In the last two decades, we have seen an alarming increase of asthma cases in the United States by 60%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there are roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma and that 5,000 of deaths a year are due to the condition.

There are many factors that cause asthma development and attacks. It can be due to genetics, air quality, food with preservatives, exposure to allergens that common home items have such as cleaning agents and carpets that contain formaldehyde preservatives, molds in the house and medications like antibiotics and vaccinations. Aside from all these, one usual culprit behind asthma attacks is stress.

This is why aside from medication given by a physician, people who suffer from asthma are encouraged to use relaxation techniques like yoga. Acupuncture and chiropractic adjustment are also said to relieve patients from asthma symptoms as these are said to improve bronchial hyper-activity and decrease asthma sensitivity.

Since asthma is a chronic condition, patients who suffer from it will live with it for the rest of their lives. However, with proper medication from an asthma specialist with the help of relaxation techniques and treatments like chiropractic care, asthma can be managed.

ChiroCarolina®, a chiropractic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, reaffirms the claim that chiropractic care can help ease asthma symptoms. Chiropractic manipulation has helped numerous of their patients deal with chronic conditions, such as back pain, headaches and asthma.

For more information on how chiropractic care can help asthma patients, contact us today!


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Doctors of chiropractic at ChiroCarolina® joined the 2013 Oscar Miller Day Symposium to update their knowledge on shoulder and elbow pain management. The invitation came from OrthoCarolina Shoulder and Elbow Center physicians who hosted the event at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC on October 25, 2013. Five sessions covered various topics including shoulder instability, shoulder and elbow trauma, athlete’s elbow and shoulder injuries, arthritis and other related conditions. Chiropractors were joined by orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals involved in the treatment of orthopedic patients. The annual Oscar Miller Day Symposium provides health professionals opportunities for orthopedic-related research and case presentations as well as discussions. Participation is important for chiropractors and the patients they serve. Keeping abreast with research helps chiropractors provide the best treatment options to their patients especially those who are suffering from shoulder and elbow pain. It is named after one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the Southeast whose legacy and dedication to research and education continue to live through this symposium. ChiroCarolina® chiropractors take advantage of every opportunity for continuing education in the practice and related medical practices. The 2013 symposium would help Drs. Rice, Ali and Saario advance their proficiency in shoulder and elbow pain management, and employ the latest non-surgical and surgical strategies in the treatment of both traumatic and non-traumatic conditions.


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A federal grant has been awarded to Dr. Geoffrey Bove and Susan Chapelle for their research on postsurgical and ileus that may have significant implications to the chiropractic community.

According to Bove, he became interested in the subject when he was invited to observe Chapelle’s performance of abdominal massage and specific visceral mobilization to address postsurgical adhesions. This sparked a study that will determine if surgery-induced adhesions can be prevented in rats. The Research Project Grant, which amounts to $790,000, is funded by the Public Health Service through the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

As pelvic surgeries and Caesarean births increase, postsurgical methods that will prevent adhesion and ileus have become very relevant. Results from this research may promote the use of chiropractic practice after surgery. “It is my hope that our investigations will catalyze chiropractors to extend and expand their skills, and thus the breadth of their practices, with the inclusion of these methods,” shared Bove.

Chiropractors of ChiroCarolina® are keeping themselves updated about this research and are very willing to obtain further studies and additional training if this pushes through. Currently, ChiroCarolina® offers chiropractic treatment and acupuncture to address back pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches and a lot more.

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A recent study was published by Harvard reporting that fluoride can affect the IQ of children. The study compared children who reside in communities exposed to high levels of fluoride in their drinking water and children who are not exposed to fluoride or have had minimum exposure. This study was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Prior to this report, there have been countless studies linking fluoride to brain damage. These other reports have studied 23 humans and over 100 animals, all of which showed affected brain functions after constant fluoride exposure. Despite all these reports, 70% of public drinking water still has fluoride–a disappointing fact because this shows that the medical and dental communities are not taking the issue as seriously as they should. Other adverse effects of fluoride are cancer, muscle disorders, arthritis and a weaker immune system.

While the medical and dental communities may not be paying much attention on the issue, the chiropractors at ChiroCarolina® Charlotte are very concerned about the results of all the studies conducted on fluoride effects since some of the disorders are under their field.

