What Can Chiropractic Do For Tourette’s Syndrome and Tics?

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes tics or sudden involuntary and repetitive movements or sounds.  Tics can include movements such as rapid eye blinking or jerking of the head or neck, while vocalizations may be sniffing, throat clearing, or grunting sounds. The first signs of Tourette’s syndrome usually begin to manifest themselves in childhood from between the ages of 5 and 7. By the ages of 8 to 12, tics become and more and more noticeable.  In fact, over 300,000 children across the country today suffer from Tourette’s syndrome.  Not many adults carry tics over into adulthood, leading researchers to wonder what the root cause of tics is and why it affects only certain children.  Some studies suggest that Tourette’s syndrome may be genetic, while other studies show that childhood trauma, such as injury to the neck or spine, may lead to an increased risk of Tourette’s.  So what can be done to manage Tourette’s syndrome and tics?  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela may be able to help.

About Tourette’s and Other Related Conditions

Tics can be associated with Tourette’s or sometimes they can be an issue all their own.  All Tourette’s sufferers experience tics, but not all those who have tics also have Tourette’s.  Some tic disorders just consist of one tic.  Tourette’s, on the other hand, can be characterized by several tics over a longer period of time.  Children with Tourette’s will often times have other health conditions in conjunction with Tourette’s, such as ADHD or OCD.  These conditions have been known to go hand in hand with Tourette’s syndrome and can make a living with Tourette’s even more challenging.  Medications can help with both tics and Tourette’s, as well as other related conditions for a short time, but it is never a long-term solution as it does not deal with the root cause of the issue. 

Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care

Because Tourette’s is a neurological disorder, it makes sense that neurologically-based chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can be an effective solution that gets to the root cause of Tourette’s and tics.  By improving spinal alignment and spinal health, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic is also improving the function of the central nervous system.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  When spinal misalignments are removed, the central nervous system can function optimally, which can then reduce the severity and frequency of tics and improve overall quality of life.

Can Chiropractic Work for Me?

Research supports chiropractic care for managing symptoms of Tourette’s and individual tics. One case study focused on a 15-year-old boy who had suffered from Tourette’s syndrome for 10 years, along with migraines, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral and learning disorders.  Over a period of 19 weeks of regular chiropractic care, his list of 21 concerns diminished down to just 2.  His tics decreased significantly, his headaches were gone, and his vision and other conditions improved drastically. 

Chiropractic care is a natural and safe solution that gets to the root cause of Tourette’s syndrome for long-lasting results.  To get started today, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




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Kuhn, K.W., Cambron, J. “Chiropractic Management Using a Brain-Based Model of Care for a 15-year-old Adolescent Boy with Migraine Headaches and Behavioral and Learning Difficulties: A Case Report.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2013 Dec; 12(4): 274-280. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3838719/.

Does the Webster Technique Work for Breech Babies?

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A breech baby is when a baby in utero is turned the wrong way and is not in the proper positioning to make its way through the birthing canal.  Breech babies can be buttocks or feet first instead of head down. If a baby is breech up until the time of delivery, a normal, vaginal birth is typically not possible.  In earlier stages of pregnancy, doctors will monitor the baby’s positioning in hopes that it will correct itself.  But by the 34th week of pregnancy, something must be done to turn a breech baby or else a C-section may be necessary at delivery. 

Turning a Breech Baby

By 34 weeks, approximately 4% of babies are still in the breech position. Approximately 13% of all C-sections performed are because a baby is still breech.  Birthing interventions like C-sections are sometimes medically necessary, but the best and less invasive option for both mom and baby would be for baby to transition into the right position for a vaginal delivery. Babies can move into the proper birthing position after 34 weeks but are less likely to turn during the last part of the 3rd trimester.  Doctors have methods for turning a breech baby in the hopes to get them face down before delivery.  They use a method called ECV, or External Cephalic Version.  This method involves applying intense pressure to the womb in the hopes that this pressure will force the baby to flip.  But this method can be extremely painful for mom and traumatic for the baby.  Not to mention it only works part of the time and there is no guarantee of success.  If you are late in pregnancy and have a baby in the breech position, consider safer, less invasive methods for turning him or her, such as chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.

About the Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a technique utilized by chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.  This technique was first developed by Dr. Larry Webster with his daughter in mind.  She has previous undergone a very traumatic birth experience in which her baby was breech.  Dr. Webster realized that spinal misalignments can play a significant role in the baby’s position in the womb.  He practiced the Webster Technique on pregnant women and noticed that many babies who were previously breech would turn on their own accord into the ideal head-down position before birth.  Because of his research, the Webster Technique has become one of the leading methods for turning a breech baby for a better birthing experience for mom and baby.

What Does the Webster Technique Do?

This primary goal of this chiropractic technique is to remove spinal misalignments and alleviate pressure on the uterus.  When vertebrae of the spine are twisted, turned, or out of place, it can place unwanted pressure on the uterus, limiting space in the womb.  But removing spinal misalignments can relieve the pressure and allow the baby room to move about, including turning into the vertex position for delivery.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will gently adjust the sacrum to align the spine and pelvis of the mom, which creates optimal space in the womb for the baby to turn as necessary. The success rate for turning a breech baby with the Webster Technique is high, sometimes as high as 92%! With regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, moms can experience increased comfort, provide more room for their baby in the womb, decrease the likelihood of a C-section, and have an easier and faster delivery. 

If your baby is breech, chiropractic care is a noninvasive, safe, and gentle method for turning a breech baby.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic for optimal results.




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About the Webster Technique. https://icpa4kids.com/training/webster-certification/webster-technique/

Chiropractic Care Is Most Effective with Time and Repetition

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Think of all the things you love to do in life.  Most of them are going to require time and repetition to excel.  For example, learning to make a jump shot in basketball requires time and repetition in practice to perfect.  It requires training the body to learn the exact motions that bring about success.  If you love to draw or paint, again, this requires devoting time and repetition in order to train your brain how to create art with precision and accuracy. This concept is applicable to all areas of your life, and it applies to chiropractic care and complete healing as well. The body also requires time and repetition to create good spinal form and for the central nervous system to function optimally. A visit to a Bentonville chiropractor can improve spinal health, but continual chiropractic care ensures you get the most of the amazing health benefits that chiropractic care has to offer.

How Does It Work?

