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Medical Research Supports Chiropractic Wellness Care.

The following is a post from ChiroAcess April 19, 2011.

“Two research studies generated by the medical profession this year add evidence in support of the value of chiropractic maintenance care.

The first study published in January 2011 in Spine concluded that “SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic non specific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.”

The second study in April 2011, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, provides additional support for the value of chiropractic maintenance care for post injury low back pain patients.  The study followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year.  During that year there were four different types of therapy available to the workers:  medical management, physical therapy,chiropractic, and no therapy.  Episodes of repeat disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury.  Physical therapy had the highest percentage of re-injured workers followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all.  The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.

The results of published surveys given to chiropractors have documented the profession’s belief in the value of maintenance care.  Furthermore, during the last decade there have been a dozen peer reviewed papers on the subject.  There are far more questions to be answered, but it is heartening to see medical research corroborate the studies and beliefs of the chiropractic profession.”

For more information visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Tom Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC, also serving Greer, Marietta, Slater, Taylors, and North Greenville. Dr. Kolarik offers quality, conservative, gentle, chiropractic care. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers Unlimited and Wellness plans for both individuals and families. Walk-ins are welcome.

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That’s Not Chiropractic. Chiropractic Is Specific Or It Is Nothing.

Recently I attended a large public awareness and fundraising event.  While I enjoyed the event’s entertainment I was also pleasantly surprised that they allowed a Chiropractor to set up.  But, after watching him off and on while we were enjoying the music and food I was in a state of shock at what I saw.  This chiropractor was doing exactly the same thing to everybody he adjusted at this event. Not once did this chiropractor palpate the spine or preform any of the many simple checks he could have done that may have indicated the presence of a subluxation. Everybody he “adjusted” (I am using this term very loosely) received five moves. First he had them lay face down and he would push down in three (not two or four) locations, second he would have them lay on their right side and he would crack their low back then roll them onto their left side and crack their low back, then he would them lay on their back and he would crack their neck to the right then he would crack their neck to the left. I say crack because he certainly was not adjusting a subluxation nor was he, in my opinion, practicing chiropractic.  This chiropractor is doing a great disservice to my chosen profession. Really it made me sick to think about how much damage he did to the recipients of his free “adjustment.”

If your chiropractor “adjusts” you like this you need a new chiropractor.  Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing.

Let me ask you a question. If your chiropractor moves a vertebra one direction, does it make any sense at all for him to immediately move it back? The answer is a resounding NO.

True Chiropractic doctors examine your spine looking for spinal misalignment. A misalignment in the spine can cause an interference with the information carried by the nerves exiting the spine at that particular level. This interference decreases the body’s ability to adapt, decreases immune function, and a whole host of other problems.

Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments help to restore misaligned bones to a more normal position thus improving spinal function. Allowing soft tissue to heal, inflammation to go down, pain to ease, and improving spinal stability.

A real chiropractic adjustment is specific. It is not twisting and popping back and forth, to the right and then to the left.

Chiropractors gently correct the problem by using a broad range of adjusting methods. By correcting subluxations and restoring proper nerve flow, chiropractors help people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance. It’s about helping people of all ages – from infancy to active senior living – to enjoy better health under chiropractic care.

Dr. Tom Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  Dr. Kolarik offers gentle, conservative chiropractic services in the Travelers Rest and surrounding area.  Dr. Tom offers affordable individual and family plans.

“Pinched Nerve” and Chiropractic.

Pinched Nerve

It’s called a pinched nerve because that’s what it feels like, pain. But what’s going on!

Definition from the Mayo Clinic: A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness There are pairs of opening between each spinal bone.] 

These openings openings along your spine must be clear and unobstructed.

The 24 moving bones of your spine protect your spinal cord while permitting normal turning and bending. Pairs of nerve roots, one on each side, branch off your spinal cord at each segmental level to provide instructions to the organs and tissues of your body. When these openings are obstructed, even slightly, your brain can’t properly adapt and regulate your body.

