Monday, September 30, 2013

Free Adjustments for 10 Breast Cancer Survivors

At UTC Chiropractic, our purpose is to help build a stronger and healthier community by helping as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are donating (5) chiropractic adjustments and (1) 30-minute massage to the first 10 breast cancer survivors who are not currently under chiropractic care during the month of October only.

If you or someone you know is a breast cancer survivor, please call us at 858-457-0123 to schedule your complimentary appointments today.  This Special Offer expires October 31, 2013.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Superman for a Stronger Back

With all the talk about the recent release of Man of Steel, let us remind you of a classic - the Superman. A good supplement to all those crunches, the Superman is a great way to strengthen your lower back and tone your glutes. All you need to do this exercise is your body weight, no equipment (or movie ticket) necessary.   Here's how:
  • Lie face down on your stomach with arms and legs extended. Keep your neck in a neutral position.
  • Keeping your arms and legs straight (but not locked) and torso stationary, simultaneously lift your arms and legs up toward the ceiling to form an elongated "u" shape with your body - back arches and arms and legs lift several inches off the floor.
  • Hold for two to five seconds and lower back down to complete one.
  • Do three sets of 12.
Exhale as you lift your arms and legs and inhale as you lower them back down. When you have completed all three sets, or even in between each set, take a Child's Pose to stretch your back.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How Safe is Chiropractic for My Child?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care. A baby's spine is very supple during the first few months of life and there are Chiropractic techniques that apply only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. In Chiropractic do not use drugs which sometimes cause more harmful side effects than the progression of many diseases. Drugs can also create the potential for addiction, even in young children. In Chiropractic we do not perform any invasive procedures (such as surgery) which sometimes can have irreversible adverse effects. These are some of the reasons why malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors are only a fraction of what other physicians pay and why more than 30 million Americans choose chiropractic care for their children and themselves.

Chiropractic Shown to be Safe for Children
In a literature research study conducted by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) the risk of injury as a result of chiropractic adjustments was shown to be extremely low for adults and even smaller for the pediatric patient. In reviewing 31 years of medical literature the ICPA found only one questionable report of injury to a child following chiropractic care of a child. This ICPA concluded "the potential risk to children is so low it can not be accurately estimated". The above safety rate of chiropractic care for children should be compared to the adverse reaction rate for medicine described in the article below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Are You Reaching Your Health & Fitness Goals?

Now that kids are back at school, it's time to buckle down with your routines and evaluate where you are on your Wellness Plan.  Are you reaching your health and fitness goals?  Do you even remember your goals or are they forgotten and washed away with summer along with the beach sand from between your toes?   

Let's talk about building a healthier body.  If you asked me to build your dream house, I would ask you many questions.  I would need to know what you want it to look like: how many bedrooms, what kind of floor plan, how many bathrooms, what type of flooring, do you want a fireplace, how many floors and which direction do you want certain rooms to face etc.  Once I have all the answers from you and all the limitations such as budget, location, time frame, zoning etc., then I have my architect design a blueprint.  Once you approve this blueprint, I start building.  One wall, one window, one tile of flooring at a time.  But every now and then, you will want to stop by to see my progress on your dream house, right?  I mean, would you spend all this time and money without checking in to see if I am doing my job right? Together we would determine if this dream house is coming along the way you had hoped it would.  We will find out if we come across any challenges or set-backs like problems with the soil, climate, labor, inspections etc.

When it comes to building a better body, think of your body and its ability to function properly as your dream house. Mike Boblett and I are your builders and Sharon and I are your architects where we will design and present to you a blueprint to help you achieve the healthy body of your dreams.  This blueprint is called your Wellness Plan.  Every time you come in for an adjustment or deep tissue muscle work, we are building your dream body according to your Wellness Plan.

But after every 12 adjustments, you should sit with me for a health re-evaluation or as I call it a "sit down showdown" to see just where you are with your progress.  This re-examination is intended to help evaluate how well you are reaching the goals you set for yourself on your Wellness Plan.  Not only will we look to see how your nervous system function scans are improving, but I will also ask how your symptoms are changing as well as what you are doing outside of our wellness center to be a part of the solution - such as eating, sleeping, exercising and stretching regimen.

If you have not been re-evaluated, please take the time to do so because it is the only way for us to know how well I am doing my job and to help you achieve the results you desire in a timely manner.
Together, let's build your dream body!

