Before You Google a Denver Chiropractor or a Chiropractor Near Me, Read This First!

Before You Google a “Denver Chiropractor” or a “Chiropractor Near Me”, Read This First!

Before you go to visit a Denver Chiropractor or any chiropractor for the first time there are definitely some things you want to know before hand. Use this 10 point guide to check out the doctor you are thinking about visiting.

1.Do a GOOGLE search of the doctor’s name. You might be surprised what you will find. Are there any disciplinary actions by the state board against this doctor? Are there any malpractice claims or suits filed? Make sure you look deeper than just page one on Google results. Also add the word “malpractice” to the doctor’s name when you do a search. One good web site that may come up is called HealthGrades.com

2.Check out the doctor’s Google reviews from other patients. Are they all happy or was there an issue? Good to know ahead of time.

3.How many years has the doctor been in practice? Do you want someone who knows what they are doing or are you willing to trust someone with very little experience?

4.What techniques does the doctor use? This is important because not all chiropractors are the same. At last count there were 15 different schools in the country and 95% of all chiropractors use a generic technique called “Diversified” which might be “good enough”, but there are hundreds of different advanced chiropractic techniques, many of which are developed and taught outside of chiropractic schools. Will the doctor use his hands to adjust you or a special spring loaded tool? Is it a “real adjustment” or is it light pressure points? If you are not getting the results you want find someone who has more training.

5.What other therapies are available in the office? Is it an adjustment only or is some form of muscle massage available too? They work well together.

6.Does the doctor accept your insurance plan or will you have to pay all cash? Also remember cheaper isn’t always better and you get what you pay for.

7.Will you just be able to get your pain resolved quickly or will you have to commit to a long term treatment plan costing thousands of dollars? This is probably the biggest issue that potential patients have to face. There are definitely times when a longer treatment plan is needed, like if you’ve been involved in a rear end car accident. And there are many factors that affect how long your treatment will take. Some of these things include:

a. Your age (the older you are, the slower you heal)
b. How long has the problem been there? (the more years you’ve had a problem, the longer it will take to get well)
c. Are there complicating factors? (Things like pre-existing arthritis likely means you won’t ever be 100% better but with care you also won’t get worse)
d. How bad is the pain? (Severe pain means severe problem which takes longer to heal)
e. What’s the rest of your health look like? (Do you eat right, exercise and get enough rest or are you stressed out, smoke, and drink a pot of coffee a day?) This will affect your healing process.

8.What are the office hours like and do I always need an appointment? Can I just walk in? (Offices are set up differently. Some have after work hours to fit your schedule, but most are closed on weekends. How much time are you going to spend traveling to the office?) You might start your search by looking for a Chiropractor near me.

9.Will you be required to attend a “Spinal Care Class”? This is a workshop that some offices want you to attend, usually in the evening, along with a friend or spouse to get the “big picture” of what chiropractic is all about. It’s not good or bad, just good to know about it in advance.

10.What’s the parking situation like? Is it easy to get a spot, get in, get treated and be on your way or will you have to pay for parking or even be able to find a spot to begin with? Again, good to know up front.

Remember, Chiropractic is all about Helping You Live Your Life!

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Robert Ebeling DC is a Denver Chiropractor for the last 25 years dedicated to helping you Live Your Life.

He uses a hands on approach to adjusting his patients and in addition to using Diversified technique, has studied and uses some advanced techniques as well including Applied Kinesiology which is muscle testing and Advanced Biostructural Correction for posture correction and scoliosis treatment as well as Cox flexion distraction for herniated discs.

Dr. Ebeling offers a free consultation and evaluation along with a 20 minute hydro massage therapy session. He can be reached at (303) 377-1755.

Gall Bladder as a Cause of Upper Back and Right Shoulder Pain and What to Do About it

gallbladder-painSee if you fit this 4 “F” profile of a gall bladder patient.  Female, Forty, Fat, Fertile.  Well I don’t fit any of those but I suspect my gall bladder is giving me issue.  I’ve been having upper back pain for a week now close to my spine on the right side around the 4th or 5th Thoracic vertebrae.  That area is classically associated with gall bladder.  The pain is mostly gone now thanks to a series of adjustments with my own chiropractor but I thought it would not be a bad idea to do some house cleaning with a gall bladder flush.  A flush that will push out any gall stones that may have developed.  I did this flush a couple years back and it definitely gave me good results.  I could see stones in my bowel movement the next morning.  My younger sister also had her gall bladder surgically removed so I know this could be an issue for me as well.  I’ll detail how to do the flush and why the gall bladder gets affected in the first place.

It’s interesting from Chinese acupuncture and medicine that they feel the underlying cause of illness are your internal emotions.  And each emotion affects a specific body organ.  Anger affects the liver which makes bile used for digestion of fats.  Attached to your liver is your gall bladder.  The gall bladder takes this bile and stores it and concentrates it for future use.  Now imagine that the anger you’re feeling in your life never gets resolved because the problems never get resolved.  What emotion will you be experiencing?  Yep, it’s called Resentment.  Does this mean that 40 year old moms have a lot of resentment?  Maybe so, let’s go ask one.  But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer with a gall bladder giving you back pain if you are willing to try a home remedy.

