Archive for the ‘adjustment’ category

A Chronic Pain in the Neck

June 7, 2013

397716_her_neck[originally published in KCN, September 2007]

It is estimated, that at any given time, 15% of the female population and 10% of the male population is suffering from chronic neck pain.  It’s one thing to have had a short-lived kink in the neck, but having neck pain that goes on for months and months without any intention of going away, well, is truly a “pain in the neck.”

(more…)

Advertisements

Chiropractic for Blood Pressure?

May 31, 2013

909106_-_beep_beep_blood_pressure-[originally published in KCN, June 2007]

Have you ever played the game Word Association?  You know, the game where someone says a word, and then the next person responds with a word that has some sort of association with it.  For example, if I said “dog,” you might say “cat.” If I said “chiropractic,” you might say “back pain” or “spine.”  What you probably wouldn’t say is “blood pressure”  — unless of course your name happens to be George Bakris, M.D.

(more…)

Baby at 37,000 Feet

May 17, 2013

Baby at 37,000 feet[originally published in KCN, June 2011]

On a flight home, chiropractor Kevin Donka settled into his seat.  Behind him was a mother with her baby.

As the flight took off, the baby — as many will — began to cry.  The mother did everything in her power to quiet the little one… but to no avail.  The child simply would not calm down.  And then something happened that every parent fears while flying — the child’s cry catapulted to a full-tilt shrill.  Again, the mother tried and tried but the child could not be comforted.

At about minute ten of the full-blown wail, Dr. Donka began to think to himself, “Maybe I should offer to help.  Maybe there is something I can do.”

(more…)

An Adjustment from Your M.D.?

April 19, 2013

179920_surgeon_3[originally published in KCN, September 2005]

Ever think you’ll see the day when you’ll visit your friendly M.D. and have him roll up his sleeves and adjust your spine instead of reaching for his prescription pad? Don’t hold your breath — they’ve already studied the possibility.

(more…)

Onions and Chiropractic

January 15, 2013

[originally published in KCN, April 2002]

OnionOnions and chiropractic?  A new culinary delight?  Perhaps. But the reality is that when most people finally show up in a chiropractor’s office their spine resembles an onion.  The symptom (usually pain) that eventually drives them to our offices is all too often an overt warning flag of a problem that has persisted for quite some time.  Like the layers of an onion, neglected spines are virtually layered with a history of stress and injuries — making the chiropractic experience akin to that of an archeological dig. What surprises a lot of people, is that the neck or back pain they’re experiencing as an adult, could have stemmed from the time they fell off the changing table as an infant, the fender bender Mom got into when they were a toddler, or the fall they took off their bike as a youth.  Or perhaps, they never had a fighting chance — perhaps their “onion” can be peeled back to an event we all share in common:  birth.

(more…)

Maintenance Care: Medical Study Applauds but Misses Point

August 22, 2011

[originally published in KCN, November 2011]

Every once in a while a health care study comes out that makes you stop and say…

“Now why didn’t someone think of doing that earlier?”

Well, such a study recently hit the pages of the prestigious medical journal Spine. (more…)

Your Results May Vary

July 29, 2011

[originally published in KCN, August 2011]

After practicing nearly fifteen years, I am still honored and humbled when asked to adjust a newborn.  The other day I adjusted a three-day-old.

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: