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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.

2. http://www.chirohosting.com/blog/top-14-chiropractic-studies-of-2014/

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, 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% (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm). 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

The study can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21078173

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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.

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