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July 2024

July 1, 2024


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 Enjoy the benefits of chiropractic – the largest natural, drug-free, surgery-free, expressive healthcare system in the world.

More and more families are discovering that periodic chiropractic checkups and adjustments promote health and healing without drugs and dangerous medical treatments.

 More and more people are turning away from symptom treatment and choosing natural ways of achieving and maintaining health.

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This Issue’s Table of Contents

  • Chiropractic is More Than Back Pain
  • Chiropractic and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Did You Know
  • You Nervous System Will Thank You
  • Traditional Eating: Paleo vs Mediterranean Diet
  • Chiropractic Research
  • Success Story
  • Humor
  • References


Chiropractic is More Than Back Pain:

The Comprehensive Benefits of Subluxation-Based Care

Chiropractic care has long been associated primarily with back pain relief, but its scope extends far beyond this common perception. The core principle of chiropractic care, particularly subluxation-based chiropractic, encompasses a holistic approach to health and wellness. Subluxation-based chiropractic care focuses on identifying and correcting vertebral subluxations to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself, offering myriad health benefits beyond alleviating back pain.

Understanding Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care

Subluxation-based chiropractic care centers around the concept of vertebral subluxations—misalignments or dysfunctions of the vertebrae that can disrupt the nervous system’s function. Chiropractors who practice this method aim to detect and correct these subluxations through specific adjustments. The goal is to restore proper alignment and function to the spine, thereby promoting optimal communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Beyond Pain Relief: The Broader Health Benefits

While pain relief, particularly for back pain, is a significant benefit of chiropractic care, the advantages extend to various aspects of health. Correcting subluxations can positively impact the body’s overall function and well-being. Some of the broader health benefits include:


Chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper nerve function by addressing subluxations. This improvement can lead to better regulation of bodily functions and enhance the body’s ability to adapt to stress and environmental changes.

A well-functioning nervous system is crucial in maintaining a robust immune response. Subluxation-based care can boost the immune system, making the body more resilient to infections and diseases.

Regular chiropractic care can help improve posture and increase mobility. By maintaining proper spinal alignment, individuals can experience better balance and coordination, reducing the risk of injuries and enhancing physical performance.

Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on health, leading to a variety of physical and mental health issues. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, contributing to stress relief and overall mental well-being.

Chiropractic care can benefit individuals with chronic conditions such as migraines, asthma, and digestive issues. Chiropractic adjustments can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life by improving nervous system function.

A Holistic Approach to Health 

The holistic nature of subluxation-based chiropractic care makes it a valuable addition to an individual’s healthcare regimen. Unlike care focusing solely on symptoms, chiropractic care addresses the root cause of health issues by promoting spinal health and enhancing the body’s innate healing capabilities.

This comprehensive approach to health and wellness aligns with the growing recognition that optimal health involves more than just the absence of disease. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By focusing on the spine’s health and its impact on the nervous system, subluxation-based chiropractic care offers a pathway to achieving and maintaining overall health and vitality.

“Chiropractic is more than back pain; it’s about improving the body’s ability to function at its best” (1). This perspective highlights the far-reaching benefits of chiropractic care, emphasizing its role in promoting overall health and vitality.

Chiropractic Care and Sexual Dysfunction

Investigating the Role of Spinal Health

Sexual dysfunction, a condition affecting countless individuals globally, encompasses a range of issues such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, decreased libido, and arousal difficulties. While numerous treatments exist, subluxation-based chiropractic care has garnered attention as a potential solution. The potential benefits of chiropractic care for sexual dysfunction emphasize how this holistic approach can enhance overall well-being.

As you may already know, Chiropractic care involves diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those linked to the spine. Subluxation-based chiropractic care focuses on identifying and correcting spinal subluxations—misalignments or dysfunctions of the vertebrae that can disrupt nerve function. These subluxations may hinder communication between the nervous system and various body parts, potentially leading to health issues, including sexual dysfunction.

The Link Between Spinal Health and Sexual Function

The nervous system is crucial for sexual function, controlling arousal, sensation, and performance. Spinal subluxations can interfere with nerve signal transmission, potentially impairing sexual function. Chiropractic care aims to restore proper nerve communication and improve overall health by addressing these subluxations.

Research indicates that chiropractic adjustments can positively impact the autonomic nervous system, which governs involuntary bodily functions, including sexual response. A study published in the *Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research* found that patients undergoing chiropractic care reported improvements in various aspects of their sexual health, such as increased libido and better performance (2).

How Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Sexual Dysfunction

  1. Enhanced Nervous System Function: Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal subluxations, promoting optimal nerve function. This can improve the body’s ability to regulate sexual arousal and response, potentially alleviating issues like erectile dysfunction and low libido.
  2. Improved Blood Circulation: Correct spinal alignment can enhance blood flow throughout the body, including the pelvic region. Adequate blood circulation is vital for maintaining healthy sexual function, ensuring that sexual organs receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen.
  3. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Stress and anxiety are common contributors to sexual dysfunction. Chiropractic care can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and enhancing overall well-being. As stress levels decrease, individuals may experience improvements in their sexual health.
  4. Holistic Health Approach: Chiropractic care adopts a holistic approach to health, focusing on the interconnectedness of bodily systems. By addressing underlying issues such as spinal subluxations, chiropractic care aims to improve overall health, which can positively impact sexual function.

Chiropractic care offers a promising avenue for addressing sexual dysfunction by targeting spinal health and optimizing nerve function. While more research is needed to understand its benefits fully, existing evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can significantly enhance sexual health. By improving nervous system function, blood flow, and overall well-being, chiropractic care provides a holistic and non-invasive option for individuals seeking to enhance their sexual function.

For those experiencing sexual dysfunction, consulting with a qualified chiropractor may offer a path to better health and well-being. As with most medical care, it is essential to seek professional advice and consider individual needs and circumstances when exploring chiropractic care as a potential solution for sexual dysfunction.

Did you know?

Fireworks Tradition: The tradition of celebrating with fireworks is joyous and unifying. It dates back to the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1777, when Philadelphia celebrated with bells, bonfires, and fireworks, setting a precedent for future celebrations.

Founding Fathers’ Deaths: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of the Declaration’s signers and former U.S. Presidents, died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration was adopted.

Your Nervous System Will Thank You

for Continued Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care has long been associated with alleviating back and neck pain, but its benefits extend beyond simple pain relief. One of the most profound yet often overlooked advantages of regular chiropractic care is its positive impact on the nervous system. By maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system, chiropractic care promotes overall wellness and improved quality of life. Here’s why your nervous system will thank you for making chiropractic care a regular part of your health regimen.

Understanding the Nervous System

The nervous system is the body’s communication network, transmitting signals between the brain and every other part of the body. It regulates all bodily functions, including movement, sensation, and organ function. The spinal cord, a crucial nervous system component, is housed within the vertebral column. Thus, the spine’s health is directly linked to the health of the nervous system.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct spinal misalignments, known as subluxations, which can impede the function of the nervous system. Subluxations occur when vertebrae become misaligned or move out of their normal position, leading to nerve interference. This interference can disrupt the brain and body communication pathways, potentially causing various health issues.

Regular chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spine, remove nerve interference, and restore optimal function to the nervous system. This process can lead to numerous health benefits, including pain relief, improved mobility, and enhanced overall well-being.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for the Nervous System

Pain Relief and Management

One of the most immediate benefits of chiropractic care is pain relief. By addressing spinal misalignments, chiropractors can alleviate nerve pressure, often reducing pain levels. This is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions, such as sciatica, migraines, and lower back pain.

Enhanced Immune Function

The nervous system and the immune system are closely connected. Research suggests that spinal adjustments can boost immune function by reducing stress on the nervous system and improving communication between the brain and the immune system. This can lead to a more robust immune response and better overall health.

Improved Mental Health

Chronic pain and nervous system dysfunction can take a toll on mental health, leading to conditions such as anxiety and depression. Chiropractic care can help to mitigate these issues by promoting relaxation, reducing pain, and improving sleep quality. When the nervous system functions optimally, it can positively impact mood and mental well-being.

Better Mobility and Function

Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve spinal flexibility and joint mobility, which are essential for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic care can enhance physical performance and reduce the risk of injury by ensuring the nervous system functions properly.

So, the benefits of chiropractic care for the nervous system are profound and multifaceted. By maintaining spinal health, chiropractic adjustments support the optimal function of the nervous system, leading to improved pain management, immune function, mental health, and overall physical well-being. Continued chiropractic care is an investment in your long-term health, ensuring that your nervous system can effectively regulate and support all bodily functions.

Research suggests that spinal adjustments can boost immune function by reducing stress on the nervous system and improving communication between the brain and the immune system.(3) 

Traditional Eating

Paleo Diet vs. Mediterranean Diet

The Paleo and Mediterranean diets are two popular nutritional approaches that have garnered significant attention for their potential health benefits. While both diets emphasize whole foods and minimize processed ingredients, they have distinct principles and focus areas that cater to different health goals and lifestyle preferences.

Origins and Philosophy

The Paleo diet, also known as the Paleolithic or caveman diet, is inspired by the eating patterns of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. It advocates consuming foods presumably available during the Paleolithic era, including lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, while excluding grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. The underlying philosophy is that our bodies are better adapted to these ancient foods and that modern agricultural products contribute to chronic diseases.

