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Going to the chiropractor more than once is bad for your back.

Posted on 05-23-2016

"Going to the chiropractor more than once is bad for your back."

When I hear a comment like that is just makes me cringe. That is like saying brushing your teeth more than once a day is bad for your teeth. Or going to the gym more than once a week doesn’t benefit your heart. It has become apparent to me that many people speak out on things without actually doing their research. Comments and false misconceptions just keep being passed around even more so because of social media. That is why I have the Ask the Doctor Blog. Send me your questions and I’ll answer them for you @ [email protected], Check out below for some questions I was asked this past week. 

Q: Dr. Cordis why is it that I you recommend so many visits in a care plan?

A: There are many factors that go into care instructions for a patient. Several of the factors are a patient’s history, chief complaint and examination results.  The severity of a patients chief complaint as well as their activities of daily living  AND STRESS LEVELS these things can impact treatment recommendations. Another important thing to consider is the amount of time is takes for the body to change, this is something I believe most people forget. “There is no process that doesn’t require time”, To make change requires" time x repetition= results" 

Q: Can you elaborate on that point some more?

A: Yes, it’s like a person that wants to correct their teeth through invisalign or braces. Ask yourself how long does a person have to wear those before they see a change? Its continuous process from anywhere to a year or more depending on how much correction is needed. Well with chiropractic care we can’t hold an adjustment on person for daily for 24 hours it just isn’t functional for the patient or the doctor. The other issue that you run into is muscle/movement memory. The body has to go through neuromuscular re-education. To see that change in less amount of time it is preferred to adjust the spine more frequent, add corrective exercises and at home care program for a patient to follow.

Q: Why is it that when I go to one chiropractor they say one thing and then I go to another they say something different in regard to treatment? It seems like there are different opinions on treatment.

A: Ah yes the dreaded “treatment recommendation confusion” in the chiropractic profession. It boils down to training and practice philosophy. If you go to get you hair cut not every salon cuts hair the same way nor is the salon set up the same way.  Even if you went to a chain salon such as Great Clips I’m almost 100% positive they each stylist has their own unique way of cutting hair.  If your chiropractor isn’t talking about “subluxations” I say it’s time to find a new chiropractor. The end goal should be the same to correct the cause of your dysfunction. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Q: I went to a chiropractor before and they hurt me, I mean my pain was a lot worse after being treated

A: I hear this a lot. I can say that if you felt you got hurt that I’m 100% sure that was not the previous chiropractors intention. When a joint is subluxated and you receive an adjustment to restore motion to that joint that can cause increase pain or discomfort. It is important to communicate with your chiropractor.  Again we can use the orthodontic braces analogy or even someone going to the gym for the first time. It’s uncomfortable at first and if you push through that intial phase it will get better. Certain lifestyle modifications may also be necessary during the initial phase of having braces or working out, its the same for chiropractic treatment. 

Q: It feels like even after treatment my back pain and neck pain keep coming back?

A: Yes, that could be very true for some people. If your body has been a certain way for so long and we start making changes it can resist those changes until it adapts. The focus shouldn’t be your pain but how is your body functioning. Sometime I see that people want a quick fix, well chiropractic care is not a Band-Aid or Tylenol. There are no quick fixes to correcting the spine. Second is STRESS!!!! So many times I have patients come in for chiropractic care and then they turn around and put their body back into that stressful situation. Without giving their body time to properly heal.  Third, inflammation is another culprit.  Not only could there be structural issues causes back pain and neck pain but a bad diet can increase inflammation. I usually recommend that my patients do some form of detox while under chiropractic care.

Q: Are these at home exercises really that important?

A: Lol! Yes, or we wouldn’t give them too you. I think the importance of an at home exercise programs has lost its value across the healthcare field. It is important to do your at home exercise program that has been prescribed to you. It decreases your healing and treatment time and decreases the chance of that issue coming back to haunt you. 

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Why your little furry friend should get their spine checked?

Posted on 05-18-2016

Why your little furry friend should get their spine checked?

Send us your questions for Dr. Cordis and she will respond through our Q/A Blog “ASK THE DOCTOR”

“Animal Chiropractic…..I would have never put those two together” This is a comment that I get when I say I adjust animals. I decided to answer some of the questions that come up when I say I’m an animal chiropractor.

Q: Why would you adjust an animal?

A: Animals have a nervous system just like us. They can get chronic pain or biomechanical issues just like us. Help improve sport performance and overall well-being of the animal.

Q: How do I know if my animal needs adjusted?

A: My short and simple answer would be “If they have a spine and nervous system they should be evaluated for chiropractic care” My follow up to that answer would be there are usually signs of : reduced performance, abnormal posture, sensitivity touch among other things.  Lastly chiropractic helps everything!

Q: What is the difference between an adjustment vs manipulation?

