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"What is the cracking noise you hear with an adjustment?"



A. The cracking noise is called cavitation. Gas bubbles can form in the synovial fluid of joints. When the joint is moved, it can release the gas from the joint causing a popping or cracking sound. This is a normal and safe process. You may notice this in your knee or shoulder when you move from time to time. Some people avoid seeing a chiropractor because they don’t want to hear the cavitation that can occur with an adjustment. Both Dr. Diana and Dr. Cathy can use instrument adjusting techniques that do not create a cavitation. If the popping noise is your concern, please contact our office to receive chiropractic care using an instrument. Regardless of the technique, being checked by a chiropractor is important to ensure that your nervous system functions optimally, which will allow the organs and tissues of the body to function the best they can.



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"Can chiropractic care be used as an alternative to steroid injections for back pain?"



A. The deaths and illnesses that have resulted from infected steroid injections are tragic. What is even more tragic is the fact that there are non-invasive approaches that could have been used instead. Back pain, some nerve pain, what people refer to as pinched nerves, and bulging discs are all conditions that can be addressed in a safe, non-invasive manner with chiropractic care. These conditions can all be a result of subluxations in the spine. Subluxations are misalignments of the spinal bones that irritate nerves. Correcting these misalignments relieves nerve irritation and allows the body to function optimally. Chiropractors are the only type of doctor trained to detect and correct subluxations to return the body to normal function. For more information about the many health benefits of chiropractic care, visit our website at www.niskayunachiropractic.com.



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"With “cold and flu” season approaching, how can we stay healthy?"



A. There is nothing lurking during “cold and flu” season to make us sick that isn’t around during the rest of the year. So why do so many get sick at this time? It is because we tend to fall into habits that weaken our immune system. During these months we return to school, celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. We therefore eat more sweets, sleep less, spend more money which stresses our budgets, drink alcohol, travel, etc. All of these things weaken our immune system and create a fertile breeding ground for bacterial and viral infections. To strengthen your immune system you should eat well, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic grass fed meats, nuts and seeds. Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, and food additives. Take a good quality multivitamin. In the Northeast we are often deficient in Vitamin D. Have your vitamin D levels checked, and if low add vitamin D to your supplements. Get good sleep, exercise, keep your mind focused on the positive, find ways to handle stress, and keep your nervous system in top condition. The nervous system controls and coordinates the entire body including all of the immune organs. Subluxations or misalignments of the spine can interfere with messages sent to immune organs, making you more prone to illness. Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations of the spine to allow optimal functioning of your nervous system. Our patients frequently share with us that under chiropractic care, they went through “cold and fl u” season without getting sick, when they normally would get 2 or 3 colds through the winter.



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"Can a spine that isn’t in alignment have an effect on your well being as a whole? As in, can it also affect your state of mind if you’ve had back problems for a long time?"



A. The short answer is yes, but let us explain why. A properly aligned spine will have proper joint motion. This motion is crucial because it sends proprioception or feedback into the central nervous system, including the brain, and decreases nociceptive or harmful input into the brain. This positive input into the brain inhibits the amygdala (the stress and anxiety center of the brain). The result is controlled emotions, decreased stress and anxiety, and it also stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain. When a spine is misaligned, joints do not move properly. This decreases the proprioceptive input into the brain, it increases harmful nociceptive input into the brain and it stimulates the amygdala. This leads to stress, anxiety, out of control emotions, and decreased pleasure in life. A misaligned spine also stimulates a series of reactions known as the stress response that causes the production of catacholamines and cortisol, which can lead to insulin resistance and eventually disease such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, etc. Regular chiropractic care detects and corrects subluxations (misalignments) of the spine to allow your body to function optimally, physically, physiologically and mentally.



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"Can someone who is pregnant benefit from chiropractic care and is it safe?



A. Absolutely! Not only is it safe, it is beneficial for a pregnant woman to receive chiropractic care. During pregnancy, hormonal and biomechanical changes can occur that affect the function of the nervous system. The hormones produced relax the muscles and ligaments of the body resulting in increased joint mobility. The biomechanical increase in weight, which is carried primarily in front, throws off your center of gravity, and puts tremendous stress on the joints, especially the joints of the spine. The spine surrounds and protects the spinal cord and nerve roots, so problems with the spine can affect the function of your nervous system. There are numerous neurological conditions that can result. These include Bell ’s palsy, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, coccydynia (coccyx pain), sciatic neuralgia (pain in the pelvic region that radiates down the leg), brachial neuralgia (numbness and tingling of the shoulder, arm and hand), meralgia paresthetica (pain and numbness of the outside upper leg), and intercostal neuralgia (pain between ribs). If the bones of the pelvis become misaligned, this can cause restriction within the uterus affecting the baby’s ability to move. This can be the cause of a breech presentation. Regardless of whether symptoms are present or not, if subluxations are present in the spine, chiropractic care will help ensure that proper nerve supply reaches the reproductive organs and other body systems in the body. This will permit the organs to function optimally to allow for a healthy pregnancy.