Our bodies become accustomed to what they are used to, meaning that if the spine is used to being in a certain position, it will remain in that position until forced to do otherwise.  It is only with time and repetition that we can retrain the spine to stay in proper alignment and create new and healthier connections between the brain and the rest of the body through the spinal cord.  Spinal misalignments wreak havoc on the function of the central nervous system.  One chiropractic adjustment may help for a bit, but over time, the spine will move out of alignment once again because that is what it is used to.  But just like every time you practice a new skill and it builds upon each previous time, each chiropractic adjustment from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela is working toward creating proper spinal alignment for better and healthier spinal alignment.  The more we improve our spinal health, the more our overall health and wellness will improve, too.

Regular Visits Are Most Effective

The more often we practice a skill, the faster we are likely to learn and improve upon this skill.  In the same way, the more often we go to our chiropractic visits with Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, the faster the body is able to remember what it should be doing and the longer it is able to hold the adjustments for improved spinal alignment.  Large gaps between adjustments can have adverse effects, so it is important to abide by the care plan assigned to you based on Dr. Niemela’s recommendations. Regular visits ensure that the body is learning and readjusting as needed so that proper spinal alignment becomes the new habit.  With time and repetition, the body will begin to increase its ability to selfheal and nerve communication between the body’s systems will drastically improve so that you will begin to experience optimal health and function.

Schedule Your Regular Chiropractic Visits with Arbor Vitae Chiropractic

Recent case studies show the effectiveness of repetitive chiropractic care over time.  In one such case study, several individuals underwent chiropractic care for chronic back pain.  Many experienced relief from regular chiropractic care and were highly satisfied with their results.  You, too, can find relief from pain or see significant improvements in your health when you schedule regular visits with Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela.  Call today to set up your first appointment and see long-lasting results from improved spinal health when you embrace the time and repetition to reap the benefits of regular chiropractic care at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




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Seek Chiropractic Care After a Slip and Fall Accident

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Unfortunately, there is simply no way to prepare for a slip and fall accident.  Falls can happen suddenly and come out of nowhere.  A slip and fall accident can be minor or quite detrimental, causing injury and pain for many days or weeks.  More serious slip and fall accidents can cause immediate and noticeable injuries such as strains, sprains, bruising, or even broken bones.  But sometimes injuries from a slip and fall accident aren’t noticeable right away.  It may not be until days later that you experience some side effects from a slip and fall, such as headaches, numbness and tingling of the extremities, or other musculoskeletal pain.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can be beneficial for healing after a slip and fall accident, whether you notice any significant injuries right away or not.

Pain Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents

Any type of pain means that something is wrong with the body.  If you experience pain after a slip and fall accident, it is important that you listen to your body and seek the necessary care.  Musculoskeletal pain such as tenderness or bruising are not to be ignored.  In fact, ignoring pain after a slip and accident may only make matters worse.  Pain that is not dealt with may worsen or even become chronic.  Thankfully, Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela specializes in alleviating pain through chiropractic care.  Your first reaction after a slip and fall accident might be to reach for medication, and while this can provide short-term relief, it doesn’t fix the underlying problem that resulted from the fall.  Chiropractic care seeks to treat the root cause of pain so that you can see long-lasting results.

Some Experience an Increased Risk of Slip and Fall Accident

Anyone can experience a slip and fall accident, but the elderly have a higher risk of slipping and falling.  As we get older, our bodies experience normal wear and tear.  Many elderly people have poor balance or decreased musculoskeletal strength due to aging.  Those who suffer from vertigo may also have an increased chance of slipping and falling.  Vertigo is an inner ear problem that causes dizziness and unsteadiness on your feet, which could lead to falling.  Job environment can be a factor in slip and fall accidents as well.  If you work a job where surfaces are often wet, this could increase chances of falling.  If you are at a higher risk of a slip and fall accident, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can improve overall function of the body to decrease your chances of suffering from a fall.

Chiropractic Care for Healing

If you have suffered from a fall or are worried about falling, chiropractic care can help.  Chiropractic care improves musculoskeletal and joint health for better balance and improved overall mobility to prevent slip and fall accidents from happening in the first place.  Gentle adjustments correct spinal misalignments that are the root cause of vertigo or dizziness to also decrease the risk of slipping and falling.  But if you already have suffered from a slip and fall accident, chiropractic care can still provide relief.  A slip and fall accident can cause spinal misalignments that keep your body from healing as it should.  Dr. Tom Niemela can remove spinal misalignments through chiropractic adjustments for a faster relief and a full recovery after an injury from a fall.  Chiropractic care also reduces inflammation as well as pressure on the spine, back, or neck that can be a source of pain.  Once the spine is properly aligned, the body’s natural healing ability can function optimally so you can feel better quickly.

If you are worried about falling or have suffered a fall, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help.  Set up an appointment today to experience whole body health.




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Sajko, S.S., Stuber, K., Welsh, T.N. “Chiropractic Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Using the Epley Maneuver: A Case Series.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2013 Feb; 36(2): 119-126. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23499147.

Can Chiropractic Care Help with Glaucoma?

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Glaucoma is a disease of the eye and is the second leading cause of blindness.  Left untreated, glaucoma will slowly progress.  Pressure in the eye is often the root cause of glaucoma.  Lowering pressure in the eye can slow down or even completely alleviate symptoms of glaucoma, so early detection is key to managing it. What many people don’t realize and what research suggests is that chiropractic care can have positive effects for vision and can help manage this eye disease.  If you are affected by glaucoma, get in touch with a Bentonville chiropractor as soon as possible to improve your vision.

What Causes Glaucoma?

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, a large group of nerves that connects the brain to the retina.  The function of the optic nerve is crucial to allowing the brain to interpret what we see.  Any damage to the optic nerve, no matter how insignificant, can affect vision.  A normal eye will produce fluid that is essential to the health of the eye, and this fluid drains via a drainage port. With glaucoma, the eye doesn’t drain properly, causing the pressure of the eye to increase.  This pressure, if not managed, will cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to vision problems.  Those with high blood pressure are also more at risk for developing glaucoma.  The problem with glaucoma is that by the time it is diagnosed, the damage may already be done.  Thankfully, continued research has shown that chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor may, in fact, stop the progression of the disease and improve vision.

The Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care for Vision Improvement

If all you associate chiropractic care with is back or neck pain, then you may be wondering just how chiropractic adjustments can affect your vision.  The answer lies within the central nervous system.  The central nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from the brain.  These messages tell the body what to do.  Central nervous system function is imperative to overall health and wellness.  Any miscommunication within the CNS can lead to a slew of problems.  Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication and can be the source of dysfunction within the body, including glaucoma.  Gentle adjustments from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can remove spinal misalignments to restore health and function of the body, specifically the optic nerve.  With regular chiropractic care, vision impairment from glaucoma can be slowed down and sight can improve.  The incredible health benefits of chiropractic care are too good to pass up!

