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I was in a head on collision almost 13 years ago. My seat belt saved me but also damaged my back and neck. I have spent years in pain and have “thrown out my back” on a regular basis since then.

I have gone to back specialists, physical therapists, other chiropractors, you name it I’ve tried it! Most people suggest pain relievers, muscle relaxers and leaving my career as a stylist since I’m on my feet all day. Totally not the answer I was looking for!!! I started to throw my back out more frequently and and it was taking longer to heal.

My massage therapist  recommended Dr. Bill! She couldn’t say enough great things about him. I was feeling pretty defeated from my injuries by the time but I finally made an appointment. It was the best decision I have ever made!!! Not only has he been able to get rid of my pain 100% but he has also been working to correct my old injuries.

I am able to work out, work all day, and do my daily life with out pain and pressure or fear that my back is going to slip out!!! I felt an improvement the first week he worked with me and I have felt stronger ever since!!! I wish I met him sooner!!!! I have recommended a few friends that he has really helped as well!!!

He takes his time and really cares about your well being!!!  He has completely change my life in a positive way!!! Thank you Dr. Bill for everything you have done for me!!!

Before Care: Back and neck pain for 13 years following a motor vehicle accident.

After Care: I am able to work out, work all day, and do my daily life with out pain and pressure or fear that my back is going to slip out!

Program: Chiropractic & rehabilitation


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I was suffering from Spinal Spondylolisthesis… My experience with Cherry Street Chiropractic has been phenomenal. I had been experiencing lower back pain for several months. After a while, I realized it wasn’t something that was just going to go away. So I, like most people, did my research before going here. I read the reviews from previous patients of Dr. Nolan and the feedback seemed very positive.

I first sat down with Dr. Nolan and before performing any re-alignments and we discussed in details the ailments I had. From there, he was able to analyze my posture, check my hip/spinal alignments and take X-Rays. Throughout the whole process, Dr. Nolan was receptive to my concerns and was able to clearly and thoroughly explain how alignment issues can have an effect on the body. On my second appointment we sat down to analyze the X-Rays and discuss in more detail the issues I was facing. To be frank, I could not have gone to Dr. Nolan at a better time. I was informed that I was suffering from Spinal Spondylolisthesis and if I didn’t get it treated it would have only gotten worse. The diagnosis was clearly described to be, what it means, how it happens, how it affects my daily life, and courses of action for correction. From then, I have been working closely with Dr. Nolan weekly to correct my spinal alignment. Not only has he worked with me in person, I was provided with a detailed list of stretches/exercises I can work on at home to maximize the effects of the realignments.

On top of the positive nature, since I have started regularly going to Cherry Street Chiropractic I have seen a drastic improvement in my health. The back pains have been reduced if not extinguished, I am sleeping better, and I just feel like my overall health has improved.

Before Care: Back pain for months

After 3 Adjustments: The back pains have been reduced if not extinguished, I am sleeping better, and I just feel like my overall health has improved.

Program: Chiropractic & rehabilitation


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After suffering for months with back pain that woke me up every night, I finally decided to take action and called Cherry Street Chiropractic. I had visited one chiropractor before without much success, so needless to say, I was a bit skeptical. Upon walking into the beautiful office, Margaret greeted me with a genuine smile, instantly making me feel comfortable.

I met with Dr. Bill who carefully listened to my entire medical situation, asking follow up questions and truly getting to the root of the problem. After the evaluation and some x-rays, he confirmed his hunch that I had displaced ribs and also discovered underlying posture and spinal issues.

When I walked into Cherry Street, I was beyond frustrated. I was sleep-deprived, in almost constant pain (or at least discomfort), and simply worn down. Dr. Bill told me that he was putting together a whole plan to not only fix my current issues, but prevent it from coming back and halt the progress of damage that was being done. After two or three adjustments, I went from sleeping for 3-4 hours at a time to 7, and have already noticed an improvement in my posture.