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In the 2013 Jobs Rated report of, chiropractic was ranked 11th in this year’s best careers. This is a milestone for the chiropractic community since this only shows that chiropractic care is now getting the attention it deserves in the United States. Chiropractic care is a type of treatment that does not use medications nor invasive treatments in treating discomfort or pain. Instead, chiropractors manipulate the spine and recommend unique diet and exercise programs for each patient.

2013 is also a big year for the Jobs Rated report as it is its Silver Anniversary. Ever since reporting started in 1988, the Jobs Rated report has been the go-to resource of millions of Americans in checking how their jobs are doing against other jobs. It has also been helping Americans decide on the career path they want to follow.

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Donald Barett, a filmmaker who had been involved in 33 documentaries, one of which is “Scared Straight,” which won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary, the George Foster Peabody Award for Best Public Service Programming and the first program to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

“Pain in America” the 34th installation to his amazing works, in which he is the writer, producer, and director, is expected for multimedia release including television, theater, DVD or Blu-Ray and online release in early 2013 and currently in pre-production. The film centers its documentary of the chronic pain epidemic and is aiming to elevate the public’s view on chiropractic. It also aims to unite physicians, chiropractors and other health care professionals.

For the documentary to be uniquely interesting and visual, Barett is said to be pulling out his bags of tricks as a filmmaker which includes computer graphics, special effects and in the first 30 seconds, the program will be running 100 million people on screen to provide a sense of proportion. The film will also include narratives as well as interviews with doctors of chiropractic and their patients, health care administrators, chiropractic college faculty, staff and students. The film would like to educate the public about chiropractic care and encourage the youth to consider the profession as a commitment. A 53-second “Pain Ballet” is also included in the film to demonstrate the reasons why there’s a need to see a chiropractor.

Barett admitted seeking chiropractic help for back pain, which he’s been suffering from for decades. Being skeptical is a natural reaction before seeking chiropractic help but a regimen of adjustment and exercises under the care of June Rogers, DC changed this perspective as his back troubles disappeared. His usual work in the hard sciences was set aside when he was convinced that chiropractic treatment really works but does not get enough media coverage to inform the public.

A report showed that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pains and according to Barett, this problem can be addressed if the various health care professionals will unite and work together by giving the public awareness about alternative treatments.

The pre-production began on the 1st of July. Principal photography commencement will be at the Florida Chiropractic Association Convention. For seven weeks, the production team will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific to shoot. Original CGI will also be created to bring the subject to life.

The documentary will be theatrically released, but will be limited for the consideration of Academy Award Qualification. It will also be played three times in PBS internationally and will be on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Reaching over head with both arms and hands while standing up for thirty (30) seconds every thirty (30) minutes are simple microbreaks to ease possible muscular imbalances caused by sitting all day, driving for long hours, or just watching the television. Proper sitting postures would also help in preventing muscular imbalances.

Asking the patient to sit toward the front of a chair with feet hip-width apart and pointed straight ahead is the simplest way to observe sitting positions and evaluate sitting postures. The patients must sit upright, the pelvis rolling forward for ten (10) to twenty (20) seconds. They should be able to generate the movement from the pelvis rather than just pulling their shoulders back. Seeing whether their legs remain hip-width or they adduct to generate hip reflexion, if they deviate to the right or left and does the trunk move anterior or posterior over the hips are very important observations draw proper conclusions and generate fit corrective exercises.

The maintenance of the normal spinal curve while sitting is beneficial but improper sitting postures like sitting at computers with improper screen height assumes a forward head position with kyphosis of the thoracic spine increases the incidence of neck and shoulder trigger points, pain and shoulder muscle activity alterations. Individuals may be prone to conditions like scapulothoracic or shoulder impingement syndromes if not properly assessed and corrected.

Most people are unaware if they are observing proper postures or in a position that can cause the deformation of tissues. Microbreaks is an opportunity for our body muscles to relax and regain proper shapes. Squeezing the shoulder blades together for at least twenty (20) seconds and repeating twice or three times is a simple microbreak for driving. Cervical range of motion, and shoulder retraction with elevation and depression are also possible driving microbreaks. It is encouraged to change car seat position every thirty minutes.

