Posts By Dr. Slagel

Posts By Dr. Slagel

Why I Need X-rays and Traditional Chiropractors Don’t

X-rays measure the spine’s Positioning. They are a snapshot of how the bones in the patient’s spine are
Positioned or Aligned. They do not show Motion, so it is inappropriate for a traditional chiropractor to
say that they use the x-rays to help them know how to Mobilize the joints in the spine. It makes no
sense.
I need to take x-rays in order to measure the spine’s positioning so that I can calculate the exact angle to
correct the problem. I correct the problem without any twisting/cracking/popping since my goal is not
Mobilizing. The correction that I do feels like I’m taking your pulse. Very gentle. After I correct the
positioning, I take the exact same x-rays again after the first correction

How Do I Hold The Adjustment?

The NUCCA adjustment requires incredibly light pressure. The specificity from our measurements, the anatomy around the Atlas bone, and the skill level of the adjuster allows for this to be the case. This can sometimes be a difficult thing for a new patient to wrap their mind around. We often hear questions like, “with such a gentle adjustment, how can I expect it to stay there? You barely even touched me, what is going to keep me from losing my correction? What is going to stop me from going right back out of alignment?”

Why We Don’t Twist, Crack or Pop

Almost all things work best when they are done in a particular order. When you go out of that order with most things, then they either don’t work as well, or it don’t work at all. Some easy quick examples: you poop and then you wipe. If you go in the opposite order, you are in trouble. A less gross example is if you shower and then you dry you are good to go. But if you dry off and then you shower it just doesn’t work well. A final example is tying your shoes. If you type your laces in a particular way, and a particular order, then your shoes stay tied and you don’t get knots in them.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Almost all things work best when they are done in a particular order. When you go out of that order with most things, then they either don’t work as well, or it don’t work at all. Some easy quick examples: you poop and then you wipe. If you go in the opposite order, you are in trouble. A less gross example is if you shower and then you dry you are good to go. But if you dry off and then you shower it just doesn’t work well. A final example is tying your shoes. If you type your laces in a particular way, and a particular order, then your shoes stay tied and you don’t get knots in them.

Diet vs. Absorption

There are three main aspects of physical health. We have biomechanical, functional, and structural. Biomechanical is things like nutrition, smoking, hydration, basically anything to do with body chemicals. Functional health has to do with weightlifting, stretching, running; things that have to do with body motion. Structural health is where your legs are even, your hips are centered and level, your center of gravity is balanced, your head and neck are straight; it has to do with body stability. In my office I fix structural issues, but today we will be discussing a common misunderstanding that many of my patients have expressed regarding the biochemical aspect of physical health.

Traditional Chiropractic vs. NUCCA

Many people are unaware that there are different types of chiropractors. It’s funny because when people say “Oh, I have been to a chiropractor before.” and I ask, “Oh, what kind of chiropractor?” a lot of the times I get a blank stare. Because of this, let me just delineate the two different types of chiropractors. The first type most people are familiar with, and the other type, that I do, most people are not familiar with.

Stop Counting Calories

Today we are exploring the concept of calorie counting. This is a very common practice with people trying to lose weight. However, as a weight loss strategy it’s just not a good approach physiologically. I’m going to explain this concept here today. Really quick, if you want to know a little bit more about metabolism in general, check out the blog post: High Metabolism is Bad.

Scoliosis

Today we are talking about scoliosis. Scoliosis is a weird one because I have a lot of people come into my office that say that they have been told they have scoliosis…and don’t. They have a slight curve in their spine. You must have over 15 degrees of curve in your spine for it to be called scoliosis. It’s kind of like body temperature. Body temp should be 98.6 but if you have a body temp of 98.7 you don’t say you have a fever. Even though it’s technically above normal, you don’t count it as a fever until it gets a little higher. So, with scoliosis it must be over 15 degrees of curve in the spine.