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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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The purpose of chiropractic is to locate and correct spinal subluxations. A subluxation is when a bone is out of alignment disrupting normal nerve function and reducing mental impulse.

 

Your brain holds ALL LIFE and that LIFE must travel through the nervous system to each tissue cell. This is normal function. When a subluxation occurs, we have altered nerve impulse and therefore decrease LIFE. Each person replaces cells in their body at a rate of 2.5 million cells/minute. What kind of a body will you have next year? Next year your body will be different. Your blood cells replace themselves every 12-15 days, heart cells in 4 months, internal organs in 6 months, muscles in 9 months, physical body in a year and finally skeletal system in 7 years.

 

We also know that there is an innate intelligence that travels throughout the body. That innate intelligence is the same intelligence that made the body. This intelligence that runs through your body creates matter (cells) from energy (food). Your physical body is a result of this intelligence using energy to create matter. If we interfere with the intelligence, no matter what energy we are putting in, we are going to disturb the quality of matter. As a result of subluxation, the body replaces itself with abnormal cells. Now we have a collection of abnormal cells being created in the body by the body. Not created from the outside-in but from the inside-out. Abnormal is being created by the body because the very thing that created the body is being disturbed.

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The body is building itself abnormally and this can take place over a period of years. A subluxation can be there for 5, 10, 15, 20 years. It takes a long time for normal cells to replace themselves with abnormal cells and create disease.

 

For example, we know that it takes 2.5 years before you get a clinical manifestation of heart disease. But the subluxation had to be there first in order for the abnormal cells to be present. These abnormal cells in the heart were there from the inception of the subluxation. But nobody has any early signs of heart disease being formed. Cancer takes approximately 5 years to develop and most degenerative diseases start 5-15 years before symptoms. Abnormal is created in the body not out of the body. Not because you are allergic to someone or something but simply because your body is no longer receiving the maximum intelligence and thereby creating itself abnormally.

 

If it continues to create itself abnormally over time it develops the thing that man has called DISEASE. Man then names that disease with a clinical manifestation and a category based on where it is and the affected tissues.

 

If the world only understood this law of nature. We have abnormal cells being created as a result of subluxation. After the abnormal and damage comes SYMPTOMS. So the symptoms come after abnormal and damage. If you don’t believe me, take a hammer and hit your big toe and tell me if its hurts before or after. First comes the damage then comes the pain.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_BJ1.jpgThe world views health much differently than chiropractic does. If you have a symptom, treat it. If you have a symptom you are sick. If you don’t have a symptom you are healthy. It is the biggest lie there is causing more people to suffer and never reach their true health potential. If I can get a patient who hurt their back yesterday understand that their back pain is actually a result of abnormal from 10-15 years ago then I have served that patient with a knowledge and understanding that far exceeds current thinking.

 

If chiropractic was truly about treating symptoms, the truth is drugs do a much better job and are much cheaper. But the crisis in health care today is caused from the treatment of symptom with an understanding that once the symptom is gone, that person is healthy. That person is still left with the subluxation. They still have creation of abnormal cells, still have disease, and still have damage.

 

Our world needs to hear this message more than ever before. The purpose of chiropractic is the restoration of normal mental impulses for maximum connection to innate intelligence.

 

I love you and I’m here for you 100%,

 

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor 

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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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“As the twig bends, so grows the tree” – What Alexander Pope meant by this quote was that problems that arise in childhood carry through into adulthood.

Most new patients don’t realize that The Healthy Family Chiropractic Milton provides care for not only adults, but also infants and children.  As soon as a new baby is born, the spine begins to undergo stress and irregularities may occur.  It’s extremely important that these issues are corrected as soon as possible so they don’t develop into major problems as we get older.

During childbirth, pressure is placed on the nerves and nervous system. Even when we think about an uncomplicated labour, doctors normally pull on the baby’s head and neck to help move the birthing process along. Over 90% of misalignments in the spine are caused by childbirth (including in adults).

A study found that trauma to the spine during childbirth was the cause of nearly 85% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It was also discovered that approximately 80% of children have misalignments in their upper neck, which is known to cause susceptibility to infection, recurrent cold and flu, ear troubles, tonsillitis, just to name a few.  Not to worry, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments that work to correct these misalignments initiate a faster immune response than antibiotic treatments do.

Scoliosis, a condition where there is abnormal curvature of the spine, can begin to develop when subluxations (spinal misalignments affecting the nerves) from childhood are left uncorrected. Subluxations can occur from things you may not expect, such as a diaper that has been fastened too tight, since it doesn’t allow for natural hip movement. Placing your baby in a Jolly-Jumper can cause undue stress to their underdeveloped spinal discs. Tossing a small child in the air as a form of entertainment can actually do more harm to the child than good; it can cause a whiplash motion on the spine, which is detrimental to the nervous system.  Subluxations also occur with more obvious traumas as well, such as a fall or a hit during a sporting event.