A: An adjustment is very specific. Manipulation is not. The scientific definition of an adjustment it is very specific, high speed, low force maneuver that restores movement of the affected joint by taking it beyond the normal physiological articular range of movement, and without exceeding the boundaries of anatomical integrity. It is down by placing the hands directly on the affected vertebrae.  Only subluxated vertebrae are adjusted.

Q: Can I just take my animal to any chiropractor or veterinarian for an “adjustment”?

A: It is probably best to take your animal to a provider that has done specialized training in “adjusting animals” and “chiropractic care”. Don’t be afraid to ask them where they did their training. Remember anyone can manipulate a joint not everyone can adjust a joint restoring proper function.

Q: Is chiropractic care a replacement for veterinarian care?

A: Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. It can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, my patients are required to be under regular care of veterinarian before being seen by our office

Q: What made you want to start adjusting animals?

A: I have 5 dogs in my family and I knew that all the jumping, running, and playing they did was causing stress to their joints. My chocolate lab has hip issues and my family kept saying it was because he was old. I didn’t believe that was the only reason for his hip pain.  I made it my purpose to do some continuing education through Options for Animals School in Wellsville, Kansas. So I can not only help my pets but help others as well.


2 out 3 People in Car Accidents Report Whiplash Injuries.

Posted on 03-27-2016

Here in Seattle (98121) an Auto Injury is Very Common. It is common for a patient during an initial consultation to minimize car accident history. It is even more common when the speed of car in the accident was traveling less than 25mph. However, the damage that can happen to the soft tissues surrounding the joints in the neck such as the muscles, ligaments and tendons is very alarming. It can lead to neck pain that is typically diagnosed as a sprain/strain caused by a whiplash injury. A whiplash injury is due to the forceful fast back-and-forth movement of the neck typically in a rear-end auto accident. The DMV (department of motor vehicles) did a study that if you take the speed of fast your car is traveling when in an accident and multiple it by 5, that’s how fast your head moves in the whiplash motion? 25mph X 5 = 125mph!!! Check out the info-graphic below from The Advocates Injury Attorneys to learn more. 



6 Steps to Naturally Improve the Quality of Your Life Now!

on 03-14-2016

Quality of life defined by medicinetnet.com is the patient's ability to enjoy normal life activities. One of the major struggles for us is living in discomfort and not knowing it. Our foods, every day body care (soaps, lotions, perfumes/colognes, makeup, hair gels, etc.), water, alcohol, smoking, stress, sitting too much, cooking ingredients, and environmental toxins all impact our quality of life.

Step 1:

Go Organic, Grass fed, and Non-GMO. Remove the toxins from your food. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, along with preservatives and added sugar. Grass-fed is either you feed the animals grass or you don’t. Organic, involves record keeping, proving that your land has not been exposed to artificial chemicals for at least 3 years, and that everything comes from a certified organic source. Farmers have to pay a USDA official to review their farm yearly. Non-GMO means that your food is not genetically modified. GMOs (genetically modified organisms), is process where a lab creates and grows food by modification/engineering techniques. Foods are not grown naturally. There are many health and environmental risks with foods containing GMOs.

Use this list to find Organic Brands that are sold in your local food stores (http://www.organickitchen.com/food/food.html).

Look for these labels on your food and beverage packaging when shopping:

USDA Organic


Grass Fed

Non-GMO


Look for the sticker number that begins with “9” on Fruits and Vegetables which indicates organic.



Step 2:

Change the water you drink. Drink plenty of pure water. Drinking reverse osmosis, spring or alkaline water rids your body of waste and helps to balance your body's pH. Be sure to introduce mineral drops into your filtered water to add back important vitamins that are filtered out (e.g. magnesium). When your pH level is not correct you can have a lack of energy, excessive mucus, congestion, frequent illness, nervousness, headaches, irritability and weight gain. 


Step 3:Step up your Vegetables and fruits.        

      

Step 4:

Take a daily multiple vitamin with A, B, C, D, E, K, calcium, iron, fish oil, and zinc. You can find natural sources of vitamins, but many of us do not eat enough fruits and vegetables to receive the daily recommended dose.

  • A: carrots and other orange foods including sweet potato and cantaloupe melons
  • C: oranges, guava, red and green peppers, kiwi, grapefruits, strawberries, Brussels sprouts and cantaloupe.
  • B: whole grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, beans, yeast and molasses.
  • D: eggs, fish, and mushrooms.
  • K: kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
  • Calcium: yogurt, cheese and milk, along with tofu and black molasses.
  • Fish Oil: salmon
  • Iron: clams, oysters and organ meats like liver. For the vegetarians, soybeans, cereal, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils and spinach.
  • Zinc: spinach, cashews, beans, and dark chocolate. 

