IBS Relief with Chiropractic Care

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Many Americans report suffering from digestive problems like Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis.  Among one of the top digestive issues people face is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.  IBS may be one of the least severe forms of digestive issues, but it can be incredibly uncomfortable and annoying, and it can greatly disturb your quality of life.  If IBS is affecting your life, Bentonville chiropractic care is a great way to start addressing your digestive issues so you can get back to enjoying life once again.

What Causes IBS?

Both medical doctors and chiropractors alike have discovered that the nervous system directly affects the digestive system.  It may even be the primary or singular cause of your IBS symptoms.  The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system which is responsible for sending and receiving messages throughout the body.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference and disrupt communication.  If the brain can’t communicate properly with the rest of the body, it can’t function properly.  Chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela, a Bentonville chiropractor, can remove spinal misalignments and reduce nerve interference so your digestive system and intestinal tract can operate at optimal levels of health and function.

What Treatment Options are Available for IBS?

Men and women alike can be affected by IBS.  The first reaction for many is to reach for over-the-counter or prescription medication.  But medication is only a temporary solution that simply covers up symptoms for a short time.  Not only is it not a long-term fix, but medications also come with potentially harmful side effects that often do more harm than good.  Thankfully, there is another excellent option for treating IBS symptoms.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help.  Chiropractic care has proven to be extremely beneficial for those suffering from painful and uncomfortable IBS symptoms.  Because the lumbar vertebrae house the nerves that run to the digestive system, any misalignment will lead to problems.  A gentle and specific chiropractic adjustment from Dr. Niemela will correct spinal misalignments to alleviate digestive issues such as IBS.

Have Others Experienced Relief?

Multiple scientific studies have concluded that regular chiropractic care does indeed provide relief from symptoms of IBS.  Consistent visits to a Bentonville chiropractor have helped others, and neurologically-based chiropractic care can help you too.  For instance, one chiropractic case study looked at individuals with Crohn’s disease, which has similar symptoms to IBS.  Chiropractic adjustments helped almost every single patient experience a decrease in painful digestive issues.  Another case study focused on a 32-year-old woman who had struggled with IBS along with anxiety and depression for over 10 years.  After just one adjustment, she was able to have a regular bowel movement.  After regular visits, she found complete relief from all her IBS symptoms.  Not only did chiropractic address her digestive issues, but it also decreased her depression and anxiety as well.  Chiropractic care is a great way to improve digestive health along with overall health.  If you suffer from IBS, there is hope.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR to schedule a consultation and find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care for digestive health.



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Takeda, Y., Arai, S., Touichi, H. “Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms in Allergy and Crohn’s Disease Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2002; 4(4): 129-141.

Improve Your Posture with Chiropractic Care

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Our posture makes a big difference in the quality of our health and well-being. You may have been told at many points throughout life to “stand up straight,” but that is only a part of it. We can always do our best to improve our posture and strand up or sit up straight, but we may not ever really know if our body has ideal posture or not. Making an effort to stand upright instead of slouched forward still goes a long way in keeping our posture better, but you won’t know for certain how your overall posture measures up until you seek out Bentonville chiropractic care.

The Importance of Posture

The posture we maintain can positively or negatively impact the health of our spine and other body systems. If we’re constantly living with poor posture by being slouched and bent over at a desk, it can start to cause our spine to become misaligned. At the same time, having your shoulder rolled forward or your hips tilted downward can bring about a number of health concerns, pain, and more. Common sources of poor posture are watching TV, being at a computer, and looking down at a smartphone. You may also stand a certain way due to compensation for pain or due to lack of muscle tone in your core.

When there are misalignments in the spine, posture can worsen, creating a harmful feedback loop that keeps causing your posture to worsen over time. Not only that, but a spine that is out of alignment can start to cause nerve interference through the communication lines between the brain and the rest of the body, namely in the spinal cord and nerves.

