The ways society views medicine and wellness are changing. No longer are patients satisfied with the way things have been for the past few generations. These days, people who suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, inflammatory illness and more are seeking complementary and alternative therapies to enhance their medical team’s healing efforts. If this sounds like you or your loved ones, chiropractic care may be a perfect addition to what you’re already doing to improve your overall health and well-being.
Are you suffering from back pain and discomfort? Perhaps you’ve been involved in an auto accident or injured at your workplace. You may be suffering from a loss of range of movement, or you’re experiencing pain. An expert in chiropractic care in Richfield, MN, can help. However, it is important that you choose the right provider. The following tips will help.
Here’s a heartfelt testimonial from a gentleman in a car accident who came in because we mailed him a postcard. His name is withheld to protect privacy. This man is 60+ years, fit and very active.
“Vibrant Life Center Testimonial
I make my living in marketing. And if there is one single buzzword we use all the time in our business, it has to be integrated; which means “various parts or aspects linked or coordinated.” In other words, when it comes to marketing, it takes a coordinated combo platter of platforms and programs for a business to be successful. The same is true of our health, and health care providers. It takes an integrated, multi-pronged approach, and a community of caregivers, for us to successfully manage our health.
This was driven home a few months ago as I was driving home from work. On a four-lane surface street, a driver having a medical emergency of some type, had passed out at the wheel, crossed over to my side of the street, and without braking or taking any evasive maneuvers, hit me nearly head on.
The jolt was big, as was the shock. At least physics had provided a little protection. My full-size pickup truck fared better than the other driver’s Honda Accord. And although a quick inventory yielded no broken bones and cuts, my head hurt, as did my neck and back.
I didn’t want to go in an ambulance, but I did want to get seen by an MD immediately, both for peace of mind, as well as for insurance documentation purposes.
The urgent care doctor, who happened to be the father of one of my son’s former classmates, said I was lucky, and that is wasn’t “too serious.”
I took the next couple of days off from work, and that’s about how long it took my home mailbox to fill up with brochures and letters from rehab facilities, personal injury lawyers and chiropractors. It’s kind of overwhelming and intimidating. You know you need some help, but what kind exactly? And from whom?
Fortunately, I am on really good terms with Google, and pretty soon I was filling my brain with information and testimonials and figuring out my next steps.
I had never been to a chiropractor, but my research was pointing me to one in particular, and I walked in to the Vibrant Life Center and a consultation with Dr. Barrett.
As a former D1 soccer player and life-long avid amateur athlete, I was impressed at the number of elite athletes, including Olympians even, Dr. Barrett has worked with.
Nobody wants to maximize their body’s potential more than an athlete, and his experience more reassured me, than impressed me.
I say reassured because I found a whole lot of negative stuff about the chiropractic profession online, and to be honest, it kind of made me a reluctant patient.
I shared some of the studies and stories that most stuck with me, and Dr. Barrett knew them all. He had a well-developed response to each of them, and patiently addressed my concerns.
He didn’t take offense to anything I had to say, and understood I simply didn’t have any personal experience to draw from when it came to forming an opinion about chiropratic care.
After the consultation, Dr. Barrett emailed me a number of gold standard clinical research studies to assuage my concerns.
One of the things that most impressed me about the Vibrant Life Center is their integrated (there’s that word again) approach to health and wellness. It includes not only chiropractic care, but diet and nutrition, massage therapy, targeted exercise, etc.
First though, we were going to go to the film. I really try to limit the amount of x-rays I undergo at the doctor and dentist offices, but Dr. Barrett assured me I could benefit from having a couple taken of my neck and spine so we could see what we were dealing with. And I can tell you, I didn’t like what we saw one bit.
On my neck x-ray, Dr. Barrett pointed out the discs that serve as cushions between the vertebrae. My C3 and C4 disc, between the third and fourth cervical vertebrae, were compressed and squishy, not plump like they should be. When a disc tears, or herniates, its gel-like center is pushed outward and can exert pressure on nearby nerves or the spinal cord.
