Proprio…What? or, Are You Coordinated?

One of the best ways that chiropractic can help everyone from everyday folks to elite athletes is by improving proprioception (pronounced: pro-pre[long “e”]-o-sep-shun).

Proprioception has to do with coordination and position sense. Try this experiment. Close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with your fingertip. Were you able to do it? The highest number of nerve receptors that sense movement are in the neck, hands, and feet. All joints, however, have their fair share. The better these receptors work, the better the body can respond.

Let me give you an example. If a person sprains his or her ankle, they are more likely to sprain it again and again. This happens because the ligaments are weak but more importantly because with injury the proprioceptors become dull. It doesn’t have to be an injury either. Posture changes proprioceptors, as well.

The danger of having dulled proprioceptors is a much broader topic than you probably want to delve into at this time. Suffice it to say that if your proprioceptors are not working well, you leave yourself very susceptible to injury. Likewise, pain sensation travels on the same nerve fibers so pain increases as proprioception decreases and vice versa.

The trick to getting these proprioceptors to wake up? Get the joint moving. Lack of motion or improper motion scrambles the receptors. Proper stimulation through movement, improves their function. Chiropractic adjustments and activities that challenge us physically both in strength and coordination are the best ways I can think of to accomplish this goal.

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Would You Take Advice From your Doctor about Car Problems?

I was talking with a patient last week who had just come from her oncologist. To help with the side effects of chemotherapy and to help fight off the cancer cells, she has been doing hour long sessions in my hyperbaric chamber 2-3 times per week. Her energy has been remarkable during chemo. Very little fatigue. One would never know she even had cancer and was on chemo. By the way, she is in her late 70’s.

During her conversation with her oncologist, he told her that she could stop doing the hyperbaric chamber. She shared this with me to which I responded, “Did he give you advice about your car, as well?” She laughed and said, “Of course not.”
Here is my point. I have no doubt that this oncologist is an expert in treating cancer with medicine and that he cares for his patients. I am sure he knows much more than I do about cancer. I am also sure, based on previous comments he has made, that he knows very little about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. So why does he feel compelled to give medical recommendation on something he knows nothing about for a procedure being performed by another doctor?

Side Bridge (Spinal Stabilzation 3/4)

Two of the most, if not the most, important spinal stabilizing muscles of the back are the quadratus lumbori. (quadratus lumborum singular or QL). This exercise is the most difficult of the 4 stabilization exercises but is extremely beneficial.


Food Drive

Will Work for Food!

Please join us at

Thomas Chiropractic’s Annual Food Drive


New patients… Current patients… everyone is welcome!


New patients –– October 19th through 29th

Free exam with X-rays

Free report of findings

One free treatment

…all for a donation of nonperishable food items!

Please call 916.780.1370 to schedule your appointment


Current patients — October 24th
10am-2pm

Free adjustments

Free chair massage

Great food and prizes

…all for a donation of nonperishable food items!


We’ll see you at Thomas Chiropractic, 408 Sunrise Avenue in Roseville!

Food will be donated to the Community Resource Council, Inc.

3 Things to Help Your Allergies/Hay Fever


Let me just start off by saying that I have developed allergies in the last several years and I hate it! That saying, I have had a lot of success managing them with these 3 simple things.