A Bentonville chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help with realigning the spine and helping you to improve your posture and overall health. Improving posture is good for health purposes. Poor posture starts to cause unnecessary points of stress on ligaments, muscles, and joints. This can result in wear and tear on parts of the body that may not be built to withstand it. When the spine is properly aligned and posture has been improved, your body properly redistributes the balance of weight and where natural wear and tear takes place. Proper and improved posture helps the body’s systems to run as intended, allowing you to avoid pain and discomfort, as well as a number of related health issues. Improving one’s posture can also result in reducing problems and pains with the back and neck, depression, stress, anxiety, digestion, and more.

Contact Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to Improve Your Posture Today!

Contact us today at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic if you’re looking for a Bentonville chiropractor and want to improve your posture. You can also book an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela if you’re ready to get started! Bring us any questions you have about how chiropractic can help with your posture and other health issues you may be facing.




Morningstar, M.W., Pettibon, B.R., Schlappi, H., Schlappi, M., Ireland, T.V. “Reflex control of the spine and posture: a review of the literature from a chiropractic perspective.” Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 2005 Aug 9; 13:16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16091134.

Chiropractic vs. Drugs for Headaches - Which Is Best?

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Almost every person out there deals with headaches of some kind. They occur with different frequencies and different intensities. For some, headaches are a normal part of life, while for others it’s a once in a while thing. Some individuals have headaches that are manageable, and for others, headache pain can be completely unbearable. However, one thing is for sure: headaches are never a pleasant experience and everyone wants to figure out the quickest and best way to get rid of them as soon as they show up.

Is medicine the right choice? Or can chiropractic care provide equal or better relief from headaches? With neurologically-based chiropractic care by Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you might be surprised by the results.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Relief

When a headache occurs, the first instinct of most people is to reach for medication from the cabinet or from their local store or pharmacy. In some cases, a headache can be bad enough that individuals seek out more advanced medical care or other more invasive solutions.  

No matter what short-term solution you try, if the cause of the headache is still present in the body, then the headache will likely return. For example, some headaches can be caused by a tightness or tension within the neck and shoulders, usually as a result of sitting in the same position for extended periods of time, such as office-related work. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with medication for immediate, short-term relief, it’s just a band aid on an otherwise serious issue. Thankfully, there are long-term solutions like Bentonville chiropractic that should be considered for headache relief.

In a case study of a woman in her 50s who had been suffering from monthly migraines for over 40 years, she sought out chiropractic care. Her migraines would usually last about 15 hours with a myriad of other side effects (including, but not limited to, vomiting, nausea, visual disturbances, and more). After receiving chiropractic adjustments, she was happily able to note complete relief from her migraines and the side effects she was experiencing. Even after 6 months after her last chiropractic adjustment, she still had not had a single episode with her crippling migraines.

Bentonville chiropractic care is important and effective because it gets to the root of the issue. The health of your spine attributes to various health conditions – or lack of them. Chiropractic focuses on the spine and looks for nerve interference, which inhibits communication between the brain and the body. An experienced Bentonville chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela can provide gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to eliminate or reduce nerve interference. This corrects subluxations and can alleviate headaches and migraines for many people. When the spine is properly aligned, the nervous system can operate functionally as intended.

Find Headache Relief Today!

With Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you’ll find long-term relief from your headaches and migraines through gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments. Contact us today by phone or email with any questions about chiropractic and headaches, or book an appointment today to start getting long-term relief from your headaches or migraines.




Chaibi, A., Tuchin, P.J. “Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Treatment of Migraine Headache of 40-Year Duration Using Gonstead Method: A Case Study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2011 Sep; 10(3): 189-193. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3259914/.

Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Mental Health

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Have you been considering Bentonville chiropractic care and wonder if it can help with mental health? Or have you never been to a chiropractor but are struggling with mental health?

Chiropractic care is a solution for improving mental health that often gets overlooked. It’s not uncommon for people to assume that chiropractic care is only for physical struggles and back or neck pain, but a neurologically-based chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help with a wide range of physical and mental conditions, illnesses, and ailments.

As we move through the holidays and the winter season, many people deal with increased mental health problems or conditions due to weather, interacting with difficult people, holiday-related stress, and more. Chiropractic care is a great way to revitalize your mental health and give yourself the best start to the New Year.