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When left uncorrected, these misalignments or subluxations in the spine can act as a poorly built foundation causing a long life of evolving issues, such as spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, development of abnormal calcium deposits and instable ligaments surrounding the vertebrae.

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What is the quality of your life and health?  How do stresses in life affect your health? How is the health of others around you? Could it be better?

     If you want to have a higher quality of health, the new year may be the opportune time to reassess your life and make some very important and life changing decisions.

     Many people believe that the older they get, the less beneficial it becomes, to drop bad habits and start good ones.  This is simply not true.  It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Whether your body is 2 months old or 82 years old, it will always function at its maximum efficiency when you eat well, exercise regularly, and keep your nerve system free from interference caused by vertebral subluxations.

     Ageing causes the structures that hold the spine in proper alignment to undergo change.  The muscles that support and move the vertebrae of the spinal column begin to lose their tone. This can result in a greater tendency for spinal vertebrae to subluxate, or “slip out of line”, losing their normal mobility.   This process creates interference with the communication pathways through the nerve system which is so vital for good health. By adjusting the spine, we restore the body’s ability to govern itself optimally.

If you understand this next part you will understand everything there is to know about health and healing. Your body, when it's working the way it was designed can last until 120-150 years old. But the individual cells don’t last 120 years. If I brush my hand, I will brush off millions of dead cells and new ones grow from behind in order to replace them. Your body constantly replaces itself at the rate of 3 billion cells every 20 seconds! As you read this right now your heart cells are dying but don't worry about it because your body is making new cells to replace it out of the food you ate today. Heart cells live about 90 days and then they die, red blood cells live about 120 days and then die and replaced. After 14 months go by, all your organs have been replaced. It takes about 7 years to replace the entire body, bones and all. Every 7 years you have a brand new body. That means if you have been married for 21 years, you are on your 3rd spouse by now. (That was a joke!)

Your entire body replaces itself with new cells as old cells die off except for one system. Can you guess? Your brain and spinal cord. Those cells have to last you your entire life. The brain and spinal cord are the first cells to form, they are the master controls cells that regulate the entire body and the only cells that will last a life time.

Do you think it might be a good idea to take care of your brain and spinal cord?

That's the Chiropractic message. That’s all we want you to do. We say since every part of your body can be replaced and since your brain and spinal cord, if they are working properly, regulate the function of the entire body then you only really have to worry about one system. If the new cells in your body is getting clear information from your brain and spinal cord and form strong and healthy then disease passes from the picture. That's why patients under chiropractic care for more than 7 years are statistically the healthiest patients in our office. But if the new cells that are born are born just as sick as the old ones, then the disease goes on and on and you will never get well.

This is why Chiropractic is so important and why so many people don’t understand it. Everyone else is trying to help all the sick cells in the body. Chiropractic doesn’t want to cure your sick cells, we  just wants to make sure all the new cells that are being born are born healthy.

     As we move into another year of our lives, it is very important to take a bit of time to sit down and reassess where we are heading with our health and our goals of enjoying our health now and later in life.  We must realise that if we procrastinate with our health now, we may not be able to enjoy the rest of our lives the way we desire.

     The people who have been caught in a bad health scenario for a long time should realise that the vast majority of the health problems could improve greatly with a natural and holistic approach to health.  A lot of these people get caught up on a treadmill of drug taking.  They only mask symptoms temporarily and inevitably allowing their body to slowly be dragged in a downward spiral of health, creating the need for more drugs.

     We are in control of our own destiny.  It is never too late for NEW BEGINNINGS. Tell others, let them read this or even better, give them the gift of health. Who wouldn’t want a $400 gift card? Especially if they have never had a proper spinal check up. Just imagine if you were responsible for improving someone’s life, getting them off drugs and living the life they were designed to live, simply because you gave them the opportunity with a free health gift card.

I want to share with you a verse I read daily. It keeps me motivated and focused on my WHY.

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

Together, we can change our community by giving hope and healing to thousands.

 

God Bless and Merry Christmas,

 

Dr. Matthew Posa DC

Milton Chiropractor 

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

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It's time to think Christmas Strategy.

Unfortunately during this time of the year because of time constraints, people being busy, financial stress, parties, bad foods, more booze etc..  it more often than not is one of the most stressful times of the year. More people get sick during Christmas and January than any other time in the year. 

Here are my 7 AWESOME Steps to Christmas Success

1. Pro-Actively Pre-Eat: Before you go to Christmas functions, dinners and parties and indulge in foods you don't normally eat (SUGAR), eat a few hours before something nutritious before you go. This will decrease the tendency for you to want to eat more food and ensure you are getting proper nutrition. 

2. Stay Continually Hydrated: People often think they are hungry when in fact they are dehydrated. Especially in kids. Staying hydrated is not only good for you it will ensure your appetite stays in control. 

