A blog from Schubbe Resch Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Preventative Chiropractic Maintenance Care

Here is a question I get weekly, if not daily in my practice… Trust me, being in practice for 26 years, I have had many great questions.

Here is the question…

“Hey Doc, why does this back pain keep coming back?” 

My typical response is: well, there are lifestyle activities that may contribute or help prevent relapses:

1.      Posture
2.      Body Mechanics
3.      Regular Exercise
4.      Nutrition and Hydration
5.      Sleep

I then remind my patients, that those lifestyle decisions are “FREE”. 

Many patients do all of those lifestyle activities very well, some not so much.  Regardless, relapses tend to continue. 

So, let’s talk about the next step - Preventative Chiropractic Maintenance Care
Chiropractic maintenance care is treatment received in order to prevent future pain or health problems, prevent a relapse, and to improve quality of life.  Maintenance care is elective, so that means that the choice is yours!! 

When it comes to receiving chiropractic care, patients can be divided into three groups. 

1.      The first group of patient’s recognizes the benefit of preventative care early on and elects to receive maintenance care after they are helped through their first episode of pain.  These patients take a proactive stance on their health.

2.      The next group of patients may decide that after experiencing three or four flare-ups of pain that they would rather not let their condition to get to that point again! They realize that they do not experience as much pain (or as many health problems) when they receive chiropractic care every 4-6 weeks (for example); regardless if they are experiencing pain at that point or not.

3.      The third group of patients never elects to receive maintenance care and typically stops care once they are feeling better.  They usually reserve going to the chiropractor only when they are in severe pain or when they are experiencing a crisis.  These patients take a reactive stance on health care.  While there is nothing wrong with this approach, it does limit the number of benefits that chiropractic care can provide.  They use chiropractic for pain relief only.  

With all this being said, it is still the patient's decision to receive maintenance care.  We cannot, nor do we desire to force anyone into receiving treatment that they do not want.  We let our patients benefit from chiropractic as long as they want.  However, our job is to educate patients on all treatment options so that they can make an informed decision about their health care.

Research shows that regular chiropractic treatment can prevent degenerative changes ("arthritis") from developing.  There are many other benefits that patients report (anecdotal evidence) from receiving chiropractic care on an occasional basis, even if they are experiencing little to no pain. They are as follows:

1.      Better sleep quality - many patients sleep longer and more soundly after an adjustment.

2.      Fewer muscle spasms and numbness - normal moving spinal joints improves muscle and nerve function.

3.      Better athletic performance- symmetrical joint movement ensures that muscles do not have to strain in order to move a joint.  Many elite athletes promoted regular chiropractic care during the peak of their career: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana to name just a few.

4.      Fewer headaches- many report less frequent headaches and migraines and if experienced, they are usually less severe.

5.      Less need for medication- Many chiropractic patients report using less medication after starting care. (Especially pain medication!)

6.      Fewer medical doctor & hospital visits- many of our maintenance patients consider us as the primary resource to manage many common musculoskeletal ailments.  Our Schubbe Resch chiropractors treat all the joints and muscles in the body. If more care is needed, a referral can be made when necessary. 

7.      Easier to Breathe- patients often report that after an adjustment they can take a deep breath again.  Mobilizing the mid back and ribs allows for as much as a 30% increase in lung capacity. Asthmatic patients often find that they have fewer attacks and use less medication when under chiropractic care.

8.      Better circulation- Older patients or sedentary patients report feeling like they have better circulation after receiving treatment

9.      Fewer Surgeries- I wish I could document how many patients have dodged a lower back or neck surgery as a result of regular chiropractic care.  Having said that, how many surgeries have occurred due to a decision not to have regular chiropractic care.  It’s like taking vitamins; we will never know what regular positive lifestyle decisions prevent…

     Fewer Health Care Costs- Let’s face it, medical care is expensive.  Being unhealthy is expensive.  Patients are facing higher insurance costs than ever.  High deductibles and co-pays are now the norm.  Relatively speaking, ethical quality chiropractic care is very affordable.  Maintaining your health and preventing future health conditions will save you money and improve the quality of your life.

As you can see, there are many benefits of receiving chiropractic care on a maintenance schedule.  However, the decision to receive preventative maintenance is always up to the patient.  Whatever you decide, we'll respect that decision.
Insurance companies may or may not cover chiropractic maintenance care.  It depends on your insurance plan and your diagnosis.  In the event your insurance does not cover maintenance, both Schubbe Resch offices have “Day of Service Payment Plans” to help make the care affordable.

Please consider Preventative Chiropractic Maintenance Care

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Products at the Appleton Office

The Appleton office is now carrying the following supplements:

Ortho-Biotic is a new probiotic supplement that does not need to be refrigerated.

Ortho-Mega is a burp free fish oil supplement

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Damascus Road Exodus Backpacks

The Appleton office, in partnership with massage therapist Michelle Schrieber, will be collecting supplies to fill backpacks for victims of sex trafficking. Donations may be dropped off at the Appleton office throughout the month of October.

Donors may enter their name in a drawing for an hour long massage with Michelle.  Four donors will be eligible for the free massage.

The following are items that are needed for the backpacks.  Please make sure that all of the items are new:

Sweat pants, Yoga pants
Sweat shirts
Flip Flops
Note Cards
Bottled water/Gatorade
NT Bibles
Dental Floss
Small notebook/pen
Small mirror
Sport Bras
Hair brushes/combs/ties
Feminine products
Makeup remover
Hand sanitizer
Nail file/clear polish
Packs of gum
Snacks/Granola bars

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

CranialSacral Therapy

Everyday, you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By feeling the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.

