Evidence-Based Chiropractic Care

One of the biggest hurdles for new chiropractors is validating the necessity and importance of their care; not only to the insurance industry, but also to the patient, to other treating doctors, and to attorneys. While the marketing management firms may frequently offer new approaches to validation of care, the best answer has always and always remain: evaluate and treat with objective data. This is why Greenville NC, chiropractor Bret Wickstrom is an evidence-based chiropractic practitioner.

Evidence-based Chiropractic reinforces the validity of the care provided in the minds of your patients and for the other providers involved in your patient’s healthcare.

The scientific data collected and used in Evidence-based chiropractic is supported not only by the AMA Guides & the Medicare Carriers’ Manual but also in the new guidelines for PI & Work Comp currently being implemented in California & Hawaii and that have been designed by the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Within Evidence-based Chiropractic, only one type of functional testing is recognized as the “Gold Standard” by all three references, and that is computerized dual inclinometers.

Patients who come into an Evidence-based Chiropractic practice know, just after the first few visits, that chiropractic is the right choice for them, because a repeatable process is used by the Chiropractor to evaluate and treat their patients, and the process is grounded in hard data – with charts and graphs that document the change in the patient’s condition.

The evidence-based chiropractor already knows that the future success of their practice is secure because the stakes continue to rise for doctors who practice without objective proof of validity.

We must also keep in mind that the legal definition of fraud, once specific to intent, now relies on objectivity versus subjective opinions. The necessity of proving “intent” in order to prosecute a doctor for fraud has been eliminated. If a doctor’s prognosis is found to have been based upon conjecture or personal opinion, rather than established principles of evidence-based health care, it is considered fraud. If the treatment cannot be proven to be “necessary,” it is considered fraud. And “fraud,” against ANY third-party payer, not just Medicare, is considered a federal crime. Insurance carriers, defense attorneys, judges, and adjustors all now have a legal responsibility to report any and all cases of suspected fraud to the State Attorney General’s office and the practitioner’s licensing board.

  • Documenting function improvement is not an impossible task, nor is it even a difficult one.
  • Many evidence-based systems already exist.
  • Integration can take place with minimal effort.

The important factor is to have a system in place which benefits your patient’s health while insulating the doctor from the threat of post-payment reviews, license revocation, and legal action.

Chiropractors need to consider that an initial consultation, a few orthopedic exams, and a set of x-rays may not be enough to accurately formulate a prognosis. The inclusion of evidence-based chiropractic establishes a functional baseline, a “starting line”, an essential requirement to determine MMI – maximum medical improvement. The 5th edition of the AMA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment includes normal values for ranges of motion and muscular symmetry for this exact reason. Follow-up functional exams should be performed roughly around the same timeline as interim exams; every 3 months or every 12 visits, whichever comes first. Even more so than Mercy or the Croft Treatment Guidelines, this will justify your care to third-party payers in a manner they can understand, and cannot argue against.

Each and every chiropractor is now faced with a simple choice: will your chiropractic treatment be recognized as evidence-based, or will it be considered evidence-based? The time is rapidly approaching when you must decide to implement evidence-based chiropractic care or fall behind. Objective data is not limited in its application to PI and Work Comp cases any longer; it is a necessity for every practice, whether insurance, cash, or PI/WC based.

The benefits for the doctor are many:

  • A repeatable process easily integrated into your practice that enables you to be better informed.
  • A greater confidence in the knowledge that your care is compliant with all new regulations in effect and those being considered for implementation.
  • Improved healthcare delivery to your patients.

The benefits for the patient are also many:

  • Confidence in their treatment plan.
  • Undeniable proof that the patient’s condition echoes their testimony.
  • Value-added reinforcement for the patients’ health care investment
  • Improved patient retention and compliance.

Nothing promotes the chiropractic profession more than a satisfied patient who is armed with a graph demonstrating irrefutable, objective evidence that chiropractic has worked for them. The greatest challenge facing chiropractic in the 21st century will be addressed through scientific verification of the applied principles of chiropractic philosophy.

In the words of Dr. John K. Maltby, president of the International Chiropractic Association, “The best chiropractic philosophy is to have solid scientific backing for what you do.”



Made With Whole Grains

Made With Whole Grains

You’re approaching the next grocery aisle after getting all your staples, milk, butter, eggs, and sandwich makings and now all you need is the bread. You’re staring hard at your favorite pre-sliced bread, faced with a choice. On the one hand, there is Wonder Bread™ of your youth: white and simple to hold all the necessary ingredients of your favorite sandwich. On the other: Hearty Grains pre-sliced bread, which is “made with the goodness of whole grains.” You reach, somewhat grudgingly, for the healthy option, since experts tell you that 50% of your grains should be whole grains.

