The Opioid Epidemic in America.

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24 years ago I was a slave to pain medications. Without them, I could not function. Over time though the side effects were starting to kill me. I found a solution to get me off. That is why I am writing this.

 

In 2016 opioid overdose killed more people in America than breast cancer or car accidents.  The death rate is on the rise in many states including Texas. 

 

This is not statistics and numbers. This is unbearable suffering again and again and again and...

Recently I listened to a report on NPR on people addicted to opioid pain killers and moving on to street drugs and how many people died from overdoses of such drugs.

What grabbed my attention, however, was a story of a man who had his whole life disrupted by severe pain. He could not work or participate in his children’s lives. Before you keep reading, please take a moment to take this in: A man in his prime unable to work or be involved in his children’s lives. Can you even?...


Why?


Because of severe, chronic pain!
So this man went to different doctors until he found one that was able to manage his pain enough that he could go back to work and sufficiently care for his children again. How? By prescribing a regimen of prescription drugs. He was taking them regularly, and it was keeping his pain in check.
Until it was not.

Here’s what happened: His doctor was fired from the pain management clicic due to what some thought was overprescribing narcotics. The new doctor wanted to get the patient off the massive doses of drugs. When he reduced the medications by 80% (!), there was insult to injury. Not only did he have to deal with the severe original pain, but he also had severe withdrawal symptoms. This is where the story ended. The patient was worse off than when he started. Two Doctors were frustated. Many Doctors don’t want to go into pain management due to the complexity and liability. Bottom line: They don’t know what to do!


However, I would have hoped for another ending.


The two doctors in this story were both trying to help. One by relieving the pain. The other by being concerned about the drug addiction.

What was missing? Neither one was able to address the cause of the pain. It seems too obvious. What would happen if the condition that caused the pain was no longer there? What if there was a highly trained physician who would know how to analyze the cause of the pain, remove that cause and allow the body to start healing.



The good news: No the Great News:


Doctors who can help the pain without drugs exist. They have studied the body as much as Medical Doctors, but instead of considering drugs (medicine) they have practiced how to manipulate the spine to keep the nerves flowing better through the spine so the brain can take over the healing. These Doctors are Chiropractors. Just like in medicine there are different fields of study. For cases where the pain is severe, it would make sense to go to a Chiropractor who is an expert in digging deeper.  For example; do they use imaging such as X-Ray or CT Scan to see what is going on?

Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors examine the part of the neck where the brain sends the signals to the rest of the body. By removing the problem there, the body is free to work on healing itself.

What if the man in the NPR story had seen a Chiropractor who could remove the cause of the pain? What if the body could heal? Would there be a need for pain management if the pain was gone?

Here at the Blair  Chiropractic Clinic, we are passionate about restoring health rather than managing pain. Based on this story I can't help, but think we might even be part of saving someone's life. If you or someone you know have severe pain why don't you give us a call and we can talk about what help is best for you. Everybody starts with a screening appointment. It is quick, affordable and completely painless.  Not local to Lubbock? We have a list of great Chiropractors around the world who can help. 

How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Work [Video]

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Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic, Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic works and how it’s different from other forms of chiropractic.

The brain controls everything in your body.

If you think about it it controls your heart rate, your blood pressure, your immune system, your hormones, and obviously when you want to make a movement of some kind. The most important part of the central nervous system is the brain. It’s protected pretty well by the skull, but then all the nerves have to go down through the neck. So if you injure the neck then it will cause pressure on some certain nerves. Depending on what nerves are affected will depend on how it affects your health. One of the ways that the body accommodates to that though is to change your posture. So if you’ve got a problem in your neck you may start getting bad posture. You might not even realize that it’s affecting your health until you get some back pain because of the bad posture. 

The neck is the weakest part of the spine 

If we can find and fix that correctly, then a lot of times a body will straighten up. Not only will it take off pressure that is going to of nerves that are going to your stomach or to your heart, but then it allows the body to go back to normal and take care of symptoms that way.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video]

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Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic in Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
syndrome often go together.

Fibromyalgia is an interesting diagnosis, often in the past is called the trash can diagnosis. In other words, we’ve ruled out everything else and you’ve got muscle pain. So we’re going to give you a diagnosis that in another language means muscle pain. Chronic fatigue syndrome often goes with it.  The people who have muscle pain in eleven of these eighteen particular points and we can’t find any other reason for it are often chronically tired as well. A scientific study recently in the last few years found that the hole in the bottom of the skull where the brain stem the brain sends all the messages through or most of them through. In many and a high percentage of the population it is smaller than average. What they do is they would surgically bore that hole out larger and would it immediately give them some results but it caused more problems later.

 

So my feeling on that is your body is made with its own intelligence and that intelligence tells it how to make different things. So usually it’s not going to make things wrong but if you have a small hole for a lack of better word in the bottom of your skull where all the nerves are going through and the bone right directly underneath is not lined up properly, well now that small hole is even smaller. That can cause some severe problems one of which is fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have had several patients over the years come in with one or both of those diagnoses. We’ve adjusted them and they’ve gotten better. Sometimes, it’s just that they can manage the muscle pain and the fatigue better. Sometimes it’s cleared up and it seems to go away entirely.

