July 9, 2015
I started Elevation Health on August 21st, 2013 and it has really changed my life. When I was seven years old I fell from the monkey bars and fractured my left arm in two places, and on top of that, was diagnosed with scoliosis. The worst part of it was that I started having epileptic seizures.
Over the years, I was going from doctor to doctor and being put on all different kinds of medications. I felt like a guinea pig, and the medications did not seem to help. I started having another serious problem: when I would have a seizure, if no one was there to hold my arms down, my shoulders would start to dislocate. My mom would have to take me to the E.R. so many times to get that shoulder back in place. To make a long story short, I had in total 3 right shoulder surgeries and 2 left shoulder surgeries. I was so depressed at that point that I was put on Zoloft. Taking this, I began to have severe side effects including suicidal thoughts. After some time, I took myself off of it.
I found a neurologist who put my on more medications, some of which included: Dilantin (100 mg, twice a day) divalproex (50 mg, three times a day) and topiramate (75 mg a day). I was on quite a lot of medication and then all of a sudden my seizures stopped. With that though, I was always tired and had little energy. It has been 9 years since I have had a seizure.
Praise God that with my adjustments, doing therapy, and changing my diet, I am no longer getting any shots, taking Benadryl, using an inhaler, or the nasal sprays. I have not gotten a cold or sinus infection in over a year now.
The MOST wonderful thing is that I am now off two of the seizure medications: Dilantin and divalproex. The doctor I am now going to said that I do not need to be on as much medication. To be honest though, I was scared because I had been taking them both for 38 YEARS. I put myself in God’s hands and stood on the verse: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I also had a wonderful support team: my husband Bill, my mom, and my son. I have to thank Elevation Health team, not only have they been an encouragement but have also been a huge support. I am now feeling great, working hard on my spinal corrective care therapy, and have so much more energy. I feel like a NEW person (I am even doing martial arts with my son)! God is so good, and he has blessed my life.
Elevation Health patient
July 7, 2015
Sitting will ‘rot’ your spine:
Written by: Dr Johanna Turner
Movement is essential for life. Most people have jobs where they sit at a computer screen most of the day. Sitting for prolong periods of time can negatively affect your overall health on multiple levels. Prolong sitting can lead to poor posture, acceleration in spinal decay, muscle tightness, decline in cardiovascular and overall health. Hartley Chiropractic Center promotes movement of your body regularly throughout the day. There are a few key tips to keep in mind to keep your body moving.
How often should I get up and move?
Research shows people have the most amount of pressure on their spine when they are sitting. There is a saying that goes ‘what sugar does to your teeth, sitting does to your spine’. In order to prevent accelerated spinal decay it is essential that you move your body several times throughout the day. If you have a job that you are sitting most of the day then think about how often you are actually getting up and moving. We suggest that you get up and move every 20-30 minutes while doing prolong sitting. A great way to change this habit up at work is to set an alarm to go off every 20-30 minutes. Have a routine you run through when your alarm goes off. This should consist of getting up out of your chair doing a few simple stretches. You can stand in a door way and place your hands on each side of the door and lean in. This stretch will stretch muscles in the front of your chest that get tight as your posture weakens while sitting at a computer. Also make sure to stretch out your forearms, and do 15-30 squats to get the leg muscles warmed up.
When you are traveling for long periods of time you want to make sure to get up and move often. Depending on your form of travel it may be difficult to get up and move every 20-30 minutes. In this case aim to stop and move every hour. The same routine that was mentioned earlier can be done when you stop for traveling.
Why is moving important?
Movement helps pump vital nutrients through the body that are needed to stay healthy, it also gets rid of harmful waste, and promotes healthy muscles that help support strong spinal health. The movement of your body will activate and move muscles; the movement of muscles gives your lymphatic system the boost it needs to get rid of harmful toxins in the body. Movement also boosts hormones that make us happy. If you are feeling bummed out research shows as little as 20 minutes of movement a day is enough to help boost your mood. This can be more effective than depression medication when done on a regular basis.
If you are interested in more ways to get moving and improve overall health then join Hartley Chiropractic Center Monday July 13, 2014 for our Advanced Spinal Care Class. This class covers ways to properly sleep, how to do daily task such as getting in and out of the car, carrying bags, and the best set up for work to promote overall health and spinal hygiene. This class is short and sweet but filled with essential easy tips to help improve overall health.
