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Tony Romo – Disc Herniation

Tony Romo – Disc Herniation

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It is interesting to hear that the Dallas Cowboys opted for “conservative” care as the primary treatment for Tony Romo’s disc herniation. Their choice is epidural shots into his spinal cord to deaden the pain signals to his brain. I find it odd that they did not address the cause of the pain…the intervertebral disc pressing on the spinal nerve or spinal cord. While inserting a needle into someone’s spine is less invasive than a surgery, it is still not anywhere near corrective in nature.  Disc herniations can be extremely painful and debilitating because they damage the spinal cord in the same manner a typical misaligned bone does, just on a larger scale.
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Chiropractic adjustments provide immense corrective relief to disc patients just like they provide to back pain patients. By realigning the vertebra and setting the disc between the vertebra, the adjustment removes the stress on the herniated disc. The disc is now in a better position to resorb and heal while the swelling dissipates. In some extreme cases, surgery is 100% necessary because the spine has been neglected for decades and the disc has shrunk to the point that there is no room left for the nerve to exit the spinal cord. Only your chiropractor can tell you if you are a candidate for chiropractic care or if you do indeed need surgery.

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Additionally, we offer patients triple certified GMP nutritional supplements that greatly lessen pain and aid in healing, based on clinical tests. These products are far superior to over- the-counter supplements that are bought in local stores or online. These products are ineffective, potentially unsafe and have no clinical efficacy whatsoever. 

Please inform the ones you care about that there are options out there, not just for back pain…but just about everything you can think of. When surgery is truly needed, it is absolutely needed. However, like antibiotics, surgery is over-prescribed for ailments that are easily corrected from the outside.  Research your options and choose wisely, that is all you can do.
-Dr. Zeronis, DC

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Maintenance Care

Maintenance Care

More than likely you are; however, familiar with the concept of Dental Hygiene. The practice of dental hygiene is commonly taught at a very young age and sometimes even at school. So why is hygiene of the teeth so popular yet that of the spine is not? We’re not sure. Although, it may have something to do with the fact that your teeth are part of your face… and you can see them. We can’t help but think as chiropractors that people might take better care of their spines if they wore them on their face!

There are many aspects of dentistry that are analogous to chiropractic. Both deal with the preventative aspects of hygiene to ward off degeneration. One being degeneration of the mouth. This can occur via cavities in the teeth, or gingivitis, which can result in “rotting” of the teeth. The spine can degenerate as well. When this happens the vertebrae themselves can grow sharp thorn-like pieces called “spurs,” the vertebral disc can likewise shrink or deteriorate, and in severe degeneration the spine can even fuse together. The dentist will his tools by means of a filling or a root canal to save a tooth from degeneration. A chiropractor will likewise use what is called an “adjustment” to restore motion to the spine and prevent spinal degeneration.

Which between these hygienes do you suppose is more important? If you had to choose (and we are not recommending you do) which do you think is more beneficial to your body? There are some important differences to note. For one thing… you can replace your teeth. All of them. You cannot; however, replace your spine. More importantly, the nerves which control and regulate every process in the entire body go through the vertebral column. It is our belief as chiropractors that degeneration and irritation to the vertebral column, through lack of movement or misalignment has a detrimental effect on the nervous system.

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Amazing Machines

Amazing Machines

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Can your body compete with horsepower and technology to be an amazing machine? Find out how to improve your PERFORMANCE now!

Many of us look at these performance machines as like they are an unobtainable precious metal. We oogle as they drive by with their thunderous exhausts rumbling to our cores. We think in the back our minds about how cool it would be to drive one of these. Some of us aspire to one day own a Lamborghini, or more likely, a Mustang or Camaro.

What if I told you that you already owned an amazing machine? Something far more advanced than the onboard computer systems and finely tuned engines on these vehicles. Well, the truth is…you do! How well it performs is up to you. This machine is your body. It has a central computer system that controls everything it does, just like a Ferrari does, only infinitely more complex. This computer is the nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord.

Our bodies are made of trillions of cells. These cells make up our organs. Every single cell in the body has an electrical connection with the brain. This connection is absolutely vital to life because there needs to be constant communication between the computer and what it is controling. Just like the traction control systems and electronic breaking on these performance machines. Without that flawless connection, information is lost or delayed. This will reap havok on the performance of your body, just as it would with a Corvette ZR1.

As you I type this, thousands of reactions are taking place in my body that I am not even aware of. Imagine if you had to consciously think about each breath you took, or each heartbeat in your chest , or the pupil constriction in your eyes…both eyes, at the same time!

The truth is, a squeaky wheel (pain) is often the last symptom of dysfunction in the body. The part that is squeaking probably went bad a long time ago. Sure, we may be able to correct that annoying squeak, after all a side effect of a spinal adjustment is pain relief because it allows the body to heal more effiecently. However, it makes more senseto keep your machine tuned up properly and avoid the squeaking to begin with. The time to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated is NOT when you need it…think about that for a minute.

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10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

1. Pain is the last symptom of dysfunction.

A patient’s back is often restricted or unstable for months or years before it presents as a problem and they show up in a chiropractor’s office. In addition, the absence of pain is not health. While medication may be needed, if you take a pill and the pain goes away, the dysfunction that caused it still persists. Muscle, ligament and joint injuries often occur as a result of long-term biomechanical dysfunction, sometimes from past injuries, making the area more susceptible to future injury.

