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I am a “Break Fix Kind of Guy”…

Published March 24, 2016 | By Dr. Michael Kwast

Had a patient tell me, “I am a break fix kind of guy”. I am not sure what that exactly means. Does that mean you don’t go to the dentist until your teeth hurt? Do you not change your oil until it is low? Do you only exercise when you are overweight?

It is hard to understand why anyone would want to come in hurting, when it could have been prevented. The only thing I can imagine, is that he doesn’t understand the ramifications. By waiting till it hurts, you are choosing to have more degeneration and osteoarthritis. You are choosing to increase your chances of injury. You are choosing to have less range of motion. You are choosing to suffer. You are choosing to have an increase in whole body inflammation. You are choosing to have a systemic stress hormone increase. Why would anyone pick this choice, unless they don’t “get it”. Sad.

Ideally, a patient should come in and say, “Please check me out, find any areas of tightness, restricted motion, muscle knots, and imbalances, so I can have those corrected, so I have less chance of injury and arthritis, so I can perform better in all physical activities, and have an overall better and more active quality of life.”

Why are you waiting to hurt?

Dr. Michael Kwast is a Grand Rapids Chiropractor at iChiro Clinics. iChiro Clinics has been awarded the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Torch Award for Ethics in 2014, and voted the Best of Grand Rapids in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Kwast is the author of the book, “7 Beliefs Destroying Your Health“. He has been a speaker on television, and the host of the radio show, “Shattering the Status Quo“.

 

Is there a CURE for that?

Published January 11, 2016 | By Dr. Michael Kwast

In my Grand Rapids chiropractic clinic, I often hear patients talk about “cures”. This is an interesting idea. My first thought is what do you mean by cure? Do you mean get rid of your symptom? Or, do you mean fix the underlying cause? What I have discovered, is when most of the people I talk with refer to a cure, they simply mean getting rid of the symptom. For example, if you have a headache and take an aspirin, you have “cured” your headache. However, if you get a headache again tomorrow, that really wasn’t a cure.

In fact, most problems have NO “cure”. Think about it, does the cholesterol medication you take cure the problem, or do you take the pill forever? Does the high blood pressure medication cure the high blood pressure, or do you take the pills forever? Does the acid reflux medication cure the problem, or do you have to take it forever? Does the visit to the dentist cure the problem of plaque on your teeth? Or, is there more plaque when you show up 6 months later? Even surgery can’t cure everything. About 80% of patients who have had a back surgery will have another. The idea that removing an organ cures the organ is ridiculous. If you remove your gallbladder or appendix, you certainly won’t have that problem again because the organ is now gone. Some problems have no cure. For example, many injuries will cause actual physical damage that rarely can be “cured” or made 100% normal again. Same with degenerative arthritis, you can often make the joint feel and function better, however, it will never be the same as before.

I was talking with a guy the other day at a store. He found out I was a chiropractor, and started talking. It went something like this. Him: “My neck is a degenerated mess. I go to so many doctors. If I thought you could cure me, I would come in to see you.” Me: “What are you doing for the severe degeneration in your neck?” Him: “Well I take oxy and get steroid shots in my neck every week.” Me: “Hmmm, how is that fixing your neck?” Him: “Well…umm…I guess it’s not.” Me: “Right, so the other doctors can’t fix your neck, but you still are going to them?” Him: “Yeah…umm…” Me: “So, let me ask you, if you could be 10-20% improved would you be interested in that? Even though there is no cure for your problems?” Him: “Well…I guess…sure.” Me: “So what is holding you back?” Him: “If…umm…I…”.

Most of the people I talk with are simply not educated on their problems and really are not informed of the expectations of results, and what is meant by results and/or cure. Really, you should be looking for improvement. Not only in symptoms, but in your mobility and function. These all combine to create your quality of life.

We all degenerate over time. So there is no cure for life. Well, there is, called death. So the answer is not to try and find cures for everything, but to try and make you last as long as possible, with the highest qualtiy of life as possible. By adopting this mindset, you will set yourself up for an attainable goal to be your best for as long as possible!

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Dr. Michael Kwast is a chiropractor in Grand Rapids Michigan, and the CEO of iChiro Clinics. He is the author of the book, “7 Beliefs Destroying Your Health“. His clinics have received the 2014 Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Trust Award for Ethics, and Grand Rapids Magazines Best of Grand Rapids for 2014.


Knee Pain?

MPublished January 6, 2016 | By Dr. Michael Kwast

In Grand Rapids, knee pain is a common condition that many people endure. There are many causes from slips, falls, injuries, accidents, and cumulative traumas. The muscles around the knee, the ligaments, and the meniscus are tissues that can be injured. By addressing the muscles and ligaments, relief and improved function can often be obtained. By combining chiropractic adjustments to the muscles, massage therapy, nutrition, stretching, and exercises, knee pain can often be helped. By using multiple therapies, the benefits are compounded and results are more likely to be obtained. A great tool to exercise the deep muscles is by utilizing a vibration plate. To aid in decompressing the joints, an inversion table is also a great tool. Nutritionally, glucosamine is another tool to help make the cartilage in your joints be more durable and healthy. Our Grand Rapids chiropractors have helped many people recover, be able to function better, and enjoy physical activities again. If you, or someone you know are suffering with knee pain, give one of our Grand Rapids chiropractic offices a call and get started on your path to recovery.

 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

Do I have a slipped disc?

Mike Kwast, DC Saturday, 07 March 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

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Did I slip a disc?  Many people in Grand Rapids believe that they have slipped a disc.  I hear this comment frequently, however, that is not what is really happening.  Discs don’t slip, they bulge, herniate, and rupture.  The actual disc is very tightly adhered to the bone.  What happens is when the deep stabilizer muscles compress the disc it will compress and bulge out the side like a tube of toothpaste when you step on the tube.  Trauma can also cause compression on the disc, like falling off a ladder.  So does everyone with back pain have a disc problem?


