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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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Optimal Health With Little or No Medication. Part 3.

In my previous posts I discussed the dangers of side effects from prescribed medications, and the very important role of Chiropractic care. In this post I will be discussing the importance of good nutrition and it’s role in optimal health.

There are so many theories about how we should eat and there are good aspects of many of them. Common sense tells us that we should eat to live and not live to eat. Science tells us to eat foods that are high in fiber, low in highly processed saturated fat. I believe we should try to eat 10 – 13 servings per day of fresh, preferably organic, fruits and vegetables. Meats when consumed should not exceed 1 – 2 servings per day. Lean meats such as organic grass fed beef and buffalo are good examples. All meats should be trimmed very lean. All meats with steroids and antibiotics should be avoided if possible. Fish should be wild caught and not farm raised. Try to eliminate or limit the amount of inflammation causing highly processed white flour and sugars. Instead try using whole wheat and natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup when possible. Do not drink any soda pop as it is loaded with highly processed chemicals and sweeteners. Breakfast should be the larges and most important meal of the day. Giving you all day to burn off the calories of your largest meal. Evening snacks should be limited. Drink plenty of pure water. All excess calories we consume that our body does not use is stored as fat.

If you are a milk drinker tray to consume only non homogenized milk. If non homogenized milk is not available limit the amount of homogenized milk you drink and use only low fat. The homogenization of milk is done only for appearance purposes. The process beaks down large fat globules into smaller pieces and suspends them in the milk so the cream does not rise to the top of the jug. The large fat globules prior to homogenization do not readily pass through the lining of the intestines are not easily absorbed into your blood stream. The now smaller fat globules easily pass through the intestines into the blood causing a much higher incidence of atherosclerotic build up in your blood vessels. Remember that the more a food is processed the worse it is for you.

There is an obesity epidemic in children ages 2-19, 33% are 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.

The overall message here is to eat a well balanced diet of food in it’s natural state the way God intended it to be eaten. Stay away from highly processed foods.

In my next post I will discuss the importance of supplements in achieving optimal health.

For more information visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC. At Kolarik Family Chiropractic walk-ins are welcome and our fees are affordable.

Optimal Health with Little or No Medication. Part 2.

To recap, in part one I discussed the dangers of medically prescribed drugs and the dangers of side effects.

In this post I will be discussing the role of chiropractic care in achieving optimal health.

Chiropractic is based on the science that shows that our nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of our body. Our nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and millions of nerves. Many everyday activities can cause the spinal bones to lose their normal position or motion causing nervous system dysfunction. Doctors of Chiropractic call this nervous system dysfunction “Vertebral Subluxation Complex” or Subluxation for short. The Chiropractic approach to optimal health is to examine your spine for subluxation and if one is found administer a gentle spinal adjustment. A spinal adjustment helps to restore normal position and motion to the bones of your spine but, more importantly improves the communication (nervous) system. With a nervous system that is working properly your body is better able to adapt to your daily life; better able to fight off a bacterial or viral infection, better able to heal itself, better able to turn the food you eat into a healthy you and better able to self regulate itself.

Without normal nerve supply, affected organs and tissue is more susceptible to disease, often producing the symptoms of pain ill health. Headaches and low back pain can be traced to back to spinal malfunction and nervous system dysfunction. Doctors of Chiropractic are the only specialist extensively educated and trained in the detection, reduction and prevention of nervous system interference. Your doctor will use specific chiropractic adjustments to return malfunctioning spinal bones to their proper motion and position, reducing nervous system interference.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments are safer than dangerous and risky back surgery, muscle relaxers and even aspirin. Chiropractic adjustments are so safe that even newborn babies can receive spinal adjustments when necessary.

It doesn’t matter what type of doctor you you consult, remember doctors don’t heal, only your body can heal itself and it can do that better without a subluxation (nervous system dysfunction). The chiropractic approach to optimal health is to remove the interferences to your inborn healing ability.

Everyone with a spine needs regular, minimum of 2 per month, chiropractic exams and adjustments when necessary to maintain good spinal health, remember our nerves are the communication system in our bodies. If the communication system is not working properly how can anything else work properly? That’s right it doesn’t.

Chiropractic makes sense. It’s scientific. It’s only provided by well educated doctors. It’s natural. Most importantly  it works to correct the underlying cause(s) of your problem and it works.

In my next post I will discuss the importance of good nutrition and it’s role in optimal health.

For more information please visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina (SC).  Dr. Kolarik offers affordable family plans.

What Is A Subluxation?

Subluxation is the term used to describe what happens when one of the vertebrae, or bones, in your spine loses it’s normal position. The word comes from two Latin; “sub”  meaning somewhat or slightly and “luxate” to dislocate. When this happens, the misaligned vertebra creates stress, tissue irritation and inflammation on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. This pressure and stress can cause an disruption in the communication system(nerves) in your body’s normal self regulating and self healing  processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and this condition is left uncorrected, the damage to the bones, tissues and nerves gets progressively worse.

Subluxations occur in any number of ways a car accident, fall, sudden jar, or trauma are examples of  instances that may cause a subluxation.  Subluxation can also come from regular actions such as poor sleeping position, poor posture, or incorrect lifting processes.

Chiropractic Doctors are specialists in locating, analyzing and correcting subluxations.  A chiropractor works to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. Chiropractors use  spinal adjustments to move the bones of your spine to a more normal position. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use their hands to applying pressure to the spine in a specific location and direction. The adjustment force helps restore the alignment and range of motion of the vertebrae.   Chiropractic adjustments are usually painless. It is common to experience a sense of well being  following an adjustment due to the  decompression of the affected nerves.

 
For more information please visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic

 

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.


What Is Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic is a non-invasive approach to all natural health and wellness care.

Chiropractic is based on well documented scientific fact. 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 their normal motion, causes a decrease in the function of the nerves. This abnormally decreased nerve communication with the tissues, organs and systems throughout the body results in a body that can no longer function at it’s best. Unable to adapt.

Doctors of Chiropractic examine the spine and perform a spinal adjustment when a Subluxation (misalignment or decreased range of motion) is found. These spinal adjustments help to restore a more normal position and motion of the bones of the spine and will increase the communication through your nerves to the tissues and organs they connect with allowing you to be at your optimal level of health.

For more information please visit: Kolarik Family Chiropractic