Do You Or A Loved One Have This?

Your child receives a diagnosis of scoliosis after a routine exam at school. Naturally you’re concerned – and what parent wouldn’t be? But let me ask you a question? Does a scoliosis diagnosis ALWAYS mean spinal fusion surgery with an iron rod as the only option?

The initial treatment of scoliosis usually focuses on preventing the curve from becoming worse. At this stage, bracing is often the first-line of traditional treatment from a medical doctor.

If the scoliosis has already progressed beyond a 45° – 50° curve in the spine, a medical doctor will generally recommend spinal fusion.

This surgery involves the placement of steel rods, hooks and screws to mechanically straighten the spine; these are then covered with bone fragments that fuse together with the patient’s spine.

FACT: his surgery has risks and complications. They include bowel problems, infection, neurological complications, collapsed lung, back pain, and broken rods. These are sometimes handled with medication or still more surgeries which can mean more side effects or problems.

Chiropractic shows great promise with scoliosis, particularly in children. Post-chiropractic X-rays, when compared to pre-chiropractic X-rays, and these often demonstrate a reduction in the degree of curvature, after just 12 weeks of chiropractic care, (so surgery is no longer appropriate).

Many adults and children are becoming increasingly aware of alternatives to the traditional medical treatment of this condition and for good reason…the risks often do not outweigh the benefits!

If you or a loved one is concerned about scoliosis, or you just need to be examined to determine whether scoliosis is present in your spine or not, please call me now – we would be very happy to check your spinal alignment!

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The Bonsai Tree (Part 2)

I talked about posture in part one. Now let’s continue that article.

Poor posture distorts the alignment of your bones, chronically tenses your muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.”

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones.

Think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would NOT fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much “bad” stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center.

The second is by applying “good” stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments at the office, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

Dr. Garrow 2204Hwy. 35, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750    732-223-1990

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Whiplash NECK Injuries

There is a condition called whiplash. You’ve probably heard that term before.

Picture yourself sitting in our car which is stopped at a red light or slowing down while approaching the light.

The driver of the car behind you does not see the RED light in time and is late in applying his brakes. BANG and your car launches forward quickly and unexpectedly.

Your body is brought forward SUDDENLY!

All except your Head and NECK.

This JERK (caused by the accident only) “whiplashes” your neck.

Your head is snapped back so forcefully that your hat is thrown to the back seat. Your head cannot fall like that because of it’s attachment to your neck (and that is why your neck always suffers the most, even if you don’t have much pain.).

The snap of your neck is sometimes great enough to cause a bone or two of the neck to MOVE slightly from their normal positions with resultant interference with your spinal nerves.

This interference with the spinal nerves may cause neuralgia of the neck and even  headaches.

Doesn’t have to happen overnight either.

These symptoms of a whiplash can manifest themselves 5, 10 or even 15 years later.

Chiropractic correction of the position of the bones is the answer for such strains of the neck area.

Make sure you checked immediately by this office if you’re ever in a car accident. Don’t delay because it only gets worse by then.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tony  732-223-1990

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“Tying Your Shoes!”

If you’ve been able to tie your shoes since you were young, you might want to read this handout. Roger Crawford is a name you’ve probably never heard of. Let me tell you a little about him. Roger was sixteen years old before he could tie his own shoes and even then – it was Velcro that made it possible.

Roger was lucky though because he excelled in other areas like sports, becoming a star tennis player.

While he was in high school he was a championship player, winning over 95% of his matches.  He continued at nearly the same pace in college and has succeeded as a tennis pro.

You can look at Roger and see that he has a “handicap.”  As Roger explains it, however, most people’s handicaps cannot be seen, but they’re just as real and in many cases more pronounced than his.

Roger Crawford was not able to tie his own shoes until he was sixteen because he was born with one leg missing from the knee down.

He doesn’t have normal hands complete with four fingers and a thumb.  As a matter of fact, he has only two extensions from where fingers normally are and yet he uses those two extensions to accomplish some remarkable successes.

Roger is one of those people who don’t complain about what he does not have, but rather makes full use of what he does have.  This is the attitude which enabled him to become the first severely handicapped athlete to compete in a NCAA Division college sport.

Roger doesn’t pretend it’s been easy, but then life is seldom easy for most of us.  Today Roger Crawford speaks to companies all over the world and they range from the Fortune 500 to the trade and educational associations.

My suggestion is for you to adopt more of the Roger Crawford attitude when it comes to how you take care of your health.  I believe that if you do, you’ll change how you feel about your health and your life!

