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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, Jan 20 2015 11:21PM

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in America. Chiropractors are often thought of as back doctors, and in a recent study this was reinforced. According to this study, published i the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, back pain can be caused by a herniated disc, and when that is the case, chiropractic care can offer relief for this type of condition.

The study took 148 people between ages 18-65 with pain in their low backs and legs due to disc herniation (as determined by MRI). Some were chronic cases, others more recently developed. The patients received regular adjustments and data was collected initially and then at two weeks, one month, three months, six months and one year.

Data was collected using the Oswestry questionnaire to determine pain intensity and the degree of disability experienced by patients. After tow weeks, about 70% of the participants reported feeling better or even much better, and at one month 80% reported feeling better.

At one year, 88% of patients still reported improvement in their back pain. This study shows that chiropractic care can have a positive effect on herniated discs as well as pain radiating down the legs. As usual, more research needs to be conducted and on larger sample sizes, but this study is very promising.


Leeman S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, et al. Outcomes of acute and chroic patietns with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observatonal cohor study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3);155-163.


By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 13 2015 03:13PM

In 2014, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies followed over 100 expectant mothers who were experiencing pain in their low back or hips.

The women were given treatment plans based on the severity of their symptoms. At one week, 53% had a reduction in pain; at one month, 70% had reduced pain levels; and at three months, 85% of the women experienced reduced pain and reported being happy with the results.

Againat six months, 90% reported reduced back pain, and even out to one year 88% reported positive effects.

Another study on chiropractic care during pregnancy found that chiropractic can decrease labor times by 24% for first-time mothers and 39% for mothers who have had one or more children.

In our experience chiropractic care also helps immensely for breastfeeding mothers who experience back pain when nursing their baby.

Birth is also a very traumatic experience for the baby even if everything goes well. Your baby has constant pressure pushing down on their head and neck for several hours at the least - the baby's skull bones even start to take on a cone shape! If forceps or a c-section is needed there is more force and twisting on the baby's neck.

It can be very beneficial to take your baby to see a chiropractor. Kids usually respond very quickly to adjustments. Chiropractic care can help with feeding and sleeping problems, colic, bed wetting, and torticollis.


Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.

Fallon J "effect of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study" proceedings of the world federation of chiropractic 1991: pp. 24-31.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 6 2015 03:12PM

Injured? Want a faster recovery? According to the Journal of Maniplative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic can help you recover from injury faster than stretching/rehab exercises alone!

A recent study conducted at Durban University followed 33 student athletes with inversion ankel sprains. Sprained ankles are the number one injury in sports.

Just over half the students were given specific rehabilitative exercises to perform; the rest were given the same exercises AND received chiropractic adjustments to the ankle. The study followed the groups for five weeks. Students were to perfrom the exercises everyday, and the chiropractic group got adjusted six days per week.

Researchers recorded how to the patients felt along with range of motion/palpation of the joint, making sure no restrictions were present. The chiropractic and exercise group reported less pain and disability than the exercise alone group.

In our experience not only does chiropractic help with ankle sprains, but also with injuries to the knees, shoulders, wrist and elbows. If you are currently suffering from an injury and want to recover faster and with fewer restrictions, give chiropractic a try!

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic


Lubbe D, Lakhani E, Brantingham JW, et al. Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2014 Nov 6. S0161-4754(14)00204-8.

By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Dec 31 2014 03:40PM

Many Scientists and doctors worldwide believe inflammation is the number one cause of disease. Most chronic diseases including again hav e the same trigger: inflammation.

Inflammation is a normal bodily response to injury; the problem begins when it's allowed to stick around too long. Low-grade inflammation throughout the body is very harmful. Research shows that almost everyone has some form of chronic low-grade inflammation in their bodies.

Some examples of chronic inflammation include: neck and back pain, hormonal imbalances, early menopause, bloating, lack of energy, prostat issues, inability to maintain a healthy weight, hear disease, diabetes, bowel diseases, allergies, cancers, chronic pain, ADD/ADHD, neuropathy, migraines, macular degeneration, thyroid issues and even subluxation (bone misalignment).

What causes this inflammation? Unfortunately, many normal components of our 21st century lifestyle contribute. These include high calorie meals, smoking, obesity, excess body fat (especially around belly), alcohol, lack of sleep and lack of antioxidants, as well as excessive stress.

Make it your New Year's resolution to decrease inflammation in your body. Get started with these simple steps:

1. Eat less. Undigested foods get attacked by your body, causing inflammation.

2. Eat Fewer white flour products. Studies show refined grains increase inflammation.

3. Eat less sugar. This is a hard one. Candy, soda, and corn syrup raise blood sugar, creating inflammatory responses. When blood sugar is up the body creates more free radicals which cause inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels leading to the heart.

4. Eat fewer fried foods. Trans fats create a neurotoxin called acrylamide which causes inflammation.

5. Avoid nitrates. Nitrates are a by-product of curing found in foods like bacon and sausage. They are a carcinogenic chemical that causes inflammation.

6. Drink less alcohol. Mayo Clinic and other sources have shown that inflammation is higher when alcohol is consumed versus not. The occasional glass of wine is still considered healthy, however.

7. Avoid soda. Carbonated beverages contain phosphoric or carbonic acid which inflames the body. Also, soda contains either sugar or synthetic sweeterns like aspartame. Both types of sweeteners increase inflammation.

8. Avoid additives/food coloring/preservatives. All of the ingredients increase inflammation. Be especially careful to avoid MSG.

9. Sleep more and stress less. Losing even part of one night's sleep can trigger the key pathway that produces tissue-damagin inflammation. Chronic stress changes gene activity of immune cells before they enter bloodstream - this also increases inflammation.

Looking for foods to add into your diet to replace all the junk?

1. Vegetables and Fruits: (10 servings per day) Dark cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, cranberries, sweet potatoes, onions, pineapples, and carrots are all especially inflammation-reducing.

2. Salmon: Enjoy twice a week.

3. Olive Oil: Be sure not to cook with high heat. Instead, enjoy as a indulgen salad dressing.

4. Raw Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are all great choices.

5. Herbs, Teas and Spices: Green tea, tumeric, cinnamon, garlic, basil, oregano, and ginger all have incredible health benefits.

6. Dark Chocolate!

This list might seem a little overwhelming - most New Year's resolutions are! Choose one item off of each list to focus on and add more as you integrate them into your routine and habits.


The American Chriorpactor Magazine

Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic

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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