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“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”.

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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.

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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.


Medical -vs- Chiropractic Wellness Care.

Obviously, the biggest difference between medical and Chiropractic wellness care is just that: medicine. Today’s medical doctors are still treating symptoms instead of the actual cause of the problem. These drugs usually create their own list of symptoms that must also be “treated” with more drugs. It’s a nearly never ending self perpetuating cycle that does not lead to good health and wellness; but to illness, disease and dependence.

Most medical doctors do not look for the cause of a symptom, ignoring the lifestyle influences that led to the problem. Drugs typically lead to a false sense of health, by hiding symptoms, that avoids changes that will actually lead to wellness.

Doctors of Chiropractic recognize that symptoms are there for a reason. Symptoms are a siren going off letting you know that there is a problem here. Chiropractors look for the cause of a problem that the symptom has alerted you to.

Chiropractic doctors examine your spine looking for spinal misalignments. Misalignment’s 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.

Facts About Wellness Care

  1. Symptoms are NOT the problem, symptoms are an alert to an underlying problem and should be listened too, not hidden and masked with drugs (medications).
  2. Our body has an inborn ability to self-regulate, self-replicate, and adapt to our surroundings. When we have a misalignment in our spine, aka subluxation, these self preserving functions do not work as intended; this results in absence of health and wellness.
  3. Chiropractic wellness practitioners do not diagnose or treat conditions and diseases, but instead locate and correct (remove) subluxations, allowing your body to function at a higher level of health.
  4. Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the value preventative care compared to medical symptom based care. With regular chiropractic adjustments, spinal health is maintained, promoting proper nervous symptom function and allowing for our bodies to preform at it’s best.

True wellness can only be achieved when all of the body’s systems are receiving their signals from the brain and are properly providing your body with what it needs to not only survive, but to thrive. All too often, we mistake an absence of symptoms as good health, when the two are not even related.

From early childhood we are conditioned to believe there is a medical drug or surgical procedure to fix every symptom. Now, with a better understanding of wellness, start doing something that will actually promote wellness in your body, and not hinder it with drugs.

For more information visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic

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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.

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.

Children, Ear Aches and Chiropractic.

When children have ear infections parents can feel pretty helpless, not really knowing what to do.

Give Chiropractic a try.

With a properly working nerve system a child’s body has an amazing ability to heal itself. But, when the integrity of their nervous system has become impaired their immune response is also impaired and unable to fight infections as well.

It may surprise some to learn that the nervous system controls everything. When this nerve system becomes compromised it may also be accompanied with muscle tension (ache) . This tension can reduce the effectiveness of the Lymphatic system to properly drain compounding the problem.

The Chiropractic approach is simple. Chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for infections of any type. We look for muscle tensions and misalignment of the bones of the spine that may be affecting the child’s nervous system and their ability to fight infection. Chiropractors call this a Subluxation. If we find a Subluxation we gently reduce it with effective and safe chiropractic spinal adjustments. This helps to improve the nervous system, resulting in an improved immune response. Properly adjusting a child or even an infant typically requires only a gentle, light touch or light pressure in the right direction.

Children, and parents, love the Chiropractic approach. Everything is explained in advance. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective. Chiropractic is the natural choice.

Give us a call. We would like to help.

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Dr. Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic, LLC., located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  At Kolarik Family Chiropractic we focus on the cause of your pain, prevention and wellness.  Dr. Kolarik offers both individual and family plans that make Chiropractic care affordable and available to all.

Back Pain And Chiropractic.

Back pain is a signal that something is not right. A sign that you have a problem that need addressing. The pain is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself. Are you taking a drug, either over the counter or prescribed, to hide the symptom and ignore the cause?

There are many causes of back pain.

A couple of the more common causes are:

1)  The bones of you spine, specifically in your low back or lumbar region are misaligned. This misalignment is called a Subluxation and causes pain.

2) You may have experienced a trauma that has injured a disc and caused it to bulge. Discs are the soft, pulpy, tissue between the spinal bones. When the disc bulge they may put pressure on a nearby nerve causing pain.

What are you going to do about it?

