The Flu and Chiropractic

Don’t forget Chiropractic in your Flu prevention!


There is so much going in with the flu, and so many poeple getting it. The bottom line is get your immune system strong and keep it there.  This article will give you a few hints you may already know, and information on a couple studies showing chiropratic care will increase you immune function.  We welcome you to our office when you are sick, i have seen numerous cases get well sooner than their friends because they came in and got adjusted.


Don’t leave the children out. If you are worried about manual adjustment to them, remember i also use an adjusting instrument that is so gentle they hardly know anything has happened!


Here are some tips:1811635


  • Get adequate Vitamin D supplementation.
  • Avoid sugar. Sugar feeds the bacteria and virus!
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Eat natural, non-GMO, whole foods.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Support yourself during stressful times. This may be naps, taking supplements like Kara mentioned in previous article, drink lots,lots of water.
  • Have your spine checked and get adjusted as needed.


 This comes from an article in the Huffington Post, here is a link to the entire article.



One of the most important studies was performed by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. It showed the positive effect that chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health.


Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases. His initial three-year study was of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more. The chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those people who had not received chiropractic care, and they had 400% greater immune  competence than those people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not appear to diminish with age. Dr. Pero stated:

When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group.


Another study from Patricia Brennan, Ph.D., leading a team of researchers, conducted a study that found improved immune response in her test subjects following chiropractic treatment. The study specifically demonstrated the “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes were enhanced in adults that had been adjusted by chiropractors.”


The immune system is affected by the nerve system through the connections with the endocrine and the autonomic nervous system. And chiropractic care improves the function of the nerve system through improving the movement of the spinal bones that encase and protect the spinal cord


1622571Headaches take on so many forms and can be in any area of the head, and almost any time of the day. But broken down into parts it tells a story to me. Typically morning headaches that are in the forehead are spinally related to the low neck or upper thoracic spine. Afternoon headaches that are on the sides of the head and/or the upper neck are spinally related to the upper cervical spine.

However they are never that simple. With utilizing the Koren Specific Technique we can test the body for other factors. Those factors can be specific foods you are reacting to. Foods can be one aspect of diet, but the function of the intestines or stomach in processing those foods can be equally important. We can test for that also and show you the supplements that can heal and make the intestines or stomach function at a higher level.

Emotions play a significant roll in certain headaches. But for those with emotional components, unless dealt with, headaches continue. With Koren Specific Technique we can test and using the arthrostim gently tap on the cranial bones and have your body to release its connection to those emotions. Usually with very little trauma and not having to re-live the experience again.

With Koren Specific Technique I use a form of muscle testing to ask your body what to adjust. I typically ask if the headache is spinally related, if it is, it tells me what vertebra to adjust. Once all spinally related problems are corrected with the arthrostim, the next question is there a nutritional component to the headache. We test until we find the problem. Then we ask your body if there is a dysfunction in an organ that is leading to headaches. Again we find it and test for the nutrition needed to balance that organ system out. We then ask again if there are any emotional components leading to these headaches. And is so we again ask if there is a spot in the body we can adjust with the arthrostim to gently release the emotion. All these areas are equally important to your complete recovery of your Headaches.

Emotions and Pain

4312652Think about the times you are going through very stressful times in your life, not only is the stress mentally taxing, but we don’t feel well physically either. I often have patients come in all wound up over something and I have to treat their emotions to calm down their systems. It helps me read the other physical things I need to deal with, but they leave with not only a little pain relief, but calmness that they appreciate.

With the Koren Specific technique we can find the emotional triggers or even store houses within the body and get you to release the emotions instead of holding onto them. Holding on to emotions slow down the healing process, in fact often makes people sick by wearing out the immune system. We can hold emotions in any part of the body, I have seen anger stored in the low back muscles causing them to be tight. I have seen frustrations stored in upper back muscles. Again by releasing the emotion in the muscle we have a greater chance of eliminating that pain. The more obvious areas are stresses held in the shoulders, or stomach.

Most people aren’t aware of the emotions stored in their body until I tell them I found a particular emotion in this part. They then state they are aware of where it came from. And it doesn’t have to be something going on right now. Many emotions were set in the body during childhood, either way they are easily released with Koren Specific Technique!

