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Patient Success Story: Patricia Herron

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives!

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Patient Testimonial from Patricia Herron

Chiropractic care keeps me so that I can keep doing the everyday things that need to be done. It keeps me feeling good.
I keep coming back because of the results that I can feel after an adjustment, and I know I need to get adjusted for my health.
Chiropractic care has helped keep me from getting other illnesses that a lot of other people around me have. It also helps me sleep better, increases my energy level and strengthens my immune system.
I have recommended chiropractic care to others, and my experience at Hackbart Chiropractic is very worthwhile. It keeps me going.

Patient Success Story: Brittni Love

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives!

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Patient Testimonial from Brittni Love

For over two months I suffered severe shooting pain in my lower back that went down the backs of my legs. I was very stiff and could barely get dressed in the morning. It just kept getting worse, and that's when I decided to try chiropractic.
I knew what would happen if I went to a doctor at a clinic. I really did not want to take pills.
I really liked how positive Dr. Folkers was that chiropractic would help my problem. I also appreciated how realistic he was about how long it may take.
The staff treats me like they know me, and they are pretty much amazing. Now I can get dressed without pain almost every day.
I would recommend anyone to try out Hackbart Chiropractic! Listen to them and trust that you will start feeling better with time. I did, and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Patient Success Story: Tom Jorgensen

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives!

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Testimonial from Tom Jorgensen

I've been dealing with shoulder pain and weakness for the last six months and reflux for the past 20 years on and off. For the shoulder pain I was taking ibuprofen, and a variety of acid blockers for the reflux.

My symptoms have improved greatly. I am able to get all my workout done without pain, and sleeping through the night instead of waking up from the reflux. My stress is less as a result of the reduced pain.

My treatment by the staff is excellent; they are good people and very caring. Dr. Folkers is very thorough and helpful.

I would recommend to anyone to give chiropractic a try. I have had a very positive outcome!

Patient Success Story: Amy Johnson

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives! success image for blog

 

 

Testimonial from Amy Johnson

I had been dealing with a lot of issues when I first started seeing Dr. Hackbart: hip and leg pain, arm pain and numbness, restless legs, and headaches. The headaches had been going on most of my life; the other problems about a year and a half.

I took aspirin for the aches and pains and migraine medication for the headaches because they were so bad. Nothing helped permanently.

Now all that's left of my original problems are minor headaches that I can deal with easily. I don't have the extreme headaches anymore or pain in my arms or legs. I am not as stressed as I used to be, my sleep has gotten better and so has my energy level.

The staff is amazing—everyone treats you as a person and not a number. I love the positive environment. All the staff members are very understanding.

I especially like the personal attention and quality care I receive each time I come in. I also liked the educational classes that helped me change my habits to healthier and safer ones.

Doctors Hackbart and Folkers are here to help you get better as long as you are willing to do your part! I love the way they know what areas to work on to get you feeling better, so you can enjoy your life.

Avoid Colds and Flu: Get Adjusted Regularly

avoid colds and flu Colds and flu are no fun, but we've come to expect to get sick sometime during "flu season." Catching a cold isn't always a bad thing, as you'll learn, but there are ways to keep from getting one entirely, and heal quickly when you do get sick.

Why we get sick

You are exposed to "germs"--different viruses and bacteria--every day. Any of these could make you sick except that your body's defense system kills most of those germs before they have a chance to do any damage (unless you are afflicted with a poor or weakened immune system).

When you do get sick, it's a result of a low resistance to disease. This is usually caused by stress: structural stress (what chiropractors correct), emotional stress, and chemical stress (toxins that your body hasn't been able to get rid of). A combination of two or more of these can allow an infection to take over your body.

3 reasons why cold symptoms aren't a bad thing

When you get sick, it means an infection or virus has gotten past your body's initial defenses. In order to get out the intruder, your body goes on the attack. Your body temperature will often raise to try to kill the invading germs (resulting in a fever), and other systems will do whatever they can to get rid of the bacteria or virus (resulting in a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, or in the cases of a digestive infection, vomiting or diarrhea). These symptoms are uncomfortable and unpleasant, but they're a sign that your body is doing what it's designed to, in order to heal from the illness.