And the lower part of my spinal cord also showed signs not only of this injury, but a previous injury. Dr. Barrett asked if I had ever been “hit” from the left side. I told him I had been broadsided on the driver’s side of my car by a drunk driver in another accident 10 years ago. He asked what treatment I received, and I told him I was basically uninjured. He said the words automobile accident and uninjured don’t really belong together in the same sentence.
The x-rays were very disturbing. When I look in the mirror, I see the same youthful guy I have been seeing for the past 20 years or so. But when I look at the x-rays, I see a high-mileage body with some significant wear and tear!
Dr. Barrett told me they couldn’t completely undo the damage of the accidents, and certainly couldn’t erase the years, but they for sure could help me repair and recover and get back to a place much better than I would be otherwise.
So I began a weekly regimen of adjustments on my neck and spine from both Dr. Barrett and Dr. Schoenecker, as well as a massage from Sylvia.
I began to feel increasingly better, until one fateful day two months into my recover that really set me back.
I was cleaning out the garage, and as I bent over to grab a 50-lb tube of sand, and move it, I knew l had goofed up. Specifically, I had a severe lumbar strain, a stretch injury to the ligaments, tendons, and/or muscles of the low back. The stretching incident results in microscopic tears of varying degrees in these tissues. Lumbar strain is considered one of the most common causes of low back pain, and it hit me big.
Just as it started to feel a little better though, I must have done something to it again, because the pain began to get worse. Much worse. For the first time in my life I experienced sciatic nerve pain. From my butt, down the back of my leg, and over to the nerves on the front of my right leg, next to the shin.
I tried everything, from my adjustments and massage, to heat, ice, stretching, swimming, hot tubs, a little exercise, no exercise, and on and on.
I couldn’t bike, run, go to the gym, or do any of my normal activities. In fact, as I attempted a walk around Lake Calhoun (I got about 200 yards), the pain was so bad I turned right around, got in my car, and drove to urgent care.
There wasn’t even any relief in the form of a prescription. The muscle relaxers the urgent care doc gave me didn’t work.
But he did give me some advice when I asked him what he thought of the chiropractic profession in general.
He said there are quacks, just like there are in any profession, and he said there are some who make outlandish claims, without the science to back them up, just like in other areas of the medical profession.
He then went on to say he has known some really good chiropractors, who are committed to helping their patients improve their lives. Bottom line, “use your own judgement based on your benefits. If you feel better when you leave there, great, make them a part of your caregiving community. If they’re not helping you get better, then stop seeing them.”
Eventually my pain stopped, and I was able to resume my normal active, athletic activities, relatively pain-free.
And I do always feel better when I leave Vibrant Life Center, physically and emotionally.
From the bubbly, enthusiastic, energetic greeting I always receive from Bridget at the front desk, to the adjustments from Drs. Barrett and Schoenecker, to the skilled massage therapy administered by Sylvia, I have been compassionately cared for by a loving little community called Vibrant Life.
There are others involved in that work…my spouse, my family, my primary care physician, the urgent care docs I have consulted, my Pilates trainer at the gym, a nutritionist who helped me with a gut cleanse, and so on. It takes an integrated, multi-pronged approach.
Integrated. That’s also a buzzword in medicine these days, and not just marketing. Integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health…the patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
We all need committed, caring partners in life, and while I regret the event that brought me to their doorstep, I don’t regret my decision to make everyone at Vibrant Life Center partners in my recovery. ”
Most people are unaware, as was this gentleman, that if your injuries are caused by an accident, you have coverage from your auto insurance. Even if you already have problems but they are aggravated. You’re still covered. It works out better to take care of it right away. This gentleman was concerned about the profession, the means in which he was introduced to our office, but took the time to patiently weigh the evidence and it worked out better for him. No miracles. Just a common sense approach to being healthy.
Listening to talk radio today and heard an advertisement for a supplement that “takes care of all my aches and pains”. The paid spokesman went on and on about how great it is and he has his wife taking it daily too. It’s all natural. It’s not a drug.
That pitch, “all natural”, “non drug”, isn’t all it sounds like. Many of the drugs are derived from the natural source, split into components and delivered in a measured dose.
White willow bark for instance. It’s a natural pain killer. Yes, the bark of this tree contains salicylates (salicylic acid = aspirin) which just like aspirin. Use enough and you will stop your clotting just like aspirin does and have bleeding ulcers, hemorrhagic stroke etc… Natural is true. Safe, not so much.
