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Chiropractic Adjustment-Side affects, Reactions, Adverse Reaction

The chiropractic adjustment is a special procedure that a Chiropractor does to correct or relieve your underlying problem called subluxation. The Chiropractor spends years mastering to correct a subluxation. Subluxation causes pressure on your nerves and causes other symptoms health conditions. Some Chiropractors adjust many segments for up to 7-10 segments. Chiropractor with more scientific and specific approach adjusts fewer segments to get the most positive outcome. As an analogy, we say that adjusting the spine is like a hammer and a bent nail. We can quickly fix the problem by smashing the nail and bend the nail even more and we can never go back to fix it again. Or a more corrective adjusting is like gentle tapping and nudging can get the nail into the correct spot without bending the nail further. Here are following Chiropractor’s approach, who will be specific and scientific:

  • In which direction is the vertebra out of alignment?Spine
  • What is the minimal amount of force necessary for re-alignment?
  • Is it better to adjust facing down or on their side?
  • Are there any factors which would prevent the adjustment?
  • Is the client relaxed enough for the adjustment?

An experienced Chiropractor has a checklist in their mind and goes through them quickly. As Chiropractors are more experienced, as they go through their mental checklist another factor plays is their intuition after many adjustments they have done in the past. An adjustment from one chiropractor may feel different when given by another. Simply due to physical differences of the Chiropractor being short or tall, different hand sizes, or any other can make a different chiropractic adjustment.

Side Affect:

After an adjustment, some people experience a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation. This relaxed feeling may last for the rest of the day or week and may lead to deep, refreshing sleep. Others have at times felt warm feeling flowing to various parts of their bodies that are very soothing. Some feel very energetic and do all their chores and business that day with light, happy feeling.

Others may find that their symptoms have begun to disappear, that the problems that they came to the office for have begun to lessen after the first visit. This is never to be confused that the problem is gone for the rest of your life. Just like working out and building muscles, healing takes time. There are also some people who do not feel any different after an adjustment. People with chronic problems usually do not see the immediate results right away. This does not necessarily mean that they are not benefiting from their adjustments, an absence of no effect after an adjustment just means that they’re not feeling any external reactions.Ask-your-doctor-if-getting-adjusted-is-right-for-you

Reactions:

Another set of people, usually a minority, may feel discomfort, muscle soreness or even some pain and they may experience a headache or some other uncomfortable feeling. There are many reasons and they are the following:

  1. You may be experiencing a detoxification: Cleansing of your body starts to initiate after the adjustment. When toxins and poisons leave the body systems, there may be the increase in discomforts such as a headache, sniffles, a slight fever, strong feeling of drowsiness, lethargy or any similar reactions. There is an increase in blood flow to get rid of the toxins from the body systems, they tend to have an external reaction that is noticeable.
  2. The muscles are starting to realigning the spine. After a Chiropractic adjustment, often the muscles that haven’t worked for many years may be in a weak state. Now that the muscles are starting to work again they may become sore or “charlie horse.” This condition is temporary and will soon disappear after muscles have strengthened themselves.
  3. The nerves that were compressed for a long time are now coming back to life. Old injuries that haven’t healed completely may be reawakened in order for more complete healing to start. It is often times old memories and feelings associated with the original injury may also come to the surface.

Adverse Reaction:

There are claims online stating that there are severe complications such chirotable290x196as stroke, neck pain, bleeding in the brain, headaches. Most of these online articles do not have much evidence and objective facts that are only for shocking people in the media. Although, if a Chiropractor was not being careful and reckless with the Chiropractic adjustments, there can be problems that can be created. There are chiropractic offices that tend to adjust the same locations or adjust as many as 10 segments or joints each visit. Some are not utilizing any examination before they adjust or after they adjust. When Chiropractors are specific and scientific, the adverse reactions are less likely to occur.

“Any person can learn to hit the high spots, replace and displace vertebrae, relieve one disease and cause another. Let us as chiropractors, show the world that chiropractic is a science….Why not be specific….Why not combine the science of chiropractic with the ART of adjusting?” – D.D. Palmer (Founder of Chiropractic Profession)

“Chiropractic is not easy. It is a scientific approach. In order to get those things right, they have to be so right. None of us can be too careful. Too many of the chiropractors are unwilling to really study enough to truly understand spinal mechanics.” –C.S. Gonstead ( Known as “Miracle Man,” Founder of Gonstead Chiropractic Technique)

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Allergies

Allergies, this is a topic that I had struggled for many decades and suffered limits and restriction on what I can eat, what I can do, and where I can be. Only recently I have found a solution that I barely noticed my allergic responses. So I complied facts and ideas that have helped me over the years in Chiropractic Clinic.

