If you are in Atlanta and you are experiencing back pain, then you must see a chiropractor as soon as possible. The reason why we are urging you to hurry is that this pain can lead to several other complications concerning the nerves and the skeletal muscles present in the back.

Although there are many over-the-counter medicine types which you can use to alleviate the pain, there is nothing better than treating it with chiropractic care. This article is intended to give you all the reasons why this way of treatment is the best option. However, before stating those reasons, let us quickly get through the causes of the back pain.

What causes back pain?

In terms of causes, anything that puts a strain on the spinal cord and the skeletal muscles supporting it can cause the pain. This is because like every organ in our body, these organs can only take a certain amount of strain. The pain is basically an indication that your back has experienced strain beyond its limit. If we state the mainstream reasons for that strain, then they would be the following:

  • Heavy, unbalanced lifting which targets the lower back muscles
  • Ruptured spinal disks
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Having stated the main causes, let us know how they are treated by a chiropractor.

  1. Spinal Adjustments

    In this method, a chiropractor places his or her palm on the affected area and applies a certain amount of force. This technique is meant to realign all the muscles of the spine which are causing the pain.

  2.  Massage Techniques

    Sometimes, a chiropractor recommends massage techniques in addition to the spinal adjustments. One of those massages is the MFR which stands for Myofascial Release. It differs from the rest of the soft tissue manipulations in targeting the scar tissues.

  3.  Physical Therapy

    After the alignment of the spinal cord and the muscles surrounding it, a chiropractor advises his or her patient the exercises which are a part of physical therapy. These exercises target the core muscles and the back muscles thus increasing the stability of the core for maintaining proper posture.

These were the techniques which are used by the chiropractor to treat back pain. As you can see, in all of the three techniques no surgical instruments are involved. This means that the back pain is only cured through encouraging natural movement and alignment in the spinal bones and the skeletal muscles.

That being said, there are several other benefits of chiropractic care:

  • It is far better than using medications,
  • It can prevent back pain in the future,
  • It is cost-effective,
  • There is no need for special diets for it,
  • It can prevent disk herniations and can effectively cure it,
  • It is safer than other cures available.

Back pain affects more than 80% population in the USA. And as much as $50 billion is spent each year on treating it. However, even then, the symptoms still are observed to remain. Thus, this makes a good case for you to only seek care from a chiropractor who is readily available in your city Atlanta.


And Why It Might Be The Best Option For You

Each day there is a long queue of patients in the hospitals who suffered from pain-related problems. The reason can either be their age, daily routine, nature of the job or due to an unfortunate accident. The fact is that, everyone goes through some kind of agonizing pain at least once in their life.

Some of us are dread going to the doctor and instead, take any medicine that would work for us at the moment. However, this is not a vigorous approach rather, it might risk our health. The good news is that, there is a second option of chiropractic care that works quietly efficiently to treat issues of our nervous system.

Some of the widely common pains stricken problems are given below:

  • Head and Neck Pain
  • Cognitive Issues
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Problems

This article will be covering all the necessary guides or information there is about the methodology, possible benefits and misconceptions of chiropractic care in Atlanta city.

Welcome to the World of Chiropractic Care

How does it work?

Atlanta Chiropractor

The technique of chiropractic involves the readjustment of our body position through different adjustments. This is determined through different diagnostic testing to figure out “Why” somebody feels the way they feel.

Some common diagnostic testing are listed below:

  • Thermal scans
  • Surface EMG scans
  • Digital postural analysis
  • 3D Foot Imaging
  • X-Ray Analysis

Why Should You Choose Chiropractic?

The biggest benefit of Chiropractic Care is that the adjustments used in this kind of methodology can work wonders for patients with different disorders.

What to Remember:

When visiting your chiropractor in Atlanta be sure to communicate everything beforehand about your history so that there is no confusion left. Know how is your first chiropractic visit done and what to do.

Who Should Avoid:

Before going for any kind of treatment, it is important to check your medical history and then decide accordingly. If you are suffering from any of the below problems, you should avoid a chiropractic mode of treatment.

  • Spine Cancer
  • Spine Instability
  • Severe case of Paralysis

A Final Word

To sum it up, chiropractors in Atlanta focus on healing the patient’s body by realigning the spine. This kind of treatment ensures that the patient’s nervous system is completely recovered after acute traumas or chronic stress (excess computer usage, lots of traveling, etc.

