Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The History of Chiropractic- April 2016

April 2016

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris Here,

Spring has sprung and the days are getting warmer. As the temperatures increase people tend to be more active. If you or someone you care about overdoes it and is in pain, please contact me because I may be able to help with advice or treatment.
Remember "Nobody has time for pain!"

The Art and Science Of Chiropractic

Manipulation of the spine has been performed for thousands of years. Ancient writings indicate the Chinese and Greeks were moving spinal vertebrae to relieve pain approximately 2,000 years ago. During the medieval period "bone setters" used crude methods to reset bones and joints.

In 1895 David Palmer a natural healer in Iowa began to experiment with specifically administered maneuvers designed to restore misaligned joints to their proper position and function. His patients reported amazing results with the treatments. Within months hundreds of people began to seek-out Dr. Palmer. He called the technique Chiropractic, in Latin for "chiro-" hand, "-practic" practitioner or "A doctor who uses his hands." Soon Dr. Palmer was teaching his techniques and the Palmer College of Chiropractic was incorporated.

Through the 1950's Chiropractic was considered non-scientific. Nevertheless millions of patients were reporting remarkable results. Doctors of Chiropractic were often the last resort for people who had suffered without relief using typical medical treatment and medication. Because of this success the American Medical Association sought to destroy the chiropractic profession and began a massive smear campaign. In 1987, a Superior court ruled that the AMA had violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and that it had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy in restraint of trade "to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession." (Wilkv. American Medical Ass'n. 1987).  The court further stated that the "AMA had entered into a long history of illegal behavior".  It then issued a permanent injunction against the AMA to prevent such future behavior.

Subsequent scientific research has shown that restoring proper alignment of joints by using a specifically applied "adjustment" helps restore joint, nerve and muscle function which results in less pain, reduced spasm and increased mobility. In 35+ years of practice I have been fortunate by being able to help thousands of patients. I thank you for being one of those patients and thank Dr. Palmer for starting the Chiropractic profession.

Dr. Michael Norris

Why Water Intake?

We all know that water is essential for life, but have you ever wondered why your body needs so much replenishing? Water is crucial for the body's everyday biological functions. The majority of the human body is made up of water: We rely on it to lubricate our joints, regulate temperature and to care for the brain and spinal cord. Without enough water, we'd be dry, unfocused, unenergized and creaky.

On average, we lose two to three liters of water a day, through sweat, breath, urine and bowel movements. To compensate, we've got to rehydrate. While past guidance has suggested we drink approximately eight glasses a day, new recommendations say we should drink anywhere from 2 to 3.7 liters (8.4 to 15.6 cups) daily, depending on a person's sex, weight, health and environment.

“Have you noticed that the man
who is not willing to fix himself is the one
who wants the most laws passed to fix others?”
David Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

I Love My Patients- March 2016

March 2016

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris Here,

During the last 30+ years of my career treating patients I've had the privilege of seeing thousands of people and helping them with painful conditions. I love all my patients, but there are several which in particular come to mind. Here are some of the most memorable.

"I'm ready."
Early in my career as an Athletic Trainer I was working at Santa Ana College. One of our best players broke his leg in football practice. He was sent to our team doctor who put a cast on the player’s leg. The next day the player shows up for practice without the cast and says "I'm ready to go." I asked, "Where is the cast?" The linebacker proceeded to tell me he soaked it in the bathtub and cut it off with a knife. Needless to say he didn't play that week.

"It's All In Her Head."
A woman brought her teenage daughter to me who had been suffering from headaches for several months. The mother was frustrated because she had taken her daughter to her primary physician, a neurologist and a pain specialist. X-rays, CT scans and multiple medications had not helped the girl. Finally they told the mom there is nothing wrong. In other words: "It's all in her head."  After I evaluated the girl for several minutes it was clear she had vertebral misalignments in her neck. I told the mom that this was likely the cause of her headaches. The mom was skeptical but gave permission to try several adjustments. After the first treatment there was some relief. After the second treatment, about 75% improvement. By the third treatment the young girl was pain free.
In other words: "It's was all in her neck."

"I'm Scheduled For Surgery."
I saw a fellow one day for chronic low back pain. He had degenerative disc disease which was irritating a nerve causing constant pain into his leg. He told me I was his last chance before having spine surgery. I advised him to be patient and stay compliant with my recommendations. After five treatments, home exercises and lifestyle changes the guy was significantly better. He cancelled the surgery and has been seeing me on and off for years.

While medical care and medications can be beneficial and life saving, they often have serious side effects and can't cure every patient. My suggestion is TRY A NATURAL SOLUTION FIRST.
Chiropractic care, massage therapy and supplements are inexpensive and safe. If you or someone you care about is suffering I may be able to help.
"Because you don't have time for pain."
Dr. Michael Norris

HEALTH TIP: Chiropractic For Headaches
"Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Patients who received SMT experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast to the patients that received medication." Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 1995

“Appearance of disease is as swift as an arrow; its disappearance is slow, like a turtle.”
Chinese Proverb

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.