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Stopping the Cold and Flu – An Update

The Cold and Flu season is upon us and, for those who suffer from fibromyalgia; this is a common time for deep fibromyalgia pain. But you may not have to endure such terrible fibromyalgia pain if you can avoid catching a Cold or the Flu.

I recently wrote about three simple things you can do to help fight off the cold and flu this season.  As a chiropractic physician, I wanted to add another list of three things that you can do to stop the cold and flu dead in its tracks. Here they are:

1)     Eat more protein! According to an article found in CNN Health “Your nutrition profoundly affects your ability to fight these diseases,” notes Katherine Tallmadge, national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. That means fill up your plate with lean protein, including chicken, fish and fat-free dairy products. Why protein? “The molecules that fight disease are made of protein,” Tallmadge says. (Protein is essential for the fibromyalgia patient too!)

2)     Drink a little more water! Stay hydrated with pure water and use water as your main beverage  as much as possible. Minimize the use milk, coffee, tea and/or sodas. When you start to become dehydrated the amount of blood available to circulate around your body decreases. This reduces the ability of the gut to absorb immune enhancing nutrients. Cells, including the immune enhancing cells, will function more appropriately and the lymphatic system removes waste better when properly hydrated.

3)     Go see your chiropractor! Your nervous system is the master communicator within your body. How on earth can your body’s defensive mechanisms work without proper communication? It can’t! Spinal care is essential to a strong immune system. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone with spinal degeneration how often they get sick, have headaches, experience fibromyalgia flare-ups, etc. Go see your chiropractor!

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What is Chiropractic? Will it Help Fibromyalgia?

As a doctor of chiropractic and a clinical nutritionist with a practice in Mesa, Arizona, I have shared important information to friends, family, patients and students for years. Perhaps one of the most important pieces of the healthcare puzzle is to know: What is Chiropractic? And, for those with fibromyalgia, Will it help fibromyalgia?

To first answer this important question regarding chiropractic one needs to understand what a chiropractor is and does. According to Chirofind.com “Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.”

“The health conditions doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. (In my Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic this is what I do; and more.) Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.”

The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures and providers. This is where those suffering from fibromyalgia are often shorted. If you have fibromyalgia and your doctor fails to properly examine the spine, your fibromyalgia treatment may be incomplete.

Chirofind continues “Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body. Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.”

My Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. My fibromyalgia patients are given a customized treatment plan that incorporates these things.

As a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist I do not use drugs or surgery. However, I do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. I also will work directly with medical doctors, physical therapists and others as partners in health.

So, can chiropractic help fibromyalgia? Absolutely! It can help fibromyalgia as well as many other problems too. If you live in the Mesa, AZ area and would like to see a Mesa, AZ chiropractor please call at 480-644-0644 or email us at clinic@drmlee.com.

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Why See a Chiropractor for Fibromyalgia?

With several types of doctors to choose from why would you choose a chiropractor for fibromyalgia?

We know that there are many doctors that do not believe in, or do not understand the problems and causes associated with fibromyalgia. The challenge that a fibromyalgia sufferer has in finding the right doctor for them is daunting. They know that they hurt, are tired, have headaches, are temperature sensitive, have brain fog and… the list goes on for a mile!

But what about your spine, is it important to your health? Is it a possible contributor to fibromyalgia? Can taking care of the spine really make a difference with my fibromyalgia? What would a chiropractor do to my spine to make me feel better? Could a chiropractor make me feel worse? These are important and honest questions I have heard asked many times. As a chiropractic physician I can assure you that your spine is an important link to the management of fibromyalgia.

Talking about your spine sounds pretty boring doesn’t it? But the importance of this structure cannot be ignored! So if it is so important then, why do we spend so little time talking about it and spend even less on properly caring for it?

According to the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, car ownership costs are the second largest household expense in the U.S. In fact, the average household spends almost as much on their cars as they do on food and health care combined for their entire family.

The Princeton Review explains why chiropractic care is essential for health and wellness; and may I add, why it helps with fibromyalgia:

“Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as ‘bone doctors’, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to effect the nervous system.

According to Gray’s Anatomy, the nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the sides of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles etc. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to effect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.”

The Princeton article continues “The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning well, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion. The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.”

Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia is not only a good idea, it is an integral part of the management of this illness. When choosing a chiropractor for the treatment of fibromyalgia, or any doctor for that matter, look for a chiropractic doctor that understands the complex ins and outs of fibromyalgia. A chiropractor should be a valuable asset you can trust in your battle from fibromyalgia syndrome!

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Chiropractic Care: Is it necessary after I’m Better?

A frequently asked question I receive in my chiropractic clinic in Mesa, AZ is “why do you recommend that I come back regularly for chiropractic adjustments, after my pain is gone?” Chiropractors are well known for their passion towards chiropractic care. Many chiropractors recommend regular chiropractic adjustments as a way to prevent injury and illness. I have been practicing as a chiropractic physician here in Mesa for over 23 years and I have to tell you that I know it is important; personally and professionally. So what is chiropractic prevention and is it really necessary for you?

Some time ago while driving home with my daughter, she and I were discussing the need for dentistry and how grateful we are for dentists when we are having tooth pain! We talked about brushing, flossing and regular check-ups as a way to prevent tooth pain as well. Our young children received regular pediatric check-ups and my wife is encouraged to be examined regularly to. Mammograms, colonoscopies, blood work… all means to early detection and treatment when necessary. Why do the reminders we receive to get checked early and often motivate us? Because we all want, need the same thing: health, happiness and life!

Chiropractors are experts at spinal disease prevention. A healthy spine can mean the difference between pain, illness and several chiropractic treatments or vitality, longevity and pain-free chiropractic maintenance care! In the old Boniva commercial Sally Fields makes a very thought provoking and accurate comment. She says “I only have one body and one life…”. You also have only one spine and when it begins to have problems it is painful and expensive to repair. Chiropractors understand this very well. Personal spinal care includes healthy eating and vitamin supplementation, correct sleep, proper exercise and correct standing, working and sitting posture. Chiropractic spinal care includes restoring and maintaining proper spinal alignment through the chiropractic maintenance adjustment. In my Mesa, AZ chiropractic clinic we are well trained and experienced in restoring and or maintaining healthy spines!

Please do not take your spinal care lightly. Call us today for a spinal check-up. Like your teeth, maintaining a healthy spine will bring you peace of mind today and a stronger, healthier lifestyle tomorrow.

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A Chiropractor, Why?

Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Chiropractic medicine, Doctors of Chiropractic – what is a chiropractor and why would you visit one? This is an important question that deserves a factual reply.

According to the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, car ownership costs are the second largest household expense in the U.S.  In fact, the average household spends almost as much on their cars as they do on food and health care combined for their entire family.

We all agree that your health is truly the most valuable asset you have. But, is your spine an important part of your health? Talking about your spine may sound pretty boring but the importance of this structure cannot be ignored!

According to the Princeton Review the answer is quite compelling.

“Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as “bone doctors”, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to affect the nervous system.”

According to Gray’s Anatomy, “the nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the sides of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles etc. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to affect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.”

“The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning well, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion.”

Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbance to the nervous system. For example, if the area of spine that supplies nerve flow to the stomach is subluxated then information going to the brain regarding that organ and its function, digestion, will be distorted and the brain will not be receiving accurate data on its condition. Likewise, decisions made in the brain and conveyed along the nervous pathways will be disrupted and the correct responses will be unable to be made. It is essentially the same scenario for all other organs, muscles, blood vessels and so forth. When a chiropractor removes this interference, then the nervous system functions more optimally and the body is able to heal itself via the two-way communication system.”

“The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.”

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