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“Once you go to a chiropractor you always have to go for the rest of your life.”Or …“I hear people get addicted to it.”

People do get addicted to feeling better than they have in a long, long time. Will you be going to a dentist, or your medical doctor or optometrist the rest of your life? How long should you exercise or eat right? These are just healthy lifestyle choices. Many people recognize the value of having a nervous system free of interference and choose regular adjustments to keep it that way.

“Why do I need to come in so often?”

We are doing something physical to change your body physically. Two things are required for that: enough frequency over a long enough time, just like getting in shape to run a marathon. It doesn’t matter how out of shape you are. If you work out frequently enough over a long enough period of time you can get into shape to run a marathon.

“Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.”

Our schooling is the same as medical schools. The difference is our philosophy. M.D.’s have two ways to treat: drugs and surgery. Their philosophy is that healing comes from the outside. This pill will make you better, or I’ll remove this body part to make you better. Our philosophy is that healing comes from the inside and our bodies are self healing as long as there is no interference and we give it the right ingredients for health (nutrition and exercise). We remove the interference to the the nervous system.

“Is it going to hurt?”

There are many techniques in chiropractic. One technique in which I specialize uses an adjusting instrument that gently taps to get the bone off of the nerve. Sometimes people go through retracing, which can be uncomfortable but is a wonderful sign because it is the body getting rid of old traumas from the past, allowing for a more complete healing.

“Chiropractic is too expensive.”

Compared to what? Braces for the teeth – $4,000-$6,000, M.R.I. for the full spine, – $1,800-$2,400, Lasik Eye Surgery – $3,500-$5,000, Breast Augmentation – $4,000-$10,000, Dental Implants – $1,250-$3000 per tooth, Year supply of Claritin – $1,200, Year supply of Cholesterol lowering drugs – $1,500 (without doctor visits), 6-12 month Chiropractic care plan – $1,800-$3,600 (plus the savings of getting off of medications), What is the value of having your brain communicate properly with the rest of your body?

“Chiropractic is dangerous”

Studies show that there is very little risk with the chiropractic adjustment and virtually none with the adjustment instrument. Statistically, it is more of a risk to take 2 Advil a day for 2 weeks than to get adjusted. A look at malpractice insurance premium costs says it all; M.D. costs $22,000 – $175,000 per year while Chiropractic malpractice insurance premium costs are $1,500 – $3,000 for the same liability limits.

“Infants and Children should never be adjusted.”

Do they have a spine and a nervous system? One of the biggest traumas we ever go through is being born. Have you ever seen a child learn to walk? They will fall 30 times a day. Children respond to chiropractic care so much faster than adults. They haven’t had the years and years of physical, emotional, chemical stress and traumas that we have accumulated as adults.

If I can crack my own back, why do I need a chiropractor?

There is a big difference between cracking your own back and having a specific spinal adjustment. When someone feels the need to crack their own spine it is a sign that things aren’t working right. When you crack your back, if you don’t mess it up, it will generally feel better but main subluxations (misalignments) can’t be gotten yourself. So a few hours later you feel the need to do it again. All this self cracking creates looseness in the joints that can lead to degeneration. The main subluxations will still be there, creating havoc with your nervous system.

What is a subluxation?

In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (Vertebrae) move out of normal position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes a change in the signals (or nerve energy) traveling over those nerves. Therefore, the area where the signal ends up will not function the way the brain intends.

So how does Chiropractic help with other health issues besides back pain (i.e. asthma,allergies, ulcers, bowel movements)?.

Well, if a nerve is pinched and it’s responsible for your stomach working, your stomach will decrease its function by as much as 60%. So if your stomach doesn’t digest your food as it should, it could lead to ulcers or acid reflux.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation without consulting a Chiropractor?

Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity-you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal check-ups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. An occasional spinal check-up is always a good idea.

Effectiveness of Adjustments in Chronic Migraine: Armed Randomized Controlled Trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. April 2015; Vol. 23; No. 2; pp. 149—156


Francesco Cerritelli, Liana Ginevri, Gabriella Messi, Emanuele Caprari, Marcello Di Vincenzo, Cinzia Renzetti, Vincenzo Cozzolino, Gina Barlafante, Nicoletta Foschi, Leandro Provincial: This study was carried out in the Department of Neurology of Ancona’s United Hospitals, Ancona, Italy. This article has 54 references.