2. Athletes use chiropractors to stay well and perform better, not just for the occasional injury.

Athletes choose chiropractors because we are movement specialists. Chiropractors were spotted all over the Olympic coverage last year, and top athletes such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all been proud patients of chiropractors. These days it’s far more common than not for major athletes and sports teams to keep chiropractors nearby to help prevent injuries, speed injury recovery, improve balance and coordination, and give them a greater competitive edge.

3. The body does not perform as a cluster of separate mechanisms, but rather a cascade of events that all starts with proper control by the nervous system.

The nerves that travel through and control every function of your body originate at the spinal cord and their transmission may be disrupted if the joints of the surrounding spinal column are not moving properly. This disruption in biomechanical integrity combined with altered physiological function is what chiropractors call a subluxation. Below is a chart that illustrates the relationship of the spinal nerves exiting the vertebra branching off to the various organ systems. You can see why it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to treat a patient with mid-back pain who also suffers from irritable bowel system, a patient with a subluxated sacrum who has been unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant, or a patient with an upper back fixation and acid reflux.

4. Doctors don’t do the healing.

Sorry to disappoint you, but a chiropractor will never fix your back. What we are able to do is restore proper motion in the joints, which relieves tension on the nerves and muscles and allows your body to do the healing that it is inherently made to do. As chiropractors, we believe that the body is a perfect organism in its natural state, and all disease comes from a disruption in the body’s proper transmission of signals by the nerves which affects its ability to heal and to defend against disease-causing agents. We never treat disease. We assess to find which spinal levels are causing the dysfunction, and we adjust it to restore proper nerve flow so the nervous system may work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

5. Chiropractic is for all ages.

Many seniors aren’t aware of the benefits of chiropractic care which can help them not only with pain relief, but also increase range of motion, balance and coordination, and decrease joint degeneration. There’s no patient too young for chiropractic either! Chiropractors check infants moments after birth for misalignments of the upper vertebrae that may occur as a result of the birth process. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being, parents also take their children to chiropractors to encourage healthy brain and nervous system development, to assist with colic, asthma, allergies, bed-wetting and sleeping problems, and to assist with behavioral disorders.

6. We know about more than your backbone!

This surprises many people who had no idea that chiropractors give advice on nutrition, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle, screen for conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system and refer out to other practitioners when necessary. Chiropractors are also able to complete specialties in other areas such as pediatrics, sports rehabilitation, neurology, clinical nutrition, and addictions and compulsive disorders.

Other than particular specialties and the differences in learning to adjust and learning to prescribe medication, our training hours are not dissimilar from that of medical doctor. The following are the classroom hours for basic science requirements compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic schools and 22 medical schools.

7. Successful chiropractic patients accept responsibility.

When somebody says that they tried chiropractic and it didn’t help, I cringe and get the feeling that they really missed the boat. Of course, there are cases with complicating factors, but I have heard this from people with straightforward chiropractic problems when it is very clear what has happened here. In most cases, one doesn’t acquire back pain over night, and it’s not going to go away over night. If a weak core from years of sitting at your desk is to blame for the additional stress on your joints, I would expect an adjustment to provide relief, but once the condition is no longer exacerbated, I would most definitely prescribe some exercises for you to do at home. I might also suggest we evaluate your nutrition if I suspect an inflammatory diet may be wiring you for pain. Sure, I’m always happy to adjust someone and make a living, but if you’ve been given homework and you don’t do it, I better not hear you blame chiropractic when you’re hurting again!

8. Chiropractic may help you get sick less.

Studies have indicated that adjustments consistently reduce the production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with tissue damage and pain, and may also enhance the production of immunoregulatory complexes important for healthy immune system defense. As far back as the deadly flu pandemic of 1917-1918, chiropractors noticed that their patients seemed to have fewer fatalities than among the general population and were able to publish their work in an osteopathic journal since no scholarly journals were accepting chiropractic data. The estimated death rate among patients of conventional medical care in the U.S. was estimated at 5 to 6 percent while the fatality rate among influenza cases receiving spinal adjustments was estimated at 0.25%.

9. “I heard I’ll have to go forever” is a myth.

You may want to go to your chiropractor forever once you’ve started because you didn’t realize how great getting adjusted is, but your doctor won’t expect you to come for continuous care without symptoms. Generally, if you come in with pain, once you’ve been treated for your initial complaint, you’ll be scheduled for a few more appointments to make sure proper motion is being maintained, then it will be recommended you return occasionally to be checked just like you would go to the dentist to get checked for tartar buildup and cavities. Of course, many people still choose to see their chiropractor weekly or monthly for wellness or maintenance care.

10. Adjustments don’t hurt.

There is no bone snapping or warrior-style pulling heads off spinal columns! The neck adjustment some chiropractors use causes anticipation for many new patients, but is actually much more gentle than they imagined, and involves a quick, direct thrust to a specific spinal bone. The sound an adjustment makes is called a cavitation and is only space being created within the joint causing gasses to be released from the joint capsule, which creates the popping or cracking noise. Also, chiropractic adjustments will not wear out your joints, as some imagine because they have been warned not to “crack their knuckles” for this reason in the past. Adjustments, unlike “knuckle cracking” or having your friend stomp on you while you lay on the carpet, are applied specifically to improve the motion of your joints and limit the small dysfunctions that over time can lead to arthritis. Most people after an adjustment describe the feeling as being “lighter”, having greater ease in moving the body, and being able to stand up taller.

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