How Chiropractic Care Helps with Mental Health

Scientists believe that the mental health challenges we face are a result of many factors and are most likely a combination of them: biological, psychological, environmental, and more. With neurologically-based chiropractic care at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela can adjust the vertebrae that have shifted out of alignment to restore nerve communication and proper body function.

When vertebrae are out of alignment, the misalignments restrict the communication flow of the brain through the spinal cord. When the body is faced with this kind of interruption in the delivery of neurotransmitters, it can lead to miscommunication, malfunction, or other forms of dysfunction in the body. These dysfunctions can be minor or significant, depending on the severity of the misalignment.

According to a case study of a woman dealing with chronic panic attacks, chiropractic care can help alleviate stress in the body, which can translate to reduced blood pressure, reduced pulse rates, and more. In this case study, the woman went longer without panic attacks than any time in recent years, even though she had been taking less medication to treat her panic attacks.

Individuals with mental health issues of any kind can benefit from chiropractic care. Your issue doesn’t need to be considered “severe,” such as dealing with chronic panic attacks to find relief through chiropractic care. You can see improvements in your physical and mental health even if your mental health issues are considered minor.

Many people who seek out chiropractic care see improvement in their mental health overall, as well as in in the specific issues they’re facing. Chiropractic care is also non-invasive, natural, and drug-free. From anxiety to panic attacks to depression to holiday or weather-related stress and more, chiropractic care might be the missing link for you.

Begin Chiropractic Care for Mental Health Today

Get started with chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela today, regardless if you’re dealing with mental health issues or simply want to improve your overall health and wellness.  Even if you’re not currently dealing with mental health challenges, neurologically-based chiropractic care can help to prevent the development of mental health related issues in the future and keep you as healthy as possible.

Contact us today with questions or book an appointment to get started!




White, P. D., Rickards, H., & Zeman, A. Z. J. (2012). “Time to end the distinction between mental and neurological illnesses.” BMJ, 344(e3), 4540. https://www.bmj.com/bmj/section-pdf/187559?path=/bmj/344/7861/Analysis.full.pdf.

Potthoff S. Penwell B, Wolf J. “Panic attacks and the chiropractic adjustment: A case report.” ACA Journal of Chiropractic, 1993 Dec, 30:26-28. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/panic-attacks-and-the-chiropractic-adjustment-a-case-report.html.

The Significant Impact of Chiropractic Care on Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS for short) is a type of disease that disturbs the central nervous system within affected individuals. The impact of multiple sclerosis on individuals varies wildly, from some individuals being able to function relatively normally while other individuals may have debilitating effects from the condition that make daily living a challenge.

What if there was a way that you could manage your multiple sclerosis pain even better, and what if you could do so in a safe, natural, drug-free way? A Bentonville chiropractor and neurologically-based chiropractic care can help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis and help your body achieve wellness and normalcy once again.

How Chiropractic Care Impacts Multiple Sclerosis Pain

While multiple sclerosis has no cure at the moment, chiropractic care can assist with pain relief and symptom management. Even though there are lots of other medical options (steroids, muscle relaxers, etc.) to help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Bentonville chiropractic care is a form of pain management that is growing in popularity because it is drug-free and has no negative side effects. It is also incredibly effective, both short-term and long-term.

Chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Tom Niemela helps those with MS because they allow nerves and neurological pathways to be more efficient. One of the tenets of multiple sclerosis is nerve interference that develops and worsens over time, causing those with MS to deal with slower communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This leads to health problems, sickness, and general body dysfunction.

When chiropractic care is utilized by those with MS, individuals experience less pain, higher activity levels, an overall reduction of MS symptoms, and a better quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering from multiple sclerosis, give us a call at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic. We’ll help you to better optimize your personal health through Bentonville chiropractic care, which can help to alleviate some of the pain that you may be experiencing.