What you didn’t take the time to read was the ingredients and see that unbleached wheat flour is the main ingredient; whole wheat flour is the third on the list, “indicating that the product contains relatively little,” according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Once again, one truth – the presence of whole grains, masks another, that whole grains make up an insignificant portion of the food. Some products that trumpet their whole grain credentials (like Keebler’s Zesta saltine crackers) use caramel to mimic the brown color that results from the use of whole grains; in fact, according to CSPI, the crackers have almost as much salt as whole grains. Other purportedly healthy crackers have more sugar than whole wheat. So much for healthy whole grains (or truth in advertising).


What could be more straight-forward than the ingredient lists? One would think, but there’s a lot of room for deception and misdirection in the average ingredient list. Exhibit A, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest: the Tasty Living Mocha Cherry Double Chocolate Layer Cake. The first ingredient is enriched bleach flour, and everyone knows that ingredients are listed in order from most to least. This cake must be sort-of nutritious since it’s mostly made out of nutritious wheat flour, right? After all, as Bill Cosby reminded us so many years ago, “Eggs. Eggs are in chocolate cake! And milk! Oh goody! And wheat! That’s nutrition!”

Sorry, Bill. The biggest ingredient in this cake is sugar, as the Center for Science in the Public Interest Points out. How is it possible? Just add up all the sugars that go by different names: sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and white grape juice concentrate. Boom! This cake is nearly one-third sugar.

Take the time to read the ingredients. If you cannot pronounce or are not sure what an ingredient is, I would recommend making your own cake. It might be a fun project and give you time with family.

Good Fats, Bad Fats, Fat Phobia


The topic of fats have been fairly well discussed, but a couple of things I’ve noticed haven’t been hit on so this is my tribute to demystifying fats. Marketing companies make food sound better to us so that we want to buy it because it says: “fat-free”, “low fat”, “healthy”, “natural” and much more. As a result, we are quickly developing fat deficiencies! Doesn’t it make sense with all the obesity in the world? It does if you observe that we are eating the wrong kinds of fat, and eliminating the right kinds.

Without good fats, it allows our body to experience digestive problems, loss of tissue integrity (skin, organs, and vessels), hormonal imbalances and neurological disorders. What is rarely understood is that when there is a deficiency of Essential Fats in the body, the body will store most fats ingested, hoping someday to be able to convert it into a usable fat. When Essential Fats are sufficient in the diet, the body will melt off the layers of fat it no longer needs. Fat consumption does not necessarily mean weight gain is eminent, and eating “low fat” and “no fat” foods will add weight on! The secret is to eat fats, but the right kinds!!


There are three types of fats in the diet:

  1. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) –
  2. Animal Fats –
  3. Trans-Fatty Acids –
  4. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) – What I consider to be the most important fat. Essential Fatty Acids are just what the name implies: Essential. They are not naturally created by the body and have to be supplemented or in our daily diet. They are responsible for cell wall integrity (strength), nerve cell growth factor, smooth flow of nerve impulses from brain to body parts, hormone precursor (needed for the body to be able to make hormones), part of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory mechanism (PG2), and skin resilience (dry skin and hair are indicators of EFA deficiency). Essential Fatty Acids are found mostly in avocados, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna, and in smaller amounts in whole, unprocessed grains and green leafy vegetables. These unsaturated kinds of fat are essential. They are absolutely needed in the diet for the proper functioning of the body. But since they are the building blocks of brain cell and nerve development, they are even more essential!!! If proper amounts of EFA’s are provided in the diet, the body will not accumulate other fats (which contribute to obesity).

Signs of EFA deficiency include nervousness, weight gain, pain (or more pain than should be for the symptom), hormonal dysfunction, and dry skin & mucous membranes. Deficiencies also lead to heart attacks and strokes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases.

Causes of EFA deficiency include, Trans-Fatty Acid Intake: (Eating hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils/fats, margarine and heated oils), consuming too many animal fats, consumption of too few whole grains, nuts, seeds (raw), avocados, and quality oils, and digestive disorders such as gallbladder stress (insufficient amounts of bile to emulsify fats).

  1. Animal Fats – The 2nd and “Borderline” Fat: Also known as saturated fats, animal fats include all forms of meat (beef, pork, poultry, fish), eggs and dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk, etc.) – basically anything that comes from an animal. These fats can be consumed but in small amounts. Fish (which is really a cross between Essential Fats and the Animal Fats categories), and eggs can be consumed in moderate amounts. It is interesting that dairy of any form is dangerous to consume due in part to its cardiovascular and stroke risk. I find that my fastest recovering patients are the ones that have omitted all dairy, beef and pork from the diet. These tend to block essential fatty acid absorption.
  2. Trans-Fatty Acids – The 3rd Trans-Fatty Acid (TFA’s) include hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils/fats, margarine, and heated fats or oils. These block essential fatty acid absorption. TFA’s are poisonous to the human body because it’s a substance which, has a chemical action that may cause damage to structure or disturbance to function while producing negative symptomology. Trans-Fatty Acids do not belong in the body!

