Is Chiropractic safe?
Is Chiropractic safe?
We will have the man, the myth, the legend, the subject of books and movies, in the office!
Santa Clause himself will be at the office taking pics and wishes Sat. Dec. 5th from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your kids in for a festive day. Invite friends and family with little ones as well!
If you feel led, we will be collecting non perishable food items to be donated to the Chester County Food Bank! This event is totally free and your generosity is appreciated.
See you Sat. Dec 5th @
Family Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Malvern!
519Lancaster Ave. Ste2
Malvern PA, 19355
Where: Family Care Chiropractic & Wellness Center
519 Lancaster Ave., Suite 2
Malvern, PA 19355
When: Tuesday, September 1
11:30am-1:30pm…Food, door prizes, and FUN!
2:00-6:30pm…chiropractic evaluations and adjustments
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CHESTER COUNTY
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Are you that person with chronic pain who says "I have tried everything and nothing works!" I can't tell you how many times I have heard this line! You need to experience Chiropractic for yourself. It quite literally may be the best kept secret in health care.
You may not know it yet but Active involvement in your care is one of the keys to your success! Here at Family Care we make sure you have the tools to maintain your health.
Feeling drained by your pain, but afraid of surgery or needles? Now more then ever there are non surgical / non invasive options for many of lifes aches and pains.
We all, at times, find ourselves stuck when it comes to our health. Maybe its weight loss, maybe its headaches or an autoimmune disease. What ever your health crisis is Clinical Nutrition may be the answer you have been looking for.
What? Passive Therapy means we get to take care of you! Most passive modalities are quite relaxing and therapeutic at the same time!
Are you stressed from trying to balance everything in your life from work to your kids extracurricular activities. Sometimes you just need to disconnect and let some one take care of you! Click here to see what Massage Therapy can do for you!
Tired of nagging back pain? Have you been told there is nothing you can do about your herniation or disc bulge besides surgery? Your doctor might be wrong click here and find out why.
Chronic disease is at epidemic levels in this country, yet we spend more money on health care then any other modernized country. Clearly there is a break down between money spent and health outcomes. Let me digress; This is by no means an attack article on traditional medicine. All forms of medicine have their place in treating patients. But the reality is we have a very sick population, a population that suffers from chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease the list goes on and on!
I have been remise to not share with you the power of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is so much more then just a means of pain relief and I hope to be able to share with you a few published articles in Medical Journals that illustrate the power of Chiropractic.
Chronically elevated stress hormones have been linked to a host of disease including but not limited to cancer, glaucoma, bi-polar disorder, type I & type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis, excessive body weight, hypertension, asthma, immune system function. (“Autonomic and Autocoid Pharmacology” 2009)
In the study “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation” “Alternative Therapies Health Medicine”(Ogura 2011)(2), they found that onesingle adjustment improved metabolic changes in the brain and reduced stress hormones.THIS WAS AFTER ONE ADJUSTMENT! The implications of this study can not be overstated!
In 2007 there was a huge break though in chiropractic research “Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients” Journal of Human Hypertension (2007) 21, 347–352. was published in the Journal of Hypertension(7). This study showed that the Chiropractic adjustment was able to produce a reduction in both systolic (17mmHg) and diastolic (10mmHg) blood pressure that was sustainable over a 8 week period with “no adverse effects”.
Still not buying it?
Posture has a direct correlation with health! In this study “The impact of positive sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity” published in SPINE 2005 Sep 15;30(18):2024-9. The authors (none of which were Chiropractors) found that the worse a patients posture was on full spine X-ray the worse the patients health measure were, and conversely the better the patients posture the more predictive it was that the patient had better health markers. All Chiropractic adjustments help restore posture by improving spinal movement!
In the study titled “Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an integrative medicine independent physician association: an additional 3-year update.” published in JMPT was a 7 year study that observed the clinical and cost utilization of patients who used a Chiropractor as a Primary Care Provider (PCP) vs. a conventional Medical Doctor.
The results were astonishing those who had a Chiropractor as a PCP demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59.0% less hospital days, 62.0% less outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85% less pharmaceutical costs in those who had Chiropractors as a PCP when compared with Conventional MD as a PCP in the same geography and time frame. This shows the massive power Chiropractic has to save you money!
