4 Great Benefits of Chiropractic on Health

Even though chiropractors are known for having great success in relieving back pain and neck pain, a chiropractic adjustment can help a person’s health in many other ways.

In a recent discussion I had with one of our practice members, I realized it was necessary to share a few of these, so I compiled 4 Great Benefits of Chiropractic on Health.

Enjoy.

  • Lowering High Blood Pressure

    For many years chiropractors have been spreading the word about theHigh Blood Pressure Chiropractic Health Benefits lowering of high blood pressure with a chiropractic adjustment. This is typically due to the realignment of the upper cervical vertebrae, allowing the body to properly self regulate.

    A recent high blood pressure study showed such great success they published it on WebMD.com.

    As proud as I am for the profession receiving the recognition it deserves for helping prevent the use of unnecessary medication, it is important that other factors that effect high blood pressure be visited also. However, visiting a chiropractor should definitely be included on the list.

  • Relieving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    I am of the opinion that carpal tunnel syndrome just may be one of the most overused and least successful surgeries that one can have. While gutting the carpal tunnel to release pressure off the median nerve due to trauma or fracture(similar to the one I had on my severely broken wrist and dislocated hand), the cause of carpal tunnel symptoms often has nothing to do with the tunnel.

    Chiropractic adjustments to the appropriate cervical vertebra have shown to help people fully recover from symptoms associated with a carpal tunnel diagnosis. Not only that, but unlike the surgery which often ends up with a wrist that needs to be immobilized, and symptoms that switch to the other side, an adjustment relieves the pressure off of the nerve root bilaterally. This keeps the unwanted pressure off of cause of the symptoms, resolving them fully. Without surgery.

    If the cervical spine adjustment does not relieve the symptoms fully, it is possible that there is a misalignment in one of the joints in the kinetic chain of the upper body. This simply involves checking the neck, shoulder, radius, ulna, and carpal bones for misalignment. When realigned, the kinetic chain begins to work efficiently, and pressure is taken off of all areas that lead to the carpal tunnel.

  • Helping Infertility

    One of my favorite instances in chiropractic was when a wife visited our office because the fertility treatments she was receiving were not working, and she saw a small local news story on chiropractic helping with fertility problems.

    While this condition is not that uncommon for many chiropractors, the condition of her spine was nowhere near considered ideal. She had a severe lumbar and upper thoracic scoliosis, and at the age of 13 a surgeon inserted 3 titanium rods into her spine. This essentially left her spine immobile from the 4th cervical vertebra to L5.

    I still remember thinking how challenging this was going to be since it did not leave me many areas to adjust physically. I ended up choosing to adjust her atlas manually, and using a combination of the activator instrument and extremely light drop-table on her pelvis.

    After explaining the protocol she visited our office for adjustments over the next two months. When she no longer visited us I felt a little bewildered, but knew I had done my best to help her.

    About two months later she was in one of rooms waiting, and there was a note on her chart, “3 months pregnant.” This is after 3 years of fertility treatments, and the only thing she had changed was getting adjusted. It really goes to show that in spite of physical limitations of the body, like those titanium rods, that the body is amazingly resilient and responsive without nervous system interference.  There are many examples of chiropractic helping infertility, so it is definitely worth exploring.

  • Preventing Bed Wetting and Incontinence

    This betterment and resolution of bed wetting and incontinence

    Chiropractic Benefits on Health include Bed Wetting

    Image courtesy of lobster20 / FreeDigitalPhotos dot net

    symptoms following chiropractic care surprises many people when I tell them. This is sometimes due to the fact that many have no idea that chiropractic may help such conditions, or they were too embarrassed to mention the condition to a chiropractor.

    The approach I take usually involves lumbar and sacrum alignment, with an attempt to remove interference on the nerves associated with the bladder.  There have been a number of studies showing the efficacy of adjusmtnet ofor bladder control issues, and you can check them out here.

    Realignment and restoration of normal nerve function can result in complete resolution of symptoms, which is a huge relief from many parents, children, and other adults.