Dr. Ali of ChiroCarolina® suggests that the proper sitting position while on the road would be sitting up against the back of the seat, adjusting the seat-pan length, adjusting the backrest up and down according to comfort level. Adjusting the hips to be level and square, drawing in toward the spine your belly button, maintaining a level chin while lightly pushing the head against the head rest, left foot firmly on the floor, set the scapulae slightly, reach the steering wheel at 9 o’clock and keep your foot on the gas pedal.

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A recent study that looked at the past ten years of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) shows that one area where health care costs significantly increased is spine care. It was also found out in the study that the main reason behind this rise is the increased costs for medical specialists compared to primary care physicians. The survey was taken by adults aged 18 years and older from 1999 to 2008. The interviewees sought ambulatory health services for back and neck conditions.

The results of the MEPS analysis also revealed that from 1999 to 2008, 6% of American adults reported an ambulatory visit for a spine condition. It also showed that the mean-inflation-adjusted costs for spine care increased by 95% in 2008, with the average patient making 2.9-3.7 visits per year to MDs for primary spine diagnosis.

One interesting point in the study is that “non-technologically based ambulatory health services that manage spine conditions such as chiropractic care and physical therapy have not experienced the same increases in expenditures per user.”

Dr. Henry Rice of ChiroCarolina® highly recommends chiropractic care for those seeking relief from chronic or acute back and neck pain. This alternative approach to health care is holistic and does not require the use of medications and surgery.


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According to the State of Oregon Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Low Back Pain, spinal manipulation – the only non-pharmocological treatment for acute low back pain – is highly recommended. The guidelines are a joint effort of the Center for Evidence-based Practice, Oregon Corporation for Health Care Quality, the Center for Evidence-based Policy of the Oregon Health and Sciences University and the new Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission. The guidelines have been adopted by the Oregon Health Authority.

The Oregon Chiropractic Association stated that the original guidelines put too much emphasis on drugs and surgery, which prompted them to provide scientific clinical journal articles that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic care.

53% of reported instances of drug overdose in Oregon alone is associated with prescription opiods. If the mission of the Oregon Health Policy Board is to “lead Oregon to a more affordable, world-class health care system,” then it is in conflict with the statistics of drug overdose in the state. This is why the OCA is strongly recommending spinal manipulation ahead of the use of dangerous narcotics.

Dr. Saario of ChiroCarolina® agrees to the stand that OCA took. “There are many natural remedies patients can make use of before resorting to dangerous narcotics,” he said, “It’s time that people learn more about chiropractic care.”

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Three figure skaters in their late 30s improved their fitness level through chiropractic care.

Figure skating is a very strenuous sport. It can strain the muscles in the back, neck, arms and legs.

Because of its high level of difficulty and the strain it may cause to various parts of the body, older figure skaters usually retire from the sport when they reach a certain age. This is not so for figure skaters Ninotchka Aschow, Choeleen Loundagin and William Abel who are in their late 30s and still very active in the sport.

Their secret in staying in shape is regular chiropractic treatment, which they say is an essential part of their training in preparation for their dream to win gold medals. Chiropractic care does not only aid in treating their injuries. It has also opened their eyes to a more holistic approach by improving their wellness, nutrition and mental acuity.

Choeleen Loundagin is a skating coach who was presented an opportunity to participate in the pair’s competition. When she grabbed the chance, she went into an intensive training program with partner, William Abel. “Going from singles to pairs was a tricky transition, however seeing a chiropractor two to three times a week allowed me to develop the additional muscle and upper body strength for lifting, as well as keeping my alignment consistent,” Loundagin, who won gold with Abel in the first championship pair’s competition at the U.S. Adult Championships, stated. “I think it is important to take care of your body and appreciate what it is doing for you. Chiropractic care definitely helped me become stronger in areas that I was lacking.”

Abel, who used to visit his chiropractor just for adjustment purposes, started visiting more often when he learned that chiropractic care is very useful for preventive care.

Chiropractic care is a popular health care choice of many athletes. ChiroCarolina®, a chiropractic clinic in Charlotte, NC, is also home to many known athletes in Charlotte.


Rating: 7 out of 10 (from 92 votes)

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