I hope this helps illustrate the power of Chiropractors! It is so much more than pain and symptoms, its about health!
“Chiropractic is not designed to make you instantly feel better. Chiropractic is designed to make you instantly heal better! – Unknown
Dr. Justin Johnson
Family Care Chiropractic & Wellness Center
519 Lancaster Ave, Ste 2
Malvern PA, 19355
What is “Text Neck”? Text Neck is an overuse syndrome that affects the posture of your upper spine and neck. More specifically it’s a loss of curve to the cervical spine that causes the on set of postural syndromes like “Upper Cross Syndrome” which is a series of both muscle spasm and muscle weakness. This change in posture can present itself as a myriad of symptoms most commonly Chronic Neck Pain, Head Aches, Muscle Soreness etc. But the effects of poor posture can be much more detrimental than pain syndromes. In a study titled “The impact of positive sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity” published in SPINE 2005 Sep 15;30(18):2024-9 the authors found that the further the participants posture was from normal on full spine X-Ray, the worse health outcomes those participants had. Measures of health included participants current health complaints as well as current diagnosis like diabetes, hypertension etc. The authors determined the worse your posture is the more likely you were to have a negative health outcome! POSTURE POSTURE POSTURE! You have direct control over your posture.
What Causes Text Neck? As I stated before it is an over use syndrome, but what does that mean. It means, anything you do on a daily basis that exerts the same force on the spine. For a landscaper, it may be a bent over posture that leads to low back pain. In this case, we are referring to the posture a person holds themselves when texting, but it can be extended to poor body mechanics while typing, using your tablets, or sitting at your desk at work. The posture that causes “text neck” is a stooped, rounded posture of the upper spine, often encompasses rounding of the shoulders and your neck bent forward. Did you know as your head translates forward it increases the weight of the head exponentially?; a 15 degree translation makes your head have the same exertion force as 3 gallons of milk, a 30 degree translation equates to a 5 gallon jug of water, and a 45 degree translation forces your neck to support the equivalent of 2 CAR TIRES!
What Can I Do About It? There are a handful of exercises that just about anyone can do to help combat these posture changes. These exercises are sourced from www.WebExercises.com, this series of exercises for “Text Neck” were put together by Dr. Justin Johnson of Family Care Chiropractic in Malvern, PA.
|Activate core. Attempt to side bend head into hand. There should be minimal to no neck movement as muscles contract. Hold for recommended duration. Repeat as instructed.|
|Activate core. Attempt to flex the head downward into the hands without excessive neck movement. Hold for recommended duration. Repeat as instructed.|
|Activate core. Attempt to rotate head in towards hand. There should be minimal to no neck movement as muscles contract. Hold for recommended duration. Repeat as instructed.|
|Gently tilt your head forward as your chin drops down towards your chest. Then slightly rotate head to one side until a stretch is felt in neck as the hand on top of your head pulls gently to slightly increase the stretch sensation. Attention should be paid not to elevate opposite side shoulder. Hold for recommended duration and repeat as instructed.|
|While maintaining forearm contact, lean body into doorway until gentle stretch is felt in the chest and shoulder. Hold for 20-30 seconds or for recommended duration and repetitions.|
|While attempting to maintain forearm contact with wall, slide arms upward, squeezing shoulder blades together. Once forearm can no longer maintain contact with wall, slowly return to start position. Repeat prescribed repetitions and sets.|
For more information on what can be done in addition to exercises and home management of “Text Neck” please call my office:
Family Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center
519 Lancaster Ave, St2
Malvern PA, 19355
This article is not intended to diagnose or offer any treatment for any of the above described diseases. If you have concerns about any of the advice or content offered in this article please consult with your physician. Before attempting any of these stretches or exercises consult your physician.
The heart is so much more than a symbol of love. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to keep that heart “ticking”.
It is common knowledge the cardiovascular system plays an important role in the very foundation of life. It is also common knowledge that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and continues to grow despite advances in pharmaceutical intervention and early screening / intervention. In a Centers of Disease Control (CDC) report it was stated that heart disease killed 611,105 people in 2013, that is 1,674 people a day die from complications of cardiovascular disease.