If you take a fever reducer, you're taking away your body's ability to kill an infection with heat. If you take a decongestant to stop your nose or eyes watering, you're keeping the virus or bacteria in your body instead of letting your body get it out.

How chiropractic prevents colds and flu, and helps you heal faster

We've established that you get sick because of a compromised immune system. When your body's natural defenses are not functioning the way they should be, viruses and bacteria can get in and attack. How do you keep your immune system working properly? The same way you keep all your body's systems working correctly: by keeping the nerve pathways between your organs and your brain open and healthy. That's what chiropractic does, by keeping your spine in alignment and the nerves in your spine un-pinched!

Chiropractic also helps you heal faster when you do get sick. Sometimes, even with a healthy spine, you might get a cold, flu, or gastrointestinal infection ("stomach flu"). You'll be able to heal more quickly with a properly aligned spine. That's why it's important to come to the chiropractor when you get sick, ideally before you go see any other doctor. Come see us, then go home and rest!

Other ways to get healthy and keep healthy, naturally

Don't fight your body's well-designed defense system. Work with it! Keep healthy by:

  • eating nourishing food, and avoiding food that doesn't benefit your body
  • getting adequate sleep (at least 7 hours a night for adults)
  • drinking plenty of water
  • exercising regularly
  • seeing your chiropractor at least monthly!

 

Source:

Koren, Tedd, D.C. (2014). Colds & Flu (pamphlet). TAN Koren Publications Inc.

Patient Success Story: Deb Hemphill

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives! success!

Testimonial from Deb Hemphill

Definitely worth trying!

I've been having problems with my left hand for about 3 ½ years. When the problems started I couldn't make a fist and my hand was very tight. I was prescribed medication for it. I was able to get off the meds, but 6 months later it all came back. After visiting with Dr. Folkers I decided to give chiropractic care a try.

I had been seeing an arthritis doctor for joint pain in my hands and also for inflammation. I had to take other medication to deal with the side effects and have monthly lab work as well.

Having regular adjustments has helped my hand! I don't like the many appointments, but I understand why they're necessary.

My original symptoms are much better. I'm trying to get off the medication to see if the symptoms return.

The staff at Hackbart Chiropractic is VERY nice and helpful. Chiropractic care is definitely worth trying!

 

Healing Digestive Disorders with Chiropractic

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The Digestive System

Like all the body's systems (respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, nervous, and others), the digestive system is made up of several organs which work together to accomplish a task. The job of the digestive system is to break down food so the body can absorb energy and nutrients from that food, and remove from the body whatever the body can't digest or doesn't need.

Each organ in the digestive system (the throat, esophagus, stomach, and intestines) is connected to the brain via nerves which pass through the spinal column, just like every other organ in the body. If any of those nerves is pinched due to a vertebral subluxation (vertebrae which are out of place), the signals between the organ and the brain will be disrupted or prevented entirely. This can cause a host of problems and conditions.

Types of digestive disorders:

Various digestive disorders include: dyspepsia (chronic stomachache), ulcers (stomach acid burning through the lining of the stomach and intestines), heartburn (stomach acid escaping up into the esophagus), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach walls), chronic constipation (difficulty eliminating the bowels). These are some of the most common digestive disorders.

A medical doctor's approach to treating these disorders seems simple: prescribe a drug and solve the problem. But most drugs don't solve the cause of the disorder. They cover the symptoms.

Pain is not always a bad thing. If you have a headache, that can be a sign of pinched muscles or nerves, dehydration, or sleep deprivation. When you touch something hot you feel pain because your nerves send your brain a signal: something is wrong. Fix it!

The same is true with digestive discomfort of all kinds. A stomachache is a sign that something is wrong. Either there is something in your digestive system that shouldn't be there (food that doesn't agree with you, a bacterial infection or virus), or something isn't working right. The brain and the organ aren't communicating the way they should be.

This is where chiropractic comes in.

