ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivy Disorder) is estimated to affect 8 to 10% of school-age children. According to the AMA, diagnosis depends on a complete evaluation because there is no test available that can determine the presence of ADHD in a child’s system. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

Classic signs include:

Inattention and hyperactivity (constant movement of fingers, hands, arms, legs, or feet)

Easily distracted by noises and movement

Inability to control impulsive behaviors and thoughts (often described as a “disconnect”)

ADHD is not a learning deficit – it is a neurological disorder, so a complete evaluation of the child’s nervous system is essential. Insist on one. Your child may learn differently, but he or she is likely very bright when given the right treatments and conditions to thrive.

If diagnosed, please consider adding chiropractic care to your child’s treatment. When the nervous system is involved, the true disconnect can be subluxations in the spinal cord. In difficult cases, spinal adjustments need to be done more often, easing back as the nervous system has time to respond.

While I’m not opposed to medications, this diagnosis can lead to over-medicating children. If your child experiences a side effect to his or her medication, another may be prescribed to counter it. Some children are on several prescription meds – all that can cause serious complications.  Children often become lethargic, depressed, and in some cases the meds have the opposite effect.

I’ve seen positive results in my young patients that include reduction in symptoms and medications.

Call 507-775-2711 to see how we can help.

Dean

 

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Childhood Ear Infections

Ear Infections are the most common illness children experience. They mean severe pain, missed school days, and increased doctor visits.

The cause of most these infections is a block in the Eustachian tubes in the ear. Fluid in the ear back up and clog instead of draining properly.

Chiropractic adjustments change all of this for children by adjusting the vertebrae in the neck and spine into the right position. When these subluxations are relieved,  the fluid drains, and ear infections are reduced if not avoided. Antibiotic use is also decreased.

When is the right time to treat your child for an ear infection? Before it starts. The crucial point is when you first notice your child has a stuffy nose, and the fluids are still clear or when you first notice they are cloudy.

Severe and repeated infections also cause scar tissue to be build-up in the ear which can lead to hearing problems.

So should you bring your child in for every stuffy nose? That’s up to you. The best way to reduce your child’s healthcare issues is to start them with chiropractic care as early in their lives as you can. Their bones are more pliable and eventually “hold” their adjustments better than when care is initiated when they are older. Children who receive regular chiropractic have fewer colds and ear infections.

Your child can suffer less with chiropractic care. That’s important to you as a parent and to all of us at Byron Family Chiropractic.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

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Diabetes

Did you know that approximately one in every three men and two in every five women born in 2000 will suffer diabetes? It’s number 5 on the deadliest diseases list in the U. S. and is growing worldwide.

What can you do to prevent it?

The first answer is often: maintain a healthy weight. This is important, but only half of the equation. When a healthy person includes chiropractic care in his or her life, their chances of becoming diabetic are decreased.

Here’s why: when the nerves in the upper neck or middle back are out of alignment, their pancreatic function is impaired. When this happens, blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced resulting in adult onset diabetes (this is a growing problem in obese children and teens as well) or low blood sugar.

What can you do if you have been diagnosed with diabetes?

When patients combine a healthy diet, a simple exercise program, and regular chiropractic adjustments, many are able to cut back on their prescription drugs or eliminate them all together in as little was one month. (blood and urine levels should continue to be tested to be sure the person’s insulin levels remain stable)

Call us today at 507-775-2711 to get help preventing or reversing diabetes. Do not go off your medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

Located 5 miles from Rochester, MN!

 

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You can read about a remarkable study being done in Canada here: http://www.naturalnews.com/035546_chiropractic_blood_sugar_diabetes.html#ixzz24IRIVecJ

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Get Walking!

You know it’s good for you, but there are so many reasons not to add a walk to your daily schedule. You’re busy, tired, and overwhelmed by life.

Did you know walking fifteen minutes a day helps you cope with these frustrations, as it increases your physical and mental health? Another important fact: not walking or exercising increases your chance of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions.