In a ground breaking study performed by the New England Journal of Medicine, 98 asymptomatic (pain free) people were given MRI examinations to determine the presence or absence of lumbar disc herniations. The findings were surprising.  Of the 98 individuals examined only 36% (about 36 people) had what doctors consider "normal discs at all levels".  Over 52% had at least one disc bulge while 27% had at least one disc herniation!So, you may have a disc problem and not even feel it!  Depending on the severity of the disc problem, and the location of the bulging/herniation/rupture, you may have no symptoms at all.  Many times the symptoms people feel are not from the disc, but from the surrounding tissues that are often damaged too.  By properly rehabbing these tissues, many patients can reduce and eliminate their symptoms.

 

To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

 

Crack Your Back

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 02 March 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

2.jpgChiropractors “crack” your bones, right?  Wrong.  The chiropractic adjustment causes a quick stretch on the deep stabilizer musculature around the spinal joints, which stimulates a reflex in the muscles causing them to reflexly relax.  As the muscles relax, the space in the joint enlarges, causing the fluid in the joint to rapidly turn into a gas (cavitation), which releases energy and creates a “cracking” noise.  By retraining these muscles to remain in the relaxed state, you can decrease pressure in the joint, which decreases the compressive forces on the cartilage inside the joint and on the discs.  This is valuable because less compression on the discs and on the cartilage will slow down the degenerative process and prevent arthritic changes.  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

 

Talk of the Town Award

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 18 February 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

3.jpgWe are so excited to announce that iChiro Clinics, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has received the “Talk of the Town” award for customer satisfaction for the sixth year in a row!  Our team has worked hard to ensure that patients’ needs are put first, and our entire system is designed to educate, inform, and empower patients to take charge of their health.  If you are wondering how to find a great grand rapids chiropractor who you can trust, look no more and give one of our offices a call.  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

 

How do I fix my neck?

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 05 February 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

4.pngThis is a very common question I hear from Grand Rapids’ residents.  My question is, “What do you mean by fix?”  Are you trying to fix your pain?  Or, fix the cause?  Most people mask their pain with medications, however, masking is not fixing!  This leads to addictions, side effects, and a worsening of the condition.  Clearly, the better approach is to fix the underlying cause.  An example most people can relate has to do with your car.  Imagine your car is making a horrible noise.  You take it to the mechanic and he says he can fix it.  He reaches in and turns up your radio so loud you can no longer hear the noise. He tells you it is fixed.  Obviously, you would not settle for that!  However, this is what people are settling for when they take masking medications. 

 

Most back problems stem from damage to the deep stabilizer musculature along the spine.  When these muscles are damaged, they compress the joints, pinch nerves, bulge the discs.  In order for a disc to be damaged, these muscles will have failed and become damaged first.  By changing these muscles, you can often experience great improvements because they are the cause.

So how do you fix these muscles?  The first step is to be able to find which muscles are damaged.  Specific chiropractic testing can determine where these muscles are malfunctioning.  Next, chiropractic adjustments will cause these muscles to reflexly relax.  Adjustments are to the muscle, not to the bones as most people think.  Once these muscles are relaxed and returned to normal function, you need to strengthen them.  An easy way is to utilize vibration plate technology to strengthen these stabilizer muscles.

That is how you “fix” the problem.  Be aware that sometimes damage can be so severe, that a “fix” does not exist.  Sometimes achieving maximum function is all that can be done. To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

How do I fix my back?

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 26 January 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

5.pngThis is a very common question I hear from Grand Rapids’ residents.  My question is, “What do you mean by fix?”  Are you trying to fix your pain?  Or, fix the cause?  Most people mask their pain with medications, however, masking is not fixing!  This leads to addictions, side effects, and a worsening of the condition.  Clearly, the better approach is to fix the underlying cause.  An example most people can relate has to do with your car.  Imagine your car is making a horrible noise.  You take it to the mechanic and he says he can fix it.  He reaches in and turns up your radio so loud you can no longer hear the noise. He tells you it is fixed.  Obviously, you would not settle for that!  However, this is what people are settling for when they take masking medications. 

Most back problems stem from damage to the deep stabilizer musculature along the spine.  When these muscles are damaged, they compress the joints, pinch nerves, bulge the discs.  In order for a disc to be damaged, these muscles will have failed and become damaged first.  By changing these muscles, you can often experience great improvements because they are the cause.

So how do you fix these muscles?  The first step is to be able to find which muscles are damaged.  Specific chiropractic testing can determine where these muscles are malfunctioning.  Next, chiropractic adjustments will cause these muscles to reflexly relax.  Adjustments are to the muscle, not to the bones as most people think.  Once these muscles are relaxed and returned to normal function, you need to strengthen them.  An easy way is to utilize vibration plate technology to strengthen these stabilizer muscles.

That is how you “fix” the problem.  Be aware that sometimes damage can be so severe, that a “fix” does not exist.  Sometimes achieving maximum function is all that can be done. To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

 

Grand Rapids Magazine Award

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 22 January 2015 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

6.pngWe are so excited to announce that iChiro/Peak Performance Chiropractic is the recipient of the Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll for 2014.  Our team has worked hard to ensure that patients’ needs are put first, and our entire system is designed to educate, inform, and empower patients to take charge of their health.  If you are wondering how to find a grand rapids chiropractor who you can trust, look no more and give one of our offices a call.  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

 

 

 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

Computerized Adjustment Screen

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 03 December 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

7.pngMany people in Grand Rapids, Michigan are unaware of the advances in Chiropractic care.  Computerized adjustments are now available, where a computer measures where the tight and restricted vertebrae are, and then adjusts them by stimulating the muscles to relax with a gentle and comfortable impulse. There is no cracking or popping, twisting or turning.  Results are measured by the computer to give a before and after scan to ensure change occurs on each visit.  The photo shows a patient who experienced a 40% decrease in localized stiffness in his middle back. To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association. The Better Business Bureau awarded Peak Performance Chiropractic and iChiro Clinics the Torch Award for Ethics in 2014.

