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20 Ways to Stop Headaches Naturally

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The World Health Organization states that headaches are very common. They go on to say that nearly everyone has a headache occasionally and 1 in 20 will have a headache every (or nearly every) day. What you need to know is that while they are very common, they are not normal.

Headaches are your body’s way of telling you it cannot overcome the daily stressors that you place upon it. Whether a headache shows up from eyestrain, hormones, food intolerances, or anything else, you should never ignore the warning signs OR cover them up by reaching for prescription or over-the-counter medications. All medications have side effects, and you wouldn’t want to trade one condition for another.

Instead, try a few home remedies or natural approaches to reduce, or even eliminate, headaches for good. Here’s a good list of 20 ways to stop headaches naturally.

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1. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care to stop headaches naturally

Chiropractors look to the spine for the cause of disease, including “minor” aches and pains like headaches. While we do not treat the headache or pain, we do check your spine for something we call vertebral subluxations that may be hindering the body’s ability to communicate properly with the brain. With a gentle chiropractic adjustment, we can remove the interference in the communication pathways which will set the body back into motion towards health. Want to know more about chiropractic? Read my post What is Chiropractic?

2. Homeopathy

Homeopathy for headaches

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that utilizes a principle of “like cures like” to treat illness and disease. It doesn’t just treat the illness but takes into account the entire person and their overall health picture. It is safe, gentle, and very effective in not only treating headaches on an acute basis, but it can dig deep and really uproot chronic headaches for good. Here are a few homeopathic medicines that may help with headaches:

  • Sepia – useful if headaches are related to female hormones
  • Sanguinaria – a headache coming from the sinuses
  • Gelsemium – headache brought on by colds or the flu
  • Mag phos – can be employed for tension headaches
  • Nux vomica – great for headaches after overindulgence

Want to learn more about homeopathy? Check out my virtual study groups or click to get my 37 Must-Have Homeopathic Medicines for Families cheat sheet.

3. Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy to stop headaches naturally

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on form of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension and dysfunction in the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Our brain and spinal cord are the most important organs in our body, and any undue stress and strain placed upon them can lead to illness and disease. This method of therapy is typically used by some chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, and occupational therapists and consists of light touch to release the restrictions around the central nervous system.

4. Nutrient-dense snacks

Nutrient dense snacks can help stop headaches naturally

Nutrition is extremely important for our everyday body functions. Improper nutrition or skipping meals can cause our body to scream at us that it is lacking in vitamins and minerals. Headaches can be one of those ways our body is trying to tell us it needs to be fed. One easy way to stop headaches naturally is to grab a handful of carrots, an apple, or some trail mix to give your body a boost.

5. Hydration

Staying hydrated can stop headaches naturally

Headaches may be a sign that you are dehydrated. Our body is comprised of mostly water, and many people don’t do a good job of keeping it hydrated. And just like with foods, water provides our bodies with some basic minerals we need for our body to function normally. There’s no set amount of water that is beneficial for everyone, after all, we are all different. But if you suffer from chronic headaches, make it a point to track your water intake for a week and then increase it by an additional cup daily. You just might notice the headaches start to disappear.

6. Exercise

Stretching

Not only can exercise relieve stress, but it can calm the muscle tightness that is associated with certain types of headaches. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise. Gentle exercises such as walking, stretching, deep breathing, or yoga can be very beneficial. Also, exercise releases endorphins which are our “feel good” hormones. These endorphins actually block pain in our body and naturally aid in healing.

7. Massage

Massage

We are a society heavily dependent on technology. And because of daily computer and handheld device use, we are becoming a society where most people have forward head posture. What this means is that when you view someone from the side, their head is not directly lined up with their shoulders. When this happens, the muscles of the head, neck, and upper back become overstretched and overworked. The normal body response to prevent further injury to these tissues is to tighten up or spasm those muscles. With this tightening can come headaches.

Similar to craniosacral therapy, massage therapy is a hands-on form of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension from the muscles and fascia of the body. It also stimulates lymphatic flow which helps to reduce toxin build-up in our body which can be another cause of headaches. Massage therapy uses a somewhat deeper pressure to relieve tension from the areas involved than does craniosacral therapy.

