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We believe all of the properties and actions of the human frame We are controlled, co-coordinated and restored by the central nervous system, the first system developed in the fetus. As a top Chiropractor, Dr. Sue Mullen adjusts the spine to free the stress and tension throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and allow the body to heal naturally under its own power.  Contact us today at (510) 356-4048 in Berkeley, CA. Learn more at:
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Chiropractic Benefits Shown by Major Scientific Studies

Chiropractic Benefits Shown by Major Scientific Studies | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Federal support for chiropractic research began in 1992 with the establishment of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health.

The majority of clinical research in chiropractic has focused on its effectiveness in caring for spine-related injuries and complications from spinal stress. These studies have focused on the most common complaints treated in chiropractic offices: low back pain, neck pain and headaches, and peripheral nerve problems. The studies usually compare a typical chiropractic regimen with commonly utilized pharmaceuticals, or combinations of therapies. Any lasting effects of treatment are measured over time.

The major studies have found clinical benefit to the participants from chiropractic treatment, some showing superiority of short and long-term effects.

Here are three examples of analyses of pools of research:

Bronfort, G., Haas, M., Evans, R., Kawchuk, G., Dagenais, S. (2008). Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with spinal manipulation and mobilization. Spine Journal, 8(1), 213-225

Bronfort, G., Nilsson, N., Haas, M., Evans, R., Goldsmith, C.H., Assendelft, W.J.J. & Bouter, L.M. (2004). Non-invasive physical treatments for chronic/recurrent headache. The Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews.

Gross, A.R., Hoving, J.L., Haines, T.A., Goldsmith, C.H., Kay, T., Aker, P., Bronfort, G. (2004). Manipulation and mobilization for mechanical neck disorders. The Cochrane Database of Systemic Review.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

With 20 years of federally funded scientific studies, we are now getting the hard data backing up what chiropractic patients and practitioners have long observed. So far, the long-term studies have looked at how chiropractic helps back pain, headache, and neck movement.  Good to know!  I look forward to future studies of how chiropractic helps boost immunity.

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"SNL" Cast Member Jon Rudnitsky and Other Celebs turn to Chiropractic Care

"SNL" Cast Member Jon Rudnitsky and Other Celebs turn to Chiropractic Care | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Wellness expert Dr. Arnold Angrist has been practicing Chiropractic and Wellness care in New York and New Jersey for 37 years. On August 2nd, Dr. Angrist will be celebrating the "Chiropractic for Performers services", by giving away his personally autographed book- "I've Got Your Back, Your Toolkit to Wellness". It is his hope and mission that this will help more performers prevent injury and extend the longevity of their performance career.

"From having a successful career in the entertainment business, to working on the set of SNL, or dancing on Broadway 8 shows per week, you must have bounce-back-ability. This ability is achieved by being F.A.B., Flexible, Aligned, and Balanced." Dr. Angrist explains. Experts believe this trend of a drugless approach and preventative care will continue to grow because of the effectiveness of soft tissue muscular trigger point therapy as well as the high dangers of prescription pain killers and other addictive drugs pushed by the ultimate drug dealer, big pharma." Dr. Angrist continues, "It's my belief that if you are a more Flexible, Aligned, and Balanced human being BOTH emotionally and physically, you will feel better, have more energy, and be much healthier."

"Whenever Arnie treats me, I find my creativity and flexibility enhanced," says SNL cast member and writer Jon Rudnitsky. Jon is a long time patient of Dr. Angrist and newest cast member of Saturday Night Live. He has written and acted with A list celebrities including, Matthew McConaughey, Miley Cyrus, Ronda Rousey, Ryan Gosling, Amy Schumer, and more.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

As society increasingly understands the benefits of natural, drug-free healing modalities over approaches that only mask symptoms, we increasingly embrace chiropractic.

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Hydration and Spinal Disc Health

Hydration and Spinal Disc Health | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Your spine requires plenty of water and nutrients to stay healthy and perform at its best, just like the rest of your body. The problem is, your spine is not able to absorb the water and nutrients it needs in the same way as other parts of the body, nor is it able to eliminate the wastes from metabolism. In a person’s early teens, the spinal discs lose the nutritional supply coming from blood, and the elimination system atrophies. Subsequently, the spine is only able to receive water and nutrients through osmosis and a process called imbibition. This last method occurs when the motion between vertebral discs acts as a pump to move fluids in and out of the discs. Thus, the health of your spine depends on movement. The sedentary lifestyles of most Americans (and especially senior citizens) make this problem worse.

As a person gets older and grows less active, the loss of spinal water can lead to disc degeneration and the eventual loss of motion between vertebral discs. Once this mobility is lost, further degeneration occurs more rapidly and the cycle of dehydration, shrinking, chronic pain and disease accelerates.


Proper hydration is essential for nutrient delivery, lubrication and waste elimination. Normal vertebral discs are 88% water, and because discs lose some of their water during the day, rehydration also proves essential for maintaining the height of each disc. Each sleep cycle will restore most of the daily water loss, but not all of it.


If a person begins to become dehydrated, the body will look to retrieve water from places like the spinal vertebrae first. So drinking abundant amounts of water throughout the day remains an important way of maintaining your spinal health.


Contrary to what has been reported by some in the media, certain aspects of spinal disc damage can in fact be repaired. Appropriate chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy, along with exercise, nutrition and hydration programs, can often relieve pain and restore function WITHOUT the need for drugs or complex surgery.


Unlike other parts of the body that have abundant blood flow, spinal discs are slower to heal. This means that, while many chiropractic and spinal decompression patients find relief from their pain relatively quickly, it typically takes longer for the discs themselves to recover.


Of course, they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To keep your spine healthy, stay active, drink plenty of fluids every day and remember to see your chiropractor regularly.


TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Drinking enough water is especially important for spinal health. This article explains why. Remember to drink water. move, and visit your friendly, local chiropractor regularly.

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Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Nature's Perfect Fit

Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Nature's Perfect Fit | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Dr. Jessica Allen, is a local chiropractor and founder of Vitality for Veterans 501(c)3


Pregnancy is a wonderful/painful whirlwind of hormone-fueled changes to a woman’s body and mind. So many aches and pains occur (and often linger afterward) from the changes in anatomy and body mechanics that leave many women in question of what they can safely do to help relieve them and ready their body for labor. As a two-time pregnancy champion (or survivor, maybe?) I speak from personal experience in addition to my professional experience in contributing to the health of pregnant women in my community.


Most of the questions I get about the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care during pregnancy come from my family and close friends-which means there is a multitude of other people that are curious but don’t ask. As always, I’m here to answer the ‘I don’t want to ask, BUT…’ questions:


Are Chiropractic adjustments safe while I’m pregnant?

Yes! An adjustment restores the spinal joints and other joints to their proper alignment, allowing for optimum nerve function, blood flow, and posture for you and Baby. Many joints, especially those in the spine, are checked for proper position and movement. If they are not exactly where they are supposed to be, the adjustment puts them back where they belong. This is a natural and effective way for you and Baby to accommodate all the changes you both will go through.


Do I have to lay on my belly?
Some doctors will have tables with adjustable pieces that can accommodate the growing belly-and most women enjoy being able to lay face down! If the table can’t adjust, Mom simply lays on her side or her back.


Will Baby get squished?
Nope. Not even a little bit. In fact, if the pelvis is misaligned, Baby will have more room to move around once everything is back in line.


Is the adjustment going to hurt?
Much the opposite! During pregnancy the body is flooded with a hormone called Relaxin, which among many other things, causes ligaments all over the body to become more flexible. You will never have an easier adjustment than during pregnancy! This flexibility does come with a price-joints are much more susceptible to misalignment during pregnancy. Most women visit their chiropractic physicians more frequently during pregnancy, especially if there is low back pain, sciatica, acid reflux, headaches, carpal tunnel symptoms, mid-back pain, and many other common pregnancy symptoms.


What if I don’t have any pain?
This is the best time to get adjusted! Routine wellness visits are a great way to prevent or minimize aches and pains commonly associated with pregnancy.