Red Yeast Rice is also natural. It contains the same chemical that the drug lovastatin uses to artificially lower cholesterol…. and dissolve your brain and damage muscle tissue and increase your risk of death from all causes, but I digress. The “natural” label doesn’t confer any special safety on the product.
Marijuana or CBD is probably the most popular and talked about recently. There are lots of examples. But, here’s the pitch cut and pasted directly from the website in the advertisement I heard. The name of the product isn’t important. The idea behind using it is.
Pain is a key reason why people go to a doctor. X was designed to help your body reduce pain associated with aging, exercise, and everyday living. Physicians at a well-known clinic in the Pacific Northwest were asked by their patients to create a 100% drug-free supplement to help their bodies lower or eliminate pain. As a result of much research, four ingredients were combined together in one amazing product that we now call X.
X is a powerful and unique combination of botanical ingredients and fish oil. It was formulated by physicians and is now trusted by many thousands to provide ongoing relief from their pain…back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain, including general muscle aches and pains.”
This thinking, “ongoing relief from the pain….” isn’t consistent with health. It is what I call a drug approach, even though it’s not a drug. It’s using a chemical to treat a symptom, pain in this case, rather than correct the cause.
Pain is there to signal your brain to quit doing what you’re doing to prevent further damage. Would you take a supplement that allowed you to avoid feeling heat so you could grab a pan out of the oven with no hot pad or oven mitt? It would still burn your skin, you just couldn’t feel it. Does that seem reasonable?
Why then, does it seem reasonable to take supplements, let alone medications, that cover of the symptoms of damage occurring? This doesn’t make drugs wrong. It makes how some use them cause more problems.
Using medications or supplements to control a symptom so you’re not miserable and can sleep can be a good thing…. while you work on the actual problem. But, taking supplements or medications daily to control a symptom is an indication that the problem’s cause hasn’t been addressed.
Finding and correcting the cause of the problem is how people actually heal. Supplements don’t do that. Medications don’t do that. Doctors don’t do that. Only the power that made you can do that.
The interference to your body running properly needs to be identified and corrected. It could be a steady diet of Pop Tarts. Not usually. People with health problems usually have already started on a path to correcting their diets. The reason that doesn’t always work is because the control system in the body loses it’s connections due to physical trauma. “Trauma” isn’t always falling out of a building or a car accident. Repetitive micro-trauma (factory work) and postural distortions due to work demands also cause this.
Somebody’s got to get to the cause of the problem. Taking supplement X isn’t going to solve it. It will help to add things like fish oil, resveratrol, probiotics and other things your body can use to heal. But, they aren’t the “treatment”.
Start with the understanding that your body knows what it’s doing. It’s not making a mistake. This is a fundamental difference in approach we use. Our culture, pushed by Pharm and the medical industry, has sold an idea that is flawed. The idea that you take this for that, and go to work is why our friends and family are getting sicker. It’s why our country spends more than double any other country on the planet on drugs and surgery. It’s why our kids born today will not live as long as we will. It’s why we are sick.
The lifestyle of eating live and organic, keeping your nerves working properly, getting oxygen to all the cells in your body, resting well and having great relationships, is what will keep you healthy, running fast, jumping high and living life to the fullest for as long as possible.
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Not true. Never was. The state law simply requires the Superintendent of each school district to report to the Commissioner of Health, the vaccine status of the student population. That’s it. The law does NOT require “immunizations for school”.
So, that means it does require the form completed and notarized if you don’t vaccinate. Oh, by the way, they call it an “Immunization Form” on the State of Minnesota’s website. That’s incorrect. Vaccinations is not immunization. Vaccines don’t create immunity. The use of the word ‘immunize’ overstates the effectiveness.
Now that the basics are out of the way and you can relax about making pediatric appointments so your kid can go to school next week, what do you need to consider to make this decision?
- Is my child at risk of dying or permanent injury from a disease that could be prevented by vaccinating?
Otherwise, why would you vaccinate at all? Just to prevent a day or two off school so nobody has to miss work to take care of her and she can’t go to daycare? I think that’s not a great reason.
If that logic makes sense then you’re simply down to determining what diseases could actually permanently injure or kill your child. That list is pretty short.
I’d list all the vaccines that have no potential to save your child’s life but that list is too long. Let’s just do the ones that really could pose harm. Pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu), and that’s for kids under 3 years whose immune systems are still developing. The whole rest of the suggested vaccination list doesn’t protect anyone from dying or permanent injury. They protect the income of the parent who wouldn’t need to take off work to care for a child with chickenpox or measles. I know you’ve heard measles can kill…. Yes, in 3rd world malnourished kids suffering vitamin A deficiency. That’s not your kids in suburban Twin cities.
What about meningitis? From vaccination? Far more common. That’s off your list of concerns too.
Tetanus? Your child’s risk is wy less than winning the Powerball. Would you invest a nickel or a minute of your time at that risk level?
So, whooping cough and flu in toddlers and infants is the deal. You’ve got to decide if you can manage those things if you decide not to vaccinate. Vaccination really does improve your child’s response to those pathogens. These problems are manageable whether you do or don’t vaccinate. It’s not the end of the world if you know how to help your child through these. One of the main reasons these or other diseases elevate to complications and hospitalization is the home care that includes antipyretics, like Tylenol and cough suppressants impair their ability to fight the infection, as well as other medications used for other problems before this infection. For instance, a child given antibiotics at any point, typically for ear infection. They are rendered immune incompetent and will be less able to fight off the flu due to the antibiotic treatment he was given some time earlier. These are variables you need to consider.
If you decide to vaccinate, you should know by now if you’ve heard me speak or write on these things in the past, there has NEVER BEEN ANY SAFETY TESTING OF ANY VACCINE. You are ‘rolling the dice’ with your child’s health. Maybe he won’t be hurt this time…..
How can it be that there is no safety testing? Because vaccines get special treatment. The drug companies do not have to use placebo control groups to measure the outcomes for the vaccinated and “non-vaccinated” test groups. The so called non vaccinated group has already been vaccinated and in addition, they are injected with all the preservatives, aluminum and other vaccine ingredients, just not the pathogen. Thus, there’s no way to determine whether the aluminum causes problems or the formaldehyde or the human DNA or whatever….
And that’s why the results of this sham safety testing show no differences between the group that’s vaccinated and the group that supposedly isn’t vaccinated. And that’s why the media, the government, your pediatrician and others keep claiming that vaccine injuries are rare and autism and vaccine link has been debunked. It simply hasn’t. No one can say that yet.
Until someone will do a study with a true placebo group of kids that haven’t been vaccinated, no one can claim autism or anything else isn’t related to vaccination or any injury claim has been debunked. I know they keep claiming that they’ve done the work. But, they haven’t due to polluted, fake vaccine control groups. Every single one of the trials. Not a single one. Not one, used an unvaccinated placebo group. You will read that there is unvaccinated groups if you read the research, but you have to dig deeper to see that they are lying about this. They are only unvaccinated with respect to the single vaccine they are now testing.
Why won’t anyone do a vaccine safety trial with true placebo controls? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (Professional group of pediatricians speaking on behalf of the profession), it would be “unethical to withhold lifesaving vaccines from any group of children to do this testing.” In other words, since they confer some benefits, and we already know they’re safe why would we study safety? As we said, we know they’re safe.
That is absurd. There are groups that don’t vaccinate their kids regardless of how unethical the folks at the AAP feel about it. 7th Day Adventists, Amish, Chiropractors…. there’s lots of people who don’t vaccinate. It would be quite easy to enroll them as the placebo group. In fact, those groups have been begging to do this for decades. The AAP’s position is disingenuous. The CDC and every state health department all get money from drug companies to keep vaccinating and run “educational” programs on the topic. There’s lots of folks, not just pediatricians, politicians and bureaucrats on Merck and Astra Zeneca’s payroll.
There have been a couple other attempts to do this without the government funding to properly and satisfactorily address the concerns of the generalization of the results to critics. For instance, the two studies that have been done have been retrospective analysis of vaccinated versus unvaccinated. A phone survey of parents. So, it doesn’t really compare to a clinical trial. It’s a starting point and the government or certainly any drug company isn’t going to do the clinical trials.
