Doctors love to help people, which is why most of us become doctors in the first place. However, we all know that help usually comes slowly, incrementally, a bit at a time. But sometimes things happen surprisingly quickly, and people get better beyond any and all expectations.
This happened just recently in our practice. A gentleman came to our office seeking help for a neck pain issue that had been ongoing for years, and was astonished to find almost instant relief by using chiropractic. Here's the story in his own words:
After four years of doctoring with a rheumatologist for severe pain in my neck and shoulders, diagnosed as arthritis, I visited my wife's chiropractor, Dr. Kyle Johnson. I had relief from the pain after the first visit. After four treatments I'm completely pain free. It doesn't seem possible, but it is absolutely true.
It's exciting to be excited! This gentleman is so thrilled about the care he received here that he can't wait to share the good news with others. Sometimes problems that don't seem like chiropractic problems can still respond to chiropractic treatment, even when it sometimes doesn't even seem possible.
If you're ever wondering whether chiropractic actually works, all you have to do is ask a current chiropractic patient. It is very true that four out of five patients in this office have been referred by other patients. Johnson Family Chiropractic does not advertise, so most new patients to our office have heard about us from other patients.
Why would someone go out of her way to recommend that someone else try Johnson Family Chiropractic? Because they have had good results. In the end, chiropractic is a results-oriented business. If chiropractic didn't work, then nobody would go to chiropractors, and chiropractic businesses would eventually fold up. But people do go to chiropractors, and do recommend their chiropractors to other people, because there are good results to be found there.
Here's a great example. A patient has taken the time to write down her recommendation for Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria... taking the time and energy to do so is the greatest compliment we can receive. Here's what she said:
I have been a patient of Dr. Johnson's for several years now and give him my highest recommendation for dealing with musculoskeletal issues of all sorts. He has seen me through acute injuries of everything from ankle and knee injuries to back and jaw problems with gentle, effective treatment. Using the activator he has been able to adjust my neck when other chiropractors couldn't by other means and the pain relief is amazing! I greatly appreciate his always-pleasant demeanor, his depth of knowledge, and his willingness to share what he knows. He cares deeply about his patients and operates with the highest ethical standards. My whole family has benefitted from Dr. Johnson's care: husband, children, elderly mother, even my grandchildren! I will forever be grateful that he is our chiropractor.
Chiropractic can have wonderful results! Please read what others have written when they have recommended Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria.
Although manual therapies for pain and disability have been around for millennia, the first modern chiropractic adjustment was delivered 123 years ago on this date by D. D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa.
In the last 123 years, countless lives have been touched for the better by the legacy of this first chiropractic adjustment, including my own, first as a patient and also now as a doctor.
I can only imagine how proud D. D. Palmer would be today if he were still here, 123 years later.
How fantastic is chiropractic, you say? Well, it's easy as (here comes the pun I've been setting up for the last three paragraphs...), well, it's easy as 1-2-3. One, it's drug-free... two, it's gentle... three, it's proven effective for most people, both by decades of research and by patient testimonials.
Happy Founder's Day!
Back in May, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in which they found that the addition of chiropractic care to normal medical care improved health care outcomes for members of the armed forces. This is excellent news! Chiropractors and chiropractic patients already know the many benefits that come from chiropractic care, and it's always positive to have those benefits validated in a high-quality study in a respected journal.
From the study (and please note that "LBP" stand for low back pain):
In the US military, LBP is one of the most common reasons members seek medical care and one of the most likely conditions to interrupt combat duty. Common medical therapies for LBP, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, spinal fusions, and epidural steroid injections, demonstrate limited effectiveness; furthermore, many of these treatments have unacceptably high risk profiles.
The study's authors claim, rightly, that the strength of this study is that chiropractic care for these patients was not merely compared against medical care (a comparison that has been done many times in the past). Instead, since the military services have a large number of patients already receiving medical care, the authors investigated if the addition of chiropractic care for some of the patients would help them improve. The results were impressive:
Chiropractic care, when added to UMC [note from Dr. Johnson: "UMC" means usual medical care], resulted in moderate short-term treatment benefits in both LBP intensity and disability, demonstrated a low risk of harms, and led to high patient satisfaction and perceived improvement in active-duty military personnel. This trial provides additional support for the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for LBP, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.
