Ease Digestive Discomfort and Pain with Chiropractic

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More and more people across the nation are experiencing problems with digestion.  It could be attributed to leading a more sedentary lifestyle or increasingly poor eating habits.  But whatever the cause, poor digestive health has become a significant problem today that can affect daily life.  What can be done to ease digestive problems?  It might surprise you to know that chiropractic care could play a significant role in improving digestion.

The Importance of Proper Digestion

Digestion refers to the way food moves through our body.  Our digestive process is responsible for keeping the nutrients and vitamins in our body and removing all harmful toxins.  If the body isn’t digesting food properly, it can cause feelings of tiredness or sluggishness.  In other words, you simply won’t feel like yourself.  Certain health concerns can be the cause of poor digestion.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, or Crohn's Disease all cause improper digestion that can be painful and annoying.  Symptoms of pain, gas, bloating, or a change in bowel movements can get in the way of how you live our life.  Proper digestion is important for living a healthy lifestyle.  For those suffering from digestive discomfort, there is a solution.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can alleviate digestive problems so you can feel like yourself once again. 

How Can Chiropractic Promote Proper Digestion?

The digestive system is intricately connected to the central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord.  A spinal misalignment, when a vertebra is twisted, turned, or out of place, will disrupt nerve communication between the central nervous system and other parts of the body.  A spinal misalignment could be the cause of poor digestion.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will examine the spine for misalignments and then perform a gentle adjustment to remove them.  Once the spine is aligned, proper nerve communication can be restored, ensuring that your body is able to function at high levels of health again.  Many people have experienced relief almost immediately or shortly after receiving chiropractic adjustments.  For example, a six-year-old girl suffered from neck pain and chronic constipation issues.  After 13 visits to a chiropractor, her issues were resolved completely.  Chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela may be the answer you have been searching for.

Others Have Experienced Relief, and You Can Too!

If you suffer from poor digestive health, you can experience relief with chiropractic care.  Studies show that chiropractic adjustments have helped many people overcome poor digestion.  In one case study of 17 people with Crohn's Disease, 12 experienced remission with consistent chiropractic visits. Chiropractic also helped an 8-year-old boy who suffered from constipation problems since birth.  Proper digestion was once again restored after only 2 months of chiropractic visits.

Poor digestion isn’t something you have to simply live with.  For more information about chiropractic care to improve digestion, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae today.



Eulitt, H.K., Giannakakis, V. “Resolution of Chronic Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, and Abdominal Pain in an 8-Year-Old Child Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2014 Jan; 1-7.

Horkey, M. “Resolution of Chronic Constipation and Neck Pain Following Chiropractic Care in a 6-Year-Old Female.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2010 May: 51-55.

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Find Migraine Relief with Chiropractic Care

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If migraine pain has ever brought you to a point where you can no longer function, then you know how debilitating and miserable migraines can be.  Once second you can be fine and the next second, you are experiencing intense headache pain that affects your entire life.  Unfortunately, migraines are not uncommon, as over 37 million people in the US are affected by migraines.  If migraine pain has caused you to miss work, family events, or fun social activities, know that they don’t have to control your life any longer.  A Bentonville chiropractor can help you manage your migraine pain so you can continue to live your life without disruption.

Spinal Health Is Important

Believe it or not, the key to managing migraine pain lies in the spine.  Spinal health is essential for ensuring you stay healthy.  The central nervous system is responsible for all of the body’s systems and how they function.  Spinal misalignments cause nerve interference that disrupts communication between the brain and rest of the body and inhibits how the body functions.  These spinal misalignments lead to health issues, such as migraine pain.  Spinal misalignment are common. In fact, they can occur from just about anything.  A simple, sudden, wrong move can cause a vertebrae to twist or turn.  Sleeping in a strange position can shift vertebrae out of place.  Because spinal misalignments are common, regular visits to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela are recommended to ensure proper spinal health and body function.  Not only will you see relief from migraine pain, but you will also experience increased overall health and wellness.

Chiropractic Is Safe, Natural, & Drug-Free

Some may worry that chiropractic care does more harm than good.  But nothing is further from the truth.  Chiropractic care is a safe and natural method to manage migraine pain (and other ailments), and it can bring about long-term relief.  Medications may ease migraine pain for a time, but the relief is short-lived as pain returns later, often even stronger than before.  Additionally, medications may do more harm than good as they come with a slew of potential side effects.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can perform a safe and gentle chiropractic adjustment that will relieve migraine pain without harming your body and without introducing harsh chemicals and drugs into your system.

Chiropractic Care Is Effective at Providing Headache Relief

Studies show that chiropractic has worked for others and it can work for you when it comes to migraine pain.  A 12-year-old boy who regularly missed school for 7 years suffered from migraine pain, vertigo, and extreme dizziness. He experienced complete relief after only one week of chiropractic care.  An 8-year-old boy complained of chronic headache pain for over two years, but after regular chiropractic care, his symptoms were resolved.  Know that relief is possible with chiropractic care.  But also remember that regular maintenance visits should become a regular part of your routine so that your spine is in tip-top shape no matter how you sleep or what activities you are involved in. 


If migraine pain has affected your life, take back control with chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic. 



Kelly, D.D., Hold, K. “Resolution of Vertigo, Migraines and Neck Pain in a 12-Year-Old Boy Receiving Chiropractic Care – A Case Study.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2010 Sept: 150-153.

Oakley, P.A., Chaney, S.J., Chaney, T.A., Maddox, A. “Resolution of Chronic Headaches Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in an 8-Year-Old Utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics Technique.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2011 Aug: 82-86. 

Chiropractic Care Relieves Sciatica Pain

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The sciatic nerve runs down the lower back, through the buttocks, and into the legs.  Sciatica pain usually begins with complaints of lower back discomfort, which is often related to a herniated disc or spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the space within the spine where the nerves travel).  Both of these issues may lead to worsening low back pain, hip pain, and leg pain, as well as numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Both a herniated disc and spinal stenosis put unnecessary pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the entire body. Sciatica pain is a result of that pressure, and it can incredibly painful, stressful, and frustrating to live with.

Methods for Managing Sciatica Pain

There are several methods for managing sciatic pain that many turn to in order to find relief.  Some options include muscle relaxers, pain killers, rest, or even physical therapy.  But these aren’t always effective in easing sciatic pain.  Some may even turn to surgery as a last resort to correct sciatic pain.  Before considering an invasive surgery, know that there is another option.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a non-invasive, effective method for alleviating pain associated with the sciatica nerve. 