8. Acupuncture/Acupressure

Acupressure can help stop headaches naturally
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Everything in our body is comprised of energy. A headache can be a sign that there is an abnormal energy pattern occurring within the body. Acupuncture uses needles placed on points along energy channels, or pathways, in the body to help restore the body to balance. Acupressure has the same premise but doesn’t involve using needles. Aculief is a wearable acupressure device that is inexpensive and easy to grab and use when a headache is imminent.

9. Herbs

Herbs drying

There are quite a few herbs that can be used to combat headaches. Both chamomile and passionflower are great for relaxing muscles and promoting sleep. Butterbur can be used to reduce inflammation in the body. And feverfew can help get rid of pain, nausea, and sensitivities that accompany headaches. Herbs can be steeped in water and consumed as a tea, or they can be taken in supplement forms like capsules or tinctures.

10. Vitamins/Supplementation

Vitamins and supplements

Vitamins and supplements are things I list here to use if you truly have a severe deficiency. Otherwise, true supplementation can be addressed by using high quality, nutrient-dense foods. B-complex vitamins and magnesium seem to be the most beneficial vitamins and supplements for combating headaches. B-complex vitamins boost the production of neurotransmitters and can be lacking in those that suffer from chronic migraines. Magnesium controls the normal function of blood pressure, muscles, nerves, and heart all of which can cause headaches in abnormal states.

11. Essential Oils

Essential oils can help stop headaches naturally

Aromatherapy has long been used to treat headaches. Only in the last few years have essential oils become more mainstream thanks to many network marketing companies and the power of word of mouth. Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from all types of medicinal plants for topical and inhalation methods of healing. Lavender essential oil helps relieve tension and stress as well as promotes relaxation. Both peppermint and spearmint essential oils decrease pain and tension and stimulate blood flow. Eucalyptus essential oil can decrease both pain and swelling associated with headaches. While some oils can cause reactions on the skin of some people, you should start with adding a few drops of the oil to coconut oil before applying topically. Use a few drops of the essential oil of your choosing in a diffuser for inhalation.

12. Ice

ice pack

Ice is anti-inflammatory and can decrease the firing of nerve signals. It can also break muscle spasms. While many people will reach for a heating pad when dealing with a headache, some find that an ice pack or cold compress has a better effect. Some headaches respond best when you alternate ice and heat.

13. Heat

heating pad

Heating pads and warm compresses can stimulate blood flow, increase oxygen, and relax muscles when someone is suffering from a headache. Place the pad or compress on the back of the neck or on the shoulders to help get relief of muscle spasms when you have a tension-type headache. Placing a warm compress over the sinuses when you are suffering from a sinus headache will help thin the mucus and relieve the pressure. For even better results, alternate with a cold compress.

14. Sleep/Rest

rest can help stop headaches naturally

Sleep is healing and restorative. To prevent headaches from becoming chronic, be sure you are getting adequate sleep without the distractions of electronics. If you suffer from a headache during the day, you might find relief by going into a dark and silent room so you can concentrate on relaxing tense muscles and decreasing stress from your body.

15. Breathing techniques

Deep breathing can stop headaches naturally

Deep breathing improves circulation, stimulates nerve function, increases oxygen flow to the brain, and causes relaxation throughout the body. To perform deep breathing, you want to see your abdomen expand, not your chest. Concentrate on the pit of your stomach and breathe in through your nose for about 5 seconds, hold for another 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Just getting into this relaxed state may be enough to put a stop to an acute headache.

16. Get outdoors

get outdoors

Fresh air is sometimes all it takes to make a headache go away. Take a few minutes and go outside. Couple it with deep breathing and you’ll be feeling better in no time. If you want to learn how trees can be beneficial to your health, my friend Verla shares plenty of information over at her site Trees Mend Us.

17. Trigger elimination

Remove triggers like alcohol to stop headaches naturally

Whether your headaches are triggered by foods, alcohol, caffeine, or anything else, you have a leg up on everyone else. Many people don’t actually know why they are having headaches. They just assume that it’s stress or hormone-related without actually knowing. Remove the triggers for the time being and then consult with a health care practitioner who can help you focus on healing your body. By doing this, you’ll be less likely to experience headaches when your usual triggers are encountered or added back into your life.

