Going Paperless! My Journey Into the Realm of Electronic Health Records

I finally did it! I got new software that allows me to keep your records digitally so that I don’t have a bunch of paper files. The advantages are great but the learning curve is killing me. It is so much easier to hand write a few sentences, that only a few select people will probably ever decipher, and call it good. Now, however, I have detailed, thorough, professional notes in typewritten print that I can pull up with the click of a mouse.

So, the next time you come into my office and I am cleverly toting around my iPad and slowly trying to figure out how to input your concerns, taking more time than you or I am used to, just remember, when I get it all figured out, you will have pristine records… that no one will probably ever read.

Does Chiropractic Heal You?

I had an interesting conversation last night. The gentleman with whom I was speaking (he may even read this) had never seen a chiropractor and was a little skeptical. His comment was that it doesn’t really seem like chiropractic heals anything; only gives temporary relief of symptoms. He was partly right!

Chiropractic doesn’t heal anything, and neither do chiropractors. The body heals itself. The goal of chiropractic is to restore function of the joints and the nervous system that is directly connected to the joints. When there is proper function, the body will heal itself.
As far as his claim that chiropractic only brings temporary relief, that depends. I will concede to that being true if a patient just gets adjusted for temporary relief one or two times. Healing is a process and restoring function takes time. It’s not like your body is a machine where you can just go in and change the parts. In order to restore function, one must go through a course of adjustments that will eventually lead to proper function. The tricky part is figuring out how long one can maintain proper function considering all of the things they do to hamper it. This is why in the beginning a patient may get adjusted 3-5 times a week. After some time, however, the time in between adjustments increases and the goal is to get down to a maintenance of approximately once a month. Of course, if your lifestyle is such that you readily create dysfunction in your body, then once a month might not be enough.
In short, shy of performing a miracle (which is an entirely different topic), healing is a process that not only takes time but occurs every second in our body as we navigate mortality. Chiropractic is a great tool to help promote this constant healing and combat the constant degeneration!


The other day I had one of my favorite patients on my table complaining of a tooth ache. She asked if I knew a good dentist so I told her about my mine, Dr. Ashish Arya, and how great his staff, Lena and Corby are. I proceeded to adjust her neck and jaw, etc. and gave her a card for Dr. Ashish.

I followed up with her last night and she told me that when Dr. Ashish did the exam, not only was there nothing wrong with the teeth, but she did not have any discomfort or pain. He gave her some stretches for the jaw and sent her on her way.
Though not an every day occurrence, a tooth ache that is really jaw dysfunction does happen frequently. The technical term for the joints of the jaw are the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Dysfunction is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome. (Side note: I hear people say they have TMJ, a lot. I always chuckle because everyone has TMJ. What they mean is that they have TMJ syndrome.)
TMD or TMJ Syndrome can be very painful. The temporomandibular joint is a very sensitive joint. Dysfunction can cause headaches, tooth aches, mouth pain, face pain, popping or clicking, and even earaches.
Chiropractic adjustments have been very effective in managing TMD. I work on the jaw and surrounding musculature on a good portion of my patients with great success. So, the next time that you get an earache, headache, or toothache, check with your chiropractor, it could be your jaw!

My Chiropractic Response to Health Care and the Economy

Health care and the Economy have been hot topics for some time. So many people pay through the nose for health insurance that covers little or cannot afford health insurance at all. In addition, so many doctors are struggling either to make a decent living, or are working twice as hard for half as much. This has created a whole new paradigm in the offices around the country