Butter takes approximately 14 days for the body to completely eliminate. A long time, really. Margarine, however, is a completely different story. Margarine takes 600 days – nearly 2 years for the body to process and completely eliminate. In the meantime, it stresses out the liver, and interferes with the pain mechanism (decreasing pain tolerance), and interferes with the body’s natural anti-inflammatory process. When you heat an oil or fat (by frying, cooking, baking, or any heat process), you change is molecular structure, and it is no longer healthy for the body. It becomes toxic, not helpful. It no longer works the same in the body. Roasting nuts or seeds, even if oil is not added, becomes harmful (because of the naturally occurring oils found in the nuts or seeds). Eat raw uncooked nuts and seeds.

Essential Fatty Acids are ESSENTIAL! If the reader or the patient needs a healthy functioning body and/or brain, especially one in the healing process, EFA’s are a must. But it is just as critical to eliminate the Trans-Fats.

Managing Illnesses


When we get sick or start experiencing symptoms, what do we all tend to do? Most of us tend to get an over the counter drug or cold medicine. While others will run to the doctor’s office or to urgent care. Yes, there are times that the emergency room is necessary, but most of the time, our body is communicating that something is wrong.

We all know the routine if we get a stuffy nose, maybe a fever and the over the counter medication isn’t working. We will go to an urgent care facility, who informs us we have a cold, and then prescribe antibiotics. We then start to feel a little better, and eventually the symptoms subside.

This routine has some long term ramifications. First of all, colds are viral and antibiotics work on bacteria, not viruses. We can be honest here and provide the medical doctors some defense with our experience as a demanding patient and the doctor figures it may prevent a secondary infection, so they prescribe it. We have little knowledge that the cold would have cleared up in a few days with or without the antibiotic.

A good Segway here is that the antibiotic kills the good bacteria along with the bad.

Our bodies will naturally balance both good and bad bacteria in our body. In fact, there are over 200 species living normally inside us. It’s referred to as “flora”.  Taking antibiotics will cause an imbalance and will open us up to other diseases. If we keep our ‘flora’ in balance, health persists. If out of balance, disease results.

It’s obvious when we take decongestants, antihistamines, pain relievers, cough suppressants and other medications they eventually make us feel better. But instead of allowing our bodies ‘flora’ to do its job, we suppress it. Those drugs tend to negate the body trying to help itself.

If you desire to know how to deal with “common” ailments, then we need to understand the root of where they come from. Everyone responds differently and it’s evident with people who come down with every “bug” that comes along and other individuals who seem to resist everything. Even people who seemingly do all the right things to keep healthy – exercise, eating right, drinking water, getting sufficient rest, etc. seem to get sick a lot.

We need to think of the body’s ailments as a way of simply “cleaning house”. The body ingests pollutants on a regular basis. The body in its innate intelligence knows that if it doesn’t discard the junk, it will accumulate and cause potentially serious problems. We call this discarding of junk “illness”. A cold is a good example. Day after day we breathe the pollutants from cars, farming and industry. If the body failed to dump this once in a while it would get quite toxic. Common colds are one of the body’s mechanisms for cleaning the irritants out of the respiratory tissues.

Majority of the time when we are ill, there is a loss of appetite. It is the body’s way of saying “I have enough to contend with, please don’t add another burden (digestion) to it”. A lot of us tend to force-feed. This lessens the body’s energy resources needed to deal with the problem at hand. There are those of us that give the body the worst possible “food”. We drink colas to settle our stomach, ice cream or popsicles “because it feels good” on the throat or eat jello. Sugar inhibits the immune system, literally stopping it for 4-5 hours and it takes 3 days for the body’s immune system to recover. Giving your body sugary foods slows your recovery time dramatically. The best thing to eat nothing or very little like broth. Drink lots of water. If the illness lasts more than a day, eat soup – fresh made. But try to eat only the broth or maybe some vegetables, but avoid the meat and noodles. This way you provide nutrients without creating a digestive burden.