Chiropractors “crack” your bones, right? Wrong.

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 10 November 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

8.pngChiropractors “crack” your bones, right?  Wrong.  The chiropractic adjustment causes a quick stretch on the deep stabilizer musculature around the spinal joints, which stimulates a reflex in the muscles causing them to reflexly relax.  As the muscles relax, the space in the joint enlarges, causing the fluid in the joint to rapidly turn into a gas (cavitation), which releases energy and creates a “cracking” noise.  By retraining these muscles to remain in the relaxed state, you can decrease pressure in the joint, which decreases the compressive forces on the cartilage inside the joint and on the discs.  This is valuable because less compression on the discs and on the cartilage will slow down the degenerative process and prevent arthritic changes.  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

IChiro Receives BBB Torch Award for Ethics

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 03 November 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

9.pngWe are so excited to announce that iChiro/Peak Performance Chiropractic is the recipient of the Western Michigan Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics!  Our team has worked hard to ensure that patients’ needs are put first, and our entire system is designed to educate, inform, and empower patients to take charge of their health.  If you are wondering how to find a grand rapids chiropractor who you can trust, look no more and give one of our offices a call.  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.


 

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

The Chiroprator's Holistic Approach

Mike Kwast, DC Tuesday, 21 October 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

10.pngMany people in Grand Rapids don’t realize that chiropractors are trained in so much more than just adjustments.  Chiropractors are trained to approach the body in a holistic manner utilizing natural methods.  In our clinics, we have observed that patients who participate in a holistic treatment plan, enjoy the highest levels of results.  An example of a holistic natural treatment plan would include:  chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, exercise, stretching, healthy eating, taking nutritional supplements, stress management techniques, good ergonomics, healthy lifestyle choices, elimination of toxic habits and behaviors, and good sleep habits.  To give you an example from a well known industry, look at dentistry.  A patient who only brushes once and a while will have different outcomes than one who brushes daily.  Adding flossing, protective rinses, regular checkups, regular cleanings, and eliminating sugar from their diet will all yield the best results.  So, the question is what level of results are you looking for?  To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation.  iChiro Clinics has two locations in Grand Rapids.  The north office is at 4150 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, 616-447-9888.  The south office is at 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508, 616-656-1830.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

Do You Struggle with Wrist Pain and Carpal Tunnel?

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

11.pngIn Grand Rapids, wrist pain and carpal tunnel symptoms are very common. There are many causes from slips, falls, injuries, accidents, but mostly from cumulative traumas.  Almost everyone is hunched over a computer or laptop for some portion of the day.  An then we go home to play on our tablets and smart phones.  It is really no surprise that so many people are developing these problems.  By overusing the forearm muscles, they begin to swell.  The swelling travels down the arm to the pinch point at the wrist and causes pinching, numbness, tingling, and weakness.  By addressing the muscles, relief and improved function can often be obtained.  By combining chiropractic adjustments to the muscles, massage therapy, stretching, and exercises, carpal tunnel symptoms and wrist pain can often be helped.  Our chiropractic offices in Grand Rapids have helped many people recover, be able to function better, and enjoy physical activities again.  If you, or someone you know are suffering with carpal tunnel or wrist pain, give one of our Grand Rapids chiropractic offices a call and get started on your path to recovery.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

Struggling with Knee Pain?

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 09 October 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

12.pngIn Grand Rapids, knee pain is a common condition that many people endure. There are many causes from slips, falls, injuries, accidents, and cumulative traumas. The muscles around the knee, the ligaments, and the meniscus are tissues that can be injured. By addressing the muscles and ligaments, relief and improved function can often be obtained. By combining chiropractic adjustments to the muscles, massage therapy, stretching, and exercises, knee pain can often be helped. Our chiropractic offices in Grand Rapids have helped many people recover, be able to function better, and enjoy physical activities again. If you, or someone you know are suffering with knee pain, give one of our Grand Rapids chiropractic offices a call and get started on your path to recovery.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of Peak Performance Chiropractic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

 

 

 

 

Can Chiropractic Help Neck Pain?

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 06 October 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

13.pngCan chiropractic help Neck pain?  Many people are unaware neck pain can often be helped with Chiropractic care.  The muscles in the neck are complex, and are often the cause of that “pain in the neck”. Sure, anyone can take enough pills to mask how they are feeling, but is that really fixing the problem? To correct the muscular problem, adjustments cause the muscles to relax through a reflex in the muscle. Combined with massage, stretching, exercise, and good ergonomics, you have the best chance of restoring your function and eliminating your neck pain.  Chiropractic is safe, effective, and in my mind, should always be tried first before taking pills with side effects. If you live in Grand Rapids, and want relief from that neck pain, then come in and give our office a chance! We have two convenient locations in Grand Rapids to serve your chiropractic needs.  The North office is located at 4150 E. Beltline, NE, 49525, and the South office is located at 6750 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE, 49508.

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.

Why you should see a Chiropractor

Mike Kwast, DC Tuesday, 30 September 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

14.jpgMany people are uninformed as to the benefits chiropractic care can provide. Besides eliminating low back pain, headaches, neck pain, and other physical problems, a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy in May of 2007, showed patients whose primary care physician was a chiropractor experienced: 85% less in pharmaceutical costs, 62% fewer outpatient surgeries, 60% fewer hospital admissions, and 59% fewer days in the hospital. Contact your Grand Rapids iChiro Clinic to make an appointment so you can start benefiting!

 

616-447-9888 or www.ichiroclinics.com

Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS, CEO of iChiro Clinics, has been in practice since 1998 and helped thousands of people reach a higher level of health.