Considering all the key facts mentioned above, for those of you who would like to seek full recovery after an agonizing back pain, should opt for chiropractic care. Request your appointment here!

Myth #1: Children Don’t Need Chiropractic Care/ Chiropractic Care is only for Children involved in Car Accidents or Major Health Issues

Children can experience spinal misalignments from major trauma, minor trauma such as common falls, and even the birthing process (especially cesarean section, vacuum and forcep extractions). Spinal misalignments interfere with proper nerve function, which is vital, given that the first year of life involves 65% of a child’s brain and nervous system development. Chiropractic care also has great results with common issues such as ear infections, colic, acid reflux, difficulty latching/feeding, sleeping problems, constipation, and bed wetting.

On the other hand, more parents are choosing to be proactive and seek chiropractic care for their children even when no symptoms are present, in order to ensure proper neurological development and optimal health levels of their little ones.


Myth #2: Chiropractic Care Is Dangerous/Unsafe for Children, & They Adjust Children the Same Way as Adults

Pediatric chiropractors who obtain specialized training and certification via the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) are equipped with gentle techniques for children of all ages. Low-force techniques (such as the Activator tool) use the same amount of force one would apply to check the ripeness of a tomato. Newborns and infants are adjusted with a sustained contact. Trained pediatric chiropractors will analyze and determine the proper technique needed for each child.


Myth #3: Children Must Be a Certain Age to Receive Chiropractic Care

It is never too early for a child to be seen by a chiropractor. Some children are seen days, even moments after birth, due to the stress on the spine during the birthing process. On the other hand, it is also never too late to seek chiropractic care for children. Children at any age can benefit from chiropractic care during their various stages of development.

Ideally, to maximize the benefits of chiropractic care for children, it is advised that mom seeks chiropractic care during her pregnancy. Care during pregnancy ensures proper alignment of the pelvis, which allows adequate room for the baby to properly grow and develop. Correctly aligning mom’s pelvis also promotes a more efficient birthing process for both mom and baby. For more information on publish research regarding children and chiropractic, visit icpa4kids.com.

Ready to bring your children to pediatric chiropractor? Schedule your appointment now by clicking the button below.

At Corrective Chiropractic, our goal is to always be cutting edge and have the best technology to produce the best results for our patients. As of March 2014, we have invested in 2 Live Vibes. The Live Vibe is the newest body vibration therapy that helps increase our patients results goals) (by helping them get the correction they need. We invested this to add more value to our patients.

Live Vibe Full Body Vibration is mostly used by professional athletes, at home, health clinics, etc. This whole body vibration tool has lots of known benefits like muscle strength, correct loss of cervical curve, improve overall body posture and balance, increase health immunity, reduces pain, revitalizes the musculature around the spine, and provides exercise and vitality to patients with inactive lifestyle.

When using the Curve Restoration Unit (traction on wall), you will turn on the Live Vibe to get 3x the benefit of helping to rebuild the neck curve. The Live Vibe is also effective for osteoporosis or osteoarthritis patients that need help with remineralizing bone and increasing bone density.

When you stand on the Live Vibe, your muscles will make rapid adjustments to adapt to the stimuli and this will help reclaim your balance and allow you to stand up taller.

Professional Athletes

The results with vibrating plates has been shown to be exceptional. When you do some research, you’d find that many professional athletes and well-known people are using vibrating platforms to workout.

Below are some professional sports teams that utilize whole body vibration. I always say, the best way to train and care for your body is similar to how professional athletes train and care for their body.

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Blue Jays
  • Calgary Flames
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • LA Avengers
  • LA Dodgers
  • LA Kings
  • LA Lakers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Miami Heat
  • New York Giants
  • New York Mets
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Diego Padres
  • S. Korea Soccer
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • US Olympic Training


Our Goal

Our goal is to keep providing you with the best corrective chiropractic care in Atlanta, investing in a tool like Live Vibe is just one way we work to help you achieve optimal health. Request your appointment now!

