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The History of Chiropractic Care

file7021332343844Although Chiropractic Care may seem like a newer concept to some, it has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Clear back in 1500 BC, spinal manipulation was recorded as being used in China and Greece. Back in the 400’s (BC) a Greek physician wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

Fast forward to 1895, when Chiropractic Care began growing as a medical practice in the United States and Daniel David Palmer developed the practice and began the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1897. This type of medical care continued to grow throughout the twentieth century and became recognized in all 50 states as a legal medical practice.

This non-invasive medical practice has become a source of medical savings. By being able to manage pain, and strengthen the immune system (see our blog: Chiropractic Care and Your Immune System) doctors specializing in chiropractic care have been estimated to save hundreds of millions of dollars annually in disability and other health care costs.

Today, Chiropractors, or doctors who practice Chiropractic Care, go through a strenuous training process and chiropractic practices have been linked to helping much more than pain. Although many do use Chiropractors for pain including headaches, back, joint and neck pain, there is now a great deal of research that links Chiropractic care to helping other issues such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, sprains and strains and even health issues such as allergies, asthma, digestive issues, and more!

At Fletcher Chiropractic, we believe in the medical history and research behind Chiropractic Care because we’ve seen it work first hand. We are overjoyed every time we are able to help one of our patients overcome a health issue whether it is pain related or some other health concern. We strive to better the overall health of our patients and can help you better understand how and why we are able to do so. Please give us a call to set up a consultation. We would love to share with you more about how we can help you with your pain and health concerns!

Source: ACA

“Super Foods” – Eating Healthier in 2015

file1281259008488-webI know we’ve talked about a few ways to start the new year off right when it comes to your exercise and diet, but many don’t understand what foods are worst for you and what foods are best. Today, we want to talk about some of the best foods you can put into your body and why.

Eggs
We know that there have been times throughout history where eggs have gotten a bad wrap. But they’re actually a great source of protein and contain 12 vitamins and minerals that you need as a part of your daily diet. Yes, you should watch how many eggs you eat due to cholesterol (everything in moderation, remember) but studies have actually shown that if you eat eggs for breakfast, you are less likely to be driven to take in quite as many calories throughout the rest of the day.

Salmon
Another good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acid (the good fats), salmon is another great food we’re putting on our “super food” list. This fish dish is low in calories and saturated fat, but high in many other minerals your body needs to function. Where we go wrong with this dish is the way we cook it. Make sure not to douse it in a lot of butter, or other sauces that are full of the “bad fats”. Try lemon juice, or grilling it and topping it with veggies or even a mango salsa. (Mmm… yum… Is it lunch time yet?)

Yogurt
This is a great source of calcium for those who do not get enough of that in their diet and a great source of probiotics, which is a good bacteria that can actually help your body’s digestive system. If you’re lactose sensitive and you haven’t tried yogurt, talk to your doctor, but they might recommend that you give yogurt a try, as it tends to be a little easier on the stomach. And if you don’t like yogurt, try drinking skim milk. It has very similar qualities with low calories.

Nuts
High in protein and fiber and full of great vitamins, minerals and fats that are good for your heart, nuts are a great snack for in between meals. Again, we remind you, though, everything in moderation. Grab a small handful, not a bowl full.

Broccoli
Mmm… those great green veggies. We all know they’re good for us, but why is broccoli the one that made our list? Because it can be served many different ways with many different dishes and it’s not a seasonal food – it’s easy to find great broccoli all year round. This vegetable, along with all the other great green vegetables out there, is best eaten raw, but can be cooked in healthy ways, just like the salmon (or with the salmon… however you prefer). Steamed, broiled, with lemon juice, some spices… there are many ways to prepare this veggie and get a delicious yet healthy side to your meal. (It’s also a great snack for in between meals! Try it with a little Greek Yogurt dip to balance your snack!)

Well, there you have it. Some of the best choices you can make in your diet plan this year. There are many, many other foods out there that are GREAT for you and we will continue to talk about those throughout the year, so keep an eye on our blog for more information on some of the best (and worst) types of food for your meal plans! And don’t forget, at Fletcher Chiropractic, we do offer nutrition services and we can help you find a diet that is just right for you! Call today to schedule a consultation!

