Misconceptions about Chiropractic

3 misconceptions addressed here:

Does chiropractic hurt?
1) Chiropractic is one of the safest health care professions out there, PERIOD! Ask the malpractice insurance carriers, what’s the cost relative to other fields. The best metric to observe, is that Chiropractic premiums are so low, due to the fact occurrence of incidence is so low with Chiropractic. Chiropractors treat newborns to geriatrics patients safely.

Why should you go if you are feeling well?
2) You choose your goals. If pain relief is it, then when you achieve that goal, you are discharged and return someday when things flare up again. Otherwise, some people opt to maintain their spine and stay functioning well, as they do their teeth with a dentist, or their muscles at a gym. The patient must determine their own goals!

What if my MD says not to go to a Chiropractor?
3) MDs are integrating more with Chiropractors then ever before, although more co-management is definitely needed. It’s shocking when patients present to us after they have tried everything else as a last resort, when conservative Chiropractic should have been their first option. But ultimately, Chiropractors are portal of entry physicians that do not need “permission” to be seen. Asking your general physician to see if you should go to a Chiropractor for your spine, is like asking a Chiropractor if you should have your primary doctor listen to your lungs during an exam. We each have our specialty.

Reference our 3 doctors discuss this topic in a video link below:

Addressing common MISCONCEPTIONS about Chiropactic!

Posted by Tucker Chiropractic Center on Monday, 24 April 2017

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Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center voted Best of Langhorne 2017

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Tucker Chiropractic Center Receives 2017 Best of Langhorne Award

Langhorne Award Program Honors the Achievement

LANGHORNE March 24, 2017 — Tucker Chiropractic Center has been selected for the 2017 Best of Langhorne Award in the Chiropractors category by the Langhorne Award Program.

Each year, the Langhorne Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Langhorne area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Langhorne Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Langhorne Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Langhorne Award Program

The Langhorne Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Langhorne area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Langhorne Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Chiropractic and Infertility

Many couples deal with the emotional torment of infertility. The number of women who have an impaired ability to get pregnant, seems to increase every year. According to the CDC, there are over 7 million women aged 15-44 with the inability to get pregnant. Forbes reports the national average for IVF, (in vitro fertilization) is around $15,000. Many people are also seeking safe options outside of conventional medicine, not just due to the cost, but for the desire of a less chemical approach. One of the reasons for this, is that the medications prescribed can have detrimental long term side effects, including hormonal imbalances. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health reported in several publications (Anderson et al., 2003; Shumaker et al., 2003; Rapp et al., 2003;Wassertheilsmoller et al., 2003) found that for the 16,608 women in the study who took a combination of estrogen and progesterone, the risk of breast cancer increased by 26%, heart attack by 24% and stroke by 41%.

Chiropractic care is often sought out for various health problems as a natural alternative. Since the spine houses the nervous system, which controls and coordinates all function, its is imperative to have proper spinal alignment. The lumbar spine nerve roots actually innervate the reproductive organs. In a case report in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, ‘Healthy Pregnancy In a Previously Infertile Patient’- Dr Shelley states, “Spinal movement contributes to the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Restrictions of spinal movement alter the flow of CSF and may impact the hypothalamus and/or pituitary gland. These glands are responsible for reproducing hormones such as follicle-stimulating hormone and lutenizing hormone which are vital to reproductive function.”

Although there are many variables for infertility, from toxins, to stress and many that are still unknown, Chiropractic can be a safe treatment consideration to help increase neurological function. Chiropractic care is not a direct cure for infertility, but there have been many case studies, where women with low back dysfunction report not just improvement after a course of care with their back, but incidentally report also being pregnant. Consider having a Chiropractic check up to see if you qualify for care. The worst thing that could happen is that you may have a healthier spine.

