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January 2018 Newsletter

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Maintenance Chiropractic Care

by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCP

As many of us are thinking of 2018 as a motivating factor to get healthy!! – losing weight and getting fit are at a forefront of all marketing in the daily media. So, you may be thinking I am too sore to exercise; I am too busy or too stressed. We are here to help! Getting back to the Chiropractor is the first step to the functional assistance you need for your goals! If you have been an avid reader of our monthly emails, you know that exercise, good nutrition, adequate hydration, restful sleep, improved joint motion and spiritual growth are the tenants the pursuit of optimal health.

With the New Year upon us, we would like to encourage you in your health care by offering some Maintenance Chiropractic Plans. As we discussed in December, there are a number of Insurance plans that only provide third party reimbursement for symptomatic care. So, if you are looking for Chiropractic care to help you get out of pain, or increase your activity of daily living, third party reimbursement continues as a standard. But, the goal of pursuing optimal health should include some regular Chiropractic care when you are asymptomatic, or have achieved a plateau in healing. Just like eating healthy, exercise, having a regular sleep schedule, drinking water and promoting spiritual development are ways that you can prevent illness, injury and dis-ease, getting maintenance Chiropractic Care is a great investment in the pursuit of optimal health.

Everyone has a need for a different maintenance care plan. Some of us need to come in weekly, a few times per month, monthly, or a handful of times per year in order to maximize our healthcare. So, we have designed Maintenance Chiropractic Plans with this in mind.

A bundle of 6 maintenance visits $228 ($38 per visit)
A bundle of 12 maintenance visits $408 ($34 per visit)
A bundle of 24 maintenance visits $768 ($32 per visit)

Keep in mind, visits are non-transferrable to other doctors within Riverview Chiropractic Health Offices. Visits are non-transferrable to family members. No expiration date with that provider. Appointments cancelled within 24 hours will not be charged, however if you do not show for a scheduled appointment, you will be charged for one maintenance visit. Packages are non-refundable.

I read this posting on another Chiropractor’s website and thought it would be a great thing to share with you.

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

Posted on February 27, 2013 BY ERIN O’MALEY, D.C.

1. Pain is the last symptom of dysfunction.

A patient’s back is often restricted or unstable for months or years before it presents as a problem and they show up in a chiropractor’s office. In addition, the absence of pain is not health. While medication may be needed, if you take a pill and the pain goes away, the dysfunction that caused it still persists. Muscle, ligament and joint injuries often occur as a result of long-term biomechanical dysfunction, sometimes from past injuries, making the area more susceptible to future injury.

2. Athletes use chiropractors to stay well and perform better, not just for the occasional injury.

Athletes choose chiropractors because we are movement specialists. Chiropractors were spotted all over the Olympic coverage last year, and top athletes such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all been proud patients of chiropractors. These days it’s far more common than not for major athletes and sports teams to keep chiropractors nearby to help prevent injuries, speed injury recovery, improve balance and coordination, and give them a greater competitive edge.

3. The body does not perform as a cluster of separate mechanisms, but rather a cascade of events that all starts with proper control by the nervous system.

The nerves that travel through and control every function of your body originate at the spinal cord and their transmission may be disrupted if the joints of the surrounding spinal column are not moving properly. This disruption in biomechanical integrity combined with altered physiological function is what chiropractors call a subluxation. Below is a chart that illustrates the relationship of the spinal nerves exiting the vertebra branching off to the various organ systems. You can see why it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to treat a patient with mid-back pain who also suffers from irritable bowel system, a patient with a subluxated sacrum who has been unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant, or a patient with an upper back fixation and acid reflux.


4. Doctors don’t do the healing.

Sorry to disappoint you, but a chiropractor will never fix your back. What we are able to do is restore proper motion in the joints, which relieves tension on the nerves and muscles and allows your body to do the healing that it is inherently made to do. As chiropractors, we believe that the body is a perfect organism in its natural state, and all disease comes from a disruption in the body’s proper transmission of signals by the nerves which affects its ability to heal and to defend against disease-causing agents. We never treat disease. We assess to find which spinal levels are causing the dysfunction, and we adjust it to restore proper nerve flow so the nervous system may work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

5. Chiropractic is for all ages.

Many seniors aren’t aware of the benefits of chiropractic care which can help them not only with pain relief, but also increase range of motion, balance and coordination, and decrease joint degeneration. There’s no patient too young for chiropractic either! Chiropractors check infants moments after birth for misalignments of the upper vertebrae that may occur as a result of the birth process. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being, parents also take their children to chiropractors to encourage healthy brain and nervous system development, to assist with colic, asthma, allergies, bed-wetting and sleeping problems, and to assist with behavioral disorders.

6. We know about more than your backbone!

This surprises many people who had no idea that chiropractors give advice on nutrition, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle, screen for conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system and refer out to other practitioners when necessary. Chiropractors are also able to complete specialties in other areas such as pediatrics, sports rehabilitation, neurology, clinical nutrition, and addictions and compulsive disorders.