Even though chiropractic care doesn’t seem like a direct link as a solution to managing multiple sclerosis symptoms, studies show that it’s worth being under chiropractic care to help manage MS. One individual who suffered from multiple sclerosis began chiropractic care. Within just 4 months, she noticed an improvement: no symptoms of multiple sclerosis were present at all. Even as the 46-year-old woman went in for an MRI, there were no new lesions present and she saw a reduction in the intensity of original lesions. The woman stayed under chiropractic care for at least a year and at the end of year, there were still no new lesions that showed up, and there was a continued reduction in the intensity of prior lesions.

If You Suffer From Multiple Sclerosis, Call Us Today!

Don’t let multiple sclerosis get the best of you. At Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, Dr. Tom Niemela can help people who are dealing with multiple sclerosis to better manage their pain and find relief from their symptoms. Book an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela today, your Bentonville chiropractor from Arbor Vitae Chiropractic!




Elster, E. “Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Multiple Sclerosis Patient: A Case Report.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2001: 4(2): 22-30. http://www.erinelster.com/files/jvsr%20ms%20article.pdf

Chiropractic Care for Improved Thyroid Function

Your thyroid is an important part of how your body functions.  It is responsible for controlling metabolism, regulating body temperature, promoting proper body growth, and much more.  A thyroid that isn’t functioning as it should can affect your health and how you feel.  Should the thyroid gland, located just below the Adam’s apple, malfunction, it can lead to a thyroid disorder.  What you may not know is that a Bentonville chiropractor could be the solution for all of your thyroid issues.

Symptoms of Poor Thyroid Health

There are two specific cause of thyroid dysfunction.  Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid overproduces hormones, while hypothyroidism is when the body doesn’t produce enough hormones.  Both come with their own slew of health concerns.  If you suddenly experience unexplained weight gain, depression, fatigue, inability to concentrate, or loss of hair, you may be dealing with hypothyroidism. A rapid heart rate, anxiety, tremors, overactive bowels, and restlessness are all signs of hyperthyroidism.  Whatever symptoms you are experiencing, they are cause for concern if they are affecting your daily life.  You will want to address these issues before they get out of hand.

Medication vs. Chiropractic Care for Thyroid Health

Often times when we experience health problems, our first response is to turn to medication for relief.  But medication might not always be the best solution.  Prescription medication only acts as a band aid, covering up the problem for a short time and not actually addressing the root cause.  Additionally, it comes with a slew of harmful side effects.  However, chiropractic care is a natural and safe option for managing thyroid health.  The C7 vertebra is directly related to thyroid health, and if you have a misalignment in that vertebra, your thyroid is likely not functioning as well as it should be. Misalignments of the spine disrupt nerve communication from our brains to the rest of our body which ultimately leads to dysfunction. Gentle adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela will correct spinal misalignments to restore proper body function.  Once nerve interruption is removed, the body can function at high levels of health once again.  Chiropractic care is a long-term solution for optimal thyroid function.

Case Studies Prove Chiropractic Works

Cast studies have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care for thyroid function.  A case study of a 34-year-old woman showed that she experienced irritable bowel syndrome along with hypothyroidism.  After two months of regular chiropractic care, her symptoms were resolved to the point where she no longer needed medication.  Another case study focused on a 50-year-old man who was taking synthetic thyroid hormone medication to improve thyroid function.  Again, after chiropractic care, he was able to increase his thyroid function naturally and decrease his medication significantly.  As a bonus, chiropractic care also improved his overall health and quality of life. 


If you or someone you love suffers from a thyroid issue, contact Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for optimal thyroid health.



Campbell, A., Delander, K. “Resolution of Hypothyroidism & Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a 34-Year-Old Female Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2017, October: 209-220. http://www.torquerelease.com.au/AVSR-Campbell-Delander.pdf.

Fuller, D., Douts, B. “Improved Thyroid Function Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2018 March: 57-67. https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2018/03/19/improved-thyroid-function-following-chiropractic-care-to-reduce-vertebral-subluxation-a-case-study-review-of-the-literature/.