18. Bath

Baths can stop headaches naturally

Baths can be a very relaxing way to stop a headache. Warm water increases blood flow and oxygen circulation throughout the body. Add in some Epsom salt to aid in detoxification or essential oils to help relieve built-up muscular tension.

19. CBD

CBD can help stop headaches naturally

While still controversial, many people have found great benefit in using CBD for headaches, especially migraines. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp plants. CBD from hemp plants acts just like our own natural body cannabinoids. It inhibits pain signals and decreases the inflammatory response.

20. Reduce stress

Stress relief

Stress can come in three forms: physical, chemical, or emotional. These stressors put our body into a fight-or-flight response. This response can increase blood pressure, tension, and inflammation and can decrease oxygen thus leading to headaches. Employ any of the methods mentioned in numbers 1-19 above to help reduce stress and stop headaches in their tracks.


Know that you are not alone in dealing with headaches. But also know that there are safe and side-effect free, natural remedies to stop and even eliminate headaches for good. Next time you experience a headache or migraine, opt for one of these natural methods first.

Do you have other natural methods you use to stop a headache? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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No Need to Count Sheep: 7 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

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With Daylight Saving Time coming up on March 10th and Sleep Awareness Week March 10th-16th, I thought I’d take some time to share a few ways you can naturally improve your sleep (without counting sheep).

Nearly 40 million American men and women suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Are you one of them? Many times this can be attributed to stress, general health maladies, or the inability to shut off the brain.

Sleep is just as important to us as eating a good diet and getting plenty of exercise. Our body uses sleep to heal, increase metabolism, improve our mood, and even stimulate immune system function. If you’re having some difficulty getting adequate sleep, you may want to choose one of the following methods to not only help improve your quality of sleep but improve your health overall.

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1. Chiropractic Care

chiropractic adjustment to improve sleep

I found it interesting in my research that Johns Hopkins Medicine states “a healthy amount of sleep is vital for ‘brain plasticity,’ or the brain’s ability to adapt to input.”

As a chiropractor, my main focus with patients is making sure the brain communicates with the body properly. When there is miscommunication between the brain and the body, either the brain or the body suffers.

I have had numerous patients report back to me that they (or their child) slept better the night after their adjustment than they had in a long time. It never surprises me because chiropractic is all about restoring proper communication within the nervous system. So if you’re having issues sleeping, think about seeing your family chiropractor.

2. Homeopathy

Homeopathy to improve sleep

Have you ever taken Arnica for an injury? If you’ve used the little white sugar pills from the health food store, then you know a little bit about homeopathic medicine.

The premise of homeopathy is that “like cures like.” What this means is that the effect a substance has on a person in its gross form, it can have the opposite and curative effects in its highly diluted form.

Coffea cruda is one such example of how homeopathy can help with sleep. Coffee in its gross form is a stimulant. When it is homeopathically diluted, it aids in the calming of the person. And when used for chronic sleep issues, it can help to uproot the condition for good.

We have successfully used Coffea cruda 15 minutes before bed with one of our children who has difficulty shutting off her brain at night. For the first couple of weeks we used this remedy every night but now we only use it on a rare occasion.

There are many other homeopathic remedies that may be employed to help with acute or chronic sleep issues. Choosing the correct one requires careful examination of the person as a whole.

Want to learn more about homeopathy? Check out my virtual study groups or click to get my 37 Must-Have Homeopathic Medicines for Families cheat sheet.

3. Nutrition

Nutrition to improve sleep

The health of your gut can play a huge role in how well you sleep. Have you ever heard that your gut is your “second brain”? Then it only makes sense that a healthy gut will play a role in how well (or bad) you sleep.

The sleep-wake cycle and hormones that regulate our sleep are directly affected by our gut microbiome. The more diverse the microbiome, the more balanced and healthy our gut becomes.

So how do we create a diverse microbiome?

Proper nutrition!

Increase your raw fruit and vegetable intake, drink bone broth daily, and incorporate wide varieties of fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. And if you need a little extra help, you can always add in a high quality probiotic.

