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Notes and tips written by Dr. David Greif.

Asthma

I caught the weather report this morning and the man on the television said the levels of juniper and mulberry were extremely high. This correlates to what I’m seeing in my office. So, I felt it was the appropriate time to talk about asthma, specifically allergy-induced asthma.

I see a lot of asthmatic patients in my office. Whether it’s because I get results with them or I’m sensitive to this condition more than most, being I’m asthmatic, I cannot say. It’s kind of the chicken/egg phenomenon and not really relevant to this discussion. Bottom line, chiropractic can help asthma and I have helped many asthmatics in my office over the years.

How can chiropractic help asthma? Glad you asked. The mechanism upon which that works is called the somatic-visceral reflex. There was a man named Meric who noticed a correlation with different levels of the spine correlating with different organs in the body. He theorized that if the communication of the nerves exiting out of the spine where not sending a crystal-clear message to the organs, the organ in question would function less than optimally. By improving the communication through chiropractic adjustments, the organ’s function would improve. His theory proved accurate and his system became known as the Meric system. A chart of the Meric system can be found posted on the back wall in my office.

How effective is this treatment? There are contributing factors to the answer to that question. How long has the condition been going on? Are there ongoing irritants restimulating the condition? I’ve noticed some conditions I have a high effectiveness in treating and others I’m less successful. With asthma, I’m on the higher effectiveness level in treating. I’ve adjusted many asthmatics in my office during a several days attack where the secondary muscles for breathing are fatigued and the bronchodilator are giving little relief. An immediate response resulting in easier breathing and diminishing of the wheeze is a common outcome.

So, if your breathing is labored by allergy-induced asthma, give my office a call. I’ll do my best to have you breathing easier, with less drug intervention. Nothing would make me happier. 🙂

Best of health,

Dr. Dave

 

Tension headaches and sciatic pain – by Dr. David Greif

Imagine you have a muscle tension headache, or sciatic pain going down your leg. Is the headache or the sciatic pain the problem or the symptom? I run into people every day that would identify these things as the problem, yet when you look closer they’re the symptoms.

 

Muscle tension headaches are caused by the spine moving improperly in the upper neck, causing the nerves in the area to become irritated and cause the symptom of the headache. Taking a pain reliever, like Tylenol, is the equivalent to ignoring the problem. Even though it alleviates the pain the problem persists in the long run.

 

The same concept applies to sciatic nerve pain. A lot of healthcare practitioners like to state sciatica as if it’s the diagnosis when in fact it’s the sciatic pain in the symptom. A lot of times they ignore probable causes of the sciatic pain and just label the pain as sciatica. What’s causing the inflammation to the sciatic nerve? Wouldn’t treating the cause rather than the symptom make more sense?

 

If you answer “yes”, then your thought process is moving into the realm of chiropractic medicine. Chiropractors work on removing nervous interference by stimulating better ergonomics within the skeletal system and restoring better movement to areas of the spine that are moving improperly.

 

Going back to the Tylenol example for muscle tension headaches and sciatic pain, you should remember that pain is your body’s way of telling you something is not right within your body. By restoring normal movement to the spine, you can lessen the pain by removing the nervous interference. The choice is yours; you can choose to mask the pain with drugs or you can choose to correct the problem.