This is a personal story, because it happened to me this past month. Most of the best medical stories are anecdotes rather than research papers, so here's an anecdotal case study for you!
Just like many people in the Peoria area and around the country, I had a case of the flu in January. It involved several days of feeling exhausted, achy, and feverish, so I spent a couple days laying around without much energy to move. That's pretty typical for the flu, and there were no other health escalations or worries.
However, I noticed that as soon as I started feeling better I had diarrhea with early morning and late evening abdominal cramps. This is unusual. Many times people will talk about the "stomach flu", but the truth is that real influenza does not cause gastrointestinal problems. If you're nauseated or throwing up, you probably don't have the flu. Influenza is an upper respiratory illness only.
I had never experienced this pairing of symptoms, so I thought I'd keep an eye on it. So I noticed that the diarrhea just did not improve at all over the next couple weeks. Frankly, I had thought that once my body recovered from the flu, then it would work on healing whatever it was that was causing my diarrhea. But it now didn't seem so simple.
So I embarked on what I consider to be a fairly typical way to address diarrhea using non-pharmaceutical methods. First, I drank plenty of water to make sure that I didn't dehydrate. Then I started changing my diet, one item at a time. I started eating more fiber like bran cereal, then stopped when it made no change. I went several days without drinking a beer. I increased my intake of whole fruits and vegetables like bananas. (I do not drink coffee or cola so I didn't have to change my caffeine intake. I had not recently taken any antibiotics.)
But, nope. Nothing was making it better. It was now about four to five weeks of diarrhea, loose stools. There was no blood in my stool and I didn't have a fever, so I assumed that my colon was still healthy and I didn't have an infection. This was just flat-out mysterious.
There were other remedies that I was ready to try, such as a 24-hour liquid diet to rest the bowels, neutroceuticals, and pharmaceuticals.
But then I remembered something important, which made me feel a bit foolish. I hadn't yet tried chiropractic care. And I'm a chiropractor! Sometimes we all miss what's right in front of us. So, I started looking at my own symptoms in a whole new light, and tried to process my case as though I was a patient.
My diarrhea had begun after the flu, but what if it wasn't related to the flu at all? What if it was caused by simply lying around in a bed and saggy couch for several days in a row? What if that poor posture for several days had affected my spinal lumbar curve? What if, even though I didn't have low back pain, the lumbar curve problem was irritating the nerves that leave my spinal cord to tell the colon what do?
We know that the nervous system acts as a muscle inhibitor. In other words, when the nerves are functioning properly, they tell muscles NOT to contract. And when the nerves are not functioning properly, the muscles will contract on their own just because that's what they like to do. We also know that people can have spinal problems without having pain, because pain is a poor predictor of low-level nerve irritation.
So, I now theorized, I might be experiencing a chiropractic problem, where my nerves were inhibited due to a postural problem, allowing the muscles of my colon to move the food through WAY TOO FAST instead of compacting the foot into nice, proper, solid stool.
I received an Activator Methods chiropractic adjustment, and the diarrhea cleared up, like magic. That night I had no gassy feeling and the following morning I had no diarrhea at all. Just a perfect bowel movement.
The diarrhea returned the following day, as sometimes happens with longstanding problems. Spinal or muscular habits don't usually disappear immediately, but take a couple of repeated reminders to form proper habits. So I returned for a couple more Activator Methods chiropractic adjustments, and I'm happy to state that the diarrhea has now cleared up entirely.
Some might say that's coincidence, but mild cases of diarrhea don't typically linger for 5+ weeks, and more severe cases of diarrhea don't typically respond to chiropractic care alone. So I think it's very likely that my current theory is correct (even though it took me far too long to think of it!). I think my poor posture initiated a cascade effect where my spinal problem gave me no pain but only one symptom: diarrhea. And rather than treat it with drugs, I only needed to treat it with chiropractic care after all.
Chiropractic and diarrhea. They might not be unrelated after all.
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