Category Archives for "Chiropractic"

Opioid Addiction

The extent of the opioid addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is appalling, causing at least seven victims to die everyday from drug overdoses. There were over 2500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014.

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study showed that fatal drug overdoses in Pennsylvania increased 14 fold, from 60 million grams – 126 million grams between 1979 and 2014.

Additionally the highest rates of drug overdose deaths were found in counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, those surrounding Philadelphia and in the Northeast near Scranton.

Some estimates are that 80% of current heroin users switched to heroin when prescription opioids became too expensive or too difficult to procure.

In mid February 2016 modern Healthcare took a closer look at the root of the country’s opioid abuse problem and trace it back to 1996 when Purdue Pharma began promoting a new drug to fight pain called Oxycontin. Early on, the medication was billed as being safe because it would slowly release narcotic ingredients, making it unlikely to become addictive.

Nearly Ten Years Later in 2007 Purdue would plead guilty in federal court to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors, and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction as well as its potential to be abused.

We need physicians to consider conservative measures first before resorting to prescribing addictive drugs.

Chiropractic has been seen for many years as a suscessful nonpharmalogical way of restoring health.  Many chiropractic studies show high effectiveness and patient satisfaction with the lowest malpractice rates among most healthcare practitioners.

More recently, the Ohio State Attorney General filed a lawsuit at the end of May 2017 against the big drug companies allegedly arguing that these companies knew about, advertised and took advantage of addiction as part of their planned marketing of these drugs to create huge profits… knowing that addicts would drive the money coming in.  

Ibuprofen Safety Issues

In the March 15th 2017 article in Time Magazine titled Common Pain Meds are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems, the author speaks of a new study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy that looked at the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs. It was found that 3376 people who suffered from heart attacks head taking NSAIDs at least 30 days before the event. It was found that by prescribing NSAIDs there was an increase risk of cardiac arrest by 31%.

Even the use of a common drug such as NSAIDs can have major health implications. More conservative measures should be taken before venturing down the path of medication or surgical intervention.

Chiropractic Care is a much more conservative measure to reduce pain. There are numerous studies pointing to the cost effectiveness and safety of Chiropractic Care. One such study from the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics from May 2007 suggest there is a decreased cost and utilization of Medical Services when Chiropractic Care is initiated first. It was demonstrated that there was a decrease of Hospital admissions by 60%, hospital stays by 59% comma and outpatient surgeries and procedures by 62%. It is also notable there was a decrease of in the costs related to the usage of Pharmaceuticals by 85%.

It is worth noting that the study regarding the use of NSAIDs noted the average treatment of 13 to 29 days. The author of the study notes that "previous Studies have observed enhanced cardiovascular risk associated with less than 30 days of treatment with NSAIDs."

So how much is too much? My professional opinion is any amount is too much because everybody responds differently and in fact by taking any pain medication we are not addressing the underlying issue, rather turning off the alarm. However the author of the research article suggest taking no more than 500 milligrams of Naproxen or 1200 milligrams of ibuprofen per day, and also suggested that these drugs should not be sold in supermarkets or convenience stores where there is no professional to advise them on the proper use. But this is a current recommendation by one individual. As has happened with other studies these recommendations can be reversed or changed.

Address the underlying issue first before simply blocking pain. The premise of Chiropractic Care is that the body is a self-healing system. We can observe the body is quite smart in the fact that when in the mother's womb the fetus develops without any assistance from the outside. The fetus only needs to be connected to the mother provide nutrients, oxygen, and to remove waste. However there is what we would describe as an innate intelligence or wisdom that runs the body. Without this life force we would not exist. Doctors of Chiropractic have acknowledge this since our inception. We also recognize that the nervous system is the master controlling system of the body. And it has also been observed through medical research that pressure upon a nerve root exiting the spine may lead to pathology or disease in the body. It is also understood that by reducing the pressure on the nerve root or roots exiting the spine communication is enhanced between brain and body as well as from body to brain.

Doctors of Chiropractic are the only Healthcare professionals trained for the detection and correction all of this spinal nerve root pressure called vertebral subluxation. For help in finding a local licensed Doctor of Chiropractic please feel free to contact our office for guidance.

Again, take conservative measures before more aggressive or risky treatments and utilize a safe and effective method of restoring health -Chiropractic is your answer.

Telemetry for the Spine

Often I am asked is there a stress on my spine and nervous system how come I don’t feel it? The answer to that is because only approximately 10% of the nerve fibers in your body are designed for the perception of pain. But that does not make it any less easy in understanding what type of self-care or self check one can do to learn a little bit more about the nature of the stress on one’s spine and nervous system. 

When I was in chiropractic school we used to joke about the idea saying “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a button or an indicator on one’s forehead that said tilt” to alert a person when they look in the mirror in the morning that they have spinal tension or what we call vertebral subluxation. What we need is some form of telemetry, an indicator to us on the outside of what’s happening on the inside. We do have scanning technology in our office called the Insight millennium which does assess the spine and nervous system for various forms of stress that can result in ill health. However that is not something one can use at home or when out of the office. There are certain forms of biofeedback to use so one can evaluate their spine to look at a few specific markers. I went over that on a previous blog called the DIY Spinal Exam

Think about it, if there was a spaceship that NASA was sending into space it would have mechanisms of assessing on the ground. I’m sure that NASCAR has the same thing for their cars to make sure they are functioning properly. It is impractical to have something like that so I said fine that would be hooked up to one’s body as there are to machines.

