The next cold and flu season will be here before we know it. Do you have all the information you need on how to take a holistic or over the counter approach to avoid getting sick? The fall temperatures might not have reached the Lowcountry just yet - but they'll be here before you know it. Dr. Bob is here to talk about the upcoming flu season and what you can do to keep yourself healthy!
Happy Fall everyone! Dr. Bob here to talk about the cold and flu season. Pretty soon the cold and flu season will be the only thing you're going to hear about. I want to chat with you about this topic so you can pick the best way for you to prevent getting a cold or the flu this season.
The biggest thing I want to impress upon you is that you need to research what your best options are. Don't just do what someone else tells you to do. Make sure that if you decide to put anything into your body that you know what it is and what the possible side effects are. There are two ways to approach this topic of combating the flu. The first is a medical approach which is a vaccine against the virus. The other options are more natural and don't include a vaccination.
Before we dive into these two options, I want to talk about the germ theory. The germ theory says, that is if you believe in this theory, that germs are what get you sick. As a chiropractor, I believe a little differently. I believe that it is your body's inability to fight those germs that make you sick. In this situation the medical world will look around and ask how are they going to kill these bugs, how are they going to get them out of your body, and how are they going to prevent them from getting there. The chiropractic approach is a little more holistic. We tend to focus on what can we do to help the body naturally boost its natural defenses against these germs. Building up the body's natural defenses helps it defend itself against viruses and bacteria.
So let's continue talking about the flu shot. Me personally, I am not a fan of it for a few reasons.
Those are the main two reasons why I don't personally get a flu shot. But you still need to prevent the flu from coming, so what do you do? There is a more holistic approach that I prefer to follow.
As a chiropractor, I believe in a holistic and natural approach to the cold and flu season over medications or vaccinations. If you have any other questions, please give us a call. We'd love to talk more with you. Come in and talk with us if you'd like, there is no cost to talk! If I can help anyone out there stay healthy then I have done my job!
I'll talk to you next time. Take care!
Could there be a drug-free approach to help allergy sufferers live a better life? Chiropractic care is here to save you from your allergies and prevent serious reactions.
Happy September everyone, Dr. Bob here! Now that the weather is about to turn and bring in cooler weather and beautiful foliage, that also means the return of terrible seasonal allergies for a lot of people. Following in the footsteps of our last few blogs, we are going to continue talking about how preventing subluxations and keeping the connection from your brain to your body healthy can benefit your health in more ways than you would think. To the surprise of many, regular visits to your chiropractor can reduce or eliminate your seasonal and year-round allergies in a safer and drug-free way!
Allergies are the most common cause of chronic illness and at least 40% of people suffer from at least one allergic condition. With the environment changing and heading towards unhealthy and unknown times, researchers are warning that the number of allergy sufferers is going to rise. This will lead to bad quality of life, lower productivity, and a huge boom in medical costs. But where does your chiropractor fit into this?
We have talked in previous blogs about how everything in your body is connected. Your brain is connected to your nervous system, the immune system, and all of your systems that keep you functioning. Anytime those connections are compromised it leads to your body not functioning at a full 100% and that means you are not as healthy as you could or should be. When you are operating at a lower rate, your body becomes more susceptible to these allergy attacks. Allergies cause a huge inflammatory response in your system. Having any part of your body inflamed can disturb the flow of messages between your brain and your body, causing it to function at a lower rate. Stress also plays a huge role in your allergies. Allergy reactions and stress provoke similar inflammatory responses. Stress also kills your cortisol hormone which if depleted allows your allergic reactions to become more severe.
But adding chiropractic care into your allergy-fighting routine can help you in so many ways!
The brain is an amazing thing, and it does a wonderful job of keeping our bodies healthy and running properly. Having regular chiropractic care gives it a rest once in a while and allows it to power up. It's simple, a spinal adjustment is the first step to a healthy immune system, and it can be done drug-free. It is very important to have regular adjustments to keep up your optimal health and keep your spine aligned. This will help keep your allergies and their reaction at bay. Come on in and visit us here at the office, and we will be happy to discuss this with you and help you get prepared for your next allergy season!
This very common term can be more dangerous than drinking and driving, and I'm here today to prove why that is!