At our wellness center, we believe that when you feel great, you will do great in life!  

Health By Numbers: 2

America's rank in obesity in the world!

Not too long ago the United Nations issued a report essentially dethroning the United States as the Western Hemisphere's most obese nation. We are now ranked No. 2, right behind Mexico, a country where reportedly 33 percent of its population is obese.

However, we should not think of our move to No. 2 as cause for celebration. The United States is still facing a serious health issue when it comes to adult and child obesity. It really doesn't matter if we are ranked No. 2 or No. 100. Whatever the ranking, we have a serious obesity problem in this country that needs to be addressed.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chiropractic Care for Childhood Asthma

It is estimated that up to 
15 million people suffer from asthma.
Of those, 14.8 million are children under the age of 18. In 1993 alone, there were 198,000 hospitalizations for asthma. In that same sample year, 342 people under the age of 25 died due to this problem. In money terms, the direct cost of managing a patient with severe asthma has been estimated at more than $18,000 per year.

The following statistics about asthma come from the
Better Health & Medical Network:
  • Asthma has increased 46% from 1982-1993 with an 80% growth in children under 18.
  • In the 5-17 age group, asthma causes an annual loss of more than 10 million school days per year.
  • Asthma accounts for more childhood hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
  • Children with asthma spend approximately 7.3 million days per year restricted to bed rest.
  • In 1990, there were 7.1 million physician visits for asthma.
  • Health care costs for asthma were estimated at $6.2 billion, which is almost 1% of the total US health care costs.
  • More than 5,200 Americans died from asthma in 1991.
Recent articles in publications such as "The American Chiropractor", and "Today's Chiropractic" describe strong links between people who suffer from these conditions and nerve interference from subluxation. Subluxations are when bones in the spine pressure or irritate nerves causing abnormal nerve function. 

An article appearing in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research Vol. 1 No. 4, also demonstrated the positive effects of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma.

According to Richard Pistolese, research assistant for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, "Based upon information currently available, chiropractic care represents a safe non-pharmacological health care approach, that may be associated with a decrease in asthma-related impairment, reduced respiratory effort, and a decrease incidence of asthma attacks." Pistolese goes further to say, "The correction of vertebral subluxation is a non-invasive procedure, which could reduce or eliminate the need for medication, and potentially ease the severity of the asthmatic condition."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bookbags Carry Risk of Spinal Injury

Bookbags, when worn improperly, can carry a lot more than heavy textbooks and a stash of school supplies. They can carry the very real possibility of spinal injury. 

That's the warning of a local chiropractor, who says most parents give little thought to the harm their kids' bookbags can cause. 

"There's more academic demand than ever, kids are carrying more books than ever, and they're just throwing them all in the bookbag, and it's hurting these kids," said Dr. Joseph Fonke of High Point Chiropractic. "We're seeing more and more kids with spinal complaints in our practice." 

In addition, Fonke said, spinal injury can affect the central nervous system, leading to other medical problems. 
"It's called vertebral subluxation, which is misalignment of the spinal column, causing irritation to the nervous system," he said.

"It's been associated with ear infections, asthma, enuresis, back pain, neck pain, headaches and even sinus/allergy type problems." 

One common mistake students make is slinging their bookbag over one shoulder, rather than both shoulders. 
"They're putting uneven weight on the shoulders and spine, so the spine is having to compensate for all the weight being on one side," Fonke explained.  "And even if they wear two straps, a lot of times they wear it far too low, which puts a lot of adverse stress on the upper spine and neck, causing them to have to lean forward to compensate for the amount of weight that's down low.
And by doing these things repetitively - every single day for 13 years, or even into college years - these global changes in the way a kid stands up can occur, leading to further issues such as headaches and dizziness." 
Another problem is the sheer weight of children's bookbags. 
"According to studies, the bookbag should weigh no more than 10 percent of the child's body weight," Fonke said. 
If a student must carry several books at once, the heaviest book should be placed in the part of the bookbag closest to the child's back, to put less strain on his or her spine, he added. 

Studies support Fonke's views about bookbags and spinal health. 
For example, according to statistics provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), more than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics in 2007. 

In another study, 64 percent of American students between 11 and 15 reported back pain related to heavy bookbags, and 21 percent reported the pain lasting for more than six months. 