Difference Between Physical Therapists and Chiropractors

Difference Between Physical Therapists and Chiropractors

Many people come to our office with either back, neck, shoulder, or hip pain thinking they either need to see a chiropractor or physical therapist, but they use the terms interchangeably. The fact is that Chiropractors and Physical Therapists (PT’s) are so different in their practices; it would be the same as if someone had tooth pain and they were thinking of going to a dentist or cardiologist. These professions, like chiropractic and PT, learn different information and each have its own specialty. I’m writing this article so you know you’ll know what’s the difference between physical therapists and chiropractors.

Let me first preface that if you ever go to a chiropractor or PT who negates the other profession, please walk away. This person is usually not in the best interest of the patient and their results but more interested in the dogma between the two professions.

History of the Two Professions

Physical therapy was founded in 1916 when the polio outbreak occurred and people needed a profession to re-educate the muscles. The field then grew significantly during WW1, as many people in the army were getting injured and needed to rehabilitate their muscles and soft tissue…which is when PT is the best!

Chiropractic was founded in 1895 when DD Palmer, a magnetic healer, adjusted his janitor, Harvey Lillard’s neck, which restored his hearing. DD felt Harvey’s neck, and on the top vertebrae which controls eyesight, headaches, and hearing he noticed it was sticking out. He then adjusted this vertebra back into place, and Harvey noticed his hearing slowly coming back. The profession began to grow rapidly as chiropractors began seeing people with many different problems including vision, cancer, heart disease, and other issues related to the nervous system.

The Difference

If I ever had surgery on my shoulder for a tear or other issue, there is a high likelihood I would see a PT to re-educate the muscle and stretch out the joint. The PT would also teach me exercises and other trainings I could do at home to maximize the recovery. Physical therapy is great for tendonitis, sprained ankles, or for a post-op recovery on any joint. PT’s are the experts in this department, and nobody can argue with that especially because their techniques such as ultrasound, dry needling, and specific stretching techniques, are so successful.

When it comes to the spine however, chiropractors are the experts. They detect and correct subluxations in the spine, which are misalignments that can cause nerve pressure. Sadly, with computers and slouched posture only a few chiropractors like myself focus on corrective chiropractic. This type of chiropractic detects the cause of the problem and works to bring the spine back to alignment through many objective tools such as x-rays, postural assessments, range of motion, and stress scans.

The Problem

The problem is that some people see a PT for spinal issues, and others see chiropractors for physical therapy problems. If you see a PT for spinal problems, so they can work on your muscles, BUT structurally your spine is completely out of alignment based on x-rays, than you are working on muscles on top of a weak spine. Unfortunately, this could make the spine worse as you age because the biomechanics are not properly aligned, which would cause the body to wear out faster. There is no problem seeing the two together and having each professional communicate with one another, but the key is going to the provider who can help with the problem at hand.

PT’s are in the medical realm and great for injuries and problems. Chiropractors are in the holistic and preventative realm and are good for the effects of everyday life, such as sitting in front of a computer, traveling frequently, sleeping improperly, scoliosis, or regular tune-ups for preventative care.

Closing Thoughts

We work with many PT’s who will help support the musculature along the spine as we perform our corrective care work. If you are confused about which provider you should see, please comment on this post or call our office so you can be sent to the correct healthcare professional, keeping in mind that sometimes it may be both.

Do Chiropractors Take Insurance

When it comes to dealing with insurance companies, many people have misconceptions about what they cover. A common misunderstanding is that insurance cards can be used like credit cards to pay for all health related expenses. This, unfortunately, is not true. In this article I will dig deeper into one of the top 3 questions that all chiropractors hear from patients…”Do Chiropractors Take Insurance?”

Proactive vs. Reactive Coverage

I wish I could say that insurance paid for proactive living, such as gym memberships, supplements, mobile thermography, organic food, massage therapy, acupuncture, or any other procedure that would be deemed proactive. I honestly believe our country would be a wealthier place not only from the financial side but as well as the happier side if insurance covered those procedures.

Currently, insurance will pay for medical procedures including drugs, early detection tests, shots, or surgery. However, most of the time, these courses of action can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is not coincidental that people who eat paleolithic diet, workout in short bursts of 15 minutes, get adjusted as part of a lifestyle, regularly get 6-8 hours of sleep each night, and are passionate about their lives rarely get sick or see medical doctors. People who take these healthy measures are actually utilizing “healthcare”, whereas insurance companies cover what I call “sick-care”. It is not because they do not believe in the medical doctor, but they have the similar viewpoint as me and understand we live in a sick-care world.

