Ross Chiropractic & Wellness

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House and Office Calls

Our chiropractic physicians are equipped to deliver modern, personal and friendly chiropractic, care in your home or office.
 


Wellness and Prevention

Chiropractic is founded on the principle of prevention. All patients are recommended biannual check-up examinations.


Therapeutic Care

If you are in pain or have injured yourself, learn about the time frame of feeling better


Myofascial Adhesion Release

Relieving tight muscles and trigger points can make a big difference in reducing joint stress and improving your overall quality of life.


Acupuncture* 

*only in the state of Illinois

A complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions. 

 

Cupping

An ancient form of healing still used in the modern world by top-performing athletes, Olympians and celebrities.


Supplement Counseling

Customized, professional-grade supplements tailored to your specific needs.


doTERRA Essential Oils and Products

Education on all doTERRA oils, supplements and product line


 
 
 
 
 

Wellness and Prevention

 
 

Did You Know?

Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States - only headache is more common.

If you frequently deal with symptoms like joint pain, backaches or headaches, but are yet to ever visit a chiropractor for help, then you may be missing out on an effective and natural treatment option. Millions of people around the world have experienced the incredible benefits of chiropractic care, a holistic, non-invasive treatment approach that has been shown to help treat dozens of different conditions.

1. Sciatica

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can. The European Spine Journal published findings from a clinical trial uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms. This can be compared to a 20 percent success rate from treatment with physical therapy, and a 50 percent success rate from corticosteroid injections.

Another randomized, double-blind trial published in the Spine Journal comparing active versus simulated chiropractic manipulations on patients with sciatic nerve pain who were residing in rehabilitation medical centers found that active manipulations had more effect than simulated manipulations. Active manipulations reduced the number of days patients experienced moderate or severe back pain and other sciatica symptoms, and also caused no reported adverse effects. (2)

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain

One study involving chiropractic patients with neck pain found that 96 percent of respondents indicated that they were either “Very satisfied” or “Satisfied” with the chiropractic care they received, and that 98 percent said that they “Definitely would” or were “Very likely” to choose chiropractic care again if they experienced a similar problem. (3)

In a 2003 study published in the British Medical Journal, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to receive either manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) over the course of a 52-week period. The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. (4)

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction one month following treatment compared to patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients, as a higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent in the physician group) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better. Nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was actually worse or much worse following treatment. Other studies have shown similar results: majority of acute and chronic chiropractic patients experience better outcomes in pain, functional disability and patient satisfaction following treatment. (5)

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, conducted to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups: those that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), those who received pain medications (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants), and those only following at-home exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs, and about 48 percent of those who exercised, reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain. As a comparison, 33 percent of the people in the medication group reported decreased pain. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the two drug-free groups (chiropractic and exercise) continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to an average of just 38 percent pain reduction among those who only took medication. (6)

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)

Second only to back pain, headaches — both tension headaches and migraine headaches — are one of the most common conditions regularly managed by chiropractors. At the time I conducted this research, over 230 peer-reviewed articles referenced chiropractic’s ability to help cure, prevent and ease the burden of headaches and migraines in people all across the globe!

A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief naturally, without the risks of taking drugs long-term, like chiropractic adjustments can. (7)

4. Colic, Acid Reflux and Ear Infections in Children

A 2011 systematic review published in the journal Explore — which included a review of 26 articles in total, including three clinical trials and four cohort studies — found that chiropractic adjustments helped greatly reduce colic symptoms. According to the authors of the review, “Our review revealed that chiropractic care is a viable alternative to the care of infantile colic and congruent with evidence-based practice, particularly when one considers that medical care options are no better than placebo or have been associated with adverse events.” (8)

Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing other clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, many case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from ailments including otitis media (or ear infections) or acid reflux have experienced complete to near-complete resolution after just a few visits with a chiropractor. One study found that in children with acid reflux, “Notable improvement in the patient’s symptoms was observed within four visits and total resolution of symptoms within three months of care.” (9)

Why are chiropractic adjustments helpful in these situations? The reasons for this vary, but there is one common theme: nerves located in the gut and brain are quite sensitive to neurological insult. By increasing proprioception to certain nerves, the gut-brain connection is improved. This works the same way in both children and adults. A healthier, “happier” gut at any age can help increase immune function, reduce inflammation and reduce pain in various parts of the body.

