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SEP. 2019     I NEED YOUR HELP, and so do your friends!


Dear Patients and Friends,


Yes, I need your help, and I will tell you why after I tell you a short story about  a recent consultation with a new patient.  This past week Mary came into my office.  She is 80 plus and very healthy overall, with the exception of chronic neck pain, along with severe occipital (base of skull) headaches radiating into the frontal area (over the forehead) of the the head and eyes.  Mary had been experiening non-stop headaches for three weeks prior to calling our office, and she said that there had been no injury, fall, or significant event that might have caused the problem.


During the consultation I asked Mary why she decided to call me for care.  She said that she had read my recent newspaper article, "The Neck and Headache Connection", and decided that her symptoms were described very accurately in my  headache article.


Mary had never been to a chiropractor, so calling our office was a long way out of her normal comfort range.  She was obviosly apprenhensive and slightly concerned about what a chiropractor might do to her neck.  After an extensive consultation, examination,  and  x-ray studies, I determined that Mary's neck showed advanced degenerative disc disease of the lower cervical spine along with a 1/2 inch rotational misalignment of the upper cervical spine.  I could hardly touch or palpate Mary's upper neck without having her experience a lot of discomfort.


I explained that her condition was the result of a pinched and irritated nerve in the upper cervical spine that caused a radiation of symptoms into the front part of her head.   Before beginning treatment, I told Mary that my spinal adjustments would not include any twisting, snapping or cracking of her neck.  Instead  of recommending aggressive manipultation/adjustment procedures, I recommended very light adjusting procedures performed with light pressure and stretching, along with a gentle tapping procedure by an adjusting instrument called the Activator.  Although, a little more than apprehensive, Mary agreed to a few spinal adjustments to see if I could help her. I adjusted the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebral using very light pressure along with an Activator adjustment, told her to go home, rest, and use an ice pack over the base of the skull and upper neck.


Mary returned for a follow-up appointment the next day.  I asked her to tell me about the results of her previous care.  She said, "I think I'm better....actually I'm a lot better."  Again, I performed the same adjustment to the upper cervical spine and told her to return the following day.  When Mary returned  to our office she informed me that her headache was completely gone. 


What were those two upper cervical adjustments worth to Mary?  They were priceless.  In two days her life was changed.  In a very short time she went from incapacitated by headaches to a normal, healthy life. 


So.....how do I need your help?  First, please be willing to share your experience with chiropractic to a friend.  Almost everyone you know is doing the wrong things.  The typical patient relies on medical care:  drugs, shots and surgeries.  Physical therapy is not the same as chiropractic care.  Chiropractors can utilize exercises and physical therapy procedures during a visit, but PT's cannot give spinal adjustments because that is not a part of their training. Furthermore, physical therapists do not read x-rays. In fact, most physical therapists have never reviewed your x-ray or MRI studies before they begin a treatment program.


For most PT's, every neck and back pain is a muscle problem, and they are busy doing stretches to balance your muscles or massage the bad spots. You need to understand that physical therapy recommendations may be beneficial and necessary to one's overall recovery.  However, in order to get an accurate diagnosis and recommendations for helpful treatment, one must also take a look at your spine's structure;  degenerative and arthritic changes, spinal misalignment, disc involvement and posture.


Second, some of your friends may have a closed mind concerning a visit to a chiropractic clinic.  How often have I heard someone say, " I don't believe in chiropractors."  Please tell me this...How can someone NOT believe in something when they have never tried it?  I say, and you too can say... "open your mind and you can change your life." 


Or, your friends might say, "I saw a chiropractor a long time ago, but that didn't help, and it hurt me.  I can only say that with any profession, there are excellent, good, and a few incompetant doctors and therapists.  Chiropractic care has changed and improved over the years.  Just because one didn't get good results 20 years ago has nothing to do with one's current health situation. Your friend may need a little encouragment in order for them to change their mind about chiropractic.