Immune System:

The immune system keeps you to be 100% functional. This elaborate system recognizes, destroys anything that is not supposed to be inside your bodies, such as bacteria, virus, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumors, dead cells of your own, and even artificial hearts or donor organs. ( For some reason metal and plastic do not trigger the immune reaction.)

Many things influence how well your immune system functions: your nerves and hormones, your diet, your genes and your emotions. An unhealthy immune system may fail to recognize or remove cancer cells or any abnormal cells and may not protect you from all the infections. Sometimes the immune system will overreact to foreign substances such as bee stings, penicillin, foods or drugs. Or they become suppressed/depressed or even attack your body. This is called autoimmune disorders.

Allergen and Allergies

The most common immune system disorder is an allergy. Allergies are when the immune system overreacts to foreign material which is called an allergen. This includes dust, pollen, dog or cat dander, and many more. Our body overreacts by producing too many neutralizing chemicals such as histamines to counteract the foreign materials.

Medical Approach

Orthodox medicine has no cure for allergies, only treatment of symptoms. A common prescription would be antihistamines for drying mucous response from eyes and nose. An antihistamine can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers. Also, steroid nasal sprays can damage the upper respiratory tract and also affect the adrenal gland.  The following websites are side effects of antihistamine affecting the heart:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10444238

http://www.jiaci.org/issues/vol16s1/3.pdf,

Chiropractic Approach

The immune system is highly influenced by the nervous system. This is called Neuroimmunology, a study that combines neurology and the immune system and how they intimately influence each other. Dr. Gonstead mentioned about allergies as a systemic chemical imbalance with the nervous system. Investigation of which internal organs and nervous system are causing this allergic response always depends on each person.

Allergic responses have been seen in the Chiropractic clinic with great success over the century. Although, Chiropractic is not a treatment for allergies. The most important approach to allergies with Chiropractic is finding the cause of the imbalance in the nervous system and immune system. For Chiropractors, the cause is most often to be subluxation. Subluxation causes stress and imbalance in the nervous system, which in turn to cause allergic responses.

By correcting subluxation and release the stress and imbalance in the nervous system, the immune system will function more effectively. It is important to have a healthy body that is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances such as allergens The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy and 100% functioning nervous system rather than trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergens or taking drugs to mask the problems.


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Health, Symptoms & Adaptation

Symptoms, although unpleasant, are signs that the body is struggling to adapt to stress and regain balance.

 

Disease is a lack of co-ordination between Innate, the source of power, and its expression. –D.D.Palmer, Discoverer of Chiropractic.

 

Adaptation = Health

To be truly healthy, you must be able to adapt to life’s stresses. As Nobel Prize winner Rene Dubos, Ph.D. says: Good health is a process of continuous adaptation to the myriad microbes, irritants, pressures, and problems which daily challenge man.

You’re Constantly Adapting

You must adapt to so many things: changes in the weather: the bacteria, viri and fungi that enter you as you breathe; cancer cells, with their deranged genetic instructions that constantly arise within; pollution and chemicals; cuts, bumps, and bruises; school, work, marriage, babies, bills, a mortgage—and you must deal with them all. For if you did not…

…a hot summer’s day would boil your brain; a winter’s night would freeze you solid; every inhalation would bring massive infection; tumors would overwhelm you; a small cut would drain your blood. Without adaptation alcohol and other drugs would never break down, a moment’s anxiety would not end…you’d remain intoxicated, or terrified, for life.

Shivering And Fevers

Thankfully, we usually adapt to life’s stresses because many mechanisms are built into us for that purpose. They’re as simple as shivering in cold and sweating in heat; as elaborate as our immune system engulfing a cancer cell or bacterium and a fever to “burn off” and infection; as dramatic as an adrenaline rush when confronting danger or as unpleasant as vomiting or diarrhea to discharge toxins.

They all say the same thing: Survive! What if we can’t adjust to change? As Hans Selye, MD, PhD, world-famous researcher on stress says: The secret of health and happiness lies in successful adjustment to the ever-changing conditions on this globe; the penalties for failure in this great process of adaptation are disease and unhappiness…many nervous and emotional disturbances, high blood pressure, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and certain types of sexual, allergic, cardiovascular, and renal derangement appear to be…diseases of adaptation.

For successful adaptation to life’s stresses, your body needs balance (homeostasis).

From This Perspective

Viewed from this perspective, symptoms such as fevers, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, skin eruptions, sneezing, inflammation and others—although unpleasant—aren’t a matter of bad luck or, as people once thought, curses from angry gods. Rather, they are signs that your body is struggling to adapt to stress and regain balance.

By lowering fever, preventing diarrhea or vomiting, pushing ourselves when we should rest, suppressing skin eruptions, fighting inflammation and in general not permitting the body to express symptoms, we interfere with the body’s adaptation mechanisms to reestablish our balance (homeostasis) and health.

An orthodox medical approach is often a suppressive form of healthcare. Medicine seeks to eliminate symptoms. Chiropractic and other vitalistic healthcare systems view symptoms as part of a healthy response to imbalance.

Empirical or vitalistic (natural) healers do not, as a general rule, suppress symptoms. Instead, they work with and enhance your body’s natural recuperative, self-healing and homeostatic (balancing) mechanisms. Vitalism is an expressive form of healthcare.

Medical care is, at times, necessary. Medicine has a place. But it must be seen as only one facet of healthcare, used when necessary and in conjunction with chiropractic and other natural health care systems.

Suppressing symptoms may cause chronic illness.

Imagine Three Dolls

One doll is made of glass. The second doll is made of plastic, the third of steel.

Strike each doll with a hammer (representing physical or emotional stress)—what will happen?

The glass doll will shatter. This represents those individuals who are unable to adapt to life’s stresses, get seriously ill and may die.

The plastic doll will scar. This represents those who will not be killed but who are hurt or damaged by the stress. They will recover, but will never completely heal.

The steel doll rings with a pleasant tone. This represents those who, when confronted by stress, adapt quickly and thrive.

Better Adaptation With Chiropractic

Your body’s wisdom uses your nervous system as a communications system to send messages between your internal environment (body chemistry) and your external environment (the world) to maintain homeostasis or balance between you and the world.

When the communications are flowing over your nerves without interference your body and mind are more sensitive and attuned to your life and your needs. You are a “steel doll”.

By keeping your spine and nervous system free of blockages you better adapt to life’s stresses and challenges.

Our Goal For You

Our goal as chiropractors is to keep your spine and nervous system free of blockages so your ability to adapt to life’s stresses and challenges is enhanced. You will be stronger, more stable and more secure; you will thrive, grow, better enjoy life and continue on your journey to be the best you can be. Life’s challenges will become adventures, stepping stones to help bring out the best in you so that you will be fulfilled, happy and in tune with the magic of life.

Every organ and system in your body works to maintain you in internal and external harmony.


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How does a Chiropractor know where to fix?

“The right number and right kind of adjustments can set the stage for nature to heal; too many adjustments in the wrong place can undo any good that was done and slow down the healing mechanism…..Chiropractic is not easy. It is a scientific approach. In order to get those things right, they have to be so right. None of us can be too careful. Too many of the chiropractors are unwilling to really study enough to truly understand spinal mechanics.” Dr. Clarence Gonstead

Who is Dr. Gonstead? For those who have not looked at my website, he is nicknamed as the “miracle man”. He is a Chiropractor that has developed a very detailed and specific adjusting system named after himself. The Gonstead technique is widely known to be very comprehensive and specific technique in analysis and adjustments with less force. He was so busy that he had to build an airstrip for people into his small town in Mount Horeb, WI, and a hotel to accommodate the clients that came to see him from around the world. After seeing 7 million people in his chiropractic career, he was well known to be a Chiropractor of Chiropractors. Dr. Gonstead passed away in 1978 and left an amazing legacy and many students to keep on his teachings.

Not everyone was fortunate to get see Dr. Gonstead for chiropractic adjustments. Most people who had chiropractic adjustments from chiropractors that did not follow to the level of specificity of the technique of Dr. Gonstead had mixed feelings or mixed results after chiropractic adjustments. Some felt nothing changed or worse for that matter.

As you read the quote from Dr. Gonstead in the first paragraph, there are chiropractors that adjust too many and in the wrong place. As a Chiropractor, practicing on each other during Chiropractic school is essential to be a better chiropractor. Also the price of paying with your own spine on getting adjusted on the wrong areas. There was one experience of mine where the student adjusted my spine with a huge cracking noise and he felt the adjustment went well. Although, I had great pain in my low back with radiating pain down my leg for 6 months. So hearing a huge noise does not mean the chiropractic adjustment is the right one, it is the results afterward that determines if the chiropractic adjustment is right or wrong.