So – why aren’t you walking?

Here’s a simple plan to help you put one foot in front of the other – safely:

1. Call for a chiropractic treatment. Spinal adjustments increase ease of movement, and lessen your chances of injury. To gain and maintain athletic ability, it’s a good idea to see your chiropractor regularly.

2. Make sure your shoes are in good walking order.

3. Walk. Start with 15 minutes and increase your time as you go. Don’t let boredom stop you – listen to music or an audio book while you cover some ground. If your balance is off, buy an inexpensive walking pole. Some people find increased stability using a set of what are called walking poles.

4. Before and after each walk, drink some water.

That’s all it takes to get walking. What are you waiting for?

Call us at 507-775-2711 to jump-start your walking program.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Breaking the Chains of Obesity

We hear about it all the time: America is getting fatter and sicker. Diet books flood the market, programs charge hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, and more people are signing up for gastric by-pass surgery to be set free from the chains of obesity.

Who is obese? Anyone whose weight is 20% above what is considered their normal weight.

People are morbidly obese, if they are 50 to 100% over their normal weight.

From the slightly overweight to the extremely obese, people experience a similar cycle:

  • Discouragement – they may have tried diet and exercise programs and found they either didn’t work, or more likely the person didn’t work them.
  • Weight gain.
  • Fear of failure is what this discouragement turns into and can lead these people to quit trying.
  • Weight gain.
  • Self-disgust.
  • Depression.
  • More weight gained.
  • And so on.

Obesity impacts the way society treats people when it comes to hiring and job promotions. In some cases, they become “socially unacceptable.”

This is hard, but the most difficult part is when they find themselves “personally unacceptable.” You might think this would increase their determination to lose the weight, but it can have the opposite result.

What can an obese person do?

Studies are showing that as a person’s weight increases, his or her spine becomes subluxated. When out of alignment, nerves are pinched, inflammation occurs, and energy in the whole body is decreased.

While I’m not advocating any specific diet or exercise program (other than walking), here is an excellent way for anyone wanting to lose weight to regain their health:

  • Get your spine adjusted before starting any diet or exercise program. Aligned bodies respond better to all the important changes you are about to make.
  • Eat right – you know what this means for you. Remember this: diets under 1200 calories per day usually don’t work – the body thinks it’s in starvation mode and reacts by storing fats.
  • Exercise – a simple walking program (SEE THIS POST) is enough to get you started. If you are morbidly obese, ask your doctor to refer you to a program you can do from a chair. If you have a lot of weight to lose and you haven’t exercised lately, your body is going to hurt. When you come in for your adjustments, we can talk about ways to help relieve this discomfort.
  • Get your spine adjusted regularly. As your weight reduces, your body has to be re-aligned on a regular basis.

You can do this – chiropractic adjustments can help.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Colic and Chiropractic Care

If your baby has colic and/or acid reflux, Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic can help. When your little on has these conditions, the whole family is impacted. Your baby doesn’t have to hurt.

A case study completed on April 16, 2012, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health documents the improved status of an infant with colic and acid reflux who was not responding to medical care.

The following is from the case study abstract:

Quoting other authorities, the authors of the study offer the definition of colic as “crying and or fussing for more than three hours a day, on three or more days per week, for three weeks or more in infants less than three months of age.” They also report that feeding and sleeping problems often accompany infants suffering from colic. It is estimated that colic effects between 10 to 40 percent of the infant population.

The study authors also report that according to the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Guidelines, gastroesophageal reflux is defined as, “…the passive passage of gastric contents in the esophagus without any implication to its etiology. The most frequent manifestation seen in infants is regurgitation or vomiting.”

In this study, a one-month-old male infant with reflux and colic was brought to a chiropractor for a consultation. He had been previously diagnosed with colic and reflux by his primary-care physician. The infant had suffered with reflux since birth, which would cause him to scream and cry after every feeding. It was noted that the infant was vomiting 12 to 18 times per day. As a result, the infant was not sleeping well. The medical doctor prescribed Zantac twice a day which had no noticeable effect on the infant boy’s problems.

