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What Does Chiropractic Treat?
Meet Our Staff
JJ Virgin PHD/Health Tips
Your Childs Health/Scoliosis
Our Gift To You and Your Loved Ones
What Does Chiropractic Treat?
Numerous studies have demonstrated
that chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for
back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, sports injuries and many
other types of musculoskeletal problems. It has even been shown to
be effective in reducing high blood pressure, decreasing the
frequency of childhood ear infections and improving the symptoms of
The chiropractic approach to
healthcare is holistic, meaning that it addresses your overall
health. It recognizes that many lifestyle factors such as exercise,
diet, rest and environment impact your health. For this reason,
chiropractors recommend changes in lifestyle' eating, exercise, and
sleeping habits in addition to chiropractic care.
What truly differentiates doctors of
chiropractic from any other healthcare professionals is the fact
that chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to
diagnose and treat what are called spinal subluxations. The word 'subluxation'
comes from the Latin words meaning 'to dislocate' (luxare) and
'somewhat or slightly' (sub). So the term 'vertebral subluxation'
literally means a slight dislocation (misalignment) of the bones in
the spine. Although this term was adequate in the 1800s when much
was still misunderstood about the human body, today the word 'subluxation'
has changed in meaning to capture the complex of neurological,
structural and functional changes that occur when a bone is 'out of
place.' For this reason chiropractors usually refer to subluxations
of the spine as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "! ;VSC" for
Chiropractors have known the dangers
of the vertebral subluxation complex ever since the birth of the
profession. More and more scientific research is demonstrating the
tremendous detrimental impact that subluxation have on the tissue of
the body. In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your
nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations.
Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the
detection, location, and correction of the vertebral subluxation
complex through chiropractic care.
The chiropractic adjustment is a quick
thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its
position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an
audible release of gas that sounds like a 'crack.' The sound
sometimes shocks people a little bit the first couple times they get
adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally,
minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding
muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the
chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible 'cracking'
does not occur. This is often due to either significant muscle
tightness or that the patient may be having a hard time relaxing
during their adjustments.
Chiropractic is so much more than
simply a means of relieving pain. Ultimately, the goal of the
chiropractic treatment is to restore the body to its natural state
of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, I use a variety of
treatment methods, including manual adjustments, massage, trigger
point therapy, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, massage, as well
as counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. Since the
body has a remarkable ability to heal itself and to maintain its own
health, the primary focus is simply to remove those things which
interfere with the body's normal healing ability.
Meet The Staff
From the Desk of Karl E. Mueller, D.C.
Has been in practice for over
21 years in the Lehigh Valley. Graduate of York College Of
Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Human Biology. Graduate of
Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic in 1989. Areas of
specialty include Chiropractic Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, and
Electrodiagnostians. Doctor Mueller is a dynmaic speaker and
lecturer in the field of health and wellness. Reconized in 1993 as
the Doctor of the Month through Markson Mangement Services.
Princeton's Who's Who in Chiropractic. Nonimated by Governor Tom
Ridge to the State Board of Chiropractic in 1996. Dr. Mueller has
been active in the community politcally receiving recongnition
through the local and state parties. Dr. Mueller sits on local
boards including youth and community service. He is a member of the
Knights of Columbus 10921 Council, and has achieved the level of
For! th Degree Knight. He is a member of the Honor Guard for the
Allentown Archdiocese. He has been a youth coach for over 14 years,
past President of Parkland Football Boosters, and currently a PIAA
official in Basketball. Dr. Mueller is part of the fabric of our
community, he resides with his wife Michelle in Orefield, and he has
2 sons, Troy and Tyler.
Office Manager-Michelle Mueller
Associate Degree in Liberal
Arts at OCC. Worked for medical and as well as chiropractic offices
and has 25 years experience. Areas of interests include insurance
billing with certification as a Chiropractic Assistant through NYCC/Markson
Management Services. Past President of Common Wealth Allied Health
Services and Review. Active in local politics and received the
Golden Tusk Award. Active in the community including church, youth
organizations, High School Football and Basketball Booster Clubs.
Massage Therapist/Chiropractic Assistant-Annette Marth
Certified in Massage Therapy
for the past 15 years. Educated through St. John's Neuromuscular
Pain Relief Institute, including Health Options Institute. Also
certified as a Chiropractic Assistant in the field of adjunctive
therapy through NYCC/MMS. She has been working for Dr. Mueller for
the past 15 years.
Virgin, PhD, CNS/Celebrity Wellness Expert
In my work on
the Dr. Phil Show, the entire crew utilizes Chiropractic care. We
have directly seen its positive effects on our own health and well
being. But more so, we have keenly observed those guests on the show
in our "Biggest Loser" segments that do not use Chiropractic care.
The difference in overall health is markedly different.
It is my sincerest suggestion to you that the
greatest gift you can give yourself, and those of whom you love, as
well as those that love you, is the gift of health and well being.