So what can you do? This article will provide you with 3 steps you can take in your daily life, that will have an impact on your heart health.
Step 1: DIET, Step 2: EXERCISE , Step 3: NATURAL REMEDIES
Stick with me this isn’t the same information you have read since the 80’s I promise!
More and more evidence is pointing to a totally different approach to diet and heart disease, so hear me out for just a few. One of the major villains in cardiovascular disease has been cholesterol, and its role in Atherosclerosis. A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia describes Atherosclerosis as “When fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. Over time, these plaques can block the arteries and cause problems throughout the body.” One of the major problems this build up can cause is heart attacks and strokes! Cholesterol has for the last 30 years been artificially lowered with Statin drugs in order to reduce atherosclerosis. The problem with this approach is tri-fold. First, cholesterol is an important component of normal physiology, cholesterol is essential to hormone production and transportation among many other things. Secondly, cholesterol is not the root cause of the issue, but nearly a by product of an inflammatory process. In an article titled Clinical Cardiology: New Frontiers the authors state “Atherosclerosis, formerly considered a bland lipid storage disease, actually involves an ongoing inflammatory response. Recent advances in basic science have established a fundamental role for inflammation in mediating all stages of this disease from initiation through progression and, ultimately, the thrombotic complications of atherosclerosis.” Lastly, Statins are not as safe as once thought. What does this mean? WE HAVE BEEN GOING ABOUT THE TREATMENT WRONG FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS! The two major dietary recommendations for managing cholesterol is reduced/no fat diet and a high fiber diet. Why? Because fats increase cholesterol, and fiber binds to it and helps the body excrete it. Seems reasonable, except when you factor inflammation into the equation. There are many well known Anti-Inflammatory foods, some of those foods include Avocados, Olive Oil, Salmon, Flax Seeds, Almonds, Coconut oil etc. What are all of these foods full of? They are full of fat! They are the very foods that can help reduce your inflammatory load and help prevent cardiovascular disease, however, our traditional approach is to remove patients from these beneficial fats along with the less desirable fats with little to no consideration for what good fats can do. The other major misstep in traditional management of high cholesterol is increase your consumption of grains because they are fibrous and will bind to the cholesterol and help you excrete it.
The BIG issue here is the number one consumed grain is wheat, which has a multitude of issues in and of itself.
It is rare that a problem is as simple as saying grains are inflammatory, however, that is not enough. There are a couple of reasons increasing your grain (specifically wheat) consumption is bad. The first reason, our wheat today is not the same wheat that even your parents parents use to eat. The vast majority of the wheat on the market today are called dwarf wheat, they are a wheat that has been genetically manipulated to be more hearty and yield more wheat per crop season. It was such an advancement that it won the Nobel prize in the 50’s. However, this advancement did indeed feed the world as it was intended, but it came with some side effects that we are just now beginning to really understand the effects of. Mainly, they are significantly more starchy then its predecessor and there by increases its glycemic load and triggering inflammatory cytokines. “Food for thought” Two pieces of bread raises your blood glucose by more then 2 tablespoons of table sugar. Secondly, GLUTEN, GLUTEN, GLUTEN! Gluten has got a bad rap as of late and rightfully so. You will find many naysayers online that will claim gluten is not a problem unless you have Celiac disease. However, on the contrary significant evidence dating back 20 years supports that Gluten is in fact inflammatory to the vast majority of the population not just patients with Celiac disease.
The diet I recommend in my office is a Paleo / Mediterranean Diet in most cases. As always, consult with your doctor to determine what diet is best for you. Both of these lifestyles are proponents of whole foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds berries, good fats and animal proteins. The concept here is if you can hunt, grow or gather the food you are eating then you can eat it. If it’s made in a factory and only resembles food, it’s not food, so stay away from it!