Hello everyone, Dr. Bob here with Lowcountry Chiropractic. As has been our trend over the last few blogs, we are going to talk about something a little different.
We all know that if you've been drinking and you get behind the wheel to drive you run the risk of getting arrested for a DWI or DUI. I am going to make the case to you today that driving while subluxated is even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. (My apologies to the Local Police! I hope that doesn't get me in trouble!) So today, I am going to explain this term and how to not drive subluxated, which we don't want anyone to do ever!
The foundation of chiropractic care is that we remove subluxations of the spine. Subluxation of the spine is when you have a vertebra in your back that has misaligned due to some trauma and has started to irritate a spinal nerve. Spinal nerves are the lifeline of your body - which connects your brain to your body and your body to your brain. Subluxations are bad! We can say that someone who has subluxations in their back is subluxated.
So why is this so dangerous? The brain controls every function of your body and every system of your body, like your immune, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, circulatory, you name it! So, every single function of your body is regulated by the brain and the nerve system which is the spinal cord and the nerves that connect the brain to the body. The brain makes all the decisions, sends these messages down the spinal cord to the body, and the body does the work the brain has told it to do. Then the nerves take the information back to the brain so it can make the next best decision on what to do next!
Health is defined as a situation where your body is working at 100% and 100% of the time. When you have a subluxation and that nerve gets irritated and those messages aren't getting from the brain to the body and then from the body to the brain you aren't as healthy as you could or should be. Things in your body are going to break down, you might get pain out of it or you might not. You might have sinus issues, you might get headaches, you might have trouble sleeping at night, you might have a loss or a lack of energy, you might lose focus and not be able to concentrate, and that's where driving subluxated can really affect your driving ability!
It can affect your digestion, it can cause acid reflux, sciatica, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All of these conditions are related to a body that is not functioning as it should be.
So what a chiropractor does is remove the subluxations from your back with our hands. We train the spine to stay in place so it doesn't get subluxated and so you don't stay subluxated. This way you can feel comfortable getting into your car after a long hard day at work and feel like you're NOT going to drive off the road because you're not driving subluxated. You're not going to be confused or forget how to get home because your brain is all scrambled up.
So essentially this is just to say that Chiropractic Care is essential to your health. Without it, no matter how well you eat, exercise, and live a healthy life, if you are a subluxated individual, you aren't going to be as healthy as you should be. You are not going to have as much energy, you are not going to sleep well, and you're not going to be a great asset to others as you could be!
This is my way of saying, please don't get behind the wheel subluxated. Go get checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis who will remove the subluxations and allow you to live, work, and act in a more responsible and healthy state!
I hope this helps! All of you out there who are subluxated, which is 100% of you if you don't see a chiropractor, need to come see me and we will remove the subluxations from your spine!
I hope to see you soon. I hope you have a great day and be well!
This week's blog is going to be dedicated to the most important organ in our body; the brain!
Hello there, Doctor Bob here. This week I want to talk a little bit about the most important organ of the human body, the brain! In the chiropractic world, we call it the "Master Controller". Your brain is very similar to the breaker box in your home that sends all the power and electricity to everything in your home. Your brain does something very similar for your whole body.
The brain is the most important organ in your body because it creates all the messages for your body to work and move how it should. It regulates all the systems of your body. It is responsible for the trillions of things and activities that go on every second in your body, too. The brain is very intelligent, and some researchers say that we have only scratched the surface of how much power it has and that we are only using a small percentage of our brains. This is kind of scary and kind of interesting. Imagine everything we could do or achieve if we were able to access more of our brainpower? Maybe someday we will be able to.
All the systems of your body like the immune, endocrine, the respiratory and digestive are all controlled by your brain. Your brain is constantly prepping and sending messages down your spinal cord through your nerves to all of these important systems and body parts so that they can do what your brain is telling them to do. Then these messages are sent back from these body parts, organs, and glands to the brain, so your brain has all the information it needs to make all the right decisions on how to keep you healthy. So, if your brain isn't working properly, you are not going to be as healthy as you could or should be.
I always say that a lot of us are only operating at about 60-70% of our health potential. It's a scary but also inspiring thought, because there are several things you can do to boost those numbers and your brain function. That leads us to two big topics I want to discuss.
