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.

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

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.

“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.

“It Was Just a Fender-Bender”

Have you ever noticed that there are really only two types of auto accidents? There is the, “My car was smashed-I am lucky to be alive-wonder if they are going to total my car-I am hurting all over,” crash. And then, there is the, “It Was Just a Fender-Bender,” accident. You may be surprised, but the Fender-Bender where you just got a little neck pain and a slight headache may actually turn out to be the much more serious accident.

Let me explain. First, the physics of a motor vehicle accident. Force= Mass x Acceleration. Simply put, how hard something hits you is a combination of how big it is times how fast it is moving. If an object is small it can still hit you with a lot of force if it is moving rapidly. The classic example of that would be a bullet. If I throw it at you it wouldn’t do too much damage but when shot with high-velocity it is deadly. Likewise, a large object doesn’t have to be moving very quickly to hit you with a lot of force.
Now, let’s talk about car design. Most automobiles made in the last 15-20 years were designed with collisions in mind. They are engineered to preserve life in a high-speed crash and to preserve damage to the vehicle in a low-speed collision. In a high-speed collision, the car will crumple like an accordion to absorb the force. In low speeds, the car is designed to withstand such force.
In any auto accident, there is a transfer of force. The stiffer the object, the less it absorbs, so it transfers to the next softest thing. The softest structure in a car is a person. So, with high impact collisions, the car will absorb most of the force but in a low impact collision, it is the person in the vehicle that will. As a result, people who are in a minor collision can actually have worse soft tissue damage than someone in a really bad accident.
If you are ever in an auto accident, even if it seems like no big deal, I would highly encourage you to get an examination. Otherwise, what can happen is that joints that don’t heal properly can, over time, become dysfunctional which will lead to poor health and pain. I see people daily with necks that have been through a whiplash injury. At the time of the accident, there wasn’t too much pain. Months to years later, much like erosion, degenerative change takes over complicating the healing tenfold.

Once You Start Chiropractic You Can NEVER Stop! Muaw, aw, aw, aw!

In your profession is there a comment or question you get asked a lot that just sets you off? For me it is someone trying to tell me that once you start chiropractic care you can never stop. It is so ridiculous that I often respond, “I once had a patient who quit and she died the next day.”

Seriously, what do people think is going to happen? The truth is that when you go through a course of treatment your body gets used to functioning properly. Over time, as you put wear and tear on your body, things start to become dysfuncitonal. When things are dysfunctional long enough it produces symptoms. To add insult to injury, when you have been adjusted and know what it is like to feel well, it is more obvious when things are not functioning.
I usually encourage patients to do a maintenance program after their functional correction program. This program consists of getting adjsusted on a regular basis to maintain function. When you become dysfunctional enough to feel symptoms the damage is already done. The art of maintaining is keeping things functional so that you don’t feel symptoms.
With this in mind, the real question is once you start chiropractic care, why would you want to stop?