The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

Here are 3 simple steps to determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

Step 1. Run a comprehensive blood panel: Sometimes other conditions occur concurrently with Fibromyalgia

Some of the more common conditions are hypothyroid, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, hepatitis C, sleep apnea, and cervical stenosis. What this means is that you need to have a blood draw performed with a complete blood count if you are suffering from chronic pain. The reason for this is that chronic pain and autoimmune disease tend to go hand in hand. It is important to rule out more severe autoimmune diseases first before jumping to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because the symptoms can be similar. read more


The shoulder is a complicated system of movements and these require inputs from the neck.  Mainly, the nerve supply from the shoulder originates from the neck.  So a shoulder problem might be more than just the shoulder structures.  Instead it might be a compounding problem not only coming from the shoulder but also from the neck.

Did you know that 13.7 million people went to the doctor’s office in 2003 for a shoulder problem, including 3.7 million visits for shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.)? This is a very common problem that is treatable with conservative treatment like chiropractic, not requiring surgery.

Some common presenting conditions are as follows:

1. Rotator cuff tears

It is usually the rotator cuff tendons (the thick bands of tissue that connect the muscles to the bones) that tear, but sometimes the tear occurs in the muscle. Severe injuries can cause several of the tendons and muscles to tear. There are special movement tests that your doctor can use to help determine which of the muscles or tendons has been torn.  If the tear is simply partial it might be easily treatable with conservative treatment not necessarily needing surgery. read more


Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Chiropractic is extremely effective in the treatment of children.  The one of the most traumatic events in a child’s life is the birthing process.

Some children are affected more than others.  Some signs your child may need chiropractic treatment are only nursing on one side, crying for no reason, ADHD, behavioral issues, chronic ear infections, asthma, and colic.  Dr. Barter also addresses food sensitivities.  Most of these people can benefit from a multifactor approach.  Your child may benefit from both diet modification and chiropractic adjusting.  Dr. Barter has found in the cases of skin rashes, ADHD, behavioral issues and chronic ear infections that both are necessary to help your child improve. read more


Learn the right way to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches In 7 simple steps.

How exactly does one cure a chronic problem such as a migraine headache? When the dreaded migraine starts, it is all you can do to go lay in a silent, dark room. Unfortunately, our busy hectic lives do not allow us the luxury of laying in bed for a couple hours a couple times a month. The migraine headache has certainly been demonized but it is a warning symptom to tell you that something is not functioning properly in your body. I am going to go through an incomplete list of 7 simple steps to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches. read more


Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could get chiropractic care?

There are many who asked themselves that very same question, and subsequently decided to do it. Most folks never really think about it very seriously, just go on to something else like drugs or surgery.

Some people do absolutely nothing at all and believe discomfort or pain is a normal part of the aging process.
Pain is NOT part of the normal aging process.[/pullquote]

Many people are not aware of just how or when to start chiropractic care, so they really never do. read more


The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics & Duke Evidence Report published a study stating that cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.  What the results of the study showed were that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Four weeks after cessation of treatment, the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values. read more


5 Golden Rules For Alleviating Chronic Low Back Pain


The principles you remember all the time, never forget about, will be the golden rules that always apply. Like stars to guide us, they shine brilliantly, keeping us on course and always going in a good direction.

Allow me to share my 5 best golden rules to alleviate low back pain. It is important to not only alleviate low back pain but also learn how to not have a re-occurrence.

Golden Rule # 1, lose weight

The reasoning behind the importance of losing weight is excessive weight creates additional stress on the low back, especially abdominal fat. Remember, if you have additional fat in the abdomen region then the structures in your low back are required to support the extra weight. Over time this puts unnecessary stress on joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons creating small micro-traumas that can result in pain and discomfort. read more