Dr. Gonstead said, “…too many chiropractors are adjusting the wrong one!” What is the wrong one is referred to as a compensation for the real problem called subluxation? Subluxation is the misalignment of the spine causing impingement of the nerve that causes loss of function and healing. Compensation is misalignment that is caused by subluxation and creates symptoms like pain. Compensations are very misleading to people who have them and for people who are correcting subluxation. Many people think the most painful spot is the problem and most often times it is not.

“A vertebra which is misaligned because of a subluxation elsewhere is considered a compensation.” Roger W. Herbst D.C. Gonstead Chiropractic Science & Art

Many chiropractors adjust from 7-10 segments in the spine. The most common reason is that if the segment in the spine is not moving, let’s give it motion and then it will feel better. Motion is life! This common philosophy does not distinguish compensation and subluxation. Who has this idea typically adjust everything and anything?  Their thinking might be anything that is misaligned put it back so that the spine is in perfect shape.

Most chiropractors are trying to give everyone the perfect spine. In the Gonstead method, we only care about finding the subluxation and allowing the person’s spine adapt and heal on their own. Some spines look like a bad scoliosis curvature but it is not the Chiropractor’s job to fix scoliosis. Once the body is free from subluxations then the starts to change shapes or adapts better to the person’s stress levels. This may change the spine’s shape to the more efficient structure to the stress that is put on to the spine.

Dr. Gonstead made sure to find the right one and re-analyze after he adjusted a spinal segment. Just to check if the adjustment was enough or too much force. Dr. Gonstead was able to determine whether the disc was acute or chronic, the position of the disc herniation, and much more information on the condition of the nervous system. Dr. Gonstead also used radiological films, observed postural changes, skin inflammation analysis, and listened to your symptoms. Then he put all that information together to find the one or two segments that were the subluxation. This gave future generations of chiropractors that followed Dr. Gonstead to reproduce what he was able to do. That was adjusted about 7 million people in his life and help very difficult conditions that even medical doctors were not able to help.


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Gonstead Excellence

As a student going to Chiropractic College to become a Chiropractor, I received chiropractic care through trading adjustments with other students and adjustments from instructors. Of course, a wide variety of techniques was taught, and there were many tools and therapies to learn throughout our many hours in class. For some students, the general chiropractic education was enough. My spine was adjusted so many different ways without proper standards and without an understanding of what was going on with my spine. Eventually, I was having more spinal problems rather than spinal improvement, so I started to search for a Chiropractor who would help my condition.

I came across the Gonstead Technique and I was adjusted by someone who was practicing the technique, then I immediately noticed the difference. My spinal problems went away, I was seeing better results, then my posture got better, and the radiological films showed the proper curvature of my spine was restored.

Then I learned the history of Dr. Clarence Gonstead. Throughout his career, Dr. Gonstead adjusted 7 million people, built a huge clinic which can hold over 100 people at the waiting room, built a hotel for people to stay overnight, and an airstrip for airplanes can fly people from other states or other countries. Dr. Gonstead had Rheumatoid Arthritis in his past and was cured with Chiropractic. His hands and joints were not able to use brute muscle force to do Chiropractic, as many chiropractors rely on, so he developed a chiropractic adjusting technique which was precise, specific, and finessed, which resulted in softer and less forceful adjustments with results.

Dr. Gonstead took great measures to perfect his methods; developing a skill to perfection is highly valued in Japanese culture. As a person who embraces Japanese culture as my own, I enjoy perfecting the skills and continual practice which surpasses what was taught to me in Chiropractic College. I have been practicing Gonstead Technique ever since 2005.

Our Chiropractic Technique and Philosophy is DIFFERENT.

This is a Gonstead Clinic and that means: you are treated as an individual. The doctor only adjusts the specific vertebrae in question, not ALL of them. There is a scientific method to determine exactly how we treat your spine. With the Gonstead Technique, there is never over-powering your neck muscles to over-twist your neck or back. Our doctors have had extensive training and education to specialize as Gonstead Chiropractors, which goes above-and-beyond the standard Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Operating a Gonstead practice requires extra education hours, seminar hours, practice hours, requires advanced radiology and diagnostic equipment- – Why go this far for Chiropractic — Because our clients see the objective results.