Infertility and Chiropractic

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Many couples across America struggle with infertility. While some infertility problems lie with men, many are due to the reproductive health of the women. It is estimated that about 7.4 million women, about 12% of all women, have trouble getting pregnant and staying pregnant.  Couples are left devastated month after month as they try to conceive without success.  After months or years of infertility, many couples seek alternative options, such as hormone therapy, in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), or surgery to correct an issue or to try to get pregnant with medical assistance.  While successful for some, these options are very expensive and don’t always work. In vitro only has about a 30% success rate, and while IUI has a higher success rate with each subsequent cycle, it starts at just a success rate of just 10-20%. Hormone therapy can wreak havoc on your hormones and emotions.  Surgery always has its side effects as well, including a lengthy recovery time.  Unfortunately, none of these options is a guaranteed solution to infertility. 

Causes of Infertility

Both men and women can have health concerns that lead to infertility problems.  For females, the underlying issue could be related to thyroid problems, excess weight, hormone imbalance, cysts, or ovulation issues. Health problems related to the fallopian tubes or uterus, such as endometriosis, excess scar tissue, uterine polyps, ectopic pregnancies, or pelvic inflammatory disease, can also contribute to infertility.  Men can also be the cause of infertility in couples.  Infertility in men is related to one of three causes, a sperm transport disorder, a gonad disorder, or a pituitary disorder.  Sometimes, physicians are simply unaware of what causes infertility in couples.  Everything seems to be fine, but the couple just can’t seem to conceive or carry a baby to full term.  It is hard to imagine the amount of pain and frustration couples experience when they struggle to conceive.  Before resorting to expensive or drastic measures, consider consulting with a Bentonville chiropractor. 

Chiropractic Care for Infertility Issues

You may be wondering how on earth chiropractic care can help with your infertility problems. However, there is a significant ink between chiropractic care and the reproductive system.  The nerves that run through the spine, particularly those in the lower back, run directly to the reproductive organs in both men and women. If there is a misalignment in the spine that is disrupting the flow of messages from the brain to the reproductive organs, they will not function properly, often leading to one or several of the infertility issues listed above.

Our central nervous system is responsible for communication to each system throughout the entire body, and chiropractors are experts in the nervous system. The goal of chiropractic care is to promote overall health for all the body’s systems, including the reproductive system.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove misalignments through chiropractic adjustments to restore proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  This allows the body to function at optimal levels of health and wellness. 

Case studies have shown that correcting spinal misalignments can help with infertility.  In fact, several couples were able to conceive and carry to full term after undergoing chiropractic care for a period of time. To find out more about the benefits of chiropractic for infertility and for whole body health, contact Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




Alcantara, J., Stern, G., Oman, R. “Female Infertility, Subluxation & Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2009 June; 1-10.

Anderson-Peacock, E. “Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation Using Torque Release Technique with Changes in Fertility: Two Case Reports.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2003 July; 1-6.

Relieve Allergy Symptoms with Chiropractic

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Allergies can be as simple as a frustrating annoyance or as significant as a day-to-day struggle that affects how you live your life.  No matter how minor or severe your allergies are, they are still a problem that many people suffer from today and that everyone would enjoy getting rid of. Over 60 million Americans, or every 1 out of 5 people, report suffering from some form of allergies.  Along with seasonal and environmental allergies come recognizable symptoms, such as itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash, and a sore or itchy throat.  When you consider food allergies and sensitivities, even more people are affected. There is no cure for allergies, only preventative measures to keep them at bay.  Over the years, many allergy sufferers have found that chiropractic care is a safe and natural method for managing allergy symptoms.  Instead of relying solely on medication to treat allergies, which can cause a slew of unwanted side effects, many people are finding that regular visits to a Bentonville chiropractor can be just as effective, if not more so, for managing symptoms without potentially harmful side effects.  Chiropractic care for allergies is beneficial for people of all ages, especially children and adults who experience seasonal and environmental allergies.

Who Is Affected by Allergies and Why?