Effective Pain Management-

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 24 July 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

15.pngMany people mistakenly believe the pain from injuries is caused by the shifting of the bones. While that plays a role, the primary cause of the pain is the damage to the muscle tissue that supports the bone and skeletal structure. The muscles are what holds the bones in place, so when they are injured, strained or pulled, the resulting inflammation and swelling can cause bones to shift. This leads to excruciating pain and discomfort. Effective pain management treatment plans that include both chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can help alleviate discomfort and begin the healing process.

Pain management is the primary concern when a patient calls for an chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors work to put the bones back into place. They do this, not by moving the bone, but by relieving the tension and stress on the bone caused by damaged muscle tissue. Pain management techniques, such as massage therapy, can effectively relieve discomfort and reduce the inflammation and swelling caused by traumatic injury.

If an injury is left untreated, the muscles can assume the new position and begin to heal with the bone being held away from its original position. Chiropractic therapy uses pain management techniques to release the muscle and allow the bone to gradually drift back into place. Muscles have memory and will return to the newly healed position unless the memory is erased. Massage therapy increases blood flow to an injured area, providing the damaged tissues with extra oxygen and nutrients it needs to jump start the healing process.


Chiropractors who employ massage therapists, understand that by conditioning the muscles that support the skeleton, the bones are less likely to shift or move during and injury. They also understand that the massage is an effective pain management tool that works on several levels of the healing process. Massage increases blood flow, improves flexibility, reduces swelling and strengthens muscle tissue.

The more the muscles are manipulated through massage techniques, the stronger they become. As muscles increase in strength, they in turn, help to strengthen bones. The resistance created by the tugging of the muscle on the bone, puts slight amounts of pressure on the bone. This pressure results in the bones retaining more and more calcium, helping them to remain stronger and more resilient for longer periods of time. Pain management techniques rely on these process to reduce discomfort.

Pain management techniques used by chiropractors often focus more on the muscles that support the skeleton than the bones themselves. As they move the bones, they are also retraining the muscles and connective tissues that support them. Both actions used together elicit a healing response that controls pain and reduces overall discomfort.


Chiropractic Treatments = Good Health

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 24 July 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

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Chiropractic treatments and good nutrition go hand in hand when it comes to restoring good health and improving quality of life. A chiropractic adjustment works to bring the physical, skeletal structure back in to its original, natural alignment. Nutrition lays the foundation to keep it that way. With the proper nutrients, the human body is able to heal itself in many ways.

After an accident, injury or illness has forced the body out of its natural alignment, the body begins to heal. Proper nutrition is needed to facilitate the healing process. When bones and the physical structure of the body are involved, an increase in the amounts of calcium magnesium, Vitamin D and other vital nutrients are needed to help the bones become stronger and heal sufficiently.

The only problem once the healing has started is that the body is no longer in its original form or structure any more. This can lead to chronic pain, inflammation and discomfort. When the bones of the spine are out of alignment, the rest of the body follows. Eventually every aspect of our physical self is affected, from the way we walk to the way we move our head.

Receiving a chiropractic adjustment helps to correct the imbalances within the body and realign the spine. As your body begins to respond and gradually becomes re-accustomed to its original state, the healing moves from the recovery phase to the strengthening phase. With proper nutrition, the muscles become stronger and better able to keep with the physical therapy that often accompanies the healing process.

Chiropractors who use massage therapists in their practice show that by strengthening the muscles supporting an affected area, the time needed to heal is much shorter. Deep tissue massage improves circulation and increases the amount of fresh oxygen and nutrients the blood carries to tissues throughout the body. The stronger and more resilient the muscle, the better they are at supporting the skeletal structure of the body. You cannot regain your strength sufficiently without proper nutrition.

Nutritional counseling will help many chiropractic patients understand just how important having the right types of nutrients really is. While there is a standard “required daily allowance” of each vitamin and mineral, when the body is going through a healing crisis, those numbers increase dramatically. Good nutrition is extremely important if you want any type of treatment to be effective.

Whenever there is structural damage to the body, calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and a host of other minerals are needed to kick start the healing process and re-establish balance to the body as a whole. When it comes to nutrition, knowing what your body needs is the one of the first steps in the healing process.

Once the healing is complete, many chiropractors encourage their patients to continually monitor the types of foods they eat. By improving their diet and adding the necessary supplements, they can continue the healing work that begins in the chiropractors' office. Nutrition is vital to the healing and strengthening of the body.

Contact iChiro Clinics today to learn how we can help you get your health back on track. Whether you are recovering from an illness or injury, or just want to feel better call us today! We will answer your questions and guide you back on to the path to good health. Our knowledgeable staff can explain the connection between nutrition and chiropractic care.

 

Grand Rapids Fibromyalgia Support from Dr. Michael Kwast

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 05 May 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

17.jpgFibromyalgia is a disorder that results in chronic widespread pain throughout the musculoskeletal system and they body’s connecting tissues. The pain typically migrates from day to day and can be felt at various places within the body at any given time. But because the causes, signs, and symptoms of the disorder are varied, each person is affected differently depending on their specific situations, health conditions, and lifestyles.

What are the Causes?

While many studies have been done on the subject, the causes of fibromyalgia are not currently known. But there are a variety of situations the disorder as been linked to such as:

  • Trauma
  • Stressful events
  • Illness
  • Repetitive injuries

The disorder seems to occur on its own without cause in many cases. Many scientists believe that genes may play a role in its onset and progression. Some studies have also shown that fibromyalgia is linked to problems with the nervous system.

What are the Symptoms?

There are a variety of symptoms reported by people suffering from fibromyalgia. The most common symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, and tender points in the back, arms, and neck. Other symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Regular headaches
  • Tingling in both the hands and feet
  • Memory problems (often called “fibro fog”)
  • Bloating and pain in the abdomen
  • Painful menstruation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

It is not uncommon to have more than one of these symptoms at the same time while combined with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Many times, these symptoms will vary depending on the time of day or the stress levels that are involved at any given time.

