in muscular strength as different sensory stimuli are applied to the body. This allows for the DC to determine which nerves are “speaking” most to muscles. Often used to help determine which treatments are needed.
    • Atlas Orthogonal [AOT]: Aims to restore structural integrity from cervical vertebral malposition. Uses a percussion instrument to correct postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. Focuses attention on the the Atlas, the top vertebrae of the spine that supports the head. Involves very gentle touch, reducing cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology. 
    • Blair Technique: Adjusts the upper cervical area, focusing on correcting misalignments in the first bone of the spine (Atlas) where it connects to the head (Occiput).
    • *Chiropractic Biophysics [CBP]Corrects improper curvatures of the spine using a combination of traditional chiropractic manipulation, rehabilitation exercises, spinal traction and stretches to remodel tissues of the spine.
    • Cox Flexion Distraction: Utilizes an adjusting table that has movable parts, along with a rocking motion, in order to stretch and decompress tissue surrounding the spine.
    • *Diversified: Involves manual thrusts focused on restoring normal biomechanical function, including those in the extremity joints.
    • *Gonstead: Specific method of analysis by the use of nervoscopes, full spine x-rays and precise adjusting techniques. Helps to correct torquing of the spine in order to take pressure off of certain intervertebral discs.
    • *Motion PalpationA method that helps to locate joint dysfunction within the spinal column and extremities. Palpation is the most frequently used diagnostic tool in chiropractic, allowing the DC to feel for subluxations in the vertebrae. In motion palpation the patient’s joints are mobilized, bending and flexing, or moving in different planes of motion to test range of motion. 
    • Network Chiropractic: Also called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), this method involves regarding the body as a whole, integrated system. Light touch is used over the spinal cord to help activate receptors and increase the ability of the nerves and the spinal cord to communicate clearly. This is associated with improvements in gut-brain connection, increased self-awareness and reduced tension.
    • Pettibon: Uses specially designed head, shoulder and hip weights that patients wear for up to 20 minutes daily until the spine is corrected, along with specific exercises.  Weights help alter the head, spine and pelvis’s alignment, correcting sensory input to the nervous system and forming new muscle patterns.
    • Sacral Occipital Technique [SOT]: Focuses on the relationship of between the sacrum and occiput (back of the skull) and is a form of Cranial Sacral therapy. This technique pays close attention to the the cranial bones and sacrum working to normalize cerebral spinal fluid flow and improve organ function.
    • CLEAR Scoliosis Correction: A technique that combines adjustments, spinal exercises and vibration treatments to reduce scoliotic curves of the spine. 5–10 percent of the population has scoliosis and this condition can cause pain, joint degeneration and organic malfunction if it is not managed correctly.
    • *ThompsonInvolves the use of an adjusting table with a weighing mechanism, helping to add precise amount of tension and keep the patient in an exact up position before the thrust is given.
    • Torque Release: Directs attention to the source of spinal tension by testing posture starting from the feet up. Helps to determine which treatments are needed to relieve tension in the spine and spinal cord, which causes abnormal muscular patterns. Uses relatively small force corrections to achieve alterations in the spine and correct structural distortions using mechanical devices including the“Integrator” and the “Activator.”
    • *Toggle RecoilA technique in which the hands are placed lightly on the area of joint restriction and then a fast, light thrust is applied. The hands are quickly removed from the contact point.
    • *Upper Cervical Chiropractic: Focuses on the relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and its influence on the central nervous system. Uses x-rays of the head and neck to determine which types of precise, non-invasive, gentle touch will help return the bones of the neck to a normal position.
    • *Webster: Involves sacral analysis and diversified adjustments used to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. Aims to improve neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis in order to reduce tension and tightness throughout the torso. Often used throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth and recovery.

    * Techniques used by Dr. Matthew Posa


 

Safety of Chiropractic Care

Is visiting a Chiropractor safe?

The short answer is yes, very safe. You might be thinking that chiropractic adjustments sound risky, considering how sensitive the spine and spinal cord are to overall health and function. But in fact, chiropractic has been shown to be one of the safest treatment approaches in healthcare today. Chiropractic adjustments are very precise and careful, which is why DCs need to receive extensive training to ensure safety.

Thanks to Dr. Josh Axe and Dr. Dan Sullivan for publishing this article at https://draxe.com/what-is-a-chiropractor/

According to The National Institute of Health, “A 2007 study of treatment outcomes for 19,722 chiropractic patients in the United Kingdom concluded that minor side effects (such as temporary soreness similar to that which can be experienced after a workout) after cervical spine manipulation were relatively common, but that the risk of a serious adverse event was ‘low to very low’ immediately or up to 7 days after treatment.” Another study found that “there was no evidence that visiting a Chiropractor put people at greater risk than visiting a primary care physician.” (25)

While chiropractic treatment is overall very safe, it’s still possible to experience some potential adverse effects. The risks are low, but may include some temporary soreness, stiffness or tenderness following adjustments. Mild side effects typically go away on their own within about 24 hours.

Also keep in mind that a major advantage of visiting of a Chiropractor for help with pain or other symptoms is that you won’t be treated with drugs, which often cause a number of side effects. You may also be able to avoid having unnecessary surgery, which isn’t always effective and can pose its own risks.

In recent years, there’s been some concern in the media over whether chiropractic care could increase the risk of more serious side effects, such as stroke, neurological problems, internal bleeding or vertebral artery dissection. A number of studies have found no evidence that there is any link between chiropractic adjustments and suffering from a stroke. (26, 27)


 

Final Thoughts on Chiropractors

  • What is a Chiropractor? A Chiropractor is a trained doctor who specializes in detecting and reducing vertebral subluxation, or misalignments of the spine that interfere with the ability of the body’s nervous system to send and receive messages to and from the body. They also practice other holistic treatment approaches, including nutritional guidance, stress relief and soft tissue mobilization.
  • Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) must complete formal training that is similar to medical school required for primary care doctors. The process of becoming a DC involves 4 years of undergraduate study and an additional 4–5 years of graduate school, including internship and passing exams.
  • Chiropractic has been practiced since the late 1890s. It is considered one of the safest approaches to treating patients that is offered today and a good choice for people with conditions including: back or neck pain, digestive issues, headaches, injuries and neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

 Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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Numbness and tingling is a huge problem which affects every part of your life from sleeping, sitting or walking.  The thought of getting a good night sleep or playing with your kids or grandchildren may seem like a pipe dream because your arms or legs are in too much pain and may even be weak.

Maybe you’re frustrated because you’ve been told that you have to live with it as all the medical testing indicates that you shouldn’t have a problem. Or maybe you’re even fearful because the only options left are drugs with heavy side effects or surgery.

I can tell you one thing…… you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy which can be caused by different things. It is described by webmd.com as a condition that results when nerves from the brain and spinal cord which carry messages to and from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.

This condition obstructs the nerve signals that control your muscles, joints, connective tissues and organs and if ignored could lead to more serious complications.

“I feel like I’m 30 years older than I actually am.  I can’t walk great distances without pain.  My hands go numb while doing the simplest activities like watching tv or lying in bed.  I am tired of living this way.”

More Pills Are Not the Solution

I have been helping hundreds people with nerve related conditions for over 6 years. I want to let you know that there is hope and you do have another option in Chiropractic that has been proven effective in removing pressure on the nerves without drugs or surgery.

There have been many clinical studies which have demonstrated the benefit of chiropractic and nerve conditions:

Patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after only 9 chiropractic treatments. – Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008

With chiropractic care, patients had “significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation overall.” – JMPT 1998

“Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated.” – JMPT 1994

What these studies mean is that there is hope for you to get your life back.

Where should you start?

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Finding the cause of your neuropathy is where you should start. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to identify the causes of neuropathic conditions and if your case is beyond the scope of chiropractic you would be referred to the appropriate health professional.  However, often these conditions are caused by a degeneration or misalignment of the spine called Subluxation which can interfere with the nerves that leave your spine and travel to anywhere in the body.  This pressure can arise from the bones or intervertebral discs anywhere on the spine from the base of the head down to the tail bone.

Whether you have been to a chiropractor before or this would be your first experience, you may be wondering what to expect with us.  We want you to understand everything about your case and our procedures before we get started.  Our exams are thorough and our patients describe our techniques as “gentle and effective”.  We have many techniques that we can use to ensure that you are comfortable without hindering the results of your care and progress.

The goal is to release pressure on the nerves to allow your body to heal.

The first step is to have us investigate your problem.  We know that you may have tried everything else without success but this could the answer to your nerve problems.  We hear this from many patients…

“I wish I had found you sooner”

 

Your life could change for the better.  It’s time to start your body on the right path towards living normally again.  Watch your mobility improve, muscles relax and your pain ease up.

If you or someone you know is suffering, don't hesitate to call us at 905-864-1516 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will answer your questions.

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

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Our modern digital age has brought us many conveniences. BlackBerry devices, iPhones, tablets and e-readers allow us to communicate and be entertained with the push of a button. Technology can improve our quality of life, but it comes with a price: being huddled over devices for long period of times can do more harm than good. 

Using certain devices for extended periods of time can easily lead to neck strain, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, arms and hands. 

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Anyone who has used a cellphone or tablet for an extensive amount of time has probably experienced the peculiar strain it puts on your upper body. These conditions even have their own name now: Text Neck.

Here are some simple strategies to help shut down text neck strain: 

Take frequent breaks

Taking frequent breaks and looking up from your device can provide your neck with some relief from the pressure of looking down. 

Sit up straight

It is important to sit up straight while texting. This way you can maintain good posture, relieving your back and shoulders from the strain of being hunched over. 

Hold the phone a little higher

Holding the phone closer to eye level helps maintain a healthy posture and puts less strain on the neck.

Stretch

Be sure to stretch often between long periods of extended use of devices. You can rotate your shoulders with your arms by your sides to relieve tension. You can also tuck your chin down to your neck and then look up – this helps to relieve some of the tension in your neck built from the common forward-down position you adopt when looking at your device.

Get Adjusted

Only 10% of the population currently has a regular chiropractic visit. Ensuring your spine is healthy and in proper alignment is the most important step towards avoiding pains and strains. 

 

If you have questions on this topic or others, we are here to help. Ask a question and leave a comment below, contact the clinic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call 905-864-1516. We are here to help.

 

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

 

 

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What would you want your body to be able to do extremely well in order to achieve health?

 

Your brain is constantly sending specific information to each cell in your body. When the signal is clear, we call this EASE. In order to be a self-regulating, self-healing organism, this EASE must be maintained because it allows the brain to know what is happening and how it should respond. One of the most amazing aspects of your body is the ability to maintain a status of equilibrium and ease. In biology, the term for this is Homeostasis. Even more amazing is the fact that your body can maintain ease and homeostasis while exposed to negative Toxins, Thoughts and Trauma’s daily as long as this is within your body’s ability for adaptation.

 

What’s even more amazing is that a specific chiropractic adjustment on a specific vertebra can remove the stress that is compressing the neuro-activity of the body. By releasing the Subluxation, we restore the balance and EASE within your body so you can withstand daily stress’s. In other words, you can ADAPT to your environment without losing EASE or Homeostasis as long as your nervous system stays clear.

 

Chiropractic is awesome! Less stress, more ease and better adaptation. But what if we went a step further. Not only is your body communicating at 100% but the information that is sent is upgraded. It’s like going from regular TV to 4K. Same TV show, same information, just better and much clearer picture. Your body can now think more clearly.

 

If I had to design a body to be healthy, I would want it to self-heal, regenerate, fight infections and harmful pathogens, adapt to its environment, process information optimally. Do all that while keeping a state of ease and homeostasis. Your body is designed to be healthy, it just needs no interference.

 

What’s sad is most people still think chiropractic is about back pain. If only they knew what really goes on during an adjustment.

 

I love you and here for you 100%,

Dr. Matt

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Recent research has shown that the earth and all living things resonate at a high frequency and tone. Healthy cells vibrate at high vibrations and tone while diseased/sick cells vibrate at low frequency and low tone. When cells vibrate at high frequency they exhibit strong health and are in tune with the innate intelligence that flows through all matter. Interruption to the flow of innate intelligence causes cells to vibrate at low frequencies which disconnects living matter from its source.  

 

The word SUB-LUX-ATION (Sub = Less than, Lux = Light/Frequency/Flow) is a condition that interferes and is a major disruptor to the innate flow of life. Subluxations alter the flow of all LIFE that runs over all the nerves in the body and results in low vibrational tones. The CAUSE of all disease is altered expression of normal high vibrational tone.

 

This is why it is so important to ensure you continue to engage in high vibrational activities, thoughts and foods. Exercise, positive thoughts/actions and good nutrition all vibrate at high frequency and are in tune with the natural law of the universe.  They are the fuel your body needs in order to express health. Since the presence of normal tone prevents subluxations from occurring, the chiropractic adjustment and healthy lifestyle habits are necessary to ensure you continue to express your full potential.

 

Chiropractic does not cure and it certainly does not heal. YOUR BODY DOES and has everything it needs to be healthy. Chiropractic is the assessment application of what allows man to thrive by the removal of interference to the normal vibrational tone of life. Life runs from the source to each cell; uninterrupted it exudes the ultimate expression of life. It ensures we resonate at high frequency so we can be in tune with universal intelligence which runs through us. Chiropractic allows for the expression of life from Above Down Inside Out.

 

It is my sole purpose to see you re-connected to your full health potential. Start thinking healthy spine = Healthy life and be the best you possible. The world needs you and your gifts.

 

"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.NLT Matthew 5:14

 

I love you and here for you 100%,

 

Dr. Matt

 

 

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When our brain senses harm either from a traumatic/repetitive injury, stressful/negative thought or exposure to a toxins in the air, water, food or environment (aka. The THREE T’s), it shifts into protection mode—the fight-or-flight response (Sympathetic/Stress Response). The brain notes the body’s level of harm and determines whether we should be in fight-or-flight mode or if we have the “all clear” and can invest energy in growth and repair.

 

Our entire body is hardwired neurologically to respond to these signals one way or another: We cannot be both in GROWTH/HEALING and PROTECTION at the same time. While stressful mental activity includes negative, angry, fearful or depressed thoughts, physical traumas and toxic exposures represent influence the same centers of the brain as these mental thoughts do.

 

As you can imagine, we can be consciously aware of being angry, feeling nauseous from something we smell, or feeling pain from an injury, but an abundance of subconscious signals from these same circumstances reach the following key areas of the brain: the hippocampus (the center for learning), the amygdala (the stress and anxiety center), and the hypothalamus (the neuroendocrine control center, which initiates a cascade of events preparing us for fight or flight).

 

To give you an idea of the amount of signals detected by our brain each second, according to Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., we are able to perceive 40 bits of information consciously each second. In that time, 20,000,000 (yes, 20 million!) bits reach the brain subconsciously. Being that the majority of this input is subconscious, by definition you are not aware of it! Clearly, then, the quality of this abundant information profoundly influences the brain’s function.

 

Chiropractic adjustments, exercise, daily nutrient intake, and positive and loving thoughts contribute to creating high-quality input to the nervous system. This constructive input enhances healing, growth and balanced function. Health really boils down to homeostasis (balanced function) at the cellular level. To create a lifetime of health that can survive like D.D. Palmer’s principles, we must provide our bodies with optimal input throughout our lives.