The AOTA offers the following bookbag-related tips: 
*  It should weigh no more than 10 percent of the child's weight. 
*  Load heaviest items closest to the child's back. 
*  Use a bookbag on wheels, if your child's school allows them. 
*  Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. 
*  Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. 
*  Adjust straps so the bag fits snugly on the child's back. 
*  Wear the waist belt if the bookbag has one. 
*  The bottom of the bag should rest in the curve of the lower back. 

For more information about proper use of bookbags, visit the website of the American Occupational Therapy Association at and type "bookbags" in the search field.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Patient Success Story: Jason Drew

Age:  31
Date you started with us:  April 1, 2013
Health Challenge: Shoulder Pain
Severity of Symptom (1-10):  7 
Length of Symptom:  7 weeks
How much did it bother you?:  24/ hrs
Therapies tried:  Acupuncture, PT
How did it interfere with your life?:  
"Kept me from doing what I love to do, such as gymnastics."
Since receiving UTC Chiropractic services, how much do you feel your condition has improved?:  90%
Describe how you feel now: 
"I feel great.  I can do all the things I want to do with a bit a caution."
Other areas of my health that I have seen improve:  
"Less lower back pain, improved mobility, improved performance, increased energy, decreased stress, more productive at work, better attitude, increase quality of life"
How would you rate your experience with our office:  10
Would you refer friends/ family/ colleagues to our office?:  Yes  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Healthy Bytes: Why Cranberries Are Good For You!

The link between cranberries and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is not news. Recent research has found that it's not the acidic properties of cranberries but instead their anti-adhesive properties that promote urinary tract health. The phytochemicals in cranberries, known as a proanthocyanidins (PACs), prevent bacteria from sticking and multiplying, which leads to improved urinary tract health. 

While other fruits and berries similar cranberries with their vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, only the cranberry contains this unique form of PAC, which is structurally different than those found in other plant foods. This unique structure is the reason that polyphenol-rich grape and apple juices, raisins, green tea, and chocolate have not been found to produce the same anti-adhesion activity.

While you can get these benefits from 100% cranberry juice, research shows drinking cranberry juice cocktail daily can also promote urinary tract health. Added bonus? Unlike the empty calories you might get from other sweetened beverage and food products, the calories one consumes from cranberry products are more nutrient-dense and offer unique (polyphenols) health benefits that you can only get from cranberries. 

Source:  "Why Cranberries Are So Good For Your Health" bPamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D., August 13, 201, Runner's World 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fast Facts About Chiropractic...

Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine professions. It is the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry. (Meeker, Haldeman; 2002; Annals of Internal Medicine)

Doctors of Chiropractic undergo at least four years of professional study, must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed prior to practicing.

Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health care facilities.  An example of chiropractic integration into today's health care system is the chiropractic clinic at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where they provide care for veterans, war heroes, active-duty military personnel and their families.

Conditions commonly treated by chiropractors include, but are not limited to, arthritis, back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, sports injuries, car accident injuries and repetitive strains

Source:  American Chiropractic Association

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chiropractic Migraine Treatment

By Ron Rogers,
September 28, 2010

According to the American Migraine Foundation, 12 percent of Americans suffer from migraines. One in four families has an affected member. Combined medical costs, work time-loss and decreased productivity are estimated to impact the U.S. economy by more than $20 billion annually. There is no known cure for migraines. Current treatments aim to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of the headaches when they occur. Chiropractic treatment is one option for migraine sufferers.

Understanding Migraines
The American Migraine Foundation describes migraine as an inherited neurological disorder characterized by hyper-excitable brain networks that may become spontaneously activated or may be activated by specific triggers. Headache pain is the most prominent feature of migraine. This pain is often severe and can lead to missed work and social withdrawal. In some, the pain is preceded by warning symptoms such as visual disturbances or sensitivity to light or noise. The headache may be followed by a period of fatigue, poor concentration or mood changes. The headache pain typically lasts about 24 hours, but the entire episode may play out over two to three days.

The Chiropractic Examination
An initial chiropractic evaluation will begin with the taking of a history. The mode of onset, frequency, quality, location, duration and severity of the headaches will be discussed, along with associated symptoms like visual disturbances, nausea, light and sound or odor intolerances. The family history may be helpful, as well as a review of other health problems, including current medication use. The chiropractic evaluation will focus primarily on the musculoskeletal system. Posture and muscular asymmetries may be contributing factors. Particular attention will be paid to the muscles and joints of the neck. The neck muscles will be examined for tension or spasm. Reduced global or segmental motion in the neck, if found, will probably be a primary focus of the chiropractor's treatment.