Health care has become consumer driven. In the recent past, you went to a doctor and did what he said and the insurance paid for it. Not so anymore. First, due to the vast amount of information available to us on the internet, we approach the doctor less as a true doctor (in Latin doctor means teacher) and more like a physician (one who is licensed to apply remedies). Secondly, because of the shift in cost responsibility, each doctor’s visit is a buying decision. We want the best care for the least amount. We want options so we can decide what is best because it is our health and our money.
This is my response! First, your health is your responsibility. Please don’t ever let anyone take control of it. Because it is yours, you have choices on how to keep healthy. As a doctor, my job is to educate you on how you can either maintain or regain good health. As a physician my job is to administer adjustments as one facet of your healthcare. I believe that people who get chiropractic adjustments consistently enjoy better health. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that regular chiropractic care helps to maintain a good immune system and promotes flexibility, proper nerve flow and greater balance. If you want to wait until you are sick or hurting, that is yours to decide. Likewise, if you want to exercise preventative or maintenance care, you will reap the rewards. Some lucky people can function properly without chiropractic care for a long time. Others cannot. Some people see the importance of maintaining proper function of their joints and are willing to pay for it because they see that the benefits have value. They also believe that in the long run, it will save them money. Others would rather take the risk until they are affected by it. Whatever you decide to do, they are your options and you need to feel comfortable with them. Likewise, you need to realize that certain approaches have more value. Sometimes the more expensive option will save on future costs. Sometimes it won’t but has more immediate benefits. Either way, do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Now, concerning the economy, we are all in this together. I get it. Because I get it, I put this verbatim in the booklet I give to people at their first visit:
We live in a world of financial instability. Healthcare is a major concern because of cost and access to care. Ultimately, your health is your responsibility and should be one of your highest priorities.

Because of my passion to empower others with the ability to live a healthy life, I believe in giving everyone who is truly desirous of attaining greater health, that opportunity. For this reason, I express to you my promise that if you cannot afford the recommended care to achieve your goals, I will personally arrange a comfortable solution, be it a longer payment schedule, a reduced fee (based on hardship), or something else. I have only Three rules should you need an alternate payment arrangement. 1. Stick to the program. 2. Don’t discuss the arrangement we have made with others. 3. Share your success.

In my office, health comes first!

Why am I willing to bend over backwards to help someone who may not be able to pay me what I am worth? Let’s just say that I truly believe that you reap what you sow. I look way beyond financial success for validation. If I can make a difference in someone’s life and lead them to good health, I feel confident that I will be sufficiently compensated in various ways including financially. So far, I haven’t been let down and have been able to support my family. Some call it Karma, I call it sticking to my purpose.

I cannot take responsibility for your health but I can show you an affordable way to dramatically improve your health. The question is are you ready to be an educated consumer? Don’t let the insurance companies or the government determine your health care. It’s up to you!

Thank You!

Just wanted to write a quick blog post thanking everyone for their participation in Patient Appreciation Week! All told, we saw over 180 patients, 30 of whom were new. Thank you for your kind referrals!

Happy Anniversary!!!

It’s Our 5th Year Anniversary and Patient Appreciation Day!

Saturday March 13th, 10-2pm
FREE Adjustments
FREE Chair Massage
Food, Fun, and Prizes

March 8th-18th
FREE New Patient Exams
FREE New Patient X-rays
FREE New Patient Reports
FREE First Adjustment
Call 780-1370 for your appointment

Everyone is invited!!!

Hey Doc, Which Bed Should I Buy?

I get asked on a daily basis which bed is the best. My honest answer is whichever bed provides the most support while allowing a comfortable night’s sleep. I also share that my best advice is to use the 90 day money back guarantee. I know that this sounds like a cheeky answer but finding the right bed can be tough. You don’t want to invest your time and money into a bed that is going to cause harm. By the same token, it can take 30 days or more to really figure out if your new bed is going to work. That saying, knowing where to begin in helpful. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Keeping the spine in neutral is the most important thing you can do. Beds that are too soft typically let your pelvis sink which can cause low back problems. Conversely, beds that are too firm will push too hard on the shoulders and hips, causing discomfort that can keep you from a well rested sleep. A good bed will help distribute the weight making it more comfortable while keeping your spine in neutral.

2. Your body type will determine what type of bed you need. The less dense a person is, the less support is needed so a soft bed can be ok. In addition, if you have large hips you may need a little more cushion to be comfortable and keep your back in neutral. Same goes for broad shoulders.