The biggest food group you need to stay away from are refined sugars. These are unnatural sugars that are manmade, also called added sugars. The sugars in fruits are okay, it's the super fake stuff you want to avoid. Refined sugars cause an inflammatory response in your body. Inflammation on your organs and digestive system can cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Heart and lung inflammation can cause massive issues. Inflammation on your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons can cause a lot of pain. Inflammation on the brain will result in the brain not being as focused as crystal clear as it could be. It will prevent you from being able to process information as quickly and not allow it to create those messages that the body needs to hear to get its job done.
So, over time, as the body breaks down and gets sick it can develop issues with memory and focus. Really look at your diet and try to stick with fruits and vegetables and stay away from the white flour products, the breads, and the pastas. Stay away from processed foods and low-fat foods with high sugar content. Read the labels of your food and be aware of what's all in it! Stay away from foods with lots of sugar in them! You can do this for yourself and continually get better at taking care of your body and brain on a daily basis.
So, hello! Wouldn't you want your brain to be functioning at a higher level? That's why chiropractic care is so great. It's not directly tied to pain and pain elimination, even though chiropractic care is amazing for that. We are talking about some real subtle stuff that over time will pay real dividends if you keep your brain "on fire" (lots of colors) and focused. You will experience better health, clarity, focus, and be able to prevent some of the conditions and diseases that I mentioned earlier, down the road.
I really hope that this information has helped you today. This is another reason to go visit a chiropractor and not just for pain or pain elimination and better digestion. But for wanting your brain to function better and have more focus in your life.
If you are wanting more information please reach out to the office and I will be more than happy to talk more on the subject with you. Come visit us in the office too! We would love to see you.
Until next time everyone, stay well!
Insurance can be intimidating when you're not sure how much it's going to cover your care or not. Don't let insurance woes stand in the way of getting your chiropractic care. Your health will always come first with Dr. Bob!
There has been a question that keeps circling our offices at Lowcountry Chiropractic and we want to address and ease our patients and future patient's minds with the best answer we can. We are going to go off-topic from our normal blog topics, but an important question needs to be addressed immediately. That question is "Does insurance cover chiropractic care"? Take a deep breath - we understand the stress that can come with insurance and having to pay out of pocket expenses before you meet your deductible. In general, yes, insurance does cover chiropractic care. A lot of popular insurance companies cover the care including Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicare. But paying for chiropractic care with these companies and with many others does come with a few distinct caveats that you need to be aware of.
Insurance policies have changed dramatically since Obama Care was put into action. More people needed insurance due to Obama Care, so insurance cost went up. In turn, insurance companies raised their costs. Ever since this change, many companies that offered insurance to their employees had to change the insurance they offered because the cost became so high. Companies are choosing to offer their employees insurance plans that have higher deductibles to deal with this change in cost. Your deductible is the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in and pays for the rest of your expenses. In a lot of cases, the plans many companies used to offer their employees had much lower deductibles - and some of them had no deductibles at all. When you went to the doctor, all you needed to worry about was the co-pay and your insurance would cover the rest. Today it is a much different story. Many people are paying more out of pocket than they ever have for insurance. Deductibles can now reach upwards to $6000, which is really intimidating. Insurance today is now consistently covering less than it ever has before.
In many cases, a lot of patients, including those that come into the offices here at Lowcountry Chiropractic, don't get sick enough to even get close to reaching their high deductibles. Which of course, hits the issue of "will my insurance cover my chiropractic care". There are a lot of plans out there that do have lower deductibles that make it easier on you and your wallet when dealing with your medical expenses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state Blue Cross and Blue Shield for Teachers, and Medicare for seniors are some of the best options out there with lower deductibles. But with so many insurance companies out there it's understandable and very easy to get confused about what your plan is, what it offers to you, and not knowing how much you will end up having to pay at the end of the day. If your deductible is just too high - it might be time to do a little research to see if what your company is offering you is the best option, or if there is something out there that is better for you. If you're confused about what your plan is, call into the office and we will check your insurance plan right away and see what kind of deductible you have, where you are in reaching it, and how much insurance will or will not be covering your next visit.