If you have any questions about chiropractic please call our office directly at 206-282-875.

Sincerely,

Dr. Graeme Gibson, D.C.
Seattle Chiropractor

Does the Hippocratic Oath Even Matter Anymore?

The Hippocratic Oath - Seattle ChiropractorAbout a month ago I had the privilege of speaking to a group of health professionals that were in the final stages of study for their PhD. It had been a few years since I had done such a task, so I reviewed the material I felt was the epitome of the chiropractic profession, and also brushed up on some of my medical terminology for good measure.

Shortly after reading the 33 Principles of Chiropractic by Stephenson, I was jolted with a thought that I couldn’t let go of. The Hippocratic Oath.

With the exception of the saying the oath upon my 2001 graduation from Life Chiropractic College West, the closest thought in my mind was, “first, do no harm.”, which most people use to paraphrase the lengthy pledge.

So after reviewing the majority of the chiropractic material I wanted to cover I decided to review the Hippocratic Oath in detail so I could include it in my upcoming presentation.

First, do no harm.

This, of course, was the first phrase I tried to find. Guess what? It’s not in there. This phrase is not found in the classic version, nor is it found in the modern version that was written in 1964.

Now it does make reference to doing the best for a patient in some roundabout ways, but this phrase is simply attributed to Hippocrates. After reading both versions I can see how “First, do no harm.” may suffice for some people, but in my opinion, it ends up skirting the most important points of the oath.

After doing more research about the oath, including reading some responses about the oath by M.D.’s via the PBS’s the Doctor Diaries, I would like to break down the classic version of the Oath with my own commentary found below.

Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art – if they desire to learn it – without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else.

While the concept of pledging to Greek Gods might be hard to swallow nowadays, the first paragraph simply states how serious of an oath you are about to take. Similar to swearing on a bible in a court of law, this was the old school way of handling things. They updated this for the modern version of the oath, but the changed words serve the same purpose.

The second paragraph is a fascinating one. It speaks of the brotherhood of doctors and the importance of passing on knowledge to one another for the betterment of themselves and the profession. I cannot speak for all doctors, chiropractors or otherwise, but in my experience doctor’s do a wonderful job sharing their knowledge and skill set with peers through both instruction and published literature.

However, I doubt any M.D., D.O., or D.C. would agree that this knowledge has been without fee. The entire health profession has ignored this en masse, and I am reminded of it every time I read about skyrocketing debts of students in the field of chiropractic, medicine, and other areas of health care. Not to mention the ever increasing campuses of our local medical schools and hospitals.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

When was the last time you entered your M.D.’s office and the first thing they recommended was a diet change? In my personal experience, and from the feedback I hear from friends, family, and patients, diet change is not a treatment option that is available.

I want to clarify that I have heard sound diet and nutritional advice from medical doctors, but it is typically from friends who are M.D.’s. I have had many discussions about the importance of diet, but it is usually in reference to weight loss or diabetes, not as a form of treatment to prevent or cure disease.

This phrase has been modified in the modern version, and many of the reasons include that the strides in scientific methods and treatment far outweigh anything a change in diet could do.

I am not sure if this is always the case, especially since most American diets are so off base for such a long period of time.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.

With the amount of prescription drugs ads and commercials we are regularly bombarded with, you can be assured this was modified or removed in the modern version of the oath.

What drug does no harm? Which drug isn’t deadly via it’s potential side effects? I understand the cost benefit ratio that doctors must utilize to determine whether a drug should be given, but if you look at how profit-driven modern medicine is practiced, this is the last thing on many people’s minds. I do not want to point the finger solely at physicians, as many as highly intelligent people doing the absolute best they can. However, the model is based on profit, and supported by billions from drug manufacturers.

Evidence tells me this part of the oath hasn’t been taken seriously in a very long time.

I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

I have read that this has no relevance as barbers used to be the experts who performed surgery by doing the cutting. My opinion is that it simply means to refer to the person or profession that knows best.