A chiropractic approach to treating digestive orders

  • Get to the source of the problem. Chiropractors will examine the spine to see where there are pinched nerves. They will also help the patient determine if a lifestyle habit could be causing the problem, such as overuse of alcohol, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or dehydration. Instead of using drugs to cover symptoms, chiropractic looks for the root cause of the problem and seeks to solve it.
  • Correct vertebral subluxations. When an out-of-place vertebra (or more than one) are the cause of the problem, chiropractic care solves that! Regular adjustments are necessary for keeping all the body's systems working the way they were designed to.
  • Increase water consumption and avoid dehydration. Especially in older patients, dehydration can be a problem because the sense of thirst can diminish with age. The digestive tract needs plenty of water to move food through it, and water is essential for the body to absorb energy and nutrients into the bloodstream. Dehydration can cause constipation, ulcers, colitis and dyspepsia.
  • Improve diet and remove foods that trigger digestive issues. Many people's digestive problems are simply a result of a poor diet. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with plenty of whole grains, healthy fats and protein, will ensure the digestive system works optimally. An overabundance of sugar-rich foods, spicy foods, or greasy foods (made with unhealthy fats) can cause chronic digestive issues. Try improving your diet, eating less fast food and processed foods, and see if that helps your digestive system.

If you suffer from chronic (or even occasional) digestive disorders or problems, try chiropractic care before you try drugs. Chiropractic will help improve the health of your whole body, and you won't be stuck with taking medicine the rest of your life!

 

Source:

Koren, Tedd D.C. (2012). Digestion, Heartburn and Ulcers (pamphlet). TFL Koren Publications Inc.

Patient Success Story: Allie Alt

Patients at Hackbart Chiropractic have seen significant improvements in their health because they receive chiropractic care. Some of these patients have extraordinary improvements and are examples of the life-changing power of chiropractic. We've asked some of these patients to share their stories. These testimonials are proof that chiropractic works and that it truly does change lives!

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Testimonial from Allie Alt (age 9)

All my pain was gone after the second treatment!

"I was experiencing pain in a variety of areas—head, lower back, legs—for a couple weeks. Now I have no pain at all!

"I felt better after the first treatment. All the pain was gone after the second! Now I can play without a headache, and I wake up with no headache.

"I was treated very well by the staff—they and the doctors are all very nice. "

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Most expectant mothers understand the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and supplements during pregnancy, as well as avoiding alcohol, smoking and certain medications. However, many pregnant mothers may be unaware of the benefits chiropractic care can provide before, during and after pregnancy. chiropractic care and pregnancy

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Before:

When trying to conceive, it is important to keep all the organs working properly, especially those pertaining to reproduction. Dads-to-be can benefit from chiropractic for this reason as well. Obviously maintaining a healthy diet and, if necessary, taking appropriate supplements are important when trying to conceive. But if any nerves leading to the reproductive organs are pinched at all, fertility will be negatively affected. (Read more in this post about how and why this works.) In this way chiropractic can help improve fertility and chances of becoming pregnant.

Chiropractic also helps prepare the mother's body for carrying a growing baby. A woman's body goes through myriad changes during pregnancy. Chiropractic care will keep her at optimum health by keeping her spine in alignment, and a healthy mother means a healthy baby.

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Chiropractic will correct vertebral subluxations (out-of-place vertebrae) that often occur during pregnancy. This happens when the mother's lower back will get pulled forward as her abdomen grows. To compensate, the mid-back and shoulders pull back, and the neck and head tilt forward. All of this can mean backaches and headaches for the mother-to-be. Chiropractic care keeps the spine in place, relieving the mother of many aches and pains.

Regular adjustments can help decrease morning sickness, back pain associated with a growing belly, and keep mother and baby healthier. A healthy spine allows the immune system to function at its best, which means the baby's immune system (intimately connected with the mother's) will be stronger as well.

Chiropractic also often shortens labor time and can decrease amount of labor pain, since a pelvis which is properly aligned makes enough room for baby to grow and be delivered more easily.

Chiropractic care is so safe that it can continue up till the day of delivery, and the mother may choose to be adjusted during labor, according to the discretion of her doctor and chiropractor.

After:

As the mother's belly returns to a normal position, chiropractic helps her spine return to its normal position. Adjustments can help curb back pain from nursing, carrying baby, and normal wear-and-tear from the work of caring for a newborn.

