Flynn Clinic

567 Corporate Drive
Houma, LA 70360
985-223-3811

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE WELL - RIGHT?

I would think that everyone would want to make a conscious choice to be healthier.  Some will choose to see a chiropractor for pain symptoms and to improve their health.  Current statistics show that approximately 7-10% of the population regularly visits a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). A recent Report to Congress on chiropractic care for Medicare featured a patient survey indicating that 60 percent of respondents, who received chiropractic treatment, had a complete or substantial relief of symptoms with 87% percent reporting levels of satisfaction at an 8 or higher on a 10- point scale.  Similar findings were found ten years ago in a Department of Defense demonstration project which resulted in  chiropractic treatment now being available in many Veteran Hospitals and at military treatment facilities across the country.

Chiropractic care can be found alongside other medical treatments at the US Olympic training facility and at all Olympic games caring for our elite athletes. The Saints, as well as all other pro-football teams have chiropractors.  Most college and high school sporting teams have a chiropractor they work with regularly.

So what does a chiropractor do?  Following a health history their exam will focus on your structural system - responsible for about 70% of your body systems.  They will concentrate on the function of the joints, mainly the 24 moveable vertebrae that make up the spine.  The D.C. will explain the nervous system and the relationship of structure and function. Skilled in manual methods they will evaluate the motion of joints, which often includes the extremities, and perform safe and effective manipulation techniques to improve structural balance with "adjustments." Specific therapies may be indicated for soft tissue symptoms that may be in spasm and/or inflamed and they may also guide you through active care therapy and rehab.

The chiropractor will also want to discuss your lifestyle.  Posture is important and your sleeping, standing and seated positions will be evaluated. Gravity plays a big role with the head, neck and back with poor posture contributing to structural imbalance that is stressful on the pain sensitive joints of the body.  

The D.C. will want to learn about old or new injuries, and any trauma to the body as the result of sports, falls and accidents, to include those in a motor vehicle. Advice by a doctor of chiropractic will include proper lifting, stretching and strengthening. They will ask about what medicine (prescribed and over the counter) you are taking and how often.  The D.C. will discuss with you sound nutrition and the importance of water to hydrate all body systems and especially the shock-absorber discs in the spine.  They will want to know about any bad habits and will stress good habits to include exercise.

The D.C. will work with other health care providers in your care and refer for further examination and testing when necessary.

In the new health care legislation there is a provision in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 calling for hundreds of millions of dollars to be targeted for a national strategy that will focus on prevention and include nutrition, exercise and stress management. Chiropractors are very supportive of these measures and a D.C., who also holds a PhD., was just appointed to the Board of Governors of the newly created Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that will make recommendations.

Today, one of every six dollars is spent on health care in America. Experts expect that by 2015 Americans will be spending one of five dollars on health care.  A government report also estimates that by 2015, both government and private health care will be over $12,000 per person - double the figure of $6000 in 2005.

Something has to change and yes, change sometimes is not easy. Unhealthy lifestyle habits are contributing to the major health concerns of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.  The new provisions in health care will be all about encouraging healthier choices and for individuals to take an active role in preventing disease, reversing the course or minimizing the damage caused by unhealthy living.

Among the recommendations that I hope these funds are used for include; teaching Americans to listen to their body symptoms, and when possible avoiding drug use because of side-effects; helping Americans get control of their weight with advice on nutrition to go with messages that will inspire Americans to exercise more and follow the example of those who do exercise regularly and are better and healthier for it. I hope to see positive advice to include optimism as a choice of attitude.

We have complete control of only one thing - our thoughts. Dr.Stephen Covey, in his popular book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People says this, “Next to life itself the power to choose is our greatest gift - the essence of being human is the ability to choose our own thoughts."

Chiropractic care promotes moving right, eating right and thinking right.

Make choices to improve your health and wellness!

 

J. Michael Flynn DC
www.drmikeflynn.com http://www.drmikeflynn.com/

 

 

 
The Fit Life
Spring Issue 2011 - the Fit Life Magazine
 
DR. J. Michael Flynn
 
 
The life we live is often shaped by chance, experiences and events which are directed by the choices we make and the attitudes we embrace. It is encouraging to see a magazine like The Fit Life  receive wide distribution in our community. The information provided is important.  A life of fitness is a goal we should all be striving for everyday. 
 
We should be reading more and watching television less. We should be moving more and sitting less. Statistics tell us that as a society we are overweight, undernourished, dehydrated, highly stressed, overmedicated and plain old out of shape. All of this contributes to one of every six dollars in the U.S. economy being spent on health care. The good news is that you can choose to do something about it.
 
First thing is to decide that you want to live a fit life. Understand fitness is a life-long commitment and will require discipline, persistence and the courage to pick yourself up when you falter. Know that, with repetition, it can become a habit.
 
 
Following these "fit habits" will be of value to you.  Be sure and share them with those who count in your life.
 