Chiropractic Care Improves Nervous System Health

The main focus of chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela is to improve overall health and wellness by focusing on the relationship between the spine and central nervous system.  Nerves are connected to the spinal cord and can be affected by poor spinal health, or misalignments of the spine.  A misalignment of the lumbar spine (in the lower back) can affect sciatica.  Because chiropractic care focuses on removing misalignments to improve overall function of the body, it is an obvious choice as a method for managing sciatica pain.  Dr. Tom Niemela will perform a gentle adjustment to remove misalignments, specifically focusing on herniated discs, to not only improve your sciatic pain, but also to increase your body’s ability to function properly and improve your overall health.  Addressing the root cause of your sciatica pain ensures that it doesn’t return.  It also gives you a safe and effective method for alleviating your pain without the risks of medicines or surgeries.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela has helped others find relief from sciatica pain, and he can help you, too.

Chiropractic Care Has Worked for Others

If you are unsure as to whether or not chiropractic care will really work, rest assured that many others have found a resolution to sciatica pain by seeking chiropractic care.  In fact, sciatica pain is one of the most common complaints among those who visit chiropractors.  One particular case study looked at a female with fibromyalgia, migraines, and chronic back and neck pain, along with sciatica pain.  Within 6 months of beginning chiropractic care, she experienced a 98% resolution of her complaints.  Additionally, a male with hypertension along with wrist and sciatica pain saw a 100% resolution of his health concerns after just 2 months of chiropractic care. 


Relief is possible.  Find out more about neurologically-based chiropractic care and its effect on sciatica with a visit to Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.



Alibhoy, N. “Resolution of Fibromyalgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2011 June: 39-44.

Chung, J., Brown, J., Busa, J. “Resolution of Hypertension Following Reduction of Upper Cervical Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2014 Jan: 1-6.

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural and Safe Way to Address Bedwetting

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Bedwetting among children is a common occurrence, especially as children are learning to potty train.  As some children get older, they still seem to struggle with wetting the bed.  For older children who struggle with bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, the situation can be embarrassing.  Children may choose to avoid slumber parties or overnight events of any kind for fear of wetting the bed.  Parents and children alike can experience emotional and mental frustration with bedwetting.  Out of desperation, many parents consult their family physician who will recommend some methods for addressing problems of nocturnal enuresis.  What these parents might not realize is that bedwetting could actually be an issue that is rooted in the spine.  If this is the case, then a consultation with a Bentonville chiropractor may be the best option for helping your child.

What Causes Nocturnal Enuresis?

Most parents don’t understand why it is that their older children can’t seem to control their bladder at night.  The fact is that our spine houses the nerves that are responsible for how the body functions.  A spinal subluxation, or misalignment of the spine that is twisted or out of place, can disrupt nerve communication and lead to dysfunction or poor health within the body.  The entire excretory system is controlled by nerves in the lumbar spine.  If any vertebra in this lower part of the spine is out of place, it can affect the bowel system and urinary system, thus causing nocturnal enuresis in children.  Gentle adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela are a safe and natural way to remove misalignments to reduce instances of bedwetting at night.

Proof that Chiropractic Works

Many case studies have been conducted to show the efficiency of chiropractic care in addressing problems of bedwetting.  In one case study, a six-year-old boy with Autism had frequent bouts of nocturnal enuresis.  Upon examination, it was found that he did indeed have spinal misalignments.  With regular chiropractic care, he experienced a complete resolution of nocturnal enuresis as well as a 70% improvement of ASD.  Another case study of a 9-year-old dealing with bedwetting was resolved with chiropractic.  After just 7 visits, he reported being accident-free for over two weeks, the longest he had ever gone without an accident at night.  Four months later, his parents reported a complete resolution of nighttime bedwetting.  Know that there is hope for children affected by nocturnal enuresis with chiropractic care.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic is an experienced pediatric chiropractor who can help.

Next Steps

If your child is tired of bedwetting holding them back from spending time with family and friends, then turn to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela for relief.  Not only can chiropractic relieve bedwetting symptoms, but it also improves overall health and wellness.  To find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care, contact the Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today.



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Noriega, A., Chung, J., Brown, J. “Improvement in a 6 year-old Child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Nocturnal Enuresis under Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2012 Jan: 1-8.

Van Poecke, A.J., Cunliffe, C. “Chiropractic Treatment for Primary Nocturnal Enuresis: A Case Series of 33 Consecutive Patients.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies, 2009 Oct; 32(8): 675-681. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836605.

Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain

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Almost everyone has experienced neck pain at some point in their life.  This is one of the most common reasons for a visit to a Bentonville chiropractor.  Why do people tend to seek chiropractic care for neck pain? Because it works!  Gentle adjustments can bring about relief for those suffering from mild or severe neck pain that often disrupts life.  No matter how intense your neck pain is, know that chiropractic care can help.

What Causes Neck Pain?

Neck pain can come out of nowhere and can be the result of any number of things.  Twisting or turning the wrong way can bring about neck pain.  Sitting at a desk all day can also lead to neck pain.  Anytime you strain forward to look at a computer or stare at some paperwork or a cell phone, it can cause neck pain.  This forward head posture puts strain on your neck because for every inch your head moves forward, it adds 10 pounds of weight to the upper back and neck in order to keep your head stable.  In fact, “tech neck” has become an issue among many today.  Constantly looking down at our tablets, phones, or gaming devices forces our heads forward, putting pressure on our neck and causing pain. 

Chiropractic Alleviates Neck Pain Safely

To relieve neck pain, many turn to medications.  But this is only a temporary solution as symptoms will return.  Additionally, medications can cause unpleasant side effects and bring about unnecessary risks.  Chiropractic care is an effective and natural method for relieving neck pain safely. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will gently assess your spine looking for spinal misalignments, or vertebrae that have twisted, turned, or shifted out of place.  These misalignments are often the source of neck pain.  A gentle and quick adjustment from Dr. Niemela can remove spinal misalignments and relieve neck pain.  It is important to keep in mind that our vertebrae may shift out of alignment again and again, so just one visit to a chiropractor may help for a while, but symptoms could return as we move the wrong way or continue to put pressure on our necks while using technology, leading to further misalignments.  That is why regular and routine visits to Arbor Vitae Chiropractic for continued care are recommended. 

Chiropractic Offers Long Term Relief

Case studies support chiropractic care as a long-term solution for neck pain relief.  One specific case study focused on a 10-year-old boy with severe muscle spasms and torticollis.  His pain was so severe that he even made a trip to the emergency room for pain relief.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t successful.  Thankfully, he turned to chiropractic care three times a week as a solution for his neck pain.  After just 12 visits, he had full range of motion in his neck and was pain free.  For many, it takes an average of 17 visits to fully resolve neck pain.  To maintain optimal body function and improve overall health and wellness, turn to chiropractic care.  If you can’t seem to find relief from neck pain, turn to Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and find out more about how regular visits can alleviate all signs of neck pain so you don’t have to live in pain any longer.



