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Close to 700,000 Americans have their gallbladder removed each year in the US. The goal of this surgery is to alleviate digestive distress, chronic abdominal and referred pain patterns, and prevent dangerous lodging of gallstones in the common bile duct. In many instances, this surgery is an absolute and cannot be avoided.

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (Post-gallbladder removal syndrome) is defined as a complex of diverse symptoms consisting of:

  • Gallbladder or non-gallbladder-like abdominal pains
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and jaundice
  • Bloating, gas, and diarrhea
  • And Cholangitis (infection of the bile ducts of the liver)

The most common cause of this syndrome is bile stones that were likely present at the time of surgery, or developed after the surgery as a result of bile stagnation. Stagnant bile is usually the reason stones form in the gallbladder in the first place. As bile is made in the liver, it is important to address why you are producing sluggish, thick bile in the first place. This can be addressed both nutritionally with herbal remedies as well as changes in diet.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3473449/ (1) read more


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Have you ever had an injury you didn’t consider to be “that bad” come back to bite you years later? Remember that time you rolled your ankle playing tennis? Or that embarrassing “yard sale” you had on the mountain? What about that fender bender 20 years ago?

Chronic pain and old injuries all have one thing in common: scar tissue.

When you initially get injured your body lays down collagen fibers in every which way to stabilize the area, i.e. scar tissue.  Your body is bracing for the next traumatic event.  The stabilizing mechanism of your body is incredible but later on does not serve you.  Muscle fiber should lay down parallel to allow the muscle to stretch.  If the muscle fibers are perpendicular, this does not allow the muscle to stretch and contract properly without feeling tight or painful.   read more


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As a chiropractor, I like to treat the entire person not just the symptoms. When people hear that I am a chiropractor, they immediately grab their neck or back and say I have been having this pain and they proceed to tell me about their structural complaints.

I love treating structural complaints.

Chiropractic can be the miracle treatment for structural complaints.

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When Your Pain is Chronic, There are Often Multiple Things Going On

I learned early in practice that just because a complaint presents like a structural issue like neck pain or back pain does not mean the the structural issue is the only component. Sometimes biochemical complains will also present physically, especially if the complaints are chronic. This is why it is important to use the entire person approach. This is a wellness approach to care. read more


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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


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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


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