Structural Chiropractic is less about how you feel, and more about how you actually are.
Too many times over the years, someone in pain will contact our office on one of our days off, and of course, we can not see them right away. We let the patient know that we will contact them on the next business day to get them scheduled. Of course, many times the patient reports something along the lines of, “Thank you but I’ve taken care of it,” or “the pain is gone,” or “I feel better.”
While we are genuinely grateful that you are feeling better, We know something that you may not.
1. You may feel great, but may be having a serious health problem. Can you feel high cholesterol? Can you feel high blood sugar, or high blood pressure? Yes you may have some symptoms from these conditions, and may not even attribute your symptoms to the right cause, but can you FEEL the actual build up of cholesterol? So how do you know you have high cholesterol? You get an exam and a specific test.
2. If you have Structural Abnormalities, Spinal Shifts, or Subluxations and they are the cause of your secondary conditions or symptoms, ONLY a Structural Corrective Chiropractor can help you…I know that is a bold statement, but it is true…Every other approach is allopathic in nature and deals with the symptoms, not the cause.
3. While the numbers on this next fact are not clear. Every credible source agrees, that ONLY about 20% of your nervous system is responsible for SENSATION..This includes not only pain, but other types of sensation, like temperature, touch, pressure, vibration, etc.
This means that you can have a Spinal Abnormality causing nerve pressure, and NOT feel it.
Most of the time when people seek out a chiropractor it is to seek help over some kind of ache or pain, and while chiropractic is effective in this area, that is only about 2% of the total picture.
At our office we want you to not only feel better, but be better as well..
If your neck looks like the neck in the X-ray in this picture, you may feel “fine,” but you are not healthy, and are not reaching your full potential.
Dr. René Acosta has over 15 years of clinical experience and over 100,000 patient visits. Our purpose at ACOSTA CHIROPRACTIC is to locate and correct nerve pressure of the spine caused by spinal abnormalities, spinal shifts, structural shifts or subluxations, resulting in helping our patients experience more of their god given potential. Our mission is to help as many people as possible with competence, compassion, and excellence.
In a recent case study a 30 year old woman woman reported a decrease in her anxiety, depression and use of medications.
Over the years we have heard from many, many patients that coming in regularly helped them with their anxiety. At Acosta Chiropractic we do not claim to treat anxiety or depression, we simply "retrain" spinal joints that have been stuck in abnormal positions, causing possible obstructions to the nervous system. In doing so, the body is able to function better.
Could Abnormal Structure and stress on nerves cause anxiety? What do you think?
Georgia ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to funding programs to prevent kids from using tobacco, according to a recent report that looks at what states are doing with money from the 1998 tobacco settlement.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Georgia spend $106 million per year to prevent tobacco use among teenagers and help adults stop smoking, the state only uses about 1 percent of that, John Schachter with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids said.
The state has one of the nation’s lowest taxes on tobacco products at just 3 cents per cigarette pack, and that money isn't going toward prevention, Schachter said. He recommends Georgia raise taxes on tobacco-related products.
Of the $393 million brought in from tobacco revenue — a combination of the settlement as well as the Georgia tobacco taxes — only $750,000 will be spent on tobacco prevention programs, Schachter said.
That $750,000 is money that came from the settlement, Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said, adding that additional money from the federal government allows the state to spend another $1.6 million on promoting quitting among adults and young adults.
Related programs to eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke, identify and elimine tobacco-related disparities, and prevent young people from trying these products is also funded from this federal money, Nydam said.
New Study Shows Teen Vape Use Is Rising
CREDIT MONITORING THE FUTURE SURVEY/NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINETeenagers vaping nicotine saw the biggest one-year spike of any kind in the 44 years the Monitoring the Futuresurvey has been tracking substance abuse by young people, NPR reports.
RELATED: Teen Vaping Soared In 2018
Juul, a device for inhaling heated nicotine and other flavors, has exploded in sales over the last year, but some teens don't even realize they are inhaling an addictive substance, according to a report released Monday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
NIDA Deputy Director Wilson Compton said he is concerned by the survey result showing 17 percent of eighth graders endorse vaping.
"That means that 13, 14, and 15-year-olds are using these vaping products in just surprising numbers," he said. "That's a period of intense development of the brain, and exposure to substances early in the teens really primes the brain for a much higher likelihood of addiction later on."
The Problem Of Addiction
The issue is one of not only addiction to nicotine and nicotine products but also it also may translate into greater risk for use of other substances and addiction to other substances as well.
"That's a real concern and one of the reasons why all public health officials want to keep youth off of substances as much as possible," Compton said.
Schnacter said 11,700 Georgians die each year of tobacco-related causes and tobacco use costs the state more than $3.1 billion in health care expenses.