A fever is a similar story. A fever is the body’s way of burning out the offending bacteria or virus. If allowed to do its job successfully, your health will be restored. The worrisome question is “how high is too high” especially if you’re a parent. You, personally, must decide where your comfort zone is relative to a fever. But absolutely never let a fever get above 104°. Your comfort level may be 101°, but even that high may be uncomfortable for you unless you know how to intervene if necessary and how to manage it properly. There is a reason for fevers. Allowing the body to do what it knows to do strengthens the immune system. This must be done responsibly and seeking the services of someone who is trained to.

I suggest going back to the basics: Get plenty of sleep, rest during the day, drink lots of pure water, eat whole grains, eat fresh vegetables, eat fresh pasture-fed meat, get lots of fresh air and physical work (or exercise), remember to pray or have moments of stillness where you are not running around crazy, spend time enjoying family, visit friends, enjoy a hobby, take time out for yourself….. Don’t forget this life is for enjoyment. When our health dictates our enjoyment (or lack of) of life, we have a real problem. But it can be remedied.

Use chiropractic, nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and any number of other natural healing modalities to restore health. You don’t have to live unhealthy – you have a choice!

Heart Disease


Decades ago, President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Cancer.” Since that time the incidence of cancer has steadily increased and there are still no effective medical treatments available. Literally trillions of dollars have gone into cancer research and treatment, yet little medical process has been made.

With approximately one out of every three people now dying from cancer, the threat is greater than ever before.

While cancer may be out number one fear, heart disease is just as big of a problem.

With approximately five out of every six people in the U.S. dying from heart disease and cancer, America is the sickest organized country in the world. If you and your family follow the same health patterns and healthcare methods as the people around you, you only have a one in six chance of avoiding these two serious degenerative illnesses.

By the time you see cancer on a test or you are having a heart attack, it is too late to start getting healthy.



All of us have cancer cells in our body right now. Every day the smallest baby to the oldest adult will make cancer cells. However, if your immune system organs are functioning normally, they will destroy these cancer cells before they become problematic.

“Everyone has between 100 to 10,000 cancer cells floating in their body at all times. If the immune system is strong, they are destroyed before any damage is done. However, new cancer cells develop every day, so you must keep your immune system in top condition. If it weakens too much, that’s when cancer can establish itself.”

– Dr. Michael Williams, Professor, Northwestern Medical School


Heart disease is a silent enemy. in most cases the first sign of a heart problem is an actual heart attack. The majority of those heart attacks are fatal. The reason this killer is so quiet is that most of the heart is working fine. However, it only takes one small valve, one muscle, or one tiny vessel to begin to quietly malfunction and the result will be disease over time.


The brain and spinal cord (Central Nervous System) totally control all functions and healing in the body. The most common and likely way to interfere with the brain and spinal cord is with the spine. Abnormal position of the spine and subluxation (misalignment) will create Central Nervous System interference. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) always has common to it some form of neurological compromise. Studies have not shown which organ or organ systems are specifically compromised by certain subluxations. However one can draw conclusions based on the level of VSC and it’s anatomical relationship to certain organ functions like the heart, liver, etc.


Due to improper blood flow to and from the brain, to other organs of the body, and to the joints, people with heart conditions tend to have headaches, joint pain, neck pain, back pain and fatigue.


By following your Chiropractive spine and central nervous system corrective program, avoiding all non-prescribed drugs and toxins wherever possible, and utilizing our advanced classes on nutrition, exercise, and stress management, you and your family can improve your odds to prevent what the rest of America is dying from.

Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and do not tell people to get off of drugs. That’s the practice of medicine. Our role is to make people aware of the dangers of poor lifestyle decisions and to optimize health naturally. As you heal, work with your prescribing physicians to help you reduce or eliminate the drugs you’re on.

While no one can make a claim to create “longer life”, through studies showing improved immunity and higher quality of life through chiropractic along with a natural lifestyle taught by your Chiropractor, clearly these things optimize your chances at longer life.

“Only 5% can attribute cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative illness to heredity – the rest is lifestyle.”

– Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health




To find what really causes you to function, you have to go to your anatomy and not to the gym or the health food store. What “causes” function is the Central Nervous System or CNS. The CNS is composed of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves and it totally controls all functions and healing in the human body. As the central generator of all life, it needs maximum protection. Thus, the CNS is located inside the armor-like bones of the spinal column and skull.

To have “normal function” and as a result be considered healthy, the Central Nervous System must work without damage or interference. The most common and in fact, very likely way, to interfere or cause damage to the Central Nervous System is with the spine. “Abnormal” position of the head and spine and subluxation (misalignment of individual vertebrae) will interfere with the CNS.