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"When should a person first have their spine checked for subluxations?"



A. A chiropractic subluxation is a misalignment of a bone in the spine, which irritates a nerve and interferes with messages delivered through that nerve. This results in organs and tissues of the body receiving improper messages and functioning improperly. One of the first times a subluxation can occur is during the birth process. Forceful pulling and twisting of the head and neck during delivery can cause a subluxation as well as spinal cord and brain stem injuries. For this reason, the first time an individual should have their spine checked for subluxations is after birth. They should be checked again as they learn to hold their head up, as they learn to sit up, as they learn to crawl and then stand and walk. During these times toddlers are often falling forward and hitting their head, or falling back and repeatedly landing on their buttocks. Individuals should always be checked after trauma. Approximately 50% of infants fall from a changing table, bed or couch in the first year of life. As they grow older, they often injure the spine when sledding, falling off a bike or playground equipment, or when sitting and slouching for hours in the classroom and again at home doing homework. Unilateral sports (ex. bowling) and habits such as carrying a backpack on one shoulder can lead to asymmetrical development of the spine. Adults need to be checked as well. Toxins (pesticides, smoking) as well as mental and emotional stress can also lead to subluxations. Regular spinal checkups are essential for health because interference with the nervous system, via a subluxation, robs the body of its potential for optimal growth, development, and function.



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"How does diet help the body heal?"



A. Your body is made up of individual living cells that work harmoniously together in an ecosystem to maintain homeostasis, also known as health. The cells are equipped from birth with all the necessary intelligence to function properly. The cells are programmed to function in a state of homeostasis as long as they receive all the necessary ingredients, and as long as there are no toxicities driving them away from homeostatic function. A healthy diet provides the necessary ingredients for cells to maintain homeostasis. This would include foods such as organic grass fed meats or lean wild game, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables. A diet of unhealthy foods would be void of the vitamins and minerals to maintain cell health or homeostasis, and in many cases, unhealthy foods contain toxins that poison the cells and cause them to lose homeostatic function. This includes foods such as grain-fed, antibiotic-fed, hormone fed meat, processed grains, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, soy products, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, MSG, nitrates and other food additives. The cells must try to adapt to the deficiencies and toxicities it is now faced with. This adaptive cell function is what we refer to as symptoms (ex. pain, inflammation). Adopting a healthy diet without toxins restores the necessary ingredients to the cells and allows them to return to homeostatic function. Healthy cells also require proper communication from the brain via the nervous system. This is the specialty of the chiropractor: to detect and correct subluxations that interfere with nervous system function.



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"What is the best way to stay healthy through the holidays?"



A. As Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioners, we focus on the many factors that affect your health. To enjoy your very best health you must: THINK WELL: Positive internal dialogue stimulates the brain in a manner that drives the body toward health. Remember your internal dialogue is a choice. EAT WELL: You should eat foods that provide the genetic dietary requirements for optimal cell function and homeostasis. These are the same foods that make us healthy, lean and fit. They include organic grass fed meats or lean wild game, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid grain-fed, antibiotic-fed, hormone-fed meat, processed grains, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dairy, trans-fats, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, soy products, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, MSG, nitrates and other food additives. MOVE WELL: A lack of sufficient exercise will result in an abnormal expression of our genome. Lack of exercise is a negative stress to which our bodies must adapt. This leads to insulin resistance, which is a precursor to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and stroke to name a few. It is essential to move your body daily. It is also essential to have a spine that moves freely. If a subluxation is present in the spine, a joint ceases to move properly, nerves become irritated interfering with nerve messages being sent, leading to organ and tissue malfunction. Subluxations also lead to decreased stimulation of the brain. Chiropractic care detects and corrects subluxations to allow the body to function optimally. As you can see, Chiropractic deals with much more than neck and back pain.



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"Can chiropractic care strengthen the immune system?"