How often should I get adjusted while pregnant?
Chiropractic visits should follow a similar schedule to your OB/Midwife visits-start with once a month and increase frequency along the way. And just like an OB would require extra visits if they felt concerned, you may require extra chiropractic visits as determined by your doctor.


What else can my chiropractic physician help me with regarding my pregnancy?
I have found women particularly value my input on nutrition surrounding pregnancy. Before pregnancy, during, while breastfeeding, how to facilitate weight loss while supporting breastfeeding, when returning to activity afterward-these are all unique times in a woman’s life that can be improved with small changes to diet and supplement routines. Nutrition is not commonly thoroughly addressed during routine medical visits-and that’s OK. The OB/Midwife’s primary job is to help prevent and recognize any problems that pose an immediate danger to Mom or Baby during pregnancy and labor. Many women have questions regarding vitamins, diary, wheat, other allergens, and many other nutritional concerns that medical visits just can’t allow the time for. Your chiropractic physician is a trusted resource you can turn to to fill in those gaps.


TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

It is beneficial for women to have chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy. Over the years and decades, I've been privileged to provide chiropractic pregnancy care. If a friend or loved one is expecting, please refer her to my office.

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New Study Reports Substantial Growth in the Use of Chiropractic Care by the Department of Veterans Affairs

New Study Reports Substantial Growth in the Use of Chiropractic Care by the Department of Veterans Affairs | Chiropractic + Wellness |

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) notes that for more than 10 years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has included chiropractic services as part of the standard medical benefits package offered to all enrolled veterans. According to a new study conducted by researchers from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the use of chiropractic services and the chiropractic workforce in VA has grown substantially since their introduction over a decade ago. The annual number of chiropractic visits has increased by nearly 700 percent, thus demonstrating more veterans have access to chiropractic care than ever before.

“Our work shows that VA has steadily and substantially increased its use of chiropractic services each year following their implementation in late 2004,” states lead author of the study Anthony J. Lisi, DC, Director of the VA Chiropractic Program, and Chiropractic Section Chief at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He adds, “VA chiropractic care includes evidence-based, patient-centered treatment options that are in demand by veterans and referring providers. VA continues its efforts to ensure appropriate access to chiropractic care across the whole system, but as this paper shows, the progress to date has been remarkable.”

Among the multitude of findings during an 11 year period, the study showed that:

¦ The annual number of patients seen in VA chiropractic clinics increased by 821 percent.

¦ The annual number of chiropractic visits grew by 693 percent.

¦ The total number of VA chiropractic clinics climbed 9 percent annually, and the number of chiropractor employees increased by 21 percent annually.

¦ The average VA chiropractic patient is male, between the ages of 45 and 64, is seen for low back and/or neck conditions, and receives examination, chiropractic spinal manipulation and other health care services.

Co-Author Cynthia A. Brandt, MD, MPH, Health Services Researcher at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Professor at Yale University School of Medicine states, “Chiropractic care is an important component in the treatment of veterans with spinal pain conditions. The trends we identified provide a foundation for further research to examine the optimal models of care delivery for patients.”

The study notes: “Our results indicate that VA chiropractic clinics saw a greater percentage of female and younger patients compared with the national VA outpatient population. This demographic tendency is consistent with the cohort of veterans from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is known to have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions.”

The growing utilization of chiropractic services among veterans for pain management and other health concerns, particularly those in the Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and older adult populations, showcases the clear-cut demand for chiropractic care and is a direct reflection of the improved clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction scores that have been documented previously,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “We commend VA for its participation in ongoing chiropractic research to help further improve the health and well-being of our respected and valued veterans.”

The authors also state that the growth in VA chiropractic use has occurred without additional laws mandating expansion. This suggests an increasing recognition of the value of chiropractic care in VA. In a recent editorial, VA Under Secretary for Health, David J. Shulkin, MD, cited VA’s chiropractic program as one example of the important health care expertise provided to veterans.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) – who receive a minimum of seven years of higher level education – provide non-operative management of conditions such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, or pain in joints, via a comprehensive approach including manual techniques and active rehabilitation. Chiropractic services are integrated with primary care, specialty clinics and rehabilitation, and provide a non-pharmacologic option for pain management, as well as general health and wellness concerns.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care. Visit or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

As a former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and a current chiropractor, I am heartened to see the rapid growth in the Veterans Administration's use of chiropractic care for a variety of conditions affecting our military personnel. 

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JAMA recommends chiropractic as first means of back pain treatment

JAMA recommends chiropractic as first means of back pain treatment | Chiropractic + Wellness |
(KTVI) - Medical doctors and chiropractors are often at odds with each other.  The Journal of the American Medical Association now  recommends chiropractic as a first means of treating back pain. Dr. Alex Vidan wasn't going to let that pass by without a comment.
TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

A couple of years ago, the Journal of the American Medical association recommended that patients seek chiropractic as a FIRST  choice for back pain.  In this video, Dr. Alex Vidan, DC very well summarizes how misalignment of the spine affects the health and how chiropractic can help. 

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Chiropractic Care Effective for Tension Headaches 

Chiropractic Care Effective for Tension Headaches  | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Author: Michael Melton


With headaches being one of the most common nervous system disorders worldwide, affecting almost 50 percent of the population at least once annually, finding a way to relieve them is important to when it comes to improving quality of life for a large number of people. Certainly there are several different types of headaches–migraines, cluster headaches, and medication-overuse headaches, for instance–and each one requires a unique approach for treatment.


According to the Cleveland Clinic, tension headaches, also commonly referred to as stress headaches, are headaches which affect anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of sufferers and are signified by their mild-to-moderate in pain that spreads across the entire head in a sort of band. This makes them very different than migraines which are usually felt on one side or the other.


Because tension headaches in particular are so prevalent, researchers have conducted various studies to determine which types of remedies work by offering some relief. One such piece of research was published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in February of 2016 and it was designed to determine whether there were any head pain benefits offered by chiropractic adjustments.


Sixty-two women between the ages of 18 and 65 were recruited, all of which suffered with tension-type headaches. Upon acceptance, each was assigned to one of four groups, three of which involved a specific treatment (one was spinal manipulation) and one which served as a control.


Upon conclusion of the study, researchers discovered that, when compared to the control, the individuals who engaged in spinal manipulation “showed improvements in their physical role, bodily pain, and social functioning” at one month post-treatment. In other words, receiving chiropractic care helped improve their quality of life in many fashions beyond just the physical results one might expect. If you suffer from tension headaches, chiropractic can be a natural way to get relief.


  1. Tension headaches. Cleveland Clinic.
  2. Espi-Lopez G et al. (February 29, 2016). Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

I have helped many patients suffering from tension headaches through my many years as a chiropractor. Remember, chiropractic is all about getting the spinal vertebrae into place so that the body's nervous system can send and receive messages.  In this way the body can get back into balance and relieve the tension causing headaches. It just makes sense.  We are here to help.

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Chiropractic Doctors Typically Have More Education Than MDs (and more surprises!) 

Chiropractic Doctors Typically Have More Education Than MDs (and more surprises!)  | Chiropractic + Wellness |
It came as a big surprise when a Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic report found a significant number of Americans think doctors of chiropractic have two years or less of higher education. The "Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic" revealed that most Americans believe doctors of chiropractic are not well-educated when compared to other health care practitioners.

Fact: A Doctor of Chiropractic earns a minimum of seven years of higher education including coursework in clinical patient management. Training is not limited to the spine as chiropractic physicians are also formally educated in clinical examination and diagnosis of the human body, with a focus on conservative health care interventions for the well-being of the whole person. The federal Department of Health and Human Services which oversees Medicare now recognizes the Doctor of Chiropractic at a physician level and continues to review the benefit of expanding services offered by the chiropractic profession.

The chiropractic physician is part of a leading, non-drug oriented health care profession addressing a common route to narcotic pain medication abuse, back pain. According to the National Safety Council, a recent survey concluded 99 percent of physicians prescribe narcotic medications beyond the 3-day recommendation guideline set by the CDC. A separate report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative reports 72 percent of doctors prescribing opioids do so for back pain and 67 percent for general joint pain covering an estimated 126 million Americans.