We’re here to help you in any way possible. If you have loved ones that need Chiropractic care, please give them this handout so they can learn the possibilities that are available to them as a chiropractic patient. I wish you all the best.

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750, 732-223-1990

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Is There An Answer To Ear Infections?

Part I

As you know, ear problems can be excruciatingly painful… especially in children.

With 10 million NEW cases every year, ear infections (otitis media is the medical term) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3.

The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability.

For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.

Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics. But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body’s own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain.

Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first). In severe cases—for example, when fluids from an ear infection haven’t cleared from the ear after several months, and hearing is affected—specialists sometimes prescribe myringotomy and tympanostomy, more commonly known as “ear tubes.”

During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air.

In most cases, the membrane pushes the tube out after a couple of months and the hole in the eardrum closes. Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases.

And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.

Before yet another round of “maybe-they’ll-work-and-maybe-they-won’t” antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections.

Here’s Good News

A chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were FREE of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks). More about ear infections in Part II.

Dr. Garrow 2204 Highway 35 Sea Girt, NJ 08750 (732) 223-1990

Is There An Answer To Ear Infections?

Part II
(This is Part II of the series about ear infections. If you did not read Part I, please ask for it at the front desk when you’re leaving.)

Here’s what most people do not understand when it comes to adjustments for the kids. “Chiropractic adjustments mobilize drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain — without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, — they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Fallon.

She’d like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

We’ve found that adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it’s been and on where they are in their cycle of antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves.”

That means, for the average child, between six and eight treatments. If a child’s case is acute, we will check the ear every day. I’ll do adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they’re acute, and then decrease frequency over time.

Dr. Fallon, whose research garnered her the acclaim of childrearing magazines like Parenting and Baby Talk, often sees great success when she treats a child for otitis media. “Once they fight it themselves, kids tend to do very well and stay away from ear infections completely. Unless there are environmental factors like smoking in the house, an abnormally shaped Eustachian tube, or something like that, they do very well,” she says.

“I have two large pediatric groups that refer to me on a regular basis. In the winter, when otitis is most prevalent, I see five or six new children each week from each group,” says Dr. Fallon. “It’s safe and effective and something that parents should try, certainly before inserting tubes in their children’s ears.”

Chiropractic Care Can Help…
Talk to me about your child’s ear infections.

Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. In addition, doctors of chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.

Don’t wait. Schedule your appointment today.

Don’t let your children suffer. Call the office NOW!

Dr. Garrow 2204 Highway 35 Sea Girt, NJ 08750 (732) 223-1990

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You Can Prevent Osteoporosis

Read this short article if you or someone you know is interested in preventing osteoporosis.

First of all you probably don’t think of your bones as living tissue, but that’s just what they are. Your bones are filled with “living cells”, some of which make new bone and some of which break down old bone. This process keeps your bones fresh and healthy, so this is something that you need to know.

But in some people, bones are broken down faster than they can be rebuilt. That’s a bad thing. Then what happens iver time is, this leads to bones that are weak and thin. This condition is called osteoporosis. It affects 10 million Americans, mostly women.

Thin bones are more likely to break or fracture. These injuries can lead to serious problems. A hip fracture, for example, can cause a person to need nursing home care and disable them for life. Hip fractures can even be deadly, so this is serious stuff we’re talking about.

What You Can Do

There are things you can do to prevent osteoporosis. It’s best if prevention begins early—during your childhood and teens, that’s why this handout is so important, especially to women. This is when you can most influence how strong your bones will be.

That said, it’s never too late to adopt habits that help YOUR bones. Here are some habits that every person should take up, no matter how old they are:

Get enough calcium lactate or citrate and vitamin D. Calcium is one of the main things that make up bone. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. That’s why many doctors recommend that people take calcium and vitamin D supplements.  Oh and you don’t get it from drinking milk, so forget that.

Exercise. Walking, running, and lifting weights put stress on the bones, making them stronger. This is something that most women don’t understand. Put stress on your bones and you’ll make them stronger.

Don’t smoke. Smokers tend to lose bone faster than nonsmokers. In fact, smokers are 55% more likely than nonsmokers to break a hip.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. Heavy alcohol use can reduce bone strength. It seems that too much alcohol can make it hard for your body to process vitamin D. You should be getting a good amount of vitamin D each and every day to prevent osteoporosis.

The following medications can weaken bones:

• Corticosteroids (used for arthritis, among other conditions)
• Antiseizure medications
• Cyclosporine A (which is used in organ transplants)
• Thyroid hormones

If you have any questions on this handout, please let me know.