A) Ignore it. (Most likely the condition will worsen, not a good idea)

B) Physical therapy. (Stresses misaligned joints, does not address the cause, not a good idea)

C) Drugs, either prescribed or over the counter. (Numbs the body, masks the symptom, does not address the cause, not a good idea)

D) Surgery. (Dangerous, very expensive, dismal success rate, usually leads to additional unnecessary surgeries, does not address the cause, not a good idea)

According to Dr. Norman Marcus is Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Psychiatry and Director of Muscle Pain Research at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine, a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and founder and medical director of the Norman Marcus Pain Institute, which is dedicated to pain elimination, rather than pain management. In an article on EmaxHealth written by Ruzanna Harutyunyan. “… Dr. Marcus notes that most MRIs of the low back are read as abnormal, frequently with herniated or bulging disks, and that as many as 50 percent of people with herniated disks have no back pain, while as many as 70 percent of those with degenerated lumbar disks have no pain. He cautions that, conversely, discovering herniated or degenerated disks in the spine of a patient in pain should never automatically lead to the assumption that the pain is originating from those disks. …”

The Chiropractic Approach.

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.

If you do not already have a chiropractor I would like to be yours, schedule a consultation today.

 

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Dr. Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  At Kolarik Family Chiropractic we focus on the cause of your pain, prevention and wellness.  Dr. Kolarik offers both individual and family plans that make Chiropractic care affordable and available to all.

Visualize Your Dreams and Goals.

What are your dreams? Do you want to earn more money? Do you want to lose some weight? Do you want to be healthier?

Whatever your dreams are you can achieve them by following a few simple techniques.

When you dream how do you see yourself? Healthy and trim or overweight and sick. Wealthy, with all your bills paid and no mortgage or broke, unable to pay bills and getting behind on your mortgage.

I encourage you to visualize your life the way you want it to be. You must see it before you can be it or have it.

I recently read a story about the grand opening ceremony of Disney World in Orlando. Walt Disney had passed away prior to Disney World being completed. At the ceremony, the host recognized Mrs. Walt Disney’s attendance. He said “Mrs Disney, I just wish that Walt could have seen all this.” She reportedly stood up and said, “He did,” and sat back down.

He saw every detail of Disney World before it ever manifested. Where? In his imagination.

Albert Einstein said, “Your imagination is everything. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”

In a recent study by a professor at Virginia Tech, he found that people who wrote their goals (vision) earned nine times as much as those who didn’t! His research went on to reveal that when asked, “what are your goals for life” he found:

  • 80% said they didn’t know.
  • 16% said they have their goals but they’ve never written them down.
  • Only 4% said they’ve written their goals down but never have gone back to look at them.
  • 1% said they wrote their goals down and they review them on a weekly basis.

He went on to say… “do you know who those 1% are?”  Millionaires.

You can use the same formula to improve your health.

Step 1. Write down your goals and review weekly.

You must see it,  you must write it down, and you must review often what you want to achieve. If you do not they are only dreams and will not ever happen.

If you are trying to lose a few pounds are you writing down your goal and reviewing it often. Be specific. For example – “I will lose 15 pounds by April 1, 2011. Break down what you need to do – write a planimplement the plan.

If you are trying to improve your health, what are you doing about it? Do you see yourself as healthy in your vision? Have you written down your goal? Are you taking any steps to improve your health? Have you joined a gym? Have you started to eat healthier? Are you visiting your chiropractor as often as you should?

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Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Dr. Kolarik offers affordable individual and family plans. Walk-ins are welcome and our rates are affordable.

Children and Chiropractic.

You may be asking “children need chiropractic?”

Without hesitation, yes, children need chiropractic. Kids are always falling, bumping into things, getting exposed to who knows what at school.

In fact everybody with a spine needs a chiropractor and needs to have their spine checked for Subluxations regularly.

Healthy spines = healthy lives.

Having your children’s spine checked regularly and adjusted when necessary helps to improve their immune response, improves their body’s ability to adapt and self regulate.

My three children have been under chiropractic care since they were born and they have never had an ear infection. They are growing up strong with a healthy spine.

For more information about Chiropractic visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  At Kolarik Family Chiropractic we focus on prevention and wellness.  Dr. Kolarik offers both individual and family plans that make Chiropractic care affordable and available to all.