Allergies can affect anyone, young or old, male or female.  But it doesn’t always make sense why some have more significant allergies than others.  It all has to do with central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord.   The central nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from other systems within the body, including the immune system.  Its primary function is to coordinate how the body works together.  Research has shown that the central nervous system and the immune system are closely related and are interdependent.  Because spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication and cause dysfunction with the body’s systems, a spinal subluxation, or misalignment in the spine, can also negatively affect the immune system.  This can lead to a greater risk of decreased health, including food sensitivities and allergies.

Chiropractic Removes Nerve Interference to Restore Proper Function

So what role does chiropractic play in all of this?  The focus of chiropractic care is to ensure the central nervous system is functioning at optimal levels.  If the CNS is sending and receiving messages without disruption, then the rest of the body is also able to function as it should.  Gentle adjustments from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove spinal misalignments that are causing chaos within your body.  Once these misalignments are removed, the systems within the body can communicate as they should.  A byproduct of this is that all systems, such as the immune system, are strengthened and better equipped to fight off allergic reactions.  Additionally, a high functioning immune system is also able to lower the antibodies in our system which are often associated with causing allergic reactions in the first place.

Has It Worked for Others?

The first thing many skeptics of chiropractic care want to know is about the research that proves chiropractic care is effective for reducing allergy symptoms.  Several case studies have been conducted to explore the link between chiropractic and allergy relief.  In one such case study, a young boy who regularly missed school due to allergy symptoms sought chiropractic care.  After just two weeks, symptoms were drastically reduced.  Furthermore, his allergy symptoms went into remission after one month of chiropractic care.  There are countless other individuals who have experienced relief from both minor and severe allergies, and we want you to be our next success story!

If you or someone you love suffers from allergies and is tired of relying on daily medication to alleviate symptoms, turn to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.  Schedule a consultation today to find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care for allergy relief.



“Allergy Facts.” American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies.

Alcantara, J., Van Roo, L. “The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with asthma, allergies, and chronic colds.” European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 1: 12. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/chiropractic-care-of-a-pediatric-patient-with-asthma-allergies-chronic-colds-a-vertebral-subluxation.html.

Chiropractic Care for Proper Spinal Curves

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When you think of curves of the spine, you often think of abnormal spinal curves such scoliosis (a sideways curve), lordosis (a curve in the lower back), or even kyphosis (an abnormally rounded upper back).  But the fact is not all spinal curves are abnormal.  In fact, some spinal curves are necessary.  A healthy spine with two forward curves and two backward curves create an S shape (when looking from the side) that aids in supporting our body weight.  Not only that, but this proper spinal shape also provides protection for the spinal cord, which is vital to our health, wellness, and overall body function.  Because the spine is important for our posture and support, it is crucial that we have proper alignment and good spinal health.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela focuses on spinal health and ensuring that proper spinal curves are maintained for optimal health.

Spinal Curves Are Key for Good Posture

Many of us know that sitting up straight is a part of having good posture.  But there’s more involved than just sitting up straight.  We must also have proper spinal curves as well.  With that natural S-shape in our spine, our body is better able to maintain correct posture.  If spinal curves aren’t addressed, it could lead to a hunchback position, forward head position, or swayback position.  In fact, a case study conducted in 2000 showed that improper spinal curves, especially of the lower back, could lead to significant health concerns such as pelvic organ prolapse.  Without the proper spinal support from spinal curves, the organs would slip forward, down, or out of place.  If your posture isn’t as it should be, turn to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments can restore spinal health and the necessary spinal curves for your body to feel its best. Not only can chiropractic care ensure you have the proper spinal curves to improve posture, but it can also improve muscle strength and stabilization, as well as balance and range of motion.

Have Others Benefitted from Chiropractic Care?

If you aren’t sure if chiropractic care really works, you aren’t alone.  Many people often express feelings of doubt or uncertainty.  But rest assured, chiropractic really works!  Many case studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic care for people with poor spinal curves and related health concerns.  In one case study, a 47-year-old firefighter complained of back pain from poor spinal health.  After regular visits to a chiropractor, his pain subsided and he was able to return to his regular duties at work.  Another case study focused on improving muscle strength.  In this particular instance, it was found that one person’s bench press weight could be significantly increased from 245 pounds to 305 pounds with chiropractic care and proper spinal support.  Overall, spinal health is critical not only for posture, but for overall health and wellness.  To find out more about how chiropractic care can improve your quality of life, contact Dr. Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR.



