Many chiropractors focus on rotational and translational misalignments along the axes, but ignore one of the most important, translation on the Y-Axis. This occurs mostly in the form of spinal compression. While many adjustments will take care of other components, there are few chiropractors who address compression of the spine. Techniques that address this type of subluxation include Flexion Distraction, occipital lift techniques, Y-Axis traction adjusting, and some others.
One of the longest standing techniques addressing this concern is the Pettibon Technique. They have a very basic and affordable home unit that hangs on a door or can be mounted to a wall. I have been using this type of traction in practice for over 30 years and I can not say it has changed one bit. Simple and effective. I also have used it for many years with excellent results.
The benefit of this type of traction is that it maintains
the cervical lordosis while delivering Y-Axis traction. Traditional medical traction works in flexion
and takes the lordosis out. This can
create future degenerative problems in the anterior neck.
I would recommend working with a chiropractor with this type of modality; however it can be safe to say most people need this, as we live in a world where we fight gravity.
There are several videos on the internet on how to properly
use this apparatus. Again, run it by a
chiropractor based on your spinal condition.
Anthony Piana, DC
A study from the British medical Journal shows a link between calcium supplementation and heart disease. It was originally thought that calcium increases the balance of HDL’s to LDL’s.
It seems to be that the evidence is clear. Also consider the incidence of calcium and kidney stones. Mixing calcium with oxalic acid (kale/ spinach) or citric acid (Vitamin C) has been widely accepted.
I recommend getting calcium naturally from food sources such as meats and vegetables. A stomach full of pills (Pharma or natural) is not in my definition of wellness. If you are going to take any food supplements, it should be just that… food. Products from company’s like Standard Process do a great job.
Vascular events in healthy older women receiving calcium supplementation: randomised controlled trial
Conclusion Calcium supplementation in healthy postmenopausal women is associated with upward trends in cardiovascular event rates. This potentially detrimental effect should be balanced against the likely benefits of calcium on bone.
Water is everywhere. Water is unique to planet Earth and
essential for life. Our bodies are 70% water and have evolved on the
consumption of water as the primary substance of ingestion. In today’s world
full of sodas, alcoholic beverages, coffee, and other flavorful drinks water is
neglected by most people.
The body’s metabolism is 100% dependent upon water. Without
it, or in a dehydrated state the body’s functions cannot perform optimally.
These functions include immune response and all other metabolic functions. I
like to picture the water between the cells of our body as an aquarium that
feeds fish within its confines. In our case the cells are metaphorically fish.
Imagine sludgy water within an aquarium that you can barely
see into. Now imagine the health of the fish swimming around. Picture someone pouring
soda into that aquarium to feed the fish. Add into that pesticides and other chemicals.
In our example what would the health of the fish be like?
Now picture the water between your cells and lymphatic system the water from
the aquarium example. What does that look
like? The answer for most people would be “like a filthy aquarium.”
Now take the sludge around the cells and in the lymphatic
system and remove the significant content of water from it. How does that look?
How does the immune system function in such an environment?
This is analogous to what most people’s systems look
like. How is the body going to perform
the task of sorting out proper nutrients from the dirty matrix? It is difficult at best.
Without changing the diet simply add 4 liters of water to your
internal aquarium daily and a world of life will come back. Change the diet to eliminate food additives,
coloring, pesticides, GMO food products, and other junk and imagine your
potential. In fact the immune system has
great potential to kill cancers cells in the proper environment.
If I were asked the best natural thing that can be done to prevent
cancer… this would be it!
Whole body vibration therapy has become very popular among
both patients and providers over the past few years. I personally have
performed this therapy in my office for the past 12 years. It is very
interesting to see changes to lymphatic system heat through infrared thermographic
Areas of circulation, both through the circulatory and
lymphatic system, can become blocked or backed up through several factors
including injury, weight gain, aberrant biomechanics, and other factors. Tight
or properly fitting bra use commonly restrict lymphatic flow. It may be
difficult to restore proper circulation and lymphatic flow after restriction
Nutritional therapy can be used. I have experienced good
results with the 21-day Standard Process purification program, Spanish Black
Radish, and increasing fluid uptake.
Full Body Vibration Therapy can be used to open lymphatic
channels to move stagnant fluid through the system. I recommend performing 5- 10 minutes daily
with comparative thermal studies to see improvement.
I have personally compared whole body vibration with
trampoline use, and have seen a big advantage in outcomes with the
vibration systems. There are many home units available on the internet for an
The best way to evaluate lymphatic dysfunction, as well
as circulatory compromise, is through thermographic Imaging. I recommend
six months of therapy before re-evaluating.