I cannot recommend Cherry Street enough. Margaret and Ashley are lovely; friendly, concerned and understanding. Dr. Bill approaches each appointment with humor and honesty, and he is incredibly thorough and thoughtful. I credit everyone at Cherry Street with finally getting me to feel like myself again.

Before Care: Back pain and 3-4 hours of sleep at a time.

After 3 Adjustments: Improved posture, less pain and sleeping 7 hours.

Program: Chiropractic & rehabilitation


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Your posture is a window into your spine. The spine has a direct connection with your brain, spinal cord, and overall organ function. This relationship means that poor posture and spinal health will lead to an overall decrease in brain and organ function. Bad posture is a modern day health epidemic that is much worse than most people realize.

Dr. Roger Sperry, a Nobel Prize recipient, reports that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity (your posture).

Leaning or hunching forward, as demonstrated in the picture, can affect your lung capacity by as much as 30 percent. This decreased lung capacity does not allow your tissues or heart to receive oxygenated blood, which can lead to shortness of breath and heart and vascular disease.

Since many of us spend many hours per week on the computer it is important to use a proper ergonomic set-up. Email me a picture of your computer set-up I will make recommendations and send it back to you. My email address is drbill@cherrychiro.com. Have someone take a picture of you at your desk from the side and if possible the front and or back. Better posture leads to better health!


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The act of stretching has not only become an art form but also has many philosophies and theories to go along with it. To make life easier, here are some simple guidelines to follow. These guidelines will greatly enhance your physical fitness.

The most common mistake made when stretching is not properly warming up! Many think that stretching is a warm up and it simply is not! Warming up refers to raising the core temperature of your body.

 

It is very important to perform a general warm-up before you stretch. It is not a good idea to stretch before your muscles are warm. Cold stretching (no warm-up), on the other hand, can greatly increase your risk of injury! Warming will do more than just loosen stiff muscles; when done properly, it can actually improve performance.

In general, the fewer muscles you try to stretch at once, the better. For example, if you want to stretch your hamstrings you are better off trying to stretch one hamstring instead of both hamstrings at the same time. When you isolate a muscle, you experience less resistance from other muscle groups. This is turn gives you greater control over the stretch and allows you to easily change its intensity.

One thing many people seem to disagree about is how long to hold a passive stretch. The truth is that no one really knows just how long is best. A good common ground seems to be about 20 seconds.

Another factor to achieve the ideal stretch is taking slow, relaxed breaths. Some experts recommend increasing the intensity of the stretch only when exhaling. Proper breathing helps to relax the body, increases blood flow throughout the body, and helps to remove lactic acid and other by-products of exercise.

Here are just some of the benefits of proper stretching:

  • enhanced physical fitness
  • enhanced ability to perform skilled movements
  • increased mental and physical relaxation
  • enhanced development of body awareness
  • reduced risk of injury
  • reduced muscular soreness
  • reduced muscular tension

Start stretching today and remember: Don’t Stretch til You Sweat!


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Dr. Bill Nolan from Cherry Street Chiropractic offers simple tips to avoid back injuries while show shoveling. “Snow shoveling can be stressful. Bending forward, lifting, and twisting, combined with the exposure to the cold, can cause muscle spasms, strains or tears. Your spine is in the most vulnerable position when you flex forward and rotate. This is why simple movements such as raking, vacuuming, and shoveling cause a lot of injuries.”

First, there is a right way and wrong way to shovel. Most people shovel the wrong way and put their spine at risk for injury. The most common method of shoveling is to load up the shovel, lift the load without using your legs, and heave the load over one of your shoulders. This method puts tremendous pressure on the lower back, increasing your risk of injury.