 

Adjustments stop subconscious negative signals and brings the body into a state of ease thus allowing for a balanced state and therefore normal functioning of the entire body. Living a life in balance is the key to optimal health. 

 

I love you and I'm here for you 100%.

 

Be Blessed,

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

PS. This weekend is the Milton Home Show. Visit out booth as we bring truth, Chiropractic and hope to hundreds. 

 

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It’s great to be back!!! I’m so excited for the direction the clinic is heading and in the next few months massive changes will take place to ensure we provide the best chiropractic in the world. During the march break I was really focused on 2 main things. First, I worked hard in implementing new strategies to help more people understand chiropractic and to move the clinic closer towards my vision of serving more people. Each week I will be doing a 5 minute Facebook live show (click here for link) to answer common questions people have. BUT…I need your help with this one. In the next couple weeks, we will be handing out question forms and I really want your toughest questions about chiropractic and health. I will be answering questions LIVE every Tuesday at Noon. Make sure to watch, comment and share. Second, I wanted to have fun, so my wife and I went to Iceland. What a beautiful country! I highly recommend you visit and cross this place off your bucket list.

 

While away, I was able to catch up on some reading. In 1910,  D.D. Palmer identified the causes of vertebral subluxation as the Three T’s— thoughts, trauma and toxins. Since that time, we have expanded our understanding of how these factors impact our body’s function, but the basic concepts Palmer laid down for the profession he founded have survived the test of time.

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What we understand now is that subluxation is more than a spinal bone out of place and pinching a nerve, as was once thought. A subluxation involves changes throughout the nervous system by changing how the brain perceives the body. In Chiropractic we call this dis-ease. This is why subluxations cause so many different side effects such as: chronic tight muscles, ear aches, headaches, anxiety, heart issues, constipation, infections, sleeplessness, poor development in kids, skin conditions…on and on.

 

So how do the Three T’s cause subluxation and affect the function of the nervous system as a whole? Let’s start with physical trauma, since most people can resonate with that. It is easy to understand how a vertebra can become misaligned as a result of physical trauma to the spine—forceful birthing procedures that pull and twist a baby’s head to expedite the delivery process, falls endured while learning how to walk, playground injuries, bad posture, increased technology use, car accidents, falls etc. The body will logically try to stabilise this area with muscle splinting, which will heal in this configuration unless something is done to restore integrity to the area. Today, repeated poor health habits and static postural loading cause more subluxation than anything else.

 

The body can Subluxate's with chemical exposure and emotional stresses. The nervous system perceives these non-physical stressors to be threatening and directs the muscles to react, defend and brace the body, holding bones in positions that can cause asymmetry and imbalance in the spine. No muscle moves a bone without a nerve purposefully telling it to do so. These misalignment's and alterations in spinal curvature are only a result of the internal, neurological response to the overwhelming presence of the Three T’s.


The Adjustment restores BALANCE to the nervous system so your body can FUNCTION, HEAL and REPAIR the way it was designed. Everyone deserves a clear nervous system so they can be the best version of themselves. This is the gift of Chiropractic to the world and this is my God-Given purpose. Please comment, ask questions, share this with others. I will always personally answer any questions you have. 

I love you and I’m all in for you 100%.

Be blessed,

Dr. Matt

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One of the most important aspects of chiropractic care is understanding subluxation and why everyone from newborns to 95 year old grand parents need to be under care. Truthfully, If I only had to take care of one person in the family, it would be the YOUNGEST. Growing healthy children is much easier than fixing injured adults.

 

Some of you may have seen a Facebook post where students asked the effects of stress over time and the teacher used a water bottle to help explain. Since Subluxation is the most dangerous stress you can have, I believe it is pivotal to understand how it applies to you and your health.

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Imagine I gave you a bottle of water and asked you to hold it in your hands with your arm stretched out. Then I asked you how much it weighs. What would you say? 1 lbs, .5 lbs, 2 lbs?  The truth is, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how long you hold onto the bottle. If you hold the bottle of water for 1 minute, you will probably not notice the weight. If I hold it for 5 minutes your arm will start to feel tired and heavy. If you held it for 15 minutes your fingers would probably go numb and if you did it for an hour you probably would lose complete function in your arm and strain the supporting muscles.

 

The way we need to view subluxation is quite simple. Subluxations are correctable but what truly matters is how long it has been there. The longer it has been there, the more impact (weight) it has on your body. Subluxations are only detectable by those trained to detect it and you will never hear from your medical doctor about something they are not trained in. b2ap3_thumbnail_subluxation.jpg

 

Research confirms subluxation is not a bone pressing on a nerve. Research has shown the body is smarter than that (duh) and will go into a defense mechanism. When a certain spinal vertebrae Subluxates, the nerves around that segment and the spinal cord directly behind it begins to shrink so that nothing will press on it. However, this is meant to be a short term (adaptive) solution. If undetected and not adjusted, the longer it stays that way, the greater the impact to the body. This is why it does not cause a symptom and if symptoms are present, we have a much bigger problem on our hands.