5. Neurological Conditions

Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI scans showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable. Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing! One example is Montel Williams, the famous TV host, who was interviewed about his experience as a MS patient under chiropractic care. Check it out here to see how it changed his life.

Additionally, there’s evidence supporting the use of chiropractic treatment to help individuals with epilepsy and seizures. One study found that when 15 pediatric patients were treated with upper cervical care all reported positive outcomes as a result of chiropractic care. The conclusion of the study was that “Chiropractic care may represent a non-pharmaceutical health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients.” (10)

6. Athletic Performance

There’s good reason why for years professional athletes — including Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana — have made a point to regularly be treated by chiropractors. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff, this way the players always have access to adjustments, stretches and exercises when needed. Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances functionality in everyday life, and also athletic performance. Studies have shown that when it comes to supporting recovery and improving physical performance, chiropractic is helpful because it:

  • Reduces inflammatory cytokines
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Enhances pulmonary function
  • Decreases mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • And can naturally increase energy levels

7. Surgery Prevention

Chiropractic has long been heralded by natural health care providers as a natural method to prevent back surgery. In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association just recently published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.

8. Frozen Shoulder

Last year a clinical trial was published describing how patients suffering from the debilitating condition frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care. Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement; eight showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement. Before chiropractic treatment the patients reported a median initial pain score of 9 out of 10, with a range of 7 to 10. But after treatment the median score dropped down to 2, with a range of 0 to 10. (12)

9. Scoliosis

There’s evidence showing that specific chiropractic adjustments, coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques, may help prevent the progression of scoliosis. Organizations like the nonprofit Clear Institute, founded by Dr. Dennis Woggon, have set out to empower healthcare professionals with an effective chiropractic system in order to help treat people with scoliosis. In many case studies, participants have seen a 10 to 30 percent decrease in their scoliosis curvatures. You can read about some of the cases here.

    Additional Chiropractic Benefits

    While the benefits mentioned above might draw the most patients to visit chiropractors, there are also many more reasons why chiropractic care is such a valuable treatment approach. Additional benefits of chiropractic adjustments include helping to treat:

    • Conditions tied to high inflammation levels, which is associated with higher-than-normal levels of several proinflammatory cytokines that include IL-6 and CRP. Interleukin (13)
    • Back pains due to pregnancy (14)
    • Osteoarthritis and joint pain (15)
    • Asthma and other respiratory issues (16)
    • ADHD (17)
    • Anxiety, due to adjustments activating the parasympathetic nervous system (1819)
    • Vertigo and dizziness (20)
    • Reduced range of motion, trouble with flexibility and fibromyalgia (21)
    • Bell’s Palsy (22)
    • Insomnia and trouble sleeping, which can be tied to pain, anxiety or trouble breathing properly  (23)

    https://draxe.com/10-researched-benefits-chiropractic-adjustments

     
     

    Therapeutic Care

     

    Each person is unique, and therefore responds to treatment differently. Healing times vary between people, and other factors often influence how a person responds to care. The type of work a person does, individual stress levels, weight, and other health problems must be considered when someone seeks chiropractic care. Each person’s care has to be designed especially for his or her needs – it’s not a “one size fits all” kind of care.

    Pain Reduction – Initial Intensive Phase

    Our first goal in restoring your health is to reduce your pain and improve your function to a tolerable level. During the Initial Intensive Phase, it’s necessary to treat you frequently. We expect a significant amount of pain reduction within two weeks. If this is not the case, then further evaluation and/or treatment plan modification will be made, or a referral if necessary. Two weeks is a short period of time considering that most problems take years to develop. Some people take longer than others to achieve relief from pain, but once you are beginning to feel better, you must be very careful not to be overzealous and push yourself to “over do it.” Aggravating your condition by over doing it can slow the healing process.

