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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.

Chiropractic And Wellness

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a properly functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The vertebrae, which protect the nervous system, when misaligned or lose its normal motion, causes malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body.

What is Wellness?

The word “wellness” has no universally accepted definition, but we should know that it has nothing to do crisis care as delivered in a hospital setting.

WELLNESS: “A purposeful choice of a lifestyle characterized by personal responsibility, self-control, good nutrition, exercise and faith to achieve maximum personal enhancement of physical, mental, and emotional health.”

 “The power that made the body is the only power that can heal the body, it happens no other way.”

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers quality, gentle, conservative chiropractic care to the residents of Travelers Rest, SC and surrounding areas of Marietta, Slater, Taylors, Greer, and North Greenville.

Now offering Individual and Monthly Plans.
  • Individual Monthly Plan – only $97, entitles you to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. And because research shows that regular chiropractic care helps patients of all ages from infancy to their geriatric years, this plan is a great way ensure your health is a top priority.
  • Family Monthly Plan – only $175, entitles up to two adults (married) and three children under the age of 18, additional children add $20, to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. The Family Plan is a great way to ensure your family’s health is a top priority.

We also offers pre-paid visit packages for as low as $15 per visit, these visits are good for one year after purchase. These packages and plans make chiropractic care affordable to everyone by removing the financial concern.

For more information please visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy. Behind George Coleman Ford and next to Dave’s Barber Shop and the Cooper Lodge. My

New, Affordable, Monthly Plans for Individuals and Families.

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers quality, gentle, conservative chiropractic care to the residents of Travelers Rest, SC and surrounding areas of Marietta, Slater, Taylors, Greer, and North Greenville.
NEW
Now offering Individual and Monthly Plans.
  • Individual Monthly Plan – only $97, entitles you to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. And because research shows that regular chiropractic care helps patients of all ages from infancy to their geriatric years, this plan is a great way ensure your health is a top priority.
  • Family Monthly Plan – only $175, entitles up to two adults (married) and three children under the age of 18, additional children add $20, to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. The Family Plan is a great way to ensure your family’s health is a top priority.


We also offers pre-paid visit packages for as low as $15 per visit,
these visits are good for one year after purchase. These packages and plans make chiropractic care affordable to everyone by removing the financial concern.

For more information please visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy. Behind George Coleman Ford and next to Dave’s Barber Shop and the Cooper Lodge. My goal is to help everyone who walks through my door.

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.

For more information please visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic

While visiting be sure to subscribe to our FREE newsletter, “The Travelers Rest Health And Wellness Newsletter.”

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.


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

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.

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.

Optimal Health With Little Or No Medication, Part 5.

In case you missed my prior posts I wrote about how sickness is not the result of prescription drug shortage, and the necessity of Chiropractic care in achieving your optimal health. I also wrote about the importance of nutrition and why we must take supplements. In today’s post I will briefly discuss the role of exercise.

There is a obesity epidemic in children ages 2-19 with 33% overweight, leading to a dramatic increase in childhood diabetes. Obese children are much more likely to become obese adults with all of the degenerative diseases associated with obesity.

Regular exercise is required for optimal health. Walking is the oldest physical activity of the human race. Jordan Rubin, NMD, PhD., writes that a brisk one or two mile walk everyday increases enzyme and metabolic activity and may increase calorie burning for up to twelve hours afterward.

Stop looking for a parking space close to your destination instead choose a spot far across the parking lot and walk in from there. Choose to take the stairs, forget the elevators. Go for a walk in the woods or take a walk on the beach. Walk through your neighborhood and let your neighbors know that somebody really does live in your house. When the weather isn’t cooperating go walk in the mall.

We all need exercise. Walking requires no special equipment and no health club membership. So turn off the TV, turn off the computer, get off the couch, put away the potato chips and go for a walk. Start taking steps to improve your health.

If you are physically unable to walk, use a stationary bike or go swimming. There are many everyday low impact activities that you can do for exercise. Whatever it is, just do it.

There are no shortcuts for achieving your optimal health. But in my opinion, and the opinion of many other health care professionals, optimal health is a combination of regular chiropractic care, proper nutrition, supplementation, and exercise.

For more information please visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC at Kolarik Family Chiropractic located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy.

Dr. Kolarik offers affordable family plans and walk-ins are welcome.

Optimal Health With Little or No Medication. Part 4.

In my previous post regarding optimal Health I have discussed the dangers of side effects from medical prescriptions, the importance of regular chiropractic care, and the importance of eating right. In this post I will briefly discuss the importance of nutritional supplements.

We are all exposed to contaminants and pollution through the air we breath, the foods we eat and the water we drink.  This exposure to pollution increases the free radicals in our bodies.

All atoms, with exception of free radicals, have an even number of electrons. Free radicals are atoms with an odd number or an unpaired electron. These are very unstable and are always trying to steal an electron from another atom. The atoms that make up our cells are bombarded thousands of times daily by these free radicals. This constant bombardment causes mutagenic damage to the DNA in these cells. When these cells duplicate their daughter cells are abnormal (cancer). Atoms are the building blocks of molecules and molecules are the building blocks cells. Cells are the building blocks for our tissues and our tissues are the building blocks of our organs and our organs of our systems. If the atoms are abnormal the molecules and cells are abnormal, the tissues, organs and systems they make up can not be normal. This is the cause or most of the degenerative diseases and cancers we are familiar with.

The best way to counter act the potential damage from free radicals is to eat foods that are high in antioxidants and supplement with a high quality antioxidant.

This leads to another question I frequently get is “What is the best supplement I can take?”

It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that the best way to receive vitamins and minerals is through the food we eat. Unfortunately we Americans eat way too much highly processed foods that contain virtually no vitamins or nutrients, only empty calories.

In my opinion there are many high quality supplements available on the market. In my office I recommend to my patients to take a multivitamin with essential minerals. Along with the multi I also recommend a high antioxidant such as SAXI from DrinkACT. SAXI contains New Zealand Black Currant, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Acai, Elderberry, and Maqui (the highest antioxidant fruit discovered) all in a Aloe Vera base. Click here to compare leading antioxidants.

The multi with essential minerals will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals you need that the foods we eat may be lacking. Many of the foods we buy at the grocery store are lacking essential vitamins and minerals mainly because they are highly processed to improve appearance and shelf life.

Most degenerative disorders and diseases are proceeded by chronic inflammation. The “Harvard Health Letter” in April, 2006 states that chronic inflammation may be the common factor in many diseases. Leading many if not most researchers to believe that if you can prevent the inflammation you can prevent the disease.

Many leading scientist have stated that drinking a small amount of high antioxidant beverages will have a positive effect in terms of cancer prevention.

Inflammatory diseases such as: irritable bowl, crohns, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin rashes like eczema, psoriasis and many others respond very well to high antioxidant and high anti-inflammatory supplements.

There are no shortcuts for achieving optimal health.

In my nest post I will discuss the importance of regular exercise in your optimal health.

For more information visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and provides affordable family plans.