I am concerned about the motivations behind the astronomical spending on “sick care”. There is big money in these procedures, and many big businesses will not thrive by paying for preventive care or TRUE healthcare.

So, Do Chiropractors Take Insurance?

By now you are wondering when I’ll cover your question, here it comes. If someone is coming to a chiropractic office for maintenance care, or preventative care, then they must pay out of pocket. Insurance will only cover chiropractic if the person is experiencing pain or limited functioning (i.e for medical necessity). Too often, many insurance companies will constantly review chiropractors’ notes to see if clients are going for preventative or reactive care. From my experience, they are more likely to cover reactive care versus preventative.

If you have been to a corrective chiropractor then you know pain is only a small percentage of the issue, and the PROBLEM is where we want to focus. For example, if front view of the spine is twisted, and the curves on the side view are lost then, we know there is a structural problem. Unfortunately, many insurance companies will only cover care once there is PAIN but NOT necessarily when there is a problem, which is why they limit the number of visits a person can utilize per year at a chiropractic office. At my office in Atlanta we specialize in corrective chiropractic care, 10-20 visits in a years period will simply scratch the surface of the work we need to achieve optimal results for our patients.

In a future blog post I will discuss the different phases of care to help explain why it takes time with proactive care.

Become Proactive, Stop Waiting For Reactive Care

A person who is overweight and pre-diabetic wants to live a healthier lifestyle. The insurance company will not pay for functional nutrition counseling, healthy food, gym memberships, or other resources to lose weight before becoming diabetic. However, once this individual becomes diabetic, insurance kicks in to gear and pays for all medicine and other garbage techniques used to keep Type II diabetes which ironically is almost 100% reversible. Further, if this person has heart problems the insurance company will not pay for fish oil, personal trainers, or other supplements, but they will be happy to pay for statin or blood pressure drugs, which run in the hundreds of dollars for people without insurance.

If we want to get serious about our health, then we must become proactive and realize ALL the possible things we can do to maintain a healthy life; they are investments in our futures. Insurance may not cover these procedures, BUT they are the tools that will keep us from using those plastic insurance cards with poor benefits. As deductibles continually skyrocket, co-pays increase, and premiums grow at exponential rates, the best advice I can give anyone is to look at proactive care as deposits in one’s health bank account. A person’s goal should be to NOT use the insurance card, as it is only good for when procedures are medically necessary.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article helps you better understand insurance companies relationship towards proactive care and why chiropractors do take insurance, but only when reactive. I tell all my patients that we need to begin working with the body rather than against it to ensure it is functioning at its optimum level. If you believe the same, please feel free to share this article and/or post a comment with your story below.

If you ask a random person on the street what a chiropractor does the most common response you will hear is “they help with back or neck pain”. Unfortunately, many people have become accustomed to using this response, which has pigeonholed my profession to focusing solely on the back and neck. Removing pain from a persons life is the smallest outcome a chiropractor produces based on the grand scale of how many physiological changes that are happening as the spine is corrected.

By the time someone feels pain usually a problem has been underlying for many years and has now begun to manifest as symptoms. This mentality is far from the typical thought process of the average American as we only think there is a problem when we are symptomatic. If this was true, then people would feel their heart hurting years before their heart attack or feel cancer cells replicating in their body once the cancer hits phase 1. Unfortunately for both those examples most people do not feel the problem until it is too late whether it is at the heart attack or in phase 4 cancer.

The focus of a corrective chiropractor is to find the problem early and get the problem corrected before it becomes painful. Sadly some people are in pain by the time they come to a corrective chiropractor but this only means the timing of care may be longer. The first phase of correction is eliminating the pain, and the second phase is correcting the problem, which is why getting checked by a corrective chiropractor is crucial as soon as possible. Therefore, you can see if the spine has lost its natural curves before it is too late.

The picture on the right represents a normal neck and shows a beautiful C-shaped curve. Most healthcare providers call this curve the ‘arc of life’ as it sends down millions of impulses and signals through the spine every day to communicate with the rest of the body. When kept in this position, this curve can function at 100% and clearly communicate with the body. From hours in front of the computer, old sports injuries, car accidents over 8 mph, poor postural patterns at work, sleeping improperly, and many other normalbiomechanical issues, we lose these natural curves and let them go through the phases of degeneration. The chart below represents the different phases and what would happen to someone if he/she did not see a corrective chiropractor. What most people think of as ‘due to old age’ or ‘genetics’ can be corrected or prevented based on taking proactive measures towards your health.

The first step is to call a corrective chiropractor and schedule a structural examination. If you live in Atlanta, we would be happy to evaluate you. During our time together, our team will determine how we can help and get you the best results.

The second step is scheduling your Report of Findings. At this time, you will review your x-rays with Dr. Cohen and see if you qualify for our care. If so, we will determine the length, time commitment, and costs of your personalized careplan. There are no hidden expenses and you would know all the numbers before beginning any care at our facility.

The third step is to enjoy the process. Our Community Wellness Advisor, Jessica, and Dr. Cohen are on a mission to change lives through living a proactive life, so please use them as resources to maximizing your care and health.

Below are examples of how we can correct the spine using the tools we have in our practice Atlanta:

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As someone in the healthcare industry that sees a lot of people from all walks of life everyday I find it fascinating the people who come to the office looking aged and the people who come to the office looking healthy. With roughly 100 trillion cells in our body that are constantly regenerating and replacing themselves it is vital that the blueprint in which these cells replace are from a healthier model. The number 1 factor I see when I look at people who look older than their age comes down to one common factor: stress. Stress from work, poor nutrition, over-training, relationships, and other factors that are rapidly aging their body.

Since we will all age and anti-aging is impossible (until Big Pharma finds a drug for that) then for now we will discuss 3 powerful strategies to aging prematurely.

Strategy 1 – Maximize Sulfur Intake

If you have ever studied “anti-aging” and looked into the research then most of it shows how beneficial sulfur intake will be to the body. Behind calcium and phosphorous, sulfur is the 3rd most abundant mineral in the body which has been overlooked.  Sulfur is found in our muscles, skin, and bones and is also beneficial in keeping protein bonds strong. Within connective tissue and cartilage are proteins that have flexible sulfur bonds. As we age our connective tissue and cartilage lose its elasticity and people will notice their arms and legs becoming sagged, wrinkled skin, and tight joint muscles. People who eat food high in sulfur are increasing the likelihood of maintaining tough protein bonds to decrease their tissue from becoming sagged, wrinkles within the skin, as well as reduced pain from tight joints.

Doctor’s Point – In every meal I am always looking for ways to increase sulfur as my goal is to maintain the bonds with proteins and keep my skin tight. Here are the foods  I eat regularly that are high in sulfur: Kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, onion, organic pastured eggs, brussel sprouts, , raw cheese, raw grass-fed milk (Amasai). 

Strategy 2 – Get Adjusted

In the reactive World we live in most people tend to only seek chiropractic care when they have neck or back pain. Those who are forward thinkers and live a progressive and proactive life tend to understand the true value of chiropractic and maintaining a healthy nervous system. The brain and spine regulate and coordinate all function in the body and by ruining it with physical workouts, poor posture, sleeping improperly, and lack of maintenance can decrease the communication in the body. I have seen people who eat paleo or primal and work out regularly but they still have significant digestive problems because they had a scoliosis blocking the communication to the digestive tract. I am not saying chiropractic would cure their digestive problem however it would allow their body to function more properly and aid in the digestive process.

When it comes to premature aging the hallmark study for chiropractic came in 2005 with the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation (JVSR). The researchers looked at the level of antioxidants within the body for people who had long term chiropractic care (2 years +), short term chiropractic care, and people who have no chiropractic background. The antioxidant focus was on serum thiols which act to destroy free radicals within the body that speed up aging and show up due to stress. A 2003 study published by the Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine showed people with low serum thiol levels had increased sickness and disease. The study in JVSR studying chiropractic and serum thiols demonstrated that people who follow through with long term chiropractic have an increase in serum thiol levels. Chiropractor Dr. Christopher Kent explained: ‘Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease.’

‘Going through life,’ he adds, ‘we experience physical, chemical and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. We hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.’

‘Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress,’ concluded Kent.

Doctor’s Point – I have been regularly seeing a chiropractor for the past 8 years on a weekly basis. Our office in Atlanta focuses on structural correction meaning it finds where there is abnormal structure in the body and corrects it through specific and unique techniques. I went through this process my first 6 months under chiropractic care to correct the curves within my spine and now I show up for weekly maintenance check-ups which only take 5 minutes. If you are looking for a chiropractor that focuses on structural correction please place your zipcode in the comments section below.