Silvercillin and L-Glutamine are also good supplements to add to your daily routine to restore your immune system health. Organic Food Sources of L-Glutamine:

• Organic barley

• Grass Fed or Organic beef

• Organic cabbage

• Organic corn

• Organic cottage cheese

• Organic egg whites

• Organic milk

• Organic peanuts

• Organic pork

• Organic poultry

• Organic raw parsley

• Organic raw spinach

• Organic soy

• Organic yogurt

Step 5:

Sweat! However you like to do it, just find 30 minutes a day to do it. Visit your local spa’s sauna, work out indoors or outdoors, or take a hot Epson salt bath. Working out and/or taking a hot bath reduces stress levels as well.


Step 6:

Adopt this new life style (Steps 1 – 5).  This is not a diet. You can still eat your BBQ, chicken, steaks, turkey, mashed potatoes, and macaroni. You only have to choose Organic, Grass fed, and Non-GMO ingredients. Also, ensure that the ingredients that you use do not have added sugar.


Examples of Food for the day:

Breakfast:

  • Organic Smoothie
    • Blend:
      • 2 fresh squeezed organic oranges
      • 1 fresh squeezed organic pear
      • A handful of organic blue berries
      • A handful of organic spinach or kale
      • 1 cup of Flaxseed milk
      • 2 scoops of whole food protein powder

Lunch:

  • Lentil Soup (pre-made at home)
    • In a pot, add –
      •  1/2 cup of organic lentils
      • 1 sliced organic carrot
      • 1 organic bay leaf
      • 2 cups of organic vegetable broth
      • 2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt
      • 2 pinches of Cayenne pepper
    • Cook the broth on high until it boils for 10 minutes
    • Turn soup down on simmer for 30 minutes

Snack:

  • Organic Avocado Dip
    • In a bowl mix
      • 2 organic avocados
      • 1 tbsp. of organic lime juice
      • 1 diced organic tomato
      • 2 tbsp. of organic fresh cut cilantro
    • Eat with Organic Multigrain Tortilla Chips or Flaxseed chips

Dinner:

  • Wild Alaskan Salmon w/ Asparagus
    • In a baking dish
      • Put wild Alaskan salmon with a little organic olive oil or avocado oil
      • 2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt
      • 3 slices of organic lemon
      • Bake on 425 degrees for 15 minutes
    • On Stove,
      • Turn heat on to mid-high heat
      • Put 1 tbsp. of organic olive oil or avocado oil
      • Place organic Asparagus with stems cut off in pan
      • Add 2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt
      • Sautee for 5 minutes

~Enova Monique

Disclaimer

You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any nutritional programs to determine if it is right for your needs.

This site offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read on this site. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. Developments in medical research may impact the health, fitness and nutritional advice that appears here. No assurance can be given that the advice contained in this site will always include the most recent findings or developments with respect to the particular material.  If you are in the United States and think you are having a medical or health emergency, call your health care professional, or 911, immediately.Certain health or medical material on this site may be sexually explicit. Please do not use this site if you would find these materials offensive.


13 Home Remedies to Improve Your Digestive Health

Posted on 03-07-2016

More Americans are affected by digestive issues. These simple tips can help you improve your digestive health naturally without having to take over the counter medications.

·         Eat a high-fiber diet
·         Get insoluble and soluble fiber
·         Limit foods that are high in the wrong fats
·         Choose lean meats
·         Incorporate probiotics into your diet
·         Eat on a schedule                                              
·         Stay hydrated
·         Skip the bad habits
·         Exercise
·         Manage your stress
·         Maintain a healthy weight
·         Sleep 7-8 hours a night
·         Add Magnesium (and others)

Good lean meats are organic chicken, turkey, and wild fish. Rotate your diet with these leans meats plus vegetables. An effective method to introduce magnesium into your life style is by taking a magnesium supplement daily or soaking in Epson salt baths.

Heat also helps with digestion. Drink warm water, but only 1/2 cup of water during your meal. In the morning to wake up your digestion, drink warm lemon water. Fiber is an excellent way to improve your digestive health. The recommended daily amount is 30-50 grams of fiber per day.

There are 2 types of fiber: Insoluble and Soluble.  Insoluble fibers do not absorb water like kale, fruits and vegetables. For example, if you do not chew the kale well, you will see kale in your stool. Soluble fibers absorb water and prevent watery stools. Examples of soluble fibers are oats, barley, figs, prunes, and sweet potatoes. Water and good fats (e.g. olive and avocado oils) help with relieving stools. Be sure to use 1-2 tbsp of oil per day.

Heat also helps with digestion. Drink warm water, but only 1/2 cup of water during your meal. In the morning to wake up your digestion, drink warm lemon water. Fiber is an excellent way to improve your digestive health. The recommended daily amount is 30-50 grams of fiber per day.

There are 2 types of fiber: Insoluble and Soluble.  Insoluble fibers do not absorb water like kale, fruits and vegetables. For example, if you do not chew the kale well, you will see kale in your stool. Soluble fibers absorb water and prevent watery stools. Examples of soluble fibers are oats, barley, figs, prunes, and sweet potatoes. Water and good fats (e.g. olive and avocado oils) help with relieving stools. Be sure to use 1-2 tbsp of oil per day.


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