While opioid pain medications may initially provide relief for those suffering with back pain, it does not treat the condition. Chiropractic services demonstrate positive effects for those with both acute and chronic back pain with a 4-year study demonstrating decreases of 43 percent in hospital admissions per 1,000, 58.4 percent hospital days per 1,000, 43.2 percent outpatient surgeries and procedures per 1,000, and 51.8 percent pharmaceutical cost reductions compared with normative conventional medical care.

A need for greater awareness on the benefit of chiropractic services and expanding coverage among all health insurers and government programs is desperately needed. The opioid prescription crisis and escalating health care costs require innovative changes with health care policy makers opening greater access to a proven, effective, and highly educated approach to back pain - chiropractic. A time for positive change is now.

Byron R. Folwell, DC

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Americans don't realize the extensive education we Chiropractors have. Far from being mere "joint poppers," we are skilled at addressing pain and inflammation, strengthening the immune system, activating brain pathways that may be normant, and getting the body back into a position to heal itself, rather than using potentially damaging, invasive methods such as drugs or surgery. In this day of health care cost crises, Chiropractic is often overlooked as a vital part of the solution.

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Alas, Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Alas, Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science | Chiropractic + Wellness |
Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.

But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does expressing negativity tend not to make us feel better, it's also catching, making listeners feel worse. "People don't break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is...similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it's dead wrong," psychologist Jeffrey Lohr, who has studied venting, memorably explained.

OK, so complaining is bad for your mood and the mood of your friends and colleagues, but that's not all that's wrong with frequent negativity. Apparently, it's also bad for your brain and your health. Yes, really.

On Psych Pedia, Steven Parton, an author and student of human nature, explains how complaining not only alters your brain for the worse but also has serious negative repercussions for your mental health. In fact, he goes so far as to say complaining can literally kill you. Here are three of the ways he claims that complaining harms your health:

1. "Synapses that fire together wire together."
This is one of the first lessons neuroscience students learn, according to Parton. "Throughout your brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever you have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge over which an electric signal can cross, carrying along its charge the relevant information you're thinking about," Parton explains.

"Here's the kicker," he continues. "Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross.... The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it easier and more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together--in essence, making it easier for the thought to trigger."    

So let's boil that down--having a thought makes it easier for you to have that thought again. That's not good news for the perpetually gloomy (though happily, it seems gratitude, can work the opposite way, building up your positivity muscles). It gets worse, too. Not only do repeated negative thoughts make it easier to think yet more negative thoughts, they also make it more likely that negative thoughts will occur to you just randomly walking down the street. (Another way to put this is that being consistently negative starts to push your personality towards the negative).

Parton explains how these closer synapses result in a generally more pessimistic outlook: "Through repetition of thought, you've brought the pair of synapses that represent your [negative] proclivities closer and closer together, and when the moment arises for you to form a thought...the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel, the one that will create a bridge between synapses fastest." Gloom soon outraces positivity.

2. You are whom you hang out with.
Not only does hanging out with your own negative thoughts rewire your brain for negativity, hanging out with negative people does much the same. Why?

"When we see someone experiencing an emotion (be it anger, sadness, happiness, etc), our brain 'tries out' that same emotion to imagine what the other person is going through. And it does this by attempting to fire the same synapses in your own brain so that you can attempt to relate to the emotion you're observing. This is basically empathy. It is how we get the mob mentality.... It is our shared bliss at music festivals," Parton writes. "But it is also your night at the bar with your friends who love love love to constantly bitch."

The takeaway lesson is, if you want to strengthen your capacity for positivity and weaken your reflex for gloom, "surround yourself with happy people who rewire your brain towards love." If you're looking to deflect others' negativity, here are a few tips.

3. Stress is terrible for your body, too.
All of which sounds like a good argument for staying away from negativity to protect your mental health, but Parton insists that quitting the complaining habit is essential for your physical health, too. "When your brain is firing off these synapses of anger, you're weakening your immune system; you're raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and a plethora of other negative ailments," he says.

The culprit is the stress hormone cortisol. When you're negative, you release it, and elevated levels of the stuff, "interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease.... The list goes on and on," says Parton. 
TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

In Chiropractic theory, we know that the three main causes of subluxation are the three T’s: Toxins, Trauma, and Thoughts.


The following article regards harmful Thoughts, specifically complaining. Turns out, complaining is bad for our health.


But what can we do instead of complaining? Here are three ideas for you:

  • Frame the circumstances a challenge and ask to brainstorm positive solutions.
  • Identify the silver lining.
  • Don’t only focus on the trouble spots but look at all the positive in your life. Practice gratitude.

Many a time, the grass seems greener elsewhere. Many a time we take the good things for granted. We are all guilty of this.

When was the last time you looked, really looked, at all the miracles and luxuries in your life?


Make a new habit of talking from a positive angle on what is happening in your  life.

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For headache sufferers, Chiropractic care may put smile back on your face

For headache sufferers, Chiropractic care may put smile back on your face | Chiropractic + Wellness |
Submitted by Dr. Michael Dalton
More than 15 million Americans suffer from persistent recurring headaches with no obvious cause. Chiropractic care may be able to put a smile back on your face.

Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care helps a variety of headaches. Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. Recent studies show that many of these originate in the neck where the cervical vertebrae are located.

A medical doctor doing research at Syracuse University said, "We've been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches... It's true that chiropractors have been saying this for years... They were right about headaches."

A recently published controlled trial concluded "Spinal manipulation has a significant positive effect in cases of cervicogenic (originating from the neck) headache." They found that chiropractic care reduced the number of headache hours by a whopping 69 percent and reduced the intensity of the remaining headaches. If you suffer from headaches this is welcoming news!

Migraine headaches, perhaps the most severe headaches, also respond to chiropractic care. In one study, 74.7 percent of migraine patients were greatly improved under chiropractic care and the success rate was maintained two years after the care ended.

Then there was the Parker trial funded by the Australian government that found chiropractic care effective for migraine. A follow-up study of the Parker trial concluded, "The trial clearly established that chiropractic care was an effective treatment for migraine."

Chiropractic care is not just for backaches. If you suffer with headaches by all means get a spinal check up. Chiropractic care may be able to put a smile back on your face.
TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

I successfully treat many headache patients in my office. There is no need for you or anyone you love to suffer with headaches. I suffered for over fifteen years myself with headaches.  I thought that was normal.  Then I met my first Chiropractor.  This changed my life and that is the reason I am now a Chiropractor.  Contact me for more information.

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Health clinics for poor offer chiropractic care to reduce addiction to painkillers

Health clinics for poor offer chiropractic care to reduce addiction to painkillers | Chiropractic + Wellness |

The difficulty in reducing the epidemic addiction to painkillers while still trying to relieve patients’ pain is felt most by doctors such as Michael Spearman. He’s an internist at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, federally subsidized health clinics in north St. Louis that care for those with public health insurance or no insurance.


The three clinics see 30,000 patients a year, and nearly 40 percent — 11,700 — are taking prescription painkillers.


Trauma and barriers to health care that are more common among the poor leave many patients suffering from painful, complex and chronic conditions, Spearman said. Other than writing a prescription for a narcotic or sending them to surgery, he has little at his disposal to help.


His patients can’t travel to or pay for nondrug treatments such as physical therapy, acupuncture, electrical stimulation or chiropractic care, which is not covered by Medicaid. They can’t get more imaging tests to better diagnose problems.


Yet he’s faced with the fact that every day in the U.S., 44 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers, and many more are becoming addicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


“It is frustrating,” Spearman said. “We have patients who have pain you can’t make go away.”


Desperate for options, administrators at Myrtle Hilliard contacted Logan University chiropractic college, and a unique partnership formed to provide chiropractic care at little or no cost to patients.

After one year, the care has been so successful it inspired another system of subsidized health clinics — Family Care Health Centers in south St. Louis — to start a similar collaboration with Logan.

