What Makes Chiropractic Different

By Dr. Heather Mickelson, DC, Wissota Chiropractic

Chiropractic looks at the nervous system and works to help optimize the function of this system that controls all the other body functions so that the human body can have the best chance to heal itself. I have observed that in the majority of instances our culture does not look to the human body to heal from the inside out. That is what makes chiropractic different. Let me tell you my chiropractic story.

I was raised eating homemade granola with ingredients from Sunyata co-op and fresh fruit. We worked our garden and hiked at Big Falls. My parents chose not to have us vaccinated, and some of my teachers told me they were sure I was vaccinated but my mom just forgot and told me incorrectly. I have no memories of going to a medical doctor and never needed a prescription. What I do remember are the healthy lifestyle choices my parents made for us.

Homemade food with real ingredients, going to bed early, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise, and having regular trips to the chiropractor. I grew up and became a chiropractor. I have seen people come in with low back pain and tell me that after having their spine adjusted they were no longer constipated or that they started being able to sleep again. I have seen chiropractic help so many people in so many ways.
Having the nervous system free flowing would be a benefit to us all. The nervous system coordinates the whole body, including immune response, the circulatory system, and the digestive system. So seeing a chiropractor is for so much more than back pain and headaches. I believe it is part of a healthy lifestyle that supports an understanding that in most cases the body can heal itself from the inside out. That is what makes chiropractic different.

Tips for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat real food and avoid processed food.
  • Get plenty of fresh air and exercise.
  • Get the sleep your body needs.
  • Keep your mind active and sharp.
  • Visit a chiropractor regularly.

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Mickelson, DC at 715-723-3333 or visit wissotachiro.com.

Chiropractic Works!

by Dr. Melissa Stangl, Gonstead, Stangl and Arkowski Chiropractics

How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Work?
Many things occur simultaneously that provide us with the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment. Here are four known effects that begin to explain how chiropractic works.

1. Spinal manipulation removes nerve interference.
Your nervous system is the control center of your body, coordinating each and every action and function. Nerves do not function well under pressure. The subluxation can put pressure on or irritate a nerve and cause inflammation. These will interfere with proper nerve communication. Reducing the subluxation with an adjustment can relieve nerve irritation and improve coordination and function.

2. Spinal manipulation provides nerve-to-muscle education.
When a joint becomes subluxated, it forgets its normal motion and needs to be retrained. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joint goes through its full range of motion and the brain records and stores that nerve signal. When the body has gone through the motion enough times, it remembers it and makes functional corrections that provide pain relief and improve joint function.

3. Spinal manipulation provides nourishment.
Structures within the joint often have limited indirect blood supply. These structures are nourished through movement. If a joint gets locked down for a period of time, it doesn’t receive adequate nutrition. The motion that occurs during an adjustment provides fresh nutrients to all parts of the joint, increasing joint longevity and improving joint function.

4. Spinal manipulation stimulates endorphin release.
An endorphin is a substance in the body that blocks pain. The endorphin release that results from an adjustment creates a near instant but temporary chemical relief that can allow prolonged relaxation of local tissues and tight muscles interfering with nerves and causing pain.

With these and many other benefits of the chiropractic adjustment it’s obvious why 20 million Americans seek chiropractic treatment each year and 9 out of 10 chiropractic users feel their treatment is effective; chiropractic works!

What Is Cold Laser Light Therapy and How Can It Help Me?

by Daniel Czelatdko, DC, CCSP, DACBN, Tenold Chiropractic

Cold laser light therapy, also called light therapy, is an adjunct treatment that has been excellent for multiple orthopedic problems. Briefly defined, cold laser effects include promoting healthy cell growth, improving cell metabolism (which is necessary for repair), and also faster wound healing. All of this together equates to a reduction in inflammation, a reduced scar formation, and stimulation to the nerve function, which in essence helps with pain reduction. Cold laser therapy is easy to apply and very safe. Virtually, there are no side effects or pain associated with this treatment, and it sets itself up as a good alternative to analgesics, NSAIDs, and other medications. It may reduce or possibly prolong the need for some surgeries. My use of cold laser is an excellent adjunct to chiropractic care because of its noninvasiveness. Multiple studies have shown effectiveness for the following conditions:

• Acute and chronic pain

• Ligament sprains and muscle strain

• Tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis

• Back and neck pain

• Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, degenerative joint disease, carpal tunnel, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, and many more.