Glaucoma Research

Studies have looked at the science behind chiropractic care specifically for managing glaucoma.  These chiropractic case studies support consistent chiropractic adjustments as a means for improving vision.  One case study looked at a 40-year-old woman with early stages of glaucoma.  Her ophthalmologist recommended chiropractic care to reduce eye pressure. After just 25 visits, it was determined that her intraocular pressure had decreased and progression of the disease had not only stopped but actually reversed.  Another case study focused on a 25-year-old woman with only 2% vision function in one of her eyes.  With regular chiropractic care, her field of vision improved to 20%.

If you suffer from vision problems, consider what chiropractic care can do for you.  Contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up an appointment.



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How to Increase Productivity and Decrease Sick Days with Chiropractic Care

Back to school season is here and with it comes more exposure to sickness and germs.  Kids in school can bring home many kinds of illnesses, causing them to miss school and you, as a parent, to miss work.  You might even catch their sickness yourself, causing you to miss even more days of work.  Missing too much school can cause homework to pile up and grades to fall behind.  In addition, missing too much work can affect your productivity and job performance, not to mention your paycheck.  But how can you prevent sickness that decreases productivity?  The answer may surprise you.  While washing hands and limiting exposure is always a good idea, regular chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can also minimize sick days or even prevent them altogether.

Common On-the-Job or School Complaints

Working at a desk all day at a high-stress job can lead to a multitude of health issues.  It can cause back or neck pain from being hunched over a computer screen for several hours a day.  Students may also experience back pain from sitting at a desk for long periods of time or even from improper use of a backpack.  High stress from the pressures of school or a job can also lead to health issues such as hypertension.  Even emotional stress can become a problem that leads to anxiety or depression.  Thankfully, chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can not only address the physical issues, but also the stress that school or work can bring.  Removing spinal misalignments can restore the function of the endocrine system to decrease stress and promote overall health, leading to more productivity at work and fewer missed days of school.

Chiropractic Care Is Proactive

The root cause of illness can often be spinal subluxations.  Spinal health plays an important role in overall health and wellness.  The central nervous system functions at its best when the spine is in proper alignment.  Spinal misalignments only lead to chaos and dysfunction as they cause nerve interference that disrupts the body’s natural ability to communicate with the brain.  This can lead to decreased immune system function, making the body more susceptible to sickness.  With regular visits to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela, spinal misalignments can be removed through gentle adjustments to correct spinal alignment and restore health.  Not only can this decrease sickness, but improving immune system function may even prevent sickness before it starts.  This proactive form of healthcare will ensure that you can get better more quickly or avoid illness altogether so that students won’t miss many days of school and adults can perform daily at work without falling behind due to illness.

Corporate Wellness Plans Benefit Employers and Employees

Many companies are recognizing the benefits of chiropractic care for their employees.  The benefits of corporate wellness plans allow employees to receive regular chiropractic care to improve overall health and quality of life.  In return, employers are noticing that the number of employees taking sick days is decreasing while overall productivity and focus is increasing.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Don’t let sickness keep you down. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to experience all that chiropractic care has to offer and stay healthy all year round.




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With School Around the Corner, Consider These Backpack Safety Tips

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As school approaches once more, children, teens, and even college students are headed back to school with backpacks full of notebooks, pencils, paper, and seemingly endless school supplies.  As the school year progresses, their backpacks will continue to be full of books and homework as they go from class to class and from school to home.  Unfortunately, heavy or incorrectly positioned backpacks may be causing back pain among many children or adults.  An ill-fitting backpack can actually cause damage to the spine that can lead to chronic pain.  Before back pain can become an issue, be sure to consider these backpack safety tips from a Bentonville chiropractor.

Wear a Backpack Securely

Poorly fitting backpacks contribute to a lot of the back pain that students experience.  For a proper fitting backpack that will minimize the strain put on the body, ensure that both straps are on the shoulders and shoulder straps are adjusted to fit the student.  When students use just one strap to carry a backpack, it can lead to neck spasms or back pain because the weight of the backpack is not distributed evenly.  Backpacks that hang loosely instead of being fitted snugly to the body can cause spinal misalignments that lead to back pain.  Padded shoulder straps are recommended so that the backpack does not dig into the shoulders.  Should you suffer from spinal misalignments due to improper use of a backpack, turn to a Bentonville chiropractor for help.  Gentle adjustments can remove spinal misalignments to alleviate back pain.

Limit the Weight of a Backpack

Another problem among students today is the fact that they carry many heavy books from class to class, making their backpack extremely heavy.  A weighted down backpack will cause students to have to slump forward more to support the weight, leading to improper posture and thus back and neck problems.  Individual compartments inside a backpack can be beneficial for supporting the weight of a backpack.  Place heavier objects closer to the back and lighter objects farther out in the backpack to manage the weight properly.  It is also suggested that a backpack should weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent of a student’s body weight to prevent back problems, so help your student learn to prioritize what needs to be in their backpack each day and what doesn’t.

Make Chiropractic Care a Part of Your Regular Health Routine

If your child or teen complains of back or neck pain, following these backpack tips can help.  But if pain persists, consider chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela.  Dr. Niemela can address the root cause of back or neck pain—spinal misalignments—to provide relief.  Gentle adjustments will not only help with pain, but they will also improve the health of the whole body.  Proper spinal alignment means the central nervous system can function as it should, without interference, which can relieve chronic pain, alleviate headaches, and even increase immune system function so your child can stay healthy all year long.

Consider all the advantages chiropractic care can have for you and your family this year.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic for decreased back pain and increased quality of life.




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Chiropractic Is Beneficial for Elder Health

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While chiropractic has been practiced for many years, it has only more recently gained interest from many who have explored chiropractic care for improving their overall health and wellness.  Because of this, the older generation may not realize all that chiropractic care can offer, and thus, tend to avoid this lesser known method for improving health.  But those over the age of 60 can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.  Research supports chiropractic care for improving health as we age, and Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela focuses on increasing the knowledge of chiropractic care for the older generations so that they can experience all the incredible, safe, and natural benefits of chiropractic care for improving elder health.