Alcantara, J., Fleuchaus, S., Oman, R. “Resolution of Torticollis, Neck Pain and Vertebral Subluxation in a Pediatric Patient Undergoing Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2009 Nov: 1-9.

Maltby, J.K., Harrison, D.D., Harrison, D.E., Betz, J.W, Ferrantelli, J.R., Clum, G.W. “Frequency & Duration of Chiropractic Care for Headaches, Neck and Upper Back Pain.”Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2008 Aug: 1-12.

Chiropractic Support for Autism

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In today’s society, 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This behavioral and developmental disorder usually begins presenting itself around 18 months of age.  Children affected by autism are each affected differently and the symptoms are unique to each individual.  Most children with autism have difficulty communicating, interacting with others, and using their imagination.  While not a lot is known about autism, studies have shown a link between autism and genetics, as well as internal and external factors that impact children in utero.  Because not much is known about ASD, it can be overwhelming for parents and children alike.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela looks at each individual child and his or her health concerns, including autism, and he seeks to treat the root cause of any issues to increase overall health and improve quality of life.

Early Intervention Is Best

Knowing the signs of autism can assist in getting your child the help he or she needs.  The earlier ASD is recognized, the sooner interventions can be put in place to support your child and produce positive outcomes.  While this is something your child will deal with the rest of their lives and is not something they will outgrow, there are methods that will improve your child’s life significantly.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic provides neurologically-based chiropractic care that is a natural and safe early intervention to benefit children with ASD.

Chiropractic Care for Autism

Chiropractic care from a pediatric specialist can significantly improve quality of life for children with autism.  In fact, chiropractic has been shown to aid in several areas that are commonly affected by ASD, such as ear infections, digestive problems, immunity issues, and more. Chiropractic care will remove spinal misalignments that could be the cause of recurrent ear infections.  Restoring proper nerve communication can also correct gut or digestive issues.  A healthy spine aids in increasing immune system efficiency as well, keeping your child healthier and happier.  In addition to improving overall physical health, chiropractic also supports speech and language development, improvement of social skills, increased cognitive awareness, and improved general behaviors. 

Studies to Support Chiropractic for Autism

Multiple case studies have shown that chiropractic care is, in fact, an effective method for increasing speech, sociability, and overall behaviors in children with autism.  One case study focused on a 4-year old boy with autism who struggled with to communicate verbally.  He also suffered from multiple injuries due to autistic behaviors and poor sensory perception.  After the first visit to a chiropractor, he saw signs of improvement through eye contact with the chiropractor, which had never been seen before.  After receiving regular chiropractic care, he even saw significant improvements in sociability and social and cognitive behaviors.  Additionally, speech and physical behaviors also improved. 


Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela is experienced in providing gentle, specific, and scientific chiropractic adjustments to children with autism.  For an approach that is unique and focuses on meeting the needs of your child, consult with Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and experience all the benefits that chiropractic has to offer.



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Pellegrino, Anthony.  “Improvements in a 4-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2016.2 (2016): 50-56. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/autistic-child-improves-after-chiropractic-care.html.

What Is the Difference Between True Correction & Temporary Relief?

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The world today is full of quick fixes and the constant need for immediate gratification. While some things are truly getting more effective and helpful in the way of providing instant satisfaction, it is more common that these quick fixes create more long-term problems. If you want to lose weight, rather than eating healthy foods and being more active, we turn to fad diets that promise we’ll lose 20 pounds a week by eating the way we already eat. Or when we have a medical issue that requires a healthier lifestyle to correct it, we instead choose medication or surgery to provide a “solution” that won’t sustain our health long-term.

Chiropractic care has a completely different approach to health, healing, and function. Here at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, we belief in the true correction that comes from chiropractic care, as well as the long-term benefits that chiropractic care offers. We know you want relief from various ailments, chronic pain, and general discomfort, and we have seen chiropractic care provide all of those things to our practice members. But we also know that you want to live a long and full life, full of happiness and health, and we know that chiropractic plays a large role in that as well.

Proactive Health Care vs. Reactive Sick Care

The healthcare model today is hardly a model of health. Rather than providing you with opportunities to be proactive and preventative in your healthcare, today’s model is more of a reactive sick care model. You get sick, so you go to the doctor and you take a medication that is supposed to get rid of your symptoms. However, the root cause is not addressed, so while the symptoms are covered up and temporary relief is given, true correction is nowhere in sight.

Dr. Tom Niemela and the entire team at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic is passionate about helping you being proactive in your health. Chiropractic care helps your body to correct any dysfunction, improves communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body, and brings about healing, health, and wellness in your entire body.

What Role Does Principled Chiropractic Play?

Principled chiropractic care focuses on the function of your body as a whole, which is rooted in the central nervous system. A primary part of the central nervous system is your spinal cord, which is housed in your spine and is responsible for transmitting messages to your entire body so that it can function properly. When a vertebra is misaligned even slightly, nerve communication is interrupted and dysfunction occurs throughout the body. Bentonville chiropractic Dr. Tom Niemela will adjust your spine to restore proper alignment, allowing your body to function optimally, bringing about true correction to any issue or pain you may be facing.

Not only can chiropractic care offer instant relief to a variety of issues, but since it treats misalignments of the spine, which are the root cause of dysfunction, you will also experience true correction and long-term health benefits. Dr. Tom Niemela and his team in Bentonville, AR would love to educate you more on the benefits of chiropractic and schedule a consultation for you soon!



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Can Chiropractic Care Help Manage Fibromyalgia Pain?

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Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects many across the nation. It is a disease that causes intense pain accompanied by fatigue, mood disorders, and memory impairment.  It is thought that fibromyalgia can be caused by a traumatic experience as well, such as a car accident or major surgery.  Furthermore, it can also be found in conjunction with other ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome or chronic migraines.  However, not much is truly known about what causes fibromyalgia pain and no cure has been found. Thankfully, there are methods for managing fibromyalgia pain so that you can continue to live life to the fullest.  In fact, one natural and safe method that has shown to be effective in treating fibromyalgia is chiropractic care.  If you are struggling with this painful disorder that affects the nerves, know that there is hope with chiropractic.