    Improvement of Function – Rehabilitative Phase

    Once pain has been reduced, we will begin the rehabilitation phase of treatment. By restoring optimal strength and flexibility, the function of your neuromuscular skeleton will be improved. During this phase you should be able to perform most normal daily activities without frequent aggravation of symptoms. A home exercise program is recommended to help strengthen and balance your body. In this phase of care, your treatment frequency will begin to decrease and your self-treatment responsibilities will increase. We must be a team working together towards the goal of improving your health.

    Maintaining Your Health – Wellness Phase

    Once you have reached your maximum level of function and improvement, our final goal is to maintain your health. The Wellness Phase of care is perhaps the most important service we provide our patients. Periodic examinations allow for early detection of joint and muscle dysfunction before they become painful. If allowed to go undetected and untreated, minor dysfunction can develop without symptoms until they are aggravated by work habits, lifestyle activities, or other stress factors. Many times people will invest a tremendous amount of time and energy into obtaining better health just to let it slip away by not maintaining it. Early detection and treatment are important to cost-effective health care. Make the most of your investment in your health by getting regular wellness care.

     

     

    http://www.betterhealth-center.com/chiropractic-news/three-goals-three-phases-of-chiropractic-care/
     
     

    Myofascial Adhesion Release

     
     

    Relieving tight muscles and trigger points can make a big difference in reducing joint stress and improving your overall quality of life. That’s why you should consider active release technique myofascial adhesion release (MAR). It can help turn on muscles that have been turned off due to injury and eliminate muscular pain.

    MAR is a type of soft tissue therapy that helps relieve tight muscles and nerve trigger points, greatly reducing joint stress or muscular pains. It helps individuals overcome a number of muscle- and joint-related injuries in a fast time frame. I now recommend that anyone recovering from similar conditions considers MAR.

    What Is Myofascial Adhesion Release(MAR)?

    MAR has been used by chiropractic sports physicians to treat patients dealing with a wide array of chronic pains or injuries. MAR is similar to deep tissue massage techniques because it works by manipulating soft tissue, thereby reducing stress placed on joints and nerves.

    The conditions that MAR is used to help treat naturally, often without the use of medications, are those that affect fascia (connective tissue), major muscle groups, tendons and ligaments. Most are the result of overused muscles, which contribute to scar tissue formation, tears, pulls, strains and inflammation. The goal is to restore normal mobility and “glide” between muscular tissue and nerves. It can also help push joint fluid throughout the body and stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps lower inflammation.

    Some of the problems most commonly relieved through ART treatments include:

    • Lower back pain
    • Shin splints
    • Plantar fascittis
    • Tension headaches
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Shoulder strains, including frozen shoulder
    • Bursitis
    • Tennis elbow
    • Sciatic nerve pain/sciatica

    HowMAR Works

    The core benefit of MAR is preventing and breaking up dense scar tissue, also called adhesions. Adhesions limit the normal range of motion of joints and muscles because they cause abnormal binding between muscle groups, are very tough and are inflexible compared to healthy tissue.

    The reason that ahesions form is to bind injured tissues and keep them stable — however, the adhesions act like a strong “glue” and can often compress or pinch nerves. Nerves sometimes become entrapped by scar tissue, which causes trigger points and pain to develop. The more that scar tissue forms, the more joints or tendons become strained and nerves become compressed.

    Soft tissue manipulations address several components related to scar tissue formation:

    • acute injuries, including tears or collisions that can happen during exercise or sports
    • micro-trauma, which is the gradual wear-down of tissue that’s often caused from aging and inflammation
    • hypoxia, which results from tissue not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen

    Who Benefits Most from MAR Sessions?

