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Hours

Monday           6:30- 1:00, 3:00- 6:00

Tuesday           Closed

Wednesday     6:30- 11:00, 2:00- 6:00

Thursday         8:00- 11:00, 2:00- 5:00

Friday              6:30- 1:00, 3:00- 6:00

Saturday          Closed

Sunday             Closed

Do you know what a chiropractor does? We have heard from many patients in our office that there is a lot of confusion around chiropractic and the industry as a whole has muddied the waters on this a bit.

Does it involve physical therapy?

Does it go with acupuncture?

Does it involve diet and nutrition?

While chiropractors are knowledgeable on some or all of the things listed above, that is not PURE chiropractic. As we start the new year, we are backing up to the basics of chiropractic so that you can see what we do in our office and why we do it the way we do.

Back to the Beginnings

Starting with some background, chiropractic was founded in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa by D.D. Palmer. Over the last 120 years, people have found that it can be effective for a variety of ailments and originally that is why they sought it out. Over time, due to the insurance industry and their reimbursement structures, it became pegged as a pain relief method even though it can be beneficial in restoring the overall function of the body and providing relief and the ability to heal from a wide variety of health concerns.

Chiropractors and subluxations

Chiropractors are educated, skilled and trained to find subluxations. A subluxation is where a vertebra is slightly displaced in relation to the one above and below which then causes an interference of the corresponding nerve to fire at it’s best potential. The chiropractor’s ability to find these subluxations would be similar to a dentist looking for a cavity. Chiropractors through the years have developed a variety of different techniques to remove these subluxations which restores the effectiveness of the nerve firing. If you have been to more than one chiropractor, you have probably noticed they may practice a bit differently than each other. While this diversity makes the profession unique and special, it can be confusing to patients who are expecting the same process at each office.

What’s Our Focus

At our office, we emphasize this removal of subluxation exclusively. The importance of this can get lost in the midst of all of the other options that are offered at other offices. Our process is designed to find the very specific subluxation, which is interfering in how the neurology is functioning, and remove it through an adjustment.

While many services provided by other offices aren’t necessarily ineffective in helping people, we have found that specific subluxation removal through an adjustment happens to be the most effective way of helping people restore function to the body.

If you have any questions regarding our process or a specific health concern, please give us a call at (402) 590-2199 or request an appointment to schedule a time to speak with Dr. Todd.

 

We get asked at least once a week, “Do kids get adjusted?”, “Is chiropractic care safe for children?”, “Should I get my child’s spine checked?”

The simple answer to all of the above is, ABSOLUTELY! We adjust the whole family, from birth to the more mature adults. But, parents often want a bit more information than that!

Why should my child see a chiropractor?

Many of the “little things” that kids deal with can be helped by getting adjusted. From ear infections to growing pains to sports injuries to attitude (…yes, even attitude), chiropractic can make a big difference!

Too often, we discount what children are dealing with as “just part of growing up”. Remember just because it is common, doesn’t make it normal. (Check out our previous post on Normal vs. Common.)

Just like adults, children have a powerful nervous system that controls everything in their bodies, including growth and development. If the spine is misaligned (it’s called a subluxation), it can prevent the brain from communicating well with the body. This leads to a decrease in function.

Infants, children, and adults can all have subluxations in their spine. Infants or children could have become subluxated during birth trauma, other minor or major traumas, developmental changes, as well as when they have experienced physical, chemical, or emotional stressors.

It is common knowledge that the first few years of life are a time of incredible development. The body produces more neural pathways during the first five years than any other time of development. This production can be optimized through chiropractic care.

Your child doesn’t need to be ill or in pain to start seeing a chiropractor. Small traumas like bumps and bruises, sports injuries, times of increased stress, etc. can accumulate over the years and show up as pain, discomfort, health issues, hormonal imbalances, and other concerns as they move into their teens and adult years.

So, when do I take my child to see a chiropractor?

It can be hard as a parent to see when our children’s spine is out of alignment and which problems and concerns could be related to that subluxation. Kids will from time to time express that they are feeling something like pain, but just like adults, pain is a poor indicator. Often you will see it show up in many other ways before your child tells you they feel anything!

You may notice things like:

  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Difficulties with breastfeeding
  • Ear infections
  • Colic/reflux
  • Sore throats, colds, flu
  • Headaches
  • Bedwetting
  • Growing pains
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive issues

The list goes on and on, so to keep it simple, it is difficult to tell on your own if your child needs an adjustment. The best way to find out if your child should see a chiropractor is to have their spine checked by a chiropractor.

If you would like to have Dr. Todd check your child’s spine to see if they have a subluxation and could benefit from chiropractic care or if you have further questions about this, request an appointment or give our office a call at (402)590-2199 to speak with him.

Stress, Chiropractic & the Bathtub?

We discuss stress and chiropractic care a lot at NFC, but how does a bathtub fit within this conversation?

Well, it almost happened in my house the other night…

Someone in my house started running a bath, then got distracted and forgot it was even running. It was almost spilling over the sides and all across the floor! Needless to say, I was extremely relieved when I caught it just in time to prevent me from having to clean up a huge mess.

Fortunately, it got me thinking about one of our favorite ways to explain the benefits of chiropractic care, the Bathtub Analogy!

