Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chiropractors Perform School Exams

Chiropractors have performed School Physicals and School Athletic Pre-Participation Examinations for many years.  When I was a high school athlete, Dr. Bob Gunther (senior) evaluated me each year before school started.  I'm pretty sure Dr. Gunther is retired now, but you can still get a school physical at most chiropractic offices the area.  The examinations have some slight differences.  The entry exams are less thorough and have a brief medical history questionnaire.  The evaluations both include basic vision and hearing, height and weight and general systems review.  The sports physical has a more in depth questionnaire and a musculoskeletal component.  Either of the the exams may result in a referral to a specialist for a more comprehensive exam before the student is allowed to participate without any restrictions.  These exams are great screening tools to help detect underlying conditions before they manifest with possibly serious complications.  Both myself and Dr. Vislocky do either of these examinations and we charge just $25.  Although an appointment is not necessary, it is certainly recommended. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CrossFit or Whatever Keeps You Motivated

I make sure that my patients understand that chiropractic is just a piece of the puzzle for good health.  Nutrition, rest, a positive attitude and exercise all have significant influence on your health.  Exercise always seems to be a hot topic. People often ask me what the best exercise is.  I wish it were that simple.  The fact is, the best exercise for you may be completely different than the best exercise for the next guy.  My patients often hear me say:  “Exercise should be something that raises your heart rate and something that you enjoy enough to do three times a week.”  If you don’t enjoy your exercise regimen it won’t last long.  

Jenny sprints down the beach pulling a 25 pound weight at a recent "Beach WOD" hosted by Cross Fit Clearwater

Recently I have been exercising at a CrossFit gym in Largo.  Well, technically a CrossFit gym is called a Box, not a gym.  Fundamentally, CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program.  The CrossFit workout of the day (or WOD) is the same for everybody and takes less than an hour – as little as 10 minutes. The intensity is scaled for each participant.  For example if the WOD includes push-ups and you aren’t able to do pushups, you will do the same motion with less resistance.  Maybe knee push-ups or even kneeling pushes.  A neat thing about cross fit is that everyone at the Box and everyone at a CrossFit Box around the world (for the most part) are doing the same workout.  

Could you hurt yourself?  Well, I have treated some injuries from CrossFit but not any more than injuries from softball, or gardening for that matter.  Your trainer, whether at CrossFit or otherwise, should be sensitive to the limitations that your age, size and/or physical condition put on you.  Understand your own limitations and don’t do  too much too fast.

I have seen CrossFit change people’s lives.  The intensity of exercise, variety of movements and camaraderie among CrossFitters keeps many people working out long after they might have thrown in the towel at a regular gym.   Some of my healthiest patients walk on the beach five days a week, some are avid paddle boarders and some look forward everyday to completing the WOD at the BOX.  

The neighborhood Box in Largo 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween - Be Safe Out There

 Some things are too scary - even for a Halloween Post. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. Here is some information about medical error deaths in the US.  Hospitals save lives - but you really want to avoid them if possible.  Live to be healthy.  Eat good food, exercise, rest, have a good attitude and get adjusted.

In researching this post, I found that although you are less likely to get an infection at a hospital in the US (1.4 million annually)  compared to Europe (4 million annually) -  you are much more likely to die from your infection in the US.   80,000 deaths with 1.4M infections in the US versus 37,000 deaths with 4M infection in Europe.  I credit the overuse of antibiotics and the prevalence of resistant strains like MRSA.  

And we were just afraid of razor blades in apples.

Here are some more facts:
“The health care system also may contribute to poor health through its adverse effects. For example, US estimates of the combined effect of errors and adverse effects that occur because of iatrogenic damage not associated with recognizable error include:
• 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
• 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
• 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
• 80,000 deaths/year from infections contracted in hospitals
• 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications

These total to 225 000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes. Three caveats should be noted. First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients. Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include adverse effects that are associated with disability or discomfort. Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the IOM report. If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230000 to 284000.”

More: Is US Health Really the Best in the World? Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Chiropractic for Children?

Once you understand the basic principle of chiropractic, it makes so much sense.  Chiropractic is a drug free profession that focuses on wellness.  Chiropractors detect and correct spinal fixations restoring proper motion to your spinal column.  The spinal column houses the nerves that control the function of virtually every cell in your body.  Spinal fixations, left untreated, can lead to postural abnormalities, pain and even altered bodily function.  Children respond extremely well to Chiropractic care.  Typically, a spinal fixation detected in a child can be fixed with a relatively short treatment plan. 

Chiropractic care can make you feel like a superhero.