No kidding right? Same old song and dance, but in reality the first step in treating heart disease is prevention. Heart disease is a lifestyle disease and is propagated by our western diet and sedentary life style. A simple Google search will yield result after result of peer reviewed journal results for the reduction of cardiovascular risk in active and fit population. In an American Heart Association Article they stated “Scientific evidence linking regular physical activity to various measures of cardiovascular health. The prevailing view in these reports is that more active or fit individuals tend to develop less coronary heart disease (CHD) than their sedentary counterparts.” So simply put, get moving, coordinate with your doctor on how much exercise you need and get out there and get moving. Motion is life! It may be as little as 10 min a day that you can do initially, but you will progress over time, so do not get discouraged.
Supplements are either hailed or villainized in our culture but I will attempt to offer up some insight on which supplements have the greatest cardiovascular benefits and support that with peer reviewed literature. However, supplements are just that, they are meant to supplement a healthy diet and exercise. You must do the foundational changes discussed above.
One indicator for cardiovascular health is your Blood Pressure (BP). Hypertension or high blood pressure is defined as 140 mmHg over 90 mmHg. One of the natural products I use in my office to lower blood pressure is a product by the name Bio-CardioSirt BP. This product is a patent pending blend of 7 micro-nutrients, that have been clinically proven to lower blood pressure. In a study at the Hypertension Institute in Nashville this product was shown to lower both Systolic (top number of your BP) and Diastolic (the bottom number of your BP) by 15.9 mmHg and 11.35 mmHg respectively after 4 weeks of use with no other lifestyle intervention. In the journal article titled: Updated meta-analytical approach to the efficacy of anti-hypertensive drugs in reducing blood pressure. The authors looked at the the top anti-hypertensive drugs on the market and the best ones lowered the Systolic BP by 22 mmHg and Diastolic by 11 mmHg over an 8-12 week prior. This natural remedy showed results nearly as good as the best pharmaceutical drug on the market just 4 weeks after its use as opposed to 8-12 weeks! With that said I would expect at the 8-12 week mark we would continue to see a positive change in BP using Bio-CardioSirt BP, and the gap between natural and pharmaceutical intervention would diminish.
The next biggest bang for your buck is Fish Oil’s, more specifically Omega 3 Fatty Acid’s. The positive effects Omega 3 fatty acids have on Cardiovascular health have been well studied. Omega 3 fatty acids have two main components, Eicosapentaeonoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). These have the greatest effect on cardiovascular health. When you are looking at fish oils you must consider a few things. The first is how much EPA and DHA does it have? In my office I generally recommend no less then 2000 Mg of combined EPA and DHA, sometimes more and sometimes less depending on the individuals medical history, this is a generally safe and therapeutic dose.
I hope this has provided you with a few ways you can positively impact your cardiovascular health. Please remember to always consult your physician before making any lifestyle changes. If you would like to discuss your cardiovascular health with Dr. Johnson please call Family Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center at 610-644-1191.
CLINICALLY PROVEN PAIN RELIEF
Laser Therapy is clinically proven as an effective treatment for pain and inflammation. Able to penetrate to deep tissue structures, it has the ability to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions including low back pain, hip bursitis, and chronic neck pain.
ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS AND SURGERY
The non-invasive nature of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provides a solution for those who are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery.
THE RIGHT DELIVERY METHOD
Deep tissue conditions are treated especially well using the LightForce™ Therapy Laser’s patented Laser-Massage® treatment head. This patented feature allows the practitioner to deliver energy while manipulating underlying tissue and muscle thus enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Patients feel a soothing warmth as laser energy gently penetrates tissue and boosts your body’s own regeneration powers to relieve your pain. Treatments are painless and fast (5 to 10 min).
Results can be immediate but the most observed results are after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. The body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after treatment. During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.
SEE IF DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Providing a solution that did not exist before, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has become preferred by those who have long sought relief without success. Its ability to impact pain on a cellular level provides pain relief for complex and simple conditions alike.
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation associated with:
Contact us today for an introductory evaluation to determine if Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is right for you. Get back in action today, with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.
