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Posted on 12-10-2012
A few weeks ago, a professional musician was referred to my office because he had pain and tightness in his forearms that impacted his ability to play the guitar. During his Consultation and Exam he also revealed that he had to take Prilosec for stomach issues like reflux.
Some Chiropractors would treat just the forearms because that is all the patient really complained about, but I don't work that way. In my office, I tell patients to give me "The List". Give me the entire list of health issues you are dealing with, and lets see how many we can eliminate.
Reflux, Heartburn, and GERD are some of the biggest reasons patients take drugs like Zantac, Prilosec, etc. Did you know that in 80% of these cases, TOO LITTLE stomach acid is the problem, and not too much? Well that and a twist in the rib cage, called Rib Torque, and a spasm in their diaphragm. The mid back also known as the Thoracic Spine is usually misaligned as well.
During this patients' initial treatment we corrected Rib Torque, Diaphragm Spasm, and his mid back spinal misalignments. I also suggested that he could try a spoonful of apple cider vinegar with his large meals, and if it makes his stomach feel better, chances are that he needs more stomach acid and not less. (I have so many patients that tell me how much their reflux, GERD, and stomach pain has improved with just a little apple cider vinegar)
The patient was also instructed to increase his water intake to 1 quart of water per 50 pounds of body weight per day.
During his second and third visits I checked his ribcage, spine, and diaphragm and corrected what was needed.
When he came in for his 4th visit recently, he mentioned that he no longer needed the Prilosec and hasn't had any of the heartburn or other issues with his stomach, except for the one time he ate something he knew he shouldn't.
After THREE visits this patient who came in for his forearm issues no longer needs a medication for heartburn he thought he would have to take for the rest of his life! Oh, and his forearms are nearly all better as well.
This story perfectly illustrates why you would want to choose a Holistic Chiropractor that looks at the entire patient, not just one symptom or one complaint. It is important to choose a Chiropractor that is well versed in treating a wide variety of conditions. Once you establish a Doctor-Patient relationship with a GREAT Chiropractor, you will find that they can make a difference with way more that just your neck and back pain. They will be an essential part of your health care team, and you will be the one feeling so much better!
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