July 7, 2015
On one particular occasion he was competing as a pole vaulter at a high school track meet when he had an accident in which he landed on his head from a height of 10 feet.
Immediately following the accident, the young man noticed the onset of neck pain focused at the base of his skull. In addition he started suffering from back pain, daily headaches, and migraine headaches approximately 3 times per week. He described his pain as an “unbearable everyday occurrence.” Additionally, several days after the accident he began experiencing “blackouts,” which were later diagnosed as petit mal seizures. These seizures continued to increase until he was experiencing them 4 times per day.
Things continued to get worse for the young man over the first 6 months following the accident when he started experiencing the onset of depression. He described a complete loss of appetite, extreme lethargy, a lack of concern for himself, and an extremely erratic sleep cycle that often left him awake for several days followed by periods of 14 to 18 hours of sleep.
The patient and his mother reported that he consulted with approximately 24 practitioners during this time. Prescribed medications and therapies did not alleviate or reduce symptoms. To alleviate his pain and depression, he started using illegal drugs in an attempt to “make himself feel better.” After becoming addicted, his parents checked him into a drug rehabilitation program, which he completed.
It was after this long and horrifying 6-year period that this young man sought chiropractic care from the chiropractor who authored the published study. An examination was performed and it was determined that the young man was suffering from a subluxation in the upper neck. A course of corrective adjustments was begun to correct the subluxation and reduce nerve pressure.
The results as reported in the Journal were nothing short of life changing for the young man. After 1 month of care, the patient reported an absence of seizures and manic episodes and improved sleep patterns. After 4 months of care, seizures and manic episodes remained absent and migraine headaches were reduced from 3 per week to 2 per month. After 7 months of care, the patient reported the complete absence of symptoms. Eighteen months later, the patient remains asymptomatic. Needless to say, his life was changed!
Information provided by Dr. Leif Martensson, D.C., Elevation Health (first posted in January, 2012 on Facebook by Dr. Dan Yachter)
July 2, 2015
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Can Chiropractic cure my chronic health conditions?
Written by : Dr Johanna Turner DC
There are many promises when it comes to health care that cannot be fulfilled. Doctors of all types promise cures and improvement in certain conditions all the time, sometimes they are right and those conditions improve but other times there are no changes or things may even become worse. How is chiropractic any different?
There is a clear difference between chiropractic care and other medical models. Chiropractic care does not truly cure anything. That statement may be confusing when you first read it, but it is true. The purpose and true goal of chiropractic care is to remove the interference of the body and allow for communication to happen at 100%. If you have 100% communication, then you have 100% function and optimal health.
The true definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury. Chiropractic care allows for your body to express health fully. There is a specific way the body works to allow this to happen. The best way to understand the mechanics of the body is to think of it as an electrical system, just like the circuit breaker and wires of your house. The circuit breaker controls all areas of the house and as long as the switch is flipped to ‘on’ then electricity pumps fully into that designated room. However, if there is a problem with the wiring or the breaker flips to ‘off’ then there is no longer electricity to that room. Our spines act as the circuit breaker of the house. When the bones of the spine misalign out of their proper alignment then this essential turns the breaker from ‘on’ to ‘off’. The reason this is important is because when there is a misalignment in the spine (which is also called a subluxation) it will put pressure on the nerves and turn down the energy to your body’s organs/tissues/joints/muscles. When the energy is turned down the body has a blockage and it cannot fully work at 100%. Therefore, over time this can cause aches and pains but also cause the body to not work fully such as poor digestion, allergies, fatigue, and difficulties sleeping.
The art of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove areas of subluxation. By removing the subluxation then you are restoring that proper communication to the body. At this point your smart body takes over and starts to heal itself from the inside out by repairing tissue, removing harmful waste, and replenishing essential nutrients. So does chiropractic cure certain health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and other conditions? No, but it does remove subluxations and turns back on proper communication of the body. Proper communication promotes 100% health, and from 100% health you may notice a decrease in blood pressure levels, increased energy, the ability to lose weight easier, and overall feeling better. That is why many people claim that chiropractic has cured their ear infections, reversed their diabetes, and lowered their blood pressure. Now we know and understand that our bodies were truly responsible for changing those things and chiropractic allowed this to happen faster and more efficiently.
Check out our great doctors in the office Dr Hartley and Dr Johanna. Their mission is to help you regain and maintain proper healthy as quickly as possible. Check us out at www.HartleyChiropracticCenter.com.