“Every single one of us who works here sees a patient touched by the opioid or heroin addiction every week,” said Dr. Mattie White, a family medicine doctor at the Family Care Health Center in the Carondelet neighborhood. “We are trying to figure out what we can do that is best for our patients, and our best hope for the future.”

On Tuesday, the CDC issued the first national guidelines for prescribing painkillers, warning doctors to try other options before prescribing opioids for chronic pain (pain that continues for more than three months or past time of normal healing).


At Myrtle Hilliard, patients are lining up in droves for the chiropractic services and reporting promising results, said chief executive officer Angela Clabon. Initial data after the first year shows that 80 percent of patients receiving the care decreased their reliance on pain medications.


“Many patients are struggling with back problems and all kinds of issues and are highly medicated,” Clabon said.


“We thought we could help them get off their medications and improve their quality of life, and that’s exactly what’s happened.”




Since 1999, federal data shows the amount of painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled.

In 2012, the CDC reports, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers — enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. The state of Missouri ranked 14th in the number of painkiller prescriptions that year, with 95 prescriptions per 100 people.


The greater availability has been accompanied by alarming increases, not only in deaths due to painkiller abuse, but also inpatient and emergency room visits — a 137 percent increase in Missouri alone — over the past 10 years.


Addiction to painkillers is fueling the sale of a much cheaper street opioid: heroin. More than 10,000 people died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012, a rate that had more than quadrupled since 2002. Nearly half of heroin users were addicted to prescription pain relievers, according to the CDC.


Governors, mayors, county executives and physicians groups are working together to raise awareness, prioritize substance abuse treatment, and explore prevention programs and treatment options.


The latest federal data show prescribing rates have leveled off, and painkiller deaths have declined for the first time in decades. The biggest drops have come in states that have instituted monitoring programs that prevent patients from getting prescriptions from multiple doctors; and measures such as regulating pain clinics and requiring physician training.


At each of the clinic sites, a doctor of chiropractic oversees Logan students in caring for patients. For Logan, it’s an opportunity for students to receive their clinical training by treating patients with complex problems in a comprehensive health clinic; and make a big impact on the health of residents.


“It’s not profitable, but it is a win-win,” Wiese said. “It gives us some of the best clinical teaching opportunities, and at the same time we get to give back to the community in a way we couldn’t otherwise do.”


About two years ago, severe arthritis sidelined Alicia Rockel, 53, of St. Louis, after owning a cleaning company for 25 years. The pain worsened, and she could not stand or sit in one position for more than five minutes.


Family Care Health Center providers feared prescribing her narcotics, she said, because she’s suffered addiction in the past. They referred her to chiropractic care, and she’s gotten better without drugs.


“Before I was not able to drive even to the corner grocery store without screaming in pain, and now I can drive to my brother’s house in Ballwin. I can vacuum my whole house without stopping and do the dishes without stopping,” Rockel said. “It’s given me my life back.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

It is heartbreaking how many people in the United States are addicted to painkillers all because they lack either knowledge about or access to chiropractic care. Please educate friends and family with painful conditions about how chiropractic can help.

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Your Brain Needs Spinal Movement! Chiropractic Can Help.

Your Brain Needs Spinal Movement! Chiropractic Can Help. | Chiropractic + Wellness |
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Folks, spinal movement is so very important for the health of your brain. Chiropractic gets your spine moving. What are you waiting for? Your brain will thank you!

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Risk Factors for Spinal Degeneration

Risk Factors for Spinal Degeneration | Chiropractic + Wellness |

As we age, the discs in our spine start to naturally break down due to normal, everyday living . This is commonly referred to as disc degeneration and can result in pain in the neck and/or back area–pain that is felt by almost half of the population 40 years of age or older . For those over 80, this rate doubles to a whopping 80 percent, which makes understanding what factors promote this particular condition critical to raising the quality of life as we enter our later years. Fortunately, recent research provides some very important information in this area.

Disc Degeneration Risk Factors Revealed In Recent Study

On November 9, 2015, a study conducted by health experts from Mie University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, Osaka University (also in Japan), and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois was published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. In this research, these experts followed 197 individuals living in Miyagawa, Japan who were over the age of 65 for a 10-year period, measuring their disc height at two year intervals to determine what factors, if any, contributed to their spinal discs degenerating at a faster rate.

What they discovered was that, over the time span of the study, the participants’ disc height gradually reduced an average of 5.8 percent, with roughly 55 percent experiencing degeneration in one or two of their discs. Furthermore, there were three factors that they identified that increased the likelihood of disc degeneration. They were: 1) being female, 2) having radiographic knee osteoarthritis, and 3) the presence of low back pain when the study began.

Based on these results, women should take extra care to protect the discs in their spinal column, potentially saving themselves from experiencing neck or back pain later in life. Some options for doing this include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding repeated lifting of heavy objects, and not smoking as studies have found that smokers tend to experience disc degeneration at greater rates than non-smokers .

Chiropractic can help with the other two factors.

For instance, in one study published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, researchers looked at 43 different individuals between the ages of 47 and 70 who were experiencing osteoarthritic knee pain. Some participants received treatment three times a week for two weeks and others served as a control. The subjects who engaged in treatment reported more positive results than those who did not, citing that, after the treatments they experienced fewer osteoarthritic symptoms, had greater knee mobility, and felt that it was easier to “perform general activities.” And this was after just two weeks of care.

Chiropractic can also help lower back pain, further reducing the likelihood that your discs will degenerate at a faster rate when you age. That makes this specific remedy beneficial both now and well into the future–ultimately raising your quality of life.

Akeda K, Yamada T, Inoue N, et al. Risk factors for lumbar intervertebral disc height narrowing: a population-based longitudinal study in the elderly. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2015;16(1):344.
Fogelholm RR, Alho AV. Smoking and intervertebral disc degeneration. Medical Hypotheses; 56(4):537-9.
Pollard H, Ward G, Hoskins W, Hardy K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Associations 2008;52(4):229-42.

Written by: Christina DeBusk

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting regular chiropractic adjustments, you can reduce your risk of disc degeneration and enjoy your life more--and more of your life. 

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Smile! Chiropractic Lifestyle Promotes a Strong Immune System, Helping Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease

Smile! Chiropractic Lifestyle Promotes a Strong Immune System, Helping Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease | Chiropractic + Wellness |

With 1 out of every 3 people now dying from cancer, the war is over, but the threat is greater than ever before.  While cancer may be our number one fear, heart disease is our number one problem.  Approximately 1 out of every 3 people in the United States now dies from a heart attack or stroke.   With approximately 2 out of every 3 people in the U.S. dying from heart disease and cancer, America is the sickest organized country in the world.  If you and your family follow the same health patterns and health care methods as the people around you, chances are you and your family will die early from one of these two degenerative illnesses.  By the time you see cancer on a test or you are having a heart attack, it is too late to start getting healthy.  Cancer and heart disease do not just show up; they develop SILENTLY over time.


CANCER:  All of us have cancer in our body right now.  Every day the smallest baby to the oldest adult will make cancer cells.   "Everyone has between 100 to 10,000 cancer cells floating in their body at all times.  If the immune system is strong, they are destroyed before any damage is done.  However, new cancer cells develop every day, so you must keep your immune system in top condition.  If it weakens too much, that's when cancer can establish itself." - Dr. Michael Williams, Professor, Northwestern Medical School


HEART DISEASE:  Heart disease is a silent enemy.  In most cases the first sign of heart problems is an actual heart attack or stroke.  The majority of those heart attacks are fatal.  The reason this killer is so quiet is that most of the heart is working fine.  However, it only takes one small valve, one muscle, or one tiny vessel to begin to quietly malfunction and over time the result is potentially deadly.


THE CAUSES OF DISEASE:  The brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) totally control all functions and healing in the body.  The most common and likely way to interfere with the brain and spinal cord is with the spine.  Abnormal position of the spine and subluxation (misalignment) will create central nervous system interference.  This interference will cause organs of the body (the immune system and heart) to not function or heal normally.


Prescription drugs, chemicals, drug store medication, surgery, stress, poor nutrition, bad posture, and inactivity also cause interference to organ function and healing in the body.