What does a bathtub have to do with stress and chiropractic care?

First, let’s talk about stress.

Stress is unavoidable. Although we can try to create an environment where we experience less stress, we cannot get rid of stress. It is a part of being alive. There are three kinds of stress (physical, mental/emotional, and chemical) that are a part of our daily lives in one way or another. This stress is consistent and builds up over time. In our bathtub analogy, the water flow represent your stress load and the bathtub is your body.

As time progresses, the water flow begins to fill the bathtub to capacity. In the case of my situation, I shut off the flow to keep the tub from running over. However, we can’t do that in life. We can’t shut off the stress. So, how do you keep the bathtub from overflowing?

Many people don’t know what to do. So, the bathtub (their body) begins to overflow. In this analogy, that overflow is symptoms. The overflowing bathtub symptom shows us that there is too much water in the bathtub. Consequently, we see that something needs to be done. It is obvious there is a stress overload. For many people this shows up in a lot of different ways like pain, frequent injury, infections, illnesses, etc.

The Temporary Fix

Typically, people only think about the fact that the bathtub is overflowing. They look at the symptom and use medicine to treat it. In our analogy, they put a cardboard box (medicine) around the bathtub to catch the overflow. Unfortunately, this is a TEMPORARY FIX. It might work for a little bit, but then it will stop working. The box will deteriorate and the water (stress) will continue to overflow – you guessed it – new symptoms show up! This often leads to another cardboard box, and another, and another attempting to contain the overflowing water.

THE ULTIMATE FIX

CHIROPRACTIC CARE addresses this issue in TWO ways!

  1. Each adjustment is like pulling the drain in your bathtub and releasing the water in a healthy, non-damaging way. This addresses the source of the problem, rather than the symptoms.
  2. Over time, the changes made through chiropractic care allow the bathtub to get larger. It allows you to handle MORE stress in your life by helping your body adapt to the stressors you encounter daily.

What we do at Niemeyer Family Chiropractic:

At NFC, we focus on the cause of the problem. We aren’t here to simply give people a quick fix, instead we are here to help them pull the drain frequently and work towards that bigger bathtub. Ultimately, we are here to improve your overall function and help your body do exactly what it was designed to do – heal well, think well, move well, and BE WELL.

If you want to learn more, schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment or giving us a call at (402)590-2199.

What’s the Difference Between Normal vs. Common Health Concerns?

Normal vs Common Health Concerns. Many times we assume it is normal to have the health concerns we struggle with daily. However, is it? Or is common? And what’s the difference?

“Don’t worry about that, it’s normal!”

Chances are you have heard that at least once in your life.

There is a BIG difference between “normal” and “common”.

People frequently assume symptoms like headaches, allergies, inability to sleep well, lack of energy, or pain in general are things that are normal and almost expected for all people to experience on a regular basis.

It is not normal to have these symptoms; however, I would agree is it most definitely common in the current state of our world.

So, what do I mean by “common”?

There are literally hundreds of different health concerns we could explore, we have chosen some of the most common to discuss.

Allergies

Since we are in allergy season, let’s use allergies as our first example. According to the CDC, an estimated 50 million Americans have allergies. Many would say it is normal to have allergies. I would argue rather, it is common.

Many people within our population experience allergies, however, to be normal by definition, it would have to be a natural occurrence, which it is not. The body wasn’t designed to be allergic to pollen, dust, trees, animals, or certain foods. Instead, it was designed to live in balance with its environment.

Chronic Pain

Continuing down this track, chronic pain (which is pain lasting more that 12 weeks) is often considered to be normal, especially after a certain age. The CDC estimates that 50 million people suffer from chronic pain daily or almost daily. More than 30% of Americans (approx. 116 million) are living with a chronic pain conditions.

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(Graphic from https://www.healthline.com/health-news/america-is-losing-the-war-on-chronic-pain#1)

Migraines

Migraine headaches are another example we can look at in the difference between what is normal and common. Having migraines is not normal, however for so many people they are accepted as a part of their lives.

According to The Journal of Headache and Pain, it is considered to be the 3rd most common disease in the world, with a global prevalence of 14.7% (around 1 in 7 people) and chronic migraines affect 2% of the world population. The Migraine Research Foundation reports that nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine. 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines. However, migraines are most common between the ages of 25 and 55.

These are all examples of conditions that are certainly common issues among our national and world populations. But rest assured, they are certainly not natural or normal ones.

And they don’t have to be for you and those you love.

The Problem with Normalizing the Common

Normal vs Common Health Concerns. The concern here comes from the mindset and thought patterns that come with calling something normal that is, by definition, common. We “normalize” these symptoms, seeing these things as “normal” and not as a problem that needs to be remedied. Often, we find ourselves thinking the only way to deal with them is to medicate the symptom or “just live with it” until it has crippled our ability to live our best life, rather than addressing the underlying issue.

Here at NFC, we are in the business of making people aware that these things, among many of others, are not “normal”, but instead “common”. Then, we actively work on changing the “common” through chiropractic care. We do this by removing interference in the nervous system through adjustments. We also encourage lifestyle changes like improved diet, increased hydration, and increased exercise.

If you would like to discuss whether your health concerns are normal or common, please request an appointment for a consultation online or call us at (402)590-2199.