So the short of it is that you should look at your range of motion. Turn your head left and right, laterally flex your head left and right, and flex your head forward and back. If you feel any stress or discomfort even slight tension on one side versus the other you may be in need of a spinal evaluation. This really mean that you will need to be adjusted. However it is one component to evaluation that we might do and if you do feel discomfort I would urge you to have your spine checked by a license chiropractor.

In fact if you want to help friend or family member you can do this assessment with them where you can visually see possibly the deficiency movement. This also can be done for the low back by bending forward, backwards, and side to side.

If you have any questions on how to do this please feel free to respond to this blog or to contact me directly at 610-935-5900.

The world’s fastest man

Winners use chiropractic to be the best they can be.  Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man won the gold medal in the 100-meter during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Bolt was quoted as saying  “I worked hard over the years. I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it.”  what uses Chiropractic not only to bounce back more quickly from injuries, but also to enhance his performance while healthy. “As long as I’m in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure.”

Radio Interview

Dr. Stephanie Mills

In July 2016 I was in a radio interview on New Hampshire radio station 107.7 “The Pulse” WTPL-FM ( by former Ms. America (2014-15), Dr. Stephanie Mills who is  also a doctor of chiropractic.  Dr. Mills, Clinic Director at Crossroads Chiropractic in New Hampshire, and I  spoke on a myriad of topics which I believe you will find very interesting.  So sit back and enjoy a Half Hour of Health.


Usain Bolt’s Olympic Secret

Tonight is the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and all the talk is about one man breaking records in track and Field.
The fastest man who has ever lived is entering his last Olympics. His goal is to win three more medals. He has never lost a 100 meter final at the Olympics or world Championships. This consistency is amazing given the extreme demands of his sport. What’s his secret?

He sees a #chiropractor  to make sure everything is in alignment before he blasts off the line. In interviews he reports a history of scoliosis (or curvature of the spine). With chiropractic, proper training and an intense desire to win he has dominated a very competitive sport for years. Usain Bolt says “When I was younger, the #scoliosis   wasn’t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine was really curved bad. The early part of my career, when we didn’t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year. I’ve worked hard over the years. I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it. As long as I’m in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure.”

Sprinters get injured frequently. Because of the ballistic forces involved in their sport, they tear muscles and tend to wrench their spines out of place. It’s a young man’s sport. Good sprinters may last a year or two before they reach their peak and leave sprinting forever. Mr. Bolt is almost 30. He’s heading for his last Olympics. He’s beating the odds and competing at the highest levels with chiropractic!

If your “track record” is not as good as Mr. Bolt’s, or you’d just like to be and stay healthy, call your family chiropractor and schedule a wellness checkup.

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DIY Spine Exam

I know spinal  hygiene can be confusing and that chiropractic care is also often a pool of misinformation in the public eye.  It is for this reason I created this brief video to show you a hands on way to assess spinal motion and get a sense if you would need a chiropractor.

If you notice restriction or discomfort, I urge you not to wait.  However, the absence of pain or the lack of awareness or decreased motion doesn’t necessarily mean your spine is fine.  It takes a doctor of chiropractic to properly assess the functional state of your spine.

How it done in our practice:

First, we review your health history.  Then we have a consultation, followed by a comprehensive examination if warranted.  The examination consists of the following:

  • Posture
  • Range of motion
  • Specific orthopedic and neurological tests if needed
  • Static and motion palpation of your spine
  • A chiropractic neuro-spinal assessment assessing for vertebral subluxation
  • State of the art computerized technological spinal assessment using the Insight Millenniu

I hope you gained some value from watching the video above.

Neuro Immune Connection

David Felton, MD, Ph.D is Professor of neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He and his wife, Suzanne Felton, Ph.D, have discovered nerve fibers that physically link the nervous system and the immune system. Dr. Felton was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation prize Fellowship in 1983 and is associated of the journal brain, behavior and immunity.

What you see below is taken from the book Healing and the Mind.




Dr. Felton States that by finding nerve fibers running through the spleen it suggest that the nerves might influence the immune system. This is something that we see in practice every day at Snyder Family Chiropractic when reducing stress on the neuro spinal systems people receiving care get sick less frequently.

Spinal Adjusting and the Brain

Manipulation of Dysfunctional Spinal Joints Affects Sensorimotor Integration in the Prefrontal Cortex: A Brain Source Localization Study. – PubMed – NCBI

Study Conclusion. “A single session of spinal manipulation of dysfunctional segments in subclinical pain patients alters somatosensory processing at the cortical level, particularly within the prefrontal cortex.”

Basically means adjusting positively impacts brain to body signaling.

Chiropractic spinal Corrections not only effect pain patterns positively but influences brain wave integration positively as well.

This could be one reason why children with ADHD and other behavioral problems benefit greatly from a conservative Safe Care.

Adults, as well who suffer from anxiety and depression benefit from natural methods of healing through Chiropractic Care.

We’ve seen these consistent results through the years of practice.

Be glad if you’re getting adjusted!

Seniors Musculoskeletal Recovery

Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation in Medicare Part B beneficiaries aged 66 to 99 years. – PubMed – NCBI


Seniors that received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment when compared to the subjects that met with their primary physician as a result of a neuromusculoskeletal complaint.

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