Chiropractic Focuses on the Root of the Problem

Many fibromyalgia sufferers turn to medication to ease their pain. This might initially offer relief, but medication is only a temporary fix for the pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia.  It only masks the symptoms for a short time and doesn’t actually get to the root cause of the disease.  Not only can symptoms return after stopping medication use, but prescription medications often come with the risk of harmful side effects.  Chiropractic seeks to treat the root cause of fibromyalgia which lies in the function of the central nervous system. 

Nerve Interference Leads to Fibromyalgia Pain

Misalignments of the spine will disrupt communication between the brain and other systems of the body.  Spinal health is crucial to ensuring the body is functioning at optimal levels of overall health.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove misalignments that are disrupting communication and causing nerve pain associated with fibromyalgia. Neurologically-based chiropractic care offers spinal adjustments that properly align the spine, reducing nerve interference and removing dysfunction from the body’s many systems. Once the central nervous system is able to function at optimal levels, fibromyalgia pain will decrease as the overall health of your body increases. 

Can Chiropractic Help Me?

Many case studies have shown that regular chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial in decreasing fibromyalgia pain.  In one case study, a 36-year-old woman presented with fibromyalgia pain after a car accident.  Her pain level significantly decreased after being under regular chiropractic care.  Another case study focused on a 64-year-old woman who had complained of fibromyalgia pain for 6 years.  After just three months of care, her symptoms decreased, significantly reducing fibromyalgia pain, irregular bowel movements, low energy levels, and sleep apnea.  Regular chiropractic care has offered long-term relief for others with fibromyalgia and it can do the same for you. 


If you are ready to live life once again without the pain and low energy levels associated with fibromyalgia, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help.  Contact his team to set up a consultation.



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Experience Carpal Tunnel Relief with Chiropractic Care

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Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop for a variety of reasons, although repetition is thought to be a common cause.  Those who do repeated movements over and over, such as golfers, tennis players, knitters, or office workers, could begin to develop signs of carpal tunnel syndrome over time.

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes inflammation of the wrist, more specifically of the median nerve that runs from the hand through the wrist and up the entire arm.  Those with carpal tunnel may begin to experience weakness or pain in the wrist when trying to write or type.  A numbness or tingling sensation in the arm is also a sign of the beginning of carpal tunnel syndrome.  While carpal tunnel is not a serious health issue, it can be an annoyance, especially if it begins to affect your ability to work or enjoy your favorite activity due to pain or weakness in the wrist.  Thankfully, chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor might be just the answer you are looking for to alleviate any carpal tunnel pain.

Chiropractic Care Focuses on the Nerves

Dr. Tom Niemela is a neurologically-based chiropractor in Bentonville, AR who can treat your carpal tunnel syndrome naturally. He can adjust your wrist and hand to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation, but he will also adjust your spine to improve overall body function, which includes reducing carpal tunnel discomfort. Chiropractic is based on treating the nerves, specifically the central nervous system that control other bodily systems.  Misalignments of the spine will cause nerve interference that can lead to inflammation or swelling in the body, including along the median nerve where the carpal tunnel is found.  A chiropractic adjustment will remove misalignments, restore nerve communication, and reduce inflammation, which will in turn alleviate any carpal tunnel problems.  Additionally, carpal tunnel can be caused by health issues such as arthritis, diabetes, or hypothyroidism.  Because chiropractic treats the overall health of the body, it can also address these health concerns and alleviate any signs of carpal tunnel syndrome as well.

Proof That Chiropractic Works

Studies have shown that chiropractic is a safe and natural method for managing carpal tunnel weakness or pain by addressing the root cause, nerve interference.  One 42-year-old woman found relief from numbness, pain, and tingling in her right hand after regular adjustments from a chiropractor.  She received chiropractic adjustments for four weeks on her elbow, wrist, and hand, which completely eradicated her symptoms of carpal tunnel.  Another case study followed individuals over 60 with carpal tunnel syndrome.  These individuals also found relief after repeated chiropractic visits.  Chiropractic care has worked for others to relieve pain, weakness, and tingling in the wrist and arm, and it can work for you too!  Don’t delay. Seek care from Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to find relief and enjoy getting back to those everyday things you enjoy.



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Chiropractic Care Alleviates Asthma Symptoms

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Chiropractic care focuses on improving overall health and wellness and increasing the function of each system in the body.  When this is accomplished, it can alleviate a number of health issues, beyond just reducing back and neck pain. One common health concern that chiropractic can have a significant effect on is asthma. Chiropractic aims to treat the body as a whole instead of just focusing on isolated symptoms, which gets to the root cause of any health concerns and can greatly improve health.  Expert care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a great way to do just that.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma causes the pathways where air flows within the body to become inflamed and constricted.  This results in heavy wheezing and breathing problems. Some experience asthma symptoms more often during times of activity and play, while other asthma sufferers may have symptoms at any time, even during times of inactivity.  Breathing treatments and medications are the most common forms of treatment for asthma symptoms.  While these methods are effective in resolving an asthma attack, they can sometimes come with side effects. Chiropractic care, however, is a natural and safe method for managing asthma at its primary source. It is so effective that some individuals with asthma have even reported a decrease in the necessity of inhalers or breathing treatments after beginning chiropractic care.

The Effects of Asthma

Asthma is on the rise across the nation with over 17 million suffering from it.  It a common yet costly health concern that affects both adults and children. In fact, it is the number one cause of hospitalization among children. For most, asthma is mild and is simply an annoyance that needs to be addressed.  For others, however, it has dangerous risks.  Those with a life-threatening form of asthma must be aware of their symptoms and how best to treat them.  Asthma symptoms can be a sign that something is indeed wrong within the body and needs to be addressed and explored further.  But what can be done?  Surprisingly, beginning care with chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can significantly reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks.

Chiropractic Care for Asthma Symptoms

Misalignments of the spine can affect the function of the central nervous system and cause nerve interference.  Without proper nerve communication, the body isn’t able to function at optimal levels which can lead to health problems, including respiratory issues like asthma. Gentle chiropractic adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove misalignments and restore proper nerve function. This in turn greatly reduces other health concerns and can even alleviate problems such as asthma.  Additionally, regular chiropractic visits can boost the immune system which will decrease chances of colds or respiratory infections that can exacerbate asthma attacks, proving that the benefits of chiropractic are indeed vast.

Studies Supporting Chiropractic for Asthma Relief

Studies have shown that chiropractic is extremely beneficial for those who suffer from asthma symptoms.  In one study, a 3-year-old boy had been under chiropractic care for just one month and saw significant improvements in his asthma symptoms.  Another study found that an 18-year-old boy with spinal subluxations had a decrease in symptoms after chiropractic adjustments to remove subluxations.  If you are tired of living life around your asthma, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to learn how chiropractic can improve your overall health and quality of life.