3. Don't skip on your workout. Your workout is as much as a mind set thing as it is a physical thing. Exercise breaks stress, oxygenates your cells and this gives life to your tissues. If you skip your workout you often tend to skip-out on other things too. Stick to it and be committed, consistency is key.

4. Steer Clear of the Sugar. Sugar is proven to reduce the function of your nervous system which reduces your immune system. Sugar feeds disease cells. Bacterial and Cancer cells LOVE sugar.

5. Don't hang out near the bad stuff. Out of sight, out of mind. Don't park yourself beside the bar or beside the sweets table. 

6. Rest Up. We typically get this wrong and do it backwards. When we are the most busy, we need the most rest. Take a small 15-20 min nap if you need to. Deadlines, late nights, parties, extra work all add up to less rest. 

7. Take the time to be Merry and Joyful. This is so so so important. This is one of the relationships time of the year. Do not let stress and being caught up in pointless things rob you of joy. Surround yourself with loved ones and celebrate life. 

When we need Health the most, we often bail on it the most. These strategies will keep you pointed in the right direction so that you can live the life you were Designed to live. 

From all of us at the healthy family to you and your family, we love being part of your lives and on your journey towards true health. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a happy new year. God bless,

Dr. Matthew Posa DC

The Healthy Family Chiropractic Milton

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How are you feeling? Especially after the elections last week, it seems that’s all everyone was talking about. I logged onto Facebook and I had to turn it off, it was crazy. The radio was driving me nuts and in just 5 weeks it’s Christmas! If you are not already stressed, then I probably just made you a little more stressed. YOUR WELCOME! I want to give you some really HUGE stress reduction tips that I know will help you leading into Christmas and the new year.

 

Studies show us unequivocally that stress is all about the nervous system (Brain and Spinal Cord) and its ability to adapt and deal with every day stresses.

 

1.    Chiropractic adjustments: When you hear that “pop” your spinal cord and specifically Lamina 7 is stimulated and synapses (triggers) your brain to immediately stop stress response (Cortisol and other hormones) and immediately initiates a healing response. The adjustment stops destructive and negative processes and starts life-giving and building

2.    Movement: When you engage into activities (Yoga, Walking, Exercise, Weight-Lifting, etc.) you are moving and mobilizing your spine, you are reducing tension throughout your body, it helps to relax muscles but most importantly research shows it helps to pump and circulate cerebral-spinal fluid (CSF) around your spine and brain. CSF is responsible for 90% of the nutrition to your brain. If you have ever gone for a 30 min walk or gone to yoga, you feel very relaxed afterwards. It’s because you helped moved the CSF around your body and gave your brain the nutrition it needs.

3.    Renewing your mind: Having something you can rely on that helps keep you motivated and thinking positive. This is a must have and a proven life changing strategy. Everyone needs something to keep them thinking positive. Recent studies have found those who create a list by adding one thing you are greateful for each morning for a month had the best and most positive changes in their lives. Being grateful and acknowledging blessings in your life changes the hormones in your brain. Oxytocin and Serotonin are naturally released in the highest amounts when you are 1. grateful and 2. when you hug or do something for someone else without expectations of something in return.

 

Find a book that is motivational, inspirational, and hope giving. Keep the book on your night stand. Every night before going to bed, read for 5-10 mins and let those positive and encouraging thoughts fuel your mind as you sleep and repair.

Books I recommend:

Limitless by Jentzen Franklin

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

 

 

 

God Bless,

 

Dr. Matthew Posa 

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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Ronda Rousey The Ultimate Female Fighter is Powered by Chiropractic

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How does the #1 mixed martial artist champion Ronda Rousey get ready to defend her Bantamweight Title in Ultimate Fighting Championship’s? That’s right, by getting adjusted and being under Chiropractic.

Here is what Ronda has to say about Chiropractic:

“Doctor Sarkis Cholakyan is an amazing person and a wonderful chiropractor. A lot of the injuries that I get during training, I can count on Dr. Sarkis Cholakyan because he always helps me get better. Thanks a lot to Cholakyan Chiropractic!”

American mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey takes down Brazilian Bethe Correia on her own turf in just 34 seconds at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Women’s Bantamweight Title Fight.

With the swift knockout, the 28-year-old defending champion maintained her dominance as the only female bantamweight champion in the UFC with a 12-0 record.

Ronda Rousey Destroys Bethe Correia In 34 Seconds

Cheers to the Chiropractic Nation and Ronda Rousey for continuing your Chiropractic care!

If getting your spine regularly checked and corrected helps athletes perform and heal better, just imagine what it can do for you. ‪#‎poweron‬ #chiropractic #Milton #designedtobeextraordinary @healthyfamilymilton

Dr. Matthew Posa

The Healthy Family Chiropractic in Milton, ON

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With smartphone users now spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads dropped down, this results in “700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine”, according to the research.