 

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Digestion and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video] February 15, 2018

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Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic, Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can have an effect on  digestion problems.

Oftentimes people come in as patients and they have digestion issues.

They don’t come to me for that usually, they’ll come for the headaches or the neck pain or the back pain and maybe even mention several weeks later. They can see this help digestion because things seem to be working a little bit better. There’s an obvious connection your since your digestion is run by your nervous system ultimately. So if there’s a problem in the nervous system it can affect the digestive system. Sometimes it may first affect the hormones which affect the digestion or the immune system which also affects the digestion. There may be other issues involved as well but I’ve had many patients that can tell sometimes when the bone goes back out of alignment because the digestion starts to be a little more troubled again.

 

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High Blood Pressure and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video] February 14, 2018

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In this video, Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic in Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can improve high blood pressure.

 

 

There was an interesting study done in Canada it was a pilot study which means they need to do it more with more people but it was using upper cervical chiropractic and people with hypertension. What they found was that there was a significant reduction in hypertension in those patients who received a specific  and precise upper cervical adjustment.

 

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Migraines, Tension, Headaches, and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video]

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In this video, Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic in Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can improve migraines, tension, and headaches.

Headaches are interesting.

There’s so many different causes. A lot of them actually come back to the neck when you read the research migraine headachestends to be a circulation problem inside the skull.  I believe the latest research says that it’s in the the covering around the brain that there is some issues with the circulation there. My mother started upper cervical chiropractic as a

patient because of 24-hour seven-day-a-week migraines. I mean the worst I’ve ever heard of before. Obviously then I was a child before I was a doctor. It greatly helped her so a strong part of my practice has been people coming in with migraine headaches and them getting relief from that. There is a big obvious connection to the neck. The same thing with the tension headaches. It’s muscle tension and when the neck is out of alignment the muscles are imbalanced. As they get more tense from stress, whether it be a physical stress or a mental stress, the muscles in the neck tighten up and as they tighten up then they can affect the muscles that are going up and around the skull or at the base of the skull. This can very easily cause headaches.

Cluster headaches are severe.

I think when they’re very severe they’re the people who almost want to commit suicide. I’ve had a few patients and it’s not a very common thing that I’ve seen, but the few patients that have come into my office with cluster headaches have also improved.  In fact every time they got a cluster headache they knew that they needed another adjustment. They were out of alignment and they would come in and most the time they were correct. I needed to adjust them when their headache would go away fairly quickly.

 

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Dizziness, Ear Ringing and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video]

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In this video Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic in Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can be used for dizziness and ear ringing.

The interesting thing about hearing and the ears is that in 1895 modern chiropractic started out because a deaf guy got his hearing back when his back was adjusted. So from the beginning of modern chiropractic there has been an obvious connection between the ears and the spine. Of course it makes sense as nervous system is controls everything in the body and the spine is what protects the nervous system as it comes out from the bottom of the skull. There are actually nerves that come from the middle of your back and go up into your ears. Whether for hearing or for balance they help control a lot.

So what happens is that when those nerves get pinched it can cause things like dizziness or it can cause ringing in the ears. I think in the last 17 years I’ve had one person with ringing in the ears where it didn’t improve from blair upper cervical chiropractic treatment. The rest of the people who came in with ringing in the ears again, usually they came in for headaches or neck pain or back pain but also had ringing in the earsI don’t remember any other case that did not get well once I adjusted them.

The same goes for dizziness. I’ve had people who actually come to me for dizziness, and although it often is not an on/off switch, once we correct the neck and the body starts rebalancing that dizziness becomes less and less and less. Sometimes it can take a couple of days.

Sometimes a couple weeks, sometimes even a few years, but if we can fix it and we can fix it in a natural way then how is that not worth it?

 

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Numbness or Tingling and Upper Cervical Chiropractic [Video]

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Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic, Lubbock Texas explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help numbing or tingling.

Now skin tingling usually comes from some kind of a compressed nerve. A common term might be a pinched nerve.  That would be one symptom that can be either because of a bone that’s slightly misaligned with another and putting pressure onto a nerve or into the area where the nerve passes through. It can be tight muscles that a nerve is passing by that are both compressing down on that nerve.

Usually it’s a musculoskeletal problem which often is one of the easiest things to take care of sometimes. It needs more than what I can do but in many cases if we can figure out which bones are putting pressure on the brain stem and how the body is reacting or compensating to that and get rid of that. If we get rid of that compensation the numbness and tingling usually goes away fairly quickly.  That’s one of the symptoms we see often disappear the fastest.

 

 

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Your Body is Your Best Doctor!

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Everything in the body is controlled by the brain, including things like the immune system and hormones.  The brain talks with the rest of the body through nerve fibers. The brain and nerves together make up the nervous system.

Most nerves travel from the brain down through the spine, or back bone.  The weakest part of the spine is the neck (also known as the cervical spine), especially at the very top where it joins the head.

Inside the spine all the nerves are grouped together to form the spinal cord.  The most important part of the spinal cord is also at the top where over ten billion nerves come together in an area the size of your thumb!

The Problem

The top bone in the neck can slightly dislocate from the head, creating a misalignment.  A misalignment that causes interference to the nerves is called a Vertebral Subluxation.

In order to reduce some of the interference to nerves the body will change its posture to protect the nerves in the neck. Many symptoms are related to this change in posture rather than the original problem: the Vertebral Subluxation.

Symptoms of the Vertebral Subluxation can be almost anything.  Low back pain, pain between the shoulders, neck pain, and headaches are among the most common, but any breakdown in health may be a result of the Vertebral Subluxation.

Treating symptoms or just loosening up the spine, does not fix the original problem and the symptoms will just come back or show up somewhere else.

The Solution

The solution is to find the original problem and fix it only!  Once the blockage at the top of the neck is removed there is no longer any reason for the body to compensate with bad posture and so it begins to grow back into its normal shape.  The combination of these two things permits your body to heal properly.

All chiropractors adjust the neck.  Only Blair Upper-Cervical chiropractors take into account the fact that no two bodies are the same, and the inside is as different as the outside.  Specialized x-rays allow for the design of a very light adjustment tailored especially for each individual body and condition that will slide the bone back into place without twisting or “popping” the neck.

Most people report that the first adjustment was so gentle they couldn’t tell that something had actually happened until their symptoms started to change and go away.

Because of the precision of the analysis and adjustment, most people require about 90 percent fewer adjustments than with most other chiropractic techniques.

The Results

Does this really work?  In Dr. Elder’s practice alone, he has seen the health of hundreds of patients improve after a Blair Upper-Cervical adjustment.  Although he does not specifically treat the following health conditions or symptoms, his patients report improvement or complete freedom from:

Your body has wonderful healing abilities.  Dr. Elder is committed to a chiropractic technique that gives your body the opportunity to restore itself naturally.

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My big pain in the neck

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Warning: This is long, and yet this is my story extremely abbreviated.

If you have pain anywhere in your body and you don’t know what to do, you may relate, and it may be worth reading until the very end.

When I was 6 years old, I remember crying because the bottom of my back hurt so bad I had to stop what I was doing. Today I am 46. I can still remember the sharp pains where my hips attached to the spine radiating out from the middle.

In elementary school,

I almost always missed most of December and all the fun Christmas preparations and parties. Why? Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sinus infections, high fevers, you name it. When other people got a cold, I would come down with severe, stubborn infections. I remember spending days and nights in my parents’ bed. My mom didn’t want me to be left unattended due to the high fevers.

In 4th grade, we had music right after lunch. Every week half way through class my head would start to pound so horrendously that I could not hold the tears back. I would be sent home.

February 5th grade: The left side of my upper back (all around my shoulder blade) locked up and swelled up. It felt like a knife stabbing me at every breath. Any movement was unbearable. Three weeks of school was lost while I mostly laid flat on my back between doctor’s appointments. My most vivid memory from this period wasgetting a shot directly into the center of the worst muscle spasm. The tears flew uncontrollably out of my eyes. This was done with the intention of pain relief, but the traumatic experience changed nothing. It seemed like this episode connected my headaches to my lower back pain. Everything between my face, forehead, across the top of my head, the back of my head, neck, shoulder blades and into my lower spine never stopped from that day.

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People say they get headaches or backpain.

Not me. I had a headache. An 18-year headache.

It would vary in intensity but never go away. The best it ever got was always annoying and exhausting. At worst I could not get out of bed or sit or be in the light. I could not finish speaking sentences because of the intense pain. During this time and onward I would have recurring nightmares at night that there was a tumor inside my upper spine that was killing me. During the day I just felt like there was pressure on the nerves in my upper neck. Whenever I would express this to doctors they would just say “that can’t happen.”

I could continue sharing these vivid memories and all the details. For weeks my neck locked up so I could not turn my head at all. You could not see where my neck stopped and shoulders started because it was so inflamed. For a couple of years I could not hold a pen or sign my name with my dominant hand due to severe tennis elbow. (If only I could have played tennis.) I could describe in detail the discouragement during the six months I could not taste any of my food.  It was a sinus infection that the doctors and antibiotics were not able to tame. Or all the terrible memories of 10 months straight with severe hives. Swollen itchy bumps covered my body from the bottoms of my feet to the inside of my mouth and even my eyelids. On several occasions, I had to go to the emergency room. I carried medication in my purse in case the swelling would be in a place that would keep me from breathing.

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Do I need to say I was desperate? Depressed?

 

My parents, myself and later my husband all were trying everything.

I have been through tests, specialists and treatment methods both traditional and alternative. I even went to a Chiropractor and decided never to do that again as I had never been worse than right after my chiropractic manipulation.

After all those years of trying everything, it would be easy to give up.
I am glad I didn’t give up.

At age 22 I moved with my husband from Norway to California. My husband had been seeing Dr. Muncy, a Blair upper cervical chiropractor since he was 10 years old. He wanted me to see him and thought he could probably help me.
He knew about my terrible previous experience with a Chiropractor, but I trusted him. Besides I had heard how much help my mother- in- law had been helped with her severe headaches. After trying everything for so long the decision to go to another expert was tricky. I desperately wanted help. I also didn’t want to waste my money, time and get my hopes up once again for something that didn’t help.

Here’s what happened when I went in for my upper cervical appointment:

The Dr. wanted to run some tests before I told him what was going on because he wanted to keep it objective. The tests didn’t hurt. After 5 minutes he gently touched the place in my upper neck that I was having nightmares about. He said: “You have a bone out of alignment right here and it is putting pressure on the nerves that lead to the rest of the body”

Finally a Doctor who saw the origin of the pain problem.

He took some X-Rays and made a precision adjustment based on what he saw. Then he adjusted 3 bones in my neck and explained how extremely rare it would be to have 3 misalignments. I was told I must have had a trauma to my neck when I was little. This is consistent with what I know. It also explains why my health problems started when I was just a little girl. The adjustments didn’t hurt at all, unlike my previous experience. Inside me, I felt like something relaxed a little. I slept through the whole night for the first time in my life.

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A healing process had begun.

My symptoms didn’t go away overnight, but clearly, I was getting gradually better instead of gradually worse.

I was actually improving, not just managing my pain. A few years after this first adjustment I had an A-Ha moment in the car driving home from the gym and grocery store: “I have no pain! My muscles don’t ache. MY HEAD DOESN’T HURT.” This day was the end of my 18year headache. I wish I could say I have never had them since. Unfortunately, I still get headaches when my neck slips back out of alignment, but they go away or get a lot better when I get put back in alignment.

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Moving Forward:

It turned out that the injuries in my neck were substantial enough and had been going on long enough that I have some permanent damage.  I will require lifetime maintenance Chiropractic care. The good news about this is that because of this husband, Gordon decided to devote his life to taking care of me and others like me. He continues after almost 20 years as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to study hard so he can always improve and help even the most stubborn health problems. It is our purpose in life to help as many people as possible have as much healing as possible, first in California and now in Lubbock, TX. We moved to Lubbock because this is where Dr. Blair made the discoveries that led to my health. This is where we feel we can make the most impact to do the same. I feel deeply on my own body the difference between pain and desperation that chokes off all hope versus life flowing healing powers that live in my own body.

If you have been reading all this, there is a good chance you have questions. Maybe questions about me or possibly you have questions about the Blair Upper Cervical technique that got me started on the way to health. Do you have questions about your own situation? It will make me happy to discuss this with you. Feel free to call me or E-mail from anywhere, or make an appointment if you live in Lubbock. If you do not live in Lubbock, I will be happy to help you find the closes upper cervical doctor to where you live. I was able to find help and you can too!

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The Lubbock Legacy Continues

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In the beginnning...

 

Dr.William G. Blair adjusted his first patient in Lubbock,Christmas 1949.

He decided to become a Chiropractor after suffering from severe asthma and getting near immediate relief after his first Upper Cervical adjustment.  A perfectionist, he worked tirelessly to improve imaging and adjusting techniques in order to help more people. They started flocking into his office in more numbers than he could imagine. The Blair Chiropractic Clinic was built in 1955 in its current location on Ave Q.  Dr. Blair  treated thousands of patients before his lungs forced him to retire in 1984. Dr. Blair also developed a curriculum to teach other DCs how to practice his specialized technique and handpicked Dr. R. Weldon Muncy in California to carry the torch as head instructor for the Blair technique. Today there are Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors as far away as Australia and Europe with a concentration in California.

 

 

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Continuing to carry the torch...

 

Dr. E.A. Addington considers himself Dr. Blair’s last student.

With his analytical mind and attention to detail he has continued to provide excellent quality care to the people of Lubbock and surrounding areas. He was awarded the distinction of Blair Chiropractor of the Year by the Blair Chiropractic Society in 2014. Due to a genetic condition and  several bad accidents, his health has been failing and he has been unable to accept new patients the last 6 years.However, Dr. Addington has sacrificed greatly  to continue the legacy of  caring for people despite severe pain and reliance on a walker.

This takes us up to present day: November 1st marks the date Dr. Gordon Elder moved into town from California as the third Director of the Blair Chiropractic Clinic.

 

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To infinity and beyond...

 

Dr. Gordon D. Elder was introduced to Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic as a child

 

His mother brought him to Dr. R. Weldon Muncy for chronic sinus infections that cleared up when he was in alignment. His mother had been suffering from debilitating headaches24-7 that improved under Dr. Muncy’s care.The Blair Technique once again changed Dr. Elder’s  life after he fell in love and married his Norwegian wife, Ruth. Ruth was almost crippled by pain and chronic illness growing up. She was unable to participate in many normal  activities. This all started to change after she trusted her husband’s advice and sought Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. For the first time in her life she began to sleep through the night and started a long healing process. (Now 24 years later she is a personal trainer and exercise instructor! A bit of a transformation !?)

Gordon was unhappy with his college major and as soon as he decided to become a Chiropractor his calling was found. During his time at Cleveland Chiropractic College he excelled academically. Simultaneously he attended continuing education seminars in the Blair method as well as extensive one-on-one mentoring by Dr. Muncy who had been handpicked by Dr. Blair to continue as the head teacher for the Blair technique. Dr. Elder is Certified as an Advanced Instructor in the Blair Technique.

Dr. Elder has practiced the Blair Upper Cervical technique exclusively since he graduated in Dec.99. It is with great humility and dedication that Dr. Elder and Ruth decided to transfer their patients to other Doctors in California and relocate along with their children to Lubbock to continue providing specific Blair Upper Cervical care to West Texas.

What does this mean for you?

 We would love to meet you and hear your story.

First: Come in for a  screening!

This is a quick appointment designed to see if you have a bone out of alignement in the spine causing nerve impingement.  It is for you to decide if you want to give us a try .It would be an honor and privilege to partner with you in your quest for good health.

If you decide this type of treatment seems tight for you we will provide receipts with all the codes insurance companies need including Medicare.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Second: Tell a Friend!

We rely on people who understand the power of specific Chiropractic Care to spread the word that we once again accept new patients across all age groups here in Lubbock ,South Plains and all of West Texas.

 

For questions or to make an appointment, please  give our office a call. We’d love to talk to you.

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Who Should See a Blair Chiropractor?

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Most people go to a chiropractor for relief from headaches, neck pain or low back pain.  Interestingly we do not treat these conditions directly.  Instead, we address what is called the vertebral subluxation complex, or subluxation for short.  Medically the word subluxation means a slight dislocation, chiropractors have extended the definition to mean a slight dislocation causing interference to the nervous system.

The theory, which bears itself out in practice and in more and more scientific experiments, is that these chiropractic subluxations are interfering with the body’s central nervous system.  Since the central nervous system is the one system that controls and coordinates everything else in your body, interference can be and usually is disastrous.  Years may go by with one or several portions of the body slowly degenerating before the body feels pain or other symptoms show up.

Obviously most people do not come through our doors asking us to adjust their subluxation.  However, I do have a list of some of the symptoms and conditions that have gotten better after we have corrected the subluxation and restored normal nerve flow up and down the spine.

Headaches (of all types), neck pain and low back pain are the most common complaints in all chiropractic offices.  However, the fact that conditions such as FibromyalgiaChronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis can respond may be surprising to many of you.  These conditions are not well defined, are difficult to diagnose and are even more difficult to treat medically.

There is evidence that people respond to upper cervical chiropractic care and get better from such neurological problems as Cerebral PalsyEpilepsy, and Tourette’s Syndrome.

    In children, as well as in adults, we have seen changes in asthmaallergiesbed wettingathletic injuriesear infectionsA.D.D., A.D.H.D., and scoliosis.

Some psychological conditions such as depressionlearning disabilitiesnervousness, and restlessnesshave improved in some individuals.

Other symptoms/conditions seen resolved or improved are: arthritisarm painCarpal Tunnel Syndromechild development problemschronic infectionsconstipationdigestive problemsfemale disordersfeverfrequent coldssinus infectionshigh blood pressureimmune system deficiencyinfertilityinsomnianeuralgianumbnesstinglingpoor visioncrossed eyesT.M.J. Syndrome, and whiplash.  There are many more, too many to list.

We do not treat any of these disorders.  All we do is remove interference to your nervous system so that your body, which is the best doctor you will ever have, is then free to work.

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The Road Back to Health

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The typical chiropractic patient gets symptomatic relief fairly quickly after the first adjustment.  However, it sometimes occurs that a few days after the first adjustment, a new patient may begin noticing aches and pains that weren’t present before.

There are two possible reasons for this.  

The most common is that as the patient’s physical frame is straightening up, tension is being placed on tissues that are no longer used to it. Some muscles and ligaments have shrunk and now the body is stretching them.  Cartilage has been molded in the old joint position and now has to be molded into the new one.  These pains are often similar to muscle soreness after exercising your body more than it is used to.

The other reason for new aches and pains after the first adjustment is called retracing.  Retracing is the term used in chiropractic for the journey back to health and optimal function.  The reason it is called retracing is that the journey back to health often oddly mimics the previous path of degeneration from optimal health to disease.  Imagine having a home on a mountain peak, the road down off the mountain and into the neighboring valley is treacherous with falling rocks, hairpin curves and steep drops.  After having descended into the valley, the only way back home is to retrace every foot of that difficult road back to the top.  In our bodies the journey back to health is usually much quicker than the descent to dis-ease, but often longer than we would like.  Most patients do not notice the retracing, but in some it can be very obvious.  In order to go back and heal an old knee injury, for example, the body will need to undo some of the work that had been already done which can involve soreness and inflammation, but usually only for a short period of time.  This type of repair often occurs in cycles, constantly improving the body.

Posted in Chiropractic Clinic and tagged healthrecoveryreliefrepair

Of Beds, Pillows and Sleeping Positions

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I get a lot of questions at the office about beds, pillows and sleeping positions.

We spend so much of our time in bed trying to get a good night’s sleep that my patients are often concerned that bad habits or equipment may be sabotaging their efforts to be healthy. After 40 years of experience in the art of sleeping, and 10 years as a doctor I think there is one rule and a few guidelines.

The rule is: whatever is the most comfortable and gives you the best sleep is the best for you.

This may be frustrating for those of us who like to have everything in black and white. And we have all heard that you shouldn’t sleep on your stomach and a firm mattress is good for your back. However, I have seen no evidence that these things are rules.

It seems to me that each one of us is different. We are made differently, raised differently, and have different experiences. It follows that our sleeping needs are going to be different as well. It also follows that what makes us comfortable at night may well change over time.

So, my recommendations:

  1. Get a good mattress – the most expensive ones are usually best, but get one that is comfortable. I like Select Comfort’s beds, others prefer something else. Preference is key (are you waking up achey?). Generally a guideline is that your curves are supported, such as the curve in your low back when you are laying on your back.
  2. Find a comfortable pillow – or not. Some of my patients are more comfortable with no pillow because the curve in their neck has completely reversed. As time goes on and the curve restores itself they may well find that using a pillow is more comfortable than not. But let comfort be your guide. Do not rush out and buy an expensive pillow. Start with cheap ones and see if they work first. The guideline, like the one for mattresses is that the curve in your neck is supported when you are lying on your back and when lying on your side your neck is level with the rest of your spine.
  3. Sleeping position – unless you have a specific injury that particular positions irritate, don’t worry about it. Yes, if you don’t usually sleep on your stomach and you do, you may wake up with a stiff neck. But normally you will move while sleeping into more comfortable positions and that is normal and there is really nothing you can do about it easily, nor should you in most cases.

Posted in Lifestyle and tagged bedmattresssleep

Kids and Chiropractic

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What is more precious than a child? What does a parent want more than to make sure that their child is healthy, happy and strong?

Kids need good foodgood sleep, mental stimulation and plenty of exercise. The foundation of all these things is the brain as it guides and makes us of these resources to grow a strong, straight and healthy body as well as a resilient mind.

One of the first things an embryo develops is the nervous system, made up of the brain and nerves, in order to guide the growth of the fetus. It continues to control and coordinate every part of the body throughout life.

The neck is the weakest part of the spine, and it carries the most nerves to and from your brain and the rest of your body!

A neck injury, from delivery, sports, a car accident, playing, can cause a neck bone to move and get stuck in such a way that it blocks some nerve flow right at the base of the brain. There is over 10 billion nerves at the top of the neck! When something interferes with those nerves, it can cause health problems anywhere else in the body.

After a neck injury, the body will begin to twist in order to relieve as much pressure as possible from the base of the brain. This can lead to scoliosis and arthritis later in life.

The Solution Is To Fix the Mechanical Problem First!

Then let the body do what is was made to do and grow back into health.

All Chiropractors adjust the neck, but only Upper-Cervical Chiropractors take into account that no two bodies are made the same, therefore we can fix the problem without any twisting or popping at all!

Posted in Kids and tagged childrenChiropracticexercisehealth

Pain Medications

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There are a lot of pain medications easily available at any pharmacy, grocery store or convenience store and others that are commonly prescribed. I decided to write a guide for myself to keep them straight! All of this information was gleaned from the internet, mostly wikipedia, but I wanted an easy reference that would answer the most basic questions I and my patients have most regularly.

Common terms associated with pain medications:

  1. Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation, the body’s defense mechanism to bring wound repair material to the injured site. There are two forms of inflammation; our western diet tends to force the body into the less desirable form.
  2. Analgesic: anti-pain, generally affects the nervous system and keeps the pain signal from reaching the brain. Some drugs act on the central nervous system (brain, brainstem and spinal cord) others act on the peripheral nervous system.
  3. Anti-pyretic: reduces fever, the bodies increased temperature response to infection killing foreign organisms by cooking them.
  4. Vasoconstrictor: a substance which causes blood vessels to constrict (get smaller, therefore decreased blood flow).
  5. Narcotic: originally any psychoactive drug that caused drowsiness and sleep. In analgesics it refers to opioid drugs (see below). Legally it refers to any prohibited drug.
  6. Steroid: there are many different types. Naturally they are produced in the human body. In analgesia they are usually synthetic corticosteroids, used mostly for treating different inflammatory conditions. They can suppress the immune system and cause osteoporosis.

The main classifications of pain meds are:

  1. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory – works on the peripheral nervous system, has a similar anti-inflammatory effect as corticosteroids. Can inhibit healing of fractures. Causes or aggravates gastrointestinal conditions. Some can increase risk of vascular problems such as heart attack and stroke.
  2. acetaminophen / paracetamolanalgesic – works on the central nervous system rather than the peripheral nervous system, does have some anti-inflammatory properties, but they are very weak, so overall not classified as an NSAID. Most commonly overdosed over-the-counter analgesic, especially when used with alcohol. Can cause liver damage and some kidney damage.
  3. opioidsanalgesic – addictive, acts on the central and peripheral nervous system as well as the GI tract. Decreases pain by decreasing pain perception and reaction and increasing pain tolerance level. Many patients have said that they could still feel the pain, but just didn’t care. Has psychological effects.
  4. barbiturates: analgesic and other – central nervous system suppressants that can cause many different effects. Physically and psychologically addictive.
  5. benzodiazepines: muscle relaxant and other – often used instead of barbiturates, can still be addictive.
  6. ergotaminesvasoconstrictor – used to treat acute migraine attacks, usually in combination with caffeine. Vasoconstriction is not confined to the head so it can cause decreased blood flow to other parts of the body causing chest pain and cold hands / feet.
  7. triptans: restrict blood vessels in the head and inhibits inflammation. Used to treat migraine and cluster headaches. Most common adverse effect is causing headache!
  8. others: Some pain, like nerve pain can be treated with drugs made for other conditions such as antidepressants or anticonvulsants.

The most commonly used pain medications:

  1. Ibuprofen(Motrin, Advil) – NSAID – has a mild anti-clotting effect and some vasodilation properties. 400 mg per dose and 1200 mg per day is max recommended for non-prescription use. Used also to treat swelling.
  2. Acetaminophen / Paracetamol: (Tylenol) – In an analgesic classification by itself because it is similar to an NSAID in many ways, but has a weak anti-inflammatory effect and works in the central nervous system rather than the peripheral nervous system.
  3. Acetylsalicylic acid: (Aspirin) – NSAID – found in willow bark. Also has an anti-clotting effect. Can cause ulcers and excessive bleeding.
  4. Naproxen: (Aleve, Naprosyn) – NSAID – One of the NSAIDs with lowest risk for vascular side effects. Often used to treat stiffness.
  5. Morphine– opioid – Named after the Greek god of dreams because it is one of the original narcotics (causing sleep). Acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Highly addictive.
  6. Hydrocodone: – opioid – derived from codeine. Often used in combination with NSAIDs or acetaminophen. Often used to treat cough (antitussive).
  7. Colecoxib: (Celebrex) – NSAID – increases risk of heart attack, stroke or other vascular problems. Increases risk of upper GI tract problems.
  8. Codeine: – opioid – morphine derivative. Often used in combination with Tylenol, Aspirin, or Ibuprofen.
  9. Oxycodone: (OxyContin) – opioid – Acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Often used in combination with NSAIDs or acetaminophen.
  10. Tramadol: – opioid – Codeine derivative. Used also for restless leg syndrome, motor neuron disease and fibromyalgia.

General Advice:

  1. READ the fine print! Make sure any drug is not known to react with any condition you are known to have or any other drug / medication you are on.
  2. Pain, fever and inflammation are all defense mechanisms of your body and have an important place in the healing and repair process. Treat them as little as possible, and not at all if you can.

Alphabetized Trade Name List:

Advil (ibuprofen)

 

Aleve (naproxen)

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)

Cafergot (ergotamine, caffeine)

Celebrex (colecoxib)

Diazepam/Valium (benzodiazepine)

Fioricet  (barbiturate / acetaminophen / caffeine)

Imitrex (triptan)

Lorazepam  (benzodiazepine)

 

Maxalt (triptan)

Motrin (ibuprofen)

Naprosyn (naproxen)

Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

OxyContin (oxycodone)

Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Vicodin (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki: /NSAID, /Analgesic, /Narcotic, /Opioid, /Ibuprofen, /Colecoxib, /Naproxen, /Morphine, /Oxycodone, /Hydrocodone, /Steroid, /Corticosteroid, /Barbiturates, /Benzodiazepine, /Ergotamine

Posted in Conditions and tagged inflamationmedicationpainprescriptions

Chiropractic: The Cure for Deafness?

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Those holding to a “modern” and “enlightened” concept of chiropractic may well envision snake oil when confronted with the above claim.  But for many people at the turn of the century this was a valid question.  The speculation whirled around a magnetic healer in Davenport, Iowa, and his janitor.

The magnetic healer was Daniel David Palmer, known by his initials D.D., and the janitor was a man by the name of Harvey Lillard.  In D.D.’s words:

 

    Harvey Lillard, a janitor in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch.  I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf.  An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position.  I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored.  With this object in view, a half-hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it.  I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before (The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, Portland Printing House Co, Portland, 1910: 18).

 

    This was the first modern chiropractic adjustment and the event that launched chiropractic as a profession.  D.D. Palmer defined chiropractic as the “science, art and philosophy of things natural, and a system of adjusting the articulations (joints) of the spine, by hand only, for the removal of the physical cause of disease.”

Today’s concept of Chiropractic as a treatment only for low back pain, headaches and other musculoskeletal problems was alien to chiropractic patients of the early 1900s.  They understood chiropractic to affect the whole body by the removal of interference to the nervous system.

We don’t know if any of Dr. Palmer’s subsequent patients were ever cured of deafness, but we do know of three Blair Chiropractors in the last two years who have had patients regain their hearing after beginning care.

Posted in Conditions and tagged Chiropracticdeafnesshistory

Neurocalometer, and other $40 words

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By Gordon Elder, D.C. and Philip Kennedy, D.C.

Skin temperature has played an important role in analyzing disease from ancient timesHippocrates would put mud on a patient’s back and would note where it dried first, indicating higher temperatures and therefore disruption of normal physiological function.

In the early part of the 1900’s chiropractors, in much the same way, would move the back of the hand up a patient’s spine to locate “hot boxes,” areas of increased temperature. The increased temperature indicated to them, as to Hippocrates, an area of dysfunction and therefore possibly an area in need of a chiropractic adjustment.

As the century and technology progressed, chiropractic analysis became more refined. In 1922 the Neurocalometer (meaning nerve-heat-meter) was invented.

Dossa Evins, an engineer, contracted tuberculosis which then caused kidney failure. The effect that this had on Evins was that, since waste could not leave the body via urine, he excreted it through his sweat glands (called uremic frost) – which didn’t exactly provide a pleasant body odor. In his search for health he got under the care of a chiropractor in San Antonio, Texas. Evins noted that when his spine was in alignment his kidney function improved and he didn’t have the uremic frost. He also noted that the chiropractor analyzed his spine by using the above described method of sensing hot boxes with the back of his hand. Being an engineer, and figuring that if he could help the chiropractor do his job better he would benefit as well, Evins began working on a thermocouple device that would measure and compare skin temperature on either side of the spine. At the same time (1920) he enrolled in the Palmer School of Chiropractic. By 1922 the Neurocalometer was finished and in 1924 it had been tested and retested and was submitted to the chiropractic profession.

Our modern heat-sensing instruments are similar to the one developed by Dossa Evins and our understanding of the meaning of temperature imbalances has advanced since the 1920’s. Chiropractors of that era thought they were detecting the heat of an inflamed nerve, but we now know that the real story is more complex. Abnormal signals generated by spinal misalignments travel into the spinal cord along nerve fibers which connect directly to the part of the nervous system that controls blood flow in the skin. These abnormal signals disrupt the ability of the nervous system to keep the skin temperature even and balanced. The resulting temperature imbalance can be detected using the Neurocalometer or a similar device.

Incidentally, the same part of the nervous system that controls skin temperature also controls many of the major organs and systems of the body. This is why many patients who seek chiropractic care because of back or neck pain also end up noticing improvement of other health problems as well – digestive disorders, asthma, or abnormal heart rhythms, for example.

While many in our profession have abandoned the use of heat-sensing instruments, we at Muncy Chiropractic feel that they have an important place in any program of precise, specific spinal care.

 

Posted in Chiropractic Clinic and tagged alignmentinflamed nervespinal caretemperature

Atlas: Carrying the Weight of the World

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Atlas is a character from Greek mythology who supported the world on his shoulders.

In anatomy, the name “atlas” is given to the first bone in the spinal column because it supports the skull, your personal world, on its shoulders.

The atlas is shaped like no other bone in the spinal column.  Looking from above it appears as a giant ring, through which the bottom part of the brain stem runs as it morphs into the spinal cord.  Over ten billion nerve tracks pass through the brainstem at this level on their way to or from the brain to the rest of the body.

The head, normally weighing between eight and ten pounds, must have a strong base as it balances on the slender cervical (neck) portion of the spinal column.  The atlas has broad, cup shaped pads (superior facets) in which the skull rests via short protrusions (occipital condyles).  On these joints the skull can only rock back and forth very slightly in the “yes” motion.  The skull and atlas rotate as a unit around an axle (dens) which protrudes upwards from the neck bone immediately below (the “no” motion).  This bone is aptly named the axis.  By nature the superior facets of the atlas and the occipital condyles of the skull fit together like mirror images.  It is when these mirror images are no longer aligned exactly that the nervous system is affected.  This interference can affect any tissue that receives input from the nervous system causing it to malfunction and be prone to disease.

Because of its position under the skull and on top of a slender column of bone and muscle, the atlas is extremely vulnerable to trauma.

A difficult delivery, a fall on the playground, an auto accident, even a bump on the head at the right time in the right (wrong?) direction can disturb its position.

Many diseases and disorders are related to a misalignment of the atlas, either primarily or secondarily.  Without proper innervation a tissue is less capable of carrying out its tasks, predisposing it to injury and less capable of protecting itself from germs and toxins.

The chiropractic adjustment starts the atlas moving back into its proper position, relieving nerve interference and allowing the body to heal itself.  The atlas connects your brain to your body and your body to health.

Posted in Chiropractic Clinic and tagged atlasbrain stemchiropractic adjustmentspinal column

How Many Appointments Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Require [Video]

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Dr Gordon D. Elder of The Blair Chiropractic Clinic, Lubbock Texas explains how many sessions people require for Upper Cervical Chiropractic.

 

 

 

One of the biggest objections I’ve heard to chiropractic is once you start going you have to keep on going and in one sense that’s true.

In one sense it’s not or shouldn’t be true. I suppose in really severe occasional cases that that may be the case but if you’re fixing a problem and the body is repairing itself then you should be seeing the chiropractor less and less and less. Most of my patients in the first 90 days I might check them about 12 times. Now that doesn’t mean I’m having to readjust. This isn’t therapy, what I want to do is fix it once and I want it to stay in alignment for the first 90 days. I might have to adjust them a few more times but 50% of my patients I adjust once they hold their alignment let me keep checking. We’re making sure that they’re getting well that they’re staying in alignment for the first 90 days and then I might check them once a month for a little while and then once every two months. We just keep pushing it out. There’s always going to be a little bit of a scar tissue where the damage was, where the soft tissue was torn, where the joint misaligned and got stuck so it’s never gonna be as strong as the natural tissue was before the injury.  So there’s always a little bit of weakness. That doesn’t mean you have symptoms. That doesn’t mean you have to be adjusted all the time. It just means that you need an occasional checkup to make sure that you’re still in alignment. Even if you’re feeling okay because it may take a while before the symptoms to return.

Visit us at

Blair Chiropractic Clinic

3410 Avenue Q

Lubbock, Texas 79412

United States (US)

Phone: (806) 747-2735

Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:000 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 6:000 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM -6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm

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