Home Remedy Options

There are no specific treatments or pills that are used to specifically treat fibromyalgia today. Most doctors simply treat the symptoms with pain management options. However, there are a variety of things you can personally do to gain relief from the pain and problems the disorder brings to your life. Some effective methods include:

  • Get regular exercise
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables
  • Make changes at work or home to minimize stress on the body and mind

Getting a deep tissue massage is also helpful for relaxing the body and mind, which helps to take a lot of the frustrations of dealing with this disorder away.

Professional Remedy Options

It is important to get help from professionals who are familiar with this disorder and how to best manage the variety of symptoms it causes. An effective way to treat fibromyalgia is through chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.

These adjustments are made to the spinal joints, which relax the deep stabilizer muscles within the body to reduce pressure and stress on the nerves. Chiropractic adjustments also help to minimize inflammation which is commonly associated with fibromyalgia.

If you want to start relieving your fibromyalgia pain once and for all, request an appointment today for your professional chiropractic adjustment.

How Chiropractic Care Helps Neck Pain

Mike Kwast, DC Sunday, 20 April 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

18.jpgOccasional neck pain hits most adults at one time or another. Injuries to the neck are very common and can occur due to trauma, arthritis and poor biomechanics, such as bad posture. Whether your neck pain is chronic or acute, chiropractic care can be a very effective treatment.

The neck is the most flexible part of the spine. The flexibility allows the neck to move easily, but it is less protected than other areas of the spine. Neck pain may develop slowly overtime from aging and conditions, such as degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis. Injuries to the muscles, soft tissue, ligaments and nerves can also lead to neck pain. Chiropractic treatment can relieve neck pain due to many of the mentioned causes.

One advantage of undergoing chiropractic care is it is natural. Medications for pain, often have unwanted side effects, such as liver damage, kidney damage, stomach damage, nausea and fatigue. Chiropractic care can works best when combined with massage, exercising, stretching, healthy eating, and good lifestyle choices. After a complete exam and evaluation a treatment plan can be developed to meet your specific needs.   

Chiropractic care for neck pain will vary depending on the cause and symptoms. In some instances, cervical manipulation can help. Commonly known as a neck adjustment, the procedure involves precise manipulation of the joints of the neck. By adjusting the neck, pressure on the nerves is reduced, which decreases pain. Increased range of motion and decreased stiffness usually result.

In addition to neck manipulation, chiropractor care to treat neck pain may also include massage therapy. This type of treatment involves applying pressure to neck muscles, which are sore.  Other modalities used in chiropractic care include massage, rehabilitation exercises and nutritional counseling.  

When you are dealing with pain, it can interfere with your work, family and overall quality of life. Treatments, such as medication and surgery may be appropriate in some cases, but is risky and can leave you with significant recovery time or side effects. Chiropractic care for neck pain is noninvasive, natural and may be the alternative you are looking for.

The goal of chiropractic care is not only to reduce pain, but it is to treat the cause. Part of the process also involves educating patients on how to prevent future injuries, maintain good posture and live healthily.

IChiro Clinics is proud to serve patients at two Grand Rapids, Michigan locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (616) 447-9888.

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What can I do to relieve my neck pain in Grand Rapids?

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

19.jpgNeck pain is a common complaint, and one of the biggest reasons people seek treatment. This type of pain can be caused by strains, sprains, falls, car accidents or other types of injuries. The stiffness, spasms, muscle discomfort and limited range of motion that accompany neck pain can make doing everyday tasks difficult.

If you find yourself dealing with neck pain often, don’t try to treat it yourself, consult a chiropractor. He or she will perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and if necessary, use lab tests to pinpoint the cause. Once the cause is identified, your chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan to manage it. Meanwhile, if neck pain is giving you the blues, use these techniques to manage it.

Use a warm and cold compress. Using heat and cold simultaneously can work to ease your neck pain. Apply each pack for about 20 minutes per session. If you have inflammation in your neck, avoid using heat as it can exacerbate it and make matters worse.

Use a supportive pillow. You spend anywhere from six to nine hours a day sleep, so it’s important to keep your neck in a neutral position to prevent strain and further injury. Opt for a pillow that will mold around your neck so your head stays aligned with your spine when you snooze.

Get a good mattress. If your mattress is worn out, it won’t support your back, neck or spine when you sleep. This can lead to stiffness and pain that keeps coming back. Your mattress should be firm enough to keep your back and spine properly aligned, but not so hard you feel like you’re sleeping on a brick. A medium-firm bed often works well for neck pain sufferers.

Stretch the neck. Stretching the neck can loosen muscles and stave off stiffness. To prevent further injury, opt for slow movements such as looking from one side to the other and gently moving your head up and down. Before you start any neck exercise regime, clear it with your chiropractor.

Get a therapeutic massage. During a professional massage, the therapist will use his or her hands to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues in the neck and back. This can help relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and improve pliability. Before you begin your massage session, tell your therapist about your neck injury.

In addition to seeing a chiropractor, alternating heat and cold therapy, doing simple stretches, getting a massage, and sleeping on a good mattress and pillow can help you manage cumbersome neck pain. 

Don’t let a neck injury keep you from enjoying your life. Contact our offices to make an appointment today!  

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Lower Back Pain Stretches

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

20.jpgMaybe you have been sitting at your desk too long. Or perhaps you have logged one too many hours in the car taking children here and there. Or maybe you just pushed too hard at the gym and lifted that weight someone dared you to lift. Either way, now your back is hurting and you are searching for something to relive your lower back pain. 

Gentle stretching is a good way to begin getting your back healthier. Tight muscles in the back, hips and hamstrings all work together to cause lower back pain that seems to affect every part of your life. When stretching, the key word is 'gentle.' You should not stretch to the point of pain. Move slowly into the positions then hold them for a few breaths before releasing.