Source: WebMD

Why I Became a Chiropractor- Dr. Curtis Fletcher

LOGO-Fletcher-ChiroWith Valentine’s Day approaching fast,  I thought I would write from the heart.  I became a chiropractor for personal reasons as is the same story for other chiropractors I know, including my wife, so I wanted to tell my story today. When I was younger, I always knew my parents and grandparents went to the chiropractor but I had no clue what they did while they were there.  My first personal experience with chiropractic happened when I was about 15 years old.  I was playing high school sports and started to have low back pain. You didn’t need to be a doctor to see that my pelvis was uneven and I walked slightly weird. I went to one of the chiropractors in my home town and with exam and x-rays, showed me how my pelvis was un-level. He then treated me with adjustments. I got better quickly and I was amazed how much it helped and became interested in what chiropractic was.

Leap frog a few years, I was in undergraduate college and had to choose someone to do an internship with a health care professional for class.  The first one that came to mind was my hometown chiropractor who helped me years earlier.  That internship basically reaffirmed my interest in chiropractic and what it does for people. I loved meeting all the different people and watching how the chiropractor helped so many people and different conditions.   After my internship, I decided I would apply to Cleveland University- Chiropractic College in Kansas City.  I was so excited when I was accepted in May 2009.

When I got there, I had no idea about all the different classes you have to take.  Everything from cadaver labs for learning anatomy to nutrition classes to business classes. We literally took 30 plus credit hours a trimester and every anatomy/physiology class I had heard of.  We became masters of learning of what goes where and bio-mechanical movements to learning ways to treat medical issues besides the bio-mechanical ones. I was given great opportunities to help people in all walks of life, from the school clinic to the free clinic in KCMO to my preceptor office here in Nebraska and I totally loved it. I get to help people get out of pain but also start new healthier habits through education and lifestyle choices.

As I graduated and got out on my own with my wife, Dr. Kadi, I learned that you have to sometimes be a jack of all trades when starting your own practice, teaching people what it is you do, and who you are. Yes, I am a doctor of chiropractor after 8 years of school but I am also the cleaner, the cook, the secretary, and sometimes the mean guy who has to tell it to you straight.  However, I love what I do because there is never a dull moment and everyday is different.  I get to see people get better everyday and regain their lives and activities pain-free.  However, sometimes it is aggravating that many people still don’t know what chiropractic can do or they think it is a little taboo/voodoo, but it really isn’t.  Ask me any day of the week,  I can show you research, tell you what we do, and what I don’t do.  Chiropractic is about correcting the muscles and joints of the body to allow your body to heal itself.  It is  not a quick fix sometimes but it depends on what condition you have and how you react to treatment. Everyone is different which that is the great thing about what I do because everyday is not the same.   I can usually help someone whatever the condition they are going through or at least point them in the right direction.   Progress is progress, even if it is slower at times.

So this is a little about my story and why I am a chiropractor.  I enjoy helping people discover a pain free and improved healthier life.  At Fletcher Chiropractic, we look at you as a whole, using chiropractic, exercise, muscle therapy, nutrition, and acupuncture.  This will lead to you getting better, learning about what we are doing through education, and to keep you in motion.   Give us a call if you think we can be of some help and if you have any questions. (402) 261-5766

 

 

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I am very active but hampered by lower back pain.  It prohibited me from participating in firefighter training.Following Treatment:  I am back to doing everything I love without the restriction of pain. Fletcher Chiropractic taught ...
I was in a mental fog.  I couldn't think or concentrate and was not doing well.Following acupuncture treatment: I am much better. My mind is clear and my work performance has improved. Julie A.
Being from a small town, I love mom and pop shops.  I like the personal level and hands-on approach that Fletcher Chiropractic takes when it comes to chiropractic care. Fletcher Chiropractic was very personable and ...
I stopped doing things I enjoyed, like working out.  I felt limited in my activities and sleeping was becoming an issue with my neck pain.Following treatment: Its so much better. I can workout, take long ...
Life was very painful.  I never felt good and medications really have not helped.Following Treatment: I am much improved but I still recognize my limitations and I need to make more lifestyle changes to make ...
I experienced chronic pain in my right foot from heel spurs.  Orthotics were not enough to correct the problem.  After 6 months of not sleeping well and associated problems of fatigue, I sought help at ...
Life was good but my condition was bad.  I lead a very active lifestyle with weightlifting, judo, etc and along with my job, the pressure on my back was incredible.  My movement was restricted and ...
Working with Dr. Kadi has changed my life. Before going to her, I was stiff and had pain in my neck, back, hips, legs and feet.Following Treatment: Working problem areas and doing exercises she has ...
My pain has been with me since 1996 and my feet and legs were totally painful.  Walking is like walking on glass or nails and then the burning pain in my toes would start.Following acupuncture ...
Life was manageable.  As a runner, I was able to run without issue, but not without tightness and occasional pain.  Throughout the day, perhaps 2-3 days a week, my knee, calf, and shin experienced significant ...
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