4 thoughts on “Hastings Chiropractic Launches New Blog

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the blog. Why Goldenseal and what is the mushroom extract. where do I get methylated B vitamins and how often. ~Renee

    • hi Renee, Goldenseal is a great all around anti microbial with a specificity for mucous membranes. Mushrooms build deep immunity and Moss has come up with a great extract. Methylated b vits you can get through Moss, their bio b 100 is a great b vitamin. I also like there b-complex which is also methylated and has higher doses. During times of high stress ie. holidays, a good b vit is helpful.

      Some people have what is known as a methylating defect, I happen to be one of those people, taking folic acid, which is not found in the body (folate is) or some of the synthetic forms of B12 and B6 can be a problem as they are not actually the substances the body uses. The body needs to methylate (which is simply a carbon hooked to 3 hydrogen molecules) those synthetic forms. For most people, no problem, for some it is.

    • Michael,I could try a refresher ailrcte on chiropractic over the weekend? ;-) Chiropractic has at it’s heart two main notions, both of which lack support. One is so-called subluxations, partial dislocations of the spine. The other is a form of ‘vitalism’, essentially the same general notion described as body humours, chi forces, etc., which most people would recognise as dated notions. I write ‘dated’ rather than pseudo-science, because although that’s also true, part of the issue here lies with trying to keep alive notions that have long been discarded. (For sound reasons.)(Interestingly, my visit to the web page of their own world body when researching this when I first wrote on the topic showed that they admitted a lack of evidence for their vitalism.)Trick or treatment, for example, writes “X-rays can reveal neither the subluxations nor the innate intelligence associated with chiropractic philosophy, because they do not exist.” (Page 35, or 211, of the chapter my ailrcte points readers to. Look for paragraph starting “In contrast,”.)I understand the reality is complicated by different practitioners using different mixes of what (supposedly) makes up chiropractic. (Or rather what would make it distinct, perhaps.) There is quite a bit of argument amongst chiropractics, too.Evidence based studies I’ve seen indicate that of what has been studied, the only treatments chiropractics offer that may be on-par in success with more conventional physical therapy is treatments for lower back pain. I should have written something about this some time ago.Trouble there is, if you can get just as successful treatment from a practitioner who has no pseudo-science baggage, why run the risk of using one who does?

      • Faheem, you raise some interesting points. With any healing practice it is important to acknowledge criticisms. You state that subluxations cannot be detected on x-ray, which is true to a certain extent. I would argue that most chiropractors can look at any x-ray and tell you exactly where your trouble spots are, and give you some good advice on what to do about it. Secondly, in regards to subluxation, it relates to joint dysfunction and the beginning of pathology, either disc disease, or arthritis. I think one of the things that most surprises patients is how easily chiropractors locate and identify painful areas of the joint complex that the patient was not aware of. What we are really palpating is the hypertonicity of the intrinsic muscles which support the specific segment. The hypertonicity is due to a lack of joint sense, a failure of the cns to accurately determine what is going on at that level, the result is the body attempts to stabilize the segment.

        Chiropractic, at it’s most basic, is about stimulating the nervous system. You are using a sensory stimulus, an afferent input, to get a different efferent output. Think about how a song that you really like, think about the changes that come from that auditory stimulation. It stimulates a huge efferent response; your body releases a chemical cascade that effects your emotions and, if you are particulary kinesthetic, you understand it affects your whole body. And why would’nt it? Those serotonin receptors in your brain are most concentrated in your gut and your spine. So what was once interpreted as “vitalism” might very well be a somatic response to a sensory stimulation. The stimulation in an adjustment comes primarily from mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, essentially pressure plates on the joint surface. You also get some input from muscle spindle cells and golgi tendon organs. In essence, a truly gifted chiropractor plays your nervous system like a musical instrument.

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