The primary measurement outcome in this study is the Headache Impact Test (HIT-6); below is the conclusion from the cited reference:

“Our study shows that the HIT-6 is a reliable and valid tool for measuring the impact of headache on daily life in both episodic and chronic migraine sufferers. Furthermore, the HIT-6 tool discriminates well between chronic migraine, episodic migraine and non-migraine patients. As a brief tool, the HIT-6 is easy to score and interpret, and can be readily integrated into clinical practice, or clinical studies of migraine patients. It may offer clinicians a practical and easy-to implement tool to assist them with evaluating treatment effectiveness by obtaining input directly from the patient on aspects other than just the frequency of headache days.”


1) “This manipulative therapy trial is the largest ever conducted on migraine adult patients.” These authors assessed the effectiveness of manipulative treatment on 105 chronic migraine patients using:

• Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) questionnaire [main outcome measure]

• Drug consumption

• Days of migraine

• Pain intensity

• Functional disability

2) This is a randomized controlled trial. Patients received 8 treatments over a period of 6 months. Patients were randomly divided into three groups:

 • Manipulation + medication therapy n=35

•• The manipulative techniques used in this study included myofascial release, treatment of ligamentous and membrane tensions, treatment of somatic dysfunctions, and treatment to asymmetries and imbalances in the pelvis and cranium.

• Sham manipulation + medication therapy n=35

•• The sham group received a false manipulation, in addition to drug care.

•• Sham therapy mimicked the manipulative care in terms of evaluation and treatment; it used light manual contact to ‘‘treat’’ the subject.

•• Both manipulative and sham therapy sessions lasted 30 minutes and were given weekly for the first two sessions, biweekly for the subsequent two, then monthly for the remained four sessions.

• Medication only n=35

3) “Migraine attacks are usually characterized by a unilateral and pulsating severe headache, lasting 4—72 hours, and are often associated with nausea, phono- and photophobia.”

4) “Migraine is a serious public health concern of considerable consequences to both the migraineur and society.”

5) The overall migraine prevalence in Europe is 10—15% of the population.

6) These authors make the following points pertaining to the etiology of migraine:

• In 20% of migraineurs, the attacks are anticipated by transient neurological symptoms, the aura.

• Migraine has a genetic etiology in about 50% of cases.

• Migraine etiology also has multifactorial epigenetic mechanisms.

• During a migraine attack, high levels of inflammatory cytokines are released causing neurogenic inflammation of the meninges and transmitting pain signals to the trigeminovascular system and autonomic nervous system nuclei.

7) Criteria considered for manipulative evaluation and treatment were:

• Alteration of tissue consistency

• Asymmetry

• Range of motion restriction

• Tenderness

8) During migraine attacks, high levels of pro-inflammatory substances are released, altering neural autonomic pathways.

9) Manipulation influences the autonomic nervous system by producing a parasympathetic effect, and therefore, a “trophotropic tuning state.”

10) Manipulation is associated with a “reduction of pro-inflammatory substances.”

11) Manipulation in migraineurs could reduce the release of pro-inflammatory substances that have an effect on the autonomic nervous system function. “As a consequence, a cascade of biological and neurological events, potentially based on a rebalance of the abnormal activation of the habituation/sensitization mechanism, even between attacks, could occur resulting in an overall improvement of clinical outcomes.”

12) Manipulation “significantly reduced the frequency of migraine.”

13) At the end of the study period, there was a statistically significant difference on the overall HIT-6 score between the three groups; the manipulation group was statistically improved from control [drug only] and sham group.

14) “Considering migraine days per month, the three groups differed significantly at the end of the study period.”

15) Manipulation “significantly reduced the number of subjects taking medications.”

16) “No study participant reported any adverse effects of the [manipulation].”

17) “Migraine attacks, use of drugs, pain and disability scores were significantly reduced in the OMT group.”

18) “OMT showed a significant improvement in the migraineurs’ quality of life.”

19) Interestingly, the “sham group significantly reduced the HIT-6 score compared to the conventional [drug only] care. “The magnitude of the results suggests that the sham procedure may be clinically effective.” [Important]

20) The sham treatment used soft touch, which will induce responses at different levels of the central nervous system, reducing pain and improving well-being.

21) “The use of osteopathy [manipulative therapy] as an adjuvant therapy for migraine patients may reduce the use of drugs and optimize the clinical

management of the patients.”

22) “The present study showed significant differences between OMT group compared to drug and sham groups, suggesting that OMT may be considered a clinically valid procedure for the management of patients with migraine.”



It is important to look at the numbers in the table and the graph in this Review. Again, it is noteworthy that sham manipulation is superior to drug-only treatment for migraine. Note that manipulation essentially eliminated migraine days per month, pain, disability, and reduced drug consumption by 80%. Note that for the group assigned to taking drugs-only, there was essentially no reduction in migraine days per month, pain, disability, and no reduction in drug consumption.

