The Power of Chiropractic
In 1921, Henry Winsor, MD, a doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania, aged the question:
"Chiropractors claim that by adjusting on vertebrae, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another , menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease" thyroid condition, and lung disease may resolve-but how?"
He planned an expert Henry Winsor, an MD from Pennsylvania, was interested in how patients were getting better from chiropractic care. He planned an experiment to dissect human and animal cadavers and see the relationship between the health of the spine and the diseased organs he found. With a total of 75 human and 22 cat cadavers, he found 221 diseased organs. Of those 221 diseased organs, 212 of them had nerve root damage or spinal subluxation at its corresponding levels.
Some of these disease categories:
STOMACH DISEASES - Nine cases of stomach disease all had spinal misalignments in the mid-dorsal or thoracic spine (between the shoulder blades).
LUNG DISEASE - Twenty-six cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper dorsal region, an area slightly below the neck.
LIVER DISEASE - Thirteen cases of liver disease were associated with misalignments in the lower mid-dorsal region.
GALLSTONES - Five cases of gallstone disease associated with related spinal misalignments.
PANCREAS - Three cases of pancreas disease associated with related spinal misalignments.
SPLEEN - Eleven cases of spleen disease associated with spinal misalignments KIDNEY - Seventeen cases of kidney disease had the lower dorsal (thoracic) 10th, 11th, 12th, vertebrae out of alignment.
PROSTATE AND BLADDER DISEASE - Eight cases of prostate and bladder disease had the lower back vertebrae misaligned (specifically the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lumbar vertebrae.)
UTERUS - Two cases of uterus conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
THYMUS - Two cases of thymus disease had lower neck and upper back misalignments.
NEARLY 100% CORRELATION BETWEEN THE SPINE AND DISEASED ORGAN!
Dr. Winsor’s results were published in the respected medical journal, The Medical Times, and can be found in any medical library. But Dr. Winsor was not alone in his findings for similar studies by other researchers over the next few decades would confirm his initial conclusions.
If you are a current patient in my practice - Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, you may or may not have already heard me talk about some of these treatment modalities. I offer these in my office to specifically target problem areas of pain, stiffness and inflammation of the joints and muscles.
This overview will give you an idea of what treatments are available to help you reach your health goals and alleviate your pain.
Very much like the lessons learned from smoking cigarettes, over the last three decades, the chiropractic community has learned lessons about the negative effects of prolonged sitting at a desk. In my practice, Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, anywhere between 30%-40% of my patients come to me with pain caused by prolonged sitting.
When the personal computer became ubiquitous, we realized that hunching over the keyboard was bad for our posture and caused neck pain. Chiropractors began advising patients then to sit up straight instead of bringing their shoulders forward towards the monitor. The sale of ergonomic chairs and back support devices skyrocketed. In the 1990’s we found out that sitting up straight was not optimal, so we advised patients to bring their monitors to eye level. In the early 2000's we found that all that was not enough to ameliorate the problem so we advised patients to sit back on their chairs 135 degrees and bring the monitor above eye level. In 2021, we now have come to the conclusion that standing is the best position for working at a desk and sitting is detrimental to a person’s overall health. Each solutions brought progressive relief but it was not enough. None of them were optimal solutions. The conclusion is, don’t sit.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time interferes with the natural movement of the ribs, constricting the flow of breath. It also interferes with the lymphatic system which is responsible for carrying toxins out of the body.
The absolute best thing to do, if you have to work at a desk in front of a desktop or laptop, is to stand with a soft surface under your feet whether it be well-soled shoes or a cushioned mat. Raising work stations are now available in many different forms. It’s fine to stand for a while and sit for a while, but it’s best to spend the majority of the time standing. While standing, the screen you are working on should be at a level where you don’t have to hunch over at the shoulders.
If your work requires you to spend the majority of your time in front of a screen, consult your chiropractor on solutions to relieve back pain, neck tension and improve your posture. If you are in the Valley area of Los Angeles, call Dr. Masoud for a free exam 818-831-0100.
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Although not an easy journey, it is possible to use nutrition to heal the body of insulin resistance.
If you or someone you care about is looking for answers, or an alternative to medicine, watch the video and then call our office for a nutritional consultation.