A family practice physician referring a patient to a surgeon would be a modern example. A dentist referring someone to an endodontist. A back surgeon referring a patient to a chiropractor. You get my drift. Refer the patient to most qualified professional that can help them get well in the safest way possible.

In my research one I was lucky to have found a physician who succinctly addressed his current issue with today’s medical students and modern practice:

I therefore contend that any attempt to eliminate an appropriate version of the Hippocratic Oath upon graduation from medical school by our younger colleagues reflects a self-centered, misguided, and ill-advised attempt to test their reality of current medical practice. This personal attitude is in defiance of the time-tested, patient-oriented, and physician-managed practice of medicine. While this original philosophy dates back to the Greeks, it continues to provide a roadmap that maximizes patient/societal outcomes within our profession while limiting the individual benefit of payment, stature, and control of physicians upon healthcare delivery. The original Hippocratic Oath should become standard learning for patients and physicians alike. -R.E.B.

It was wonderful to read an honest perspective that doesn’t simply toe the line. In the next couple of months I will follow up with curious examples that go against this oath in hopes of educating the public on how far we are away from this important pledge.

I was surprised to find out through this statement that there are health professionals that believe the Hippocratic Oath is inappropriate in this day and age, or at the very least obsolete. It just might explain why we have so many health problems in this country.

Hopefully someone other than this Seattle chiropractor is thinking worried about it.

Extreme Love: Life with Autism

One of the most memorable times in my chiropractic career was the day a mother allowed me to adjust her young daughter, who happened to be on the “autism spectrum.”  She was 3 1/2 years old, constantly ill with a cold, flue, or something else.  At this point she did not speak, and the parents were told that there was limited to no likelihood of her ever speaking, nor living a “regular life.”

This was in 2009.  Fast forward to 2012 and you will meet a well adjusted, bright, smiling, super talkative big sister who now attends a regular school.  While the transformation following her first chiropractic adjustment was rather quick(she was speaking within 3 weeks) and her chronic colds and flues disappeared immediately, the experience peaked my interest in autism.

While I have been told that this little girl’s situation was simply anecdotal by some in the medical field(some have even told me it was a placebo effect), I know what a major impact this transformation has had on this family.

No longer do they see doctors 5-6 days each week. They have had a chance to go on vacation, and begin raising a healthy child. That’s what brings me to this video clip from Louis Theroux’s 2 part documentary series Extreme Love.

I have been a fan of Louis Theroux ever since I first watched Louis Theroux’s Wild Weekends. Over the past decade he has matured into one of the best documentary film makes and interviewers I have ever seen. He has a candid way about him without making the subject feel ignorant, and lucky for us he has decided to tackle some serious subject matter.

In part one of this series, Extreme Love: Autism, Louis explores the reality of families living with autistic children. At times it is frustrating, but most of the time it is heart breaking. I’ve chosen to include a dramatic clip of what one family has to deal with every day, and as the woman states, most people have no idea what a family with an autistic child has to deal with.

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I have been fortunate to know some local Seattle teachers who run autism programs at local schools, and they also love seeing a chiropractor. In the time I have known them they have shared some of their experiences and it is an absolutely thankless job.

Lucky for us there are people who don’t mind doing the heavy lifting in life.

If you enjoy this clip make sure you check out the entire video when it becomes available on Netflix. The second part of the series deals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. While the subject matter may initially not seem uplifting, the programs are worth watching.

CanAm 2012: Friends to the Rescue (Photos not for the Squeamish)

Seattle Street Hockey CanAm Game 2012

Graeme and Kate @ canam BBQIf any of you have followed my most recent hockey related injury, you may have already seen a couple of these photos. While I don’t want to upset my wife more than she already is, I am glad to be part of such a great group of friends.

Over the past decade or so I have been playing street hockey with a consistent yet ever-changing group of guys. Each Saturday our group meets @ Adam Elementary in Ballard, and we randomly split teams each game.

We draw guys from Everett, Olympia, Kirkland, Queen Anne, and everywhere in between. The games vary in intensity, usually depending on age(we have gotten slower), weight gain(I at least have gotten fatter), and experience(the level of play is somewhere between a -5/10 to a 3/10. Either way we have a blast.