4. Exercise

Walking to improve sleep

Everyone should be getting exercise numerous times per week to maintain a healthy body. But did you know exercise can also aid our sleep?

There are still a lot of unknowns in regards to exercise and sleep. Some researchers say that exercising increases adrenaline and can prolong getting to sleep, while others say that as long as you exercise during the daylight hours it aids in sleep. One promising study has shown that exercise can improve the quality of sleep in older adults.

So hit the gym, put on your walking shoes, or go out dancing. Regular physical activity may just be the answer you are looking for!

5. Soak in the Tub

Soak in the tub to improve sleep

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice relaxing bath?

Before bed, draw up a nice warm bath for soaking. The warm water will soothe tense muscles and increase blood circulation. Add some epsom salt to help detoxify your body, and diffuse a bit of lavender essential oil to help calm you from the stresses of the day.

6. Limit Electronics

Limit electronics to improve sleep

We live in a world with electronics. They have made some aspects of our lives easier. But sleep is not one of them.

Electronics give off blue light. Blue light has a short wavelength and thus higher energy. Harvard researchers have also found that blue light decreases melatonin secretion more than any other type of light which in turn makes it harder to fall asleep.

But electronics are also addictive. At one of my recent chiropractic seminars, Dr. Joseph Mercola stated that “cellphones are the cigarettes of the 21st century.” Check out his post with some frightening statistics regarding cell phone use.

Many people go to bed with a cellphone in their hand which causes a cycle of sleep deprivation. I mentioned in the previous paragraph that light from a cellphone decreases melatonin. This makes it harder to go to sleep. If we can’t go to sleep, then what do we do? We look at the cellphone even more. And then the cycle just gets worse over time.

So put away those screens before bed. Start gradually by limiting screen exposure 30 minutes before bed. Then after a week, limit exposure an hour before bed, and so on.

7. Pillow and Mattress

Pillow to improve sleep

A good pillow and mattress can make all the difference in your sleep.

As a chiropractor, I’m asked time and again which pillow and/or mattress is the best for the health of the spine. And time and again, I’ve had to say I don’t know. It’s been a real struggle for me personally to find the best pillow and mattress for myself. And how can I recommend something that I won’t even use?

While I loved our Sealy Posturepedic mattress for the first 5 or so years we had it, it got worn out and needed replacing just like any other mattress on the market. And as far as pillows go, I have spent my entire chiropractic career searching for a great pillow. And just recently at a chiropractic seminar, I think I found the mattress and pillow that I can honestly say are the best I’ve ever come across.

While I haven’t purchased the mattress, I have slept on the pillow for the last 2 weeks. No pillow has given me a good night’s sleep like this pillow. It’s not too fluffy, not too hard, not too thick, and not too thin. It cradles my head and curves around my shoulders which provides gentle traction for my neck at night. And bonus! It is made from REAL Talalay latex, unlikethe synthetic latex many other companies use.

If you’re in the market for a great pillow, I highly recommend the Side Sleeper Pillow from Chiro-Core. It was designed by a chiropractor, and is chiropractor approved!


If you’re like the other 40 million Americans that have difficulty sleeping, take some time to evaluate each of the methods I’ve mentioned above to see if they will help you catch some much needed zzz’s.

Do you have another method that helps you get to sleep? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Chiropractic Saved My Son

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I’ve been wanting to write this post about how chiropractic saved my son for quite some time, but I just kept putting it off and putting it off. I don’t think there are very many people in my life who know this story, and I still have some hesitation in writing it.

Why?

Because of what they’ll say.

You see, I’m a chiropractor. I’m quite knowledgeable about medical care. I’ve been trained just as well as medical doctors. But sometimes words and actions from family make me feel like I don’t know anything…or at least that they don’t trust my judgement. I still cry over the words one family member said to me over a completely different health matter than what I’m writing about today.

I’m “brainwashed.”

I “don’t know everything.”

“We need doctors.”

So even though my family may say nothing at all, my mind thinks they will…because words in the past have hurt me.

But it’s time to write it, no matter what is said. Because I’m his mother. And because it may help someone else.