Here are some stretches to try to work out that lower back pain:

1. Cat-Cow: Get on all fours, with your neck and back in a neutral position. Tuck your chin on to your chest, while round your back up, much like an angry cat. Hold for a breath. Then lift your chin and look up while arching your back. This is the cow position. Feel free to give a little moo is you feel like it. 

2. Child's Pose: Still on the ground, put your knees on the floor in a V shape with your big toes touching each other. Settle your bottom on your heels, trying to get it down as far as it will go. Then fold yourself forward, resting your head on the floor. Take a deep breath and say ahhh. Not only is this good for lower back pain, it is also a nice way to relax and escape from the world for just a few minutes. 

3. Knee To Chest: Lie on your back with your feet on the floor. Pull both knees to your chest and hug them.Rotate them just slightly, enough to feel like you are giving yourself a massage and saying bye bye to lower back pain.

While these first three stretches are relatively easy first steps to try for lower back pain, the next two could be considered intermediate. It is very important to only do what your body will let you do without pain. You don't want to make your lower back pain worse by trying to make it better!

4. Pigeon Pose: Start by lying face down on the floor. With your hands on the floor about 18 inches apart, raise your upper body and bring one leg forward so your knee rests near your hand and your foot is near the other hand. You should feel the stretch in your hip. Pause here. If the stretch is intense or increases your lower back pain, stop. If you can go a little deeper, fold your body forward and hold for a few breaths. 

5. Torso Twist: Sit on your bottom with your legs together straight out in front of you, and your back straight. Bend one knee and put that foot on the opposite side of the straight leg. Now put the elbow of the opposite arm on the far side of your knee (left arm to right knee and vice versa). Take a breath and gently, gently twist your torso away from your knee. Breathe. Turn your head so it leads the twist. 

Aim to do the stretches a couple of times a day; one session is not a cure-all for your lower back pain. And then, make an appointment with your Chiropractor for an evaluation and pain management plan. 

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5 Ways to Heal Lower Back Pain

Mike Kwast, DC Monday, 03 March 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

5 Ways to Heal Lower Back PainWhen your back hurts, it makes everything you do that much harder. This type of pain seems to radiate over your whole body. Chronic pain can is not only physical, but emotional as well making it hard to enjoy the activities and people you once enjoyed. 

So what are some ways you can heal your lower back pain so you can get back the vibrant self you are use to?

1. Address the Pain: When your lower back pain has just started and is somewhat acute, start with ice and over the counter medicines to control the inflammation. After 48 hours, you can alternate between ice and heat, with moist heat being the best choice. Take precautions to use any heat or ice correctly. There are several good devices to help you in drug stories. Make sure you are protecting your skin with a light towel or even a shirt. 

2. Rest: Doctors say that limited bed rest may be good for lower back pain, but be aware: too much sitting can exacerbate the problem. You don't want to stay down for more than three days, according to doctors. Try to avoid movements that increase the pain, but don't just stay still.

3. Stretching: Light stretching can begin to heal those tender muscles and get your spine moving toward alignment. Look up some yoga exercises that not only focus on the back, but also the hips and hamstrings. Tightness in these areas can lead to lower back pain. One easy stretch to try is to lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Take a breath, and as you release it, let your knees fall over to one side. Hold here gently. Breath in and raise your knees to the upright position before breathing out and letting them fall the to opposite side. Do several rounds of this. 

4. Exercise: Once your pain begins to diminish, you know you don't want to it to return. Get your doctor or a physical therapist to recommend some exercises that will strengthen your abdominal muscles and stretch your hamstrings and hip flexors, along with strengthening your back. Often, extra weight will trigger lower back pain, so do some cardiovascular workouts that can help you meet a healthy weight. 

5.  See a Specialist: Proper spine alignment is crucial for fighting lower back pain, so find a chiropractor you trust that can give you an overall plan to get healthy. At Peak Performance Chiropractic, we take a holistic approach to back care by doing a thorough exam to try to isolate the cause of the lower back pain. Sometimes we recommend massage therapy and other times we may suggest traction to relieve pressure on the nervous system. Our hands on chiropractic care can help get you back in alignment. Then we help you learn about managing your lower back pain. 

Being in pain crimps your lifestyle. You are unable to enjoy life as you have, so alleviating and managing lower back pain is vital to living the healthy, active life you want. 

Women with Fibromyaliga and Chiropractic Care in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

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Fibromyalgia affects each person it strikes differently. Some women may experience intermittent pain in all areas of the body, extreme fatigue, chronic headaches, numbness, tingling and a myriad of other symptoms. Tenderness can be felt in different areas of the body at any given time, especially near the neck, shoulder, hip, elbow and chest.

One of the biggest problems with fibromyalgia is that doctors aren't sure what causes it. They can diagnose it and give it a name, but they have little idea as to what causes the symptoms to occur and what triggers their severity. The best they can do is treat the symptoms and make you as comfortable as possible.

Doctors often try to treat the pain associated with fibromyalgia by using pain killers and muscle relaxers. While this can mask the symptoms, the pain and discomfort progresses, requiring stronger medications to reach the desired level of comfort. This can lead to addictions, as well as a variety of side effects.  To avoid this, many women are looking to alternative forms of therapy to help them cope with the disorder.

Chiropractic adjustments are a form of alternative therapy that involves relaxing the muscles of the body in an attempt to bring the body back into balance. By adjusting the spinal joints, the deep stabilizer muscles reflexly relax, which reduces pressure on the nerves, and reduces inflammation often associated with fibromyalgia. Many chiropractors employ massage therapists who offer deep tissue massage in conjunction with an adjustment to cause relaxation and circulation in the involved muscles. Massage also works to relax the body and soothe the mind, taking away the frustration often associated with fibromyalgia.

