Sleep delivers vital necessities needed for quality life and health. Many biological processes occur during sleep. The brain stores new information and gets rid of toxic waste. Nerve cells communicate and reorganize and support healthy brain function. The body repairs cells, restores energy, and releases molecules like hormones and proteins. During sleep, hormones flood the body to aid in healing and repair. The stress component of the nervous system relaxes during sleep while the growth and repair component of the nervous system goes into overdrive.

Stress hormone levels lower, muscles paralyse, and an anti-diuretic hormone helps to reduce the need or urge to urinate. The immune system releases inflammation fighting cytokines to take advantage of healing without needing any movement or eating. Sleep consists of so much more than a daily task needed to keep people from being sleepy. The body requires sleep to stay alive and function optimally. Many negative conditions and symptoms occur as a direct result of sleep deprivation. Taking the time for sleep represents a precious and profound lifestyle change that adds years to life and life to years.

More than 70 million Americans (almost 22%) suffer from some form of sleep problem or wakefulness. 60% of those have a chronic sleep disorder with no cure. Drugs represent the usual treatment of choice. Nearly nine million Americans take powerful drugs to aid in sleeping each night. Not only do these sleep drugs associate with dangerous side effects, but they also do not target the cause of the sleep problem. Users tend to migrate into a pattern of long-term medication use.

Research published in 2015 linked spinal adjustments to improved neuro-endocrine function. Data showed that the hormones and chemical messengers that contribute to sleep can be changed and improved through spinal adjustments. Millions of chiropractic patients around the world report a side effect of deeper sleep or less wakefulness after beginning chiropractic care. Scientific literature explains this phenomenon.

5 Surprising Tips to Improve Sleep

  1. Chiropractic adjustments – Regulate sleep hormones naturally.
  2. Black out all lights when sleeping – research showed better sleep in blacked out rooms.
  3. Lower room temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit – lowering body temperature by one degree increases sleep quality and quantity.
  4. Lavender and Epsom Salt Bath before bed – Relax the body.
  5. No screen use before bed unless using blue light blocking glasses – Screen time around bedtime increases the cortisol hormone and lowers sleep quality.

All sleep problems originate from some form of hormone shift or imbalance. Chiropractic spinal adjustments improve the production, release, and balance of hormones. Additional lifestyle modifications mentioned above also help the body experience better rest through deeper sleep.

A chiropractic adjustment does not treat or cure sleep problems. Chiropractic removes interference from the nervous system through specific spinal adjustments. Those people struggling with wakefulness or poor sleep quality can take the first step towards better rest by contacting our office. 


Medical Hypotheses December 2015
Measureable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation.”  Kesava Kovanur Sampath, Ramakrishnan Mani, James David Cotter, Steve Tumilty

The presence of pain does not represent a strong indicator of a person’s overall health status. In other words, health cannot be accurately measured by the presence or absence of pain. Incredible amounts of research indicates that pain does not usually represent the root of a problem but alerts an individual to a greater problem that advanced far beyond the body’s ability to cope or manage. Pain usually represents a final symptom rather than a root cause. Achieving optimal health and healing means addressing the causes of health conditions rather than simply masking pain.

Many care providers agree that pain speaks loudest and stays longest. A problem existed long before the pain and demands attention before the pain will subside. Long term health and improvement without drugs or surgery require intervention that gets to the source. As a chiropractor I focus on finding and addressing the structural cause of painful problems rather than simply treating the symptoms or the effects of the cause.

Many parts, functions, and processes in the body cannot be felt. Cavities in teeth, plaque build-up in blood vessels, high cholesterol, and even cancer represent some of the many examples of silent problems that speak up loudly and painfully in the late stages of sickness. Consistent check-ups and teeth cleaning at the dentist, health physicals with the family physician, stress tests with the cardiologist, and cancer screenings serve as examples of health care providers understanding the immense value in proactive health care in advance of signs or symptoms. Regular spinal check-ups and adjustments with the chiropractor offer one of the most powerful forms of proactive health care available to men, women, and children.

The benefits of a chiropractic adjustment go far beyond pain relief, and the benefits begin to manifest in many ways that prevent pain from ever occurring.  Research from 2015 looked at spinal MRI scans of a large population of people who experienced no pain or symptoms. Over twenty percent of those studied were found to have disc degeneration, disc herniations, or protrusions in the spine with no symptoms. These ailments would eventually lead to chronic low back pain and the likelihood of needing to use powerful pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery. This example represents one of many ways in which a silent and unhealthy condition exists without pain until the condition becomes extremely advanced and nearly irreparable. 

The benefit of chiropractic has no prerequisite of pain. Kids, adults, and even infants of all ages experience the benefits of chiropractic without ever experiencing conditions in need of pain resolution. Chiropractic benefits everyone. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo extensive training and education that enables them to assess, diagnose, and begin the process of allowing the body to heal proactively. The proactive path to optimal health begins with chiropractic.


American Journal of Neuroradiology September 2015
MRI Findings of Disc Degeneration are More Prevalent in Adults with Low Back Pain than in Asymptomatic Controls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”
W Brinjikji, F E Diehn, J G Jarvik, C M Carr, D F Kallmes, M H Murad, P H Luetmer

The top resolutions for 2021 include weight loss, improved physical fitness, smoking cessation, increasing financial revenue, minimizing stress, and simply enjoying life more. A new year brings new challenges and opportunities. The majority of adults approach a new year with fleeting commitments to look better, feel better, accomplish more and merge onto a more fulfilling path. Chiropractic offers a lifestyle change bearing tremendous power to positively impact a variety of resolutions.

A year of lockdowns, the pandemic, and working from home created more challenges and stress than any year over the last five decades. Millions of people enter 2021 needing an intervention that reduces stress without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care does not simply alleviate pain and improve movement. The benefits of an adjustment extend far beyond the alleviation of pain and symptoms. The intimate relationship between the spine and central nervous system means that every adjustment helps open neural pathways that contribute to creating a stronger and more efficient body. Greater efficiency requires less energy to operate normal daily systems in the body and the body experiences less stress.

Chiropractors spend years studying scientifically based methods of improving natural function and healing. Research confirms that a specific hormone called norepinephrine increases when the body experiences stress. Norepinephrine enters the blood when the brain perceives that a stressful event occurred or will soon take place. According to studies, diseases linked directly to an increase in stress hormones include cancer, bipolar disorder, excessive body weight, hypertension, type 1 autoimmune diabetes, type 2 diabetes, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and immune system function.

The observation of those conditions proves just how delicate and significant stress hormone levels are to health, function, and the accomplishment of any life improvement goal. Chiropractic adjustments improve many aspects of human health and performance. Research done using expensive PET scan technology proves that gentle chiropractic adjustments help reduce stress hormone levels by removing stress from the central nervous system.

Starting a new weight loss strategy, exercise program, or dietary plan should utilize chiropractic to maximize overall health improvement. A body functioning in harmony naturally uses energy to accomplish intended purposes that include better fitness, weight loss, or any number of health outcomes. Start the New Year by opening the communication pathway between the brain and body with evidence based spinal adjustments. Chiropractic continues to be the most safe and effective choice for optimal health performance in 2021 and beyond.  


Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine January 2017
“Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy: A [ 18 F]FDG PET Study.”
Akie InamiTakeshi OguraShoichi WatanukiMd Mehedi MasudKatsuhiko ShibuyaMasayasu MiyakeRin MatsudaKotaro HiraokaMasatoshi ItohArlan W FuhrKazuhiko YanaiManabu Tashiro

A recent study evaluated the impact of spinal adjustments on people undergoing heart surgery. The study concluded that spinal adjustments facilitate recovery after coronary artery bypass surgery and improved cardiac function. The study reported that spinal adjustive care dramatically decreases the level of pain, reduces the amount of drugs needed, substantially improves the functional capacity of lung inspiration volumes, and reduces hospitalization by an average of more than two days. Authors concluded that adding spinal adjustments to traditional care programs one week after surgery provides benefits that should be recommended to all post operation heart patients.

Chiropractors began helping men and women which experience heart problems in 1895. Those locally connected to the early science and research of chiropractic understood and taught that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments go beyond back pain. Chiropractors address the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, which predominantly exists in and around the spine. The nervous system directs function of all organs and tissues in the body, including the heart. Chiropractic care of the spine and nerves helps restore and improve health to many patients with symptoms and conditions seemingly unrelated to the spine.

The heart serves as one of the most vital organs in the body. This complex muscle sits in the upper left chest cavity and pumps blood filled with oxygen to every part to the body. The heart represents the most important muscle in a person’s life and essentially serves as the motor to deliver life-giving nutrients to every cell and tissue in the body. This amazing organ beats around 101,000 times a day. The heart will beat about 3 billion times in a person’s life and pump roughly one million barrels of blood throughout the body. The 24-hour energy output of the heart produces enough force to raise three fully loaded greyhound buses up into the air. This fascinating component of human life falls under the direction of the nervous system. The intimate relationship between the spine and nervous system means that the health of the spine directly influences the health and performance of heart function.

The study referenced above was published in 2017 and showed that patients receiving spinal adjustments within a few short days after heart surgery experienced improvements in function and recovery while limiting the need for drugs and pain medications. The study supports the evidence that advocates for spinal care to be included in a health care plan – even when someone undergoes a major operative intervention. A deeper study and understanding of chiropractic reveals that regular spinal care for the nervous system improves the health of the spine, nervous system, and organ function and offers a proactive pathway to greater long-term health and vitality.

Research Reveals Shocking Effects Of Poor Posture On Overall Health

Startling research shows that increased usage of phones and computers bring about a variety of health challenges that compound over time. Surveys conclude that billions of people spend extensive time on cell phones every single day. Chiropractors face concern that cell phone usage occurs with the spine and neck in a flexed, forward position. Prolonged use of a cell phone with the head in a state of forward flexion creates a variety of unwanted health challenges. This health epidemic continues to create new conditions and diagnoses specifically to address forward head posture. Likewise, new strategies develop to counteract the stressors that occur from text neck and computer posture.

Time spent on cell phones continues to increase all over the world. A study performed in 2014 evaluated the effects of forward head posture stemming from the stresses of using cell phones and other devices. The findings clearly showed that computer screens, tablets, and cell phone use create forward head posture and add significant stress to the spine resulting in early spinal degeneration. Loss of the natural curve in the neck leads to incrementally increased stress on the cervical (neck) spine. The stresses accelerate early wear, tear, degeneration, and the increased possibility of surgery.

Poor posture occurs when the head and shoulders tilt forward and the mid back becomes rounded. The average person spends between two to four hours a day with their head flexed forward for reading and texting on their smart phones. This amounts to 700-1400 hours of excess, abnormal cervical spine stress per year. Research shows the average high school student spends even more time on their phone accounting for an extra 5000 hours in poor posture per year.

Good upper spine and body posture defines as the ears being aligned with the shoulders and the scapula retracted. Proper alignment diminishes spinal stress. Not only does good posture create less wear and tear on the spine and discs, it also associates with elevated levels of testosterone, increases in serotonin, decreases in cortisol, and more feelings of confidence. Poor posture associates with reductions in testosterone levels, reduced serotonin, increased cortisol, and reduced feelings of confidence. Regular chiropractic adjustments working together with good posture habits help reduce the stressors of text neck and computer posture while increasing hormones associated with confidence, joy and self-esteem. Take the necessary action steps to avoid this preventable epidemic while still enjoying the benefits that technology affords.

4 Tips to Eliminate Postural Stress from Cell Phones

  1. Stay on track with your Chiropractic Treatment Plan – adjustments reduce wear and tear in the joints and discs, lower tension in the muscles, and improve function of the nervous system.
  2. Utilize Good Posture Habits and tools to support spinal curves and posture, especially when sitting. 
  3. Drink More Water – water forces movement to the bathroom every 60-90 minutes.
  4. Stretch the head, neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs 2x per day.

Surgical Technology International November 2014 Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Kenneth K Hansraj

New Research Sheds Light On A Painful Topic

Disc herniations plague millions of people every year. The most common route taken by most seeking pain relief comes from strong medication, cortisone shots, and back surgery. Back pain can be so severe that many suffering from such stabbing and burning pain resort to anything that produces even the slightest bit of comfort. Sleep becomes a chore and evening rest tends to be the worst for those suffering from the pain of a disc herniation. No amount of positioning provides enough pain relief to sleep as the minutes dwindle by before the start of another pain-filled workday. Solutions outside of drugs and surgery exist that reduce pain and promote healing for those suffering from disc herniations.

Sometimes people call a herniation a slipped disc. That image proves inaccurate because the discs within the spine cannot slip. The discs in the spine look somewhat like two dinner plates stacked with a water balloon in between them. The plates represent the bones, and the water balloon represents the gel comprising an intervertebral disc. Injuries, degeneration, continuous wear and tear, or a combination of all these factors cause a part of the water balloon to tear. The tear forces the gel-like substance to protrude outside the balloon. This resembles the mechanism of what happens with a herniated disc.

The cartilage material on the outside of the disc tears, and a gel-like substance protrudes out into the spinal canal. Discomfort and pressure on the nerves produce burning and stabbing pain along the path of the nerve. Disc herniations can heal without surgery and many therapies have been proven to help people suffering from disc herniations. Disc decompression, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and natural therapies represent some pathways to success.

Research from 2014 studied a group of adults living with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations (confirmed by an MRI). The patients receiving low back adjustments from a chiropractor achieved extraordinary results. The percentage of patients in this study reporting substantial improvement after one month of care was close to 80%. Approximately 90% of patients with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations reported significant benefits from spinal adjustments after six months.

Unaddressed spinal subluxations also represent a cause of disc herniations. Proactive chiropractic care serves as a method of prevention evident in the research study. Chiropractors do not specifically target herniated discs or other symptoms related to the spine. A chiropractic adjustment improves spinal mobility and alignment and reduces interference in the nervous system to allow the body to better heal itself. Chiropractic represents a front-line option for those suffering from back pain, sciatica, or disc related issues. Options exist for those faced with a decision regarding whether or not to pursue invasive care like spinal surgery or the risk of powerful and addicting pharmaceuticals. Pain relief exists with chiropractic care.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics March-April 2014
“Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up.” Serafin Leemann, Cynthia K Peterson, Christof Schmid, Bernard Anklin, Kim Humphreys

Chiropractic adjustments began producing a litany of evidence-based outcomes that benefit males and females of all ages dating back over 100 years. People do not often think of chiropractic being an essential part of proactive health for both adult and adolescent development, but research proves that a healthy and well-regulated nervous system sets the stage for a lifetime of optimal health.

One of the most important and often overlooked benefits of chiropractic care comes in the form of a positive impact on stress relief. Those children and adults yet to experience the benefits of chiropractic carry a stress load that could otherwise be uniquely reduced by simply initiating care for the spine and nervous system. The brain and nervous system direct hormones in the body. Hormones turn specific functions in the body on and off. Certain hormones produce peace, ease, and growth. Other hormones create heightened levels anxiety, stress, and inattentiveness.

Stress hormones regulate feelings commonly known as fight or flight responses. Stress hormones serve a great purpose when under specific circumstances such as being chased by a bear or trying to save a child from danger. These same hormones produce stress and anxiety when activated during normal, peaceful times of day during work, school, or at home with family.

Studies show that stress hormones increase when the spine rests in a misaligned or immovable position. Chiropractors expertly assess and correct spinal misalignments to reduce stress in the nervous system and body. Research from 2014 showed that a chiropractic adjustment reduced stress hormones in the blood, an indication of reduced overall stress load in the body.

Many people believe current issues and stressors exist at an all-time high. Individuals and families face anxiety over a pandemic, fears of sickness, political divisiveness, financial security, and other tensions that cause a surge in worry and fear. Chiropractors help people of all ages reduce stress loads so that their body becomes free to experience relief and calm in moments of fear and challenges. Spinal misalignments and nervous system interference usually occur without the presence of physical pain. The body attempts to adapt to adverse spinal positioning but does so at the expense of heightened stress loads and increased stress hormones. People may not physically feel a misaligned vertebra, but most people feel the physical presence of elevated stress and tension. Chiropractic offers the natural health alternative of a well-functioning body rather than pills and pharmaceutical drugs offered by other medical providers. A nervous system operating and healing at optimal levels offers a unique stress-relieving option for long term harmony and health building. Experience a more peaceful tomorrow with chiropractic.

The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.”
Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Francisco Molina-Ortega, Rafael Lomas-Vega, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Alexander Achalandabaso, Fidel Hita-Contreras

The human spine consists of 24 moveable vertebrae with padded-like discs positioned in between. The vertebrae attach to each other with ligaments but allow for movements in all direction. Each vertebra comprises part of a kinetic chain with three primary purposes. The first purpose holds a person up straight and forms the foundation for good posture. The second purpose allows for movement and the absorption of compressive forces. The third purpose protects and directs nerve function.

The spinal cord and nerves run through the spinal canal and have tentacle-like extensions in between each vertebra. Proper alignment of the spine allows each spinal nerve to exit the spinal canal with no tension or pressure. Tiny muscles and ligaments loaded with neurons surround the spinal vertebrae and rely on movement to send proper signals to the brain for proper function and control. When a spinal vertebra becomes even slightly misaligned or immobile, the nerve feedback to and from the brain becomes altered. This leads to a host of problems, minimizing the ability for a person to reach maximum health potential and movement. Chiropractors assess and test the spine for any such misalignment or movement deficits and apply specific adjustment techniques to correct them. Improved function and mobility occur as a result.

People coping with stress, misalignment, or lack of mobility in the spine will benefit from better function through chiropractic adjustments. Athletes represent a unique population that benefits from the unique advantages offered by chiropractic care. Simple research of the world’s elite athletes reflects a training staff consisting of a variety of specialists, including a chiropractor. Word continues to spread as testimony of this cutting-edge approach to better performance.

One of many specific examples comes from research completed in 2015 that showed athletes adjusted by Chiropractors experiencing an increase in their vertical jump height. Athletes exhibited an average increase in vertical jump height of 3.6 centimeters for following a series of alignment adjustments to the pelvis.

Chiropractic adjustments provide a unique edge and advantage both elite athletes and regular folks competing at life each and every day. Chiropractors assess and correct stress and misalignments in the spine through specific and gentle adjustments. Chiropractic certainly provides relief from pain and discomfort, yet the best approach to health care begins with being proactive. Allow chiropractic to help prevent injuries and maximize performance before the onset of pain or physical symptoms that call attention to damage within the body. The chiropractic advantage offers optimal performance and potential by ensuring each person experiences maximized function from the inside out.

The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.”
Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Francisco Molina-Ortega, Rafael Lomas-Vega, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Alexander Achalandabaso, Fidel Hita-Contreras

Going back to school usually coincides with annual checkups and physical health measurements. One of those check-ups usually includes a yearly physical exam from a pediatrician or family doctor. Doctors will advise on issues like diet, exercise, and vision in addition to monitoring the heart, blood pressure, and testing for diabetes. Student-athletes also undergo yearly physicals as a mandatory step in being cleared to practice and play in most states. 

Taking a child in for a yearly physical serves as a very similar reason that health conscious parents take their children to a chiropractor for a back to school spine and nervous system evaluation. Some parents do not yet understand the lifelong value of a spinal exam for a child or teen. The importance of spinal care for long term health cannot be measured and chiropractors pursue the mission of educating all people about proactive long-term health care.

A new shift towards preventative care encourages many parents to visit chiropractic offices for family checkups. The health of the spine intimately connects to the function of the brain and nervous system. Science and research continue to discover and unpack the importance of spinal alignment and movement on overall health, growth, focus and development for all ages. Misaligned or immovable sections of the spine negatively influence the central nervous system, setting off a cascade of hormones that lead to unwanted symptoms and conditions. 

Research done by medical doctors and published in peer-reviewed literature continues to reveal the influence of posture on overall health and well-being. One well known study evaluated posture using x-rays and plumb-line measurements. Every patient in the study listed specific symptoms or ailments they were suffering from that correlated with increased deviations in their spine and posture. Abnormal measures of blood pressure, pulse, and respiration were recorded. Research determined that every recorded aspect of health got worse as the posture deviations (shifts in posture) increased.

Abnormal spinal posture, misalignments and altered vertebral movement occur like tooth cavities without back or neck pain-type symptoms. The relationship between the spine and nervous system result in spinal abnormalities that alter the entire health function of a child or adult. The host of unhealthy outcomes and symptoms include less focus, less concentration, less energy, interference with immunity and digestion, and more. The spine intimately connects to the nervous system and interference limits health potential.

Annual health checkups and physicals serve a purpose of protecting and providing support for children engaged in periods of tremendous growth physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every child deserves an opportunity to experience optimized health and function. A return to school marks an annual rite of passage to a new year of growth. Let this year be a year of proactive health by scheduling a nervous system check-up with the family chiropractor.

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