Preparing for a Natural Birth

Belly picture

As a chiropractor, I try to make healthy, natural, and holistic choices in my life and instill that philosophy in my children’s lives as well. It’s no surprise that I would also choose those options for birthing.

I had a wonderful team of midwives who saw me throughout my pregnancy. One was my midwife during my first pregnancy, and the other I was transferred to due to backup doctor conflicts with the first midwife.

Every holistic method I could think of was used when dealing with constant nausea during the first 18 weeks of my pregnancy. I tried acupuncture,
motion sickness bands, eating ginger, cooking with ginger, drinking peppermint tea, diffusing peppermint essential oil, increasing Vitamin B6, avoiding offending smells, sleeping upright, eating more protein, sucking on Preggie Pops, etc.

Now that I’m a little more experienced in the holistic health care world, I know I could’ve used a variety of different homeopathic remedies to uproot the nausea completely.

I had a less than pleasant experience at the hospital during the birth of my twins, so I was committed to having a home birth with this child.

We rented a birth tub so that I could attempt a water birth, or at least be comfortable through most of the birthing process. I’m still blown away at how much this helped my comfort during labor.

I was getting adjusted frequently by MY chiropractor throughout my pregnancy to make sure my body was functioning optimally for the best baby positioning and birth outcome.

The Days Leading up to the Birth

End of pregnancy

This little boy decided he was comfortable and wanted to hang around until 41 weeks and grow to a massive 10 lbs 8 oz.

Prior to the birth, everything was going well. He liked to flip posterior every other check-up with the midwife, so we knew he had plenty of room to move around. He had a strong heartbeat. And he was growing like crazy. I even worked adjusting patients up until 39 weeks.

I was having fairly regular contractions during the last week of pregnancy. Some made riding in a car almost impossible.

Labor Time

The day I went into labor I don’t think I even really knew I was in labor. I was having a few more intense contractions, so I figured I’d try to walk around the neighborhood. After passing just 3 houses, I told Brent we needed to go back to the house. I just couldn’t do it. I was not comfortable at all.

So back home we went. I retreated to my room to lay down for the evening thinking I should get some sleep in case the baby decided to come the next day. Doing that wasn’t comfortable.

Bedroom

I sat on my exercise ball. That wasn’t comfortable.

Finally, I told Brent I wanted to get into the birth tub. I had told him in the previous weeks not to let me get into the birth tub during labor until I was at least 5 cm dilated. I wanted my contractions to get stronger, not slower. So he tried to keep me out even though we had no idea how dilated I was, but it was about midnight and I was tired. I didn’t care if they slowed down because I thought at least I could get some rest.

So into the tub I went. And little did I know, I was about to be thrown right in to active labor.

Birth Day

I was able to tolerate the birth tub and my contractions for about an hour. Then they began to get more frequent and more intense. We called the midwife who lived an hour away and let her know what was happening. She instructed us to call back when I was physically unable to talk anymore.

We hung up and within a matter of minutes, my body went from uncomfortable, to PUSH!

Brent called the midwife again, and she talked me through deep reverberating sounds to help me relax and NOT push. Then she hopped in the car and drove well over the speed limit to get to us in just under an hour.

speeding

LONGEST HOUR OF MY LIFE!!!

Do you know how hard it is NOT to push when all your body is doing is pushing?

Once she came in, she gloved up and went to check me and said:

Ok, you can push with the next contraction!

Um, are you serious?!?

He was ready. And out came his head with just a couple of pushes. No “ring of fire” or anything other than relief of the pressure. And with the next contraction, out came…

NOTHING.

And another contraction…NOTHING.

He wasn’t budging.

So what came out next? Kristi. I was pulled right up out of that birth tub and onto the floor.

Contraction after contraction…NOTHING.

Pushing on my belly, pushing on my pubic bone, pushing on my hips…NOTHING.

Hand after hand trying to get him out…NOTHING.

Baby boy was stuck. As a matter of fact, he had turned posterior again and squared up his big shoulders evenly within my pelvis. I guess he was already living up to his namesake, Peyton Manning. Doesn’t he know that’s not how it’s supposed to work?