Mattox, T.F., Lucente, V., McIntyre, P., Miklos, J.R., Tomezsko, J. “Abnormal Spinal Curvature and Its Relationship to Pelvic Organ Prolapse.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000 Dec; 183(6): 1381-4. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11120500.

Morningstar, M.W. “Strength gains through lumbar lordosis restoration.”Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2003 Aug; 2(4): 137-141. http://www.journalchiromed.com/article/S0899-3467(07)60077-9/fulltext.

Schwab J.M. “Chiropractic management of a 47-year-old firefighter with lumbar disk extrusion.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2008 Dec; 7(4): 146-154. http://www.journalchiromed.com/article/S1556-3707(08)00091-6/fulltext.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Eyesight and Vision Problems

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It may come as a surprise to know that chiropractic care is for more than just back or neck pain.  In fact, chiropractic can improve how the whole body functions, including your eyes.  It is always beneficial to see an optometrist for vision concerns or problems, but you may want to also schedule a consultation with Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela.

What Types of Vision Problems Can Chiropractic Help With?

We rely on our eyesight to help us get through life.  When something is wrong with your vision, it can be very frustrating, affecting how you live your day-to-day life.  Vision problems can be related to an eye issue or they can stem from other health concerns.  For instance, one symptom of diabetes is vision loss.  Glaucoma is another serious eye disease that causes vision problems.  With glaucoma, fluid buildup in the eye puts pressure on the optic nerve, leading to vision problems. Some people simply experience poor eyesight or blurriness, or their eyes have trouble adjusting to darkness or light. Whatever vision issue you are experiencing, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help.

Spinal Health Is Important for Optimal Function in the Body

You may be wondering how visiting a Bentonville chiropractor can improve your eyesight and vision.  The answer lies in your spine.  The spine houses your spinal cord, which is part of the central nervous system, which is responsible for how the body functions as a whole.  When your spine is healthy, your nervous system can function as it should, properly coordinating how the body works together, including making your eyes work correctly.  Any disruption to the central nervous system, no matter how small, can lead to dysfunction within the body.  The optic nerve, which controls eyesight, is directly connected to the central nervous system.  Furthermore, our eyes need proper blood flow and oxygen.  If blood flow is somehow restricted, it can lead to blurry vision and eyesight problems.  This is where Dr. Niemela comes in.  His focus in on restoring proper spinal health to improve the function of the central nervous system, including vision.  Spinal misalignments are the root cause of dysfunction in the body.  Thankfully, a gentle adjustment can remove misalignments, restoring proper blood flow and removing any nerve interference that is wreaking havoc on your body’s systems.  Not only can a Bentonville chiropractor improve your eyesight, but also your overall health.  With chiropractic care, you are sure to feel your absolute best and be the healthiest you possible.

Proof That Chiropractic Works

Several case studies have shown that chiropractic is effective in improving eyesight and vision.  One such case study involved a 46-year-old diabetic man who suffered from intraocular pressure due to diabetes.  He complained of numbness and tingling in his arms and had experienced vision loss for 5 years.  After chiropractic care, his pressure in his left eye decreased and he was able to once again see colors.  Additionally, a 9-year-old girl also saw amazing results after regular visits to a chiropractor.  On ongoing twitching in her left eye from occipital lobe epilepsy was completely resolved after just three weeks of care.

If you are suffering from eyesight problems, now is the perfect time to schedule a visit with your local chiropractor.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic has helped others and can help you too.  Call today to find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care for vision and schedule a consultation.



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Irastorza, M., Knowles, D., Knowles, R. “Improvement in Vision in a Patient with Diabetic Retinopathy Following Network Spinal Analysis Care.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2012 Feb: 25-30. http://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2012_1109_diabetic.aspx


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.

Takeda, Y., Arai, S., Touichi, H. “Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms of Allergy and Crohn’s Disease Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2002; 4(4): 129-141.

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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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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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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