Adjustments by chiropractors who are trained to treat children will be specific, gentle and painless.  A chiropractic physician does not replace the pediatrician but rather works with him or her to maintain your child’s health.  I care for many children in my practice.  I have checked dozens of newborns and have adjusted children as young as a week old.  The most miraculous and immediate responses that I have seen over the years have always been with children.  I feel very strongly that children should have periodic checks for proper spinal motion.  A single chiropractic adjustment on a child could help prevent a lifetime of problems. 

Children are designed to be healthy.  With a nervous system free of interference and given proper nutrition, activity, rest and encouragement your child should be on the way to a happy and healthy life. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Good afternoon! 
Here is an article Dr. Brown recently did for a local newspaper...


Have you had a headache recently?  If so, you are not alone.  Each year, about 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches.  Headaches cost billions of dollars each year in lost productivity at work and treatment expenses.  A bad headache may make you feel as if your brain is pounding, but your brain does not have the ability to sense pain.  Instead, headache pain is felt in the adjacent nerves, muscle and tissues of your head and neck.

Doctors and researchers have spent a lot of effort categorizing headaches.  In 2007, the International Headache Society developed an updated classification system for headaches.  The three major categories are primary headaches, secondary headaches and other headaches that do not fit into the first two categories.  Primary headaches consist of migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches.  Tension headaches are the most common and are often attributed to poor posture and stress.   Migraine headaches are three times more common in women and have long been known to be related to blood flow.  Recently researchers have linked the relationship between the nervous system and the blood flow in your head with migraine headaches.  Cluster headaches are relatively rare and most commonly affect men in their late twenties.

Secondary headaches are relatively rare.  These headaches are caused by a broad range of underlying diseases or conditions including brain tumors, aneurysms, inflammatory diseases, and abnormalities of the spinal fluid.  In these cases, the underlying cause of chronic headaches could be a life threatening condition and your medical or chiropractic physician has been trained to recognize the warning signs for such conditions.

The most common headache scenario that I encounter as a treating physician is frequent (often daily) headaches in a person with a forward head posture.  Forward head posture (the loss of a normal cervical curve) can be the result of a traumatic injury, but is most often caused by poor ergonomic posture - such as tilting your chin toward your chest for hours of computer work.

Most headaches are treated medically with over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin) and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Sometimes a prescription narcotic or a serotonin inhibitor (Imitrex) will be used if the over-the-counter drugs are ineffective.

As an alternative to taking medication, chiropractic care can be very effective in reducing or eliminating chronic headaches.  Chiropractors look for spinal joints that are not moving correctly and then gently restore proper motion.  Exercises and a stretching regimen often will accompany your chiropractic adjustments to help you get better faster.  Improved neck movement and overall posture results in less muscular tension, improved blood flow and very often less headaches. 


Get Adjusted!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Alright,  It has been quite a while.  Frankly we have been busy - busy is good!  Yesterday Jenny and I took a course called "Balanced Bites."  It was presented by the author of "Practical Paleo" and the originator of the "Cavegirl Eats" Blog.  It was a who, what and why of eating a Paleo (or ancestral) diet.  It was very enlightening.  I am not going to try to summarize eight hours of education here but I will hit some of the high points.   
  • What we eat is important.  If we eat lousy our health will most likely be lousy.  
  • You should not eat processed foods.
  • Our body performs its best when we eat whole foods. 
  • Margarine was absolutely horrible for your health - although it was touted as a healthy alternative to butter.
  • Pay attention to where your food comes from, you should be comfortable with the ingredients and each step of any processing. 
  • Eating fats is essential.  Eating refined or highly processed carbs makes YOU fat. 
  • Even in today's bustling world, it is possible to eat healthy.
  • What we once believed, is not necessarily true.
  • Eggs are good, butter is good, coconut oil is good, bacon is good, steak is good  - This isn't going to be so bad. 
I'm sure this probably raises more questions then it answers.  Please ask!  Or follow the links below:

Cave Girl Eats Blog      Balanced Bites

I promise I will be posting more regular entries in this blog.

Eat Well!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Every year Tampa Bay Newspapers (Largo Leader, Belleair Bee, Clearwater Beacon, etc.) solicit their readers' opinions in their "Reader's Choice" poll. Readers are asked to choose their favorites in categories ranging from favorite appetizer to best veterinarian. The voting has begun for 2011 so we ask that you please take some time to fill one out. They are available in TBN's free papers or online at

Thanks to all of our wonderful patients, Main Street Chiropractic has been ranked amongst the best chiropractors in Pinellas county for the past several years.