"So, again, if the state is not spending much on tobacco prevention, we're only going to see these numbers go up because the industry is still so aggressive," Schnacter said. "Both the cigarette industry and the tobacco industry in general, and (these companies are) marketing their products especially toward kids."
Article written by Ellen Eldridge. You can find the original article here.
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According to a webmd.com article, a controlled study suggests that an upper cervical adjustment can decrease blood pressure as effectively as two blood pressure medications, but without ANY adverse effects.
"eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to to tell which group they were in.
None of the patients were taking blood pressure medication during the study.
Medical doctors were surprised by the outcome of the study, but every measure was taken to be sure the data was accurate and correct.
Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.
After 15 years of practice and nearly 100,000 patient visits, I have seen Atlas Structural Shifts, or abnormalities be the primary cause of many secondary conditions. It is not surprising to me to see the results of this study. A basic understanding of structural anatomy of the upper cervical spine, makes clear the possibility of the outcomes of this study.
Of course a bit down the rabbit hole, the chiropractic practitioner is not trying to lower or increase any body functions. Rather, a good Chiropractor understands that adjusting the spine allows the body to function better, to establish homeostasis.
Here is a link to the original webmd article.
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This week, instead of a blog, I'm trying my hand at a vlog. Here's a "how to" make my favorite green smoothie.
Enjoy your Day. Enjoy your Life!
You’ve had a car accident, fallen down the stairs, or “tweaked” something at the gym. You seek medical advice and even some treatments. After a few days or weeks, you start to feel ok, and you think everything is better. But are you?
This scenario plays out everyday. It is standard procedure when you see a health care provider to receive some type of physical examination, a diagnosis based on symptoms, possibly a treatment plan and some home care recommendations.
In the example of a car accident, Maybe you have had what you feel is a minor fender bender but your neck becomes “sore and tight.” So you seek medical care. You may discuss your symptoms, receive a physical examination, and then a diagnosis. In this case maybe a whiplash with muscle spasms and decreased range of motion (ROM). The doctor prescribes some physiotherapy sessions, pain killers and muscle relaxers. You go home, and after a few weeks you feel much better.
You tweak your neck and shoulder at the gym. You discuss your situation with your gym friends, and do a Google search, and maybe even "consult" your favorite YouTube doc. You, and your YouTube doctor decide you have a muscle spasm and proceed on a course of foam rolling, massage therapy and maybe even get some body work done by a PT or Chiropractor. Again after a few weeks you’re “all good.”
But are you?
The picture of the pelvis and lumbar spine in this blog are of a patient that presented to my office with serious sciatica, severe low back pain, and with severely reduced mobility. She had history of a pretty serious car accident over 25 years ago. After the accident she did receive medical treatment and over the years has seen a couple of conventional chiropractors. When she came into my office I explained that I would be assessing her to see if the structure of her spine was normal, and if not, determine how much damage was done. Along with other objective indicators, IMAGING would be necessary.
You do not have to be a radiologist to see that this picture is not NORMAL, and upon seeing this image, my patient became very concerned and upset, rightly so. She was upset because she had never seen this before. This kind of damage is not done over night, and could have been avoided, with earlier detection of Structural Shifts, which can can only be detected through imaging.
My patient asked that I share her story in hopes that someone can avoid the suffering she has endured.
Has your accident, fall or injury from training caused a Structural Shift?
While no Structural Shift is minor, early detection can seriously decrease the amount of damage and degeneration that will occur over time if not corrected.
If you feel that this article can help someone you care about, feel free to share.
Enjoy your Day, Enjoy your Life!
Dr. René Acosta
While the woman’s emotions in the picture may seem extreme, we know that OH *$!!@!! is too many times the first word out of our mouths or first thought in our heads.
This blog by the way is not for everyone, as a matter of fact, I know some folks that “seem” to be so positive that everything is seen as a challenge, and all the troubles of life roll right off their shoulders, and all with a smile.
No these words are for the rest of us. Those of us that are familiar with what I call the Complaint Avalanche.
The Complaint Avalanche starts with the first expletive, and you’re not even out of bed. You grab your phone, but you forgot to charge it. You stub your toe. You’re out of coffee..NOW you’re really pissed..
Later on, a fender bender, it all escalates until the next thing you know, you’ve been fired and have no money!
By the way I am not talking about the secret or any other nonsense like that. If you sit in your garage and wish yourself a car, it will never happen…NO MATTER how long you SIT and WISH with endless mantra, you will NEVER turn into a car…
The Complaint Avalanche may have little effect on you, but for some of us it can truly be devastating, and lead to a lower quality of life. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I have witnessed over the years, that the complainers take longer to heal, and often never get to 100%. It is ok to tell your Dr. about your symptoms and “complaints,” but a positive outlook can lead to superior results.