However, for the past six years we have one day where we divide into factions set by country of origin. The Can-Am event is really the only time anyone takes themselves far too seriously.

In the past six events there have been secret meetings and practices, scouting reports on each player, smack talk between players, structured drills and warm-ups. Near fisticuffs between a female Harvard grad and a former Marine sniper…and that’s just from the American side!

The Canadians have taken a far more laid back approach, typically arriving late on game day. Zero preparation. Zero communication. An intensity level that makes us all embarrassed for each other.

In spite of too much preparation or too little, the Canadian side has remained victorious for the past 6 years in our best of 7 series.

I believe the number of games won in the series thus far has been Canada 24, U.S. 4. Not a bad showing if I do say so myself.

The highlights of this years event include a stellar performance by the current Koh-Smyth MVP Corey Shelest, which included a natural hat trick and 14 points in 5 games.

Amazing play in net by Andrei Kreptul, who played in net for the third time this year.

And finally a stellar BBQ performance by our favorite Canadian sniper, Cam Green. Also the winner of the 50/50 ticket draw.

What sticks out in my mind(pun fully intended) is the generosity by Buffalo Steve who might be more passionate about this series than anyone else. When I was accidently high-sticked by Benny, Steve stepped across party lines to help a friend.

Not only did he save me some $$$ by stitching me up, he also saved me from reporting back to my wife from the Ballard ER. I have no doubt it would have been a 5+ hour wait for the 4 stitches, and we wouldn’t have had any good photos.

The only complaint as while I was at the peak of discomfort with the device piercing my head, wondering why the stitch was taking so long he says:

“Hold still, I need to get a good photo of this.”

I am glad he was willing to wait the extra 15 seconds so the photo didn’t come out blurry.

Seattle Chiropractor Receives Stitches

Seattle Chiropractor gets stitched after high stick

Queen Anne Chiropractor receives stitches.

All Stitched Up - Queen Anne Chiropractic Center

 

Looking forward to next year, but you might not recognize me in the game with a helmet and full cage on. Thanks guys.

Graeme aka Bubbles
Seattle Chiropractor
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center

Time to throw in the towel: My Sports Injury Saga

My father and I still have a laugh about the description someone once used about famously tough hockey player, Wendel Clark, to describe his overall condition.

An eggshell of a man.

This seemed extremely funny a few years ago, but after many acute and chronic injuries I seem to have become a that very same eggshell, but without the NHL fame, stardom, money, or accolades.

Sports have continued to be a major part of my life. I continue to play hockey occasionally, lacrosse, and I routinely recommend various sports and exercises to patients in our office.

However, is there a point where sporting exercise is no longer an intelligent decision?

I recognize the various proverbs of mind over matter, no pain no gain, and only the strong survive…etc..etc…, but with my history I am unsure how much more my body can take.

Looking back it seems obvious. I received my first broken collar bone at age 9, followed by another shortly after it healed.

Here is a chronological list of injuries that I have dealt with or recovered from with time out in parenthesis:

1986 – Broken Left Clavicle (2 months)
1986 – Second Broken Clavicle (2 months)
1991 – Massive Right Thigh Contusion (2 weeks)
1991 – Torn Tendons in Right Ankle (1 month)
1991 – Back Injury (3 weeks)
1992 – Rib dislocation (1 month)
1993 – ACL Repair Left Knee, MCL + LCL + Meniscus Tear (6 months)
1994 – Right Hand Disclocation + Wrist Fracture + Compartment Syndrome (7 months)
1995 – Left Meniscus Repair (6 weeks)
1995 – Concussion
1995 – Second Concussion
1996 – Left Meniscus Removal (2 weeks)
1997 – Neck Injury (Played entire year but felt terrible)
1997 – Right Wrist Fracture (2 months)
1998-2000 – Relatively injury Free
2001-2002 Chronic Upper Thoracic Pain
2006 – Concussion and Left Leg Contusion (2 weeks)
2006 – Left Wrist Fracture (4 months)
2009 – Broken Sinus/Fracture
2009 – Concussion
2010 – Concussion (2 months)
2011 – Diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome (3-6 months)
2012 – Stitches above eye

When I look at all of the injuries the only thing I see is that the time I felt the BEST in my life involved me not playing hockey. There are also other factors not taken into consideration, such as style of play, games being played, and the cascading effect of past injuries into the others, but it is quite a list.