When you are in pain, the body reacts by favoring the injured area, putting pressure on other parts of the body to compensate. This can put undue stress on the strong parts of the body, increasing pain and causing inflammation. By using chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy to treat fibromyalgia, the body is relaxed and circulation is increased. This brings added nutrients and oxygen to the injured and stressed muscles of the body, allowing the healing process to begin.

The symptoms of the disorder fluctuate, largely due to damaged or weak muscles that create susceptible areas. When you do something that stresses this susceptible area, you flare up and hurt.  When you don't do anything that stresses the weak area, you feel fine. So, how do you know where your susceptible areas are when you are not hurting?Chiropractors utilize physical assessment tests to determine where your susceptible areas are and how well your body is functioning.  By focusing on your function, improvements can be made, and susceptible areas strengthened.  This decreases your chance of having flare ups and relapses.  Instead of just treating the symptoms, alternative therapies give the body the support it needs to remain strong and as healthy as possible.

Contact our professional staff at iChiro Clinics to find out what how we can help relieve the physical discomfort and disfunction associated with fibromyalgia. We will be able to answer your questions about chiropractic care and what it can offer.  We can work with your primary doctor to help create a viable treatment plan that involves the best of both worlds.

Lower Back Pain Relief for Grand Rapids Residents

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

b2ap3_large_backpain.jpgOf the various ailments that can wreak havoc on the human body, lower back pain is one of the most common and painful types. Going through life means enduring multiple stresses on the body. Repetitive movements, slips, falls, car accidents, as well as a litany of other potential causes, render lower back pain as an almost imminent malady at some point.

For many, treatment consists of simply masking the pain and hoping it eventually goes away. Obviously, even if the pain subsides, the weak or damaged area remains until the next episode.  Frustrating!  So, what are your options? It’s a viable question that deserves a definitive response. Could chiropractic care be your answer?

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help You

Chiropractors work with the body‘s muscles to help relieve pain by restoring the muscles function. This method encourages a patient’s body to be a self-reliant resource by helping to adjust and modify connective points of the body. For lower back pain issues, chiropractic care can help identify and treat problem areas. This permits a plan of action to be initiated, optimizing the chance for treatment to be effective.

Since lower back pain can come from many different sources, it is important for a chiropractor to take a complete medical history to get to the route of the problem. Chiropractors are different because they look for the cause of the pain in order to prevent its re occurrence. In Grand Rapids, the Chiropractic care team at iChiro Clinics specializes in treatment plans and education so patients can make informed choices about the care they receive.

A Little Comparison

According to a 2009 American Family Physician Report, lower back pain accounts for more than 12 billion dollars in treatment costs. That same report notes that less than half of people suffering from pain the lower back seek alternative treatment methods, including chiropractic care. However, chiropractic treatment happens to be incredibly effective for many individuals and the number of people choosing to go to a chiropractor grows every year. Are you part of that growing group? If not, perhaps you should be.

It’s Your Turn

Isn’t it time for you to enjoy living without pain, and having improved function? You have the power to opt for effective treatment that can stop and prevent lower back pain from taking over your life.

At iChiro Clinics Grand Rapids, we specialize in pain management and relief techniques that help get you back on your feet. You can opt out of pain by contacting our practice. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. Don’t let lower back pain take control. Request an appointment right away to learn more about how we can help you effectively and naturally take control over your back pain.

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Neck pain relief with Chiropractic care in Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Mike Kwast Tuesday, 21 January 2014 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

b2ap3_thumbnail_3117187373_19549d5407_m.jpgIf your pain in the neck has become a real pain in the neck, it might be time for you to give Chiropractic care from i-Chiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan a try. 

You've tried stretching, massages, hot compresses, cold compresses and medications to try to relieve your neck pain, but had only temporary relief?  Are things like turning your head while driving being negatively impacted?  Are you having trouble getting comfortable to sleep?

Chiropractic care focuses on the deep stabilizer muscles that can become injured from things like sports injuries, car accidents, workplace incidents and even heavy purses or bags. All of this starts a cascade of pain which effects muscles, joints and nerves until all you know is red hot neck pain, and loss of function. 

The Chiropractors at i-Chiro Clinics will carefully evaluate you by doing a detailed evaluation to determine if they think they can help your condition.  If you are accepted as a patient, they will explain what they recommend and why, as well as teach you how it all works so you can make an informed choice about your options.

Most patients will benefit from doing a combination of natural approaches such as computerized or manual chiropractic adjustments to the deep muscles, massage therapy, exercise therapy, mechanical traction, and nutritional support .  Computerized adjustments do not require the neck to be twisted or turned.  A computer is utilized to determine where the deep muscles are pinching, and then the computer delivers a comfortable adjustment to the muscles through a hand held device.  The chiropractic doctors at i-Chiro are then able to re-test the muscles to ensure that as much change as possible has occurred on each visit.

After a few treatments, the doctors will be able to estimate how long they think it will take, how many treatments you will need, what your insurance will cover, and what costs you will have.  They will also be able to go through various budgeting options, so you can afford the care you need without feeling stressed.  You can then determine what works best for you.

If you are ready to start feeling and moving better, then give your Grand Rapids Michigan i-Chiro clinic a call, and start on the road to improvement!

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Can chiropractic help headaches?

Dr. Mike Kwast Monday, 14 October 2013 Grand Rapids Chiropractor
b2ap3_thumbnail_3870213_d7bhtsvoegiypjfd70alcskc67uxbntf.jpgMany people are unaware migraine headaches and tension headaches can often be helped. The muscles, nerves, and blood vessels at the base of the skull are often the cause of headaches. Sure, anyone can take enough pills to mask how they are feeling, but is that really fixing the headache? Some people just love to take pills. However, some people don’t want drugs, and would rather solve the problem naturally. Chiropractic is safe, effective, and in my mind, should always be tried first before taking pills with side effects. I personally was cured of migraine headaches through chiropractic care. That is why I became a chiropractor. I understand what it is like to suffer with headaches. If you live in Grand Rapids and want relief, then come in and give our office a chance! We have two convenient locations in Grand Rapids to serve your chiropractic needs.