A. We know that viruses and bacteria don’t threaten us all equally. If a child in a classroom has a cold, every other child in that classroom is exposed to that virus. However, every other child does NOT automatically catch the cold. Some will remain cold free. This has to do with the strength of the immune system. A healthy immune system easily repels most bacterial or viral invaders. The immune system is controlled and coordinated by the nervous system. If an individual has a subluxation (a misaligned bone of the spine that interferes with nervous system function), it can weaken the immune system if it interferes with messages sent to the immune system organs. Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations of the spine to allow optimal functioning of your nervous system. In doing so, Chiropractors can have a positive effect on the immune system. Things that can weaken the immune system, in addition to subluxations, include poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and stress. Stress is severely affecting a number of people lately in the wake of hurricane Irene. For tips on boosting the immune system and fighting the fl u naturally, visit our website and read our article on “Flu Vaccination.”



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"Can chiropractic care and massage therapy be used interchangeably?"



A. Chiropractic care and massage therapy are different professions, each yielding different results. Chiropractors work to ensure that a nervous system is functioning optimally. Your nervous system controls and regulates the functions of every organ, tissue and cell in your body. When your nervous system functions optimally, the organs, tissues and cells can function optimally. If bones of the spine misalign, they can irritate the nerves and cause nerve interference. Chiropractors call this a subluxation. Chiropractors realign the misaligned bones of the spine using adjustments to assure the body is free of nerve interference. Massage therapists work on your muscles to help relieve stress, tension and to promote well-being. By massaging the muscles they can increase the blood fl ow and remove toxins built up in the muscles. However, if you have nerve irritation in your spine, a massage therapist is not trained to make this correction. Only a doctor of chiropractic is trained to detect and correct subluxations affecting your nervous system. The two professions can compliment one another, however they can not be used interchangeably.



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"Can exercise improve the health of your spine?"



A. Exercise not only improves the health of your spine, it is a necessary nutrient for the proper expression of our genes. Our genes or genome evolved and adapted in the presence of daily rigorous exercise. Our genome can only express the correct physiology and biochemistry necessary for homeostasis and health when it receives sufficient stimulus from movement. A lack of exercise causes our genes to express abnormally, known as adaptive physiology, and leads to: • insulin resistance • increased blood triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and decreased HDL, • increased cardiovascular disease and stroke, • increased cancer risk, • decreased fl exibility, decreased joint motion, increased joint stiffness, scar tissue deposition, joint space narrowing, all which lead to osteoarthritis development, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Movement is also necessary for proper stimulation and function of the brain. Exercise increases the number of new neurons formed and the number of synaptic connections for each neuron. This increases the brain’s capacity for learning. Daily spinal hygiene or exercise is essential for the health of the bones, ligaments, joints, discs and muscles of the spine, as well as the nervous system. It allows homeostatic function in the body and helps prevent spinal decay.



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"I have chronic daily headaches. Can chiropractic care help?"



A. First we would have to determine what is causing your headaches. Chiropractors are concerned with correcting the cause of headaches, not covering up the pain with drugs. There are many causes of headaches. These include physical trauma, emotions (stress, anger, fear, worry), and chemical toxins (alcohol, drugs, preservatives, pollution, or poor diet). For example, aspartame (marketed as Nutra Sweet or Equal) is an excitotoxin that has been associated with headaches. Also, virtually all medications used to treat headaches can become a cause of headaches, if overused. These headaches are called “rebound” headaches. Consequently, physical, emotional and chemical stressors can also cause subluxations of the spine. A subluxation is a misalignment of a spinal bone that irritates nerves exiting the spine. If nerves in the neck are irritated, headaches may result. If a history and exam reveal you have a subluxation, then chiropractic care to correct that subluxation may improve or eliminate your headaches. Chiropractic has long been successful helping individuals with migraines and headaches. Studies have shown chiropractic care is effective in reducing overall occurrence of headaches and in decreasing the need to use medication.



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"Can chiropractic care help fibromyalgia?"