 

Subluxations are truly a silent killer. They do not press on nerves, they cause the body to alter its state to avoid any structures pressing on it. The brain then enters a stressful (sympathetic) response. In this stressed and altered state, your ability to self regulate, produce hormones, drugs, healing, repair, function, think..etc are directly affected. Left undetected for days, weeks, months, years will all have varying effects on your health from headaches, tight muscles, anxiety, diabetes, blood pressure (insert symptom or disease here). It all comes down to how long it has been there. The higher in the spine the Subluxation the greater the altered physiology.

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Getting your spine checked and adjusted for Subluxation is the most powerful health choice you have made. How long Subluxation has been there will not only determine how long it will take to correct it but also how severe of an impact it will have. Health is our greatest asset. Being proactive and not reactive means you give your brain the ability to fight disease before it consumes you.

If you have any questions, please comment and I will personally answer all questions. You can visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheHealthyFamily for more information.

Dr. Matthew Posa, Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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Last week TMZ reported that playboy model Katie May died after chiropractor 'tore open artery while manipulating' neck injury she incurred on photo shoot. 

I am a Chiropractor and I want everyone to know the truth before they start pointing fingers or worse, people not getting care that can help them.

- Katie May did suffer a neck injury while on a photo shoot before visiting a chiropractor.
- She was experiencing pains such as neck pain, arm numbness and tingling before she went to the chiropractor
- She did not feel better after going to the chiropractor

It pains me to see someone so young pass away from a stroke. It is important that everyone knows that science has proven that a Chiropractor cannot cause a stroke. It is not possible by the way we do things today and with all the training we have. I will agree after being adjusted my entire life that I did not like all the chiropractors I saw or the style of adjustments I received but that doesn't mean Chiropractic is not safe and it doesn't work.

Here are some important sings and symptoms associated with a stroke: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • The Key word is sudden. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please go to your nearest emergency department right away. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Why are people linking chiropractic and stroke? This is what the best research has to say:
- The neck pain or headaches from a dissected cervical artery cause patients to schedule a visit with a chiropractor for pain relief. 
- The dissected vertebral artery is already present before the adjustment takes place. And that’s why so many draw fast conclusions that an adjustment caused it.

Links to Research (not opinion papers):

1. http://www.cureus.com/articles/4155-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-chiropractic-care-and-cervical-artery-dissection-no-evidence-for-causation

2. http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2008/02151/Risk_of_Vertebrobasilar_Stroke_and_Chiropractic.19.aspx

3. http://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12998-015-0063-x

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25494315

And this last research article will surprise you...they concluded “those who were under the care of a Chiropractor had less strokes than those under a primary care physician.”

Chiropractic is not only very safe, thousands of lives are being saved from over 2 million adjustments done every day around the world. The probability of someone having a major issue is 1 in 4.2 Million. Chiropractic has been around for over 121 years and in that time only a hand full of these types of conditions have presented. Nobody makes a stink when 2000 kids die every year from taking Tylenol.

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If you are suffering and want help, we can help and rest assured, IT IS SAFE. Chiropractors are loving and caring people, who wake up every day excited to help others. We are highly trained and love to serve our patients with the highest level of health care available.

Yes some people hate the sound or to watch people get adjusted but that does not make it unsafe.

What you need to know is that not all chiropractors are the same. In our office, the care and concern of our patients is our absolute priority. All patients undergo extensive tests including x-ray to determine the cause of their concern and to allow us to be extremely precise. Only once we have carefully reviewed your examination findings and come up with a treatment plan do we proceed with specific chiropractic adjustments and correction. We do not gamble with people's lives. For more information visit our website at www.thehealthyfamily.ca or call us at 905-864-1516.  

God bless everyone,


Dr. Matthew Posa, Milton Chiropractor

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A chiropractic adjustment does so much more than just release a joint, taking tension off of the nerves and muscles.  In fact I’ve heard it said this way:

 

Going to a chiropractor just for pain relief,

Is like robbing a bank and just stealing the pens!

 

A 2011 study by 9 doctors using PET scan technology (neuro-imaging technique) found that ONE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT did the following:

 

1. Sympathetic tone was inhibited (ie. anti-stress effect) 

This literally means that your body has a harder time feeling stressed when you get adjusted.  Think about that!   Wow!

 

2. Salivary amylase was decreased (drop in the feeling of being stressed)

This is a measurement of the type of saliva that is present in someone that is highly stressed.

 

3. Regional brain metabolic changes (the brain is greatly influenced by the spine)

The metabolism of your brain is altered – it becomes more efficient in its firing (hence your general feeling of more energy) and it quiets down, just like it would in a stress-free environment.

 

4. Decreased muscle hypertonicity (relaxation of muscles)

The muscles around the neck, shoulders and back all release their tension – even in areas of the spine that weren’t actually touched during the adjustment. This is why for so many of you a proper upper spine adjustment is exactly what is required to release the tension in your lower back.

 

5. Decreased pain intensity (feeling better)

Pain is a chemical reaction.  The depolarization level of mechanoreceptors and pain receptors are altered to a level that they would be in a stess-free person.