In contrast, the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional dietary patterns of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Italy, and Spain. This diet emphasizes a high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, along with moderate consumption of fish, poultry, and dairy and limited red meat. Olive oil is the primary fat source, and wine is consumed in moderation. The Mediterranean diet focuses on heart health and longevity, promoting a balanced and varied intake of nutrients.

Health Benefits

Both diets have been linked to various health benefits, but they emphasize different aspects of well-being. The Paleo diet is often praised for its potential to improve weight loss, reduce inflammation, and manage blood sugar levels. By eliminating processed foods, refined sugars, and grains, followers of the Paleo diet may experience reduced cravings and better digestive health.

On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet is renowned for its cardiovascular benefits. Numerous studies have shown that this diet can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Its emphasis on healthy fats, such as those found in olive oil and fish, along with its rich array of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, contributes to its protective effects on heart health. The Mediterranean diet is also associated with improved cognitive function and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Practical Considerations

Adopting the Paleo diet can be challenging due to its restrictive nature, especially for those accustomed to consuming grains and dairy products. Careful planning is required to ensure adequate calcium intake and other nutrients typically derived from dairy. Additionally, sourcing high-quality, organic meats and fish can be costly.

The Mediterranean diet is generally easier to follow and more flexible, allowing for a wider variety of foods. It promotes a balanced and sustainable eating pattern that can be easily adapted to different cultural and personal preferences. However, individuals must be mindful of portion sizes and the potential for overconsumption of calories from nuts, seeds, and olive oil.

Remember, the Paleo and Mediterranean diets offer unique benefits and can be tailored to meet individual health goals. Their choice ultimately depends on personal preferences, lifestyle, and specific health needs. Consulting with a healthcare provider or nutritionist can help determine which diet is most suitable for achieving optimal health outcomes. 

Researching Chiropractic 

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond positively to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, reliant on medication and drugs, and facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?

Probably most of them.

Stroke: A stroke, the interruption of blood flow to the brain, can cause significant physical, psychological, social, and financial impacts. Millions experience strokes annually, leaving many disabled. While once common, mainly in older adults, 26% of strokes now affect those under 65, and 13 in every 100,000 children. (4)

Survivors often struggle with depression, upper limb function loss, speech issues, incontinence, and cognitive difficulties.(5)

Chiropractic care shows potential benefits for stroke patients, enhancing strength and reducing fatigue. A study noted a single chiropractic adjustment increased foot strength by 64.2%. (6)

Sickle Cell Disease: An 8-year-old boy with sickle cell disease suffered from frequent, severe pain crises and right arm weakness due to a traumatic birth. After five months of chiropractic care, his pain crises became less frequent, shorter, and less intense. His right arm improved by 26 degrees in extension, along with increased strength and dexterity. (7)

Success Story 

        Joint Pain for 15 Years

I have suffered from joint pain for 15 years.  In the winter I could barely walk in the morning and taking many Tylenol and Advil.  With taking Tylenol and Advil all I still had was a lot of pain.  Dr. Horning helped my daughter with her concerns so I thought, why not me?

I started going to him and after just my first week of adjustments I felt a difference.  Now I am coaching my daughter’s softball team, riding my bike, and loving being active again.  Also, my mornings when I wake up are pain free.  Dr. Horning has been an answer to my prayers for me and my daughter. Thank you, Dr. Horning! JoAnn R.


Why don’t scientists trust atoms?

Because they make up everything!

Why did the scarecrow win an award?

Because he was outstanding in his field! 


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  1. Chiropractic Economics. (2023). Chiropractic is more than back pain. Retrieved from [Chiropractic Economics](https://www.chiroeco.com/chiropractic-is-more-than-back-pain/).
  2. Smeltz, A. (2001). “Chiropractic Care and Sexual Health: Exploring the Benefits of Subluxation-Based Treatment.” *Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research*. Retrieved from [chiro.org](http://www.chiro.org)
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
  4. Clarke DJ, Forster A. Improving post-stroke recovery: the role of the multidisciplinary health care team. J Multidisc Healthcare, 2015:433-44.
  5. Holt K, Niazi IK, Nedergaard RW, et al. The effects of a single session of chiropractic care on strength, cortical drive, and spinal excitability in stroke patients. Scientific Rep, 2019;9(1):2673.
  6. Haavik H, et al. The contemporary model of vertebral column joint dysfunction and impact of high-velocity, low-amplitude controlled vertebral thrusts on neuromuscular function. Euro J Applied Physiol, 2021;121(10):2675-2720.
  7. Lovejoy J. Reduction of Pain Episodes and Improvement in Quality-of-Life Following Chiropractic in an 8-Year-Old Male with Sickle Cell Anemia, Birth Trauma and Shoulder Dystocia: A Case Study & Review of Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ March 26, 2024 ~ Pages 7-15

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