A. Little is known about fibromyalgia. There are no diagnostic laboratory tests for fibromyalgia. There are no medical x-ray findings. The only confirmation of the condition is tenderness to pressure at 11 of 18 points on the body. Studies have found 2 neurologically important substances (substance P and homocysteine), believed to be involved in generating persistent pain with fibromyalgia patients. Both are pathologically elevated in the central nervous system of an individual with fibromyalgia. This indicates fibromyalgia is a disorder of the nervous system rather than strictly a musculoskeletal disorder, as originally thought. Also, those with fibromyalgia often have a history of injury of trauma to the central nervous system. If the nervous system is involved, chiropractic care may help. Our goal is to detect and correct problems with nervous system function. We would perform two tests, Surface Electromyography and Thermography, which detect problems with autonomic and motor nervous system function. If a problem was detected, correcting that problem may improve the condition. Over the years, we have seen great improvements in individuals with this condition. It is not because we treat fibromyalgia, rather when the nervous system function is improved, the condition often improves because the body starts functioning properly.



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"Is using the Wii a good form of exercise?"



A. I will assume you are referring to the new video game system, Nintendo Wii that came out in 2006. A study was actually conducted by scientists at the University of Wisconsin to test the fitness benefits of playing Wii. Volunteers between 20 and 29 years of age were recruited. It was found that playing Wii Sports actually increases heart rate, VO2 and perceived exertion, and thus calorie burn. To have the calorie burning benefits, participants needed to mimic the movements used in playing the actual sport. It is possible to manipulate the onscreen players using minimal body movement, such as a flick of the wrist, however it does not contribute to significant calorie burn. Playing Wii Sports did not burn as many calories as playing the actual sports, but it was significantly better than sitting passively while playing a sedentary video game. When mimicking the actual movements in sports, boxing burned the greatest number of calories, followed by tennis, baseball, bowling and finally golf, which burned the fewest calories. So, is the Wii a good form of exercise? Yes, if you move your body as though you were playing the real sport. It is absolutely better than sitting on the couch playing a sedentary video game.



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"What is the best position to sit at a computer to avoid back pain?"



A. It is important to position the spine in a neutral position so that your joints are naturally aligned. This reduces strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system. There are two things to consider when sitting at a computer, the chair you sit in and the position of your computer. A good supportive chair is essential. Most computer chairs are adjustable to accommodate the user. Sit with the feet flat on the floor and your back against the chair for support. If your chair does not have a built in lumbar support, invest in a lumbar support pillow to place in the small of the back while sitting. This will prevent muscle fatigue. Your ears should be directly over your shoulders. Adjust the height of your chair so that your hips are parallel to your knees, or just slightly higher than your knees. Relax your arms on the chair armrests, if you have them. Your computer monitor should be placed directly in front of you, not off to one side. You should be between 2 and 2½ feet from the screen. Place the monitor at a height that allows your head to be in a neutral position. If you have to look up or down at the monitor, you will strain your neck muscles, which can create headaches. Your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor, elbows at 90 degrees. It may help to rest your wrists on a wrist rest to take the weight of your arms off the shoulder and upper back. Regardless of how good your posture is, sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. Muscles become fatigued and you end up hunched over by the end of the day. This is why you should take frequent breaks every 20 to 30 minutes to stand up, stretch and walk around a bit.



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"Can chiropractic care help asthma?"



A. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many people with asthma report improvement after receiving chiropractic care. Why? The lungs and diaphragm (the muscle used for breathing) are controlled by your nervous system. Nerves that control these areas leave the brain, travel down the spinal cord and exit the mid-cervical (neck) and thoracic regions of the spine. Subluxations (misalignments of spinal bones that irritate nerves) in these areas of the spine can interfere with nerve supply to the lungs causing the lungs to function abnormally. A chiropractor would correct the subluxations, restoring proper nerve supply to the lungs, allowing the lungs to function optimally. A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results of 81 children with asthma who received chiropractic care. The two month study revealed that those under chiropractic care who reported asthma attacks before the study, saw a 45% decrease in the number of attacks, and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication. All this occurred because of improved nervous system control of the lungs.



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"What do you think of using pain meds and muscle relaxers for lower back pain?"



A. Symptoms such as pain are signals that your body can no longer adapt to its current environment. They are a warning sign that you need to address an underlying problem. Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush your body’s warning signals. Taking drugs will decrease symptoms, yet the underlying problem still exists; and while your symptoms are improved you may lift or move in such a way as to worsen your condition. Therefore, caution must be used. A healthy individual is one whose cells are functioning in a state of homeostasis. This means your cells are functioning in balance or equilibrium with one another. When your body expresses symptoms, you have moved away from homeostasis. Treating symptoms with drugs can reduce symptoms, yet moves you even further away from homeostasis, and thus makes you sicker (more unhealthy). This is because they are toxins that the body now has to work on detoxifying, and they decrease normal homeostatic cell function. Chiropractic care works to address the underlying cause of the problem. This approach moves your cell function back toward the normal, healthy state of homeostasis. Disclaimer: Under no circumstances are we recommending a person stop using their prescribed medications. Any change in medication use must first be discussed with your medical doctor.