SOME POSSIBLE EARLY WARNING SIGNS:  Because a poorly functioning immune system is the cause of cancer, you or the members of your family are likely to become cancer victims if you have a tendency to get allergies, asthma, colds, flu's, or infections.  Due to improper blood flow to and from the brain, to other organs of the body, and to the joints, people with heart conditions tend to have headaches, joint pain, neck pain, back pain and fatigue.


GREAT NEWS! PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE!!:  By following your Chiropractic care adjustment schedule to keep your nerves working strong.  With chiropractic care, nutrition, exercise, and stress management, you and your family can improve your odds to PREVENT what the rest of America is dying from.


"60-80% of all cancer can be prevented by following a natural healthy lifestyle" - Dr. Barry Levin, Texas Cancer Research Institute

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Wonderful news! Every one of us can do something to prevent the greatest killers in America today. Though some experts disagree with the statement that cancer is already in everyone's body, most agree that the possibility of replicating damaged cells is real. Yet keeping a strong and healthy immune system can greatly reduce the chances of cancer forming. Using chiropractic to keep our nerves functioning well, in addition to good nutrition and exercise, can tip the balance in our favor. Isn't it nice to have such power?

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Chiropractors to Work on Olympians in Rio

Chiropractors to Work on Olympians in Rio | Chiropractic + Wellness |

At age 16, Kyle Peacock refused to believe it when a doctor told him he had arthritis.


Peacock, who had been injured while playing for the Mt. Vernon High School football team, sought care from a local chiropractor instead. After a week of treatment, he was fully recovered, free of all symptoms.


That was more than a decade ago, and the experience stirred his interest in medicine, eventually leading him to pursue a career as a chiropractor and open his own practice, offering care to patients in the community and also volunteering his time for Mt. Vernon athletes.


And next week, the Hancock County native will head to Rio to support a higher caliber of athletes — those competing for the U.S. wrestling team in the Olympic games, which run Aug. 5 to 21.

Peacock was tapped as one of about 60 chiropractors chosen to travel to Brazil as part of the Maximized Living Sports Council, a health care group made up of chiropractors and other doctors across the nation. The group will spend nine days in Rio.


Maximized Living doctors have provided care at national and international sporting events since 2005; Peacock, who now lives in Fishers, will travel to several wrestling events with the group and work alongside doctors offering care to the Olympians.

The group provides a whole-body approach to ensuring athlete health, incorporating “chiropractic, advanced nutrition, mental preparedness and metabolic fitness programs designed to build strength, endurance, speed up recovery and radically reduce the risk of injury,” a press release states.


Peacock and his fellow doctors are certified in and can offer athletes spinal correction and extremity care as well as information on nutrition, detoxification, exercise and mental preparedness.


In a sport that regularly requires athletes to contort limbs and twist spines, such care can go a long way, Peacock said.

Local athletes know first-hand the benefits of Peacock’s work.

Peacock, who graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 2005 after competing for the track and football teams, began volunteering his services with the athletic department last year.

He came in for a couple hours each Friday during both wrestling and track seasons, offering free chiropractic care to athletes before they competed over the weekend, which can make all the difference for athletes with aching bodies, said Chad Masters, head coach of the wrestling team.


At first, some of the athletes seemed intimidated by the process of having pressure placed on their spines to relieve pain, Masters said.


But once a few had Peacock perform a so-called adjustment — a relatively simple process in which a chiropractor applies force to joints along the spine to properly align the vertebrae — they came to understand the value, he said.


“It’s a huge benefit,” Masters said. “It got them ready to wrestle over the weekend.”


The care Peacock delivers prevents injuries from arising in the first place – an important quality in a sport in which many athletes treat pain and discomfort with ibuprofen or aspirin, Masters said.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

A group of chiropractors are working on Olympian athletes. If chiropractic care can keep these top-notch athletes in their best shape, imagine what it can do for you and your family.

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3 Ways to Transform Anxiety into Positive Energy

3 Ways to Transform Anxiety into Positive Energy | Chiropractic + Wellness |

By Jennifer Marut


When anxiety tries to bring us down, there are 3 things we can do:


  1. Take a moment and see what feelings underlie your fears.

Then see if you can figure out how you’d rather feel and choose to feel that feeling instead. If you are having a hard time lifting your mood, get busy doing something you enjoy that will raise your positive vibration.


It’s easy to raise our vibration. Engaging in our hobbies is a great way to bump our vibes up a few notches, and it can be anything really—playing sports, cooking, baking, gardening, playing music, cleaning, exercising, meditating, practicing yoga, singing, dancing, crafting, building, organizing, or snuggling with your pet.


When we keep ourselves elevated, it’s really hard for anxiety to find us, helping to keep negative experiences at bay.


  1. Instead of gripping at fear and worrying about whether or not something will work out, just know that it will.

This is what it means to have faith. Just know that no matter what the outcome, you will be okay, and if it is in your highest interest to have what you want, you will have it.


  1. And last, ask the universe for what you want and then let go of the outcome.

Instead of focusing on what you want, focus on how you can be of service. When we are serving others, we are tapping into more of that feel-good energy, which will bring us more feel-good experiences.


Show up each day ready to serve the world, your family, your environment, and yourself. Focus on how you can add value to the lives of others. Good experiences will come to you.


Once we realize the root of anxiety, it is easier for us to transform it into positivity. I wish you all a blissful day!


TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Sometimes witnessing difficult and emotional events produces anxiety. How to get unstuck? First know that if you had nothing to contribute you wouldn't  be here. Second, recognize that you don't have to have the answers in order to be a conduit of positive change. Here are three simple tips.

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How Safe is Chiropractic?

How Safe is Chiropractic? | Chiropractic + Wellness |

by Dr. Scott Rosenthal


Due to the physical nature of chiropractic care and the fact that it involves performing maneuvers to the neck and back, people sometimes question its safety. As with any medical procedure, it is wise to consider the risks. Being an informed patient can help bring about better choices for yourself and your loved ones. Before we look into the safety of chiropractic, I’d like to provide some perspective. 

The following is a list of the most common causes of death in the U.S. (including the number of people who die from these causes each year):

Heart disease: 614,348 

Cancer: 591,699
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053 

Not listed here as a major cause of death is medical care itself. Studies estimate that more than 400,000 Americans die prematurely each year from hospital errors. Another study showed that use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen causes 16,500 deaths annually among arthritis patients alone.

With so many “medical deaths” each year, it is fair to consider how safe each type of care is. This includes chiropractic. But, is there more of a concern than there should be? The answer requires understanding a dark history.

Chiropractic has a long history of representing a more natural approach to health and healing. Unfortunately, this has brought fierce opposition from those with competing views. To better understand the history, I direct you to several excerpts from a 2011 article published in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics:

“Although the chiropractic profession now occupies a largely mainstream place in the health care spectrum of the United States, this has not always been the case. From its formation in 1895 by founder Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, the chiropractic profession faced a plan of containment and elimination by the American Medical Association (AMA) that continued for nearly a century. It took an antitrust lawsuit filed against the AMA in 1976 to reveal the magnitude and scope of the AMA’s plan. Despite generations of organized medical opposition, chiropractors did what most other groups of professionals failed to do: they maintained a separate and distinct identity from the practice of medicine while growing in an otherwise hostile environment created by the AMA and its component state associations.”

“The AMA’s plan to undermine chiropractic became even more organized with the establishment of the Committee on Quackery in 1963. This AMA committee adopted a plan that was devised in 1962 by the Iowa Medical Society under the leadership of Robert B. Throckmorton. The so-called ‘Iowa Plan’ outlined the ‘containment of the chiropractic profession’ that ‘will result in the decline of chiropractic.’ Action steps outlined in this plan included ‘encourage ethical complaints against doctors of chiropractic,’ ‘encourage chiropractic disunity,’ ‘oppose chiropractic inroads in health insurance,’ and ‘oppose chiropractic inroads into hospitals’ among others. Joseph Sabatier, chairman of the Committee on Quackery, said that ‘rabid dogs and chiropractors fit into about the same category…. Chiropractors were nice but they killed people.’”

“The massive scope and methodical nature of this plan were exposed in hundreds of thousands of pages of AMA documents that were brought to light in the 1976 trial Chester C. A. Wilk et al. v. AMA et al, which started one year after the Committee on Quackery was disbanded. AMA writers ghostwrote television and movie scripts, as well as Ann Landers’ widely read newspaper column and any other media outlet that could be used to tarnish the reputation of chiropractic in the public eye. The AMA even encouraged the distribution of anti-chiropractic materials to high school guidance counselors so they would dissuade interested students from pursuing careers in it. During the 11-year court battle that ensued, the AMA settled three lawsuits by relaxing its position on the referral of patients to chiropractors by medical doctors. In 1980, the AMA revised its Principles of Medical Ethics to reflect this new position, allowing medical doctors to be free to choose the patients they served, the environment they served in, and the other types of practitioners they associated with.”

Although the chiropractic profession won the monumental case, the repercussions of the intense and illegal propaganda by the AMA can still be felt today. Delaware hospitals still fail to have a single Doctor of Chiropractic on staff. Despite the change observed by the AMA and movement of chiropractic further into the mainstream of today’s health care arena, forces still seek to tarnish the public trust. Continued attacks (likely from rogue medical sources) surface every few years making the unscientific accusation that chiropractic can cause strokes. Although unfounded, many in the media appear to have a feverish obsession to sensationalize these claims and blindly quote any medical physician with a defamatory opinion.

The most recent and comprehensive analysis of the safety of chiropractic can be found in a study conducted by the Department of Neurosurgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in February of 2016. The researchers found in regard to chiropractic and strokes:

“There is no convincing evidence to support a causal link, and unfounded belief in causation may have dire consequences.”

Even though the scientific literature debunks the myth that chiropractic causes strokes, another question needs to be answered. How safe is chiropractic care overall? 
A recent study published in the orthopedic journal, Spine, answers this question by looking at those most susceptible to injury, the elderly. Millions of Medicare recipients were studied by comparing the rate of injury seen when visiting a primary care physician as compared to a chiropractor. Chiropractic care was found to be significantly safer as summarized in the study’s conclusion:

“Among Medicare beneficiaries aged 66 to 99 years with an office visit risk for a neuromusculoskeletal problem, risk of injury to the head, neck, or trunk within 7 days was 76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit than among those who saw a primary care physician.”

If chiropractic is found to be this safe when compared to primary care physician visits, imagine if chiropractic was compared to common invasive medical approaches such as spinal injections and surgery.

The best evidence revealing the high level of safety seen with chiropractic care is not in a peer-reviewed medical study, government document or world health organization paper. It is seen in the premium bill each Doctor of Chiropractic receives yearly from his or her malpractice insurance company. Personally, I pay more money for my auto insurance than I do my malpractice insurance. According to insurance actuaries who calculate the premium amounts based on risk and past claim data, I am more of a risk to the public in my car on the road than in my office working on patients. One could conclude that a good litmus test for healthcare safety is whether the treatment is more risky than the car ride over.


There is no doubt that the United States is in a health care crisis. Not only is the current medical system unsustainably expensive to administer, but it is unacceptably harmful as well. More than ever, patients need to be vigilant with their own advocacy. In the year 2000, Americans filled 2.8 billion prescriptions. That’s about 10 prescriptions for every person and a number that should force everyone to think carefully about the choices they make. Is it any surprise the death toll is so high? By doing a little research, asking yourself, friends and doctors if the treatment you are about to receive is the safest available, harm and death can be prevented. 


Chiropractic has been around for years, survived decades of illegal attacks from competing forces and is proven highly effective. Trust is the greatest gift any individual or profession can receive, but must be earned. Extensive research, low insurance rates and decades of satisfied patients show that when it comes to safety, you can trust chiropractic! 

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Many times people hear about the dangers of chiropractic, not understanding the long and unfortunate history behind false rumors meant to discredit the field as a whole. Chiropractic is very safe, much safer than allopathic medicine. Read on to learn how.

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Chiropractic Care is Personalized Care

Chiropractic Care is Personalized Care | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Dr. Ken Freedman specializes in helping patients who have misalignments of the spine that result in nerve interference, called the vertebral subluxation complex, or subluxations.  These subluxations negatively impact the body’s ability to self-heal, resist injury and work strongly.  “A subluxation in the spine increases the risk for patients to develop health problems, prolongs injury recovery times and contributes to chronic pain,” said Dr. Freedman. Adjusting subluxations helps the body heal naturally and reduces pain faster.

“With chiropractic care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach,” says Dr. Freedman.  His chiropractic experience includes hands-on adjustments and gentle, low-force adjusting.  “In my office, I can accommodate everyone based upon their individual preferences and clinical needs,” continues Dr. Freedman.  “My experience with many different chiropractic techniques enables my patients to receive highly personalized treatment. Chiropractic care helps the body to heal itself, rather than relying on medication to mask symptoms like pain.”  Dr. Freedman’s vast knowledge of a variety of chiropractic techniques allows him to care for newborns, senior citizens and everyone in between. His patients have even included Oscar nominated actors, Olympic and professional athletes in all areas of sport.

Dr. Freedman also specializes in checking and adjusting all of the joints of the body.  “The alignment of one joint affects the alignment of all joints in the body’s kinetic chain,” says Dr. Freedman.  Since he began his practice in 1979, nearly all chronic low back pain cases he has seen involved misalignment of the joints in the feet, knees or hips.  It’s also common to see wrist, elbow and shoulder misalignments with patients suffering with chronic neck pain. Headache patients frequently have subluxation of the upper neck, but they can also have misalignment of the jaw joint.  Instead of taking medications or going for expensive, time consuming physical therapy, Dr. Freedman’s patients receive adjustments for better total body function and improved healing. They move better with less pain, enjoy faster and more long lasting results at a lower cost, and live a more active, healthier lifestyle.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

The first thing I do for a patient is a thorough examination, including listening to my patient's concerns and goals. That way, I can target the areas most in need of attention, avoid harming the patient, and select the most appropriate techniques in order to achieve optimum outcomes. There is no 'one way" to do chiropractic. Chiropractic care is highly individualized care. - Dr. Sue Mullen, DC

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Chiropractic Addresses Allergy and Sinus Management

Chiropractic Addresses Allergy and Sinus Management | Chiropractic + Wellness |

Research has found an individual’s immune and respiratory systems require normal communications from their brain and spinal cord to properly function. Misalignments can create a nervous system imbalance which can exacerbate or trigger allergic symptoms. Targeted chiropractic treatment can address hypersensitivity within the immune or respiratory systems. Individuals can turn to a multi-disciplinary approach for gentle and effective relief for allergies and sinus problems. Patients can control their reaction to common airborne allergens, such as smog, pollen, pet dander dust mites and dust.

Chiropractors provide patients presenting with allergy symptoms a thorough evaluation that reviews their medical history and includes an exam of their spine for misalignments. A manual adjustment will often be used to realign the spinal and reduce pressure on any compressed nerve roots. Individuals can notice results after the first visit with a reduction in watery, itchy eyes and congestion. Additional visits may be necessary to control allergy or sinus symptoms.

“Chiropractic treatments can be effective in providing allergy and sinus relief,” said Dr. Donovan Hutchings. “As an experienced chiropractor, I educate patients on how to change their lifestyle to reduce allergy flare-ups and explain the role proper alignment has on their immune and respiratory systems. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce allergy discomfort in a single visit and decrease patient response to known triggers, such as mold and pollen. Allergy medications and remaining indoors should not be the only option available to allergy and sinus sufferers on otherwise beautiful days. Allergy relief from our chiropractor can make all of the difference in patients’ lives.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

We should not be surprised that regular chiropractic adjustments help to control allergy symptoms. Chiropractic clears nerve pathways so the body can talk to itself, and that includes the respiratory system. Keep getting chiropractic and get out there and enjoy nature.

