February 27, 2020

Chiropractic 101

In my experience most people who go to the chiropractor don't care too much to know exactly what is being done and why, as long as the problem they come in for gets better. Given how busy most of us are and how many things there are to keep track of every day, this is completely understandable. However, I also think this is a big mistake, and I'll tell you why.
February 22, 2020

About the NUCCA Procedure

Unless you're completely lost on the internet, you've ended up on this page because there's something you'd like to know about NUCCA. Maybe this is the first you've ever heard about NUCCA. Maybe a friend has recommended it and explained a little, but you'd like to know more. Whatever the case, the purpose of this article is to explain what NUCCA is. I hope it will be helpful for you.
February 14, 2017
scalene muscles can create instability for chiropractic adjustment

A Possible Source Of Upper Cervical Correction Instability

It's frustrating when you don't hold your alignment well after an upper cervical correction. Especially when your quality of life while maintaining that alignment is substantially better than when not. If the reason for instability is due to a correction that's not as complete as it could be, then at least you have something that can be improved upon. But sometimes you've got a great correction that should hold well, but for some reason it just doesn't. You're careful with your sleep position, work positions, you stop sparring with Chuck Norris on Friday nights, but nothing seems to help, and you're having to get adjusted more frequently than you should.
January 17, 2017

Mental Illness, Criminality & Chiropractic

One of the great missed opportunities in the history of chiropractic health care is it’s failure to pursue the success it had established in the realm of mental health care. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s a number of chiropractic institutions operated as care facilities for the mentally insane. Clear View Sanitarium and Forest Park Sanitarium are probably the most well-known. The records of these facilities illustrate the fact that chiropractic (properly applied, of course) […]
May 2, 2016
nucca chiropractic big idea

Another convert to the crazy side

  So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here in my NUCCA practice blog. The truth is that I just haven’t felt like it over the last few months. It turns out that having a kid basically rewires your brain and you forget all the things that used to be high on your priority list–and if it doesn’t, you’re probably a bad parent (so at least I can take some comfort in that). I […]
December 22, 2015
upper cervical chiropractic and concussions banner with football helmets

The Concussion Discussion, Part I

  At one point in the trailer for the soon-to-be released movie, Concussion, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith) is warned that he is “going to war with with a corporation that owns a day of the week.” On December 25 you’ll have a chance to see Hollywood’s portrayal of that “war” between the NFL and the man who began to call attention to the connection between the repetitive head trauma experienced […]
November 11, 2015
forward head posture is a health problem

Forward Head Posture: Why doctors avoid calling it a health problem

  Forward head posture–intuitively we know it’s a bad sign. And medical research tell us that the consequences of forward head posture reach much farther than the obvious symptoms of neck and shoulder pain. So why ignore this easy to identify disorder? And why do many doctors seem to disregard its impact on your health? Forward head posture (also called anterior head carriage) is pretty self-explanatory, and it’s not difficult to detect because it’s so […]
October 15, 2015
Idiopathic scoliosis treatment banner

Scoliosis: Avoid making this costly assumption

Do you live with scoliosis? Has your child been diagnosed with scoliosis? Have you been told it’s “idiopathic” scoliosis, and the only thing to do is wait and see if it gets bad enough to need a brace? Or surgery? The first thing to understand is that there are 3 main types of scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis Congenital scoliosis Neuromuscular scoliosis   By far, the most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, and this is […]
June 18, 2015
X-rays are better than Nazis

X-rays: Better Than Nazis

(or, Answers to Questions I Commonly Get Regarding X-rays) Misaligned spinal bones cause problems. Migraines, neck & back pain, vertigo–all kinds of stuff you’d never expect. I know this because my job is to realign these spinal bones. And when that’s done properly, these problems go away. The thing is, if you want to realign something, you first need to know how it’s misaligned. And since we’re dealing with misaligned bones, X-ray is the obvious solution. […]
June 3, 2015
this is a hooligan fish staring at you

Hooligan: The Best Bait You Ever Ate

I remember my wife Kathy and I driving south out of Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm right after moving to Alaska in May of 2011, wondering why the speed limit just dropped to 45mph in the middle of nowhere. Of course I’m assuming that we’re slowing down for another dose of the ever-present Alaskan summer road construction. But instead we find ourselves motoring through a crowded highway corridor of bucket and net-wielding men, women and children. I had no […]