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"I always seem to get sick this time of the year. All the coughing hurts my back. Can chiropractic help?"



A. Most people think this time of the year as “cold and flu” season. Actually it is “holiday stress” season. There are two types of stress that affect the body’s function, especially this time of year. They are deficiencies, which can include lack of proper nutrition, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, lack of positive thinking, lack of personal time, lack of proper nervous system function, and toxicities, which can include excess sugar, excess alcohol, excess caffeine, excess sitting, excess worry or anxiety. This year the worry is compounded by stress over the economy. Making unhealthy lifestyle choices this time of year forces our cells to adapt to the physical, chemical, and emotional stress. Adaptive cell function leads to the production of stress hormones, insulin resistance, inflammation and decreased immunity. Thus, you get sick much easier when you are dealing with a stressful environment. In order to express health or healthy cell function, you must supply all the nutrients necessary for healthy cell function, and eliminate the toxicities. This boils down to eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (avoid canned foods), get proper rest (about 7 hours), exercise a minimum of 30 minutes four times a week, keep your thoughts positive (laugh often), take 20 minutes a day for yourself, keep alcohol, sweets and caffeine to a minimum, and have your spine checked for subluxations. Chiropractic care improves nervous system function which helps the body function optimally. This aids the ability of the body to fight infections.



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"Does everyone have subluxations?"



A. Subluxations, or spinal misalignments that affect nerve function, are pandemic in the world we live in because our industrialized lifestyles expose us to constant traumas and stressors. These traumas and stressors can lead to vertebral subluxations. Many stressors are lifestyle choices and thus are avoidable. They include: CHEMICAL STRESSORS: Smoking, pollution, poor diet, caffeine, excessive sugar, artificial sweeteners, food additives, hydrogenated oils, pesticides, herbicides, drugs (prescription and over the counter meds), illegal drugs, vaccinations, heavy metals (lead, mercury), alcohol, fluoride, chlorine. PHYSICAL STRESSORS: Birth trauma, falls, car accidents, shoveling snow, raking leaves, sports injuries, physical abuse, repetitive stress injuries, high-heeled shoes, a bad mattress or pillow, extensive sitting (at computer, in school, while driving), repetitive lifting or bending, carrying a heavy bag on one side, lack of sleep, excessively clean environment (everything chlorox-ed), sedentary lifestyle. MENTAL or EMOTIONAL STRESSORS: Relationship stress, work deadlines, children, fast paced life, death of a loved one, getting downsized, holiday stress, financial stress, concealing feelings, verbal abuse, being a perfectionist or procrastinator, negative self thoughts, a lack of love. When subluxations occur, they reduce your vitality and energy, they compromise your body’s ability to adapt to the environment, and lead to increased susceptibility to illness and disease. Chiropractic care restores mobility to the joints allowing restoration of neurological function. This strengthens the immune system and allows the body to function optimally.



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"Can chiropractic care help with balance? I am very unsteady when it comes to balance."



A. There are a number of conditions and situations that can cause a loss of balance. Some of these include prescription drug side effects, infections (especially of the ear or central nervous system), head trauma, tumors or neuromas, muscle weakness, MS, alcohol abuse, Lymes disease (in advanced stages), poor posture and subluxations. A thorough history and exam would be necessary to determine the cause of your imbalance. Nerves in the neck send messages to the inner ear which controls balance. A subluxation (spinal misalignment affecting nerve function) in the neck can affect balance. The goal of chiropractic care is to detect and correct subluxations in the spine to restore proper nerve supply or messages to the various areas of the body. If a subluxation is detected in your neck, it is possible to improve your balance by correcting the subluxation. In our office we would prescribe specific postural exercises to improve posture and muscle balance, which would also improve your stability.



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"I always seem to be lacking in energy. Could Chiropractic care help?"