3. How you sleep makes a difference. Side sleepers typically need a little softer bed because their shoulders and hips are the major points of contact. Back sleepers should choose a more firm mattress to help support the more distributed pressure. Stomach sleepers should learn to sleep on their side or back after age 5.

After taking your body type into consideration, now you have to find the right mattress. Mattresses are very well designed these days with lots of options that can help even the playing field. This is especially true if you and your spouse have different needs. Here are your options for beds:

1. Innerspring mattresses are the most common. Spring count is the trick here. The more, typically the better the bed. A good spring mattress can work out great for you. It can also break down quickly and sag in high pressure areas.

2. Memory foam is the latest trend but a good one. Memory foam conforms to the body which is soft but provides good support. It can be an excellent choice but some do complain of feeling too hot or feeling like they feel a little trapped. These mattresses are very durable.

3. Latex mattresses are very similar to memory foam in terms of support and durability but spring back a little quicker so there isn’t that trapped feeling. They also seem to be a little better if feeling hot is a problem.

4. Air mattresses (not the kind you suffer on when you visit your family) have some major advantages. A good air bed will have several air chambers and will be adjustable. This is especially good with vastly different body types. The downside, of course, is that there is a possibility of it leaking.

5. Water beds have come a long way. In the past, I would have said avoid anything that can leak. Now, it is possible to get a good water bed that gives good support. Unfortunately, very few people will do well with a water bed and they are a much bigger hassle to return.

If you are in the market for a new mattress you should check out my friend, Christine’s blog, “From Date to Diapers.” She has a contest where she has teamed up with Sealy to give away a free mattress set. These mattresses have a great track record and lots of options to fit your needs.

The final thing to consider about a bed is that your issues might not be with your bed but with your back. If your spine isn’t functioning well, a good bed might help but chances are you just need to restore the function. Of course, I am happy to help with that, too!

10 Good Reasons to Use Chiropractic to Achieve Better Heatlth in 2010

It’s the last day of the year and people are starting to come up with New Year’s resolutions. I would venture to say that at least one resolution you have involves your health in some way. Let me give you 10 good reasons chiropractic should be included in your action plan.

1. Chiropractic helps control pain. Pain is a great de-motivator/distraction. When you get adjusted, you not only get an endorphine release but you also close down the nerve pathways that cause pain. This will allow you to work out with less pain.

2. Chiropractic improves joint function. Working out on joints that are not working properly can create worse problems.

3. Chiropractic improves balance. Balance is very important to good health. Getting adjusted regularly helps improve your balance. This is closely associated with proprioception which was the topic of the previous post.

4. Chiropractic will help improve your posture which will help you look and feel your best. Correcting the posture of the low back will especially help decrease the “pooch.”

5. Chiropractic improves nerve flow to the vital organs. When your organs are working properly your body will be healthier. This is especially true for the organs that deal with elimination of waste like the gut, the kidneys and the liver. When you get the gunk out you will be healthier. This is especially true after binging since Halloween.:)

6. Chiropractic improves hormone function. The thyroid gland controls metabolism and is critical to good health. In addition, balancing estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, etc. can make a huge difference in your energy.

7. Chiropractic is good for your feet. When you make that resolution to go running and your feet are killing you, we can help adjust the foot or do some soft tissue work to get you back out there.

8. Chiropractic can increase your lung capacity. When you get adjusted it allows the joints of and around the rib cage to be well lubricated and move freely. This allows proper inhalation and exhalation. Good breathing equals more oxygen which leads to more efficient cells and better health.

9. Chiropractic can help your sinuses. When you feel like you cannot breathe because the cold you caught just before Christmas just won’t go away, come in for some cranial adjusting and experience what it’s like to breathe through your nose again.

10. Chiropractic restores the body’s ability the work, heal, and function properly!

There you have it! 10 good reasons you should include chiropractic care in your goal to be healthier. See you soon!

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.