Not everybody likes to get their neck cracked

Not every­body likes get­ting their neck cracked

Of course, as doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic, we don’t like to talk about “crack­ing” your neck.

Instead, we call the maneu­ver a spinal adjust­ment or joint manip­u­la­tion. When it results in a crack­ing sound, we call that an “audi­ble release” or “joint cav­i­ta­tion.”

But what­ev­er you call it, a lot of patients feel pro­tec­tive about their neck and the idea of a crack­ing noise gives them the creeps. 

What’s the pur­pose of spinal adjust­ments?

Actu­al­ly, the crack­ing noise is an inci­den­tal side-effect of a joint adjust­ment.

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This kind of brain training actually slows cognitive decline

Your brain has to per­form many dif­fer­ent types of cal­cu­la­tions all at the same time:

  • pro­cess­ing sen­so­ry input
  • check­ing your inter­nal emo­tion­al sig­nals
  • respond­ing to social cues
  • being alert to dan­ger
  • run­ning sim­u­la­tions to pre­dict the out­come of numer­ous pos­si­ble actions
  • orches­trat­ing mus­cle activ­i­ty
  • and much much more

With all of these simul­ta­ne­ous activ­i­ties com­pet­ing for resources, your brain can eas­i­ly get over­loaded.

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Probiotics for depression

The mul­ti-faceted phe­nom­e­non known as “depres­sion” has a sub­stan­tial neg­a­tive impact on most aspects of health, affect­ing mood, pain, the immune sys­tem, blood pres­sure, stress-resilience, and far more.

For­tu­nate­ly, there are many many non-drug steps you can take to com­bat the symp­toms of depres­sion.

A Cana­di­an neu­ro­sci­en­tist is research­ing a promis­ing way to attack depres­sion symp­toms using pro­bi­otics — extra dos­es of the ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria that live in your diges­tive tract. It seems to work for some peo­ple.

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I’ve witnessed the entire cycle of the opioid epidemic

As I write this (in Novem­ber 2017), the opi­oid epi­dem­ic is dom­i­nat­ing the news reports.

The recent num­bers are stag­ger­ing — 90 Amer­i­cans die every day from drug over­dos­es.  That even dwarfs the (shame­ful­ly high) num­ber — 35 or so — who die each day from gun vio­lence. And it comes close to the equal­ly shame­ful­ly high num­ber of deaths from car crash­es — about 100 per day.

Over the course of my career I’ve been a first hand wit­ness to the entire arc of the opi­oid cri­sis.

It wasn’t always like this.

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Nordic hamstring exercises and why you need them

Ham­string strain is a com­mon ath­let­ic injury, espe­cial­ly among ath­letes who run, jump, and make quick lat­er­al move­ments.  It can knock you out of com­pe­ti­tion (or train­ing) for weeks or even months, and take an annoy­ing­ly long time to heal.  What’s more, if you return to full activ­i­ty too soon, the risk of recur­rence is high. The injury can also resur­face a year or more lat­er.

What’s the best way to pre­vent a ham­string strain? Or stop the prob­lem from recur­ring?

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Is meat good for you? It depends.….

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Why I am a chiropractor

I’m con­vinced I have the most impor­tant job in the world. As well as one of the most per­son­al­ly sat­is­fy­ing. Look­ing back on my for­ma­tive years, I can iden­ti­fy three per­son­al threads that have com­bined to make chi­ro­prac­tic the most per­fect­ly-suit­ed career for me.

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Benefits and risks of antidepressant medication

A recent analy­sis of many pub­lished research stud­ies con­clud­ed that tak­ing anti-depres­sants results in a 33% rise in mor­tal­i­ty.

Like many oth­er drugs, anti-depres­sants inter­fere with mul­ti­ple bio­chem­i­cal process­es in the body, some­times in ways we don’t ful­ly under­stand. There can be unpre­dictable inter­ac­tions from these bio­chem­i­cal dis­rup­tions, and they can result in sig­nif­i­cant ill­ness, even though the ill­ness is nev­er iden­ti­fied as a “side effect.”

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Why Roundup is dangerous to your health

Roundup is one of the world’s most wide­ly used her­bi­cides. And it’s made a pile of mon­ey for Mon­san­to.

But is it safe?

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Weight training and bone density

To main­tain and rebuild bone den­si­ty, it’s not enough to take your cal­ci­um sup­ple­ments and enjoy the occa­sion­al walk around the block for fit­ness.  You’ve got to include reg­u­lar weight train­ing.

Here’s the link to the orig­i­nal research.

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