When a spinal bone is misaligned, or fixated, it can move decreasing these nerve openings and causing nerve irritation.  Chiropractors call that a subluxation.

When spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, it can cause one of two types of nerve disturbances:

  • Compressed lesion -Pinched nerve.  What surprises many is that it’s actually quite rare.
  • Facilitative lesion – This is when the nerve root is stretched, twisted or chafed. This is much more common than the actual pinched nerve above.

Bones can’t move unless muscles move them. And muscles don’t move bones unless instructed by the nervous system. Your chiropractors job is to locate these misaligned areas of your spine and preform spinal adjustments to improve integrity of your nervous system.

Specific push

A chiropractic spinal examination helps us identify areas of your spine where spinal bones are misaligned. Then, we give them a specific, gentle, but quick little push in the direction they need to be moved. We call this a chiropractic adjustment. Your body uses this energy to help correct itself and nerve irritation is reduced.

Because regular chiropractic care improves the integrity of your nervous system, it’s a natural alternative to many health problems.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC, at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Dr. Kolarik offers both individual and family plans making gentle, conservative, chiropractic care affordable and available for all.

For more information visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, “Travelers Rest Health and Wellness Newsletter”.

Children, ADHD And Chiropractic.

Note: Chiropractors do not treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

However, since ADHD appears as a neurological disorder and regular chiropractic care spinal adjustments attempt to reduce nervous system interferences, many parents who want a natural, drug free solution for their child have found regular chiropractic care helpful.

The most common signs that parents notice:

  • Lack of attention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Always moving

Start making nutritional and lifestyle changes if necessary. Also try to rule out environmental factors by reducing or eliminating your child’s exposure to substances that are increasingly common these days such as:

  • Food dyes, preservatives and additives from the diet.
  • Pesticides or herbicides.
  • Determine if an allergy is involved such as dairy or gluten and eliminate.
  • Sugars, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup
  • Fabric softeners and other chemicals.

The above list is wise to remove even with a normal healthy child.

A popular medical approach to controlling symptoms of ADHD is to prescribe Ritalin®.

Ritalin® is a schedule II controlled substance related to, and producing similar effects as, amphetamines and cocaine. The side effects listed in the Physicians Desk Reference include: Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Other reactions include hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia; nausea; dizziness; palpitations; headache; dyskinesia; drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia; angina; cardiac arrhythmia; abdominal pain; weight loss during prolonged therapy. There have been rare reports of Tourette’s syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite causal relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: leukopenia and/or anemia; a few instances of scalp hair loss. In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur.

The Chiropractic Approach

Instead of treating the various symptoms of hyperactivity, we look for interfences to the child’s nervous system. We often find problems caused by spinal misalignment’s, aka subluxation, in the child’s upper neck.

In fact, this link between the spine, brain stem dysfunction and ADHD is common. A thorough chiropractic examination can and may reveal noticeable spinal misalignments, subluxation, even a reversal of the normal neck curve. That why we often recommend a schedule of safe, gentle, and natural chiropractic spinal adjustments to help restore normal spinal alignment and to reduce the accompanying nervous system interference.

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Of course, as parents, we always want the best for our kids. If your child is showing signs of ADHD and you would like to try chiropractic, then give us a call today.

Dr. Tom Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  Dr. Kolarik offers affordable, gentle, conservative chiropractic care plans for both the individual and the family.

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Neck Pain And Chiropractic

Have you ever tried to balance a 10-15 pound bowling ball on the finger tips of just one hand?

Well that is what your neck (cervical spine) does all day, 24/7/, 365 days a year.