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Fysh, P. “Asthma in the pediatric patient.” Dynamic Chiropractic, 1995 Sep: 16. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/asthma-in-the-pediatric-patient.html

Kaminskyj, A., Frazier, M., Johnstone, K., & Gleberzon, B. J. (2010).” Chiropractic care for patients with asthma: A systematic review of the literature.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 54(1): 24–32. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2829683/

Chiropractic Care for Urinary Incontinence

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While not a topic that most people want to discuss, urinary incontinence is actually a very common problem across the U.S.  Incontinence is due to poor control of the urinary sphincter that leads to unpleasant leakage.  When urinary incontinence is mentioned, most people think it only affects older individuals.  However, men and women ages 30 and older have experienced problems of incontinence, although it does seem to affect women more than men. At whatever age incontinence begins to affect your life, Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can provide relief from frustrating and inconvenient symptoms.

Causes of Incontinence

Incontinence may be due to a variety of factors.  Health issues such as diabetes, kidney disease, or prostate problems can lead to incontinence.  Additionally, incontinence can occur because of smoking habits or multiple pregnancies.  Regardless of the cause of your urinary incontinence, beginning care with a Bentonville chiropractor can make all the difference.

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural and Safe Method for Managing Incontinence

Initial methods for treating incontinence may be non-medicinal, such as bladder training or Kegel exercises.  Bladder training may include scheduled toilet trips, emptying the bladder completely by making two bathroom trips within a few minutes, or practicing delayed urination.  However, when these methods don’t work, many turn to medication to resolve urinary leakage.  Medication might not be the best solution as it often comes with a whole slew of side effects and doesn’t specifically address the root problem. Chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic has proven to be a safe and effective method for managing incontinence. 

How Chiropractic Can Help

Spinal misalignments, especially in the lower spine, can be a contributing factor to urinary incontinence.  Weakened urinary sphincter muscles can be directly related to subluxations of the spine, but a gentle adjustment from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will bring about optimal health and function to your entire body, including an improvement in incontinence issues.  Chiropractic is dedicated to improving body functions, including the bladder.  Removing misalignments will promote optimal health, decreasing instances of incontinence.  In fact, studies have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  Twenty-one people between the ages of 13 and 90 who participated in an incontinence study showed increased bladder control after chiropractic care, and half of them regained full control.  Additionally, another study of 13 individuals with frequent nightly bathroom trips received regular chiropractic care over an 8 week period.  After receiving regular adjustments, the nightly bathroom trips were reduced from waking up 4 times a night to just 1 time a night.  To find out more about how chiropractic can reduce incontinence, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae today and take back control of your bladder and your life.



Cuthbert, S., Rosner, A. “Conservative Chiropractic Management of Urinary Incontinence Using Applied Kinesiology: A Retrospective Case-Series Report.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2012; 11: 49-57. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315873/pdf/main.pdf.

Zhang, J., Haselden, P., Tepe, R. “A Case Series of Reduced Urinary Incontinence in Elderly Patients Following Chiropractic Manipulation.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2006; 5(3): 88-91. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647065/pdf/main.pdf.

The Importance of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

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Giving birth is one of the most beautiful and miraculous things a woman can experience. The process in and of itself is miraculous, but it doesn’t come without its discomfort, restlessness, and sometimes even complications. As the baby grows within the womb, the mother’s body changes to accommodate for the space the baby needs. The most common reason pregnant practice members come in to see a Bentonville chiropractor is for back pain. While mothers may find some minor ways to temporarily reduce back pain, chiropractic offers many pain-related and other benefits for both the mother and her baby.

How Safe Is Chiropractic During Pregnancy?

There have been numerous case studies from doctors all over the world showing how safe and beneficial chiropractic is for pregnant women. In this narrative review, over 30 case studies were reviewed that showed how safe chiropractic evaluation and treatment is for these mothers-to-be. Chiropractors have been trained to work with pregnant women, and there are many different techniques and tables that make adjustments more comfortable during pregnancy, so there is no need to worry the safety of comfort of receiving chiropractic adjustments during this time.

What Is So Important to Receive Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

While you may be able to see the changes a woman goes through on the outside during her pregnancy, there is far more going on under the skin. The mother’s physiological structure and endocrine system change in order to prepare her body for the baby’s growth and eventual delivery. These changes can cause an increased curvature in the lower spine, often causing pain and discomfort, changes to the pelvis that can cause growth restrictions, and postural changes that can cause further damage the spine even after the baby has been delivered.

Chiropractic and Giving Birth

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy had an 82% success rate of babies being properly positioned for birth. Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Pregnant women under chiropractic care also report less time in labor, less pain during labor, and a higher success rate of natural, vaginal birth without instrument deliveries or unnecessary interventions.

Contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela to find out what chiropractic can do for you and your future family at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.



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Leg Length and Its Warnings

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When you build a house, it’s necessary to construct a firm foundation for the rest of the home to sit upon. When something goes wrong with your home’s foundation, you can expect a multitude of problems to start forming elsewhere. In the same way, your legs are the foundation of your spine, so it is imperative to make sure that your body’s foundation is in proper alignment. Minor discrepancies in leg length are normal, but when legs become 5mm or more different in length, it can result in muscle tension, decreased joint mobility, and a decline in overall quality of life. This is known as short leg syndrome, and it can be the cause of many issues ranging from low back pain to osteoarthritis and so much more. Short leg syndrome is common in people with a history of foot, knee, and hip issues, but any individual can experience a difference in leg length that should be corrected by a chiropractor.

Why Does Leg Length Matter?

Leg length is one of those things that can easily fly under your radar. Without noticing, you can step wrong going down a set of stairs, sit in a chair at a strange angle for too long, or twist your ankle in the back yard playing with the kids. When a leg gets “stuck” in that position, it causes inflammation or irritation. There have been many studies that explore the links between leg length and degenerative bone diseases. The vast majority of people who have some sort of discrepancy in their leg length also have a degenerative disease of some sort. The human spine and all the bones are designed to be even, including the hips and legs. An imbalance can lead to intense low back pain that can be easily relieved by a Bentonville chiropractor.

How Does Chiropractic Help with Leg Length Discrepancy?