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750, 732-223-1990

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Pain is Not the Problem

Many people begin their chiropractic care because of an ache or a pain.

I’m sure you did the same.

The pain that you have can be distracting, debilitating, irritating or annoying.

Pain can be chronic, acute, intense or intermittent.

Pain can be sharp or dull. And pain can be localized or general.

Pain may be a pain, but pain is not the problem!

Pain is a symptom.

A signal. A sign. An indicator. A warning.

*Pain is no more a problem than a traffic light or your alarm clock jarring you awake.*

If there’s a problem, it’s the meaning we attach to the pain.

When we meet patients who are in pain, our first thought is that they must have exceeded some physical, chemical or emotional limit to which they can no longer adapt.

So, while we’re interested in the pain, we’re even more interested in what was the underlying cause of the pain. Did it just happen? Has it been present a long time? What circumstances brought it on? Plus, what change(s) should be made to avoid this in the future?

Do you know someone who thinks pain is a problem? Have them call the office today. The consultation is FREE. In our practice, pain is never a problem!

Dr. Tony Garrow, Sea Girt, NJ, 732-233-8137

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Save Your Knees

A Canadian study found that 81% of joint replacement patients were classified as overweight or obese. But most knee problems can be avoided:

Lose Weight. Carrying around extra fat puts extra wear and tear on your joints, impairing function.

Strengthen Leg Muscles. Something as simple and inexpensive as walking or climbing stairs can do wonders to strengthen your knees.

Wear Supportive Shoes. When properly fitted, shoe orthotics help support the arches of your feet, giving your entire body a more stable platform.

All In the Wrist?

Do you have pain in your wrist? If you do that means there’s a problem in your wrist.

Double Crush: Double Crush occurs when nerves going to or from YOUR wrist are ‘pressured’ in the carpal tunnel and the spine, shoulder, neck or elbow. Resolving carpal tunnel problems requires looking beyond the wrist.

The Tunnel: The 8 small bones of your wrist are called carpals. They form a “tunnel” for the nerves and tendons that control your fingers to pass through. If any of the bones forming this tunnel loses its proper alignment, nerve pressure, inflammation and pain will result.

Chiropractic Can Help: In carpal tunnel cases, chiropractic adjustments produce excellent results. If you have wrist pain, call the office for a simple test. If the findings suggest further evaluation, we’ll discuss these with you fully. You won’t be sorry.

CALL (732)223-1990 NOW

Dr. Garrow, 2204 Highway 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

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Why Would You Get Your Baby Adjusted?

I’ve had a flyer very similar to this before, but kids are important, I’m going to discuss colic again. Colic is defined as inconsolable crying in an infant for as least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks. I think I forgot this after all my schooling but I wanted to share this with you as I feel it’s important to all children.

A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. You might want to take your child to a pediatrician if this happens, but what about bringing them in for a checkup for a spinal problem?

Colic typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months but sometimes lasts for as long as six months. Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. That’s a lot of colic. Medical doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned “Rule of 3” and AFTER, ruling out diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably.

Parents of infants with colicy babies report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don’t have colic.

The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression in the mother. In addition, colicky babies are more likely to be victims of child abuse and shaken baby syndrome. Despite the research done on colic there is no known cause, which can make treatment difficult. Here’s the good part. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments.

Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic”. For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying.
Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a “satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases“. The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments within two weeks.
Chiropractic care is a conservative, gentle, and very successful option for treating infants with colic. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are specific, gentle, and safe.
Sources:
4 Healthy Kids, Infant Colic Treatment (http://www.4healthykids.com/infant-…)
Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A Prospective Study of 316 Cases http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTR…)
The Short-Term Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Infantile Colic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 (Oct); 22 (8): 517-522

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, #7, Sea Girt, N.J., 08750,   732-223-1990

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Good Posture…Just How Important Is It To Your Health?

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can’t really be physically fit.

Surprised? Well, you’re not alone. The benefits of good posture may be among the “best” kept secrets. The good news is that most everyone can “avoid” the problems caused by bad posture…and you can make improvements at any age.

Good Posture is Good Health

We’re a health conscious society today and good posture is a part of it. Because good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just 15 minutes reading or typing when using the wrong positions exhausts the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back?

Poor Posture – How Does it Happen?

Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture can also develop from environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control.

In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:

1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space

Poor Posture & Pain

A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with…
Fatigue – then tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs – by this time, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. More than 80% of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years. We help you minimize those effects by removing spinal subluxations which contribute to bad posture and often first cause it to occur.

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, #7, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750, 732-223-1990

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