Keep baby healthy and make sure he or she gets adjusted too, as soon as possible after birth (see our post on Kids and Chiropractic).

Chiropractic care is for everyone, and that includes expectant mothers! If you received chiropractic care during pregnancy, please comment below with your experience. We'd love to hear your story!

Source:

French, Matt D.C. (2007). The Gonstead Difference: Pregnancy (pamphlet). Chirodesign, LLC.

Up, Up and Away: A Teleseminar for Kids

Check out the "Up, Up and Away" teleseminar and listen to it with your kids! Hackbart Chiropractic Kids Super Hero Club Image - Hackbart Chiropractic Seward NE

What do you think makes these Superheroes so SUPER?

Is it because of their superhero masks?

Or their superhero capes?

Or the fact that they can fly?!

Nope – although flying does sound pretty super.

They’re super because they followed the tips in our “Up, Up, and Away” teleseminar for kids.

This teleseminar is for parents and their kids to listen to together!

Click the "play" button below to listen.

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Summertime Chiropractic Care

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Summer: a time for family vacations, visits to the pool, lemonade stands, suntans, and-- chiropractic visits?

Yes! Chiropractic care is needed during the summer as well as during the rest of the year, if not more! Special summer activities can get your spine out of misalignment. If you're in the car or plane for a family vacation (and if you're lucky enough to be able to sleep on long trips), just think about the strange positions your neck and back is in! An adjustment is always a good idea post-vacation.

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Summer work can also be hard on your back, whether you're digging in the garden, mowing the lawn, or working on the farm.

As for your children, they'll be participating in summer sports, playing outside, and probably at least as active as they are during the school year. Bring your kids with you to get adjusted so they can stay healthy while they play and relax during the summer months!

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Keep your back healthy this summer with these tips:

  • Focus on keeping your posture straight, whether standing, sitting, or lying down.
  • Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Use your legs, not your back.
  • Stretch before and after exercising (and make sure your kids do the same).
  • For long car trips, get a neck pillow so you can sleep comfortably without hurting your neck. On a car trip, stop to stretch and walk around every couple hours. On plane trips, get out of your seat every hour or two (if it's safe to do so) to stretch and move around.
  • Don't let the dog days of summer keep you from exercise! Swimming and walking are easy, pleasant, and not damaging to your back.
  • Continue to get adequate sleep (7-9 hours for adults) and eat healthfully (always essential!) to keep your whole body in optimum health.
  • See your chiropractor for regular adjustments!

This summer, keep yourself and your whole family healthy and happy with chiropractic!

Kids and Chiropractic

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Kids need chiropractic, too!

Children need regular chiropractic care for many of the same reasons adults do: injury, poor posture, and wear and tear on their spine from daily activities. But chiropractic care is a little different with children.

Many adults need chiropractic to help heal problems that have been developing over time--some since their childhood.

It is easier to create healthy kids than to fix unhealthy adults!

Starting children with chiropractic early in life helps keep them healthy so they have less problems as an adult.

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Both Dr. Hackbart and Dr. Folkers see patients of all ages! Whether you're 9 months or 90, chiropractic can benefit you.

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Like brushing teeth to prevent cavities, eating well, and getting enough sleep, chiropractic is another healthy habit to encourage in your children. Start them off right to prevent problems when they're older.

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And yes, it's important to start them early! Elijah (below) has been seeing Dr. Hackbart since he was just a few weeks old. Dr. Hackbart adjusted his own children within days or even hours of their birth.

Why is this important? Well, the experience of being born can be very traumatic for infants' spines. Their necks get twisted and backs get bent as they travel through the birth canal, and that's after 9 months of being curled up in the womb! If your baby was born with the help of forceps or a vacuum (which puts a lot of pressure on the spine), they'll be in even greater need of an adjustment soon after birth.

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If possible, the new mother and baby should both come in for an adjustment as soon as the mother is up and about. Pregnancy is tough on a mom's spine, too, and she needs chiropractic as much as her baby. (But that's a topic for a future post!)

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Like these families, yours should make regular visits to the chiropractor a family thing! We have small-person-sized chairs in the waiting room, along with books and toys, to entertain younger patients. Dr. Hackbart is a dad of 5 and Dr. Folkers is a soon-to-be dad, and they both love working with kids and families.

