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I write about the benefits of chiropractic as well as cutting-edge research and helpful topics related to chiropractic care. I believe that every chiropractic doctor should be a life-long student and many of the topics I write about here are inspired by my personal reading and studying.


Dr. Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor  Chudy Chiropractic Waukesha WI 53188


By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Nov 20 2014 03:40PM

Winter has arrived and with it comes an increased risk of flu or cold due to lower temperatures weakening your immune system. What are some things you can do to prevent getting sick?

According to the CDC the flu vaccine has an estimated effectiveness of 60% ( The vaccine is made from the three or four most prevalent strains of influenza in the given year.

Another preventative option to use is the essential oil On Guard™. According to a recent study in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the infectivity of the influenza virus was reduced by 90% when the oil was diluted 1:4000 and 40% when diluted 1:6000, such as using it in a diffuser throughout a room.

The oil also reduced direct infection of the cells, as the number of infected cells in this study were reduced by 90% when the oil was diluted 1:2000 and 45% 1:3000.

The study concluded that the "essential oil blend significantly attenuates (reduces) the chance of contracting the infuenza virus." The study suggested that this antiviral effect maybe due to inhibition of viral protein translation.

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic

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By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 25 2014 03:34PM

A recent study worked with 50 patients with MRI results showing cervical disk herniations associated with arm pain. Patients were treated with chiropractic care three to five times per week for the first two to four weeks and then one to three times per week thereafter until no more symptoms were reported.

Patients were evaluated at two weeks, one month, and three months. At two weeks 55.3% of all the patients reported significant improvement and none reported being worse.

At one month 68.9% were significantly improved, and by three months 85.7% were significantly improved with no patients being worse.

Authors concluded “There were no adverse events in this cohort of patients.”

Chiropractic care can help you with neck and or arm pain. This study shows that it will take time - however, the majority felt significantly better at just two weeks.

The largest degree of improvement came at three months with 85% of patients reporting significant improvement. So please be patient and put in the time - results do come as this study shows!

Too often we want things fixed immediately and quit after just a few weeks. This study reiterates the need to and benefits of sticking to the treatment plan, even with herniated discs.

Journal of Manipulative and Therapeutics

October 2013; Vol. 36; pp. 461-467

Cynthia K. Peterson, RN, DC, M.Med.Ed; Christof Schmid, DC; Serafin Leemann, DC; Bernard Anklin, DC; B. Kim Humphreys, DC, PhD

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

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By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 18 2014 10:00PM

This past weekend I had a chance to adjust runners after they finished marathons, half marathons, and 50K races. After seeing a lot of people in pain, I decided to do some research on safe training and recovery as well as the risk of endurance training.

Over the last several years there have been reported deaths during marathons of experienced and inexperienced runners alike. Have the risks increased?

The answer is no - the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is still 1 in 100,000 people. What has changed is the number of people who are participating in these races (an increase of twentyfold of the past 30 years)! Although it’s great to see more people exercising and getting into shape, there are some risks and things to avoid.

Contrary to popular belief it is actually the younger population that is more likely to be at risk than the older population. Individuals over 40 may already be diagnosed with a disorder such as coronary artery disease and thus be more aware of their limits.

Those under 40 may never know that anything is wrong until it’s too late due to underlying conditions of the heart. Although the risk is rare (1 in 100,000) it is still a concern and is being researched more and more recently.

During training the left ventricle wall actually increases in thickness, the heart increases cardiac mass overall, and the left atrium increases in size as well. In the general population this is considered predictive of a poor cardiac outcome.

These changes are no longer thought to be harmless in athletes. Over time this dilation may result in cardiac scarring which can trigger arrhythmias and fibrillation. After a marathon 50% of runners have increased levels of biomarkers (which assess cardiac damage) and renal (kidney) dysfunctions.

However, our bodies are able to adapt to these changes when they occur in small amounts. With sufficient recovery, your body will heal itself. However, repeating training and recovery over and over again can lead to structural changes which result in fibrosis and scarring.

Another study showed aortic stiffness in marathoners which is associated with cardiovascular risk for any population. Marathoners’ higher artery calcium and plaque levels lead to decreased diastolic filling time. These issues contribute to scarring which can cause fatal arrhythmias and fibrillation.

Currently the only indicator to look for in younger runners (under 40) who might be genetically predisposed to heart problems is a very expensive cardiac MRI. In most cases a cardiac murmur may be all that shows up in physical exam (75%).