And because it’s so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.

CranioSacral Therapy improves your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic neck and back pain
Stress and tension-related disorders
Brain and spinal cord injuries
Chronic fatigue
TMJ Syndrome
Central Nervous System Disorders
Learning Disabilities
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Orthopedic problems
And many other conditions

What can I expect from a session?
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table.

Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.

By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.

Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.

A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects. What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deep relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the area the therapist is working on.

Ruth Ann Mahony at our Neenah clinic is a fully trained and experienced CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner. Schedule your appointment today by calling Ruth Ann directly at (480) 495-8260.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Supplements for Children

With the kids heading back to school and cold and flu season approaching, let us help you support your children's immune system naturally! Our offices recommend and offer the following children's supplements:

Suppys Multi - Neenah office - Children's Chewable Orange Sherbet Tablets. Suppys is the most powerful kids chewable vitamin that tastes like a sweet and sour treat. 2,000 IU’s of D3, organic veggies and sugar, gluten and dairy free 

Ultra Flora Children’s - Neenah and Appleton offices - UltraFlora Children’s provides a proprietary blend of highly viable, pure strains of “friendly” bacteria that have been clinically shown to support immune health . This delicious, naturally grape flavored chewable formula is backed by the Metagenics ID Guarantee for purity, clinical reliability, and predicted safety via scientific identification of strains with established health benefits.

Nordic Naturals - Appleton office - Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this delicious sweet and sour citrus multivitamin supports good nutrition and wellness as part of a healthy diet. Each serving provides your growing child with ten of the most essential nutrients, including zinc and vitamins A, C, D3 and E. With their great taste and nutritional value, the benefits of Nordic Berries extend from childhood through the teen years and into adulthood.  For all ages to enjoy!

D-Hist Jr.- Appleton office -  is a great-tasting, chewable tablet that includes a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for children with seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens. D-Hist Jr. includes quercetin, a powerful flavonoid to support healthy histamine levels. It supplies bromelain to enhance the absorption of quercetin and to support mucosal tissue health and stinging nettles leaf to balance hyper-immune response. N-acetyl cysteine clears the airways by promoting normal viscosity of mucus. This unique nutritional combination safely promotes healthy nasal and sinus passages for children with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.

Feel free to ask any our providers if you are interested in these supplements for your children. Our offices only carry high quality supplements that dissolve quickly in your system so the full benefit of the supplement is received.  Many supplements offered by area drug stores and grocery stores do not meet those standards.

Monday, July 25, 2016

School Supply Drive

Schubbe Resch Chiropractic in Neenah will be donating school supplies to the Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society to be dispersed to local schools in need. Please see the list below as to what is needed. Thank You!

·         Backpacks
·         Colored Pencils
·         Markers (non-permanent)
·         Blue/Black/Red Pens
·         Highlighters
·         #2 Pencils
·         Folders (two-pocket folders)
·         Single subject, college rule spiral notebooks
·         1.5” -3 Ring Binders
·         Loose Left Paper-College Rule
·         3”x5” Note Cards
·         Glue Sticks and/or Elmer’s Glue
·         Large scissors
·         Protractor
·         Scientific Solar Calculator (TI-30XA recommended)
·         Metal Compass
·         Ruler (U.S./Metric)
·         Facial Tissue
·         USB Jump Drive

·         Headphones or Ear Buds

Monday, May 16, 2016

How To Chose Quality Vitamins

I was recently asked what constitutes a quality multivitamin and how Herbalife vitamins compare to what I may recommend.   Here are some tips to help you determine if you are buying a quality vitamin:

First of all, a quality multivitamin must break down in your system within 30 minutes of ingestion or you are not getting any of the nutrients contained in it.  I cannot tell you how many times I have taken lumbar x-rays and seen a person’s multivitamin (as a shadow in their soft tissue) on the x-ray. Cheap multivitamins such as Centrum and One a Day are too bound up with binders and fillers that make it impossible for that vitamin to dissolve in your GI tract. Here is how you can test your multivitamin - put your multivitamin in a dish with enough vinegar to cover it.  If the vitamin dissolves within 30 minutes, it is made of quality ingredients that your body can readily absorb.

Second, quality multivitamins, such as Multigenics by Metagenics (which is what our office carries), Catalyn by Standard Process, and Douglas Labs multivitamin undergo rigorous testing.   A quality company will formulate supplements based on scientific research, use the best raw materials, and pay independent labs to make sure that their product is contaminant free and meets the nutrient claims.

Third, there should be an expiration date on your multivitamin. Without it, who knows how long ago it was made? 
Forth, look for red flags on the label; sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives are all unnecessary in a supplement.  Another red flag is added chemicals like chlorine. 

Fifth, a quality multivitamin should also have much more than 100% of the RDA for many of the nutrients. Why? The RDA was established only to ward off serious disease.  The RDA does not reflect our current scientific understanding of what nutrient levels promote optimal health.  As an example, the RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg per day to prevent scurvy.  Our bodies use  2-5 times that (or more) each day for tissue repair and collagen formation.  A quality multivitamin will have more than the RDA for each nutrient, but in a proper balance to support healthy body function and prevent excess of vitamins.

So how do Herbalife vitamins stack up? Their multivitamin has only 100% (or less) of the RDA for each nutrient, and that is only if someone takes it as directed, with each meal.  If you are looking for a quality multivitamin, consider the tips above and make an informed decision.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at