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Chiropractic care is as necessary and important for kids as it is for their parents. If your children, or some kids you know, haven't been to see the chiropractor, now is the time to change that! Stop in the office or give us a call (402-646-2020) today!

 

Why Chiropractic Makes Sense

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It's hard to understand the benefits of chiropractic care if you don't understand how the human body works. The whole body is connected. It was designed to be able to heal itself from injury and infection. But the body can't heal itself if the connections between the brain and the organs and muscles--nerves--aren't functioning properly. That's where chiropractic comes in: it helps keep those connections working the way they were designed to.

From Brain to Organ and Back

The nerves in your body send messages between the brain and your organs and muscles. Nerves need a clear path to send a correct signal: to tell a muscle to move, to tell organs to do their job, basically to keep your body running properly.

All nerves go back to the spinal cord and travel up to the brain from there. The spinal cord is protected by the spine: vertebrae (the bones of the spine) and inter-vertebral disks. If the vertebrae and disks are not lined up correctly (out of alignment), the nerves can become pinched, thus sending a faulty signal to the brain and/or the organ or muscle to which the nerve leads.

Below is an image illustrating this. This is a side view of the spine. You can see the herniated disk (red and "inflamed"), above the vertebra that is out of alignment. Between the two is the pinched nerve. Compare this to the normal disks and properly aligned vertebrae above and below, and the nerves which are free and not pinched.

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Why Chiropractic Makes Sense

Many people visit a medical doctor for health problems such as headaches, digestive issues, allergies, and other ailments. These health issues can be caused not by something wrong with the organs of the body, but by incorrect signals between those organs and the brain resulting from pinched nerves in the spine.

This is how chiropractic care helps keep the whole body healthy. It keeps the nerves functioning the way they were designed to, so the rest of the body works the way it's supposed to.

A medical doctor doesn't always consider a pinched nerve to be a possible cause for health issues. Instead, they prescribe drugs to fix the problem, when those drugs may only mask the problem.

Consider as an example the problem of chronic constipation: a relatively minor problem, but frustrating and painful nonetheless. A doctor might prescribe a laxative to be taken daily, which can have other less-than-desirable side effects. A chiropractor will look for misaligned vertebrae in the area of the spine where the nerves are which lead to the intestine. (This is why x-rays are necessary in chiropractic care, so the doctor and patient can see where the problem areas are in the spine.) The chiropractor will also discuss nutrition with the patient in the example given, since a less-than-healthy diet might also be an underlying cause of constipation. Good nutrition and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand: but that's a topic for another article!

The Importance of Continued Care

A few adjustments may be enough to heal the spine to the point where the nerves and organs are functioning normally once again. But most people have habits and lifestyles that cause their spine to get misaligned on a regular basis. Injury, poor posture or already worn-down inter-vertebral disks make regular adjustments a necessity to keep the body functioning optimally.

Poor posture is something that can be remedied, simply by changing one's habits. (This will be discussed in greater detail in a future article!) But many people have disks that have been worn down over time, and those disks will never "grow back" to their original healthy state.

When a spine is affected by scoliosis, a condition many people have to some degree or another, the spine is bent or twisted. The disks of the spine with scoliosis are worn down where the spine is unnaturally curved. Several adjustments will help the spine get back in place where it should be. But because those disks are already worn, the vertebrae will slip back into the twisted or curved position. Thus to keep the nerves free and not pinched, regular adjustments are absolutely necessary.

No drugs will keep the spine aligned properly. No drugs can solve the problem of a pinched nerve. Drugs can help with many things, this is true, but if the cause of a problem is a pinched nerve, drugs will only cover the symptoms, not heal the actual problem.

This is why chiropractic makes sense!

June is Men's Health Month: Why Do You Need a Sports Exam?

During the month of June we will be looking at and discussing different topics that involve men’s health.  Some examples of issues covered this month include:  sports performance, prostate health, heart health, “tough guy” syndrome and nutrition.

Amateur and professional athletes are starting to make chiropractic care a top priority in their training.  The three main ways chiropractic care helps enhance sports performance are:

  1. injury prevention
  2. recovery time after an injury
  3. getting to the cause of the problem.