The pain caused by short leg syndrome is due to a buildup of pressure. All of that excess pressure will lead to misalignments and compensations throughout the spine. These misalignments can eventually lead to degenerative bone diseases. However, if caught early enough, your Bentonville chiropractor can help your body begin to reverse some of these diseases. If you’re concerned about leg length discrepancy or are seeking relief from lower back pain or other ailments, you should visit your local chiropractor. Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR will analyze your spine, assess your leg length, and form a chiropractic care plan specific to you and your needs. Through a series of spinal adjustments, the body will be able to heal properly by loosening up muscles, activating the immune system, and bringing mobility back to your joints. Call Dr. Niemela and his team to find out how chiropractic can help you.



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Chiropractic Offers Constipation Relief

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While constipation can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss and live with, it is far more of a problem across that United States than most people realize.  Digestive issues are on the rise, affecting over 63 million Americans.  Constipation is a painful digestive problem that can cause bloating, back pain, and abdominal pain.  However, serious cases of constipation could lead to larger, more uncomfortable health problems such as anal fissures, hemorrhoids, nausea and vomiting, or rectal prolapse.  Men, women, and children alike can suffer from painful symptoms of constipation, although babies, elderly people, and pregnant women are more prone to experience constipation issues.  There is no one solution that works for everyone.  Some people have success by changing their diet while others may try laxatives or medication to ease constipation symptoms.  To truly address the problem of constipation, you must first address the root issue that is causing the health concern.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor will treat the overall health of the body’s systems with the primary focus on getting to the root of the problem.

Why Am I Constipated?

There are many reasons why you may experience constipation at any given time.  An improper diet could be a cause. Some medications taken over a long period of time have constipation as a side effect.  Additionally, relying on laxatives all the time to clean your bowels can actually have a reverse effect and lead to constipation. Oftentimes, a misalignment of the lumbar spine can cause a miscommunication in your central nervous system and your digestive system, leading to constipation. No matter what is causing your discomfort, it is time to find a solution.  Because medications only treat the symptoms and not the cause, they are not an ideal solution. However, being under chiropractic care in Bentonville has been proven to provide constipation relief.

Nerve Interference Can Cause Constipation

Addressing the root problem is the only way to correct constipation for good.  Nerve interference can be the initial problem that is leading to constipation symptoms.  Misalignments of the spine can cause nerve interference between the spinal cord and the rest of the body, which leads to health issues like digestion problems and constipation.  Specifically, a misalignment in the lumbar spine can interrupt communication between the central nervous system and the large intestines which can affect bowel movements.  Gentle adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will remove these misalignments, opening up the lines of communication and restoring function to the intestines, relieving all symptoms of constipation.

Chiropractic is a Proven Method for Managing Constipation

Bowel movements vary from person to person. On average, three bowel movements a week up to three bowel movements a day is considered normal.  If you are experiencing painful bowel movements that are hard to pass, know that chiropractic is a proven method to help relieve the pain of constipation.  Case studies show that chiropractic has worked for others, and it can work for you too. In a case study of three children ages two and under who experienced constipation symptoms, chiropractic was able to offer relief from straining, bleeding, and pain.  After regular visits to a chiropractor, each child was able to pass a bowel movement every one to two days with no straining.  Additionally, other case studies have shown that chiropractic is sometimes an immediate fix as several children pass a bowel movement shortly after their first adjustment.  Not only is chiropractic safe and effective, but it works!  If you are tired of living with the pain and discomfort of constipation, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and get to the root cause of your problem today!



Angus, K., Asgharifar, S., & Gleberzon, B. (2015). What effect does chiropractic treatment have on gastrointestinal (GI) disorders: a narrative review of the literature. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 59(2), 122–133. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486990/

Meyer, D. & Alcantara, J. “Successful Resolution of Chronic Constipation in Pediatric Patients with Adjustments to Sites of Vertebral Subluxation.” International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Clinical Chiropractic, 2008. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/successful-resolution-of-chronic-constipation-in-pediatric-patients-with-adjustments-to-sites-of-vertebral-subluxation.html.

Improve Menstrual Health with Chiropractic

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Many women experience painful menstrual cycles that lead to irritability and mood swings.  Not only are they painful, but menstrual cycles also come with a variety of other health issues such as bladder and bowel problems, bloating, cramps, and back pain.  The irregularity of menstrual cycles can also wreak havoc on a woman’s body and wellbeing, in addition to affecting hormones and fertility.  Thankfully, chiropractic care is a natural, safe, and effective way to regulate menstrual cycles and manage painful symptoms as well.  Before turning to medications that can cause harmful side effects, speak with a Bentonville chiropractor about the benefits of chiropractic for improving menstrual health.

The Effectiveness of Chiropractic for Menstrual Health Symptoms

Significant pain during a menstrual cycle or irregular cycles are signs that something is amiss in the body.  The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is essential in ensuring all parts of the body are functioning properly.  When menstrual cycles are out of whack, it is likely that spinal misalignment is causing nerve interference that blocks communication between the spine and the reproductive system or the endocrine system that is responsible for controlling hormones.  A misalignment of the spine can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as dysmenorrhea (extremely painful cramping during a cycle) or amenorrhea (lack of a normal period).  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove spinal misalignments, restoring nerve communication and improving the function of the body’s hormonal systems.  This effectively reduces painful cramping and other premenstrual symptoms, as well as increases fertility during reproductive years.

Proof That Chiropractic Does Increase Menstrual Health

Case studies have shown that chiropractic does indeed work to improve menstrual health.  In one such case study, a 24-year-old woman sought chiropractic care to increase fertility and improve her chances of getting pregnant and carrying a baby to term after battling infertility for 3.5 years. She also needed medication to induce menstrual cycles.  Her period returned on its own after 9 visits to the chiropractor, and after just 12 adjustments from a chiropractor, she became pregnant! In addition, a 25-year-old woman sought chiropractic care because she was not able to have regular cycles without taking birth control.  She regained normal, regular cycles without the aid of birth control after just 3 chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic Promotes Whole Body Health

Spinal misalignments not only affect menstrual health but overall health and wellness.  Anytime a spinal subluxation is interfering with nerve communication, the body’s systems are not functioning as they should.  Chiropractic adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can ensure that the body is functioning at optimal levels.  This proactive form of healthcare will aid in stopping problems before they start, including menstrual cycle symptoms like painful cramping and bloating.  If you or someone you love is experiencing infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, or painful premenstrual symptoms, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to find out more about how chiropractic can improve not just menstrual health, but whole body health, too.



Adams, J.P. “Chiropractic and Nutritional Management and its Effect on the Fertility of a Diabetic Amenorrheal Patient: A Case Report.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2003 Oct: 1-2.