Regardless, the results of that preliminary study was pretty damning to the vaccination program. The unvaccinated were far more healthy and less likely to have died already. They did however, experience more cases of mumps, measles, chickenpox etc… As you would expect. As I mentioned above, vaccines DO tweak the immune system to respond to a particular “bug”. So vaccinated experienced less symptomatic reportable disease.
Unfortunately, the vaccinated kids who had less chickenpox also experienced more asthma, eczema, allergies, ear infections, autism, learning and behavioral problems than their unvaccinated peers. These are lifelong, chronic problems. In addition to the more likely to have died (SIDS) if vaccinated than unvaccinated.
That’s the trade-off. Nobody wants to miss work and stay home with their sick kid. A vaccine might lower the risk of that happening. But nobody REALLY wants to go to the doctor repeatedly for asthma medication, keep epi pens in the cars, house and school, have their kid’s skin constantly irritated and searching for just the right diet to decrease the eczema, figure out what antibiotic we’re going to use next because the last one was ineffective, or find a tutor to keep him up to speed at school, or find a special school where he can attend at all, or find a personal care attendant to be with him 24 hours per day and change his diapers when he’s 13 and for the rest of his life. Or, go to your own child’s funeral. The odds of you attending your child’s funeral are higher if you vaccinate.
Maybe you get away with it, vaccinating and there’s no clinical evidence of harm. (Some doctors think we are all damaged by vaccination. Just so incrementally, we can’t measure it.) Maybe you don’t. Everybody must make the decision for their own family.
Here’s some really damning evidence that the New York Department of Health discovered blood tests to determine your child’s risk of autism after vaccination. It’s from 5 years ago. http://www.ageofautism.com/2018/08/houston-we-have-autism-biomarkers.html
New York, nor the CDC has lifted a finger to warn parents or do anything further.
I hate to conjecture on what drives this behavior. But it’s real. Other countries are figuring out the cause of autism while the US is in denial. https://jbhandleyblog.com/home/2018/4/1/international2018
Full disclosure. By now you likely know we didn’t vaccinate our kids. They are now adults. Did they get sick? Yep? Years 2-4 were lots of stuff, runny noses and hacking cough. They went to daycare. Croup, chickenpox, measles. Once they developed the immunity to those things which takes about 4 -5 years (and that IS immunization which they carry the rest of their lives, unlike vaccination which is partial and goes away within a few years) they were much stronger.
It wasn’t until my son was in college and called me at the office one day very concerned that it hurt to swallow, that I realized it had been well over a decade since he’d had anything at all. He called incidentally because he thought he was going to die as he didn’t remember ever having a sore throat. He did have them, but he was 4 or 5 or something. Now he was a college student in a dorm with a “germaphobe” roommate. (as a side note and over generalization, I’ve noticed germaphobes are sicker than most.) His germaphobe roommate was a petri dish of pathogens brought on by 18 years of his parents giving him antibiotics and antibacterial soaps rather than eating healthy and chiropractic care. Sleeping in that young man’s room would be hard on anyone’s immune system. My son did alright with it. He had to adapt. Quit eating mac and cheese in the college cafeteria and quit saying he was too busy to get adjusted, which he conceded after dealing with his first upper respiratory infection in a decade. That’s how you adapt. Eat right, sleep right, move right, and keep your nervous system working so it can figure out what’s going on in the world and cause your body to do what it needs to do. Make antibodies or sleep an extra hour. Let it do its thing.
God created you perfectly. You don’t need any help. Just no interference.
Dr. Daniel T. Barrett
After you visit your favorite chiropractor, you may feel better than you ever have before. What can be difficult is keeping the feeling going after the chiropractic care is long over with. There are many things in life that can cause your body to become unaligned, but the good news is there are also things you can do to ensure the best results for the longest period of time.
Have you been considering getting chiropractic care? Perhaps you have been having some pain in your back, or maybe you are recovering after an accident. There are many reasons that you might be looking for chiropractors in Oakdale, MN. However, those who do not know much about chiropractic care might still be wondering just what benefits it can offer. The following are just some of the reasons that you may want to seek out a chiropractor.