    What are some signs that you might be experiencing adhesion/scar tissue accumulation and therefore can benefit from MAR? These include:

    • stiffness in your neck, elbow, hands, knees or back, sometimes associated with bursitis or tendonitis
    • increased pain or throbbing when exercising
    • reduced flexibility and limited range of motion
    • loss of muscle strength
    • inflamed joints or frequent joint pains
    • signs of nerve damage, such as tingling, numbness and weakness

    MAR treatment is a unique protocol that consists of very precise, targeted movements, most of which are done by the patient. Each MAR session is different and custom-created to treat the patient’s problem depending on the location and severity of the symptoms. Over 500 different hand motions are used by the practitioner to evaluate a patient’s condition, locate areas of tightness that signify tissue damage, and then to help the patient move in a way that releases the affected tissue through “directed tension and very specific movements.”

    Once the underlying tissue problem is addressed, patients are less likely to experience other injuries going forward and can return to regular preventative practices like exercising, stretching and performing myofascial release.

     
     

    Cupping

     

    Cupping invigorates local circulation in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins. From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface. Cupping stimulates tissue relaxation and better cell-to-cell communication. The research of U.S. physiologist and acupuncturist Helene Langevin has documented cell-level changes using an ultrasound camera. Cupping is shown to relax tissue and reduce markers of inflammation. Inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers) are reduced, and cytokines that promote healing and relaxation are increased.

    Cupping frequently causes marks on the skin. This is due to bringing blood to the surface, similar to a bruise. For patients with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or who are being treated with anticoagulants, cupping may not be the best treatment option. People with these conditions should discuss the pros and cons of treatment with their doctor before receiving cupping. Cupping should not be performed on skin sites with active inflammation, burns, infection, or open wounds. Some discomfort can occur but should not be considered a side effect. Moderate, temporary discomfort is expected as stagnation is removed and connective tissue and muscles are loosened.

    How long do cupping bruises last?

    The bruises for cupping can last for a few days up to two weeks. It is expected that over several weeks of repeated cupping treatments the bruising will decrease as the circulation and healing improves. This indicates a successful result of a cupping treatment protocol.

     
     

    Supplements

     
     

    Most dietary supplements are safe, and some of them offer actual health benefits, but there can be some risk with their use.

    Dietary supplements are products designed to augment your daily intake of nutrients, usually vitamins and minerals. Other substances also fall into this category: botanical (herbal) products, amino acids, essential fatty acids and oils, enzymes, probiotics, and animal organ and glandular extracts are all sold as dietary supplements.

    The Benefits

    Normally, you should be able to get all the nutrients you need from a balanced diet. However, taking supplements can provide additional nutrients when your diet is lacking or when certain health conditions cause you to develop an insufficiency or deficiency.

    In most cases, multiple-vitamin supplements provide all the basic micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) your body needs. These multiple vitamins are generally safe because they contain only small amounts of each nutrient.

    Individual nutrients can also be sold as dietary supplements, but usually in larger amounts than what's found in a typical multiple-vitamin. They may be used to treat a deficiency, such as iron deficiency, but sometimes they're used therapeutically to treat specific health conditions or risk factors.

    For example, large doses of niacin may be used to raise good cholesterol, and folic acid has been used to reduce the risk of a birth defect called spina bifida.

    Scientific research supports some of the benefits of using many dietary supplements for certain health conditions, but in many more cases, the effectiveness has not been backed up by the research evidence. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements has dietary supplement fact sheets that assess the evidence for (and against) the therapeutic use of a large number of dietary supplements.

    The Risks

    In the United States, dietary supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs; manufacturers do not have to prove that their use is either safe or effective. Standardization of supplements is optional, although they are prohibited from selling unsafe products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of tainted products that are marketed as dietary supplements. The worst offenders are usually weight loss aids, "natural" sexual enhancement pills, and supplements targeted at bodybuilders.

    Dietary supplement manufacturers do have to follow some rules regarding labeling and the claims that can be made about the supplements. The claim can be made that a dietary supplement addresses a nutritional deficiency, supports health, or reduces the risk for a particular health problem when there is enough evidence to support that claim. Supplement labels must also use this statement:

    This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Most dietary supplements are safe as long as you follow the label instructions, but large doses of certain nutrients can have strong biological effects on the body.

    While that may be beneficial in some cases, there are times when taking large doses of individual supplements can be dangerous.

