Thursday, April 16, 2020

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects nearly 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States.  Hypertension can be an indicator of the likelihood of developing long-term chronic health issues.  In particular, hypertension leads to cardiovascular issues.  These issues can be quite severe or even deadly such as a heart attack.  Hypertension is something to be taken seriously once it is identified.  While there are numerous factors that may lead a person to a high blood pressure diagnosis, such as obesity, asthma, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress, increased alcohol consumption, and increased salt in the diet, it can also be a side effect of other medications such as acetaminophen and anti-depressants.  However, there is an often overlooked cause of high blood pressure: the alignment of the atlas bone in your cervical spine.  As highlighted in red in the photo above, the atlas surrounds and protects our brainstem as well as controls blood flow to and from the brain.  Every nerve in your body leaves the brainstem and travels down your spinal cord to then splinter off to the various organs it sends messages to.
An upper cervical-specific chiropractor can administer gentle, effective adjustments to the atlas and upper cervical spine to remove interference to the brain stem.  In our office, the NUCCA technique is utilized as a non-thrusting chiropractic adjustment of the upper cervical spine, making it very gentle and non-invasive.  There is no twisting or cracking sound with this type of adjustment.  It is a very specific, x-ray driven adjustment technique that chiropractors have to be specially trained in.  The NUCCA technique has been proven to lower blood pressure by an average drop of 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and 8 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number)in recent studies.  In particular, an 80-year old patient was able to lower his blood pressure from an average reading of 167/90 to an astonishing 117/74 while under chiropractic care according to a 2020 case study.  This particular patient was not on hypertensive medications previously and had an unexplained spike in his blood pressure readings over a 6 week period.  While you should always consult your physician before going off of anti-hypertensive medications, why not try this natural method and see if your blood pressure is lower at your next physical? You may find out that you many not need that hypertension medication anymore, or you may be able to switch to a lower dose (which is always good for reducing side effects).

Yours in health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556

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J, S. (2020). Hypertensive 80-year-old male treated with cranial therapy: A case report. Sacro Occipital Technique Research Conference:Nassau, Bahamas. 2019:57-63. A. Vertebral Subluxation Res, 9.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Thank you to our Healthcare Workers!

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our healthcare workers during this unprecedented time in our lives.  Thank you to the doctors, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, registration personnel, housekeeping, pharmacists, and especially the nurses.  I hold a special place in my heart for emergency room nurses as my wife was one for over 10 years.  I know firsthand the stress that these magnificent people are going through, and wanted to share some suggestions from Atrium Health on ways to say thank you to those on the front lines.

-Send a Thank You Note
Whether its a sign in your window, a text message, a phone call or a letter take a moment to say thank you for their dedication. Another idea is to order dinner to their work or home.  Many employees are exhausted when they get home and the last thing they want to do is cook dinner. Support your local restaurants or flower shop by sending them a bouquet.

-Give Back
Visit OneBlood online and schedule an appointment to give blood.  It can literally save lives by just donating once.  Under our shelter in place order, you may still make an appointment to give blood.

-Make Masks
Distribute them to friends or neighbors, or call local factories, grocery stores, mechanic shops or offices that are essential businesses and offer your masks to them.

-Donate Funds
Atrium has started the Atrium Health Essential Needs Fund where you can help their facilities meet the most pressing needs during this pandemic.

Lastly, let us take some of the strain off of urgent cares, emergency rooms, and primary care offices by seeing those patients with musculoskeletal pain issues.  Headaches, back pain, neck pain, trouble sleeping, ear pain, dizziness, etc can all be seen by our office.  We are following all CDC guidelines for disinfecting our office and have private rooms available to see patients.  Your health and safety is our number one priority.  Call and buy a gift card for any healthcare worker who could benefit from chiropractic care. Turn off the news. Get outside in the sunshine.  Stay positive!  We are here to help.

Yours in health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mental Health Awareness





During times of increased stress, we often lack self-care for our mental health.  We tend to focus on our nutrition, exercise, rest and water intake but there seems to be a stigma when talking about ways to improve our mental health.  When our mental health suffers, our quality of life can be impacted.  Even our health insurance companies don't often cover mental healthcare which only adds to the difficulty to seek mental health help.  There are many things you can do to form a plan that attends to our mental health needs.  Going for walks, meditation, exercise, deep breathing, scheduling a tele-health session with a therapist, and surprisingly chiropractic adjustments all positively impact our mental health.
A recent study of chiropractic patients in a residential addiction center highlighted the use of chiropractic care on restoring proper function to the nervous system through neurologically-based chiropractic care.  The test group receiving specific chiropractic care reported significant reduction in anxiety, while the placebo group saw no reduction.  In other patients, chiropractic adjustments have been demonstrated to help with ADHD, depression, dyslexia and other learning disabilities.  Interference to the nervous system called subluxations creates pressure to the nerves that negatively impacts the function of the entire body.  When the body is able to function without interference, its physiology starts to change.  The regulatory activity of sensory receptors, neuroendocrine organs, blood vessels, and muscles all improve with a chiropractic adjustment.  When the body functions better, it can communicate within itself better.  When chiropractic care is used in conjunction with mental health specialists recommendations, we are caring for our bodies from the inside-out!



Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV

Kent, C., DC, JD  (2018). Chiropractic and Mental Health: History and Review of Putative Neurobiological Mechanisms. J. Philosphy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic. 2018, 8-14.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Immune Booster Spotlight on Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, meaning our bodies do not produce it.  We must get our Vitamin C from our diet.  It helps form and maintain bones, skin, and blood vessels as well as helps the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and neurotransmitters. It also is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and damage from oxidation in our cells.  It protects our bodies from oxidative stress, respiratory infections, and boosts our immune response to viruses, bacteria, and stress.  It can help to regenerate other antioxidants in our bodies as well.  This powerhouse vitamin lowers cholesterol, reduces histamine reactions in the body as well as widens our blood vessels to prevent heart disease, enhances the absorption of iron, aids in diabetes complications, reduces eye issues such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
The biggest mistake I see people make is thinking that large doses of vitamin C will cure an ailment such as a common cold. Vitamin C is essential in PREVENTION of infection.  You should be consuming between 75mg-2000mg of vitamin C daily.  The more physically active you are, the more vitamin C your body can tolerate.  You should not take more than 2000mg in a day as it may cause possible side effects such as nausea or diarrhea.  An easy way to do this is to of course eat a lot of variety of fruits and vegetables.  This includes broccoli, green and red bell peppers, cauliflower, cantaloupe, kiwi, kale, oranges, sweet potatoes, and strawberries among many others.  Another great way to ensure absorption of vitamin C is a daily supplement.  I highly suggest optimal health systems Whole C chewable tablets.  This is a great way for kids and adults alike to get in the minimal daily recommendation of this essential nutrient.  See photo below.
Daily vitamin C intake stimulates the production and function of white blood cells which are in charge of fighting off infections in our bodies. Vitamin C also binds proteins to invading microbes to produce antibodies. Therefore, vitamin C does boost your immune system in terms of preventing illness.  It is an essential vitamin that is imperative for a healthy immune system response!  Need a great vitamin C supplement?  We've got plenty! 704-394-8556

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV

Thursday, March 12, 2020

How To Strengthen Your Immune System

Our immune system is constantly working and fighting to keep us healthy.  When we get sick or injured, we know that our immune system is working in overdrive to bring us back to "homestasis" or back to good health.  We often don't think about our immune system when we feel good.  However, taking precautions to prevent illness is often overlooked until its too late.  Your immune system needs proper care so that your best defenses can be sent in when illness sets in.  You want your immune "soldiers" to be so well equipped that the virus or bacteria that enters your body doesn't stand a chance to make you sick!  Like many of our body's functions and processes, our immune system is controlled, governed, and regulated by our nervous system.  To optimize our immune response, we need to optimize our function of the nervous systems.
What are some things to consider to strengthen your immune system?  Neurologically-based chiropractic care will help the nervous system function better.  Think of it like your car; your nervous system is the gas pedal that sends the signal to the engine to make the car move.  If you don't have a gas pedal, getting the car to move is not likely to happen!  Chiropractic adjustments trigger an activation within the neuro-immuno-endocrine systems (see diagram above).  One chiropractic adjustment boosts the body's immune response by 200%!  Other things that are just as important as regular chiropractic adjustments to help build our immune response are eating fruits and vegetables (getting vitamin C), sunshine (getting vitamin D), drinking plenty of water, relaxing the mind (meditation), washing your hands (just plain hygiene), and exercising.  Move your body daily to promote a healthy immune response, even if its getting out for a 20 minute walk over lunch.  Keep sugar intake down as sugar depletes the immune cells' response to bacteria and viruses.  We also suggest to support gut health by taking superfoods to maintain proper gut function (we suggest an algae like chlorella and spirulina).
Our body works hard for us daily, so we need to make sure we work hard to equip it with the proper tools it needs to keep us healthy and happy!
Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV

Thursday, March 5, 2020

How Your Nervous System Effects Depression

Effects of Depression in your Body


For over 260 million people, depression exhausts their bodies both mentally and physically every day.  Often times, symptoms brought forth by depression can seem endless and trying to overcome those symptoms with different methods of treatments is tireless.  Recent research has demonstrated decreased adaptability of the body's nervous system in those patients suffering with depression.  A 2019 study assessed the effects of depression in patients that did not utilize antidepressant medications as well as a control group of patients.  The studies' results showed a connection between heart rate variability (HRV) and depression.  Heart rate variability is a measurement used to indicate nervous system function.  Chiropractic care removed any interference to your nervous system to allow it to function properly.  The study also showed a correlation between the patient's level of severity of depression symptoms and HRV measurements.  Meaning, the worse the heart rate variability, the more intense of depression symptoms were felt.  If HRV and depression symptoms are connected, then changing your heart rate variability performance can have a positive effect on your depression.
Neurologically based chiropractic care has been proven to have a positive impact on heart rate variability.  This is done by removing interference (subluxation) in the neck, spine, and extremities.  Overall improvement of the neurological system is a common result with only a few chiropractic adjustments.  When a misalignment is found, HRV is also found to be lower.  When that misalignment is removed thru an adjustment, HRV improves indicating a healthier nervous system.  Heart rate variability is just one tool that chiropractors use to help measure the overall health of the nervous system.  For patients suffering with depression, their symptoms can also be tied to a poorly functioning nervous system among other things.  We are the experts at finding and removing interference to your nervous system thru x-ray driven, gentle, effective chiropractic care, let us help you find your way to health!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV



Hartmann, R., Schmidt,  F. M., Sander, C., & Hegerl, U. (2019). Heart Rate Variability as Indicator of Clinical State of Depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9. doi:10.3889/fpsyt.2018.00735

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Hypothyroidism

 Your thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that is responsible for producing thyroid hormones which has many different effects in your body.  It is estimated that 20 million Americans have a thyroid issue, with 60% of those being undiagnosed or unknown to the patient!  Women are 8 times as likely to develop a thyroid issue than men in their mid to late 50's and beyond.  Our thyroid gland is essential to regulating our bodies and ensuring balance to our hormonal/endocrine system.  Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) include weight gain, depression, body aches, hair loss, itchy or dry skin, intolerance to cold, constipation, swelling of the face and neck, among many others!  While hypothyroid medications are typically prescribed for an underactive thyroid, there is a natural way to help support our thyroid while determining what the best course of treatment is for you.  
Our bodies are naturally made to make thyroid hormone and when there is dysfunction in doing so, we need to take a good look at what is happening internally to see where the body is failing.  A recent journal article highlighted the benefits that a 52-year old woman recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism found thru chiropractic care.  The patient was taking thyroid medication at the start of the study for an under active thyroid as well as experiencing hip, back, and knee pain.  She went consistently to her doctor of chiropractic as well as her endocrinologist for 9 months and at that time no longer had pain to report.  Her doctor reported improvement in her blood work that indicated she no longer needed to take the prescribed thyroid medication!  Six months after stopping her thyroid medication, her blood work showed no traces of hypothyroidism, and therefore, still no need for medication!  While chiropractic care does not replace thyroid medication, working together with multiple disciplinarians of health allowed for this patients body to return back to proper functioning.  Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate interference to the nerves that send signals from the brain to the thyroid gland, and as a result limited the amount of external help (i.e. medication) that she needed! 


Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV


Reimer, C. (2019). Resolution of Hypothyroidism & Improved Cervical Curve in a 52-year Old Female Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature.  A. Vertebral Subluxation Res, 171-174.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Take Care of Your Heart by Taking Care of Your Nervous System

With February just days away, heart health is the topic of the moment.  We will see a lot of information speaking to the importance of eating right and exercising, as well as mental health exercises that all help improve our overall heart health.  However, there is another factor to our healthcare that is just as important of a factor to improve our cardiovascular function.  Researchers have been looking at a measurement called heart rate variability (HRV) to gain a better understanding of how our nervous system impacts our heart health.
Heart rate variability measures how our cardiovascular system responds to stress over a given amount of time.  Better scores in HRV means our nervous system is controlling the appropriate adaptations of our heart when under stress.  The communication pathway that our brain sends to our heart via our nerves are clear and free from interference.  A study published in The American Journal of Cardiology in 2019 followed 85 patients with suspected angina (meaning pain in the chest, neck, shoulders, or arms due to inadequate blood supply to the heart).  This research article showed that those patients with a lower heart rate variability score had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. 
Cardiovascular disease is the global leading cause of death.  Since our nervous system controls the function of our heart, it only makes sense that taking proactive health measures to improve heart rate variability will improve our overall health.  Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to increase heart rate variability measurements by removing interference to the nervous system.  Getting your spine and nervous system checked regularly by your doctor of chiropractic should be viewed just as importantly as eating right, exercising, and meditation.  When your nervous system functions properly, it allows for all other body systems to function at their optimal levels!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
Owner/Doctor

MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC

10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

Fax (704) 395-8556


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV


Girolamo Manno, Giuseppina Novo, Salatore Novo, Egle Corrado, Giuseppe Coppola, ALTERATION OF HEART RATE VARIABILITY AS AN EARLY PREDICTOR OF CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS: A LOOK AT CURRENT EVIDENCE, The American Journal of Cardiology (2019), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amcad.2019.12.010