Thursday, May 5, 2016

Are you a veteran?  Thank you for your service to our country.  Did you know there is a program providing care for veterans outside of the Veteran Administration system?

Patient-Centered Community Care is a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nationwide program that utilizes health care contracts to provide eligible Veterans access to primary care, inpatient/outpatient specialty care, mental health care, limited emergency care, and limited newborn care for enrolled female Veterans following birth of a child. - See more at:

You may be surprised to learn that we provide community care for veterans.  We see patients for both acupuncture and chiropractic. The care here in the community must be authorized by the VA.  Contact your primary care physician to request either acupuncture or chiropractic care.  Massage therapy is not an approved service within this program.  

It has been and continues to be our honor to serve those who have served us so well.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

     Headaches are one of the most common reasons that our patients seek Chiropractic, Massage therapy and Acupuncture. At one time or another, we've all experienced throbbing or stabbing pains in our heads.  Headaches come in may shapes and sizes with complex causes.  Headaches can be
triggered by physical or emotional stress, toxic fumes, certain foods, preservatives, alcohol, bright light, trauma, hormonal changes, to name a few.  A cause that is often overlooked is misaligned spinal bones in the neck.  When these bones lose their normal position and motion, delicate nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected.  Frequent, recurring headache is a sign that something is wrong.  While pain-relievers may temporarily ease discomfort, they also mask symptoms and do nothing to correct the cause of the problem.

    Chiropractic care can help your headache.  In many cases, relief is immediate.  Finding the cause behind the headache as well as relieving the pain, chiropractic adjustments help.  A chiropractor can also help in identifying triggers, suggest exercises and lifestyle changes to avoid future headaches.

Many patients find that chiropractic care offers a safe natural alternative to traditional medical management of headaches.  It is often helpful to keep a journal of your headache symptoms and possible triggers.  Here at Mission Chiropractic & Wellness, we work together with massage therapists and our acupuncturist to find the best treatment for your condition.

We offer free chiropractic consultation.

To your health,
Brad Willits, D. C.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Recently there was a piece on ABC Good Morning America about a woman who felt her mercury levels were raised by taking Chinese herbs and other supplements.  Without knowing  levels before these items were taken, whether there was fish (like tuna) consumed or dental fillings (some do use mercury) ,  I cannot say  what caused her levels to be high.  I want to assure people who take herbs that I recommend, they are tested by the labs who produce them and again by a third party independent lab for heavy metals.   Here are links to their websites so you  can read the information yourself.

Testing powder (click on Herbal Test Results on top banner)

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Disc-related Sciatica
Posted by Greg Ingram, DC
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Some people are under the impression that chiropractic adjustments should be avoided by patients who are suffering from disc related sciatica. In fact, a few of the medical doctors I have worked with in the past have recommended that the patient avoid lumbar manipulation due to disc issues.   (I have actually seen this on referral scripts!)  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, according to a study published in Spine Journal in 2006, chiropractic treatment is a successful method of reducing and eliminating the acute lower back pain resulting from sciatica.  These results were derived from a random double-blind clinical trial on a set of more than one hundred patients experiencing severe pain and disc protrusions.

More specifically, nearly 55% of the patients receiving chiropractic care were relieved of radiating pain as compared to the 20% of patients from the group that received simulated, or “sham” chiropractic manipulation.  Additionally, 28% of the patients receiving care from chiropractors were free from the local pain as opposed to 6% of those that received simulated manipulations.

In conclusion, chiropractic care is more effective that other forms of sciatica treatment and has the added benefit of being free of side effects that many drugs can cause.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chiropractic Care for the Treatment of Hypertension

A study headed by George Bakris, MD compared blood pressure readings of 25 patients who received specific adjustments to the atlas vertebra (the top bone in the neck), compared to 25 patients who received sham chiropractic adjustments.  Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage hypertension had significantly lower blood pressure than the 25 similar patients who received sham chiropractic adjustments. 

Compared to the patients who received sham adjustments, those who received real chiropractic adjustments saw an average of 14mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number).

So how is this possible?   The control centers for the body are located at the base of the brain called the brainstem.  These centers control basic unconscious bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure.  If the Atlas vertebra pinches against the brainstem, it may not cause pain but it can upset these basic functions. 

This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination.  The adjustment has the additional benefit of not causing adverse side effects.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reading Labels by Margaret Older, Lac
What are you looking for on a label?   They have so much information, lets break it down further.
            1. Read the list of ingredients.  Do you know what they all are?  If there is something that you have to look up to know what it is and then you are still not sure, don’t eat it. 
            2.  Look for the amounts of sugar and salt or sodium as well as fiber and fat.
The Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of sodium for an average healthy adult is 2300 mg which is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon. 
Sugar may hide under many aliases: maltose, dextrose, fructose, honey, molasses and more.   There is no RDA for sugar but about 6 teaspoons per day for an adult woman and 8 for an adult man 
Fiber is beneficial to the whole digestive system as well as the heart.  You should eat 20- 35 grams per day for optimal health benefits.    

Fat comes in many forms.  Unsaturated are the healthier fats.  Avoid trans-fats and saturated fats, they raise “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may lower “good”  (HDL) which is bad for your heart.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Understanding Blood Pressure posted by John P. Willits, DC
When your blood pressure is taken, 2 sounds are heard. The first is called Systolic, or top number. This is defined as the pressure reading in the arteries when the heart beats, or when the heart muscle contracts.
The bottom number called diastolic, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. This is when the heart muscle is resting.
Actually the lower reading is the more important of the two, but typically more attention is given to the systolic number. The numbers are recorded in millimeter of mercury (mg). The normal [or national average) is considered to be 120/80, though many people may have a "normal" pressure reading a little higher or lower.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is considered any systolic reading over 140mg, and diastolic reading over 90mg. If your blood pressure is close or above these numbers consult your physician, medication may be necessary. Chiropractic care and Acupuncture has been known to lower blood pressure in some circumstances.