A chiropractic examination was performed resulting in the diagnosis of multiple vertebral subluxation being present. A subluxation is when one or more of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. This pressure or irritation on the nerves causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves resulting in an alteration of body function.

Chiropractic care was initiated using specific forms of chiropractic adjustments to correct the infant’s vertebral subluxations. The results of this study documented that by the third visit, the volatility of the vomiting decreased.  Additionally, it was reported that the screaming and crying fits had decreased, and the infant boy was able to sleep for longer periods of time. By the third week, he was eating more per feeding. By the end of the third week, the boy was vomiting only three times per day, had eliminated the colic crying symptoms, and was sleeping for six and a half hours at a time.

Your baby can stop hurting, and you can both get the rest you need.

Call us at 507-775-2711 to start experiencing relief.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Cholesterol & Chiropractic Care

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S with high cholesterol cited as the major risk factor.

The Journal of Subluxation Research  cites the following case study:

In this case study, a 49-year-old female presented with neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, dyslipidemia and vertebral subluxations. Lipid lowering statins were prescribed by her medical physician, but using her own judgment, she elected not to take them.

Statins are the number one prescribed drug for the treatment of dyslipidemia. Statins decrease the body’s ability to produced LDL and have been shown to moderately increase HDL leading to better overall cholesterol levels. Indeed, recent trials have emphasized the use of statins in the fight against cardiovascular disease, however overall mortality is not reduced even though reductions of cardiovascular deaths were seen. This was due to a rise in deaths from other causes. It is also important to realize that cholesterol itself is not the enemy; cholesterol is made by the body and is essential for human life.

The patient was treated with chiropractic spinal adjustments over a six-month time span. During initial care, her total cholesterol improved from 221 to 170 mg/dL. Her LDL went from 153 to 109 mg/dL and HDL went from 33 to 38 mg/dL. Triglycerides improved from 241 to 199 mg/DL and quality of life scores were increased in eight categories. No other interventions were used.

In 1992, a retrospective study was conducted, and cholesterol lab values were taken on ten randomly selected subjects over a three-year period. Results showed that LDL and total cholesterol decreased in 70 percent of the subjects, bringing 80 percent of the subjects originally classified as borderline high to high-risk down to desirable levels following chiropractic care.

This suggested relationship between regular chiropractic care for improved function, which can allow the body to improve homeostasis, including improvement of blood lipid levels. The clinical process documented in this report suggests that chiropractic care reduces subluxations and stress on the spinal column and nervous system, and as a result of this reduced stress, there is a reduction of dysponesis, which is evidenced by improved quality of life and blood serum cholesterol levels. Dysponesis refers to errors in physical reactions to various stimuli, which as a result, produce functional disorders in the body. This is very promising data.

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Although the patient in this study used no medications, I am not opposed to working with your medical team and in fact believe that when patients combine chiropractic care with a healthy food program and in partnership with traditional medicine can lower bad cholesterol, increase the good, and decrease (and in some cases eliminate) a person’s need for statin medications. This improves not only their life span, but the quality of their lives.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol, call 507-775-2711 for an appointment. Let’s get your spine in alignment and your heart working better.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Meniere’s Disease

Now and then I want to share case studies done on real patients – just like you. Vertigo and diagnosed Meniere’s disease can be helped by chiropractic care. Call our office at 507-775-2711 for an appointment.

Meniere’s disease defined: (U. S. National Library of Medicine Website) “Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that affects balance and hearing.”

The case study (below) authors add that “Menieres disease causes bouts of vertigo or severe imbalance; usually unilateral hearing loss, or distorted hearing; buzzing or tinnitus in the ear; sometimes an associated sensation of fullness in the ear.”

Some of my patients experience vertigo so serious that it leads to vomiting and falling down. Their ability to walk, drive, enjoy life or work is hindered. When not associated with a chronic illness, they recover with chiropractic care.

