We now have a new video showing our stretch exercises. These 4 exercises we call the Peanut Butter Fruit Sandwich is demonstrated in the video so you can visually see how each exercise is done. It also explains how to apply heat and ice and the repetitions of each stretch. On our patient resources page, you can find the stretches explained in a text document and the video is on our video page. We hope you find this video useful! The doctors and staff of Shipman Chiropractic.
You seen it before: After a day of hard work or play in the yard, one family member says to another, “Hey, would you crack my back?” and of course, 90% of the time the offer is answered with a confident but the bad choice of “Yes”. Thousands of injuries occur every year by this mistake. There are even internet sites that claim to demonstrate in a few paragraphs what Chiropractic Doctors study for years to perform correctly.
Can I adjust myself or just have friend do it?
Absolutely not. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! Be sure to give us a call and have your back adjusted, not “cracked” by one of our Chiropractic Doctors. We do offer a series of bends and stretches that can help in the health of your spine: Click Here See you soon!
With Memorial Day behind us, we have started that official leap into the Summer months. Of course along with that comes backyard BBQs, a friendly game of lawn soccer or volleyball and many other activities. If you are a patient here at Shipman Chiropractic you have probably been told about the Peanut Butter Fruit Sandwich. No, it's not a summertime treat you eat, but a series of stretches that we give to our patients who both need relief from an injury or do pro-actively to avoid injury before activities. The form can be found on our website. PBFS stands for four stretch activities: Pocket Stretch, Backbend, Forward Bend and Squat. Check these out on the following link page.
And as always should you need us, we are here for you. Just give us a call and you will be on your way to better health in no time.
You have emerged from the hibernation of winter. Time to start that yard work, clean out the garage or throw the football around with the kids or grandkids. Along with these activities that have been on cold weather vacation, you start to use muscles and put different pressure on the spine that have not experienced that activity in months. Shipman Chiropractic Clinic can not only help you when injuries occur from these activities, but keep you in preventative health with adjustments and educate you on stretches that will help prevent stress and injury throughout the Summer months and beyond. Massage therapist are available to work those stressed and painful muscles as well. Call us today for a proactive approach to fair weather health - 563.359.1985
As a chiropractor, I specialize in preventative care which is the opposite of crisis or traumatic
care. Taking the appropriate preventative steps is key to being not just symptom-free, but being
healthy. In today's world, I believe we are settling when we view health as the absence of
The World Health Organization defines health as follows: “ a state of complete physical, mental
and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” If you have read my
previous post on Stress where I talked about the 3T’s of subluxation, this definition talks about
2 of those 3T’s. Every health concern known to man begins as 100% expression of health, less
than 100% expression of health, breakdown, and lastly the expression of symptoms. Medical
doctors are excellent at taking you from symptoms back to breakdown. We as chiropractors,
take you back to 100% expression of health. By the time symptoms arise, the condition has
already been there for a period of time and it is going to take time to get you back to 100%
Research has shown that you may have a condition for up to 15 years before you start noticing
symptoms. This is why preventative care is so important. Regular chiropractic maintenance
checkups allows us to prevent you from falling into crisis care which is often a long uphill battle
that becomes very expensive. Chiropractic maintenance care is similar to visiting a dentist for a
cleaning or a car mechanic for a tune-up. The dentist wants to prevent cavities from forming
and the mechanic prevents your car from breaking down. The difference is we work with the
nervous system which controls and coordinates all body functions. Remember, you only get one
spine in your lifetime so why not take care of it.
We make up 5% of the world’s population and yet we consume over 50% of the world’s
prescription drugs. We were recently ranked the 38th sickest country in the world. This is
where crisis care has lead us. Healthcare does not come in a bottle, it begins from within
“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the
human frame and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison
In today's fast paced world, stress in our daily lives suddenly becomes “normal” to most people. The phrase that comes to mind is we all want to “keep up with the Jones’s” and I have grown up in a generation consumed with a “gotta have it now” mentality. During my time at Palmer College, we learned about the 3 T’s (Thoughts, Trauma, and Toxins). Thoughts are emotional stresses which include anger, fear and anxiety. Trauma is a physical stress which include sitting at a desk all day long (repetitive trauma), the birthing process, falls and accidents. The last one, toxins, includes anything in excess. These chemical stresses include nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fast food. We all have daily stressors but we need to learn to manage these overwhelming burdens because it is detrimental to our health. You might be wondering how stress is connected to chiropractic care. The 3 T’s puts stress on your body and your body begins to break down causing improper nerve function. Improper nerve function then creates the neck pain, back pain, headaches, earaches, colds, stomach aches, etc. These are called subluxations. Subluxations create nerve pressure in your spine therefore allowing your nervous system to be compromised and unhealthy. Your nervous system is comprised of your brain and spinal cord and it is this system that controls every living cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in your entire body. A lot of people think we are neck and back doctors but this assumption is false. We are nerve doctors and we don’t treat symptoms. Only 10% of your nerve system deals with sensation, the other 90% is function. We as chiropractors find the cause of your health concerns which restores function to the spine and this leads to a healthy body. By finding areas of nerve pressure, we can adjust your spine to allow your body to be better equipped to handle the stressors of everyday life. Your health is your most valuable possession and proper maintenance is required to ensure a long and prosperous life.
Dear and valued Patients
We began seeing patients at the new office on Tuesday at our new location at 4557 Utica Ridge Road in Bettendorf. The office is located on the Corner of Crow Creek Rd and Utica Ridge Road. You will find it across the street at the north end of Unity Point Hospital as well. We hope you enjoy this spacious and efficient new location. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions regarding the move. We look forward to seeing you in this improved space.
Dear and valued Patients
Beginning Monday June 15, we will be greeting and treating patients at our new location at 4557 Utica Ridge Road in Bettendorf. The office is located on the Corner of Crow Creek Rd and Utica Ridge Road. (see map below). You will find it across the north end of Unity Point Hospital as well. We will be opening 9:00 a.m. on that Monday. You may experience a short time in which we will not be able to receive calls for about an hour time period as service switches over. All appointments scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2015 will be seen at the new location. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions regarding the move. We look forward to seeing you in this improved space.
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We have a deal for you!- for a limited time we are offering this great special on massage at Shipman Chiropractic. Sore from spring cleaning our yard work? Let the benefits of therapeutic massage bring you to better health. Just some of the things massage relieves include: Call us Today