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October 2010 

dr heidi
Happy October!  In keeping with the theme of Halloween, I'd like to address some of the common fears associated with Chiropractic care.  It is completely understandable that the noise of spinal adjustments and the perceived twisting of the neck is cause for concern for most people. Innately, we are aware that our cervical spine, brain stem and spinal cord are vital to our health and without proper education even the term "adjustment" can seem "scary".  But I'd like to put some perspective on those fears and hopefully alleviate them through education just as I do for new patients on a daily basis in my practice. 

Statistics show that only 1 in 5.85 million patients are injured by a Chiropractor.  To put this risk into perspective, if you drive more than a mile to get to your chiropractic appointment, you are at greater risk of serious injury from a car accident than from your chiropractic visit.   Did you also know that 1 in 3 hospital visits are associated with the use of aspirin or NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen.  So to pop a pain reliever or get one from your doctor for back pain is statistically more scary than the adjustment.  Many patients opt to do no treatment at all saying they will live with the pain, do some stretches and hope it goes away.  This also carries risk because just as an untreated cavity in your mouth, neck pain left untreated causes spinal decay which can overtime cause so much damage that surgery is the only option.
Furthermore, surgery carries risks many times greater than those of chiropractic treatment.  The research speaks for itself - pain killers, surgery and non-treatment are all more "scary" than adjustments as provided by your Chiropractor.  And with a recent study showing 84% success rate of Chiropractic care on 517 patients, this modality when used as part of your wellness program, seems like the obvious choice to me.  I hope I've help demystify your fears about Chiropractic. 
I encourage each of you do do your own research pertaining to the safety of Chiropractic by visiting and type in "Safety of Chiropractic" as well as read the studies in Dr. Broosan's Research Corner this month.

Until our next adjustment...

Yours in health,

Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team

Is your fright of needles keeping you from this devilishy fabulous therapy?
Do you have the guts to face your fear of acupuncture needles? 

Many of my patients frequently admit that their notion about acupuncture needles is far more ghoulish than the treatment itself.  A lot of patients imagine that acupuncture is as painful as when blood is withdrawn.  Nothing could be further from the truth as the thin, hair-like sterile, disposable needles used during an acupuncture session bear no resemblance to the large needles used for blood withdrawal.

While about 2% of patients can experience slight bruising at the needle site and first-timers can be a little light-headed after treatment, these side-effects are all mild in comparison to alternatives such as medication or surgical complications. For those patients with reservations, once they muster up enough nerve to receive acupuncture, they realize the benefits of the therapy out far weigh the frightful misconceptions they once had.

So face your fears to get therapeutic relief for what ails you and experience the joy of health and wellness! 

Wishing you a Happy Halloween, a solemn Day of the Dead and All Saints Day!
--Veronica Sanchez, LAc.

Veronica Sanchez    818-480-8227

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healthy food heart Healthy Nutrition Tip-of-the-Month!

from our Clinical Nutritionist Michelle

Here is a healthy Halloween Treat that's fun to make and enjoy with the whole family! 

Vegan Brown Rice Krispie Treats


1/2 cup of organic all natural crunchy peanut butter (salted)
1/2 cup of brown rice syrup
3 1/2 cups of brown rice krispies cereal
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips (optional)
Makes 9 squares.


Put peanut butter, rice syrup, and vanilla into a small sauce pan and heat over a low heat for a few minutes until the mixture is liquid.

While the mixture is being heated, spray a large bowl with cooking spray before adding the rice cereal.  Pour the peanut butter syrup over the cereal and combine until all of the rice krispies are evenly coated (you may have to work it a little).

Transfer krispies into an 8x8-glass baking dish that has been lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Pat them down and make them nice and even, pop in the fridge about an hour or so, then cut em' up and enjoy!

If adding the chocolate:
After you have combined the cereal and syrup, stir in cup of chocolate chips. Make sure the syrup is not too hot, give it a few minutes to drop in temperature so the chips will stay in tact.
Once the chips are stirred in, place into the baking dish and chill.

If someone is allergic to peanuts, they can use organic all-natural salted almond butter but better if it isn't the raw kind.

To book your personal Nutrition Consultation with Michelle, please call us at 818-549-1300

   Dr. Broosan's Research Corner

Is Chiropractic Care safe?

Is chiropractic safe for adults?  How about for children?  These are legitimate questions that people ask.  However, these questions can often evoke emotional responses fed by sensationalistic media coverage.  The purpose of this piece is to help answer these questions using SCIENCE and REASONING rather than emotion so that we may help clear up this issue.    We have a lot of information, so let's get right to it!

This paper discusses the safety and benefits of chiropractic care for children: 

"Of the 812 clinical cases, 717 indicated experiencing an improvement with their presenting symptoms, while 9 patients reported treatment-related aggravations. These were described as "soreness" or "fussy." No treatment-related complications were reported.  Seventy-four cases had reported improvements unrelated to their presenting complaints and described as increased range of motion, improved sleep, improved immune function and improved patient mood."

Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. Treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: a practice-based survey of practitioners. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2007; 12 (Suppl 1): 3.


According to this study, the estimate for a possible neurological adverse effect to a child from receiving an adjustment is extremely rare:

"This paper has reviewed literature concerning the occurrence of neurological and/or vertebrobasilar (N/VB) complications in patients receiving either specific chiropractic adjustments and/or non-specific manipulations of the spine..... there would be a chance of approximately 1 in 250 million pediatric visits that a N/VB complication would result."

Pistolese RA. Risk assessment of neurological and/or vertebrobasilar complications in the pediatric chiropractic patient. J Vertebral Sublux Res 1998;2(2):73-81.


After a study of stroke reports during a 10 year period, according to the authors the risk of stroke following a neck adjustment is very rare - about 1 in 5.85 million neck adjustments. 

"The likelihoodthat a chiropractor will be made aware of an arterial dissectionfollowing cervical manipulation is approximately 1:8.06 millionoffice visits, 1:5.85 million cervical manipulations..."


Haldeman S, et al. Arterial dissection following cervical manipulation: a chiropractic experience. Can Med Assoc J 2001;165(7): 905-06.


Is there any kind of treatment that is completely free of potential adverse effects?  Probably not.  Just for comparison, let's look at some statistics for commonly used medications. 

"Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone."

Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Gastropathy,

 American Journal of Medicine 1998 (Jul 27); 105 (1B): 31S-38S



Here is what the author of this study comparing neck adjustments to taking NSAIDs concludes:

"Conclusion: The best evidence indicates that cervical manipulation for neck pain is much safer than the use of NSAIDs, by as much as a factor of several hundred times. There is no evidence that indicates NSAID use is any more effective than cervical manipulation for neck pain."


Dabbs V, Lauretti WJ. A risk assessment of cervical manipulation vs. NSAIDs for the treatment of neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995;18 :530 -536.

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Conquer your fear of needles
Massage Special
Healthy Halloween Recipe
Dr. Broosan's Research Corner
Walk to School Day
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Halloween Activities
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