Coleman, Laura, A., Jacques, Chelsea. “Resolution of Infertility Following Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study and Review of the Literature.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2017 Jan: 8-15. http://www.mccoypress.net/jpmfh/docs/2017-1446_Colman_infertility.pdf

Gauthier, E., Mullin, L. “The Effects of Gonstead Chiropractic Care on a Patient with Primary Amenorrhea: A Case Report and Review of Related Literature.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2010 July: 116-121. https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/11/the-effects-of-gonstead-chiropractic-care-on-a-patient-with-primary-amenorrhea-a-case-report-and-review-of-related-literature/.

Chiropractic Care for Prevention or Management of Diabetes

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Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the US, affects around 10% of the population in some form or another, meaning that 1.5 million Americans having been diagnosed this disease.  There are two forms of diabetes, both crippling in their own way.  Type 1 diabetes is caused from lack of insulin, as the body is unable to create it naturally, whereas Type 2 diabetes occurs because the body responds incorrectly to insulin.  Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are rooted in the function, or rather lack of proper function, of the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin and maintaining blood sugar levels.  Insulin is necessary because it is what absorbs the glucose in food and converts it to energy for our bodies to use.  If the pancreas isn’t working properly and insulin isn’t being produced in correct amounts, blood sugar levels can skyrocket and cause severe health problems, such as kidney, eye, feet, or nerve problems. Some of these issues become long-term problems that can even reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years.  Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce and sometimes even completely eradicate the symptoms of diabetes, leading to a better quality of life.  In one case study of an 80-year-old male with diabetic polyneuropathy, significant nerve damage caused by diabetes, four months of chiropractic care drastically improved nerve function and decreased both back pain and lower extremity pain. 

Chiropractic Can Help!

Chiropractic focuses specifically on removing nerve interference between the central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, and the rest of the body’s systems, including the pancreas.  Misalignments of the spine can interrupt brain-to-body communication, leading to improper function.  The T7, or seventh thoracic vertebra, controls the nerves that run through the pancreas.  Chiropractic adjustments from a Bentonville chiropractor will remove misalignments and restore nerve function, increasing pancreatic function.  Medication and insulin are effective ways to control diabetes, but they don’t solve the problem long-term. Chiropractic care can alleviate the root cause of diabetes, even allowing some to stop taking medication or insulin.  In fact, both children and adults alike have seen the benefits of chiropractic care in managing diabetic symptoms.  Both a 4-year-old girl with Type 1 diabetes and a 46-year-old woman with diabetes and chronic neck and shoulder pain saw significant improvements after being under chiropractic care.

Improve Overall Health with Chiropractic Care

Certain forms of diabetes, namely Type 2 diabetes, are caused by health concerns such as lack of physical activity or increased weight gain.  Eating healthy and exercising are great starts to getting rid of Type 2 diabetes, and the efforts put forth can be aided and maximized by chiropractic care.  Removing spinal misalignments that affect every part of the body will increase overall health and wellness.  Body systems, including the metabolic system and the digestive system, will perform at optimal levels under the care of Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela, thus helping with weight loss that could alleviate Type 2 diabetes altogether.  If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to learn more about how chiropractic can significantly reduce or even eradicate symptoms of diabetes.



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Valli, J. “Chiropractic Management of a 46-Year-Old Type 1 Diabetic Patient with Upper Crossed Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2004 Fall; 3(4): 138-144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647023/.

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Arthritis Pain

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Arthritis is an extremely common complaint, but it comes in several forms.  Joint pain from arthritis can be caused by inflammatory arthritis, degenerative arthritis, metabolic arthritis, or even infectious arthritis.  Because there are so many different varieties of joint pain, it can be difficult to know how to treat arthritis. Thankfully, your Bentonville, AR chiropractor, Dr. Tom Niemela, can help ease the discomfort and promote healing for all types of arthritis pain.

Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis, while typically experienced primarily in older people, can affect those of all ages, men and women alike.  One of the most common types of arthritis is osteoarthritis that occurs when the cartilage between the bones has been rubbed away and the bones are rubbing directly on each other.  This type of arthritis causes extreme pain from stiffness and swelling of the joints.  Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, are caused by problems of the immune system that causes the joints to be attacked.  No matter the type, arthritis is painful and sometimes even crippling, oftentimes leading to a poor quality of life.  Finding ways to treat arthritis pain can be challenging, but Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela can help.

Forms of Treatment for Managing Arthritis

The priority when searching for ways to manage arthritis pain is to prevent both short-term pain and additional issues that can occur from having arthritis long-term.  Medications, exercising, and eating a healthy diet are all form of managing arthritis pain that doctors recommend to lessen pain and increase quality of life.  Unfortunately, not all these forms of managing arthritis work and some forms can have harmful side effects.  The good news is that chiropractic care has been shown to be a natural and effective way to manage symptoms of arthritis without the negative side effects.

The Facts About Chiropractic and Arthritis

Chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela focuses specifically on the musculoskeletal system and in relieving inflammation in the body.  Because this is the primary focus of chiropractic, it is a highly recommended from of pain management for arthritis sufferers.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments can remove spinal misalignments that cause inflammation.  Because spinal misalignments interfere with nerve communication, adjustments that remove these misalignments will restore communication and aid in restoring function so that the body is able to perform at optimal levels of health.

Many case studies have been done to show the effects of chiropractic adjustments for decreasing arthritis pain.  A 54-year-old woman who had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 7 years experienced extreme pain and swelling of hands, fingers, knees, toes, and feet to the point where physical activity was difficult.  After consistent chiropractic care, she was once again able to walk, exercise, and even dance because her pain level was reduced from a ten to a one.  Another case study of a 70-year-old woman with hip pain from past falls was able to improve her gait and mobility after just twelve weeks of chiropractic adjustments, showing that chiropractic is one of the best ways to decrease the effects of arthritis and regain your quality of life back.  If you or someone you love is tired of suffering from painful and debilitating arthritis, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to schedule a consultation today.



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Can Chiropractic Lower My Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure in an extremely common problem in America today, so much so that about 1 in 3 people (around 70 million) report suffering from hypertension.  Of these 70 million, only about 50 percent have control over their high blood pressure issue.  This is concerning because high blood pressure comes with many serious health implications, such as risk of heart attacks or strokes that can lead to death.  Knowing all of this, it comes as no surprise that one of the leading health problems in the United States is heart disease.  No exact cause is known although some people attribute hypertension to a poor diet or a lack of exercise.  No matter what the underlying cause, it has become apparent that something should be done to lower blood pressure and reduce related health concerns.

Methods for Managing Hypertension

Common treatment options for high blood pressure include medications and blood thinners that may or may not work.  Even if medications do lower blood pressure, they can be expensive and come with a risk of unpleasant side effects.  Because of such a low success rate of medication that attempts to manage high blood pressure, many are looking into other options such as chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractors.