However, running is still beneficial: in moderation, it causes a 19% overall reduction in all-cause mortality. According to studies the most effective way to run is 2-5 times per week, 1 to 20 miles per week, and at a pace of 6-7 miles per hour. No benefits were seen going beyond this recommended amount and running more than these amounts can actually be worse for your health in the long run.

Some things you can do to decrease the risk of endurance training: Increase recovery time, make sure you get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and manage stress. After running there is an increased risk of upper respiratory tract infections, so make sure to rest, stay hydrated, and replace lost electrolytes.

A 4:1 carb to protein level is recommended for recovery for any exercise over 60-90 minutes. This ratio stimulates muscle protein synthesis at a higher level. Also, according to studies, vitamins E and C have been shown to partially prevent skeletal muscle damage caused by exhaustive exercise.

Running is still very good for you and risks are low. Don’t let these studies stop you from running - just take precautions and remember that proper rest and recovery afterwards makes all the difference.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 11 2014 09:03PM

What is Health Care?

In America, what we call health care is actually "sick care" or "crisis care".

We are taught to seek treatment only when we are ill or have been in pain for a while - not for minor irritations or when we feel fine. "Health care" is symptom-based since medications are designed to stop the symptom, not the cause. Medications sometimes even wind up creating additional symptoms that require further medications and so the cycle continues.

Chiropractic is meant to work as true health care, not chasing symptoms but rather going after the cause of the problem. Chiropractors restore proper nerve function from the brain down through the spine and out to every part of the body, including the cells and immune system. This is described as an inside-out philosophy, whereas medication is an outside-in philosophy in that it adds something to your body.

Chiropractors work to remove "subluxations" (or spinal misalignments caused by physical, emotional, and chemical stresses) which helps to restore proper nerve flow. This allows your body to heal itself, function optimally, and adapt to what is going on around you.

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Waukesha Chiropractor

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Even a normal day contains enough stresses to cause subluxations, so even though you may not have any pain, your body is constantly adapting to these stresses. Nerve flow is consequently cut off or disrupted in varying degrees, which prevents your body from functioning at its highest level.

Coming in and getting checked out while you are pain-free is the best thing you can do to prevent pain (along with walking and other home exercises). Learn to treat and react to the causes of pain (instead of pain itself) and watch as the quality of your life greatly improves.

I personally make sure I get adjusted at least once per week. This might seem unreasonable and extreme for patients to do, but we offer a wellness program (a flat monthly rate for unlimited adjustments) to make this an affordable part of your personalized health care plan. Ask our waukesha chiorpractors about joining our wellness program to treat the causes and not the symptoms.

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

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By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 3 2014 01:41PM

Nervous system flowing out through the spine
Nervous system flowing out through the spine

Above, Down, Inside, Out: describes the flow of nervous system communication in your body.

Your brain sends signals down the spinal cord, which run through your vertebrae (inside) and travel through nerves to every area of your body.

Chiropractors work with the nervous system through the spine and with the individual nerves in places like shoulders, knees, wrists, elbows, ankles and even fingers and toes.

Our bodies have an ability to heal themselves. When you were a child and scraped your knee did you need a prescription or surgery? No, your body took care of that cut on its own!

Our goal is to get your nervous system functioning at its highest level so that your body can heal itself.

Two people can be in the same room and touch or eat the same thing and one gets sick but the other doesn’t. Why is this? One person’s body has the ability to fight off infection and remain unaffected, while the other simply isn’t able to perform at the same level. There are other factors that may play a role in this - however, on some level one person adapted better than the other.

So why does your body need to be adjusted? When nerve flow gets impeded we call this “subluxation”, simply meaning a bone is out of place or a joint isn’t moving properly and we want to restore motion and nerve flow.

There are 3 ways in which subluxation occurs:

1. Physical Stress: Obvious examples would be a fall, sport’s injury, or car accident. However, some

other examples are less obvoius. Birth maybe one of the most traumatic things we go through in life.

Sixteen hours of pressure on your head can be very traumatic and if forceps are used on your head and

neck it can cause further issues. Another example: Looking down at a computer screen or cell phone can

be very straining on your neck, in between your shoulders and even your low back.

2. Emotional Stress: If you are constantly depressed or angry and thinking negative thoughts all the time

not only does this effect your mood and personality but it also can affect your body through the spine or

other joints.

3. Chemical Stress: If we are constantly putting things in our bodies that aren’t healthy or even harmful,

our bodies will experience negative effects and this includes the spine.

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