Strategy 3 – Become a MVP

M – Meditate
V – Visualize
P – Purpose

As the technology era keeps progressing and more people sit in front of computers for hours upon hours at a time it is crucial to take time away and relax the body and mind. Some of us keep our body in a state of fight or flight and we wonder why we have difficult sleeping, anxiety, digestive problems, high blood pressure, and other symptoms associated with high levels of stress. A common piece I notice from many successful people that seem very relaxed is how they care for themselves and focus on MVP.

The first step would be meditating and actually calming the body and bringing it’s wave frequency down. This step is difficult for many people as they cannot sit still for more than 5 minutes nor clear their head for 5 seconds. My favorite technique is called Guided Meditation where I sit somewhere quiet, open up YouTube on my phone, put headphones in, and listen to a guided mediation for 5-10 minutes. There are many different ones on YouTube but type in exactly what you want and there is sure to be the right fit for you: guided meditation sleep, guided meditation prosperity, guided meditation relax, and guided meditation awake are a few examples you could use. 

The second step in the MVP process is visualizing. If you ask someone what they DO NOT want for their life they can usually give you a laundry list of things they are not looking for. However, when you ask what they do want very few can be crystal clear. Since the brain is great at seeing and attracting pictures I like to sit for a couple minutes after my meditation and visualize my day and exactly how I want it to show up. I want to see happy and healthy people coming to my office and referring friends and family, my staff excited and pumped to be there to change lives, heading to meals with my wife and discussing our day, building networks within my community of healthy and happy individuals, and powerful workout sessions of constant personal records (PR). Following the meditation I listen to an instrumental song that gets me fired up and allows me to visualize the amazingness that is going to happen in my day.

The final step of MVP is becoming crystal clear on your purpose and analyze your life to see if you are living it. Sit down for a couple hours and write out exactly what your purpose is and see how congruent you are in your daily life with this purpose. It can be difficult to write this out the first time so once you complete this step I would be happy to read it and make any comments. Also, if you would like to see mine as an example then I must first see yours to see how serious you are and then we can go from there. My e-mail is ACohenDC@gmail.com and I can be reached at any time. If you have already written yours it would be great if you can share it in the comments section below for others to have as a reference.

Doctor’s Point – Every morning I spend roughly 10 – 15 minutes getting my day started on the right foot and making sure I am in the right state of mind. If you have trouble remembering there are apps for the phone you can download that remind you of tasks you need to do before going to bed. My favorite is “Way of Life”

woman sleeping

Before I go in to discussing techniques to better sleep it is more important you get that almost all symptoms derive from the stress response.

The stress response is our bodies way of adapting to a situation and it should be a natural response that is a good thing. Unfortunately in our society most people live their life under stress whether it’s physical, chemical, or emotional stresses. In the wild, when you have animals being chased by their predators the animal which is the prey will be going through the stress response (fight or flight) while it is being chased. This is great as certain physiological responses will happen:

1) Blood pressure rises (you want to hurry and get away from someone chasing you)
2) Cholesterol increases
3) Blood sugar increases (your body needs more sugar when being chased)
4) Serotonin decreases (nobody cares about being happy under stress)
5) Decrease memory (remember cramming in college and not remember everything)
6) Digestion slows down (your body does not care about digesting food in times of stress)
7) Decrease immunity – (immunity will increase after fight or flight to help with the healing response)
8) Decrease sex drive (nobody cares about having sex under times of stress)
9) Melatonin decreases (you don’t want to sleep under stress)

These are many of the physiological stresses that occur while in fight or flight and chronically they lead to the MD drugging us for one of those symptoms. High blood pressure? Pills for that. Depression? More pills for that Diabetes? Drugs for that.

And what really frustrates me about almost all of these is that is that they can be helped naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. If we do things for our body that go to the CAUSE and not just treat the EFFECTS then we can truly living a life of reaching our max human potential.

Hours to Sleep

Now that you get the stress response it is important to learn how to get your best nights sleep. In the hunter and gatherer days the animals would spend the summers hunting and gathering massive food so they can prepare their body for the dark winter months. I truly feel the reason why we have more light in the summer was for that reason which means waking up earlier and staying up later will be ok during these months.