A. There are a number of reasons a person can feel absolutely drained of energy. Lack of energy can be due to stress, a lack of exercise, a poor diet, use of artificial sweeteners, or an improper functioning nervous system. Chiropractors work with the nervous system. Messages from the brain should reach the organs and tissues of the body efficiently. This allows for optimal functioning of the body. If there is interference in the transmission of messages from the brain to the body due to a subluxation, the body will not function effectively and you may feel run down. During an initial exam we would run Surface Electromyography and Thermography tests to determine how well your nervous system is functioning. Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations ( misalignments of spinal bones that affect nervous system function) for the purpose of improving nervous system function. In our office we also coach individuals nutritionally, so they can choose foods that provide the nutrients necessary for proper cell function. This is important in keeping the body energized as well.



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"Can chiropractic care help tension headaches?"



A. Headaches are a commonly treated complaint in chiropractic offices. Tension headaches generally result from prolonged contraction of the suboccipital muscles, or tightness in the neck and scalp muscles. The signals to contract and relax these muscles travel from the brain via the spinal cord and nerves. These tissues are surrounded and protected by the vertebra (bones) of the spine. When we sit or stand in one position for a prolonged period of time (ex. reading, on computer), these muscles become stiff and shortened. This affects the stabilization or support of the joints of the spine, and can cause joints to become misaligned. These joints are richly supplied with nerve fibers that can become irritated and cause pain in the head and neck. Studies show that chiropractic care has resulted in improvement of tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. In one such study, those individuals receiving chiropractic care had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension type headaches than those receiving a commonly prescribed medication. The individuals receiving chiropractic care experienced sustained relief after care was stopped in contrast with those patients receiving medication. Research has shown chiropractic can benefit other types of headaches as well, including migraines, cervicogenic and cluster headaches.



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"You have talked about how stress affects the nervous system. How can I decrease stress?"



A. Holiday time always adds more stress to our lives by placing more demands on our time and money. If this stress is long term, it can drive us toward disease. There are many things we can do to reduce stress: 1. Schedule some personal time daily to relax, pray, breathe, or meditate. This lowers blood pressure, releases muscle tension and has a positive effect on your mental state. Even 10 minutes per day helps. 2. Find an exciting, challenging or satisfying form of exercise. Exercise is very effective at stopping the stress response. 3. Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep weakens our immune system and makes us more irritable. 4. Provide your body with the foods it needs to handle stress. The building blocks of stress hormones are healthy fats and healthy sugars. This is why we crave fats and sugars when stressed. Eat wild fish or fish oil, extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, avocados, flax seed oil for fats. Eat fresh fruits, especially berries, and fresh vegetables for healthy sugars. Avoid processed foods, junk foods and processed sugar as these will zap your energy, suppress the immune system and add to stress. 5. Keep a positive mental attitude. Humor and laughing release tension. 6. Drink plenty of water. Lack of water impairs immune function. Avoid caffeine, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. 7. Stay within a budget. Over spending will add to stress well after the holidays are over. 8. Your nervous system controls and regulates all the functions of the body, including the immune system. Make sure it is functioning optimally by visiting your chiropractor regularly through the holidays.


Chiropractic Roll in Wellness

Get Healthy, Live Well™

We at Niskayuna Life Chiropractic are proud to announce the launch of our new office, The Wellness Advantage™ at Niskayuna Life Chiropractic. This change was designed to continue our move into the future of health care. For the past 21 years we have served our community by providing health and wellness care, and educating our practice members about the importance of spinal health for proper nervous system function and optimal performance of the body.

Currently our community and our country are suffering a disease-care crisis. Conditions such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue, infertility, insomnia, acid reflux, arthritis, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are rampant. It seems everyone is sick.

As chiropractors we know the human body is innately designed to express health. Our goal as chiropractors is to coach and guide people toward health while removing interference to the nervous system. Dr. Diana Galish-Frasier has just obtained certification as a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (C.C.W.P.) from the International Chiropractors Association Council on Wellness Science, in cooperation with Life Chiropractic College West. This certification is 96 hours of study involving research and science-based prevention, wellness and chiropractic’s role in today’s health issues, with a neurological focus. It details the innate genetic requirements of the human body in nutrition, physical fitness and mental/emotional needs for expression of optimal health. Dr. Catherine Falk is also in the process of completing this certification.

Our vision is to provide a bigger impact on the disease-care crisis by providing the most up to date, well researched information on health and wellness. We will be starting new classes for our practice members, so they are fully informed about making the best choices for health. We are The Wellness Advantage™ at Niskayuna Life Chiropractic and it is an honor and privilege to coach and guide you to “Get Healthy and LIve Well.™”

This general Information is not intended to provide individual advice. Please make an appointment with a physician to discuss you particular situation and needs.
 

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