Health Problems as We Age

Let’s face it, as our bodies age, we can’t do the things we once could.  Aging takes a toll on the body and our health.  For example, instead of being able to move with ease, arthritis and joint pain become a problem that can limit physical activity.  Hips and knees are among the first joints to experience problems because they are the joints we use most often.  The less we are able to move, the more troubles that can develop.  Muscles become stiff, joints can lock up, and this can lead to falls and injuries among the elderly.  In fact, falls are one of the most common issues that older adults face that can limit independence and lead to major injuries.  Those aged 60 and older also complain about feeling tired more often, yet many seniors are unable to sleep as well as they once could.  Overall, the older adult population simply doesn’t feel as healthy and mobile as they once did.  But Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela can change that.

Improve Elder Health and Quality of Life with Chiropractic Care

For many, chiropractic care is associated with correcting back pain or headaches, but in reality, it is so much more than that.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic focuses on improving the health of the central nervous system to increase overall health of the body.  The body’s systems work together and rely on the central nervous system to send and receive messages.  People of all ages benefit from improved spinal health, and older people specifically will notice that chiropractic care improves the body’s innate ability to repair and heal itself.  Additionally, chiropractic care improves posture which increases balance and decreases the chance of dangerous falls among the elderly.  Under the expert care of Dr. Niemela, muscle tightness will also decrease.  Regular chiropractic adjustments will also remove nerve interference for improved immune system and digestive function.  It can also decrease sleep problems and increase overall energy levels so you can feel at your very best no matter your age.

Contact Arbor Vitae Chiropractic

If you would like to experience the incredible benefits of chiropractic care for yourself, set up an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today.  Safe and natural chiropractic adjustments can improve your comfort and overall quality of life, so give us a call today.



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Natural Relief from PCOS with Chiropractic Care

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Do you suffer from PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome?  If so, then you know what a complex and complicated disorder it can be. PCOS affects approximately 1 out of every 10 women and causes a hormonal imbalance that affects a woman’s overall health and wellness.  There are many options for managing PCOS symptoms, but chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a natural solution to promote health and wellness as well as address symptoms of PCOS.  If PCOS has affected your life, it’s time to look into chiropractic care to keep your body at its healthiest.

Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS can be caused by a number of factors such as genetic traits, high levels of androgen or “male hormones,” or even high levels of insulin.  Whatever the cause of PCOS, it can lead to challenging and frustrating symptoms that can greatly affect quality of life.  One of the biggest concerns among women with PCOS is infertility, as this disorder can affect women’s ability to bear children.  Other symptoms of PCOS can include fatigue, weight gain, facial hair, headaches, and mood changes.  PCOS has also been linked to other health conditions as well, such as anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, low blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.  Many women may notice signs and symptoms of PCOS around the time of puberty, but for some, symptoms don’t develop until later in life.  While eating right, exercising, and getting the vitamins and nutrients the body needs can help with PCOS, it may not alleviate symptoms completely.  Natural chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can get to the root cause of PCOS to bring about relief and true and complete healing.

Tell Me More About Chiropractic Care

You may associate chiropractic care with back or neck pain and wonder how in the world it can help manage PCOS symptoms.  The fact is that the spine plays an important role in the function of the central nervous system.  Spinal misalignments can lead to nerve interference and disrupt communication throughout the body.  When this happens, the body can’t function as it should, which can cause infertility issues, low blood pressure, insulin problems, and even contribute further to PCOS symptoms.  With regular chiropractic care from Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, spinal misalignments and nerve interference are removed, which can improve energy levels, increase the function of the reproductive system, improve sleep, and decrease common PCOS symptoms. 

Chiropractic Research

Chiropractic care has overall health benefits that simply cannot be ignored.  In fact, many women are experiencing the results for themselves.  Case studies show the effectiveness of chiropractic care in managing PCOS for women.  In one case study, a 30-year-old woman presented with PCOS, ulcerative colitis, neck pain, and infertility issues.  She sought chiropractic care for her symptoms and after just 14 visits, found relief from ulcerative colitis, resumed regular menstruation after 8 years of irregular cycles, and even became pregnant! 

You don’t have to suffer from PCOS symptoms any longer. Seek natural and safe relief with chiropractic care.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and experience for yourself the incredible health benefits of chiropractic care.




Wells, B. “Alleviating Symptoms of PCOS with Chiropractic Care.” https://pcosdiva.com/2018/10/pcos-chiropractic-care/

Kent Metzger, Dana.  “Resolution of Infertility in a Patient with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and Ulcerative Colitis Following Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of Literature.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2016.4 (2016): 68-74. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/infertility-for-a-patient-with-polycycstic-ovarian-syndrome-resolves-after-adjustments.html

What Can Chiropractic Care Do for TMJ?

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You are probably well aware that chiropractic care can alleviate back pain, neck pain, and even pinched nerves.  But did you know that it is also a safe and effective way to manage TMJ pain as well?  TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders, is a chronic disorder that affects the jaw.  The point where the jaw connects to the skull can become painful and swollen or will sometimes make a clicking sound.  TMJ is an uncomfortable problem to have.  If you suffer from TMJ pain, you may have tried other methods for managing the pain without success.  But have you tried chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor?  You may be surprised at the outcome!

Symptoms of TMJ

TMJ symptoms will vary for everyone.  Some may have mild, annoying symptoms while other can experience extreme and chronic pain.  Symptoms of TMJ can include headaches, jaw pain, clicking or pain when moving the jaw, such as when chewing food or talking, neck pain, and even dizziness.  If not dealt with, TMJ can become increasingly more painful.  Some may experience chronic jaw pain.  While medication for pain may bring temporary relief, once the medication wears off, symptoms will return, sometimes even worse than before.  Chiropractic care, however, is a long-term solution for TMJ relief.  It gets to the root of the problem to bring about relief once and for all.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can provide natural and safe chiropractic care to ease pain and alleviate TMJ symptoms.

The Ins and Outs of Chiropractic Care for TMJ

Because the jaw is a joint, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can perform an adjustment on the jaw to relieve tension.  Releasing the muscles surrounding the jaw can correct TMJ so that the jaw can function normally once again.  But sometimes the problem doesn’t just lie within the jaw.  Dysfunction of the spine caused by spinal misalignments can also cause tension within the body, including the jaw joint.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments can remove misalignments to reduce nerve interference and tension and alleviate pain associated with TMJ.  Continual chiropractic care is often needed to ensure that problems don’t return. With regular chiropractic care, you can experience not only relief from TMJ, but also improved overall health and wellness because the benefits of chiropractic care are numerous.

