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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

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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.


Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic


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

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic

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.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Aug 28 2014 03:41AM

Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients
Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients

Two recent studies on chiropractic care for patients over 55 show that chiropractic is the best solution for chronic neck and low-back pain! This is something that our older chiropractic patients have been attesting to for years but we are excited to see that research strongly agrees.


In the first study on chronic neck pain, 241 people over the age of 65 were assessed periodically over the course of a year. The three test groups included:


1. Individuals recieving chiropractic care and practicing home exercises to combat their chronic pain.


2. Individuals receiving supervised exercises and practicing home exercises.


3. Individuals practicing home exercises only


After just 12 weeks of treatment the first group reported a 10% greater decrease in pain than the third group and a 5% greater decrease than the second group. As the year progressed, chiropractic plus home exercise was found to be the superior treatment for both the short term and long term.


The second study was for chronic low-back pain in people over 55 years of age. It was the first ever radomoized clinical trial of chiropractic for geriatric patients. The test groups included individuals receiving two different types of chiropractic treatment and individuals instead receiving conservative medical care (consisting of medication). All three groups practiced the same home exercises.


Patients were evaluated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks. The results were positive for chiropractic and both chiropractic techniques achieved the same levels of improvement. Moreover, both exceeded the progress achieved by the group receiving medical care in the areas of pain and functional assessment.


These results have been achieved before in studies involving chiropractic. However, these were the first studies ever published on patients over the age of 55. Also, no serious side effects were found from chiropractic adjustments as compared to medications.


Forbes Magazine recently published an opinion piece stating that Medicare should stop paying for chiropractic care for its recipients. It even went so far as to call chiropractic care (when paid for by Medicare) "wasteful government spending." These studies show otherwise. In addition, chiropractic care makes up only


.006% of the Medicare budget. Meanwhile, over $200million Medicare dollars were spent on improper billing for spinal fusion surgery (in cases when the surgery was eventually deemed unnecessary because more conservative care, such as chiropractic, would have been effective but was not employed first).


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Waukesha Chiropractor

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