Koren Specific Technique

All chiropractors, of whatever persuasion, do three things:

  1. They detect subluxations, the misalignments or dysfunctions which compromise the nervous system.
  2. They determine how the subluxations need to be corrected.
  3. They adjust the subluxations, whether it be by hand or instrument

Koren Specific Technique (KST) is no different. It does all three things, it’s just that the way it does these is very different from the typical styles of chiropractic that you may be aware of. The methods KST use are more towards the esoteric or vitalistic end of the spectrum as opposed to the exoteric or mechanistic end. In fact, it utilizes some very cutting edge neurological and physiological discoveries.

Detecting Subluxations

There is a phenomenon in neurology known as an ideo-motor response. What this means is that the motor nerve will respond to an idea of an action as though it was the action itself. Motor nerves carry information from the brain to the tissues, etc. For example, if you think about lifting up your arm, all of the motor neurons needed to do that will fire, whether you actually lift your arm or not. This is one of the reasons why sports people and athletes can improve their performance by visualizing their actions in advance.

1736189We have learned how to detect the ideo-motor response using a form of muscle testing. We can effectively and accurately detect where your problem starts from, and how and where to work to initiate healing.

What is a binary bio-indicator?

A binary bio-indicator is a reaction in a body part that either happens or doesn’t happen (hence the binary); a yes or a no. There are surprisingly many of these in the body. You may have heard about kinesiology or muscle testing. This is a bio-indicator using relevant changes in muscle strength to give a yes or no answer.

Determining the listings

We use the bio-indicator to challenge the body and the ‘complaint’ you come in with. If you come in with a headache for instance, we challenge the body to see if the cause of the headache is the cranial bones, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, or even if there is an emotional cause.

We also determine the specific bone and the specific direction with the bio-indicator challenge. This has made the analysis of the body and correction so much more specific and accurate.

How the adjustment is done

Instead of using our hands to do the adjusting, we use an adjusting instrument called an AthroStim. It is designed to give twelve taps a second using a very light force. So light, in fact, infants do not even react, let alone cry with their treatments. So there is no pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, or ‘cracking’ using AthroStim.

The precise movements produced by the adjustment stimulate neural receptors in the area, which, in turn, produce nerve impulses that relay crucial information back to the brain. It is this ‘neurological feedback system’ that the brain relies upon in order to update its awareness about the areas of the body. Upon evaluation of changes, produced by the adjustment, the brain issues self-correcting commands to the muscular system, and other tissues, to bring about healing changes.

Why twelve taps a second

The AthroStim instrument can deliver 12-14 rapid series recoiling taps per second, which works with the natural feedback cycle of the nervous system. This results in an extremely comfortable yet highly effective adjustment. The effectiveness comes from the instrument’s controlled repetitive input, producing a cumulative ‘snowballing’ effect on the neural receptors. Therefore, the AthroStim instrument, using greatly reduced forces, can create extensive neurological feedback to the brain.

And it works beautifully!

That’s not all though

We can also detect more and different subluxations than we could with our other techniques, and also adjust structures in the body in different directions which wouldn’t be possible with our hands. Easy treatment of TMJ, headaches caused by head traumas, and so many others.

A couple of success stories:

79 year-old male. Last October had rods inserted into his lower back for chronic low back pain. He had been in rehab/therapy since his surgery. He entered my office late February with complaints of low back pain, pain and weakness of both legs. Because of his age and surgery, we analyzed and treated him with KST. Within 4 visits, the pain in the right leg was gone, and by 8 visits, the pain was gone from his left leg.

A six month-old male came in who was born with torticollis, which also created some delay in his physical development. He had been receiving physical therapy all along. Using KST, we were able to release his neck with no distress to him, and his development caught up.

A 45 year-old female came in with neck pain and dizziness that had started 3 years prior. She had been to multiple specialists and in therapy for those 3 years. Within 6 visits using KST, her neck pain and dizziness completely cleared up.

Working with Kids

2371432Chiropractic care can start from the very beginning. Babies and mothers can benefit when the pregnant mother receives chiropractic care to ease the strain of weight gain and hormonal changes during pregnancy. Studies have shown that mothers who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy reduce their labor time by two hours. Newborn children are not too young for a spinal examination. The birth process, even today’s “natural” childbirth methods, can lead to a newborn’s first subluxation. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections, or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress in newborns. Newborn adjustments offer gentle relief for the child and apply no more pressure than used to test the ripeness of a tomato. Infants and children are just as susceptible to spinal injury and trauma as adults, perhaps even more so! Learning to crawl, walk, ride a bike, or play sports can produce so-called “growing pains”. Don’t wait until the child exhibits health problems to get them checked out. Ignored, problems can worsen becoming more difficult to correct in adulthood.

For more information, see our page on KST and children.