But don't panic yet. If you haven't hit that deductible, or your insurance that you have just flat out doesn't cover chiropractic care, don't fret. First off, you don't know how much it costs until you ask. Come in and have your appointment with Dr. Bob and get diagnosed with what care you need to get better, and then see what the cost is. Don't just say it's too expensive and you can't afford it. Your health is more important to Dr. Bob than anything. The biggest thing we want our patients to know is that one of our main goals outside of keeping you healthy is not letting finances become a barrier between you and getting treatment. If you come in and you need a certain amount of treatments, but can't afford the initial out of pocket expense, that's okay. The office will work with you and put you on a budget or payment plan to help you get the care that you need.
Let's think about the bigger picture here. If you have serious back pain and you get 2 to 3 spinal injections to care for that pain, the same amount of money for those injections can pay for a year of chiropractic care with Dr. Bob. So really, it's not as expensive as you think. It is also amazing preventative care. If you are a candidate for chiropractic care and you do the right thing for your back and come and get your treatments regularly and when it is needed, you are avoiding serious pain and spending tons of money later down the line. Consistent chiropractic check-ups and treatments can help you avoid getting MRIs, pain medications, injections, and even surgeries. These forms of care can be REALLY expensive - especially if you don't have insurance. So if you take care of your back now and get the chiropractic care that you need, you're going to be much healthier and in much better shape than if you let the idea of cost get in the way of not getting the care you need.
Unfortunately, Tricare, the insurance the military offers those in service does not cover chiropractic care. As much as we have been trying to work with them and get it covered, it still isn't covered. So, we offer a very nice discount for those who do have Tricare. We recognize the service and want to make sure you are taken care of.
We hope that has answered and helped some of your questions and fears of dealing with your insurance at the Chiropractor. Don't let it ever stand in the way of getting the help you need, we are here to help. If you have any questions or are still not understanding your insurance, don't hesitate to call. We are here to help you figure it out. We look forward to seeing you in the office the next time you come in!
One of the most common back pain issues affects over 200,000 people a year - but with regular treatments from your Chiropractor, your pain can be eliminated or managed. Most importantly, if already suffering, you can avoid going under your surgeon's knife.
Even though age is just a number and should never be something that holds you back - sometimes it's your back that betrays you as that number grows. One of the most common and painful diagnoses found in the neck and lower back is called Spinal Stenosis. Affecting over 200,000 people a year - back pain sufferers are no stranger to this malady. Many of you might already be aware of this disease, especially if osteoarthritis has become a part of your daily life. But if you're new to the world of back pain or have put a lot of wear and tear on your body over the years, or arthritis has started to settle in, now is the time to start paying attention. It is also time to start paying attention to how chiropractic care can alleviate this pain without surgery - so you can safely and comfortably continue living your life!
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space within your spine (the spinal canal) that can cause pressure on the nerves that travel through your spine. It causes a pinching of the spinal cord and possibly the nerve root which leads to pain, cramping, weakness, or numbing. The condition commonly appears in the neck and lower back and is most often caused by wear and tear over time causing arthritis. Anyone over the age of 50 is at risk of suffering from it, although it can happen in younger patients if they have been exposed to or have experienced trauma, scoliosis, and genetic diseases that affect bone muscle development.
Other Causes can also be related to:
Symptoms to look out for in your neck:
According to the US Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Chiropractic care is beneficial in the treatment of patients with spinal stenosis. Think of it as a preliminary treatment - something that can be done to prevent this diagnosis happening to you, help it from becoming worse if you already have been diagnosed, or slow the progression. Think about it - Chiropractic care focuses on keeping you properly aligned so your nervous system continues to work without being interrupted. This way it can function the way it's supposed to. Continued alignment care can also help the weight distribution on the spine to help it return to its normal functioning speed. So, if you start becoming a regular visitor of your Chiropractor - you may not ever have to know what spinal stenosis is!
If you're diagnosed your doctor may start adding gentle adjustments to your care to help regain your range of motion and give you enough space in your back so the nervous system can continue its normal function. What else can greatly help is (doctor approved) exercises, stretches, and activities that boost joint function. Exercise keeps your muscles strong, improves your flexibility, boots strength, keeps your blood flowing, and helps reduce pain.
If you have been diagnosed or put a lot of wear and tear on your body - don't jump to a surgeon or pain pills just yet. There might be a simpler and safer way of taking care of that back pain. You're not alone - and you're not without help. Dr. Bob will be here when you need him, and will give your back the care it needs and deserves!