“Vital information travels from the brain and spinal cord to all of the parts of the body. But, not only does information travel down the nerve, at the same time information from the peripheral parts of the body is being sent back to the brain and spinal cord. When this information is interfered with, a problem arises in the body.”     Daniel J. Murphy, DC; Spinal Biomechanics, Harrison, 1992, p.366

Before any body part or any body function can be described as “normal” or “abnormal,” healthy or unhealthy, we must first have an accurate understanding of what “normal” spinal alignment is.


When looking at a person from the front, the spine must be straight. The head, shoulders, hips and feet should be perfectly level and parallel with the ground. When looking at a person from the side, the middle of the ears, shoulders, pelvis, knees and ankles should line up in a straight line perpendicular to the ground.


The following are a few examples of when your posture and spine are abnormal:

  1. Your head is visibly tilted, shifted, or rotated in one direction.
  2. Your head is jutted out in front of your chest and shoulders.
  3. One hip is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or shifted to one side.
  4. One shoulder is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or your whole upper body is shifted to one side.

In ANY case of abnormal posture, there is interference or damage being caused to your Central Nervous System.  Although posture is a good screening tool it is still possible to have subluxations present even with good posture.  This is why x-rays are essential for a complete analysis to determine if subluxation is present.


When looking at the front view X-ray, the spinal bones (vertebrae) must also be straight. The bones must not be rotated nor tilted and no curvatures (scoliosis) can be present.

The side view X-ray must reveal three arcs, the most important arc being in the neck (cervical spine). This arc should be 45 degrees. The cervical arc is known as the “Arc of Life” because mental life impulses travel directly from the brain down this part of the spinal cord to bring life to the rest of the body. Losing your Arc of Life causes the most severe obstruction to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves (Central Nervous System).[1][2][3][4]



If your CNS is unhealthy, you cannot become truly healthy by exercising or eating right alone. You may be healthier, but you cannot be at “normal” or optimal. Any “abnormal” position of the spine, misalignment of the bones, or any changes in these curves indicate a serious problem. It is absolutely vital to understand this point—any changes from “normal” will interfere with and eventually damage the Central Nervous System. Interference and damage to the CNS will always result in “abnormal” function of the body, improper healing, and poor, abnormal, or less than optimal health.

“… Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production.”

  1. Norman Shealy, MD Roger K. Cady, MD, et al; APJM, 1994, Vol. 4p. 36


If your spine and Central Nervous System are “abnormal,” there is a need for specific, scientific corrective Chiropractic care. Specific structural chiropractic adjustments will restore “normal” spinal position and alignment. By properly restoring normal curves to the spine and aligning the vertebrae, it will eliminate CNS interference, allowing your body to function and heal “normally.”

[1] Harrison Harrison DD, Janik TJ, Troyanovich SJ, Holland B. Comparisons of Lordotic Cervical Spine Curvatures to a Theoretical Ideal Model of the Static Sagittal Cervical Spine. Spine 1996;21 (6): 667-675


[2] Harrison DD, Harrison DE, Janik TJ, Cailliet R, Haas JW.  Do Alterations in Vertebral and Disc Dimensions Affect an Elliptical Model of the Thoracic Kyphosis? Spine 2003; 28(5): 463-469.


[3] Harrison DD, Cailliet R, Janik TJ, Troyanovich SJ, Harrison DE, Holland B. Elliptical Modeling of the Sagittal Lumbar Lordosis and Segmental Rotation Angles as a Method to Discriminate Between Normal and Low Back Pain Subjects. J Spinal Disord 1998; 11(5): 430-439.


[4] Janik TJ, Harrison DD, Cailliet R, Troyanovich SJ, Harrison DE. Can the Sagittal Lumbar Curvature be Closely Approximated by an Ellipse? J Orthop Res 1998; 16(6): 766-70.

How to choose the right Chiropractor



Insurance, HMO, relief care chiropractors

Insurance is designed for short-term relief of recent illness, injury, or disease. While some insurance plans do provide for care of long term and chronic illnesses, most health plans do not provide for this at all. Insurance is affordable to you and/or your company because they contain managed-care costs. Most insurance plans, particularly HMO/PPO insurance, are designed to pay for the cost of fast relief to a new strain, accident, or injury. In order to cut costs, insurance companies, particularly HMOs, utilize a number of different tactics.

Most insurance companies have either a set limit on how many visits a year you can be treated by a Chiropractor or they will require such a high co-pay that it makes care non-cost effective for the patient. This makes insurance more affordable, but does not necessarily make it possible to provide structurally corrective chiropractic care for you and your family. Some Insurance companies may also require a referral from a medical doctor or treatment from a physical therapist in an effort to avoid paying for Chiropractic care. This usually can be verified before your first appointment but is another cost to you the patient for having to see another provider to receive care that is recommended in the first place.