Over 7 minutes of trying to get this boy out led to the midwife and assistant midwife’s last attempt before calling an ambulance. So in they went, with all four hands and finally…

SUCCESS!

After the Birth

He was out. Thank goodness! But he wasn’t breathing.

They laid him on my chest. They patted his back. I rubbed him from toe to head. We slapped at him. They suctioned him. They rolled him over. We yelled at him. Nothing was working.

Brent was pacing. In tears I think. Praying. And pretty sure he was asking himself what I had done. Maybe even asking himself why his wife thought she could even deliver this boy at home…with midwives. He felt helpless.

Me? I was abnormally calm during the whole situation. While seeing Peyton lying there lifeless, I wasn’t afraid. I knew he was still attached to the cord. I knew the placenta hadn’t been delivered. He was still getting oxygen and blood. I just didn’t know why he wasn’t responding.

We tried and tried and tried to get him to respond. And still nothing.

But in one little instant, this sweet voice inside of me said:

You’re a chiropractor. Adjust the boy.

It was God. There’s no denying that. I heard Him loud and clear. Never before and never again have I heard Him as well as I did that day.

There Peyton lay on my chest, face down, lifeless. I checked his atlas, adjusted him with a small little push, and within a matter of seconds he was breathing.

Life. Sweet beautiful life. I gave this boy something no one else in that room and no other doctor could have given him. Life…through the power of a specific and gentle chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic saved my son

And that, my friends, is my chiropractic “WHY.” It’s why I AM a doctor whether anyone else thinks I am or not.

Chiropractic saved my son!


Are you pregnant and want to find a prenatal chiropractor to be on your birth team? Please reference the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association website to find a pregnancy trained chiropractor in your area.

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts and your birth stories. Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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What is Chiropractic?

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I am a chiropractor. So today I want to tackle the question What is Chiropractic?

According to many people, chiropractic is an alternative treatment for neck pain, back pain, headaches, and sciatica. That’s a pretty common definition or response you’ll get if you ask anyone you know.

But that is not Chiropractic.

The profession

To this day I will stand behind my opinion that our profession has done an awful job at educating people about chiropractic. Why? Because many in the profession don’t really know what chiropractic is themselves.

When I go anywhere and someone asks me what I do, I’ll respond that I’m a chiropractor and I always get the same response. They’ll point to their neck and say “I have this pain right here.” They’ve obviously been to a chiropractor and he/she has focused on their ache and pain, so I can’t blame them for their response.

I blame our profession.

As a chiropractor who travels the country, I get to see many chiropractic offices and chiropractors. As a colleague, it pains me to lay down on another chiropractor’s table only to be asked, “how are you feeling?”

What is chiropractic the adjustment

If everyone walking into a chiropractic office is being asked how they’re feeling, then what more could they possibly think chiropractic is?

And do you know WHY chiropractors ask people how they feel?

Insurance.

Our profession has stepped into the medical realm to provide services so they can receive insurance reimbursement. So to appease the insurance companies, they have to practice like a medical doctor…symptom based.

So if it’s not about headaches, back pain, or how you’re feeling, then what IS it about?

What is chiropractic?

In a nutshell, chiropractic is the science, philosophy, and art of detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations to restore normal nervous system function and increase a person’s life potential. It’s an alternative health care profession that focuses on LIFE and how your brain and body connection works to express LIFE within you.

Chiropractic is LIFE

I like to use the example of the dimmer switch when I explain chiropractic to people I meet. The electric meter is the brain, the light bulb is the body, and the dimmer switch is the vertebra.

When the dimmer switch is turned up (properly positioned vertebra), the light in the room shines bright. The electricity from the meter (brain) is communicating at 100% with the bulb (body). When the dimmer switch is turned down halfway (subluxated vertebra), the light bulb (body) dims because there is interference along the pathway from the electric meter (brain) to the light bulb (body). When the switch is turned all the way down (chronically subluxated vertebra), there is darkness. The electricity from the meter (brain) is now failing to communicate with the light bulb (body) at all…0%.

What do you think would happen if the nerves that send signals from your brain to your heart were only communicating at 50%? You might have arrythmias, high blood pressure, or a whole host of other issues. You could be put on medication to band-aid those issues, but that does nothing for the root cause…the subluxation.