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Chiropractors work first and foremost with the nervous system of the body which controls every movement and function of the body.   An unhealthy nervous system could lead to a lack of balance, coordination, flexibility, and range of motion to name a few.  All of these may lead to injuries during sports activities.  If the nervous system is healthy, and functioning properly, a person will not only improve on all the aforementioned activities, but also have the ability to excel in their sport, while reducing the amount of time the body takes to recover after an event or injury.  Chiropractors will examine the athlete’s spine, and biomechanics, checking for any nerve pressure or misaligned vertebrae which may compromise the function of the nervous system.  Once these are removed, with specific adjustments, the body has the ability to perform at its optimal levels.

Call Hackbart Chiropractic, today, to schedule a sports exam or to speak to one of the doctors about your health questions.

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Gastric And Peptic Ulcers: A Chiropractic Approach

Peptic ulcers can be felt 15-30 minutes after eating and may be caused by too little mucus being secreted by the cells of the stomach.  Chiropractors relate this problem to a subluxation or nerve pressure in the mid- to upper-neck region.  This area is involved with the parasympathetic nervous system.  By removing the pressure on the nerves, it will restore mucus production to the cells of the stomach.

Gastric ulcers may subside 20 minutes after eating and may be aggravated by an increase in hydrochloric acid in the stomach.  Chiropractors look for nerve pressure in the middle of the back and, if no response is seen, they will look in the upper neck region. Once the pressure is removed and the nerve function is restored the stomach can function normally.   Also recommended is eliminating certain foods such as coffee and sugar from the diet.  Niacinamide found in corn and pork will help aid in stomach tissue regeneration as well as vitamin A and/or Gastrex Capsules, both products in the Standard Process supplement line.   Increasing water consumption has also been shown to help with digestive tract problems as many people are dehydrated and don’t realize that they are.

Acid Reflux: A Chiropractic Approach

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Acid reflux is caused by your stomach producing too little, or too much, digestive enzymes or gastric acid.  By working with the mid-back region, and the neck, chiropractors can help restore normal function of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which regulate the function of stomach digestion.

The muscle preventing the backward flow of stomach contents is sensitive to the amount of acid in the stomach.  When more acid is being produced in the stomach, the tighter the muscle contracts, preventing the reverse flow of stomach contents.  If there is not enough acid being produced by your stomach, the muscle will be more lax and more likely to allow reverse flow. If you experience heartburn, on an empty stomach, your body is producing too much gastric acid and this could be a result of interference with the parasympathetic system. Both are causes of too little or too much gastric acid production.  Along with adjustments, we also suggest Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, available in our office or many health food stores, Gastrex (a supplement produced by Standard Process, also available at Hackbart Chiropractic), and a healthy diet.

Are We Healthier?

Since the creation of the USDA's food pyramid, in 1972, are we a healthier nation?   TIME magazine's 2008 article didn't think so; and 5 years later our answer would unfortunately stay the same.

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This Time Magazine cover suggests that American health was bad in 2008 - Unfortunately, in comparison to 16 other countries, it still is.  Credit: time.com

It's time to start taking our health back and not mindlessly follow the USDA's standard of food safety, the Medical Association's mandates on vaccines and Big Pharma's greedy offers to fix all life's ailments; which the former two agencies produce and their own drugs create.  Disease management through vaccines, pharmaceuticals  and unnecessary medical procedures cannot take the place of a healthy lifestyle.  A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating, but when the USDA became involved with our food supply, our food became.......well, not really food at all, but more of a big business.  It is made with cost in mind and most of it is laden with fillers, dyes, artificial preservatives, pesticides and hormones that the USDA has passed with a green light.   Yet fresh, natural, raw milk, with no hormonal or antibiotic residue, is illegal!

Wellness education is now needed to help unhealthy Americans train there brains to think before they eat, pop a pill or go under the knife.  And thinking we are!  Chiropractic, Nutritionalists, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Physical Trainers and many more natural approaches to health are being sought out.