A chiropractic appointment is not like a medical appointment. In order for me to accurately diagnose a patient at my practice, Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA. I need to palpate a patient’s muscles, spine and other joints. This is the method by which I analyze pain.
The best thing to wear is loose, comfortable clothing which does not restrict body movement. The shirt or top should be easy to lift for me to examine the back. In my office, I perform physiotherapy which involves the use of gels and balms which may end up on a patient’s clothes in spite of my best efforts to keep the gel contained.
Wearing old t-shirts, sweat pants, loose leggings and the like are best. Clothes like tight jeans, overalls, jumpsuits, suits, or tight tops make it difficult to work with the patient. It’s best to dress in clothes you don’t mind washing and maybe staining.
My goal is to give each patient the best possible experience while at my practice. A patient’s ease of movement helps me do that. For further clarification please call Dr. Masoud 818-831-0100.
During my tenure at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I noticed the speed with which my patients recover from pain depends on whether or not they follow my post-care recommendations at home. Those who follow my recommendations recover faster and their results last longer. One of the top recommendations I make is to stay away from anything that causes inflammation.
Meat, especially processed or salted meat, causes a great deal of inflammation. Remember these products can hide in dishes like pasta, pizza and stews. Products like deli meat, salami, pepperoni, sausage, prosciutto and canned meat can keep a person in prolonged pain. Undigested meat can remain trapped inside the villi of the small intestine anywhere from 72 hours to 1 year. When it ferments, it causes severe acidity and inflammation. Our bodies react by producing antibodies which cause allergies and greater inflammation.
If you need to find an alternative, you can eat a plant-based product such as Impossible Meat.
Cheese, yogurt, milk and milk products have the same effect as meat. Dairy contains casein protein which is also a source of inflammation. Instead, you can find cheese products made out of almond, coconut, cashew or rice. Coconut yogurt is just as tasty as cow milk yogurt. It is surprising how similar the taste of these alternative products is to dairy.
Sugar, Corn Syrup and Sugar-Filled Products
We’re all too familiar with cookies, candy, muffins, pastries and the like. However, sugar can hide in other products like ketchup, canned food, sports beverages and of course soda.
Sugar can overwhelm the nerve cells. Imagine standing next to a loudspeaker. Even if you like to listen to music, when it is too loud, it’s no longer enjoyable and you might lose your hearing. Glucose molecules play the same role in the nerve cells. The cells like the sugar but too much of it is like the loud music and over time the nerve cells get irritated and die. Thankfully we have billions of them, however, when you have severe musculoskeletal pain your nerves are under great attack and irritation already and you don’t want to stimulate your nervous system with sugar.
Also stay away from sugar substitutes such as xylitol or aspartame. Instead, I recommend you use stevia or coconut sugar.
This category includes: wine, beer, hard liquor and spirits, as well as over the counter medications which contain alcohol. Even the slightest hint of alcohol can bring back the inflammation which you are trying to get rid of.
If you are currently experiencing back pain, and have not seen a chiropractor, it would be in your best interest to stop eating these inflammatory foods and make an appointment to see your local chiropractor.
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. They are considered xenoestrogens. In other words, these chemicals can mimic the hormone estrogen in your body. Parabens can cause a number of problems for your hair including drying, irritating your scalp, fading your color, and even hair loss.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
PCBs can be found in coolant fluids and copy paper among other consumer products. Exposure to this toxin can cause damage to the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It has been known to cause high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. PCB has also been known to cause brain damage.
Triclosan Trihalomethanes (THMs)
THM is found in many personal care products, carpets and toys.It causes birth defects and miscarriages. Currently, it is banned from use in food products in European Union countries.
As an herbicide, Atrazine is found in produce, turf, residential lawns and golf courses. Most alarmingly, it is found in drinking water. It has been known to cause fetal low birth weight as well as birth defects
Over the counter Acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage. It is responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and 458 deaths annually in the US alone.
recommended reading by dr. Masoud
Doctor Yourself by Dr. Saul will teach you how to use vitamin therapy to cure many conditions that an average family might experience. There is advice for both children and adults.
Niacin: The Real Story is based on double blind research done in the 1950s by Dr. Hoffer himself. It tells about the many benefits of niacin also known as B3. The book lists recommendations for the use of B3 mega doses to treat conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, ADHD, schizophrenia and many others. Niacin: The Real Story gives advice for both adults and children.