How do you change someone's negative attitude about chiropractic care?  The answer:  your friends need to be educated about chiropractic care.   Everyone will benefit from reading my newspaper articles (save them), getting a kind word from you about our office, sharing some of our education pamphelts, or simply advising your friends and relatives that there is no charge (see coupon on our website and ads) for a 15-20 minute consultation with me to help one understand if chiropractic care might be a reasonable option for care.


Like Mary, some people are frightened or apprehensive about doing something that they have never done before.  They are afraid that a chiropractor is going to snap and crack their back so hard that it hurts or makes things worse.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It's not how hard I adjust a spine that counts, it's how right I adjust a spine that causes improvement.  And, I am never going to use aggressive adjusting procedures on those patients that would benefit from a light, instrument type of spinal adjustment. 


Tell your friends to go to my website, bruechiropractic.com, to get information on chiropractic care.  On my website's home page, in the upper right hand corner, is a box that one can click on called Dr. Brue's Videos.  Those recordings include my personal video explanations regarding chiropractic care:  the first chiropracitic visit, the chiropractic approach to the treatment of neck pain and back pain, re-hab exercises, and lifestyle changes to prevent back pain. 


These videos include a wealth of information for those friends that need to watch an explanation about the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  If you have never looked one of my videos, please do so, and you will find out that I have already done all of the work to explain the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  Please tell your apprehensive or un-believing friends to at least take a fresh look at something that might help them.


PLEASE HELP ME OUT!  I am trying to help my patients recover from back and neck pain....one at a time.  With your kind words of encouragement, we can help your friends, relatives and neighbors return to better health without a new drug prescription.


In better health,


Dr. Craig Brue







Current Articles

» Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age
» Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age

With all the studies evaluating the prevalence and cause of back pain, few have focused on back pain in our children and adolescents and none have been conducted on a larger scale.  Fortunately, this changed when doctors at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City surveyed 3,669 children and adolescents across the United States.  Their goal was to establish the prevalence of back pain in 10-18 year olds as well as identify any demographic or physical activity factors.  Their findings revealed that overall, 29% of the boys experienced back pain in the previous year.  Perhaps more surprisingly, this number rose to 38% in the girls.  Additionally, the occurrence of back pain increased steadily with the age of the children/adolescents.  Almost 80% of those studied stated they participated in a sport or physical activity.  As the level of competition increased and became more intense (travel teams vs. recreational athletes), so too did the occurrence of back pain.  Additionally, there was a strong correlation between the incidence of back pain and the style of backpack used.  Those using a two strap backpack were less likely to experience back pain as compared with those using rolling backpacks with two straps and the waistband fastened, or, those using backpacks with a single strap.  The data collected from this study shed light on the serious risk our youth face when it comes to back injuries.  Chiropractors undergo years of extensive study and training to identify and treat back pain, in both adults and children.  In fact, of those youth surveyed above who experienced back pain within the last year, approximately 34% sought chiropractic care.  If your child or adolescent is or has experienced back pain, we encourage you to schedule a no-commitment consultation with a licensed doctor of chiropractic today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March 12, 2019
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor

Millions of U.S. adults would choose chiropractic care first to treat neck or back pain, according to a recent nationwide survey. The Gallup-Palmer report revealed 57% of all U.S. adults believe in the effectiveness of treatment and are likely to visit a chiropractor. Over 50% of adults have visited a chiropractic doctor in the past, and over 25% would choose a chiropractor over any other type of doctor if they experienced back or neck pain. The nationally representative survey, commissioned by the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, also found that more adults are seeking chiropractic treatment than previously estimated. The survey found that 33.6 million Americans visited a chiropractor in 2014, up from the 2012 estimate of 20.6 million Americans. Chiropractic care takes a trained, conservative approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeltal concerns, limiting the need for prescription painkillers or surgery. However, about four in ten U.S. adults reported concerns about cost, and nearly half did not know whether their insurance plan covered chiropractic services. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), numerous recent studies refute these misconceptions. The ACA reports that chiropractic care is at least partially covered by most insurance plans and is considered a cost-effective form of treatment for back and neck pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Acatoday.org, online September 08, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015

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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers.  In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast.  In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced.  More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015

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