Today, we are going to talk about car accidents and why you should be including chiropractic care within your treatment plan.
Many people do not think about chiropractic care and the benefits it can give them after facing injuries in a car accident. Fact is, it does not take a lot of force to injure your spine.
Car accidents are known to more commonly occur at stop signs, stop lights, and by being rear-ended by another car. This action causes the neck to move backward, forward, and back again. There are ligaments within your neck that are stretched when such an accident happens, causing the vertebrae to become misaligned.
Understand that it only takes the weight of a dime to compress a nerve and cause pain! Whiplash can cause neck pain, upper back pain, migraines, insomnia, and lack of energy. When your nerves are irritated, there can be side effects whether you feel it instantly or not.
The damage to the car is not correlated with the damage caused within your body. Therefore, no matter the intensity of the damage, you should seek care following your accident and get checked over!
Endorphins and adrenaline are released within the body and cause you to not feel pain the day of an accident. Once these chemicals subside, the pain will begin to affect you. When it does, my team here at Lowcountry Chiropractic will welcome you!
Cancer is a disease that affects 1.7 million people a year. Known for its high death rate and difficulty treating, cancer is increasingly dangerous. What if there were ways to decrease the likelihood of developing incurable cancer?
Unknown to many, we all have cancer cells within our bodies. It is up to us to get our bodies to a state where cancer does not want to live.
How can you get your body in a state where cancer cells cannot and will not thrive?
Cancer cells love and feed off of sugars and saturated fats. Diet change can prevent the growth of cancer cells. By altering your diet, you are creating an environment where the cancer cells within your body cannot and will not flourish.
Studies have shown cancer cells do not like alkaline environments, therefore the ph level of your body is very significant. If you are eating foods high in acid, you are providing cancer cells with an environment suitable to them.
Foods that are high in acid are red meats, processed foods, and bread. You can better control your ph levels by eating more vegetables, drinking apple cider vinegar daily, and not participating in smoking.
Eating well and exercising boost your immune system, but another way to boost your immune system is to take vitamins and supplements.
So how does chiropractic come into play? Chiropractic care has been proven to boost the immune system and assist the body in fighting off infections!
In order to be healthy and maintain a wholesome life and body, keeping up with your care plan is extremely crucial. Combining chiropractic to your fit lifestyle can create a beneficial life for you and your body!
Similarly to the spine of a book, our spines are what provide us with stability. Chiropractic yields specialized care to this and more within our bodies. How does one become a Chiropractor? Continue reading to find out!
Also called doctors of chiropractic, chiropractors are known for using methods to align body misalignments within the joint, spine, and more. This care is efficient in providing pain relief and assistance to individuals seeking holistic and non-invasive treatments.
In order to become a chiropractor, an individual must attend chiropractic school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. During this degree, students will take courses in anatomy, biology, pathology, and other classes rooted in science.
Students are required to have lab and clinical hours in order to graduate. This is where students will undergo a hands-on approach to practice.
Once a student has taken and passed all the required courses for the degree, one must then pass a licensure board. The test is known as the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and has four parts. Remember, licensure and testing are often different among various states, therefore, additional testing may be required.
There are 16 chiropractic schools within the United States, will you be attending? Let the Lowcountry Chiropractic team know! Until then, we are thankful for our customers and love taking care of each of you!
Posture is the position of the body while standing, sitting, or lying down. Each of us should strive to have good posture, which is also described as having a neutral spine. Chiropractic care can provide assistance in maintaining proper posture for those who attend sessions regularly.
Good posture is important for multiple reasons, including the correct alignment of your bones and joints, the prevention of strain and pain within your body, and it even decreases abnormal wear and tear on your joints.
Poor posture can be characterized by hunched shoulders, arched lower back, and a forward head carriage. The most common indicator of poor posture in an individual is back pain.
In order to maintain the correct posture you must be aware of your posture as you go through your daily life. Make sure you are sitting straight as you sit, and that you are not hunching over as you walk. Being mindful of the aspects of your posture is not going to fix it without help. Chiropractic care will assist you in obtaining a good posture and a neutral spine.
If you are interested in alleviating back pain and having a neutral spine, come into Lowcountry Chiropractic and begin your care plan today!
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