Dr. Bill suggests these tips when dealing with snow:

  • Warm-Up. Before you start any type of exercise you want to do a warm-up, shoveling is no different. A body that is stiff and tight is prime for an injury. A few minutes of walking, jumping jacks and stretching can do you a lot of good.
  • Stay warm. Once you start working outside you want to keep your muscles warm. The best way to do this is layer your clothing. If you get too hot you can always take a layer off. Your hands and feet are important areas to stay warm as well.
  • Proper shovel. The right shovel should be about chest high on you, this allows you to keep your back straight while shoveling. If you use a shovel that is too short you will be forced to lean forward more putting more stress on the lower back.
  • Proper posture. When you do shovel, use your legs and bend with your knees. Instead of throwing the snow use the shovel to push the snow straight ahead into the snow bank.
  • Take breaks. If you shovel for too long or too fast without taking a break your muscles are at higher risk for a strain. Think about lifting weights, you would never bench press for 30 minutes without a break. Use the same approach with shoveling. Take frequent breaks.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep your body hydrated while shoveling with plenty of water. Take the same approach to moving snow as you would with exercising at the gym.

Good luck with the snow! Stay safe and stay warm. If an injury does occur please do not hesitate to call us.


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Last year I attended a conference entitled: Move Well- Innate Physical Fitness & Spinal Hygiene…there were so many good take aways. One concept that really stuck with me was the fact that our new “normal” is to be unhealthy and unfit whereas just a few decades ago it was the norm to be fit and healthy.

To get you started to move in the right direction here are 10 Activities to Avoid or Minimize:
1. Sitting
2. Standing with weight on one foot
3. Reading on your back with head in a flexed position
4. One sided sports (creates imbalances-always practice with both hands)
5. Carrying bags on one shoulder
6. Sleeping on your stomach
7. Cradling phone between shoulder and ear
8. Watching tv (no justification possible)
9. Repetitive activities with arms in front or overhead
10.Poor posture during any activity

Tomorrow we will discuss 10 Good Choices to Make…stay tuned.


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Do you suffer from shoulder, neck or head tension? If so, you may have Forward Head Posture. Forward Head Posture is one of the most common causes of neck and shoulder tension as well as certain types of headaches. Forward Head Posture can be identified when the ear is positioned forward from the shoulder, rather than sitting directly over it (see picture).

For every one inch your head moves forward from its proper position, the head gains approximately 10 pounds in weight.  This forces the muscles in your upper back and neck to work much harder to keep the head from dropping forward. Fatigue is one of the most common causes of poor posture. Tired muscles cannot support the spine as it was designed to do.

Forward Head Posture can be a result of poor habits such as “slouching” at the computer, sitting awkwardly on the couch, or poor sleeping posture. These habits can be worsened if the neck muscles have been strained and or sprained in the past.

Awareness of proper neck and shoulder posture is the first step toward correction. One simple exercise you can do, at home or work, to alleviate neck and shoulder tension is the “double chin” exercise.

Start by standing or sitting up straight. Look straight ahead and make sure your chin is level with the floor. Pull your head back as far you can, keeping the chin level, until the skin under your neck bunches and looks like a double chin. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Do 10 repetitions. This exercise should be done at least once per day.


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We do things for our kids because we want what’s best for them, right? We want them to be happy, healthy, do good in school, etc..  We buy homes in certain school districts because we believe it will give them an edge later in life.  We put off vacations and new cars so that we can put money away for their college education.  Of all the things I do for my kids, the one that I am most proud…

…is to give them a chiropractic adjustment!

To understand why I adjust my kids, it’s best to understand what the adjustment does to the body.  The brain controls everything in our bodies;  how we move, how our organs work, how we digest food, how we fight illness and disease. The only way for the brain to communicate with the body is along the “Super Highway” of nerves that travel down the spine and out to the organs, muscles and tissues.

We adjust the spine to make sure that there is no interference with the brain’s communication to the rest of the body. When there is no interference the body will do two things…it will function and heal better! .  Kids sleep better, eat better, fewer notes come home from teachers because they can control themselves better in class.  I notice a difference in my kids when they are getting regular adjustments and you will too.

I adjust my family because I love them and I want what’s best for them.


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