Your neck and shoulder muscles work very hard holding up your head. Your neck, or cervical spine, is made up of seven vertebra that must be in the proper position or relationship to each other for them to work correctly and efficiently. A structural misalignment of even the tiniest amount can cause muscle pain and discomfort, this is one of the main causes of headaches. This misalignment can put pressure, either directly or indirectly, on the nerves exiting the spinal cord at the affected level. Doctors of Chiropractic call this a Subluxation.

Some over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers might dull the pain, but they ignore the underlying cause!

Chiropractors see this sort of thing all the time. It’s almost routine. Chiropractic care has a long history of producing excellent benefits with those suffering from neck pain. And we do it naturally, without dangerous drugs or risky, dangerous, surgery.

Chiropractors get great results with many types of neck pain. 

At Kolarik Family Chiropractic we specialize in reducing interference to the nervous system in the neck. Many of our patients find that chiropractic care gives them relief from neck and shoulder complaints.

Call our office at 395-9487  to schedule a no-obligation consultation and find out if you’re a good candidate for today’s safe and natural chiropractic care.

Visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic for more information, and be sure to subscribe to our “Travelers Rest Health And Wellness Newsletter”.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC, at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. offering affordable individual plans and family plans making wellness chiropractic available to all.


Headaches and Chiropractic.

Headaches are common, about 1 in 6 (45 million) Americans suffer from chronic headaches, but they’re not normal.

We live in a world where we want it now, hence the culture on drugs we live in. Many people with headaches will take some kind of anti-inflammatory to help relieve their suffering and many times it works – at least for a while. You need to ask yourself what is causing the inflammation in the first place? Chiropractors look for the underlying cause of your headache.

One of the most  common causes of headaches is from spinal bones in the neck that have lost their normal position and are not supporting your head properly . These misalignment’s are called subluxations  and they affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head.

A thorough Chiropractic examination locates subluxations that could be causing your headaches. If subluxations are present, you’re likely to benefit from Chiropractic spinal adjustments.

For more information visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic

and be sure to subscribe to our “Travelers Rest Health and Wellness Newsletter.”

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Dr. Kolarik offers individual and family plans as low as $15 per visit, making affordable quality chiropractic care available to everyone.

Why didn’t anybody tell me about this?

Tears rolled down his face as he asked me, “Why didn’t anybody tell me about this?”  This sixty-one year old man broke down and cried when he heard what caused twenty plus years of suffering, frequent visits to his medical doctor, bottles of prescriptions that offered no relief, only additional problems (side effects).

This gentleman came to see me for chronic constipation as a last resort only because he had been everywhere and tried everything with no success. During my consultation he told me he has only one BM per month, he also mentioned that he had some minor neck pain. After I explained what we do here in this office he reluctantly decided to give chiropractic a try. During the exam I found evidence of subluxation in two area; his neck , and his lumbars. It was during the report of findings that he wept, when I explained what has caused twenty years of suffering, subluxations. He wept when he heard, and understood, the simplicity of chiropractic. He wept as I told him that if we can correct his subluxations his body would work better and just maybe his BM’s would become more regular.

As I raised the table following his first chiropractic adjustments he asked where the bathroom is because he needed it NOW! Another chiropractic miracle. You see when the subluxation was corrected his innate took over and he saw results immediately. This gentleman continued to come and get his spine checked for subluxation and receive adjustments when necessary for years. During a visit about three months later he asked me if hearing and sight could be affected by adjustments? I answered yes, and reminded him that all of our  systems are controlled by the nervous system. “Why ?” I asked.  “Doc, I never told you I was deaf in my left ear and blind in my left eye. But, ever since I started getting my neck and back adjusted my hearing and my sight have nearly returned to normal. Do you think that what you’re doing is causing this to happen?” I explained to him that chiropractic only corrected the subluxations and that it was his own body that did the healing once the interference was removed.

I do this because it changes peoples lives.

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Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Dr. Tom is a gentle, and highly experienced chiropractor, having adjusted patients of all ages. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers individual plans, and family plans, as low as $15 per visit,  making chiropractic care affordable to everyone.