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Minneesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson Now Well-Adjusted with Chiropractic

Minneesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson Now Well-Adjusted with Chiropractic | Chiropractic + Wellness |


by Paul Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press


Despite taking the loss in his season debut in Baltimore, Minnesota Twins Pitcher Kyle Gibson reports results from his twice-weekly chiropractic sessions this spring.


“Toward the beginning of spring training my back started getting sore again,” Gibson said. “Going twice a week helped get things moving in the right direction.”


Now that he feels his lower-back problems are under control, Gibson plans to scale back to a single visit per homestand. That way he won’t have to find somebody to visit on the road, while also limiting those realignment sessions to perhaps two per month.


“It has made a big difference in my hips and just everything,” said Gibson, who set career highs for starts (32) and innings (194 2/3) last season. “My skeletal system was basically allowing my muscular system to stay tight and not function properly. That caused some nerve irritation.”


While May features the classic “drop and drive” delivery, Gibson is from the “tall and fall” school that should, in theory, produce less strain on a pitcher’s hips and back. That didn’t prove to be the case over Gibson’s first few seasons in the majors, so he finally realized adjustments were needed.


“Some of my problem was just that I had some tight hips pulling my pelvis out of line and causing some irritation in the nerve,” Gibson said. “There were certain things I realized I could pitch through. You find ways to get around certain soreness and aches and pains.”


If the Twins can get 200 innings out of Gibson and 65 to 75 relief appearances out of May, they won’t just have a better chance to end a postseason drought that has reached five years and counting. They could have additional members of their pitching staff lining up for realignment sessions.


“It’s good,” Gibson said, “to feel good again.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Awareness of chiropractic's efficacy is beginning to spread into professional sports. Over the years I have worked with many athletes, professional and amateur, who use their bodies in powerful ways that can pull their spines out of alignment. Chiropractic for athletes and other enthusiasts just makes sense.

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Embrace Healing, Not Just Pain-Killing

Embrace Healing, Not Just Pain-Killing | Chiropractic + Wellness |

By Dr. Sue Mullen, D.C.

I get baffled and bewildered when patients tell me they have been to a Chiropractor in the past, yet they do not know what a Subluxation is.  Nor do they know what the condition the Chiropractor treated them for.  Sometimes I feel I am doing the job of a thousand Chiropractors.


Patients usually believe pain is the reason to see a Chiropractor.  So when the pain stops, they believe they are well, they are healed.  At some point later in their lives they are in front of me with complaints of pain, mostly the same type or area they had seen the Chiropractor for originally.


Logically, one may conclude, the same condition, the same problem, has returned.  Were they “well” when they stopped seeing the other Chiropractor?  Out of pain, yes perhaps.  Improved range of motion so now they can look over their shoulder to merge into traffic safely, probably.  Picking up their children or active in their favorite hobbies, yes.  Improved sense of well-being and a feeling of ease throughout their body, likely.  Then they stopped going to the Chiropractor.  Why would you stop when you were feeling your best?  Why?


Slowly, ever so slowly, they accommodate to Subluxations, misalignments of the vertebrae that impinge on nerves and compromise the functioning of tissues and organs. They get used to the symptoms and think this is normal: pain, headaches, stomach/digestive disorders, numbness, allergies, etc.  They learn to live with interference to the all-important central nervous system disturbing the electrical signals from the brain to the body and body connection to brain.  Slowly, slowly they adapt to the lack of ease within them.  Slowly, slowly, day after day they hang their head over their computers and cell phones, their children, their books, and their vertebrae “creep” out of normal positions.  Slowly, slowly those vital electrical messages decrease causing Subluxations and degenerative disc disease.  And then they just adapt to Abnormal, thinking this is Normal.  Would you think you were abnormal is you did not have pain?


Their previous Chiropractors did not educate them adequately to understand pain is only 10% of what the nervous system expresses.  The nervous system has a BIG job to do, all without our conscious awareness of its Innate power.


Subluxations, if untreated, will eventually cause a breakdown within our bodies without us even knowing the damage is happening.  We slowly degrade and think this is normal.  Gradually degeneration happens to the joint, the nerve, the muscle, and organs.  Slowly, slowly, until one day, “out of the blue,” “Doctor, it just happened,” “I woke up with it, maybe it was the way I was sleeping,” “and, “I don’t remember doing anything that would cause me to have this pain.”  Has this ever happened to you, your family or your loved ones?


I get frustrated.  I long for the time when all citizens support the health of their spines and nervous systems by getting regular, ongoing chiropractic care.  I long for patients to completely understand: Your Central Nervous is the Master System of Your Body, so take care of it because it is the only one you have.  If you don’t take care of it, where are you going to live?


Let’s Keep The Power On!  Get Adjusted!


Dr. Sue Mullen, DC is a chiropractor of over twenty years’ experience, with specializations in trauma and extremity care. She practices at her Berkeley, CA clinic, The Good Life Chiropractic.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

We have been trained by allopathic medicine to focus on symptoms, such as pain. But health means normal functioning has been restored, not just that symptoms have disappeared. Pain often disappears long before a patient's body has healed itself to its best capacity. As a chiropractor, I treat the cause (Subluxation), not just symptoms. Give your body the time it needs to heal itself!  


The following article is my first blog post. Enjoy! --Dr. Sue Mullen

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Plan for Safe Spring Gardening 

Plan for Safe Spring Gardening  | Chiropractic + Wellness |

by Dr. Moshe Laub, DC


Prevention of common gardening injuries with a few tips and only a handful of changes can allow those with chronic injuries to return to their favorite hobby, reports West Hartford Chiropractic LLC. Patients at this center are surprised to find out about the changes they can make to prevent injuries and strain while spring cleaning. Chiropractors acknowledge gardening to be a significant cause of back and neck pain and patients would do well to educate themselves on how to garden safely.

Many chiropractors see patients come in with leaf raking injuries. Over 28,000 people annually are medically treated for back, neck and shoulder injuries related to disposal of leaves. Avoid leaf raking injuries by choosing the right size rake for your size, warm-up prior to the activity with stretches and windmills, switch hands from time to time, and use your legs to bend and lift. The experience of low back and mid back pain is a common complaint that may not always originate in the lower back. Thoracolumbar Syndrome, nicknamed “The Great Mimicker”, results from stress on the spine and referred pain from nerve compression. Chiropractors have the experience to identify and address the source of such pain.

“Chiropractic treatments are an effective and gentle option for addressing spring gardening back injuries,” said Dr. Moshe Laub. “As an experienced chiropractor, I look to educate patients on how best to avoid back injuries while gardening and manage current conditions. Many people are simply unaware of the stress that gardening can place on the body, in particular when poor body mechanics and movements are used. Patients are surprised to feel the difference that a few physical and behavioral adjustments can make to how they feel after gardening. In addition, making changes to certain activities during Spring Cleaning, such as knowing how to avoid leaf raking injuries, help patients maintain better alignment and reduce the chance of unnecessary injury. If patients require chiropractic adjustments to address gardening injuries, many are amazed at their body’s response and often experience an increase in range of motion paired with a decrease in pain. We strive to educate individuals on how to avoid potential gardening injuries with the right tools and moves.”

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:
Planning ahead for safe spring gardening is a great way to avoid reaggravating old injuries or suffering new ones. The key is a combination of ergonomics, correct tools, drinking water, adequate rest periods, and chiropractic. I am happy to consult with you to help you make your spring gardening safe and enjoyable.


