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Check out my articles below to learn more about chiropractic, your health and the ways to wellness.

What to Expect on Your Second Visit

Your second visit is very important for you at Health 1st Chiropractic Clinic, P.C. We call this visit the Report of Findings. In this visit we will discuss with you the findings of your exam and x-rays as well as get feedback from you on your first adjustment. ...

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Text Neck

Approximately 90% of all my adult patients in my career (over 10,000 unique patients) have a bad neck. 50% of all children I have seen in my career straightened their neck curves If you are one of those people who thinks that you can self adjust your neck or you don’t need a chiropractor, you most likely have a bad neck. Below are examples of a good neck & two bad necks. ...

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Bedbugs and the Flu

I personally think the “flu season” has turned into a multibillion dollar industry.  Every year the media fills our TV with fear about the dreaded H1N1 and how some strong young healthy 25 year old died in the prime of life all because…he did not get the flu shot. I personally know several people who don’t get the flu shot, for whatever reasons they don’t.  I don’t, never have, and I doubt if I ever will. I also know several people who DO get the flu shot, every yea ...

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Christie’s Testimonial

I have worked at Health First Chiropractic for over a year now. Prior to working here, I did not know much about Chiropractic care, whether it worked or not, or what all it entailed. Since working here, I have witnessed several things that are incredible. One experience which has really stuck with me happened to my son, Kayden. He had had an accident one night while riding his bike where he rode into the back of a car and fell, landing with the bike on top of him. Now, my son is pretty tough, go ...

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How do I know if I need a Chiropractor?

In my experience, most people come to the Chiropractor not first but last.  They have tried other treatments with no success.  So basically, the patient still has pain or symptoms of some sort.  Just like Dentists, we don’t treatment the symptoms directly but look for underlying causes that create the symptom in the first place.  Just like a cavity can cause mouth pain, subluxations or misalignment of the vertebra can cause pain as well.  Chiropractic actually gets more complicated than th ...

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How do you spell “Relief”?

Some people might start laughing when they read the title to this article.  I hope so.  Yes, it’s from an old Rolaids commercial from the late 70’s.  Here is a link so you can watch the old commercial on YouTube. Now as a Chiropractor, what I find interesting is simply how powerful TV is in our influence in our health choices.  For instance, many people don’t know much about Chiropractic care, a natural, drugless healing choice but can remember within less than one minute a com ...

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Chiropractic, Wellness and “Obamacare”

“17.3 cents of every dollar you will make will go to healthcare” The above quote is my modified version from CBS news.  Healthcare costs are now 17.3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  That is alarming in such that 20 years ago it was around 10%.  How does this affect you? If you didn’t know this already I would like share that the #1 reason for bankruptcy in the U.S. before the Great Recession was medical bills.   I feel this is very important as 2% of the population is go ...

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Why does “mild” back pain hurt so badly?

As a Chiropractor, I see back pain everyday. Actually, back pain is the number 2 reason why people go to a Medical Doctor in America. Now this is not an insult to medicine as I believe there is a place for medicine, but most MD’s are not adequately trained in musculoskeletal conditions. Don’t believe me? Click here. I often have patients come in telling me “My doctor told me I have a pinched nerve”. Ok, so did your doctor tell you what exactly is pinching the nerve? To this day I haven’t heard a ...

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History Lesson 101

With Memorial Day 2011 upon us I reflect upon the history of those that sacrificed so other could have. How does this relate to Chiropractic? Well, it actually relates to healthcare and the acceptance of something new. Not every important milestone in healthcare was generally accepted. Just like Chiropractic was not generally accepted until basically, we had to sue the American Medical Association. Even still, damage had been done, and will continue until we can rise above the egos, bigotry and ...

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Do you have a $1,000,000 to spare?

I had a recent discussion with a new patient, let’s call him John. I had told him that I was under Chiropractic care for the last 18 years and in those 18 years I was grateful that I have had only 7 over-the-counter pills and 2 antibiotics. Let me break that down. I have had 2 Tylenol pills ( one in 1994 and one pill in December 1996 and 5 Advil pills around 2003 for a toe surgery plus one set of antibiotics in 2006 and one set in 2000). Wow! This is from a guy that prior to becoming a “wellness ...

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Can Chiropractic Help Me?

Remember chiropractic is all natural, just like exercising, it may take up to two weeks before you start feeling better. Give your body a chance to get healthy naturally. ...

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What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the way of maintaining a healthy spine. A Vertebral Subluxation is a misaligned spinal bone that in turn affects the nervous system. ...

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Are you “Going Green” with Chiropractic?

As a practicing Chiropractor, I try to keep myself checked regularly at least once per week. Not because I have pain, but because I know when I need a checkup. Probably sounds a little weird, but how do I know? Well something seems “out-of-place” – no pun intended. A little bit about how this happened… Eighteen years ago I was in a lot of pain between my shoulders and lower right hip. I was 23 and I had gone on and off to Chiropractors since 14. Yep, I had a bad back at 23. Also, I had allergies ...

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