ACTION STEP: Go to timeanddate.com and type in your city to get the time of sunrise and sunset. The goal would be to fall asleep within an hour of this time so your body follows the natural rhythm of the sun.

Foods to Eat Before Bed

*Cherries – lower glycemic index and naturally release melatonin
* Grass-fed beef – for people looking to gain muscle mass it is great to eat beef before bed as it is a slow digesting protein.
* Sweet potatoes
* Water
* Whey protein

Best Positions/Mattresses/Pillows

Best Pillow – Tempurpedic Side Pillow
Best Mattress – iComfort
Best Position to Sleep – On back with pill under leg/on side with pillow between leg

Supplements for Better Sleep

Min-Tran – Stands for Mineral Tranquilizer and calms the nervous system and helps the body relax. Taking 3 capsules a night before bed helps shut down the body if it is fight or flight. Cost – $6/bottle

Cataplex G – This vitamin is made predominantly of B vitamins and helps calm the nervous system. It also helps the body with repair to increase cellular function. Cost – $11

Techniques to Crash

4 x 4 Breathing – Before bed breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe our for 4 seconds, and hold out for 4 seconds. Breathing helps to calm the nervous system which focuses on the cause.

Black Out – Turn the alarm clock around, put black tape on the cable tv light, and make sure there is no light in the room. Even the smallest light can block melatonin and not allow your body to sleep.

Listen to Sleep Meditation – One of my favorite things to do is go to YouTube.com and type in “guided sleep meditation”. Play this before you go to bed and I promise you be “lights out” before the meditation ends.

Remember, sleep is 1/3 of your life and people with poor sleep tend to have poor health. Follow these recommendations and keep increasing your bodys health potential and living the life of your dreams.

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Well, how did you do?


Today marks the 6 month point for the year and we are halfway through with 2013. Did you achieve what you wanted? Did you achieve more than expected?

I love this part of the year as I like to take time off and reflect on how I did with my goals in the beginning of the year and if that was congruent with my purpose.

If you do not know my purpose it is to lead, inspire, and empower my community to live a proactive life through the principles of chiropractic.

After spending some time reviewing what has been accomplished this year I feel very satisfied and ready for the 2nd half.

The key to reviewing your year is looking at different categories and then laying out goals based on those categories. I call it the 6 P’s and they should all be congruent with your purpose. Below I give you 7 steps you can take right now to create an abundant and amazing 2013. The goal is to complete these by July 1 but try and finish them as soon as possible.

I would love to hear what is going great for you in your life so if you feel comfortable please send me your goals for the 2nd half and what you have accomplished in the first half of the year.

7 Steps to an Amazing Part 2 Of 2013

Step 1: Grab a blank sheet of paper.

Step 2: Go somewhere quiet and define your purpose in life. Write it out on the top of the page.  I believe all of us were put on Earth with a specific purpose and we were intended to fulfill that purpose. If you are having trouble then you can use Google to help you write out a purpose statement.

Sep 3: Create a minimum of 2-3 clear goals for the following categories: People, Professional, Play, Personal, and Prosperity. 

Step 4: Write below each goal the date it will be accomplished.

Step 5: Write what are you willing to give up to achieve this goal. Ex: Less time on Facebook, less TV watching, etc

Step 6: What are 2-3 action steps you are willing to take for each goal to achieve it?

Step 7: Review these goals every morning and watch them unfold and become true. I like to print them out and put on my bathroom mirror. Wherever your focus goes energy flows! Put your focus into yourself and watch the energy be created to give you your greatest life.


Purpose – Lead, empower, and inspire my community to live a proactive life through the principles of chiropractic. To be a best friend to my wife.

PEOPLE: Goal: Date night with my wife at least once a week
By When: July 1 – Dec 31
Action Steps: Plan out months date nights a month before.
Have wife put them in her calendar 1 month before
Willing to Give Up: Instead of going to gym at night will go in AM

PROFESSIONAL: Promotions you want to get? Places you want to work? Major tasks completed in your line of work?

PERSONAL:  Seminars you want to attend? Healthier lifestyle patterns you want to add? PS  – Seeing the chiropractor regularly would fall under this category

PLAY: Trips you want to do? Activities you want to plan?

PROSPERITY: How much you want to save? How much you want to earn? Did you buy a new car or buy a new house?