People simply forget how often they look down at their phones and for how long.

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This can cause: head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness More importantly it stretches your spinal cord 2-3 inches longer than it should. This ultimately decreased the connection between your brain and body by 50% after only 2 minutes.When you stand and face forward in a normal standing position, all the curves of your neck and spine are in correct alignment. But when you drop your chin on to your chest for a long period you are stretching the whole structure.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, it could lead to serious consequences.

You can use the phone is better ways with voice recognition, siri or simply call people instead of always texting. Take regular breaks and you can even alter your texting positions to avoid problems.

It is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting. In 2011 it was blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns considering the introduction of fines for people who text while walking. “Blackberry thumb” – repetitive strain injury caused by texting – has been joined by “iPad hand”, aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet. The list of ailments expands with every new piece of technology.

Getting your spine checked regularly also reduces your changes of any spinal damage occurring and increases the Brain-Body connection.

Remember, anything worth having (teeth, house, cars....spine) all need to be maintained.

God Bless,
Dr. Matthew Posa

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This article was written by Dr. Dan Sullivan

Everyone hears stories about people who spontaneously die days after receiving a clean bill of health from a medical doctor. Many know about someone in their 30’s who received a stage four cancer diagnosis without having any signs or symptoms of ill health. Though these stories are common, most of our culture continues to believe that bad health involves pain or symptoms. 

Solibrain-spinal-cord-injuryd science and research have clarified exactly why symptoms are not a good indicator of health. A paper written in 2000 titled “The Neurophysics of Human Behavior” from Furman and Gallo reported that while the brain can process several trillions bits of information per second, it appears that we are perhaps only consciously aware of 50 bits of information per second at any given time.”

This science is unbelievable and describes exactly why most dysfunction and disease goes unfelt and undetected until late stages of disease. The data from this paper describes why one of the worst things a human can do is base their health on how they feel.One of the many reasons that Chiropractors get such great results begins with Doctors of Chiropractic subscribing to the fact that the health is not just about the presence or absence of symptoms.

Chiropractors recognize that health is about function, not about feeling!

Function of the body is controlled and coordinated by the central nervous system. 

The spine has been proven to directly influence the function of the nervous system, and it does not have to cause pain to do so. 

The medimgresical profession severely misses this concept which creates significant negative consequences. In fact, over 80 percent of the entire medical and pharmaceutical industries are primarily focused on fighting symptoms as if the symptoms are the ultimate enemy. This attitude leads to the biggest dilemma in healthcare today: equating drugs and surgery to health care. 

Chiropractors focus on improving health from the inside-out by honoring and working with the intelligence that already exists within the body. 

Perpetuating the idea that the presence or absence of symptoms serves as good indicator of health will continue to lead to the deception and demise of millions. 

This is not just the opinion of Chiropractors, but a scientific fact. Any system that equates a lack of symptoms to a lack of disease is not just dangerous: it is deadly. It's time for change, don't wait until you have symptoms.

 

Dr. Matthew Posa 

 

 
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I was less than a year into practice when a patient named Ray began telling me how much his marriage had improved since beginning Chiropractic care. He pulled me to the side of my open adjusting room, bent over my shoulder, and whispered in my ear that it was neither a psychological or emotional issue he had overcome. Chiropractic had dramatically improved his sex life! Ray’s sex life, non-existent since having his prostate removed 4 years prior to beginning Chiropractic, had returned.

images-2Chiropractic helps men get an erection! And scientific evidence supports that outcome.

Cortisol levels decrease testosterone and destroy sex drive. Being capable of sexual performance requires proper amounts of blood flow to the pelvic area and genitals. Normal body functions are altered when your nervous system is in a state of sympathetic overload, known commonly as a physiological state of fight or flight.

Research shows that a vertebral subluxation increases sympathetic overload (dominance), thus increasing a release of cortisol. The cortisol release decreases sex hormones, sex drive, and normal sexual functions.

A pharmaceutical company invented Viagra to improve heart function. The drug promoted increased blood flow and ended up creating the side effect of increased male arousal. Now, Viagra makes 50 billion dollars a year.

While the drug grew in popularity and profitability, many men reported unfulfilling sexual experiences with their partners. These men described the physical experience as feeling fake and inauthentic, as if their sexual instrument was not even attached to their body.

Research done in 2009 and in 2011 proved that vertebral subluxation directly relates to an increase in cortisol.

A Chiropractic adjustment balances cortisol levels by decreasing sympathetic dominance and stress hormones. The result speaks for itself in a variety of health benefits, including increased libido and sexual satisfaction.

Many of life’s greatest gifts and pleasures become significantly enhanced through the power of Chiropractic care.

God Bless,

Dr. Matthew Posa D.C.

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