I left out the non-diagnosed traumas, as anyone who plays sports gets hurt once in a while.

After writing the previous blog post about squatting, it made me think of all the injury free people who receive chiropractic adjustments as well as the ones I help put back together.Chiropractic and Sports Injuries

After this last trauma(which was minor in comparison to many) I will have to go back to the drawing board and attempt to find the proper combination of sport and exercise that will allow for less trauma in the future.

I certainly know my personal injury experience is effecting what sports my wife and I make available to our children. Hopefully I’ll finally take my own advice a little bit more seriously.

Chek Out This Guy At 50

I wanted to thank chiropractor , Dr. Don Clum, D.C. for inspiring to start posting on my blog again. His recent video of his daughter doing an impressive squat press, and commentary on the benefits of children weightlifting at an early age made me research the topic a little further.

I chose to start by re-reading the teachings of Paul Chek, of the C.H.E.K. Institute. While he is not a PhD., nor are his points of view peer reviewed, but I have yet to find someone who’s viewpoint on exercise, movement, and eating habits that were so ahead of their time. His book, How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!, epitomizes the chiropractic lifestyle, which I of course appreciate.

So when Dr. Clum mentioned his point of view on weightlifting and backed it up with an amazing video of his daughter squatting, it challenged some belief systems I have developed since I lifting weights at 12 years old.

My response to his comment was simply, the jury is still out, and my personal and professional experience is that people who train hard at an extremely early age end up with injuries down the road.

Here are just some of the things that can contribute to this:

  • High Impact Sports
  • Over Training
  • Improper Training Techniques
  • Improper Nutrition

What I have witnessed in practice over the past dozen years are typically one of two types of athletes. The people who were highly competitive athletes in their youth, who typically no longer compete due to chronic injury. Then there are the people who rarely trained, enjoyed their youth and are now training hard and smart. While there are some tweeners in the group, the most common source of contention is the topic of squatting.

I have no doubt that squatting can be one of the ultimate training tools for building the size and strength in a persons legs, I often find myself challenging the need to go “heavy”, no matter the age.

This is where Paul Chek comes in.Paul Chek Proper Squatting Technique

His explanation of squats is right up my alley, and I believe he gives the perfect reasoning for the importance of squats in a balanced exercise program. What I like the most is he focuses on technique and a number of “Primal Patterns” that emphasize overall strength and movement.

This evolutionary view should fall in line with any scientist, although it is a rather elementary model. This just proves exercise does not have to be complicated or use specialized machinery to be worthy.

Here are some opinions Paul Chek has given that I can appreciate:

    Squatting
    Lunging
    Bending
    Pushing
    Pulling
    Twisting

Gait (walking, jogging and running)
Until very recently, we lived in harmony with nature and involved ourselves in hunting, gathering (see Figure 1), building shelter (see Figure 2), tending to crops (in the recent 10,000 years) and using fire to make tools and keep warm. The squat pattern was crucial for survival and, I believe, just as important today as it was then.

As you can see squatting is a very important Primal Movement Pattern™. Initially, the squat movement need not be performed under a greater load than that afforded by your body weight. Body weight squats offer the following benefits:

Improved respiration of all working tissues used in the squat. The squat uses almost all the muscles in your body
Improved pumping of body fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues, including organs and glands
Beneficial physiological stress to your hormonal system. Properly performed breathing squats actually shift the body away from sympathetic nervous system dominance and encourage parasympathetic activity. This aids in tissue repair and cultivation of Chi, or life-force energy
Improved movement of feces through the colon and more regular bowel movements
Breathing squats and functional squatting can be performed anywhere, anytime. No equipment needed
Body weight squatting prepares your body for more advanced training

When you are capable of performing at least 100 breathing squats in a row, you will have mastered the squat with body weight and conditioned your tissues to effectively handle greater intensities as achieved with resistance training.

