Why Chiropractic X-Rays are Important

Every once in a while someone will say “My brother/husband/friend/neighbor wants to come and see you but doesn’t want to have x-rays.”  This person will either choose not to see a chiropractor period or see someone who chooses to see patients without x-rays. [Read more...]

Empathy

We're all in this together

We’re all in this together

I don’t know how some doctors do it.  Most oncologists have never had cancer.  Most orthopedic surgeons have never gone under the knife.  Few therapists have ever fought overseas and experienced post traumatic stress disorder.  It must be hard to have empathy if you’ve never experienced the condition for yourself.

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The Solution to Your Resolution

Dumbells, apple and measuring tape on a white backgroundA patient of mine came in last night and was wearing obvious workout attire to his appointment.  This was nothing new.  He is a very avid outdoor enthusiast and has always been in great shape.  I asked him if he was heading to the gym after his visit.  He nodded and with some disappointment in his voice said “but I just drove by the gym on my way here and the parking lot is PACKED because of all the ‘New Year’s crowd’.  But it will die down soon enough.”
New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to kickstart some positive change in your life.  Whether that change makes you healthier, happier, or more productive, this  can be a good thing.  But why do most people fail?  Why do people give up on their goals?  The answers are many but I’m going to share some tips based on what I have seen with patients in my chiropractic practice.  Let’s look at some common pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.

Does Fish Oil Cause Cancer? Smells Fishy to Me

Recently, a media report proposed a link between supplementing with fish oil and prostate cancer.  This was put out on all the major media outlets. It was in newspapers, magazines, and on the morning news.  Why not?  The media has one job:  attract eyeballs.  Plenty of people take fish oil and everybody is afraid of getting cancer so the media was falling over themselves to push this story out to an unknowing public.  But is there any merit to this claim that fish oil may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer?  Absolutely not.

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Diets Don’t Work

Janet has been obsessed with dieting ever since her friends called her 'pear-shaped'

Janet has been obsessed with dieting ever since her friends called her ‘pear-shaped’

“I’m starting a new diet.”

When I hear these these words, I shudder…because diets don’t work.  First of all, the term “going on a diet” implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train…if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)

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Do Steroid Injections Raise Your Risk of Fractures?

syringe2Steroid injections are a very commonly used tool in the medical community for dealing with lower back pain, but does this seemingly safe practice have a downside?  Well, according to a recent study, steroid injections may pose an increased risk of vertebral fracture in older adults.  In other words,  a broken back.

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Preventing Osteoporosis Naturally

Bone FamilyOsteoporosis is a condition where the bones become brittle and fragile, resulting in poor posture, back pain, neck pain, fracture, and even death.  However, osteoporosis is NOT a normal sign of aging, but a preventable illness.

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Making Time

Is time travel possible? No.  Time managment? Absolutely!

Is time travel possible? No. Time managment? Absolutely!

Guess what the number one excuse I get when patients neglect to do their exercises or continually miss appointments?

“Not enough time”

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Rules of the Road

GriswoldsHave you ever gotten out of a car after several straight hours of driving and felt like your back was as stiff as a board?  Now imagine if you already have an underlying spinal issue.  This magnifies this effect greatly.  Let’s face it: the human spine was not designed to sit hunched over a steering wheel for hours at a time.

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Tips for Spring Athletes

Don't hit the track before you take care of your back

Don’t hit the track before you take care of your back

I know, I know.  Although it is now officially “spring,” it doesn’t feel like it in West Michigan.  But spring sports are getting ramped up, regardless.  Fields are literally being plowed for soccer tryouts.  I’ve seen kids out jogging in slushy streets to get ready for track season.  I have already seen some high school kids with injuries that were caused during their first few days of practice.  The risk of this happening increases if they didn’t play a winter sport.  Here are some tips to help prevent some of these problems from showing up in the first place.

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