 

What does this all mean?

This proves that no matter your age, your health, your heritage or your genetics, your SPINAL INTEGRITY will dictate NERVE SYSTEM FUNCTION! Remember HEALTH = OPTIMAL FUNCTION OF YOUR BODY. It is not the absence of symptoms.

 

Your back is your lifeline.  Your back determines whether or not you are always stressed. 

And since stress = death, I’d say that’s pretty important! 

 

Dr. Matthew Posa, DC

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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Medical researchers in Germany have discovered a link between pressure on the spinal cord from subluxation and heart function in infants.  They saw the displaced spine on the infant’s x-ray and when the displaced spine was gently removed by a specific adjustment the cardiac function of the infant improved.

They went on to say that this type of “treatment” was successfully used to “treat” other disorders in children including wryneck, c-scoliosis, irritation of the brachial plexus (nerves that supply the arm), retardation of sensation and co-ordination as well as pain related conditions such as cry-babies with ‘3-month colic’ or hyperactivity with sleeplessness.

 The report went on to say that over 20,000 children had been “treated” without serious complication.

Finally, the researchers suggest, “It will be interesting in the future to investigate a possible relationship between pressure on the spinal cord (subluxation) and sudden infant death (SIDS).

Amazing – this research paper was written by non-chiropractors and it originated in Germany.  Canadian chiropractors could lean a thing or two about useful research from these medical doctors.  Canadian researchers are trying to position chiropractic as little more that a mediocre treatment of back pain.  Meanwhile children are dying, or going through life with compromised sensory and motor development.

Chiropractic was developed 121 years ago with a much broader vision than most people (even chiropractors) understand.  Science is just now catching up! 

I’m tired of reading another study saying that chiropractic helps people with low back pain.  Let’s get to work understanding the really serious problems that chiropractic can address. 

In fact 15 years ago researchers Schneier and Burns (1991) drew a connection between subluxation in the upper neck and sudden infant death.  We’ve had this groundbreaking research for 10 years and it has, for the most part, been ignored.

The world is seeing the awesome things that chiropractic has bent asking about for 121 years. The true solution to terrific health is through an optimal functioning nerve system, whether it's for an intact or someone whose 90. With principled, specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments your nerve system is maximized and you live a great life. Without it you die early and poorly.

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

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“I don’t believe in Chiropractic”

While chiropractic is unique and different, it certainly is not something that you have to “believe in”.  Chiropractic, like gravity, works whether you believe in it or not.  Chiropractic produces results because it acknowledges scientifically confirmed facts:

The nervous system controls everything in your body.  Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord where nerves branch off to every organ and tissue.  Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is functioning normally. 

The nervous system is so important, the body put 24 vertebra to protect it. This armor also supports your body but when you experience physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental and chemical stress (all day, most days) these bones can get stuck or mis-align. This interferes with this exchange of communication by irritating the nervous system.  Dysfunction and ill health will result from a compromised nervous system.  Chiropractic care removes the interference and helps restore the integrity of the nervous system thereby promoting health and healing.

     “If you start, do you have to go for the rest of your life?”

You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. You don't have to brush your teeth, you don't have to eat well, you don't have to bring your car for an oil change. But anything worth having must be maintained. Regular spinal hygiene is not a new thing but as you can see its very important. Health is not a destination, it is a journey that starts with a choice.

This is a convenient claim made by critics who have chosen to overlook convincing proof to the contrary.  Being “all in your head” implies the power of suggestion.  Yet, chiropractic results have been experienced by newborns, infants, pets and others for whom the power of suggestion isn’t possible!  The power of suggestion can’t begin to explain the millions of patients who have been helped with chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic has survived for the past 120 years and is the largest form on natural health care in the world. It has survived and thrived against much opposition simply because chiropractic always works. History does not lie and if you look up the facts you will see this. 

In 1918 the flu pandemic swept across the US killing thousands. During this time, more people were seeking chiropractic as a way to fight off the flu. Statistics reflect a most amazing, almost miraculous state of affairs. The medical profession was practically helpless wit the flu victims but chiropractors seemed able to do no wrong. National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients - one out of every 886! In New York City, during the same period, for every 10,000 cases medically treated, 950 died; and in every 10,000 pneumonia cases medically treated 6,400 died.

These figures are exact and a historical fact. 

  My medical doctor told me “Don’t let the chiropractor adjust your neck because it will cause a stroke.”

            Those in the medical profession who make this statement either have unknowingly been misinformed or they choose to spread misleading and inaccurate information.  When anyone makes a negative comment they need to back it up with fact (research), if not, it is all hearsay. 

The research produced to date has the occurrence of stroke with neck adjusting at 1 in 5,850,000 million adjustments.  The published statistics for women taking a birth control pill is that 1 in 25,000 will die from the pill.  If you are afraid of having your neck adjusted, you must be much more scared of the birth control pill. 4,000 children died last year from taking Tylenol. Last year, 40,000 people in Canada and 440,000 people in the US died from receiving medical intervention and those numbers continue to rise. Medical mistakes and errors is now the 3rd leading cause of death in North America.