Your Chiropractor is an expert in these areas. Please ask for
suggestions to make your life and the life of your loved ones the
very best it can be.
Forget about a clean slate. It's time
for a clean eating plate in 2010.
A brand new year shouldn't bring
mindless resolutions that you will leave by the wayside in a month.
Don't just vow to eat better and then plan the particulars sometime
later on like March or April. I have some great foods that you can
add to your diet right now to make your bites healthier ones while
you watch the scale head downwards. Now that's a resolution that
PUT THESE ON YOUR PLATE:
Serve It Up
Because: This leafy red wonder has a wonderful spicy taste and the
health benefits are numerous. You can enjoy the high potassium
content of this food, which has been known for its medicinal
properties since ancient times. Try It: Grilled in olive oil or
raw in salads.
Serve It Up Because: These are a
rich source of sulfur which helps you detoxify. Try It: Roast
them as a delicious side dish.
Red Peppers. Serve It Up
Because: They are a vitamin C powerhouse. Try It: Raw in salads
or grilled outdoors on skewers to eat as a side dish and then in a
wrap the next day.
Serve It Up Because: It's one of the
healthiest foods you can eat. Its blood cleaning properties will
even help clear up acne in some people while those who eat garlic
(such as those who enjoy Mediterranean or Far Eastern Food on a
regular basis) have a much lower incidence of cardiovascular
disease. Garlic contains properties that are thought to prevent LDLs
from being oxidized. Scientists even think it helps to prevent the
common cold and can possibly prevent cancer. Try It: Crushed over
protein like fish or chicken. But don't microwave it because it
destroys the active ingredients in the garlic.
Red Grapes. Serve It Up
Because: You will get a load of resveratrol which help to keep your
skin looking young and supple. Studies show that they're also heart
healthy. Try It: Just wash them and eat them as dessert or freeze
them for an extra nice treat on a hot day. Pop 10 and consider it
tasty and a skin treatment at the same time.
Serve It Up Because: It's a great
insulin sensitizer. Try It: Over salads or even as a marinade for
chicken or fish.
Scoliosis is a
sideways curve of the spine that causes stiffness and pain. It is
called an idiopathic disease because the cause of it is unknown.
Scoliosis is more common in females and begins in childhood.
However, merely 2 percent of the population is afflicted. If it is
detected early, scoliosis treatment will prevent it from worsening
derived from the Greek term meaning curvature. People with scoliosis
have a sideways curve in their spine that makes an “S” or “C” shape.
The vertebrae can rotate at the thoracic level of the spine causing
this curve and resulting in a hump near the rib cage. If the curve
is more than 60 degrees it is considered serious. Usually this curve
makes the waist or shoulders uneven. And unlike the normal curvature
of the spine, adjusting your posture will not correct the problem.
some instances, the degenerative diseases of the spine can cause
scoliosis. Osteoporosis is when the bones soften and usually occurs
in older people. This softening can cause the vertebrae to bend and
shape the curve causing scoliosis or kyphosis (round back). If not
treated properly, severe back pain, deformity, and difficulty
breathing can be some symptoms that will arise.
Chiropractic care can help improve this condition. We look at your
overall health examining your spine as well as other factors of your
lifestyle. To help identify the problem’s cause, we will discuss
symptoms and previous injuries, your family's health history, and
recreational and work-related activities.
exams for scoliosis include the Adam’s Forward Bending Test and have
been adopted by many schools, whereas they test for this in physical
education classes. It requires the person to bend at the waist as
someone views the spinal alignment. If there is an abnormal
prominence or hump we can help you. We will measure the length of
the legs to determine unevenness. We also perform a range of motion
test that measures the degree to which the patient has mobility at
the waist. If needed, we will refer you to a specialist for further
orthopedic brace can be used to prevent the curve from worsening and
does not limit physical activity. Moist heat will help alleviate
some pain. In extreme cases surgery may be required but only after
the continuous observation has shown that a brace is not helping.
Spinal fusion and instrumentation is a surgery specialized for
people with scoliosis whereas rods and hooks are inserted to help
align your spine and prevent further curving.
Regular visits to observe the progression of scoliosis, are an
integral part of living a full and happy life. Scoliosis can be
treated in various ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal
functionality. Regardless of the treatment used, physical therapy
may be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and
mobility. If you have any questions about your physical limitations,
please contact us.
Health Pass Month
February is Health Pass Month in our office.
have a friend or loved one that you feel could benefit from drugless
Chiropractic Care, simply call our off at the above number and
mention the Heath Pass Program which
enables family members, friends, and loved ones, receive a
consultation, and examination. For $20. (Up to a $125 Value)
****THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM EXPIRES FEBRUARY 28st,
Just call the office at the
above number or respond to this newsletter before February 31st and
mention the Health Pass Program to make your/their appointment.
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are honored by your confidence in us and we thank you for your
generosity and your loving concern for others.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM MUELLER