Insurance tends to cover only symptom based care. If your symptoms improve by the second or third visit then insurance may refuse to cover your chiropractic care. If the visit is to correct scoliosis or posture or any non symptom based treatment then insurance may deny your claim. This frustration only led Corrective Chiropractic to be out of network with insurance.  This allows us to recommend what is necessary for correction instead of only what insurance covers while still keeping our prices very affordable.

Many chiropractors choose to limit their practice to pain relief only. This is okay, but we choose to open up our scope of practice to structural corrective chiropractic in this office. While choosing to treat pain only has the pleasing benefit of pain relief, in this office, however, we feel an obligation to improve overall wellness in addition to alleviating pain.

Research shows that if your spine and Central Nervous System are left in their improper position, they will continue to degenerate silently and allow organs to malfunction and become diseased. With relief care instead of corrective care, you will not even know this is occurring because the signs and symptoms are gone!

Corrective Care Chiropractors

Disease; Spinal decay creates a “dis-ease” in the body- a lack of normal “ease” or function. In a state of dis-ease, the opportunity for disease is enhanced.

Because of the amount of time and the number of visits it takes to reconstruct and correct the spine and Central Nervous System, your insurance, HMO, or PPO is not designed to cover this type of care.

Like changing bone alignment in your mouth with braces, the duration of care and frequency of adjustments are essential to changing the bone alignment in your spine. It is also necessary to use very specific, highly-advanced techniques in order to get the subluxations in your spine corrected. Infrequent and/or non-specific spinal correction techniques will have the same effect on the spine and initial x-ray positions as infrequent non-specific braces would have on teeth. Non-specific spinal adjustments and non-specific rehabilitative techniques along with leaving areas of the spine uncorrected for sustained periods will cause the spine to worsen over time.

While all doctors want their patients to be out of pain, the focus of Corrective Care Chiropractors is to remove all interference to the Central Nervous System caused by abnormal position of the spine and subluxation (misalignment). This is done through a very specific rehabilitative program of spinal adjustments, stretches, and exercises that are unique for each individual.

The frequency and cost of care are determined by the severity of the subluxation and abnormal position of your spine. An insurance program shouldn’t be the determining reason. While your pain relief is of great concern to us, to determine your health by subjective findings only would be to compromise your well-being and our integrity as physicians.

Purifying Our Body


Let’s start by taking a quick test:

  • Do you or have you eaten processed foods?
  • Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?
  • Do you eat meat and poultry that is not free-range?
  • Do you consume genetically-altered food?
  • Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners?
  • Do you drink soda?
  • Do the foods you eat have preservatives, additives, dyes or sweeteners added?
  • Do you or have you ever consumed margarine or partially hydrogenated fats?
  • Do you eat fast foods and/or eat out regularly?
  • Do you charbroil or grill foods?
  • Do you drink coffee regularly?
  • Do you drink alcohol?
  • Do you drink tap water?

If you said yes to three or more, then it is likely that your diet contributes significantly to your toxic load. You are constantly exposed to other irritants such as cigarette smoke, pollution, hair dyes, hair spray, dry cleaning chemicals, cosmetics, exhaust fumes, soaps, perfumes, cleaners and drugs. This everyday exposure to these substances may have you feeling less than your best, experiencing: weight gain, fatigue or difficulty sleeping, poor digestion, food cravings, reduced mental clarity, low libido. The liver is not only responsible for dietary toxins but everything put on the skin or even things we smell, enter the body and must be acted upon by the liver.

Healthy liver function supports the body in burning fat for energy. In addition to its role in fat burning, the liver also synthesizes fatty acids from amino acids and sugars and assists in producing lipoproteins, cholesterol and phospholipids. The liver makes a substance called glucose tolerance factor (GTF) from chromium and glutathione. GTF partners with the body’s natural insulin to regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The liver converts any sugars that are not required for immediate energy needs into glycogen and fat. Glycogen is stored both in the liver and the muscle tissue. The fat is deposited into undesirable areas.

Because we are exposed to high levels of foreign substances and overconsume chemically-treated, synthetically-produced food, extra purification is needed. The best purification programs utilize whole food supplements, pure food, and water to give the body the resources it needs so that it can purify and rebuild itself naturally. These programs generally place an emphasis on the liver and colon because these two organs play a major role in supporting the digestive system. Therefore, purifying the body helps you to achieve a higher level of health by cleansing the body from the inside out.

As a society, we face increasing amounts of challenges in our environment. We encounter substances every day from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, including: medications, pesticides, heavy metals, fumes, synthetic materials, cigarette smoke, caffeine, preservatives, antibiotics, unfiltered water, and much more. In addition to these environmental challenges, our bodies produce waste by-products (such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and free radicals) as a result of normal metabolism that need to be eliminated. If these toxins are not neutralized and eliminated, the result is sub-optimal health.