Now you can Google this remedy.  I’m not making it up on my own.  It’s been around for years.  Basically you want to get the stones out of your gall bladder in a natural manner.  The first step is to get the stones “soft enough” so they can pass through bile duct without issue.  The remedy has always been to drink as much apple juice as you can for a week prior to doing the flush.  Why apple juice?  It is rich with Malic Acid which will soften the stones.  But who wants to drink all those calories and sugar?  Not me.  Especially since right now 1 out of 4 people are diabetic and don’t even know it.  So I shopped around at the Vitamin stores and was able to pick up a bottle of Malic Acid 800 mg capsules from Natural Grocers with 100 capsules. They were the only ones to carry it.   Perfect.  I’ll just take the bottle over the course of the next week and by the weekend I’ll be ready.

The next step you want to do on the weekend because you will be in the bathroom.  I’ll probably wait until Saturday night to do it.  Eat a normal dinner and then before going to bed consume an 8 oz glass of olive oil mixed with a tablespoon of Epsom Salt and some lemon juice to make it palatable.  The Epsom salt will cause the smooth muscle in the sphincter of the gall bladder duct to relax allowing the stones to pass through without issue.  The olive oil will cause the gall bladder to dump the accumulated bile into the intestines and stones along with it.  Pull your right knee up to your chest as well and lay on your right side so gravity can help.

The last time I did this I also felt refreshed emotionally.

Disclaimer:  This article should not be construed as medical advice.  Always consult your doctor or medical professional before doing anything.

Concussion

Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury.  In the medical world it is also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).  It can result when the skull impacts the soft tissue of the brain that it is meant to protect.

It is a concern because it can lead to permanent injury and even death.

People most at risk for a concussion would be professional boxers suffering repeated blows to the head.  It can also occur if you have been in a car accident when your head gets whipped around at high speeds.  More of an area for worry is for parents of school age children who participate in contact sports.  You are leaving your children in the hands of an adult coach who really needs to know what to look for in the event of a blow to the head.  Luckily there are free programs available on line to get educated on this topic.

What’s really important to know  about concussions is that you do not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion.

You basically want to assess 4 areas of brain function and I’ve made it easy here for you to remember what they are.  We will use the Mnemonic device B-A-S-E where each letter stands for a different area to look at.

“B” stands for “Balance”.  Ask the person how their balance is.  Look to see what happens when they close their eyes.

“A” stands for “Awareness”.  Ask them “what day of the week is it?” “Who is the president?” “Can you add 6 + 7?”

“S” stands for “Symptoms”.  Are they having a headache, ringing in the ears, blurry vision, anything out of the ordinary?

“E” stands for “Eyes”.  The pupils of the eyes will not constrict like they normally do when a light is shined into them.

A CAT scan can look at the brain for anything that looks out of the ordinary.

I had a patient just last week who fell and hit her head and was knocked unconscious.  I talked to her on the phone and she sounded okay but when she came into the office a couple days later I observed all 4 of the above symptoms in her presentation.  It is important that these people refrain from any alcohol use as it is a neurotoxin.  You also want to observe them for at least a week and definitely seek help if symptoms get worse or if the person starts vomiting as this is a sign they are going downhill.

The only real medical treatment for a brain injury is time to recover.  There are probably some nutritional supplements available that would be beneficial as well. However, Chiropractic care is often beneficial because of the misalignments that will usually occur in the upper neck area as a result of the injury.

 

 

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Chiropractor Denver Accepts Aetna and Cigna

Chiropractor Denver Accepts Aetna and Cigna Insurance Plans

Chiropractor Denver Accepts Aetna and Cigna insurance.  Our chiropractic office has 23 years experience and accepts many health plans, Aetna and Cigna being among them.  Like all health insurance plans, there is a deductible amount that has to be met first before the insurance coverage applies.  This can range anywhere from three hundred dollars or more.  We will call your insurance company to find out what dollar amount you might be responsible for.  I’ve also seen plans where no deductible was part of the plan.  That’s really good insurance!  Also deductibles typically are in effect for what is called a “calendar year”.  In other words, your deductible starts on January 1st and any amounts you pay during the year get applied to that amount.  Once your deductible is met the insurance then kicks in.  If you never meet your deductible for the calendar year or by December 31st, then the whole thing starts over for the next calendar year.  Some plans also allow for what is called a “carry over” and what this means is that if you don’t use you insurance until the last three months of the year and you pay your deductible in full, they might allow for that amount to be applied to the next year’s deductible amount.  Not guaranteed to work with all insurance plans but we would verify this detail when we call them.

Then there is what is called a co-payment.  This is a portion that you are responsible for each time you make an office visit.  Again, we would have to call your insurance company to see exactly what that amount would be.  I’ve seen amounts anywhere from twenty percent to fifty percent.  All co payments are due at the time of service and we do not send patients a bill for this.