The science

What is chiropractic the science

The brain controls every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.  It does this by sending electrical signals from your brain to your body to regulate and coordinate all functions and aspects of your body.  These signals pass down the spinal cord and thru the nerves that pass out of your spinal column and go to every area of your body.  If one of the bones of the spinal column moves out of proper position (what chiropractors call a vertebral subluxation), it can irritate the nerve that passes thru that area and cause a breakdown in the communication pathway from the brain to the body.  This process will cause poor function, sickness, and disease.

The philosophy

God designed our body to be self-healing and self-regulating to the constant stresses and demands that we place upon it; that is, we all have an innate (or inborn) intelligence within us that allows us to heal ourselves.  If there is interference in the communication pathways, then the body cannot accomplish this itself.  If the pathways are clear, we are able to heal and function at an optimum level.

The art

Chiropractors check the vertebrae in the spine to find subluxations.  This is a hands-on sensitivity that is learned over time.  If one or more subluxations are found, the chiropractor will then use his/her hands or an instrument and apply a specific force, speed, and torque to your spine moving the vertebrae closer to their normal position (this is a chiropractic adjustment).  As your body adapts to the changes, your communication pathways will become clear and your body will function at greater potential.

What is chiropractic the art

Every chiropractor is different and uses a technique that they have perfected to their liking. Just as two painters can paint the same object on a canvas using different mediums, chiropractors use different techniques to achieve the same goal: correcting vertebral subluxation.

Who should see a chiropractor?

Anyone with a spine.

Yep, you heard me right. EVERYONE!

Do you have a dentist? You see them for regular teeth cleanings and to make sure you don’t have any issues that may indicate decay or disease, right?

Do you have an optometrist? You see them for regular eye exams and to make sure you don’t have any underlying problems that could lead to eye issues, right?

Females: do you have a midwife or gynecologist? You see them for regular checkups to make sure you don’t have any issues that may develop into problems in the future, right?

Do you see where I’m going with this? Why is it that we have doctors we see for every other aspect of our health except our spinal health?

What is chiropractic adjusting everyone

Everyone with a spine (yes, infants and children included) should have regular checkups with a trusted chiropractor. You don’t need to have anything wrong to have your spine checked for vertebral subluxations. Just get checked to be sure that your nervous system is working at 100%!

How much does it cost?

The cost of chiropractic care is very different depending upon the area you live in and what type of chiropractor you see.

Some chiropractors take insurance. Your out-of-pocket cost would be whatever your copay or co-insurance amount is based on your insurance contract. However, be aware that insurance will only cover chiropractic on the basis of a medical issue/symptom. Insurances DO NOT cover regular non-symptomatic spinal checkups or maintenance care.

Cash pay chiropractors may charge anywhere from $20 to $60 per visit with the initial visit being even higher. Places like The Joint (a chiropractic franchise) are on the lower side of this dollar amount while private chiropractic offices are on the higher end. And some of these chiropractors lay out long term care plans that can be upwards of $5000 for a year worth of care.

What is chiropractic the cost

There are also chiropractic membership offices. Membership chiropractic is just like it sounds. You pay a monthly membership fee as you would at a gym, and you get access to as many chiropractic checkups as you need/want each month. This is a great option for families, as many of these chiropractors have a family membership fee that covers everyone in the family.

My chiropractic office is still a bit different than all of these other options. I focus on family care and practice with a fee system called Box on the Wall, or Honor Fee System. It’s similar to how farmers used to set out their produce and have a box for people to put their money in when they came to the farm to get produce for their family. They paid for the produce on their honor. Families love having this option because it makes it affordable for the ENTIRE family to have regular checkups.

So you can see, there are many different options of care ranging from more expensive to extremely affordable.


In short, chiropractic is not massage, physical therapy, nutrition, or treatment for your neck or back pain. Chiropractic is a profession focused on making sure your nervous system is free from interference so that you express LIFE at your greatest potential.

Do you have a chiropractor? Do you see him/her when you’re in pain or do you get regular care so you can live your greatest LIFE? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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