There is a way to Hope, Healing, and Health, but it has to be sought out in America, because it is not the culture of our system.  The system is broken and the unhealthy are seeking other options.  It's time to make changes before your health is lost.  If you would like to discuss your hopes for health with us, please stop in.  We would love to help you.  If we are not the answer we can help you find what you are looking for.   We want to help you get back to life!

Let's get educated together!  Come check out our library at the office.  We have books, DVD's and classes offered each week for FREE.

We are here to serve you and help you find Hope, Healing, Health!

Retired Army Brigadier General Finds Relief from Fibromyalgia Pain with Chiropractic Care

Nebraska Chiropractic Association

Becky Halstead recently spoke at the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association's Spring Conference in Omaha, NE. Halstead is a retired Army Brigadier General, who served our country with 27 years of armed forces service. Becky struggled with the painful symptoms of her disease for several years, before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2004. Since there is no cure, medical doctors immediately began to try and treat Halstead's growing list of fibromyalgia symptoms. As with most traditional medical thought, prescription drugs were the proffered solution.  By 2008, taking numerous medications, daily, and still suffering from the life-altering pain of fibromyalgia, General Halstead retired from the Army.  Doctors had offered her little hope, for a change in her condition.  "You're not going to have good days, you're just going to have days."¹

After her retirement, Becky discovered chiropractic and began learning that chiropractors are not just "back doctors", as is the common misconception, but doctors of the nervous system. Chiropractic relieves pressure on nerves that are pinched or compressed by subluxated vertebrae.  Every organ and system in our body is connected to the brain by an intricate network of nerves, and all of those nerves must ultimately run through the spinal column to reach the brain.  A misaligned (subluxated) vertebra, or a disc ( the cushion between vertebrae) that is inflamed or damaged, pinches or puts pressure on the nearby nerve, interrupting the normal signal to the brain, often signaling pain instead.  Where, and to what extent, that pain is experienced, depends on the nerve being compressed.  That is why patients can see a chiropractor to gain relief from problems as varied as migraine headaches to shingles, the common flu to PMS, low back pain to colic, or allergies to carpal tunnel syndrome.  Whatever symptoms present in our bodies, God has built in a wondrous system to tell us, first, "Hey, there's a problem." and then secondly, to prompt us to take action that allows our bodies to heal, as He designed them to do.  Doctors of Chiropractic are skilled in assessing pain and inflammation to determine where subluxations have occurred in the spine and subsequently, where a nerve is being injured.  With appropriate and consistent chiropractic care, the subluxated vertebra can be realigned, taking pressure off the nerve and allowing the body to begin to function properly and heal as it was designed to.

consequences of subluxations

As mentioned previously, General Halstead was taking between eight and ten prescription medications, when she retired in 2008, without very favorable results.  Within one year of completing semi-monthly chiropractic visits, Becky Halstead's pain has decreased from a daily 9 or 10, to 2 or 3, with some days being as low as 1.  All this without the use of medications. That's right.  She is now, prescription-free.  She has found relief and hope through chiropractic care and it has become her new mission to share her experience, and that hope, with others.  I encourage you to read the full write-up on her talk at the conference, in this World Herald article and see how her idea of what it means to be healthy, has changed.  I'd also like to leave you with some final thoughts.

Are there any medications you take regularly that are simply masking symptoms without getting to the root cause of your health issue?  Maybe you are even taking a medication to reduce the symptoms and side effects caused by another medication.  If there was a safe, natural alternative that addressed the cause for your pain or illness, wouldn't it make sense to use it, instead of altering your body's responses, and hiding problems with yet another drug?  Chiropractic IS that safe, natural alternative.

Hackbart Chiropractic has many educational resources and materials available to our patients. We even host Chiropractic Care Classes each Monday evening, at 6 pm, to provide helpful information and answer questions.  Many of our patients have recently been utilizing our lending library to check out a DVD called Doctored, that discusses much of the misinformation about Chiropractic and the misguided, "mainstream" thinking that prescriptions and OTC medications are a better option.  We'd love to have you borrow a copy or stop by the office to meet the doctors and ask any questions you may have.

Wishing you hope, health and healing!  Have a great day!

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¹Healey, Katy. "Retired General Becky Halstead Speaks at Nebraska Chiropractic Convention." Omaha.com. Omaha World Herald, 16 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Mar. 2013.