Chiropractic Case Studies

If you are still unsure of how chiropractic care can truly help alleviate TMJ symptoms, you can take a look at how chiropractic care has helped others find relief from TMJ.  Case studies have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  In one such case study, 14 patients with TMJ underwent chiropractic care for TMJ.  Upon receiving regular adjustments, all patients found that TMJ symptoms were significantly reduced or even eliminated completely.  Their rate of pain went from an average of 8.3 to 1.4. 

You don’t have to live with TMJ pain any longer.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to see how chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life.




“3 things you need to know about TMJ pain”, Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2018. https://www.chiropractic.ca/blog/3-things-you-need-to-know-about-tmj-pain/

Pavia, S, Fischer, R, Roy, R. “Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Retrospective Case Series.”  Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2015 Dec; 14(4): 279–284. 2015 Dec; 14(4): 279–284.

Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain with Chiropractic

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Plantar fasciitis is a leading cause of pain in the heel.  This type of heel pain is caused by small tears in the plantar fascia ligament of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis pain will only worsen as tears get larger, leading to more pain.  The sooner you seek care for plantar fasciitis, the sooner you can experience relief.  A great number of people across the country suffer from plantar fasciitis and many of these people are finding relief with chiropractic care.  You too can ease plantar fasciitis heel pain with regular visits to a Bentonville chiropractor.

Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Foot pain can come in all different forms.  If you aren’t sure if the type of pain you are experiencing is from plantar fasciitis, it helps to learn and be aware of the signs and symptoms.  These can include pain on the bottom of the foot near the center of the heel bone, pain when standing up after sitting for long periods of time, more significant pain after exercising, and increased pain in the morning when waking up.  If you have these symptoms, then you are most likely suffering from plantar fasciitis. This condition can be caused by a number of problems such as wearing the wrong type of shoes, exercising incorrectly, being on your feet all day, or it can even manifest itself as a result of other health conditions such as arthritis.  Because of the pain, you may try to change how you walk, but changing your posture and the way you walk can be more damaging to the body, causing pain and problems elsewhere as well.  If plantar fasciitis foot pain has affected your ability to stand, walk, or exercise, Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can help.

Chiropractic Care for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Stress on the plantar fascia tendon is what initially leads to tears that cause plantar fasciitis pain.  One way to ease this pain is to relieve the stress placed on the foot and tendon.  Chiropractic care focuses on relieving stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons, including the plantar fascia, to relieve pain.  Additionally, because of the pain in your heel that leads to changing your gait, spinal misalignments can occur.  Spinal misalignments can also wreak havoc on the body, causing back pain, neck pain, or even hip and leg pain.  Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will assess the spine, locate problematic spinal misalignments, and correct these vertebrae that are out of place with gentle chiropractic adjustments so that the body is in proper alignment and can function optimally.  Alleviate plantar fasciitis pain and avoid further musculoskeletal pain with regular visits to Dr. Niemela.

Positive Results with Chiropractic Care

Some people are skeptical of chiropractic care for plantar fasciitis relief.  But case studies show that chiropractic care produces positive results not only for easing plantar fasciitis pain, but also for improving overall health.  One such case study focused on a 10-year-old boy with plantar fasciitis pain that affected his ability to play football.  He sought chiropractic care for his symptoms and found relief after just 6 weeks of regular chiropractic visits along with stretching and exercise therapy. 

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, experience relief with natural and safe chiropractic care.  Schedule a visit with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to find out what chiropractic care can do for you.




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Ease Sinus Pain and Pressure with Chiropractic

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If you suffer from sinus issues, then you know how painful it can be. Sinus problems can lead to intense feelings of pain or pressure in the face and even headaches. When sinus pain kicks in, you can think about nothing else but finding relief. Reaching for medication is often the first response, but it may not be the best response. Medication only acts as a temporary fix as symptoms return, sometimes even worse than before, after discontinuing use. Medications also come with the risk of side effects that only add to your discomfort and pain. But without medication, what other options do you have? One effective option to relieve sinus pressure and pain is chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor. It is both natural and safe and can bring about long-term relief so you can feel your best once again.

What Causes Sinus Problems?

Inflammation of the sinuses, or hollow cavities in the skull, is usually the source of sinus pain. Fluid in the sinuses can cause infection and inflammation. Sinus issues can be caused by a simple common cold or recurring allergies. For some people, sinus problems come and go while others may experience chronic sinus pain. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela may be able to help you find lasting relief from annoying sinus issues.

What Can Chiropractic Do for My Sinus Pain?

The function of the central nervous system is imperative for how the body functions overall. The better our nerves can transfer messages from the brain to the body’s systems and vice versa, the more in sync and healthy the body will be. Spinal misalignments cause nerve interference that can lead to all sorts of chaos within the body. Spinal misalignments can be the root cause of sinus inflammation and pain. Removing spinal misalignments not only reduces inflammation, but it also increases immune system function. When the immune system is in optimal health, it can easily fight off colds or infections that could lead to sinus issues. With regular chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you can experience health and wellness that will have you feeling great.

Chiropractic Research for Sinus Health

Chiropractic research and case studies support chiropractic care for reducing sinus pain and pressure. With regular visits to a chiropractor, many people are able to improve the immune system response and thus increase the body’s ability to fight infection. Not only will this alleviate sinus issues, but it will also improve overall health and wellness. It can alleviate chronic pain, improve digestion, and increase your quality of life. You will be amazed at what a difference chiropractic care can make for how the body functions and how all its systems work together.

If sinus issues have you feeling miserable, fight back with chiropractic care. Set up an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to not only improve sinus conditions but also improve your overall health.



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Chiropractic Care for Sleeping Difficulties

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If you just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep, there’s good news with chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.  A lot of times, back pain can cause many to not be able to sleep.  Additionally, other health concerns such as headaches or chronic pain can also lead to many sleepless nights, and these can be linked back to spinal health. Sleep is a necessary part of staying healthy, as the body needs to rest and repair itself as we sleep each night.  Without proper sleep, we may be more susceptible to sickness, loss of energy, and an inability to concentrate.  If you feel drained each day from losing sleep, you can rest easy once again with chiropractic care.

Am I the Only One Who Suffers from Sleeplessness?