For those of you that can relate to the Complaint Avalanche I described, and know in your heart that it leads to less than stellar quality days, here is the NUMBER ONE WAY to turn this terrible habit around.
NIP IT IN THE BUD. Don’t roll the first stone down that mountain.
There are too many people that think that you are powerless over your thoughts, and use this as an excuse to continue “stinking thinking,” but you are NOT powerless over your NEXT thought.
Your first thought upon awakening may be OH *$!!@!!, but don’t make that your second thought. Furthermore, OH *$!!@!! may be your first thought, but NEVER LET THAT COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!
Words have power. Do not let the first words of the day out of your mouth be a complaint, be self defeating or OH *$!!@!!
Start the habit of making your first thought and first word EMPOWERING. It can be as simple as “THANK YOU.” say a prayer, or a short poem you’ve memorized.
Some of my first thoughts and words are “LOVE,” “THANK YOU,” and I often say “I am perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy!” Many mornings, as I put my feet on the floor, I start expressing gratitude for my feet, then my legs, my knees, my thighs and pelvis and upward to my face and head. Gratitude for my wife, my children. From there you can start to express gratitude for the things around you that you are grateful for. Your bed, your home, your bathroom, your ability to use the bathroom, your kitchen, your coffee pot. In other words create a mountain of gratitude.
While this may seem “a little out there,” I think walking around complaining and speaking negativity is WAY out there! I think a joyful and grateful person is rich.
and the results for running a stream of negativity speak for themselves.
Enjoy your Day! Enjoy you Life!
Dr. René Acosta
Death by pollen-quick nutritional recommendations to help balance your immune response this allergy season.
People are already coming into my office looking for relief from seasonal allergies. Why would people seek Structural Chiropractic care for allergy symptoms? That’s a subject for another article, but it has something to do with pressure on the upper neck and sinus areas caused by structural shifts and abnormal structure of the head and neck.
If you haven’t been in Atlanta in the Spring, then you are missing a chance at experiencing the Green Pollen Monster of Death…All kidding aside, we get some pretty serious pollen counts. And we are already at higher levels than this time last year. It’s only February!
NOW is the time to prepare!
You don’t have to have allergies to have immune responses to extremely high levels of pollen. In fact, immune responses to allergens is NORMAL. It is when the immune response is exaggerated that people really start to suffer. Here are some nutritional recommendations that may help regulate and balance your immune response this year. This is not to be an exhaustive article on the subject, as I believe there is already plenty of content on the subject. I encourage you to do your homework. This article is to serve more as a reminder, and a quick “bullet” point of information.
helps reduce histamine release and inflammation of the airways and lungs.
anti-inflammatory, reduces symptoms from allergies.
Here is a product that I recommend to my patients that has all these ingredients and more. Click this link, register an account, use code RA1138, and “quick search” “Aller-All."
Be sure whatever product/s you use are of HIGH quality. Be sure you know WHERE your product ingredients are made, stay away from “proprietary blends,” and remember that supplements are just that, supplements. They should NEVER be expected to replace activity, healthy living and healthy eating.
Pollen or not, Spring has Sprung!
Enjoy your Spring, Enjoy your Day, Enjoy your life!
In the past couple of weeks I have taken care of several new patients who have been injured in car accidents.
When I take them into the conference room to share their Examination findings with them, including X-ray or MRI, they are often (though not always) surprised to find out that they have Structural damage NOT caused by the car accident. I always kinda laugh on the inside a bit, because I can imagine that they won’t be asking me to testify in court. (think about it)
Kidding aside, it’s the truth.
We all know that car accidents can cause major injuries and death.
What a car accident cannot cause is immediate objective evidence of Structural Degenerative changes. DEGENERATIVE being the key word here. I can look at an x-ray and see objective evidence of long term Structural Degeneration.
Often times when someone comes to my office seeking treatment after a car accident injury or any other injury for that matter, it is the first time that they see the condition of their Structural Foundation. And they can put two and two together themselves. The condition of their Structural Foundation BEFORE the accident or injury, has obviously played a role into the severity of their current symptoms.
On a not so side note, a car accident can cause a Structural Shift. Which will lead to a myriad of Secondary Conditions.
Do NOT let yourself or your friends suffer from the Secondary Conditions caused by Structural Shifts and Abnormalities.
Please feel free to share this with someone that you think can benefit from the information.
See you soon! Enjoy your day, Enjoy your Life!
Dr. René Acosta
I LOVE Chiropractic and have been in practice over 14 years. Most of it has been serving the community in Sandy Springs Georgia. A couple of years ago, my beautiful wife Ashley and I bought a home in Cumming Georgia, and along with our two sons Riley 8, and Nica 3, are very happy in our new community.