The following is taken directly from the March 29, 2012 Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic:

Objective: To describe the outcomes of a patient with Meniere’s disease undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care.

Clinical Features: A 52-year-old  male presented to the office with a previous diagnosis of Meniere’s disease and associated symptoms of tinnitus, sensations of fullness in the left ear, vertigo, tension headaches, right mid-back and scapular pain along with other musculoskeletal complaints.

Interventions and Outcomes: The patient received orthogonal-based, specific upper cervical chiropractic care based on the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique protocol. After the first adjustment, the patient noted a minor reduction in tinnitus. After 4 adjustments and five weeks of care, his subjective feedback demonstrated an improvement of about 60% and a significant reduction of musculoskeletal complaints.

Conclusions: The positive response observed in this case suggests that tinnitus, vertigo, auricular pressure, migraine tension headaches and Meniere’s may be linked to atlas subluxation. The need for further investigation of the connection between atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial vertebral subluxations and cranial nerve dysfunction is indicated.

To learn more, click this link: http://www.uppercervicalsubluxation.com/

Call us at 507-775-2711 to start experiencing relief.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Backpack Checklist

Is your child’s (or teen’s) backpack hurting his or her back?

Backpacks are important to kids and required by most schools. The kids in your life usually know exactly the one they want at the beginning of each new school year. Here is a checklist to help you  choose one they like, and avoid causing serious back problems:

  • Does it have padded shoulder straps?
  • A padded back?
  • Lumbar support?
  • A waist belt?
  • Multiple compartments so they can spread out the weight?
  • Does it fit your child? It should not be larger than your child’s back – from the waist to the shoulders – a little smaller is recommended.

Other important tips: It’s best when a backpack is worn high on the back. You must be able to get your fingers under the straps, or they are too tight. Teach your child to place the largest or heaviest items where they will rest directly on their backs.

Remember that children who say their backs hurt are not usually experiencing growing pains. Yes, they often pull muscles, but their pain is most often from play, hard falls, and carrying heavy backpacks around. All of these things cause subluxations in their spines. These can be corrected with chiropractic adjustments.

Call 507-775-2711 if you have any chiropractic questions.

Dean

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Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

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Anxiety & Chiropractic Care

Definition of Anxiety: (taken from Merriam-Webster online)

An abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.

The Science of Anxiety:

Healthy anxiety is part of fear and is the body’s alarm system, warning us of danger. When the alarm is broken, it “sounds off” constantly. At this point, anxiety can become chronic and instead of protecting us, it attacks us.

When this happens, we stay in an unhealthy “reaction mode.” Our muscles tense and stay in that position causing spinal subluxation, usually in the neck and upper spine. We clench our jaws, hunch our shoulders, and eventually; the muscle tension continues to impact our spine, muscles, and organs. A common symptom that can mean anxiety is chronic is a severe, headache that is constant without pain medication.

Here’s a visual of the way anxiety impacts the health of my patients:

Onset of anxiety → muscle tension → increased anxiety → inflammation → physical responses (pain, sweating, heart palpitations, etc.) →  increased anxiety → spinal subluxation →increased anxiety

How Chiropractic Care Has Helped My Anxious Patients:

After an exam, and a series of chiropractic adjustments, my patients see a reversal in their symptoms that looks similar to this new, healthy cycle that begins with spinal alignment, and (over time for chronic anxiety) leads to muscle stress and inflammation relief. This frees the body to respond to danger the way it was created for, without the dangers of being on “red alert” at all times.

Spinal adjustment → some relief → spinal adjustment → increased relief and a reversal in physical symptoms → spinal adjustment → increased relief. . .and so on. . .

This is not an overnight process for most of my patients, although many experience some relief from the first treatment. Many people need a series of adjustments as their bodies return to normal.

Call us at 507-775-2711 to start experiencing relief.

Dean

Dean Ferber, Doctor of Chiropractic

Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN

507-775-2711

Located 5 miles from Rochester, MN!

 

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