Over-the-Counter Natural Cures is written by Shane Ellison, who previously worked for the pharmaceutical industry. He saw, first hand, the harm that pharma drugs can cause. He uses his knowledge of chemistry to prove with research that for many drugs, there are natural counterparts which don't cause harmful side effects. This is Dr. Masoud's favorite read as of 2021.
Thomas Levy, who wrote Curing the Incurable, is both a doctor and a lawyer. He focuses on the many benefits of vitamin C. He describes how to use it to treat many types of infections or toxicity. Especially during the time of COVID-19, many medical doctors and alternative care practitioners are using his recommendations.
You Are the Placebo, written by Dr. Joe Dispenza teaches about the body's power of self-healing through meditation. Although meditation is often linked to spiritual practices, Dispenza uses science-based research to show that the power of the mind and body connection is effective and real.
One of the services I offer in my practice - Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA is customized nutritional counseling to go along with a patient’s chiropractic care. Here are three of the most common areas that need nutritional support and their specific advice. Please watch the video below for more details.
Nutrition for Joint Support
Vitamin C helps synthesize collagen fiber which is an important compound for the joints. There are two types of Vitamin C, sodium ascorbate and liposomal Vitamin C. Both can be consumed in high dosages without side effects.
Glucosamine sulfate helps with cartilage formation and repair. If you are allergic to sulfate, you cannot take this, but if you are able to, this is great for combining with Vitamin C for joint repair.
MSM is a natural compound made of rain water and plant chloroform. It is a natural painkiller and anti-inflammatory supplement. Manufacturers will sometimes combine it with glucosamine, but a separate product is more effective. This works for any joint in your body that has cartilage.
You must keep in mind that these supplements work fundamentally better than a synthetic drug, but they work over time with longer lasting results and no side effects. They pose no threat to your liver and kidneys like synthetic drugs tend to do.
Our current health culture calls for immediate gratification, but for equipping your body better to heal itself, these supplements are better than drugs.
Muscle Health and Relaxation
My first recommendation for muscle relaxation is Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which helps relax the muscles and relieve cramps.
If you don’t have a bathtub, you can still benefit by soaking your feet in the salts. If soaking is not your thing, magnesium chloride spray or magnesium glycinate pills are good alternatives to Epsom salt.
Arnica flower gel is a muscle relaxant. It’s also good for tendons and ligaments. I recommend it to reduce bruising. The gel is safe enough to use 3-4 times a day.
Valerian root is also a muscle relaxant and analgesic. It can be taken as a sleeping aid. I don’t suggest the gel, but rather the capsule to be taken at night, not in the morning.
Much of our muscle stress is aggravated during sleep, usually due to our natural hormonal system during our sleeping hours, which is why valerian root and passion flower are helpful especially if you have an existing musculoskeletal issue.
Nerve Analgesic and Repair
Passion flower is a natural analgesic. It also helps with sleep. The pills are fine to take but the liquid drops are better.
Vitamin B Complex helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. A complex is various B vitamins combined into one pill. Vitamin Bs are water soluble, which is why I recommend that a patient take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
The following activities and conditions rob the body of Vitamin B: recreational drug consumption, drinking alcohol, smoking, vaping, erratic dieting, working graveyard shifts, frequent traveling, chronic illnesses and stress. If any of these apply to you, I highly recommend you take a B complex as your body is being drained of this important nutrient.
If you are in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, CA and would like to schedule a free consultation, call 818-831-0100.
The reason I prescribe neck exercises to my patients here at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, is for them to gain muscle strength and improve posture, which in turn increases the health of the spine along the neck and upper back area thus reducing pain.
Many of my patients experiencing neck and upper back pain, come to me as a result of a car accident or personal injury cases where they have suffered whiplash or severe injury to the neck.
Upper back exercises and neck exercises go hand in hand because if there is a problem in the upper back, it will cause neck problems and if there is a problem with the neck, it will cause upper back problems. So the exercises prescribed should target both areas.
If you are my current patient, please watch the video below several times, wait a few days after your initial appointment, then follow the video while doing the exercises at home.
If you are not my patient, I would recommend that you schedule an appointment with your local chiropractor to discuss your neck and upper back pain and ask questions about the exercises in the video.
If you are in the Porter Ranch, Northridge area of Los Angeles, call to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. 818-831-0100