Our interpretation of this data is that it appears that manipulation is actually addressing the causative pathophysiology of migraine headache; in contrast, it appears that taking drugs is nothing more than temporary pain control with no benefit to the causative pathophysiological of migraine headache. We remain perplexed as to why any healthcare delivery system would favor drugs for migraine (and many other pain syndromes) over mechanical therapy.  $  ??? 

By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
February 03, 2015

Have you ever wondered how your body—a virtually endless system of muscles, organs and nerves—can keep itself held together, let alone maneuver so seamlessly through your day-to-day activities? The secret is in fascial tissue, or essentially, the intricate weave of connective tissue that runs from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

More and more, doctors are realizing that when it comes to physical therapy, body parts can not simply treated individually, but rather, as one piece to a complex puzzle. “Muscle memory” can refer to the effect fascial tissue has on the body’s muscular system, meaning that it can “remember” past injuries and limit the mobility of joints and other body parts even years after wounds have healed.

Why Would I Ever Need Myofascial Therapy?

As mentioned earlier, fascial tissue can often cause problems with the future flexibility or functionality of your arms, legs, hands, neck, or other body parts after an injury has occurred. And, because it runs through your entire body, compromised fascial tissue can even cause issues in parts of your body that were never injured in the first place. What may have been a hip injury three years ago could easily turn into back or neck pain today without proper physical therapy treatments. Myofascial therapy is an effective way of releasing tension in the fascial tissue and works on the entire body, preventing you from discomfort on down the road.

The chiropractic team at Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center is fully-trained in myofascial therapy techniques and can help you regain mobility after an injury or surgery.

To learn more about myofascial percussion therapy or chiropractic medicine in the Memphis, TN area, call (901) 683-5971 and schedule a consultation with the professionals at Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center

By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
January 06, 2015

Back pain is a common and unfortunate condition that many of our Memphis patients experience. When you experience back pain that’s unrelieved by traditional methods, it may be time to come to our office for innovative techniques, including spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical back pain relief technique that involves stretching the spinal bones to reduce discomfort. Back PainThis treatment is ideal for patients who experience bulging, degenerating or herniating discs. Additional conditions that may benefit from treatment with spinal decompression include sciatica, neck pain and spinal nerve injuries known as radiculopathies.

The idea behind spinal decompression is to create negative pressure on the spine, which reduces the force placed on diseased or damaged disks. With repeated treatments, the negative pressure can help these inflamed disks to shrink. This reduces the pressure placed on the spinal nerves that can cause pain. The negative force also encourages the movement of healthy nutrients and oxygen to the discs, which promotes healing.

The treatment itself involves lying down on a special table where you are harnessed in to ensure you will not slip or slide out of place. The table is computerized, and we will program it according to your unique spine condition. Treatment times may vary, but typically take between 30 and 45 minutes to perform.

We often recommend spinal decompression therapy in coordination with other back-healing activities, such as physical therapy, massage, cold therapy and even electrical stimulation. When these chiropractic techniques are combined, our patients have a greater chance of not only finding immediate relief from back pain, but also healing their conditions for long-term results.

To learn more about how spinal decompression can help you find relief from chronic back and neck pain or other treatments we provide, please call our Memphis chiropractor office at (901) 683-5971.

By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness
October 24, 2014
Tags: neck pain  
While whiplash and other forms of trauma are commonly associated with neck pain, a bad posture can also set that pain in motion. 

Neck Pain ImageHow Poor Posture Creates Neck Pain

If you sit at a desk all day, you are probably familiarly with backaches. It seems odd that a sedentary job can cause joint and muscle pain, but it does because poor posture and sitting for hours on end can put extra strain on the upper body. The muscles and bones aren’t getting the needed amount of movement and exercise. 
Poor posture isn’t only affecting the back. The way the spine curves and how the head is positioned can determine the stress on the neck. 

What’s the Worst Posture for the Neck?

Do you hunch over? Well, that might be what is causing the discomfort in your neck. Letting the shoulders and head hang forward puts stress on the muscles and vertebrae of the lower neck. 
If head or neck movements cause pain or the discomfort continues after changing your posture, a professional evaluation is recommended. The Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center can examine the neck pain, help you identify the underlying cause and treat it. 

Visit Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness For Neck Pain

Do you want to know more about our treatment plans for neck pain at our Memphis chiropractic center? Call Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center at (901) 683-5971.
How do you treat your neck pain? We love to hear any tips you may have?