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How Chiropractic Can Ease The Opioid Epidemic

How Chiropractic Can Ease The Opioid Epidemic | Chiropractic + Wellness |

by Dr. R. Todd Shaver


It is no secret that America has a drug problem, but you may be surprised to learn about the particular drug problem which we will discuss here. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” intending to achieve the "prevention of new addicts, and the rehabilitation of those who are addicted." Toward that end, we’ve since spent a trillion dollars in the war against purveyors of illicit drugs. However, rather than focusing exclusively on illegal drug cartels, statistics suggest that attention must also be directed toward the white-coat/pharmaceutical cartel which dominates American health care; legal prescription opioid drugs now account for more deaths each year than cocaine and heroin deaths combined.
Common names for prescription opioid drugs include Percocet, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Fentanyl. Addiction to these prescription opioid drugs has become so common that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration categorize the problem as an epidemic and a public health crisis. Although the United States represents less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume 80 percent of the global opioid supply, including 99 percent of the world’s Hydrocodone.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the annual number of deaths from opioid overdose exceeds the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents. The CDC links these opioid-related deaths with the rise in opioid prescriptions over the past several years; in fact, the number of annual opioid prescriptions in the United States is enough to supply every American adult with a bottle of pills. In addition to opioid addiction and overdose-related deaths, common complications of opioid use include drowsiness, increased risk of falls and fractures, constipation and nausea. The World Psychology journal reports that opioid use is associated with a 92 percent increased risk of committing murder. Yikes!
In addition to widespread use for acute pain, the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that “opioids are also now prescribed more frequently to treat chronic conditions including musculoskeletal pain of the spine and extremities.” The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that “opioid prescription for low back pain has increased” and that “more than half of regular opioid users report back pain.” Despite this pervasive use, opioid drugs do not reduce out-of-work time for injured workers and they do not seem to improve functional outcomes for patients with acute pain. Regarding opioid use for chronic pain, the BMJ reports that there is very little research on the long-term benefit of such treatment, but there is “growing evidence of harm associated with” use of opioids for chronic pain. In fact, opioid use has been associated with worse clinical outcomes in musculoskeletal conditions. Opioids may actually cause increased pain (hyperalgesia) in some patients after several months of use.

In response to the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has resolved to “attack the problem from every angle.” HHS asserts that using nonpharmocologic approaches to pain treatment is an “urgent priority.” Well, welcome to the party, HHS … I’m sorry you’re late … but I’m so happy that you’ve finally arrived. Chiropractic physicians have always offered nonpharmocologic approaches to health care. According to Consumer Reports, chiropractors are the highest-rated health care practitioners for low-back pain treatment and ranked above physical therapists and medical physicians of any specialty. In fact, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription drugs, massage, yoga, Pilates and over-the-counter medications.
Other health care organizations are also catching on. The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007 published guidelines issued jointly by The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommending that spinal manipulation should be used for back pain patients who do not improve with self-care options (such as rest and ice). The centerpiece in chiropractic care of the spine is known as the spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation.
The Joint Commission accredits all major hospital systems in the United States and certifies more than 20,000 American health care organizations and programs. In 2015, the Joint Commission updated its pain management standard to include chiropractic services.  Likewise, as of 2016, the Oregon Health Plan will prioritize chiropractic and other nonpharmocologic approaches over pain medication for back pain patients.
Chiropractic physicians offer conservative, integrative and effective treatment strategies that help many people reduce their reliance on addictive pain medication and return to more normal activity. This common-sense approach is also catching on with the general public as more than 33.6 million Americans sought chiropractic services in 2014. Chiropractic services have also been shown to be more cost-effective; opting for a conservative approach at the onset of pain can be cost saving for individual patients and for the health care system. Dr. Anthony Hamm, president of the American Chiropractic Association, summarizes, “Chiropractic physicians are well positioned to play a vital role in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain.
Dr. R. Todd Shaver is a chiropractic physician at Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine. As a distinguished fellow of chiropractic biophysics, Dr. Shaver utilizes spinal adjustment and other chiropractic physical medicine procedures to address injury and pain and to promote wellness. 

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

In the face of an epidemic of deaths in the United States caused by legal prescription painkillers, mainstream medicine is beginning to embrace natural pain remedies such as chiropractic.

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The Natural Force in Each One of Us is the Greatest Force in Getting Well

The Natural Force in Each One of Us is the Greatest Force in Getting Well | Chiropractic + Wellness |

"The natural force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."

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Support the natural healing force within you!

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8 Ways Trusting Your Gut Can Change Your Life

8 Ways Trusting Your Gut Can Change Your Life | Chiropractic + Wellness |

by Laura McDonald
As a health coach and trainer, my mantra for every class I teach, every exercise video I film, and every private client I work with is: “Listen to your body.” Why? Because no one knows us better than we know ourselves. Listening to our bodies is also listening to our souls, trusting our guts, and raising our consciousnesses.

Here are eight ways you can start changing your life today by listening to your body.

1. Prevent injuries.

Most of us have aches and pains from time to time. In order to help prevent injuries (or further aggravate an existing injury) it’s important to stay tuned in to the physical self.

Tip: Whenever working out or doing any type of physical activity (gardening, hiking, household chores, etc.) stay tuned in to your body and how it feels. If you have an existing injury, take it seriously. Bottom line: If it hurts or doesn’t feel right, stop.

2. Tuning in and acknowledging the positive moments that pop up throughout the day will help you give and attract more positive energy.

Tip: Take a moment to bask in your victories, whether it’s special time with your child, a big break at work or a delicious dinner with a loved one, being aware and grateful will help you circulate the flow of positive energy.

3. Help your heart.

Most heart attacks begin with subtle symptoms — lightheadedness, nausea/vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath, pain in the back, shoulders and jaw. Many people try to tough it out and ignore these important signs.

Tip: Take a moment to educate yourself about the warning signals. It just might save your life.

4. Trust your instincts.

When faced with decisions, relevant and random thoughts can swirl around in our heads, making it hard to distinguish the mindless chatter from our gut-driven instincts.

Tip: Grab a pad and pencil and doodle. Jot down the pros and cons. Give yourself time to sit with your thoughts for a bit. If it brings you joy or pleasure, tune in and listen. If it makes you feel stressed out, uncomfortable or anxious, put it aside. Trust your instincts and be happy and secure and with the decisions you make.

5. Ease stress and anxiety.

The flight or flight triggers in modern life have never been greater. While we rely on this rush of endorphins to get through hairy situations, staying in a constant state of heightened stress is damaging both physically and mentally.

Tip: Tune into your body's signals: elevated heart rate, heavy breathing and racing thoughts are just a few signs that it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and cut yourself some slack. Give yourself permission to take a break and do something relaxing for yourself.

6. Lighten up.

Am I really hungry or just bored? Do I really need another piece of cake or did it just taste so damn good I think I want more? Am I thirsty because I didn’t drink enough water throughout the day? How will I feel after I eat the cheeseburger deluxe versus the kale salad with grilled chicken?

Tip: THINK before you eat. Choose wisely. Slow down. Chew. Relax. Eat at the table. Give thanks for your meal. Put your fork down between bites. Breathe.

6. Deepen your spirituality.

It's easy to distract ourselves from feeling by filling the space around us with visuals, noise (computers, tv, texting, talking), and/or material things, all robbing us of a deeper connection with ourselves and ultimately with others.

Tip: Set aside at least an hour a day without digital distractions. Read, meditate, stretch, breathe, let go, think. All of these practices will help deepen your spirituality.

7. Feel better.

Get real with how you feel. Are you tired all the time? Are you sluggish? Do you need to move your body? Are you craving fresh air, sunshine, raw veggies, water, a massage? Chances are good that there are a few adjustments you can make today that will have you feeling better ASAP.

Tip: Think about what your body is craving right now. Ex: More water, a healthy snack, grabbing a quick walk, an earlier bedtime, a simple meditation, stretching, etc. Take these cravings seriously and try putting a few of them into effect today.

8. Love yourself.

I get so caught up in doing and caring for everyone around me that I shove myself to the bottom of the list. This approach catches up with us sooner or later and we can end up feeling burned out, disgruntled and lacking in self-love.

Tip: Plan some “me” time. Do something that makes you feel loved and cared for, that makes you feel good. Be patient and gentle with yourself. Honor and respect the loving person you are by loving yourself.

Bottom line: We are phenomenal, unique beings with our brains, bodies and souls responding to every stimulus every second of every day. I believe one of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon ourselves is to cultivate and listen to this communication with the physical and spiritual self.

I may preach it but I still have to remind myself to practice it.

TheGoodLifeChiropractics insight:

Chiropractic helps the body communicate with itself. Wellness is about communication with self on every level, and that starts with listening to self. Here are some helpful tips to remind you how.

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