Faulty Breathing Patterns and Pain

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 1. August 2014 09:03
The diaphragm is large muscle used mostly for inspiration and expiration. Respiration consists of the diaphragm lowering and rising, pulling air in and pushing air out. Most of the movement should be in the belly and not in the chest. If the diaphragm is not functioning correctly the body ... [More]

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Movement is More Important to Health than you may Realize

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 28. July 2014 09:55
Today's society has replaced running, riding bikes, and playing basketball with watching TV and playing video games. Though there is definitely a time for relaxation, there is also most definitely a time to get up and move. A lack of motion leads to decay and destruction. There are examples of this ... [More]

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Why X-Rays?

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 25. July 2014 09:33
Why do you need to take x-rays?  I have been to places in the past and they didn’t take x-rays.  The treatments went great and I always felt better afterwards. Well… was it really quality care? Scientific research shows that there are many variable changes between “norma... [More]

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A Reversed Cervical Curve may be Causing your Headaches

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 21. July 2014 06:09
A normal, healthy cervical spine is equipped with alordotic curve, or a forward curve when viewed from the side. Over the years poor posture or a traumatic event, such as a car accident, may cause the curve to become straight or even reverse. This reversal makes the muscles of the neck that are desi... [More]

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 18. July 2014 12:04
During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through many changes both physically and physiologically.  These changes are all made to enhance in the development of the young child,however, some of these changes also add stress to the woman’s spine and surroundi... [More]

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Tingling in your fingers is not always Carpal Tunnel

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 15. July 2014 12:06
Today a patient came to me complaining of tingling in her thumb and pointer finger. The tingling would come and go, but she noticed it was worse when she shrugged her shoulders or lifted her arm above her head. I palpated the bones in her neck and found a misalignment at C6, one of the last bones in... [More]

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Chiropractic and the Lower Extremities

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 11. July 2014 14:35
Historically, when people think about chiropractic care, they think of the lower back and spinal manipulation. A recent article published in a peer reviewed, medically indexed journal stated that most chiropractors routinely diagnose and treat arm and leg conditions. Combining exercise with motion i... [More]

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Chiropractic, Disc Injury and Patient Satisfaction

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 5. July 2014 13:03
It is critical to properly diagnosis a disc herniation prior to any treatment plan.  In a current paper by Daffner, Hymanson, & Wang (2010), the authors state, "Lumbar discectomy is one of the most common spine surgical procedures.  With the exception of true emergencies (eg, cauda equ... [More]

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Integrative Approach to Work Injuries

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 28. June 2014 09:45
An approach to patient care that is focused on return to work and scientific evidence is gaining more and more support in the medical arena. The authors report, “The study demonstrated positive effects of including chiropractic services in integrative care when treating compensable neck a... [More]

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Decreased Muscle Spasm with Chiropractic Adjustment

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 27. June 2014 09:15
There have been many discussions regarding the effects of spinal manipulation and the short and long term benefits of a chiropractic adjustment. One of the most immediate is a reduction in pain and in muscle spasm.  A recent study (2005) showed that muscle spasms along the spinal column are red... [More]

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