            According to data obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics in the United States, it shows the mortality rate from stroke in the chiropractic patient population is less than half than that of the general population. Therefore, we could conclude that by having chiropractic care, your chances of having a stroke are actually reduced by 50%.

Facts and results have always proved that chiropractic is not only safe, it works! So what are you waiting for?


Dr. Matthew Posa DC,

Owner/Family Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic Milton

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Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck or a sore low back. You can’t even bend down to tie your shoes without feeling agonizing pain. There is no such thing as a position where you feel comfortable. The pain is constant.

You stretch. Still feel the pain. You ice it. No change. You get a massage. That helps for a bit but then a couple hours or a day goes by and the stiffness returns. So you decided to take a drug. You take Advil, Tylenol, or an equivalent and it gives you some relief but as soon as it wears off the pain returns. You don’t want to have to take pills every day. You need to make the pain go away for good. So what can you do?

You need to get to the root of the problem, and the best way to do that is with chiropractic. You might think I’m biased by saying this because I’m a chiropractor, but here are a few of the proven benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

CHIROPRACTIC HELPS YOUR BODY FUNCTION AT IT'S FULLEST POTENTIAL

Have you ever heard a chiropractor talk about living to your fullest potential or even better, wellness? Ever wonder what the heck they are talking about? As a chiropractor, I always wondered what that truly meant. I've read so many research articles talking about thousands of health benefits from getting adjusted but was never truly explained what chiropractic truly is.

One day I was talking to some patients about this very thing and then it hit me. I'm living with a truth that can literally save millions of lives but I have no idea how to properly say it.  People are literally dying to hear this message and its not getting to them. Our hospitals and medical system is strained to the maximum because of just how sick we have become.

Theres just one problem...

The problem is the only thing most people can relate to is PAIN. People understand pain and symptoms because that is part of being human. But thats the problem. Every health care solution has been designed around it. Get better, feel better model of health care. Take away the pain or symptom means getting better right? ....NO!

Let's get back to the truth I live with. It's so simple that I feel some people won't believe it. But this is what’s changing lives for hundreds of my patients and millions of chiropractic patients world wide. 

You body was designed to work in harmony with itself. Your brain sends signals to 10 trillion cells each second and receives information from those cells so it can self regulate. Your body secretes and produces chemicals and hormones in the perfect quantity and at the perfect moment. It can even do this while you are relaxing or when you are running. Your body can adapt and still maintain optimal harmony in the body. We call this being in homeostasis. This was how you were designed to work and this is what we mean when we talk about wellness. There's just one problem. You live on earth!

Every day your body is being constantly stressed from the moment you get up, the drive to work, the posture you have while sitting all day, the chemicals in the air your breathe, the toxins in our foods, the mental and emotional stresses from family, friends, work, the sport injuries, the falls, accidents and so on. As time goes on, your body is still functioning but now under a constant load. This is called allostatic load. Further driving you from homeostasis and altering your body's natural ability to self regulate and thrive. Now you're in CRISIS mode.

How many people do you know if your life that are just getting by?

How many people do we know live their lives in crisis mode?

Truth is, your body can only sustain this allostatic pressure for so long before your adrenals fail, your body chemistry is so far from its original design that you now have high blood pressure, you can't sleep, your energy is gone, you have aches and pains, your body is not repairing the way it use to, you get headaches or migraines, irritable and you carry a bottle of pills with you just to get by.

What does this have to do with chiropractic?

It's simple, chiropractic was never designed to instantly make you feel better, it was designed to instantly make you work better. Chiropractic is the only form of health care that directly works with the nervous system and we use the spine as our main tool to access it. The spine protects your brain, spinal cord and nerves which is exactly the system we want to affect. b2ap3_thumbnail_illustration-of-human-brain.jpg 

Each specific adjustment not only removes pressure off the joints, it stimulates little receptors which cause the brain to adapt altering how it perceives the body. This is the power of the adjustment, it changes and restores the relationship between you brain and body. Ultimately, altering its self-regulating systems to its original state by changing your biochemistry from crisis mode to the way you were designed to function, heal and repair.

This is where you start living again, the way you were designed to live. Chiropractic is not about pain or symptoms, its about restoring your body’s ability to self-regulate. This is wellness and the truth that I live with that can save millions of lives. 

Help change this world by sharing this simple truth.

Blessings,

Dr. Matthew Posa 

Owner/Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic in Milton, Ontario.

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Milton Chiropractor baffles Medical Doctors: What he is doing is not possible, or is it?


It's been said many times, once the spine has started to break down there is nothing "we" can do. Many people continue to seek medical advice when it comes to neck and back pain. This often leads to either a surgical consultation with a specialist or more often than not, more prescriptions.  "Many people are starting to wake up and want answers says Dr. Matthew Posa, a chiropractor in Milton, Ontario. Dr. Posa specializes in a new form of chiropractic called Spinal Correction and is the owner of The Healthy Family Chiropractic. "Chiropractic has come a long way in recent years, now we can not only improve how the spine moves and feels but actually change its shape to the original design". "This allows for the spine to heal and things like degenerative joint and disc disease can actually be fixed."