While you may feel the only one who seems to have sleepless nights, it’s actually more common that you may think.  Approximately 60 million people are affected by insomnia across the country each year.  Men, women, and children alike can find it difficult to sleep well at night.  Because sleep is such a crucial part of building a healthy body, the growth and development of children can be severely affected by a continuous lack of sleep.  For instance, children who don’t have regular, age-appropriate sleeping habits are more likely to suffer from ADD, hyperactivity, or stunted brain growth.  For adults, insomnia brings about a whole other set of problems.  Without adequate sleep, many find it hard to concentrate, perform well at their jobs, or simply feel exhausted and cranky all the time.  It can be hard to know what makes it hard to sleep, but sometimes it can be contributed to sleep apnea or insomnia caused by high levels of stress, anxiety, worry, or depression.  Whatever your cause of restless nights, the sooner you address the root cause, the better you will feel. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela wants to help you do just that.

How Can I Address the Root Cause of Sleeping Difficulties?

Medication is one of the first things people turn to when having trouble sleeping.  But the problem is that medication is only a short-term fix.  Sleep problems typically return after discontinuing medication use.  There are also harmful side effects associated with sleeping aids and other types of medication.  Thankfully, there are other options, such as natural and safe chiropractic care.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic uses neurologically-based chiropractic care to get to the root of sleeping difficulties.  Spinal misalignments cause nerve interference that leads to chaos within the body, often causing insomnia or difficulty sleeping.  Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments can alleviate misalignments to restore function so that the body can get the rest it needs each and every night.  For instance, in the case of a five-year-old boy, chiropractic care helped him develop healthy and normal sleeping habits for his age after struggling for a long time to get the sleep his body needed. 

You don’t have to stress about losing sleep or being exhausted anymore. Now, you can rest easy with chiropractic care.  Call Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today to schedule your appointment.




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Chiropractic Care Reduces the Need for Birth Interventions That Can Cause Short- and Long-Term Health Effects for Children

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Birth interventions are common nowadays and are sometimes a medical necessity for the health of mom and baby. But sometimes, convenience plays a part in our decision to undergo these interventions, the most common ones being induced labor with hormones, delivery with vacuum or forceps, or a Cesarean Section.  The problem with these birth interventions is that they can lead to health concerns for children both immediately following birth and later in life.  A recent study out of Australia is causing many health professionals to rethink their positions on birth interventions.  This study looked at the effects of birth interventions on children from the first 28 days of life all the way until five years of age.  Researchers followed over 500,000 women from 2000-2008 who had low risk, healthy pregnancies to discover what types of interventions were used during birth and what the overall health effects were on their children. 

The Study Findings

The study concluded that birth interventions did, in fact, put children more at risk for health concerns.  Babies that were born through other methods besides spontaneous vaginal births were more at risk for jaundice and feeding problems within their first 28 days of life.  Cesarean births also led to lower temperatures in babies that required medical intervention to correct.  Both medical professionals and parents should be aware of the risks associated with birth interventions, especially C-Section births, in order to make informed decisions based on the risk-reward factors. 

The long-term health effects of birth interventions were also significant in children up to age five.  This study found that children who underwent birth interventions of any kind were more at risk for health concerns such as diabetes, eczema, obesity, or respiratory problems such as pneumonia or bronchitis.  Most parents assume that medical interventions are always a necessity.  While there is a time and a place for everything, parents should be educated on their options in order to make informed decisions before, during, and after delivery.  One of the best choices a woman can make is to be proactive during pregnancy to prepare the body for delivery in order to prevent birth interventions as much as possible.  It is important for women to understand that chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is one of the best ways to prepare the body for a healthy, safe, and natural delivery.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela practices neurologically-based chiropractic that can help prepare women’s bodies for birth, ultimately making the birthing experience easier for both mom and baby.  When your body is prepared, it can significantly decrease the need for birth interventions during delivery.  One of the most common reasons for a C-Section is a baby in the breech position. Chiropractic care has a 92% success rate in turning breech babies into proper position so that you can avoid a Cesarean birth.  Chiropractic care can also make you more comfortable during pregnancy by ensuring the spine and hips are in alignment.  This not only takes the pressure off of your hips and back, but also makes more room for the baby in the womb.  Studies have shown that one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is that it can even reduce labor time by 25%-30%!

If you are pregnant and considering your prenatal and birthing options, be sure to include chiropractic care into your regular regimen for a healthier pregnancy and delivery.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up an appointment today.




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Can Chiropractic Care Help Manage Seizures?

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Epilepsy is a disorder that affects the lives of over 180,000 people across the nation.  This condition causes seizures or convulsions that impact the activity of the brain.  Epilepsy can affect men, women, and children alike.  It can make people feel out of control, but there are methods that can help manage seizures.  If you experience seizures, no matter how often and whether they are associated with epilepsy or not, chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can help decrease how often seizures occur and their severity.

The Causes of Seizures

For some, the cause of seizures can be related to other health issues.  For children, lack of oxygen at birth, childhood trauma, congenital conditions, and Autism can cause seizures.  In adults, strokes or severe infections can lead to seizures.  Often times the causes of seizures is simply unknown. When you don’t know the exact cause of seizures, it can be difficult to know what to do to manage this condition. 

What Are My Options for Seizure Treatment?

The first option for treating epilepsy and seizures is usually medication.  While medication can be beneficial for many, the problem still remains that over 30% of those taking medication experience no change at all in their seizures.  Medication also comes with additional risks, such as potentially harmful side effects that can cause even more problems.  Other methods for managing seizures include stimulating the vagus nerve.  This nerve has been linked to seizure disorders.  A technological device implanted into the body can electrically stimulate the vagus nerve to reduce seizures, but the thought of having an invasive procedure to implant this device can be scary.  Many don’t want to resort to invasive procedures if they don’t have to.  So what else can be done?  Neurologically-based chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can be a noninvasive, natural method for managing seizures effectively, safely, and with no negative side effects.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

If you only associate chiropractic care with easing back or neck pain, you’re missing out on the amazing benefits of chiropractic care for overall health.  Because the vagus nerve has been associated with seizure disorders, neurologically-based chiropractic care with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic only makes scientific sense.  Chiropractic care focuses on removing spinal misalignments that can cause nerve interference, affecting the vagus nerve and leading to dysfunction.  Pressing on the side of the neck and addressing problem areas in the upper spine are two ways to stimulate the vagus nerve.  Healthy nerve function through chiropractic care can address the root cause of seizures and can reduce instances of seizures. Studies have also found that chiropractic care can significantly impact those with epilepsy.  One study looked at seventeen people with seizure disorders.  After no change from medication, fifteen people decided to undergo chiropractic care and experienced positive results. 