Removing Misalignments Can Reduce Hypertension

Studies conducted to explore how chiropractic can lower blood pressure have shown a strong correlation between high blood pressure and the atlas vertebra, located at the top of the spinal cord near the brainstem.  This vertebra is solely responsible for the communication pathways that control the function of the cardiovascular system.  Misalignments of the spine can cause arteries to contract, causing blood flow around the base of the skull to push against their walls forcefully, causing high blood pressure.  Dr. Tom Niemela, a Bentonville chiropractor, will gently adjust the spine, removing misalignments and restoring proper blood flow, thus effectively reducing blood pressure.

Clinical Studies Support Chiropractic for Lowering Blood Pressure

Several case studies have been done to show the correlation between chiropractic and lowering blood pressure.  In fact, a case study conducted in 2007 at the University of Chicago followed 50 people with hypertension over a period of 8 weeks.  Some people received real chiropractic adjustments while others received fake adjustments.  The results of this study showed that those who received spinal adjustments were able to lower their blood pressure by an average of 17 points!  This is such a dramatic drop that doctors say it would require taking two blood pressure medications to see this kind of drop without chiropractic care.

Next Steps

Just because you aren’t in pain doesn’t mean your spine doesn’t have a misalignment.  Pain is usually the last symptom to manifest itself.  A gentle adjustment can not only lower blood pressure but also improve overall health and wellness.  Before your blood pressure get worse or you begin to experience pain due to a misalignment, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up a consultations to discuss chiropractic care for hypertension.



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Chiropractic Care for Headaches

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Headaches are a regular occurrence among many people today, and headaches and back pain are the most common reasons people schedule a chiropractic visit.  These headache pains can range from sharp, severe pain that runs from your neck through your head, such as a cluster headache or migraine, to a dull, aching pain due to tension or stress.  While headaches are not often a major concern, although sometimes frequent headaches can be caused by a larger health issues in less than 5% of recurring headache cases, they can be annoying and frustrating.  For relief from persistent headache pain, turn to chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela.

What Causes Frequent Headaches

Almost all cases of headaches can be narrowed down to one source: a subluxation of the spine.  These subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, interrupt nerve communication between the brain and the rest of the body systems that can lead to dysfunction and pain, such as regularly occurring headaches.  Tension in the upper neck that leads to headaches is also usually due to a misalignment.  Sinus headaches are often caused by a buildup of pressure in the sinus cavities due to nerve interference can also be from a misalignment somewhere in the spine.  While over-the-counter medications will help for a short time, they wear off, leaving you right where you started, with headache pain once again.

In fact, many case studies have been done to explore the benefits of chiropractic care over medication.  In one study, 100 people were offered either chiropractic care or pain medication to manage headaches.  Initially, both groups responded well and saw results.  However, after stopping treatment, the medication group noticed that their headaches returned, while those who received chiropractic care still found relief from headache pain, even without continuing care. Chiropractic care is not only a long-term solution for your headaches, but it is also a safe and natural method for managing short-term headache pain that treats the source of the headache pain so you can experience true correction and relief that will last.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Relieve All Types of Headaches

Because misalignments of the spine are the initial cause of headaches, chiropractic adjustments can remove these misalignments and bring about relief.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will examine your spine for subluxations and gently adjust any problem areas so that your body can function as intended and your headache issue can be resolved. Most headaches are caused by slight misalignments in the spine, but severely twisted or turned vertebrae can cause extremely painful headaches such as migraines.  With chiropractic care, the vertebrae can be once again aligned properly to reduce or eradicate severe migraine pain.  In a case study done on the efficiency of chiropractic for treating migraine pain, one woman who suffered from intense migraines for over 40 years sought chiropractic care for her headaches.  She suffered from migraines that would last up to 15 hours and cause nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances. After receiving consistent chiropractic adjustments for 6 months, she reported not having a single migraine or any symptoms associated with a migraine. 

If headaches have been a common part of your life and you are ready for a change, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR today to schedule an appointment.



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Chiropractic for Building a Strong Immune System

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Building the immune system begins even before birth. We begin to build immunity against sickness and disease when we are still in utero.  A strong immune system means that we have a greater ability to fight off sickness and stay healthy.  The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for immune system function and helps the body heal from injuries or fight off viruses and bacteria.  For this reason, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective way to strengthen the immune system in both children and adults.

Nerve Communication Is Necessary for Immune System Function

The spinal cord is a vital part of the central nervous system, which is imperative for nerve communication to all the body’s systems.  The central nervous system sends messages to the body to alert the immune system when to act.  These messages let the immune system know when it is necessary to increase white blood cell production or even release antibodies to fight off illnesses.  Any interference can impact these messages and keep them from being delivered, which can lower the effectiveness of the immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness. 

Chiropractic Increases Immune System Function

No one enjoys spending endless days in bed recovering from a cold or other illness. Spinal adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will aid in improving immune system strength, increasing your ability to fight off viruses and bacteria so that you can stay healthy.  Misalignments that cause nerve interference are removed through gentle chiropractic adjustments for subluxations of the spine.  Another benefit of chiropractic care is that studies have shown a correlation between chiropractic and an increased level of antibody production that will aid in battling sickness.  The correlation is so promising that case studies have been conducted to show the benefits of chiropractic care on increased immune system health.  In one such study, 650 children suffering from chronic illness and a decrease of immune system function found that their health significantly improved after 3 months of consistent chiropractic care.

The Many Benefits of Chiropractic for All Ages

Those who have sought to strengthen the immune system through chiropractic have found that they have experienced added benefits as well.  Not only does chiropractic keep you from getting sick as often, but it also helps you heal faster in the rare instances that you do get sick.  Sickness can be draining both physically and emotionally.  Staying healthy improves your mindset.  Once you realize that a proactive approach to health care is much more effective than a reactive approach, you will work to improve your overall health and wellness, thus increasing the immune system and reducing instances of sickness.  Children and adults alike can experience the benefits of proactive chiropractic care.  In a case study of chiropractic and the immune system, individuals found that their immune system function was significantly improved after just 3 months of care.  Another study was conducted of two young boys with HIV.  They presented with a weakened immune system, persistent vomiting, and inability to walk.  After seeking chiropractic care, these boys were able to eat without vomiting and walk on their own strength.  They also saw a decrease in their viral load. 

If you find yourself faced with sickness after sickness and are looking for natural and safe methods to increase your immunity and stay healthy, then schedule a visit today with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR.



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