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Pain Killer Epidemic-Seek a safer alternative-Chiropractic Care

PAIN KILLER EPIDEMIC

Running a Chiropractic & Wellness center, we get to see a lot of patients presenting with back pain, in conjunction with addiction issues. Many of these patients were not treating the root cause of the structural issues to start with, rather masking them with pain killers. They are getting these drugs too easily from their physicians. In turn when the doctor stops prescribing them, the damage is done. The patient may be hooked, yet still has the same underlying cause of their pain present. On top of that, they often move on to heroin, as it is usually easier to get and cheaper to buy. Four out of five new heroin users started with prescription painkillers. It’s frustrating as a natural health care provider that many of the times, safer options were not recommended, such as Chiropractic, Massage, Home Exercises and so on.
America is less than 5% of the worlds population, however consumes around 80% of the entire worlds supply of painkillers. Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (over six out of ten) involve an opioid. The CDC reports; since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. Deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999.
Employers also are losing production. In 2011, more than 25% of workers compensation prescription drug claim costs were for opioids. Even when driving today, its not just drunk drivers to look out for, in 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed 10 million people reported driving while on drugs.

A CNBC reports showed, “Almost half of all Americans personally know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers.” Perhaps even more concerning is that most people who have abused prescription painkillers reported getting them from friends or relatives. Many don’t know that sharing opioids is a felony.

Chiropractic philosophy has advocated for improving function, not solely masking pain signals. This concept of wellness, not sickness care is greatly overlooked in health care, which has led to an epidemic!

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Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center voted Best of Langhorne 2016

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Tucker Chiropractic Center Receives 2016 Best of Langhorne Award

Langhorne Award Program Honors the Achievement

LANGHORNE March 1, 2016 — Tucker Chiropractic Center has been selected for the 2016 Best of Langhorne Award in the Chiropractors category by the Langhorne Award Program.

Each year, the Langhorne Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Langhorne area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Langhorne Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Langhorne Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Langhorne Award Program

The Langhorne Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Langhorne area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Langhorne Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center Nominated As 10 Best In Pennsylvania

Dr. David Tucker Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2016 AIOC’S 10 Best in Pennsylvania For Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Chiropractors has recognized the exceptional performance of Pennsylvania’s Chiropractor Dr. David Tucker as 2016 10 Best Chiropractors for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Chiropractors is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Chiropractors in each state. Practitioners who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOC’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOC’s independent evaluation. AIOC’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the practitioner selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves practitioners’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be a practitioner’s top priority, AIOC places the utmost emphasis on selecting practitioners who have achieved significant success in the field of Chiropractic without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on practitioners who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Dr. David Tucker on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a 2016 AIOC Member.

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Acid Reflux-Natural Treatment

Acid Reflux medications have been increasing in sales over the years however have been linked to many problems. Millions of people now take prilosec or nexium for even mild heartburn. These proton pump inhibitors(PPI) have been linked to a rising risk for a number of serious health issues, such as chronic kidney disease, alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia, dementia, osteoporosis, hip fractures, heart disease, and heart attacks. All of these severe risks while the solution is sometimes more simple than one might think.  If someone is eating highly processed foods there can be an increase in acid production, but adding chemicals such as PPI drugs isn’t the healthiest long term solution.

Unfortunately once someone goes on these drugs they tend to be put on forever.  Often the patient isn’t aware of the side effects and thinks if the symptoms are better it gives them a continued excuse to eat poorly.  Now for some people is may not be diet induced.  Stress can be a factor and often determine the state of hormone production may be a consideration.  Now for others it may be a physical problem.  Too often the nervous system is overlooked.  If there is nerve irritation in the midback which controls the flow of nerve supply to the stomach, there may be a challenge in the organ function neurologically. In this case, things like injuries, bad posture, shoulder pain, may all be contributing factors that there is a nerve issue.  Here is where a physical solution like Chiropractic care may be the answer.  Too often in our society people are strictly presented chemical treatments.  But in many cases there are physical obstructions that may resolve organ issues like Acid Reflux.  If someone has been dealing with unresolving stomach challenges, maybe its not a lack of drugs in your system causing it.

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Proper Sleeping and Pillow Position

When it comes to patients waking up with pain, quite often it may be due to poor sleeping position. Even if the patient has a neck problem that requires treatment, laying misaligned for hours each night can be a constant exacerbating factor. Typically these patient’s wake up with more pain then they do going to bed. There are 3 types of sleeping position: side, back or belly. Each has there own distinct pros and cons as one person may snore and the other may not. However, from a structural standpoint belly sleeping causes too much rotation to the neck and should be avoided. As common as this position is, and as much as some people enjoy laying on there stomach it should be avoided to prevent neck pain.

The next position is side lying, where ideally ones head should be level with their sternum (chest plate). If the pillow is too tall the head will be propped up too high. If the pillow is too small in this position the head will drop down below neutral. In this case many people feel the need to stick their arms under their head for support, only to find they wake up with numbness or tingling in the their hands due to compressing the nerve bundles in that position. Side sleeping should be a customized position as everyone’s shoulder depth varies. There is no generic pillow for this, but something as simple as sticking a towel under the pillow if its too small may get it to the appropriate level.

Quite often our patients take pictures of their pillow position relative to their heads and the doctors will assess if it looks good or not. The last position is back sleeping where you would not want a big pillow pushing your head forward. It may feel ok watching tv for a short period of time, but wouldn’t be a good way to sleep in that position throughout the night. Generally smaller pillows do well here or even more ideally a cervical pillow that allows for the contour of the head to promote the natural curve of their neck. There are a lot of factors to preventing neck and back pain, but the initial starting point should be a consultation to review their history and even sleeping position with a Chiropractor!

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Disease and Inflammation

Most health problems, including obesity, ADD/ADHD, nerve and joint pain, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer are all rooted in inflammation, which must be properly managed if you want to be healed. 

 

In 2004, Time Magazine cover article named, Inflammation: The Silent Killer, reported that there was a general consensus among doctors that Inflammation is the underlying cause of chronic disease and chronic diseases are what makes up about 90% of doctor’s visits.

Most people think of inflammation as bumping their elbow against a wall and have immediate swelling, but that is solely an acute injury when many forms of inflammation are chronic due to repetitive physical injuries, stress or toxicity.  Although we need inflammation to heal, but we also need anti-inflammatory compounds to be present when there is too much inflammation to create balance.  Both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory compounds come from fat.  There are good fats and bad fats.  The pro inflammatory compounds come from Omega-6 fatty acids, while Omega-3 fatty acids are precursors to anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.  Research states it is ideal to have a 1-to-1 ratio to keep things in balance.  However in America today our diets and lifestyle are are about 20:1 in favor of Omega-6 dominance per a Feb. 2016 report in Chiropractic Economics.

The good news is that one can correct this ratio and decrease these inflammatory chemicals.  Increasing greens, while decreasing sugars and chemicals, as well as supplementing with vitamins you can create a better balance of good vs. bad fats.  Some of the top supplements we recommend to combat inflammation are Omega-3’s, Curcumin, OPC and Resveratrol.  You can reference the following link for more information on these supplements, as well as order these top grade products.

https://www.nutrametrix.com/doctortucker/??refEmail=&switchPrdCountry=USA

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Technology and Neck Pain

Each day patients present to our office attached to their smart phones.  Texting in the waiting area, asking to take a break to text during their consultation, or even texting mid treatment.  The dependency has become so strong, it would be hard to talk someone out of the frequency of usage however the looking down constantly needs to be modified.  This train from technology has become cited in many articles and news reports, dubbing the condition “Text Neck”.

Once you wake up, you look down at your phone to turn off the alarm, then check your text messages, then possibly email or facebook feed and so forth.  This can happen throughout the day very frequently.  According to a Tecmark study, the average person looks at a smartphone 221 times a day for a total of 3-4 hours.  This is concerning to doctors, particularly Chiropractors as the average person will spend almost 1,200 hours , around 50 days, staring down at a screen per year.

This amount of repetitive motion looking down must create strain to the neck.  A study in 2011 in Applied Ergonomics showed a relationship between cell phone use and neck pain.  Another study in 2012 focused on the impact this usage would have on posture.  This constant hunching will not just cause pain but increase likelihood of joint decay over time.  The solutions to “text neck” should include frequent change in positioning of the neck, elevating the hands and phone when possible, and using auto text and voice dictation options.  Ask your Chiropractor to assess the curve in your neck to see if the normal structure of the spine has begun to change.

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