If you or someone you love is affected by epilepsy or another seizure disorder, consider natural and safe chiropractic care.  Call Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae chiropractic today to schedule a consultation




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Decrease Chances of Falling in Elderly with Chiropractic

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Each year, on average, 1 out of 3 elderly people suffer from a fall.  Approximately 25% of these falls lead to serious injuries.  As we age, the risk of falling increases.  For those over the age of 65, the number one cause of death is a serious injury from a fall.  Falls among the elderly can not only affect their quality of life, but they can also affect their loved ones, as the result of a serious fall can require long hospital stays or around the clock care.  Many elderly people not only worry about the health implications of falling, but also have a psychological fear of falling itself that can affect their ability to live life normally.  But the fear of falling doesn’t have to overwhelm you or those you love.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a proven method for reducing chances of falling and increasing independence and overall quality of life among the elderly.

Why Do Falls Increase As We Age?

The problem with aging is that muscle tone and mobility decrease.  Many elderly people also experience balance problems.  Poor posture is a top cause of imbalance that leads to falls.  If we don’t stand or walk correctly, we increase our risk of falling significantly.  Our muscles also tend to atrophy as we get older, so we lose strength and control.  Wear and tear on joints and muscles can also lead to chronic musculoskeletal pain.  This type of pain is at the very top of the list of reasons that cause falls among the elderly.  Additionally, other health concerns such as dizziness or vertigo among the elderly can also cause falls.  When older adults are faced with so many health concerns, it is no wonder that their fear and risk of falling increases.  But Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can help improve overall health to give the elderly back their confidence in their ability to move so as to decrease the chances of falling.

The Risks Associated with Falling

It may not just be the fall itself that scares the elderly population, but the health implications that come with a fall that can be just as terrifying.  For instance, a fall for those over the age of 65 can lead to serious injury, surgery, or even hospitalization.  Even after a recovery period, the elderly may not regain back full mobility after a fall, which can drastically affect their independence and ability to live life as they once did.  It can be incredibly hard to depend on others for help when you are used to doing things for yourself.  Because of this, the fear of falling itself increases as we age, which can, in turn, lead to a greater chance of experiencing a fall.  You don’t want to spend your life in fear of what may happen when and if you fall.  Instead, seek chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to experience the benefits for your health and mobility.

How Chiropractic Care Decreases Risk of Falls

Chiropractic care focuses on improving spinal health to improve overall health among both the young and old.  It can improve posture to increase balance, as well as correct spinal misalignments that can cause vertigo and dizziness.  Gentle adjustments will also improve blood flow so muscles won’t atrophy and become weak.  Increasing blood flow will increase muscle control so that the elderly can feel more in control as they move and are able to prevent possible falls.  Dr. Tom Niemela also focuses on musculoskeletal care to decrease chronic pain and increase range of motion.  The benefits of chiropractic care can alleviate fear of falling so that the elderly can experience optimal health and an improved quality of life. 


If you feel out of control of your body due to aging and have a fear of falling, consider chiropractic care.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to see for yourself what chiropractic care can do for you.



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The Nervous System Response: Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic

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When most people think of chiropractic care, they often think of it in terms of improving musculoskeletal health, such as decreasing back or neck pain.  While chiropractic care does address musculoskeletal issues, it can actually do so much more.  Neurologically-based chiropractic care focuses on the health of the nervous system, which is composed of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.  These systems are important to how our bodies respond in certain situations.  However, unbalance between the two systems can lead to problems for our body and our health.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor helps keeps the central nervous system in check so that we can experience improved overall health and eliminate dysfunction within the body.

What’s the Differences Between Sympathetic and Parasympathetic?

The sympathetic part of the central nervous system is more like the green light on a traffic light.  It means it’s time to go.  This system fires up our “fight or flight” response when we feel stressed.  When the sympathetic system is activated, it can cause pupil dilation, increased heart rate, and higher blood pressure. Essentially, it puts the body in survival mode and informs that body that it’s time to fight or run.  While this response is necessary at times, too much of the sympathetic response can cause even more stress on the body and lead to an inability to focus or concentrate.  When this system doesn’t know how to shut down, it can also lead to other concerns such as anxiety, forgetfulness, sleep disturbances, and fatigue.  The parasympathetic system, on the other hand, is the exact opposite response.  This system slows the body down and allows the body to be calm and relaxed in order to repair itself.  When the parasympathetic system is activated, the body can repair cells and heal from sickness, injury, or just the stress of a typical day.  This response is vital for optimal health and function of the body.  So what can we do to ensure balance between these two systems?  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can help keep these systems in check.

Stress Puts the Body in Overdrive

Any type of stress on the body can cause the sympathetic system to go into overdrive.  It can be any type of emotional, physical, or chemical stress that affects the body.  Emotional stress may be dealing with relationships or the environment around us, while chemical stress can come from our diet and anything else we put in or on our bodies.  Physical stress can be caused by trauma or injury to the body which can lead to spinal misalignments and dysfunction within the body.  Whatever type of stress you may be experiencing, it can be causing the sympathetic system to react too often, putting additional stress on your body.

Restore Balance Through Chiropractic Care

Stress on the nerves that leads to imbalance of the nervous system can be corrected through chiropractic care.  Gentle spinal adjustments can remove nerve interference that causes the sympathetic system to take control.  Alleviate tension and stress with regular chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela.  This will bring the body back into balance so it can begin to repair and heal itself and so you can experience rest and relief.

For balance within the body, improved immune system function, better digestion, and overall increased health and wellness, consider chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.  Schedule a consultation today.




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Chiropractic Care Benefits Children with Developmental Delays

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Children with developmental delays may exhibit a lack of motor skills, speech issues, or other conditions such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.  ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, can also lead to developmental delays.  Parents and children alike can experience frustration with developmental delays, often feeling hopeless or without options.  But studies in chiropractic care show promise for benefitting children with developmental delays.  Upon first hearing about chiropractic care, you may not associate it will anything other than back pain or headaches.  But the reality is that chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is beneficial for improving the quality of life for many, including children with developmental delays. 

Primary Causes of Developmental Delays

We may not always know what causes developmental delays in children, but for many, the root cause of these delays can be linked to spinal misalignments.  A spinal misalignment, or subluxation, is a vertebra of the spine that is out of place even the tiniest bit.  Proper spinal alignment is important to how the body functions and how well it communicates with the brain.  When even one vertebrae is slightly out of place, it can disrupt nerve communication and lead to chaos within the body.  This type of nerve communication can affect speech, motor function, and overall health and development of children.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractor can address spinal subluxations to restore alignment and function of the central nervous system to improve developmental delays.

Chiropractic Care Removes Misalignments

For many parents, chiropractic care for their children may seem scary or unsafe.  But gentle chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Niemela are incredibly safe and are a gentle and effective solution for improving your child’s health.  After examining the spine, Dr. Niemela will gently and precisely adjust the spine to correct misalignment with no twisting, cracking, or popping.  This restores nerve communication and ensures that the body can once again function without interruption or dysfunction so that your child can concentrate better, have smoother, more fluid movement for motor skills, and experience an improvement in overall health and wellness.

Chiropractic Helps Those with Developmental Delays

Case studies prove that chiropractic has safely and effectively worked for other children with developmental delays and it can help you, too.  In one case of a 4-year-old boy, chiropractic care significantly improved his speech and fine motor skills.  After being diagnosed with dyspraxia at age one, he was just beginning to be able to form sounds and words.  But after 4 months of regular chiropractic care, his vocabulary increased to over several hundred words!  Additionally, 157 children between the ages of 6 and 13 experienced a decrease in developmental delays and improvement in overall performance through chiropractic care.  Not only that, but the health benefits of chiropractic care are exceptional.  Your children can perform well and feel great with regular visits to a Bentonville chiropractor.

There is hope for children experiencing developmental delays with chiropractic care.  To learn more about it, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




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Arbor Vitae Chiropractic Awarded Two Big Honors

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Arbor Vitae Chiropractic is excited and honored to announce that we were recent recipients of two big awards!  Not only was Arbor Vitae’s founder Dr. Tom Niemela awarded Bentonville’s “Owner Under 30” award, but Arbor Vitae Chiropractic was also awarded Small Business of the Year! These two notable awards show our dedication to serve our neighbors and impact the health and wellness of the Bentonville community through providing excellent chiropractic care.  Dr. Niemela knows that neurologically-based chiropractic care in children and adults can improve overall health and quality of life, and he is honored to educate his neighbors about this life-changing fact.  He has dedicated his knowledge and skills to ensuring that his practice members receive the best in chiropractic care to stay healthy for their whole lives.

A Small Business with Big Impact

In June of 2016, Dr. Niemela and his wife Brooke opened Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.  While most chiropractic offices average about 100 visits per week, Dr. Niemela and his wife were able to see 162 practice members by the end of the very first week!  At the end of their first year in business, they were serving over 400 practice members per week and increased to 600 by their second year.  Dr. Niemela and his wife Brooke continue to run the office full time, but they know they could not serve at such a high level without the help of their team. They are honored to be able to add jobs to the Bentonville community while also helping their practice members live a healthier, fuller life.

Facing Challenges Head On

Dr. Niemela and his wife opened their chiropractic practice when they were 26 and 21 years old, respectively.  Because they were part of the younger millennial generation, they had to work extremely hard to prove themselves to the community.  But they didn’t let any challenges stand in their way.  They built up a reputation of commitment and dedication by sharing their message all over the community at Farmer’s Markets, local pop-up shops, and expos, something they still continue to do today with the help of their team.  Not everyone understands the science of neurologically-based chiropractic care, but with open and honest conversations about what they do and why they do it, Dr. Niemela and Brooke were able to change the minds of the people of Bentonville and build bridges within the community to create the successful practice they have today.

Giving Back to the Community

For the Niemelas, it’s not just about running a successful business, but it’s about serving their community as well.  That is why they make it a priority to give back through fundraisers and acts of service.  In 2017, Dr. and Mrs. Niemela partnered with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance to feed over 80 veteran families, and they carry on this tradition each year.  They have also teamed up with NWA food bank to collect over 1,200 cans of soup and have sponsored numerous community events such as Children’s Advocacy Center Glow Run, Bentonville Debate & Forensics Team, Vintage Market Days, Little Craft Show, Small Business BingoFest, and many more.

About Arbor Vitae

Arbor Vitae means “tree of life” in Latin.  This name stands for the health, life, and control that chiropractic care can give you with Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela.  When you are living your healthiest life, you are able to experience life to the fullest by spending time with family, hanging out with friends, or enjoying your favorite hobbies or activities.  Here at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, we strive to see each practice member branch out and grow in health to enjoy life to its fullest!

If you are interested in learning about how chiropractic care can help your body function at high levels of health, please contact the staff at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic for more information today.

Chiropractic Care for Tech Neck

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Not a day goes by that we don’t use technology of some sort.  From cell phones to laptops to tablets and everything in between, technology is all around us.  Technology is a great tool that we can utilize for many aspects of our life, but it can also lead to health concerns.  Technology is used so frequently in today’s world that it has led to neck, back, and shoulder problems because of the constant bending over or straining to look at our technological devices.  It is so common that it even has a name: tech neck.  Tech neck is poor posture from being hunched over and staring at a screen. It often leads to pain or other health concerns from the misalignments of the spine that result from it.  Text neck is another similar condition that comes specifically from looking down at mobile devices.  If you spend a lot of time on the computer, phone, or tablet and are suffering the consequences, a Bentonville chiropractor can help correct improper posture to alleviate pain.

Symptoms of Tech Neck

Staring a screen all day causes forward head posture that often leads to annoying aches and pains.  The neck is meant to support the head, but for every inch our head is forward, it adds 10 pounds of pressure to the neck in an effort to support the head.  This leads to the signs and symptoms of tech neck or text neck, such as shoulder pain, pain or tenderness in the neck, muscles stiffness, headaches, or tingling in the neck and shoulders.  It is extremely important that the spine, neck, and head are in alignments so that the entire body is properly supported.  Visits to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can correct poor posture to alleviate the painful symptoms of tech neck.

What Can Chiropractic Do For Me?

Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system, specifically spinal alignment.  Because tech neck stems from poor spinal health, chiropractic care is a great option to alleviate the frustrating symptoms that can occur.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will perform an assessment to locate spinal misalignments.  Gentle adjustments will correct posture, ensure proper alignments of the head, neck, and spine, as well as relieve muscle stiffness and tension.  Regular chiropractic care will not only decrease pain and discomfort, but it will also improve range of motion so that you can be comfortable once again.

How Can I Prevent Tech Neck?

Even if you have been to the chiropractor and your tech neck pain has eased up, you may still have to work at a computer or use your phone throughout the day.  So how can you keep tech neck or text neck from returning?  Regular chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can keep your posture in check to eliminate strain from tech neck.  Not only that, but chiropractic care also has incredible health benefits that will improve your overall health and improve the overall function of the body.  Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic if you suffer from tech neck to experience relief through chiropractic care.



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