December 4th 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
All new patients will receive a comprehensive Chiropractic Exam for $25!* (Valued at $130)
All existing patients will receive a complementary adjustment in exchange for a monetary donation.*
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You might be thinking, “what in the world do all of these have in common”. Yes, they are all conditions that plague millions of people in our country, but there is more! Did you know they can all be caused by something called “Toxic Food Syndrome?” I’m not even referring to the junk processed and refined foods that your mind immediately runs to. While these foods are not good for you, this article isn’t just another one of those “holier than though” ,”high and mighty”, “lay off the fast food and eat green beans” articles. No, this is an article on immunology and how your body can build up an immune response to even good healthy foods.
Lets talk about the difference between immunoglobulin E (IgE) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) responses. Typically when we talk about food allergies we think about people who suffer from peanut allergies, you know the reason you can’t have peanuts on a plane. That is a IgE response known as a Type I Hypersensitivity reaction. There are a cascade of events when exposure to an allergen occurs before an IgE response takes place. “IgE is the class of immunoglobulin characterized by ε heavy chains. It is involved in allergic reactions(1).” These types of reactions are characterized by both local and systemic as well as mild to some times life threatening symptoms. A good example of an IgE mediated reaction would be “Hay Fever” which classically presents with watery itchy eyes, runny nose and even an itchy throat. These are very fast some times even immediate reactions to exposure. When the whole body is involved the patient suffers what we know as anaphylaxes, which is a potentially a life threatening situation.
All of that said, just to differentiate I am not talking about a “Food Allergy” What we are discussing in this article is IgG mediated responses that are characterized by chronic exposure and are really related to inflammation. Lets take a minute to understand what a IgG reaction is. IgG reactions are triggered through a type III hypersensitivity reaction, where the exposure to an allergen triggers the formation of inflammatory cytokines. This cascade of events can take hours to weeks to complete, therefore, it is considered a delayed reaction. This makes it extremely hard to do an elimination diet and see real accurate results. An elimination diet is when you eliminate certain food from your diet for a period of time and then slowly re-introduce the foods one by one over a period of time in order to see if they bring on any negative side effects. The problem with this approach is you may re introduce a food like apples and have no symptoms for 2 weeks and on the day you start feel some symptoms, related to the apple, you will relate it to the food you re-introduced in the last day or so. Some of the more common symptoms you may feel when you have this type of reaction, “include joint pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, eczema, and psoriasis (and so many others), …are associated with food allergy(3).” In the study titled “Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial” they came to the conclusion(2)” “Food elimination based on IgG antibodies may be effective in reducing IBS symptoms and is worthy of further biomedical research(2).” This is just another example of how removing allergens temporarily from an inflamed system can aid in patients health and well being.
Simple! We run blood work and look for specific markers that relate to Toxic Food Syndrome! It can be done in office with a simple prick of the finger or a more comprehensive profile can be run through a lab. Both test are reasonably priced considering the vital information we receive regarding your health. I will tell you a quick little story on how much of an impact removing food allergies can do for a patient. I have permission from my patients guardian to share this story: Pediatric patient under 24 months, history of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Had his IgG markers ran in my office and he had just under 30 reactive foods on his results as being potentially offensive to his body. After 2 weeks of removing the reactive foods and staying on a 4 day rotation diet containing only the foods that were non reactive his mother has reported he has gained 6-8 words. Now we still have plenty of other work to do with his gut and immune system but you can see the profound impact removing offensive foods from your diet can have on your health. While IgG responses to food are not well understood in the medical literature as it is not the bodies primary response to an allergen, I can tell you that clinically I see results quite frequently in my patients when we identify these markers and avoid them.
If you have any questions regarding this test or any of the other testing I do in my office please reach out for a free 10 min telephone consult. Call my office at 610-644-1191 to schedule an appointment.
2.Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial.
Atkinson W1, Sheldon TA, Shaath N, Whorwell PJ.
Every patient brings with them their own story, their own experiences, and their own uniqueness. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work on some the best, from olympic athletes to Pro BMX Freestylers.
Today I had the pleasure of taking care of arguably one of the best BMX Street Riders in the business. Jeremiah Smith is a champion in BMX and will be a top contender for years to come. He has had too many competition wins to even list. The style, and technicality of his riding is unmistakable. It is a pleaser taking care of the best of the best, and I look forward to keeping more athletes on top of there game!
The below video is just a small sample of what Jeremiah is capable of: