Saturday, November 28, 2009

In Pain? Steps for Quality of Life

It doesn't matter what the symptoms are when people come to 1st Step Chiropractic. The important thing is whether the brain is talking clearly to the body. When the Atlas Subluxation Complex is present, it is as though the signal is coming through, "Hey, would you please take the trash and dump it in the living room!?" That's what it looks like when a 13-year old girl comes in with slipping kneecaps and abnormal muscle tone in the legs...those muscles are just doing what the nerves that run them tell them to do! Problem is, the signals are wrong. The signals are wrong because of the pressure on the brainstem/spinal cord at the top of the neck! Correct the atlas subluxation complex and the right signals come through. "Please take the trash out, and feed the dog, too!"

Are YOU ready to take the first step back to Quality of Life? Come to Rockford's center for NUCCA chiropractic.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Popping Jaw!

Think about this; if the lower jaw hinges at the TMJ, where does the upper jaw hinge? (It hinges where the base of the skull meets the spine)
If the muscles of the jaw are receiving signals from the brain, what happens if those signals are garbled by some sort of interference?
Why does Dr. Norman Thomas, TMJ specialist, recommend that his patients get checked and adjusted by an upper cervical chiropractor?
Here's the short story... The jaw is designed to move in several directions so you can chew and grind food. Muscles that do the work attach at all kinds of angles from points in the skull to points in the jaw. If the TMJ doesn't work right it is important to discover the primary cause, which can be in the neck, skull, nerves, or the muscles they run, tissues in the jaw joint, or even the teeth. In order for the dentist to get a good picture of the influence of the teeth, the NUCCA procedure can bring balance back to the neck, skull, and nerves. If there is another factor still causing jaw popping or TMJ pain, the dentist will be better able to address it once the other factors are eliminated.
Are you ready to start clearing up the problems? Dr. Schalow is the only chiropractor in Rockford who uses the NUCCA procedure to bring about those conditions necessary for natural healing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Family, Your Family

It was around 2:45 am, and I awoke to the sound of my son crying in pain. Not your normal night...we get real quiet around here about 8pm as the children start konking out. (How do you spell that anyway?) I went in to see what was happening and he said his neck popped and then started hurting. I said, "Go back to sleep, can't do anything about it now anyway!" I was tired and grumpy.

15 minutes later we were dressed and heading to the office where I established the fact that there was brainstem pressure from the atlas subluxation complex. (short leg phenomenon, muscle spasms, postural distortions, and temperature asymmetry). I took a set of NUCCA films to find out how to correct the problem, corrected the problem, and by 4:30 am we were back in bed. He slept. No more problem.

Easy? Well, if you figure that eight years of school studying anatomy, physiology, neurology, chemistries, and all the other 'ologies that you find in a med school plus some you don't find in med school is easy, then, okay, it's easy.

If you consider that studying a branch of chiropractic (NUCCA) under the guidance of several mentors around the country over an extended period of time easy, then, well, sure it's easy.

But where my wife and children are concerned, I would do it all over again, and do whatever it takes to make sure they get the best of care and the most appropriate care.

Even at 3 in the morning...

Join us to find out how easy it really is to get kids back on their feet and adults back on the path to healing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On Her Way!

Did a first adjustment last week on a person new to upper cervical health care. She has had a long history of doing healthy things - massage, body cleanse, chiropractic... so she had a big head start. Checked her today and she reported that she is sleeping better, beginning to feel better, and also had a strange emotional release that relates to a trauma that occurred decades ago. That's fast! She's still holding her adjustment (Yay!). The emotional release reminds me of the work of Candace Pert, who at Georgetown U. (back in the 90's) was able to determine the existence of actual biomolecules of emotion. These molecules become stuck in body tissues apparently as a defense mechanism. They don't always get released, but correction of the atlas subluxation complex is one thing that can initiate release when the body/mind is ready. It's not JUST Chiropractic!
Who do YOU know that wants to get better?

Monday, November 2, 2009

How Does It Do That?

My children and other patients come to me with things that trouble them. Maybe it's a sore muscle, maybe it's a sore throat. Sometimes it may even be a bit of trauma experienced at school today. "Check me please!" So what does that mean...?
Getting checked means having your upper cervical doctor look to see if your spinal cord is screaming "OUCH," and to see if any of your joints (such as elbows, wrists, ankles or foot bones)are stuck in the wrong place. If they are not happy, we correct the abnormal pressure and the spinal cord relaxes, limbs move smoothly and normal sensation and function returns. The most common question is, "How does it do that?"
If the head isn't on exactly straight (to the tune of, like, the thickness of a piece of hair) the nerves are pinched and the brain cannot run the show. (Remember High School Biology - the nerve system runs everything in the body). What does that look like? Hair falling out, legs don't work, can't feel the feet, stomach upset, can't go to the bathroom, can't stop going to the bathroom, hands numb, shoulder bursitis pain, all the other pain syndromes...
Well, your body isn't stupid, it just cannot get the signals through the pinching!
Give your body a chance to heal. Get checked!