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How To Choose A Chiropractor [video]

Naturally, how to select a Chiropractor can be confusing to some people. It can be especially challenging when you’re feeling the pain of your injury. But, it doesn’t have to be.

There are some important things to keep in mind when you decide on which provider to contact. Watch the following video to find out what chiropractic injury specialist Dr. Manfred Alkhas recommends:


Also, be sure to check out what others are saying about a Chiropractor that you’re considering going with. Here’s an example from Yelp.

Dr. Manfred Alkhas DC
http://goodlifechiropractic.com

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Herbs for Weight Loss

Dr.’s Notes:   Herbs for Weight Loss                                    

One of the most common questions I receive from patients involves using herbs for weight loss.  We all want to find a natural, easy, and a safe way to lose weight without hours of exercising.  The answer to this desire is, “dream on”.  However, unlike Aerosmith’s song, “dream on until your dream comes true”, this dream is not happening anytime soon.  The simplest way to lose weight using pill-form has proven to be very damaging to the human body.  As for now, sensible diet and exercise seems to be the method of choice.

However, there are still some natural products you can use to induce better metabolism without any side effect.   Probably the best natural product to increase metabolism is coffee.  Coffee does stimulate metabolism and the recent research shows that it helps in maintaining good blood glucose level.  Off course, the problem seems to be the addictive nature, and the side-effects of coffee.  Anything beyond two cups seems to affect our function such as mood, sleeping patterns, and cardiac rhythm.  Drinking coffee can also be calorically high.   To make the bitter taste of coffee delicious many add a lot of creamer and sugar that cancels the metabolic goodness of coffee.  One can easily add up 40-80 calories of sugar and creamer to make coffee desirable.

The other herbs that may help in weight loss is green tea.  Green tea seems to have the specific antioxidants that help increase metabolism.   However low it may be, one must again, take into consideration the issues of caffeine when drinking green tea.  Seaweed or kelp is a natural metabolic stimulant.  Although I do not like having my hyperactive thyroid patients take kelp because it does stimulate the thyroid gland.  Ginseng, Nettle, and Hoodia herbs are potent herbs for weight loss.  It is noteworthy to state, that Hoodia, (aka, Hoodia Gordonii) works by suppressing the appetite, not increasing metabolism. Having said all this, I will go back to my old unyielding position of good diet and exercise.  Call, email, or just set an appointment with us to discuss any questions.   We feel better when you feel better.  So don’t just “dream on”, make it happen.

Dr.  Manfred Alkhas M.Div., D.C.
Good Life Chiropractic
408-871-1200

Chiropractic and Migraine Headaches

In my practice I see people in pain on a daily basis. Some walk-in with ice packs, walkers, back braces, wheelchairs, and etc. But as far as severity, no pain comes close to a full blown migraine headache. Such patients walk into my practice usually very medicated, with dark sunglasses on due to photophobia, a bucket or a bag for vomiting, and almost always accompanied by a friend or a spouse. This is a snapshot of a migraine patient.

The good news is that over 90% of our migraine patients feel immediate relief after their first visit. It usually takes us less than 10 minutes to clear over 60-70% of the headache.  Hard to believe! Let me make it more interesting: almost all of these patients become migraine-free when they go through the corrective treatment. What is the corrective treatment and why does it work?

It was 1988. I was 21 years old, studying neurophysiology at Palmer-West Chiropractic College. Out of pure coincidence I did some research on migraine headaches. Just by way of simple anatomy, I realized that there was a clear connection between the C1 and C2 cervical nerves and a certain nerve bundle in the brain that are linked to migraine headaches.  My interest peaked and I continued to enrich my spinal adjustment techniques using different methods that improved upper cervical correction. The breakthrough happened when I met a well known Sacro-Occipital Technique teacher named Dr. Roy Skidmore, who passed away in September of 2001. It was through merging the Palmer Diversified Technique and the Sacro-Occipital Technique that our clinic has been able to produce amazing results with different types of headaches including migraine. A usual headache examination consists of:

 

  1. Full history evaluation of the patient
  2. History of previous spinal traumas
  3. Hereditary issues
  4. Evaluation of the patient’s work and home ergonomics
  5. Full spinal evaluation of the patient
  6. A dietary analysis of the patient
  7. Computer scan of the spinal nerves
  8. Thermography analysis of the spinal muscles
  9. Complete x-ray evaluation of the patient’s cervical spine

 

After the evaluation is completed, the patient is set for the report of finding visit, which takes about 45 minutes and introduces to the adjustment plan and lifestyle changes required for maximum improvement. Time wise, an average migraine adjustment visit is at least twice as long as other appointments at our office. These treatments are usually formulated and tailored specifically to the needs of the patients according to their spinal problems.

Results vary, but the majority of migraine patients feel significant improvements in about 4-6 weeks, and begin to see a decrease in the frequency and intensity of the headaches. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient free from the fangs of migraine headaches. The experience is usually emotionally overwhelming and causes other members of the family and friends to become chiropractic patients as well.

TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome

 

TMJ Dysfunction or Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction is a cluster of symptoms associated with the jaw joint.  The name is indicative of the joint formation via the mandible and the temporal bones of the head.  The joint has a cartilaginous disc in between its articulation that may be injured during biting, trauma (severe whiplash injuries or blow to the mandible) or slow chronic grinding of teeth.  Although the joint pain is usually considered very benign, the consequences of TMJ Syndrome can be very difficult.  Unfortunately, in some cases, TMJ Syndrome can last for years, and due to inconclusive treatment protocols and lack of research, many patients seek help from doctor to doctor with minimal relief.

Dr. Manfred’s training in TMJ Syndrome treatments started in 1989 when he personally faced the disease.  Due to the severe stress of clinic entrance exams at Palmer Chiropractic College, Dr. Manfred, then a student at the school, noticed severe jaw pain which forced him into liquid diets for weeks.  Finally, out of sheer desperation Dr. Manfred consulted one of his adjustment instructors and asked for help.  Using the Activator Method and only two visits, Dr. Manfred was pain free with immense interest in treating this debilitating disease.

A good practitioner must diagnose by finding the core cause of the disease.  The patient must be evaluated for any arthritic diseases, hereditary possibilities, traumas to neck and face such as car accidents or sport injuries, bite or dental issues, and grinding of teeth such as bruxism.  TMJ Syndrome is diagnosed when pain, lack of mobility, or noise such as popping sounds present during normal jaw function. About 20 to 30% of the adults are affected by this disease and the majority of the patients are females.  The treatment consists of:

 

  1. Decreasing TMJ inflammation
  2. Decreasing joint fixation using gentle and pain-free chiropractic adjustments
  3. Improving bilateral muscle balance using specific jaw exercises to retrain the involved muscles
  4. Improving jaw muscle tonicity by using specific TMJ exercises
  5. Treating the cervical spine (neck) if involved in the TMJ Syndrome
  6. Possible referral to a dentist for occlusal adjustment (bite adjustment)
  7. In severe cases where medical intervention is needed, the patient may be referred for more invasive treatments such as injecting anti-inflammatory in involved soft tissue or using botox injections to relax the involved muscle

 

If you are suffering from TMJ Syndrome or think you may be having some jaw discomfort, feel free to call our office for a quick evaluation of the condition.  Such diseases should be first treated using conservative methods before any invasive procedures are utilized.  The jaw joint is an incredibly sensitive joint and lack of ease in this joint can decrease the quality of life.  Pain during eating, pain at night during sleeping and jaw pain at work due to stress can be fatiguing.  The sooner you seek help the better your chances of beating this disease.