You may be asking if you have toxins in your body. Think for a moment of all the foods and drinks you have consumed over your lifetime. The amount could literally add up to tens of thousands of pounds (thank goodness our bodies eliminate a majority of them, but needs help).

Purification, also known as detoxification or cleansing, is the process of addressing the natural and acquired toxins in the body. The liver, digestive tract, kidneys, bladder, lymphatic system, lungs, and skin are the major organs systems that are involved in the neutralization and elimination of toxins.

As you embark on a purification program, you may experience some changes. These may include a mild throbbing headache, generalized aches, itchy skin and fatigue within the first few days and will disappear in a day or two. These are normal occurrences as the body detoxifies and will pass quickly. During the program you will generally feel increased energy, better digestion, less bloating, clearer skin, shinier hair, increase in the quantity of bowel movements, and the disappearance or lessening of past conditions (PMS, digestive problems, headaches, etc.).

Upon completion of the recommended program, you will have a different mindset about food, your body and your health. You may experience some or all of the following: Increased energy/vitality, improved overall health, weight reduction, improved digestion, improved physical appearance, removal of food addictions, clearer thinking and improved elimination.

Five Practices for Better Health


Myths vs. Facts

When are you and your family well?

Myth: When we are feeling good.

Fact: The people who are feeling good often die of heart attacks, find out they have cancer, or wake up sick after feeling good all of their lives.

You and your family are only well when the normal amount of mental “life” impulses from the brain and spinal cord can reach the body through the nerves at 100%. 100% full flow equals 100% full God-given health potential.

“Life” is from God. The Life coming from the brain and spinal cord is the power that totally controls all functions and healing in the body. The power is on only when you place no interference in its natural path.


How do you and your family Get Sick?

Myth: Somebody around us is sick and bugs, bacteria, viruses, or pollen floats around and we catch them like a baseball. We get cancer or heart disease because of poor genetics, bad luck (God’s will, we were dealt a bad hand), or old age.

Fact: The cause of sickness is interference. The most common and likely way to interfere with the brain and spinal cord is abnormal position of the spine and subluxation (misalignment). This interference to the flow of “Life” impulses will cause the organs of the body to function and heal poorly. The power is off!

Stress and inadequate movement also cause interference. Bugs, pollen, bacteria, and even cancer are always present in your body. “Everyone has from 100 to 10,000 cancer cells floating in their body at all times. If the immune system is strong, they are destroyed before and damage is done. However, new cancer cells develop every day, so you must keep your immune system in top condition. If it weakens too much that’s when cancer can establish itself.”

Dr. Michael Williams, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School

“Nerve fibers go into virtually every organ of the immune system. We found that if you took the nerves away from the spleen or lymph nodes (organs of the immune system), you virtually stopped immune responses in their tracks.”

Dr. Davide Feltoen, M.D., Ph. D. reported in his research at the University of Rochester

Contemporary scientists clearly highlight the role of the immune system in warding off cancer. Genetic factors may or may not play are role and are in fact under scrutiny as genetics may create a pre-disposition but can typically be overcome by not falling into the traps that trigger disease.


How do you and your family get well?

Myth: Through the use of drugs, vitamins, surgery, herbs, or some kind of doctor.

Fact: By eliminating interference to normal body function and healing. Chiropractors do not heal you, they remove interference to the flow of mental “Life” impulses by correcting your spine. They turn the power on!

Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and do not tell people to get off of drugs. That’s the practice of medicine. Our role is to make people aware of the dangers of poor lifestyle decisions and to optimize health naturally. As you heal, work with your prescribing physicians to help you reduce or eliminate the drugs you’re on.

“The person who takes medicine must recover twice; once from the disease, and once from the medicine.”

William Usler, MD

How do you and your family stay well?

Fact: Every single day you and your family must consider the four ways to reach your God-given health potential.  Approximately five out of six Americans will die from heart disease and cancer. Few will live long, quality, productive lives. What the average American does for their health has not been working. For you and your family to survive and thrive, you must consider all four ways every day.















Every single day you and your family must are bombarded with these5 Fundamentals to reach your optimal health potential. Without any of these Essentials, you are unable to live a long, healthy and fulfilled life that you are meant to live. Each of these Essentials work together to keep your cells in optimal shape and your body functioning at the highest level. If you only focus on one of these essentials, such as exercise, you are leaving out other core elements that keep your body healthy.


Get to know each of the following essentials and understand how they all work together and need to be practiced from the moment you wake up until the time you go to sleep each night.