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Referred Pain

REFERRED PAIN

Referred Pain means pain you feel somewhere in your body but the problem is actually somewhere else.  Many times we think right where it hurts is where the problem should be.  If I just smashed my thumb, I know where the pain is coming from right?  That’s not always the case with the human body.  For example, the gall bladder is located under the right side of the lower rib cage on the front of your body.  When someone has a gall bladder attack, the pain can be felt in the right shoulder and not under the right rib cage.  I’ve even seen a case where the patient said the pain was felt in the right hip with “sciatica” type pain.  He must have been right because after he had emergency surgery to get his gall bladder removed, the hip pain went away too.

In the chiropractic office many times we will find that the pain and problem are actually on opposite sides of the body.  For example, if someone is having a right sided lower back problem, we might find the cause to be a weakness of the Quadratus Lumborum muscle on the left side.  The weakness causing reflex contraction and spasm on the right.  The pain is felt on the right but the actual problem is on the left.  Same exact situation with a misaligned sacroiliac joint.  The pain might be felt on the left (from the joint moving too much) but the actual cause of the problem might be the right sacroiliac joint being locked up and out of alignment (and not moving enough).

In any case, the best solution for your problem is to get a thorough physical examination by a qualified health professional to see exactly what is the cause of your troubles.

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Chiropractor in Denver Open Saturday

Chiropractor in Denver Open Saturday

Looking for a Chiropractor in Denver Open Saturday? (303) 377-1755.  If you work long hours during the week and can’t see anyone Monday through Friday, my office has morning hours available on Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon. We can usually get you in the same day for an appointment. We accept most insurance plans and have 23 years experience in the Denver area. Just call (303) 377-1755 to get a live person on the phone.  We also are in the office during the week until 6pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Tuesday and Thursday is typically by appointment only.
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We have a heated water massage table, a mechanical intersegmental roller table, a foot massager, and plenty of FREE parking!

If you require x rays we have those available in office as well for a nominal fee.

 

Are you the 1 out of 4 people who have diabetes?

Diabetes

It’s true.  According to the CDC, 1 out of
every 4 people are either diabetic or
pre-diabetic and the pre diabetics don’t even
realize it.
What’s worse is that the standard of medical
care is going to WAIT until you’ve become
a full blown diabetic, at which point they’ll
start giving you medications that will not
stop the progression or complications of
diabetes in 88% of the population.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
well, one thing you can do is to manage your
blood sugar better.   And you can do that by
taking a nutritional supplement called
Chromium Picolinate.  Go ahead and Google it.
Taken with meals, this chelated mineral helps
stabilize blood sugar levels so you don’t get
those wild fluctuations in your insulin and sugar
levels.
The recommended dose is 200 mcg 3 times a day
with meals.  I’ll probably start carrying it at the office
but you can also get it at any vitamin store.
“The better educated you are, the better choices
you’ll make when it comes to your health”
                                                    Dr Ebeling
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Hiatal Hernia Treatment by Chiropractor in Denver

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is when the upper part of the stomach pokes through the opening in the diaphragm muscle made by the esophagus. This opening can get enlarged( mainly from not chewing your food enough and swallowing it whole) and can cause symptoms of acid reflux. Often times the nerve supply to the diaphragm muscle is compromised as well from the neck and also the lower middle back. A simple muscle test can determine if this is your problem or not. What’s great about it is we can also retest after the treatment to see if it was effective. Here’s a patient talking about her “herniated stomach” and how much better she felt after getting some treatments.

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Simple neurology test to screen for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the brain.  Symptoms can include vertigo, weakness, difficulty walking, blurred vision, loss of balance, numbness, tingling, lack of coordination,  unclear thinking and more.  Since it affects the upper part of the nervous system we would consider it an upper motor neuron lesion.

We can do a simple neurological test as a screening tool in suspected cases of MS.  Stroking the bottom of the foot with a blunt object like a reflex hammer should cause the toes of the foot to slightly flex down in a normal patient.  If the toes should bend upward and fan apart, this is an abnormal test and indicates further testing should be done.

We did this test in a patient who had some possible symptoms of MS and since there was a family history as well, we wanted to know.  MRI is the definitive test but since previous studies were negative she didn’t want to spend a thousand dollars for nothing.  Then I remembered my neurology.

Watch this video to see a “normal” Babinski test.

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How much G force is required to cause a neck injury?

How much force is required to cause a neck injury?

That was the question asked by Panjabi & White.  Both are researchers and professors of orthopedics at both Harvard and Yale Schools of medicine.  What they found was it only took 3.5 G of force to damage ligaments in the neck as well as cause injury to the cervical discs.

When a rear end car accident happens, the entire whiplash occurs in less than one half a second.  The original work done in this area was by DM Severy in 1955.  They conducted rear end collisions and filmed it with high speed cameras and used anthropometric dummies to monitor the forces generated.  None of the crashes were above 10 mph.  They discovered that a rear impact at 5 mph generated a G force of about 1.9 BUT they also found that the heads of the occupants accelerated at a much faster rate, typically 2-3 times faster.  This generated G forces in the area of anywhere between 4 G and upwards to 12 G in some studies.

Dr. Robert Ebeling is a licensed chiropractor in Denver Colorado and specializes in neck injury from whiplash injuries.  (303) 377-1755
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