Why you are coming in to my office…

Dr. Mike Kwast Monday, 14 October 2013 Grand Rapids Chiropractor
Whole Body WellnessMost people think they are coming in to relieve their aches and pains. And, for many patients this is true, and valuable. However, there is a greater value than that you may be unaware of called “keeping your function”. Face it, if it was all about pain, you could just take enough meds to mask how you feel. Keeping your body moving and functioning is far more valuable. As you may know, I speak at many companies and organizations throughout Grand Rapids on natural healthcare and wellness. I have been to numerous retirement and nursing homes over the years and have learned numerous lessons. One lesson is that pain is not as important as function. I routinely ask residents this question: “If you could live at home, instead of here in this facility, how many of you would choose to be at home?” What do you think the answer ALWAYS has been? At home is correct. I then ask, “If you could be at home, but have to be in pain every day, instead of being here medicated feeling no pain, but having limited function like you do now, what would you choose?” They all choose to be at home, even in pain. Mobility, function, being able to do what you want, when you want, and living where you want is vital. Keeping yourself able to DO, is why you are coming in!
 

What about Arthritis?

Dr. Mike Kwast  Monday, 14 October 2013 Grand Rapids Chiropractor
b2ap3_thumbnail_1008869_cdfldw2ghijlqj6ymnoumijpdabtzs.jpgThere are many types. The most common is osteoarthritis. This is what most people refer when they speak of arthritis. So, it is from old age, right? Well…no. I had a patient tell me about his worn out hip joint with bone on bone. He said, “My doctor says I am old and it wore out.” I asked, “How is your other hip?” “That hip is fine!” he stated. I asked, “How old is that hip?” Joints wear out according to the physical stressors placed upon them over time. If you have spasm in muscles involving your joints, guess what is going to likely happen? The problem is by the time it hurts, it has already worn out. It is like waiting for your teeth to hurt, and then calling the dentist. At Grand Rapids’ Peak Performance Chiropractic’s offices, we can find the areas that are building up tension, and relax the muscle, reducing the tension on the joint. Now, who couldn’t benefit from that!

Who needs to see a Chiropractor?

Dr. Mike Kwast Monday, 14 October 2013 Grand Rapids Chiropractor
b2ap3_thumbnail_4564044_rdeumk15t6ghlqpqhuhumtqauzkdx68f.jpgI’m asked this question often. My answer: Everyone. This usually upsets people who don’t understand the why behind my answer. Ask yourself, “Who should see a dentist?” Does this answer upset anyone? We all know we put daily stress on our teeth from eating. And, we have all seen our grandma’s teeth in a jar at night on the bathroom counter. Now, think about the daily stress you put on your spine. Lifting, sitting too long, slips, falls, accidents, sports traumas, etc. Living on a planet with gravity will always cause compression of your spine, resulting in muscle spasm, pinching, and arthritic degeneration. All of the little “nothings” you do in life build up, like straw on a camels back, until something eventually gives. What if there was a way to “check” your back and see if there is muscle tension building up before it hurt? The good news is, there is! We can check you and see where muscle tension is building up and nip it in the bud. Call us today and make your appointment to get checked.

Why you need maintenance care...by the numbers!

Mike Kwast, DC Wednesday, 01 February 2012 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

Maintenance care is routinely recommended by most chiropractors.  Maintenance care by its very definition is coming in to be "checked", even if you do not have any symptoms.  In fact, true maintenance care would never have the patient complaining of any aches, pains, stiffness, or other complaints.  The chiropractor would be "checking" to see if you have any misalignments caused by muscle tightness, resulting in restrictions in movement and/or nerve irritation.  The restrictions in motion cause people to be less mobile, more prone to injury, and more likely to develop degenerative arthritis.  Many people take advantage of this care to enjoy a higher quality of life and to save health costs.

So, "where's the beef!"  Here are some of the stats showing the benefits of maintenance care from the research literature:

The RAND corporation found that geriatric patients under continuing chiropractic care were free from the use of a nursing home (95.7% vs. 80.8%), free from hospitalization over the past 23 years (73.9% vs. 52.4%), more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community (69.6% vs. 46.8%).

Another review found direct costs (hospital care, physicians' services, nursing home) of maintenance care chiropractic patients' costs of $3105 vs. patients receiving no maintenance care at $10,041.  A savings of $6936! b2ap3_thumbnail_edu_visit_1.jpg

A study implementing an onsite industrial chiropractic program of 2 days per week for 21 months found a decrease in the total number of days of lost time, costs per claim, rate premiums, and surgeries.  Cost savings from the avoided surgeries alone was $900,000!

Another study divided patients into 3 groups, one group got 12 treatments of fake adjustments, one group got 12 real adjustments, and the last group got 12 real adjustments followed by 2 treatments per month the following 10 months.  Guess which group did the best at the end of the 10 months?  Clearly, the group who did the maintenance care did the best!

So, if you were thinking "I don't need it", you may want to re-evaluate! Request an Appointment Today!

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Health and Wellness Presentations!

Mike Kwast, DC Thursday, 12 January 2012 Grand Rapids Chiropractor

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Hello, my name is Dr. Michael Kwast, and I am the CEO of Peak Performance/iChiro Chiropractic and the local representative for the non-profit group Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Being the local representative we must provide at least two Health/Wellness presentations t

 

o local Grand Rapids companies each month.

 

These presentations are very interactive and educational and are presented in a lunch and learn type format. We are not allowed to sell anything, or charge a fee for the presentation. The goal is to bring natural healthcare awareness. I would like to deliver a seminar to your staff at no cost, so you can see exactly the value I am offering. Feel free to take a look at the website explaining the different topics http://wellnessspeakers.org/topics.htm.

Request a call from Peak Performance/ iChiro Clinics today!

 
 
 
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