* Get in the habit of drinking more water. Staying hydrated is REAL good for you.  It flushes toxins and much more.
 
* Get in the habit of eating and drinking something nutritious  every morning.  No excuses.
 
* Get in the habit of eating fruits and vegetable each day - maybe the best way to protect your  health.
 
* Get in the habit of exercising- this is a must.  Our heart and lungs require exercise.  Walk, dance, run - take aerobic or yoga classes - just get moving.
 
* Get in the habit of getting your rest.  Fitness begins and ends with a good night's rest. Do not sleep on your stomach.
 
* Get in the habit of breathing deeply. Try inhaling, holding and exhaling - each one for four seconds intervals.
 
* Get in the habit of reading labels?  There are some chemicals and other ingredients that you should not be putting in your body. Trans-fats are just one of many. Be informed.
 
* Get in the habit of avoiding substances that are toxic to your body.  Be smart about what chemicals you are ingesting or breathing.
 
* Get in the habit of recognizing that you are in control of what you are thinking about - an attitude of optimism and positive expectation is your choice and fits a healthy lifestyle.
 
* Get in the habit of regular visits to your doctor and dentist.   Consider scheduling to see a chiropractor for healthy living advice. A chiropractic adjustment might be just what you need.
 
If you need support in your fitness quest consider investing in a personal trainer.  I  know a lot of personal trainers and they know their business.  They can help you determine what you need in your personal fitness and the best way to get there. They will also inspire you with goals that you can be proud to reach.
 
 Just never give up until you are fit for life. Today's choices shape tomorrows future. Choose well.  Have the attitide that "if it is to be, it is up to me." 
 
Dr. Flynn regularly speaks on healthy living and is available to visit with your organization. 
 
 

Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be a safe and effective alternative treatment for pain and injury.

Chiropractors perform 95 percent of all adjustments in the world to correct the subluxations, or misalignments, of the vertebrae in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are performed by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to a bone. The goal of any adjustment is to restore the bone to its natural, or original, position. The important thing to remember is the act the adjustment frees—not forces—a vertebra to allow it to find its natural position. This is accomplished by the body's innate intelligence.

Chiropractic adjustments are performed to treat a wide variety of conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain disorders
  • Chronic muscle pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Most musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries
  • Nerve disorders
  • Pain and stiffness in the back, chest, abdomen, neck, hips and shoulders, as well as extremities, such as arms, legs, and feet
  • Sciatica pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash and other traumatic injuries

Adjustments can be performed while sitting, standing, or lying down. Some adjustments involve special instruments or tables.

Some common adjustment techniques include:

  • Instrument adjustments, which involve a spring-loaded device.
  • Lumbar roll, in which the chiropractor applies a firm, yet quick thrust to a misaligned vertebra while the patient lies on his or her side.
  • Motion palpation, a hand technique the chiropractor uses to determine if your vertebrae are properly aligned.
  • Release work, in which the chiropractor uses gentle pressure with the fingers to separate the vertebrae.
  • Table adjustments, which entail lying on a specially designed table that drops when pressure is applied to a specific area. The dropping motion allows more gentle adjustments than some manual adjustments do.
  • Toggle drop, which entails firm pressure applied on a specific area of the spine by using crossed hands.

Chiropractors take many factors—including size, weight, and muscle structure—into consideration when deciding on which adjustment to make. Sometimes, ice, electrical stimulation, or massage therapy (including traction massage) are used prior to a spinal manipulation in order to relax the muscles.

In some cases, it may necessary to perform an adjustment while you are sedated.

Spinal manipulation under anesthesia, which is considered a very safe procedure, is usually reserved for patients with conditions such as chronic neck, back, and joint pain, muscle spasm, shortened muscles, and fibrous adhesions.

Another form of adjustment called craniosacral therapy, or "CST," involves exerting very mild pressure to the body's craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This includes cranium—which is composed of the skull, face and mouth, and the "sacrum," or tailbone.

CST has been shown to provide relief from chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, brain and spinal cord injuries, migraines, chronic fatigue, nervous system disorders, jaw joint problems, and stress disorders. (Conditions such as aneurysm and intracranial hemorrhage prohibit this kind of therapy.)

Adjustments almost always do not involve any pain or discomfort. The important thing for a patient to keep in mind is to remain relaxed, because stiffening up may impede the adjustment process. Popping sounds are sometimes heard during adjustments; these are usually pockets of air being released behind a joint or other bony structure.

Adjustments can leave you with a greater sense of well-being, calm, and most importantly, on the road to a life without pain. Following an adjustment, some patients experience mild aching or soreness in their spinal joints or muscles, which can usually be relieved by an ice or heat pack.

Adjustments have been shown to:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Increase pain tolerance levels
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase the body's secretion of "good" chemicals, such as melatonin and endorphins
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce tension and muscle pressure