You can click these links to read more on part 1 and part 2 of Chek’s opinions on the importance on squatting.

The one area I remain challenged is the necessity of extra weight while performing squats, especially in children. I personally don’t believe extra weight across the shoulders is necessary and that squat jumps or lunges may be a more appropriate and efficient exercise for children.  It just might be worth sending him a quick email to address it.

I also realize that his opinions do not qualify as a gold standard double blind peer reviewed study, but his experiences should be viewed as case studies.  He is on the front line doing the work that could benefit the rest of us.  If we were to wait for the studies to catch up to his results we just might reach an obesity and disease epidemic that is irriversible.

It is nice to know that there are amazing chiropractors like Dr. Clum, and professionals like Paul Chek preaching a lifestyle that is unique and resulting in significant positive changes in people’s lives.

Thank you to both.

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We Met The Vancouver Canucks Green Men!

As some of you may know, my family loves hockey. I was fortunate enough to have a dad who purchased a couple of front row seats to Game 5 of the Canucks/Nashville series. It was my first NHL in 5 year, so it was a blast sitting in such amazing seats.

Green Men and a Couple of Seattle Chiropractors
The fact that we sat 5 seats away from the Green Men, Force & Sully was also excellent. I was surprised how quiet they were during the play. You would expect them being complete morons the entire game if you were to listen to Glen Healy, but they couldn’t be better fans.

It seemed that the fans were not only supportive but protective of the crew.

Since my son knows who the Green Men are, we got a photo with one holding the Luongo jersey we got him as a souvenir.

Seattle Chiropractor's Meet the Canucks Green Men

The photo was a little dark, but that’s what you get when neither of us show up with a camera and ask a fellow to take one with his. Lucky for us, he sent an email with both photos we took.

If you watched the game, you will recognize my father’s Green Men homage to their rendition of Rodin’s The Thinker. I believe they chose this during the Legwand penalty to show how serious they took the NHL’s warning to tone it down and not touch the glass.

One of the coolest things that happened was the fact that they recognized my jersey! Not that it was just a Linden jersey, or the fact that it was signed by Linden, but the fact that it was the often forgoteen 1998 Winter Olympics Linden jersey. They loved it, and obviously know the game

Classic.

Even More Concerns About Mercury in Dentistry

Mike Adams, editor at Naturalnews.com, just posted another fantastic article about the continued use of mercury in dentistry, and the unwavering support of the FDA, AMA, and the top officials in dentistry. Mr. Adams concludes that the use and support of mercury amalgams really comes down to a money issue, as the substance is extremely cheap.

While I don’t seem to run into too many youngsters with “silver fillings” which seemed to be the norm growing up, I do find it startling that mercury is a component in any type of health care practice.

It is common knowledge that mercury is extremely toxic, as we have been warned to keep it away from our skin, to avoid eating certain types of fish, and that only a few grams can ruin entire ecosystems. Yet, we are to believe that it is completely safe when it is found in our mouth?

Mr. Adams also brings up the issue of safety, as mercury amalgams not only give off toxic vapor every time we chew, but the fillings are not actually fixed to the teeth. The substance is simply placed into the area, and we essentially hope they don’t fall out.

Reviewing the potential side effects of mercury and mercury vapor exposure certainly makes you understand the major concerns that we should have. The concerns range from nervous system damage, psychotic episodes, and suicidal tendencies.

An issue that Mr. Adams does not discuss is the difference between inorganic mercury, which are found in fillings, and organic mercury, which is the kind found in vaccinations as a preservative. While discussing this issue with a chiropractic friend, Dr. Scott Swanson, we realized that the organic form of mercury is readily absorbed by the body. This makes the potential damage much greater, as the body has a much more difficult time eliminating this toxic substance, and can lead to many of the same damage as outlined in the article.