  1. Nerve Supply

The spine and Central Nervous System must be in its normal position and alignment in order for the normal amount of “Life” impulses to flow to the body. A Chiropractic rehabilitative program is specifically designed for you to reduce or correct objective findings discovered upon examination. Your posture and how your vertebrae are aligned affect your central nervous system and how well it functions. Damage and misalignment of your spine is more common than many of us realize. In our office, it’s done with the intention of reducing or eliminating interference to your Central Nervous System. You then must retain your spinal health the rest of your lives. Keep you power on!

  1. Reduce Stress

Time and stress management, improving your relationships with others, and making sure that you get adequate amounts of sleep. Working on all of these area’s help to improve a negative attitude and help your overall peace and well-being from within yourself. The body only heals when it is at rest. By not getting enough rest and indulging in too much stress, you and your family interfere with healing and body function.


  1. Quality Nutrition

What you put into your body affects how you feel each and every day. Food is the fuel that your body needs to continue to power and heal itself on a daily basis. Diets that are high in carbohydrates, have pH or omega-3 imbalances or are nutrient deficient, have negative effects not only on your body, but can create a lot of symptoms such as depression, brain fog, stress and fatigue.

  1. Increased Oxygen & Lean Muscle


Exercise allows your body to take in higher levels of oxygen and creates lean muscle that keeps both your body and mind healthy. Studies have shown that exercise consistently match or exceed the benefits of antidepressants. This is your opportunity to decrease fat and increase lean muscle tissue. You and your family intake and absorb oxygen more efficiently when you are moving. Without some form of proper, regular exercise you interfere with normal oxygen supply.

  1. Minimize Toxins

Toxins and chemicals surround us in our everyday lives and are included in items such as medications, refined foods, household cleaners and the items we cook with! Each of these toxins affect our bodies in a negative way and inhibit us from functioning at optimal levels.


Rather than be a specialist in one organ or one of the type of disease, Dr. Wickstrom is a specialists in removing interference to your God-given health potential. We offer programs and advanced classes on spinal correction, nutrition, exercise, stress management, and time management.





Whole Body Vibration

Vibration Platforms, an innovative and effective new tool for rehabilitation, pain relief, and biomechanical improvement.  The benefits of whole body vibration has been researched extensively in Europe and Russia, and exciting new studies are beginning to accumulate in the United States that correlate with the information from across the world.

Although many people will exhibit disbelief, even incredulity, when confronted with their first experience of whole body vibration there are a number of metaphorical analogies that may help to explain exactly why whole body vibration works as well as it does.  Many people are familiar with hand-held massagers that apply a localized vibration to the muscles, aiding in relaxation, waste dispersion, pain management, and blood circulation.  What has been done with vibration platforms is they have essentially created a system through which the entire body can experience these beneficial effects, not just one area.  When the body experiences whole body vibration, it responds by activating the postural muscles to maintain proprioception (balance), and this in turn speeds blood and lymph circulation throughout the body.  The collagen in the body that makes up the tendons, ligaments, and discs begins to heat up and become more fluid, improving ranges of motion and flexibility.  Try placing a sealed container of water on a vibration platform – it will look like it’s boiling!

Many people know that a broken bone will heal quicker under stress (Wolff’s Law), and that same law of biomechanics applies to healthy bones as well.  The stimulation of the muscles and tendons has an osteoblastic effect upon the bones, and since bone growth requires osteoblastic activity, it has been scientifically proven that whole body vibration will increase bone density!  If this still seems a bit hard to believe, try placing a container filled with sand or gravel on top of a vibration platform.  The material inside the container will quickly be shaken down to a smooth, even surface.  This is a model of what happens to the bone-collagen matrix inside the bones!  It is re-aligned and strengthened by the shifting and shaking motions going on all around it.

This same analogy can also be utilized when it comes to explaining why a vibration platform decreases pain and inflammation.  As you stand on a vibration platform, you may feel a slight “buzz” in injured areas while in a certain position.  By holding that position, you can apply the vibratory forces to help dissipate the inflammation, relax the tissues, and relieve the pain.

Lastly, whole body vibration also affects hormonal production in the body.  Levels of the Human Growth Hormone more than triple when you are standing on a vibration platform!  This hormone is very important for healing and regeneration.  Testosterone, which also plays a role in the rehabilitation of injured tissue, increases as well.  But there is one type of hormone that actually decreases while you are on a vibration platform.  Can you guess which one?  Cortisol – otherwise known as, “the stress hormone.”

The benefits for whole body vibration is becoming endless with the number of research studies flooding the market. Take the time to find out from your doctor if whole body vibration is what you need. As always Dr. Bret Wickstrom from Corrective Chiropractic Greenville NC is available to discuss this application.