In 2014, Harvard Medical School made a stand to back chiropractic in hopes of restoring a severed relationship between both professions. "As a chiropractor my job is not to go against medicine since medicine when applied correctly saves lives, especially in emergencies. My job is to work with medical doctors so we can help people and give them a real solution without drugs or surgery."

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These are just some of the amazing changes that are possible. These lives are being changed and now nobody will have to endure the pain or problems associated with degeneration, arthritis, medications or their side effects. Living the life you were designed to live is possible and our mission.


What are you waiting for?


Dr. Matthew Posa

Chiropractor/Owner at The Healthy Family Chiropractic
905-864-1516

 

 

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Have you ever been explained how a Lobster grows? I never thought this would be interesting but then I read an article that explained it. 

Lobsters are soft animals that grow into a hard shell but the shell does not grow larger. So after some time the lobster experiences a lot of pressure and gets very uncomfortable while it continues to grow and expends as it presses on the rigid shell. So it goes under a rock in oder to protect itself from predators and sheds the shell in order to grow a larger one. Once it is under pressure from the new shell, it repeats the same process and this goes on for a lifetime. The stimulus of being uncomfortable is what allows for growth.  

Could you imagine if that lobster when faced with increasing pressure, constraint, resistance and adversity went to an allopathic Doctor? He would be given pain medication, Adavan or other anti-anxiety pills and told to come back if things don't get better.

We all have moments in our lives when we will be faced with our own growing pains. Moments of stress, pressure, resistance and pain. It is the adversity that brings us into new life. In my years of practice serving hundreds of patients, it is the pursuit of the cause and not the treatment of the symptoms which has allowed for health and healing. It is well researched and documented that specific adjustments cause inhibitory stress responses in the brain. This lowers cortisol, sympathetic activity and increases brain-body function. Increasing how your body performs under times of stress is the key to understanding the stimulus and making the necessary adjustments in your life. Treating the symptom and not the cause is simply not good enough. Taking pressure of my brain and spinal cord gives my body the best chance it has to be strong during a season of growth. 

We all know someone that is masking symptoms with medication or treating their symptoms and not the cause. Give them a gift that will help them grow and gain strength so they can change and break free from the shell that has been holding them back from experiencing life to the fullest. This Christmas, help change someones life.

Have a wonderful weekend, God bless you. 

Dr. Matthew Posa, DC.

Owner & Family Chiropractor @ The Healthy Family Chiropractic in Milton, Ontario

Contact: 905-864-1516 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pack it Light, Wear It Right

FREE BACKPACK CHECK SEPT 14-25
FOR ALL PATIENTS AND THEIR KIDS.
PLEASE LET LISA OR DR. DENISE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE BRINGING IN YOUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR BACKPACKS TO ALLOW FOR SOME EXTRA TIME.
 
We are dedicating September to kids. This month can be very stressful or filled with excitement for parents and/or their children. This is also the time when families prepare for school by getting school supplies, new outfits, haircuts, shoes and of course a new backpack. This is usually when things can go wrong and parents simply don't know how to choose the best backpack for their kids. A recent study has shown that kids as young as 5 are now experiencing back and neck pain. Most kids don't know how to voice their discomfort and spinal misalignment can also result in changes to their behavior.
 
Here are some key signs:
- Headaches
- Poor Concentration
- Poor Memory
- Poor Sleeping Habits
- Poor Posture
- Aggressive Behavior
- Unwillingness to participate
- Constant Colds/Sickness

Up until the 1980's most schools would have a team of doctors and nurses come to schools all over Ontario and screen children for spinal abnormalities. Unfortunately this has stopped and many kids go without a proper spinal assessment usually until things are too late. This is why we are giving everyone that opportunity to get their child's spine checked at NO COST. Yes, we are doing free spinal screenings to anyone under the age of 18 for free regardless if they are patients or not.

Spinal misalignment if found early and corrected can avoid long-term head, neck and shoulder problems for the rest of someone's life while increasing their bodies function and improving their health.

Please share this message with anyone you know that does not get regular spinal assessments. You can change someone's life and not even know it.

Here are some helpful tips that will help your child carry his or her backpack with ease.

Carrying a heavy load can lead to poor posture and a distorted spinal column. Over time, this can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.  A heavy backpack carried on one shoulder forces the muscles and spine to compensate for the uneven weight. This places stress on the mid and lower back.


1. Select a lightweight backpack in vinyl or canvas.
2. Pick a backpack with two wide, adjustable and padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, and padded back.
3. Try the backpack for fit and comfort – ensure it’s not too snug around the shoulders and armpits, and that it’s proportionate to the wearer’s body type.

Packing it properly

  • Your child’s backpack should only contain what is needed for that day.
  • A full backpack should be no more than 5 to 10% of the wearer’s body weight.
Example: Child Weight: 60 Lbs = Backpack 6 Lbs (That's the weight of lunch and one text book)
  • Place the heaviest objects close to the body and light or odd-shaped objects away from the back.x

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Place the backpack on a flat surface and slip on the backpack one shoulder at a time, adjust the straps to fit comfortably. When lifting the backpack use both arms and legs, and bend at the knees – give young children a hand.

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God Bless all the teachers and students,

Dr. Matthew Posa
 
 
 
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