It would seem that the evidence is clear on the harmful effects of mercury exposure are, and it is inexcusable that any agency continues to support its use.

Graeme Gibson
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

If you would like to read more about this subject please visit Natural News.com, or Dr. Scott Swanson’s

San Francisco Chiropractic Blog.
Scott Swanson Chiropractic, 155 Valencia St Suite B, San Francisco CA 94103, 415-578-5375

Our Fixation On Getting Fixed

Chiropractor in SeattleOne of the biggest concepts that I take for granted being a chiropractor is the fact that I am never looking for the next health “fix.”  It is not because I don’t understand the concept, or haven’t been ingrained with the same commercials and media that everyone else has.  In fact, I often have to fight the idea, so I know many others must be struggling with it as well.

Thanks to Dr. Brandie Nemchenko, a King of Prussia Chiropractor, I was reminded of how damaging this idea of “fixing” our health problems can be.  In a recent blog she writes about how often her chiropractic patients ask when or how quickly they will be fixed by a chiropractic adjustment.  This is probably the question that is asked most often, and unfortunately there is rarely an easy or straight forward answer for most people.

The problem is in the understanding of how our body works, and what we need to do to maintain good health.  While we surely understand the difference between fixing our car and maintaining it, or fixing our teeth, and maintaining them, this idea has not translated very well to our nervous system and overall health.

Most people who seek the care of a chiropractor for the first time, according to the cases found in text books, are people with low back pain, neck pain, or headaches.  In other words, people who are having some type of symptoms that they need help with.  Attempting to have their problem fixed makes great sense, but if that person is not educated on the concept of maintaining the structure of their spine, they will simply continue in a band-aid type of mentality.

This would be not different that taking an aspirin everyday for headaches, a muscle relaxant each day for muscle spasms, or a filling for each cavity instead of brushing.  These are not the proper long term solutions to maintain the integrity of the body.

True health comes from within, and needs to be maintained in order to function optimally.  There may always be a chance that something needs to be fixed, but the regular maintenance should never be ignored.  Otherwise, you will end up with many more serious problems that have a much greater cost.

Graeme Gibson
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

Common Meds Linked to Hearing Loss According Denver Chiropractor

Hearing Loss ChiropractorAn amazing thing happened today.  I actually found a moment to read through some of my friends and colleagues blogs, after months of adjusting to life with two children.  While we don’t have it down pat yet, we are getting there and enjoying every minute of it.

As most of you know, the chiropractic profession was not founded due to neck pain, back pain, or headaches. Chiropractic was born via a cervical adjustment delivered to Harvey Lillard, by D.D. Palmer in hopes of restoring Mr. Lillard’s hearing.  The process was a success, and after a decade of hearing loss, Mr. Lillard was able to hear the hooves of horses on the cobblestones outside of the Ryan Building in Davenport, Iowa.  What chiropractor is not familiar with this history?

While reading through Dr. Trent Artichoker’s blog, I saw an article about hearing loss that reminded me of our rich history, but the culprit was not a physical accident, as happened to Mr. Lillard. The culprit for this loss of hearing has been due to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, aka NSAIDs.

As a Denver chiropractor, Dr. Artichoker has a strong scientific background, and according to the the study he reviews, show that there is a major correlation between hearing loss and regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen, and NSAIDs. Regular use was defined as 2 uses or more per week, and showed a hazard ratio of 1.1-1.99, which is quite significant. It may not seem like a lot, but I bet to the people who lost their hearing as a direct result wish they made a different choice.

I may have to drop by the store tomorrow to see if any of the packages, labeling, or even inserts of these common medications warn of the major side effects that these drugs bring. Something tells me that a survey of regular uses would show that they have no idea this is a potential risk.

As Seattle chiropractors, my family does their best to educate each and everyone of our patients about the benefits of living a drug free lifestyle through regular chiropractic care. This is just another example of why chiropractors can be such an essential part of a long and healthy life.