Other than particular specialties and the differences in learning to adjust and learning to prescribe medication, our training hours are not dissimilar from that of medical doctor. The following are the classroom hours for basic science requirements compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic schools and 22 medical schools.


7. Successful chiropractic patients accept responsibility.

When somebody says that they tried chiropractic and it didn’t help, I cringe and get the feeling that they really missed the boat. Of course, there are cases with complicating factors, but I have heard this from people with straightforward chiropractic problems when it is very clear what has happened here. In most cases, one doesn’t acquire back pain over night, and it’s not going to go away over night. If a weak core from years of sitting at your desk is to blame for the additional stress on your joints, I would expect an adjustment to provide relief, but once the condition is no longer exacerbated, I would most definitely prescribe some exercises for you to do at home. I might also suggest we evaluate your nutrition if I suspect an inflammatory diet may be wiring you for pain. Sure, I’m always happy to adjust someone and make a living, but if you’ve been given homework and you don’t do it, I better not hear you blame chiropractic when you’re hurting again!

8. Chiropractic may help you get sick less.

Studies have indicated that adjustments consistently reduce the production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with tissue damage and pain, and may also enhance the production of immunoregulatory complexes important for healthy immune system defense. As far back as the deadly flu pandemic of 1917-1918, chiropractors noticed that their patients seemed to have fewer fatalities than among the general population and were able to publish their work in an osteopathic journal since no scholarly journals were accepting chiropractic data. The estimated death rate among patients of conventional medical care in the U.S. was estimated at 5 to 6 percent while the fatality rate among influenza cases receiving spinal adjustments was estimated at 0.25%.

9. “I heard I’ll have to go forever” is a myth.

You may want to go to your chiropractor forever once you’ve started because you didn’t realize how great getting adjusted is, but your doctor won’t expect you to come for continuous care without symptoms. Generally, if you come in with pain, once you’ve been treated for your initial complaint, you’ll be scheduled for a few more appointments to make sure proper motion is being maintained, then it will be recommended you return occasionally to be checked just like you would go to the dentist to get checked for tartar buildup and cavities. Of course, many people still choose to see their chiropractor weekly or monthly for wellness or maintenance care.

10. Adjustments don’t hurt.

There is no bone snapping or warrior-style pulling heads off spinal columns! The neck adjustment some chiropractors use causes anticipation for many new patients, but is actually much more gentle than they imagined, and involves a quick, direct thrust to a specific spinal bone. The sound an adjustment makes is called a cavitation and is only space being created within the joint causing gasses to be released from the joint capsule, which creates the popping or cracking noise. Also, chiropractic adjustments will not wear out your joints, as some imagine because they have been warned not to “crack their knuckles” for this reason in the past. Adjustments, unlike “knuckle cracking” or having your friend stomp on you while you lay on the carpet, are applied specifically to improve the motion of your joints and limit the small dysfunctions that over time can lead to arthritis. Most people after an adjustment describe the feeling as being “lighter”, having greater ease in moving the body, and being able to stand up taller.


Recipe Of The Month

Crispy Chinese Orange Chicken



Crispy Chicken:
1 ½ lb. chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
¾ c. cornstarch divided
1 egg whisked
½ c. olive or vegetable oil divided

Orange Sauce:
1 T. olive or vegetable oil
2 t. cornstarch
2 T. soy sauce gluten free
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. rice wine vinegar
½ – ½ t. red pepper flakes
1 c. orange juice

Cooked Rice
Extra red pepper
Green Onions


For the Crispy Chicken:

1. In a medium-sized shallow bowl place ¼ c. cornstarch.
2. In a second, medium-sized shallow bowl place 1 whisked egg.
3. In a 1-gallon ziptop bag place ¼ c. cornstarch.
4. Take chicken cubes and dip in bowl of cornstarch, egg wash and then place in gallon bag. Once all chicken is in the bag pour remaining ¼ c. cornstarch over chicken cubes and toss to coat.
5. In a large skillet over medium-low heat pour 3-4 T. oil and completely coat the bottom of the pan.
6. Place half of the chicken cubes in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, cooking chicken thoroughly.
7. Remove chicken from pan and place on paper towels to let the excess oil drain. Repeat with second half of chicken cubes.

For the Orange Sauce:

1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine 1 T. oil and 2 t. cornstarch. Whisk for 30 seconds over medium heat.
2. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, red pepper flakes and ½ c. orange juice. Whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Add ¼ c. orange juice and continue to whisk until sauce begins to thicken.
3. Add remaining orange juice, stir and let simmer for 3-5 minutes or until sauce begins to stick to the back of your spoon.
4. Place drained chicken into the sauce and toss to combine. Serve chicken with green onions, rice and vegetables of choice.


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