    For example, the fat-soluble vitamins A and D can build up to toxic levels in your body when taken in large doses over extended periods of time. Vitamin B-6 is a water-soluble vitamin, so your body doesn't store it as efficiently as a fat-soluble vitamin, but prolonged use of vitamin B-6 in large amounts can cause nerve damage. Large doses of vitamin C may cause diarrhea.

    Mineral supplements can also be dangerous. For example, selenium, boron, and iron supplements can be toxic in large amounts.

    Some dietary supplements can interact with over-the-counter or prescription medications, or even with each other, and some supplements should be avoided before undergoing surgery.

    Ask your health care provider about supplements before taking anything beyond basic multiple-vitamins.

     

    https://www.verywell.com/benefits-and-risks-of-taking-dietary-supplements-2506547

     
     

    doTERRA Essential Oils and Products

     

    If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 

    But what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. 

    Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits. 

    Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product. 

    Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

    How to you doTERRA Essential Oils

    Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: aromatic, topical, and internal.

    Aromatic

    The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.

    Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

    You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

    Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include:

    • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
    • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
    • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
    • Use in household surface cleaners

    Topical

    Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

    Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

    To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

    It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

    Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

    • Neck
    • Forehead and temples
    • Chest and abdomen
    • Arms, legs, bottom of feet

    Other Effective Methods of Topical Application

    • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
    • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
    • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

    Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:

    • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
    • Eyes and inner ears
    • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

    Internal

    Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.

    Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

    When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.

    The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils.

    Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

    Effective Methods of Internal Application 

    • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
    • Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
    • For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
    • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
    • Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt

    https://www.doterra.com/US/en/what-is-an-essential-oil

    https://www.doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils

     
     
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    Acupuncture

     
     

    Are you suffering from the any of the following:

    • muscle spasms and pain

    • chronic back problems and pain

    • headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines

    • neck pain

    • osteoarthritis

    • knee pain

    • allergies

    • digestive problems

    • mood, depression

    Acupuncture is a great way to alleviate these symptom. By bringing blood flow to problem areas, acupuncture can increase healing time and decrease your symptoms.

    How does this work?

    Nerve ending are stimulated and from this, nerves send signals to the brain. The brain releases hormones, pain killing substances, and immune-boosting cells to clean up cellular debris—getting you back to normal. Typically, patients will leave with less inflammation, feeling euphoric or happy. Acupuncture also increases pain, so you’ll feel less pain.

    Acupuncture can be used to treating other issues including nerve damage, infertility, PTSD, depression and more.

    For more information or to schedule an appoitment, call our office at 262-676-9370 or reach out here!

    Additional resources

    • The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health's page on acupuncture.

    • Memorial Sloan Kettering's comprehensive site on the use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment option.

     
     

    Chiropractic House Calls in select areas of Chicago and Southeastern Wisconsin

    Our chiropractic physicians are equipped to deliver modern, personal and friendly chiropractic, care in your home, office or hotel.

    House & Office Calls

    Ross Chiropractic & Wellness is the premier mobile chiropractic practice serving select parts of Chicago and Southeastern Wisconsin who seek the convenience and discretion of a personal chiropractor. Our chiropractors are equipped to provide chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture (IL only), cupping, myofascial release, and functional massages wherever- house, office or sporting event.

    Our Mobile Chiropractors are Ready to Treat You!

    Our chiropractic physicians are equipped to deliver modern, personal and friendly chiropractic care in your home or office. Our chiropractors care for the entire family (infant to young-at-heart).

    The initial evaluation is your first session and consists of a patient health history, exam and treatment.  This session is approximately 30-60 minutes in duration.

    Benefits of Workplace Chiropractic

    For those looking to get great chiropractic care for a substantial discount at the work place, please talk to your HR department and ask them to invite us in your workplace. Benefits of workplace chiropractic include:

    • Reducing workplace injuries thus reducing worker’s comp. claims

    • Reduce stress

    • Increase productivity

    • Increases motivation, awareness and knowledge that will help them improve their own health

    Ross Chiropractic & Wellness does not accept health insurance for house calls.