Graeme Gibson
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

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Pfizer Recommends Seeing a Chiropractor?

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It was brought to Dr. Clum’s attention that the pharmaceutical drug company Pfizer has been recommending that seeing a chiropractor is a vital part of treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Chiropractic and the Alexander Technique,
which will also be helpful to many patients.

Kudos to Pfizer. I cannot guarantee that I won’t criticize you in the future, but it is nice to see a large profitable drug company talking about what is actually good for the person and not their bottom line.

Graeme Gibson
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

Cholesterol Drugs Help 1 out of 100 Users

Just another reason why people should question what they are told by commercials and the pharmaceutical companies that produce them. Not only do the statin drugs prescribed to lower “bad” cholesterol have serious side effects, the drugs may only have an effect in 1 out of 100 users.

It would be extremely interesting to see the double blind study on the short and long term health results of the 99 users that the drugs had no beneficial effect.

The fact that drug companies are now targeting children with these same drugs is even scarier. Hopefully parents will wake up before it’s too late.

Graeme Gibson, D.C.
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

Miracle or Anecdotal: Chiropractor Helps Child After Head Trauma

If I was to choose one thing that bothers me the most about being a chiropractor, it would be the amount of times I have heard the term “anecdotal”. As in anecdotal evidence.

For those of you familiar with this term, it is an easy way for a person to discount the effect of a chiropractic adjustment on the body. It also removed credit from the potential that the body can heal itself.

The video above is a prime example of what would be considered anecdotal evidence of the effect of chiropractic. Naysayers would simply chalk up the success as random chance. They would say that the child would have improved with or without the adjustment, if they had only waited.

Luckily, with the improvements of technology, chiropractors can bring all of our anecdotal evidence together and start making waves. I do realize that this isn’t the double blind control study that works so well with drugs and pharmaceutical medications, but it is a start.

Once the gold standard scientific model catches up with chiropractic and can measure every effect the adjustment can have on the body, we might be able to “prove” our efficacy. Until then, we can just settle for these anecdotal miracles.

Graeme Gibson

Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275

Seattle Chiropractor Discusses America’s Obesity Epidemic

Thanks to chiropractic researcher, Dr. Gregory Plaugher, I became aware of a recent review of U.S. government’s decision to decrease the obesity epidemic in America. As a Seattle Chiropractor I do see this issue in Washington State, but notice it so much more whenever I travel to other cities.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and prevention, the adult obesity rate in the 1960’s was 13%. As of 1999 that number rose substantially to 30%, and have no doubt risen since. Unfortunately, the health objectives set forth by the CDC in 2000 have not nearly been met, which were to have the obesity levels down to 15% by 2010.

The most recent numbers show that the incidence of obesity in America has actually risen to 32% of men and 33% or women. This is absolutely unbelievable.

When I first graduated from Life Chiropractic College West, and to this point my main focus has always been chiropractic. As a Seattle chiropractor I have done my best to educate people on health, wellness, and proper nervous system function, but maybe we need to do even MORE. Just maybe we can help clean up this obesity disaster by helping out patients learn more about their health, and get active again.

Once of the biggest obstacles for a patient who is overcoming back pain and is clinically obese is trying to raise their activity level. We end up in a chicken or egg scenario since their back hurts when they exercise, and to help their back they need to lose weight.

So it ends up being a very real but convenient crutch to not make change.

Another scenario is when a person doesn’t want to increase their weight, but is going to have to be somewhat sedentary as they recover from back pain, or injury.

The recommendation that I tend to make is that the downtime they are experiencing due to their discomfort is the perfect opportunity to properly modify their diet.

If an injury takes 2-4 weeks to heal, and a healthy diet with the correct amount of calories with the ideal proportions of protein, fat, and oil is taken seriously, major improvement of their metabolism can happen in a very short period of time.

It is a great start to help curb the obesity epidemic and help our patients realize that the changes they make can start NOW, even with a low back injury, or back pain.

Graeme Gibson

Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-8275