Over 2,500 studies have been made in the last thirty years on laser light therapy and have shown it to be a very effective and cost-conscious treatment.

Understanding Cholesterol

by Dr Alan Lindsley, LIndsley Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center, Bloomer

The cholesterol scare started forty years ago in a bad experiment that ended in some research company telling everyone that cholesterol values over 200 would be harmful and potentially increase the risk of heart disease.

Every cell in the body has a double membrane made up of cholesterol and saturated and unsaturated fats.  In fact roughly half the membrane is cholesterol.  All of our hormones are made from cholesterol, and all of the steroids we use to control inflammation are made from cholesterol.  Aldosterone, which reclaims our minerals in the kidneys, is made from cholesterol, and cortisol, which controls our blood sugar level, is made from cholesterol.  Oh yes and of course vitamin D.

We often have a higher requirement for cholesterol as we age because of the oxidative damage to our tissues. Each time a free radical damages a cholesterol molecule, we need to remove the damaged cholesterol from our cells and generate a new cholesterol molecule to replace the damaged one.  LDL is not cholesterol but a protein carrier that carries fresh new cholesterol out to the tissues of the body. HDL is the garbage man of the cholesterol system, carrying the damaged cholesterol back to the liver where it is made into bile and used in the digestion of fats. This is where it should stay after it is released from the gallbladder—in the small and into the large intestine and then held by fiber in our bowels and removed as waste. A lack of soluble fiber in the diet often allows the oxidized cholesterol to be pulled out of the colon and brought back into the bloodstream in an attempt to reuse it. This damaged, oxidized cholesterol (not the new perfect cholesterol) is responsible for sticking to the coronary arteries that supply the heart. When we block the production of new fresh cholesterol in an attempt to lower our cholesterol number, we actually unknowingly can accelerate the damage to our coronary arteries because the body is left to try to reuse the damaged cholesterol in an attempt to stay alive.

Shovel Safely to Prevent Back Injury

by Dr. Lisa Arkowski, Gonstead, Stangl and Arkowski Chiropractic

The leaves have fallen, and there’s a chill in the air. Only one thing is certain: winter is coming and so is the snow. Once the snow hits the ground, it has to be cleared. Shoveling snow can be great exercise and a good reason to get some fresh air. Unfortunately it’s also one of the most common ways to injure the back in the winter. With a few precautions, this chore can be done without injury.

?  Shovel soon after snowfall; it’s lighter when it’s fresh.

?  Warm up—such as taking a brisk walk—and then stretch.

?  Use a shovel with a curved handle or adjustable handle length to reduce the amount of bending needed.

?  Don’t lift with your low back—hinge forward at the hips and keep your upper body upright.

?  Don’t twist to throw snow. Face the direction that you need it to go.

?  Keep your arms relatively close to you; avoid reaching out too far.

?  For a big snowfall, move it in layers, or go out a couple times to get to it before it settles.

?  Pace yourself. Take breaks as often as you need to. Don’t worry, the snow will still be there when you come back to it.

?  Wear appropriate footwear. In Wisconsin there could easily be an ice rink underneath that layer of fluffy white, so be careful and wear boots with non-slippery soles.

Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity, so if you have a history of health conditions or are typically inactive, you need to be especially careful. Your best bet may be to find someone to bribe with a plate of delicious cookies and hot cocoa to enjoy once the job is done.

It’s not winter in Wisconsin without some snowfall, so get out there, get the snow cleared safely, and get on with enjoying the beautiful weather!