1. Cleanse your gut. An allergy is an over reaction to an irritating foreign object. There are several theories as to why it overreacts. Once such theory is that the body is so inundated with junk that it is in a constant state of histamine reaction. Indeed, all of the dyes, preservatives, and fake substitutes have to be taking their toll. Cleansing the gut will help to settle down the fight and can dramatically decrease allergies. There are 101 ways to cleanse your gut. Here are a couple of ways:
If you want to go hard core this is what you do. Go to the health food store and
get the biggest bottle of powdered vitamin C you can find. Take enough until you
get very loose stools. By the way, it is a lot. On the day you do it, stay close to
home and fast from food all day. The next day go easy on introducing foods.
Stick with fruits and finely ground grains (nothing artificial and avoid dairy that
is not yogurt). Be careful with this one to not get dehydrated, ie. lots of water!
Another great cleanse is to eat only ripe banana (little brown spots on the peel),
plain yogurt, English walnuts, and unprocessed whole grain bread. If you mix
the banana, yogurt and walnuts it is not bad. At night, psyllium husk in orange
juice or a cleansing tea. I do this for as many days as I can stand it (usually 3-4).
Then start introducing other foods slowly. During your allergy season try to
avoid dairy except for yogurt.
2. Use a Netti Pot or something similar. When there is a histamine reaction, the body produces mucous in the sinuses. This mucous then works like fly paper attracting pollen and other allergens. Cleaning out the mucous can make a huge difference. If you have ever had plain water squirted up your nose, you know how unpleasant it is. So please, do yourself a favor and use warm water with the little saline packet they sell. You can make your own mixture but it is a pain and your compliance will suffer. I recommend cleansing the sinuses at least twice a day during allergy season. If your allergies are under control, 3-6 times per week will help maintain.
3. Work on your neck and head. The sinuses drain into several networks of lymph nodes that run along the muscles of the neck. Lymph utilizes gravity and muscle contraction to move down and eventually back into the blood where it will be cleaned by the kidneys and liver. If neck muscles are tight it will block the flow of lymph and the sinuses will back up. Getting adjusted to allow the neck to function properly will cause the muscles of the neck to settle down and be loose. In addition, a good massage can do wonders for getting lymph to flow. Finally, I adjust the cranial bones. When the sinuses exert a pressure on the skull it changes the shape of you head. Moving the plates of your head will help create the right pressure to push the mucous and lymph to where it is supposed to be.

Mesothelioma Pain Management through Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is typically administered to treat and prevent pain and disorders pertaining to the musculoskeletal system that controls the body’s movement, including the spine. However, it is often sought as a form of alternative medicine and complementary care to coincide with traditional medical treatments.

In order to help manage pain and relieve headaches, tension and stress, many cancer patients have included chiropractic care in their course of treatment. Patients interested in alternative treatment, who strongly believe in the body’s ability to heal itself, may find chiropractic care particularly appealing. Alleviating severe headaches and movement pains during cancer treatment may make the treatment process more comfortable for cancer patients, including those fighting mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is mainly cause by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a number of military and industrial applications throughout the 20th century. The symptoms typically take 20 to 50 years to become noticeable and by this time the disease is usually in advanced stages. Treatment options are often limited as the cancer is diagnosed late in development.

Two studies published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics examined the cases of two patients combating cancer. A 57-year-old man diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer experienced significant pain relief and was able to reduce the amount of medication needed following chiropractic care. He also reported an increase in his quality of life during his journey with the cancer following a visit to a chiropractor.

A 54-year-old man diagnosed with lung cancer (a cancer sometimes linked to asbestos exposure) began seeing a chiropractor after experiencing little pain relief one year after he underwent surgery to combat his cancer. The man experienced pain relief immediately after beginning chiropractic care and discontinued use of all pain medications after two visits to his chiropractor. The Journal noted, “These clinical examples offer two specific instances of how chiropractic may improve the quality of a cancer patient’s life.”

Note: Though I am not the author of this blog post, I fully endorse its message and the benefits of chiropractic for patients suffering from mesothelioma. I would also add that in my office we have seen great success helping people who are suffering from a variety of cancers and their subsequent treatment protocols (radiation, chemotherapy, etc.) with both chiropractic and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. –Dr. Thomas

Spinal Stabilzation Exercise Bird Dog (#2/4)

In this video, I explain how to perform the “The Bird Dog.” This is not a difficult exercise but it does require some coordination. It helps facilitate the erector spinae muscle which are the long muscles that run on either side of the vertebrae. I recommend doing this daily 10-20 times after doing the Cat/Cow.

“What is that popping noise when you adjust my back?”


Have you ever heard someone say that they just got their back “popped” or “cracked” by their chiropractor? I get asked all the time what that means. For everyone who already has an idea of what an adjustment looks like, I am simply going to explain the “pop” or “crack.”

First of all, the technical term for the sound is, cavitation. Wikipedia’s definition is: the formation of vapour bubbles of a flowing liquid in a region where the pressure of the liquid falls below its vapor pressure. Makes perfect sense, right?

OK, here is how I explain it. Joints are where bones meet. Between the bones is a joint capsule. It is a space filled with fluid that allows the joint to easily move without grinding the bones together. When you open up or close a joint quickly it changes the pressure in the capsule. With a sudden change in pressure, gas that is in the liquid escapes causing a popping sound. It’s is just like opening a soda pop bottle or can which is kept under pressure to keep the carbon dioxide dissolved in the liquid.

So, the next time you hear someone pop their knuckles or get an adjustment just remember that the popping sound is just gas expanding because of a change in pressure.