Chiropractic Manipulation
Spinal manipulation, the primary treatment modality of most chiropractors, has been studied in the context of migraines. A large study involving 127 participants was reported in the February 2000 issue of the "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics." In this study, the subjects who received two months of chiropractic treatment experienced significant improvements in migraine frequency, duration, disability and medication use compared to the control group. Twenty-two percent of the participants reported more than 90 percent reduction of migraines.

Certain foods, alcohol, caffeine, fatigue, sleep changes, eye strain, light conditions, exposure to certain odors or use of certain medications may individually or collectively act as triggers to a migraine episode. Working with a chiropractor can help in identifying likely triggers and developing strategies for their avoidance.

The chiropractor generally takes a holistic approach to health problems. Lifestyle considerations are a big part of that approach, and in the case of migraines, lifestyle factors appear to play a prominent role. The American Headache Society makes specific lifestyle recommendations for those suffering with migraines. These include getting adequate sleep, eating and exercising regularly, staying hydrated, limiting consumption of caffeine and alcohol, and reducing stress. A chiropractor can assist his patients in implementing these and other helpful strategies.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

UTC Chiropractic Update

Happy Labor Day Weekend!
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, exciting changes are underway. One area of the practice we are improving upon is our patient care operations.  

In keeping with our mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal wellness, to continue helping others in need and to serve you in a way that maximizes the hours in your day, we are developing a no-wait clinic.  A no-wait clinic is one where the patient arrives on time for their scheduled appointment and is cared for within minutes of their arrival so that the patient can leave on time.  Our goal is to show you that you can make the time to invest in your health and get results by getting you in and out of the office in a timely manner.

Therefore, to help you get to all your important appointments of the day, we are honoring scheduled appointments only.  Unfortunately, we can no longer easily accept walk-in/unscheduled adjustments for those on a wellness plan with us.  Scheduled appointments allow for everyone to get in and out faster!  So, please be on time.

Don't have an appointment scheduled?  No problem!
We just kindly ask that you call the office first to ensure there is availability on the schedule to accommodate you because we don't want to see you waste your time driving here if there isn't.  

Take advantage of exclusive scheduling:
Schedule your adjustments as far in advance as possible by picking the days and times that work best for you.  Exclusive scheduling better plans your day and allows you to fit your health needs around the other things that matter to you most - family, work, meetings, exercise and fun!  To get the days and times you prefer, just call Sharon, our Patient Care Coordinator, at 858-457-0131

The Secret to Patient Success:  It is proven that those patients who schedule in advance and stick to their schedule have less stress and get better and faster results than everyone else!  Achieving your wellness goals is the reason why you came here, right?

NEW!!  Office Hours for Adjustments:  
Monday - Thursday:  9 - 11:30 AM and 3:30 to 6:30 PM
  • Morning:  first offered at the top and bottom of each hour starting at 9 AM with the last slot available at 11:15 AM.
  • Afternoon: first offered at the top and bottom of each hour starting at 3:30 PM with the last slot available at 6:15 PM.
  • New Patient Exams, Re-exams & Consultations are available at designated time slots such as 8:30 AM11:30 AM3:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

NEW!! Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel or reschedule your chiropractic adjustment, massage, deep tissue rehabilitation session, re-exam or health consultation, please call us 24 hours in advance so that we can help another patient wanting your time slot and help you get another preferred time slot.  We charge $25 for each "no show" or missed appointment without advance notice.  This charge will be donated to a local charity each month!

To avoid a Cancellation Fee:
We understand that things may come up during the day.  There is no charge if you call the office and reschedule for another time that day or make it up later in the week.  We just want to see you stay on top of your Wellness Plan and get results!   Getting results is what it's all about!

Communication is the Key:
We are in a relationship with you to make your body, your health and your life better!  Getting our weekly e-newsletter is one way to keep informed of the changes and exciting happenings at UTC Chiropractic as well as health news you can use and special monthly promotions on services and products.
 At our wellness center, we believe that when you feel great, you will do great in life!  It is our pleasure to serve you and your family in wellness.  
Wishing you optimal health and well-being,
Dr. Josh Caldwell, D.C.
Health Director