Gonstead Chiropractic in Dr. Zen’s Own Words

Gonstead Chiropractic has a focused definition; finding and correcting vertebral subluxations for getting the full potential of nerve function. The brain and the nervous system control every muscle and organ in the body. All the cells in your body are controlled and monitored by your brain and spinal cord, and any small interference to this communication from the brain to the body can cause health problems and pain. The Gonstead Chiropractor utilizes specific and scientific analysis to detect any harmful misalignments on the x-ray film, and then specifically corrects the misalignment with finesse, thereby restoring fully functional nerves and health.

If areas of abnormal misalignments (subluxations) are identified in your back, the Chiropractor will recommend a course of Chiropractic adjustment routine. The Gonstead Chiropractic technique involves thorough spinal analysis with x-ray and computerized neurological examination and detects the presence of vertebral subluxations. The Gonstead adjustment is done with great detail and care, and only the problem areas of the spine are addressed.


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Chiropractic Quotes

“ Chiropractic should not be practiced on a probability basis. Certainty must be the ultimate aim…if not he will not have developed the investigative skills required to ferret out and find the answers to the patient’s underlying problems.”- Robert Herbst

“The right number and right kind of adjustments can set the stage for nature to heal; too many adjustments in the wrong place can undo any good that was done and slow down the healing mechanism.” – C.S. Gonstead

“ONE of the most important skills a chiropractor needs to develop is the ability to find nerve pressure –to find it exactly, specifically, where it is on each patient. If a chiropractor is not removing nerve pressure, he is not practicing chiropractic. The science and art of removing nerve pressure, and the results obtained, will stand the scrutiny of even the most resolute opponent.”-C.S. Gonstead

“A Gonstead correction of nerve pressure is more than just an adjustment . . . it is a scientific “setting” of the affected vertebra ONTO the disc below. It is of the utmost importance to be specific in the application of philosophy and especially the adjustment.”-C.S.Gonstead

“Reposition the vertebra to take pressure off of the nerve and you will get sick people well.”-C.S. Gonstead

“If there was no nerve pressure to any gland or organ, the body can produce any drug it needs.” – C.S. Gonstead

“Chiropractic without specificity is nothing.” – B.J. Palmer

“Chiropractic is not an alternative to medicine nor is it complementary to medicine. It is a separate and distinct science, art and philosophy of health and healing. Chiropractic is the largest natural healing art in the world. It has based on the premise that the body is a self-healing organism and that the nervous system is the master control system of the body. Minor displacements of the spinal bones knowns as vertebral subluxations can cause endangering stress to the spinal cord which act as the main line of intelligence for the whole body. These displacements, or subluxations, are the cause of many of the unwanted health conditions that people suffer from every day. Although there have been many valuable techniques that have been developed in the chiropractic profession, the Gonstead System is considered a “Gold Standart” for chiropractic techniques because of its record of safety and effectiveness in correcting vertebral subluxation.” Gonstead Clinical Studies Societies


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Zen Chiropractic:Healing from Within

Who is Dr. Zen?

Zen Matsuda was born here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from Northwestern University in Roseville, Minnesota. After graduation, he continued his study for a Doctorate of Chiropractic in Northwestern Health Science University of Bloomington, MN. While studying Chiropractic, Zen discovered Gonstead Chiropractors which changed his idea about Chiropractic. Spending many hours in seminars, internships, and practice, he learned how to analyze the spine biomechanically and give precise correction to the spine.

In 2010, he opened Zen Chiropractic in Minnesota. Dr. Zen uses his unique name to characterize his approach.  He intended on fusing the eastern and western concepts of healing. Dr. Zen has used the idea of Chi from the east and Chiropractic from the west for inspiring healing from within through adjusting the misalignment of the spine. Zen Chiropractic establishes 100% function and communication of the Brain through the Spinal Cord to the body so that the person will have 100% capacity for mental discipline, and the healing of many physical ailments. Dr. Zen’s patients appreciate the dedication of his work by assisting their mental and physical healing from within.

Dr. Zen met a beautiful Brazilian named Fernanda at The Church of All Nations in 2007, and they were married a year later. Both are active in church, Dr. Zen and Fernanda participates in the Music and Couples Ministry.

Zen Chiropractic Inc.

Zen Chiropractic realizes that pain, whether mental or physical, has a negative impact on our lives and bodies. Zen Chiropractic establishes 100% function and communication of the brain and spinal cord to the body so that the person will be able to function at full mental and physical capacity. Zen Chiropractic gives you healing from within by utilizing of biomechanical concepts of science and energy efficiency of the body.