Chiropractic Care After an Auto Accident

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In America, there are about 5 million auto accidents a year.  You may be going about your daily life when all the sudden you are involved in an automobile accident.  Most of the time, car accidents are minor fender benders, but even accidents at slow speeds can lead to injury.  Your spine is an important part of the body that can be injured in a car wreck, no matter how small the collision.  Always exercise extreme caution after an auto accident.  Be alert for neck or back pain.  Get examined, even if you feel fine, because oftentimes symptoms don’t manifest themselves until days after an accident.  If left untreated, back or neck pain from an auto accident can lead to even bigger problems such as chronic pain later on.  To address back or neck pain because of an auto accident, turn to a Bentonville chiropractor who will examine your spine and provide chiropractic care that can reduce inflammation and pain so you don’t experience recurring problems down the road.

What Injuries Can Occur After an Auto Accident?

The impact from the forward and backward motion of an auto accident most often leads to neck or back pain.  Rear-ended auto accidents are the most common, and being hit from behind can lead to whiplash as the neck is forced forward then slammed backward with the impact.  Pain in the neck, muscle stiffness, and loss of range of motion are the most common side effects of whiplash.  Lower back pain is another common side effect of a car accident that will continue to cause problems until treated.  If there is damage to your car, no matter how minor, then there is likely damage to your spine.  Take the necessary steps to treat spinal injuries and pain with chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.

Manage Pain After an Auto Accident with Chiropractic Care

When you experience neck or back pain after an auto accident, your first reaction may be to reach for an over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain.  The problem with medication is that it is only a short-term solution, so pain comes back after the medication has worn off.  Not to mention, most medications come with a host of potential side effects that can cause even more trouble in the long run.  Chiropractic care is a natural, long-term solution for all types of pain after an accident.  Treat the root of your pain with chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.  Spinal subluxations, or misalignments, are the most common reason for back and neck pain after a car accident.  Dr. Tom Niemela will examine the spine for misalignments or any signs of inflammation, muscle stiffness, or reduced range of motion.  He will then gently adjust the spine to correct these problem areas so you can experience relief and get on the road to recovery.

Chiropractic Care Is Effective for More Than Neck & Back Pain

Most people think of chiropractors when they think about neck and back pain, particularly when related to an auto accident. However, chiropractic care is an effective form of proactive healthcare that is effective for much more than just neck and back pain. Research has been conducted to explore the incredible benefits of chiropractic care, not just for pain after an auto accident, but for improving overall health and wellness also.  One study looked at 41 people who had suffered from whiplash after being involved in an auto accident.  This study found that over 66% of this group found relief through chiropractic care.  With chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you too are sure to experience long-lasting relief from neck and back pain due to a car accident.  Don’t wait any longer, contact Dr. Niemela and his team today!




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It Is Possible for Your Child to Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Chiropractic Care

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When children don’t sleep well at night, it can affect their health.  It can also negatively impact others as well, such as siblings or parents who also experience a lack of sleep.  Sleep deprivation in children can lead to a myriad of problems, such as behavior issues or developmental disorders.  Sometimes, not sleeping at night may be caused by a bad habit, but often, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.  If your child is struggling to get a good night’s sleep, talk to a Bentonville chiropractor about how chiropractic can address the root cause of sleeping problems to help your child (and yourself!) sleep all night long.

How Can Lack of Sleep Affect Children?

A lack of sleep of children is more often seen alongside other issues such as ADHD, behavioral issues, hyperactivity, stunted brain development, or growth and developmental issues.  The root cause of sleep issues may be in conjunction with these neurological or physical issues that also need to be addressed.  When faced with these concerns, parents might first turn to medication.  But medication is only a short-term solution that can cause a slew of other problems, and it doesn’t actually address the root cause of the sleeping problems.  Pediatric chiropractic care with Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela focuses on improving sleep patterns as well as any other health concerns associated with sleeping problems in order to help children establish a better sleep cycle and get plenty of rest each night.

Chiropractic Care for Healthy Sleep Patterns

While chiropractic care is most often associated with back or neck pain, it actually has amazing benefits for the whole person, including sleep habits.  Upon your initial visit, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will perform an assessment of your child’s spine to check for spinal misalignments.  Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication in the body, which may be causing your child’s sleep issues. Spinal misalignments may be impacting hormone regulation that affect sleep, and they can also lead to inflammation in the body or neurological problems that can cause an inability to sleep well at night.  After an examination and some education about chiropractic, Dr. Niemela will gently adjust the spine to remove misalignments and restore proper nerve communication so the body can function as it should.

Will It Work for My Child?

Case studies have proven that chiropractic is incredibly effective for helping children get a good night’s rest.  In one case study, a young girl struggled with Prader-Willi, scoliosis, and sleep problems at night.  In addition to therapy, she underwent chiropractic care.  After 6 months of care, her scoliosis decreased, her body was more balanced, and she was able to sleep better at night.  Another case study focused on an infant with excessive gas, bouts of crying, reflux, and interrupted sleep at night.  After only 4 visits, symptoms decreased and uninterrupted sleep at night increased substantially.

When sleep just isn’t happening at your house, consider pediatric chiropractic care for your child.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and schedule an appointment today.




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Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Treatment

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Any sudden movement of the neck forwards and backwards can cause whiplash, whether it’s due to an injury at work, a sports injury, excessive shaking, or an accident.  Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.  Rear ended car accidents increase your chances of whiplash even more as the quick forward and backward motion of the head is more likely to cause injury.  Believe it or not, car accidents at a slow speed can also lead to whiplash.  Studies have shown that a car moving at only 2.5 mph that is hit from behind can cause whiplash for those involved.  No matter what speed your vehicle is moving at, any type of accident can lead to whiplash injury. Whiplash is extremely painful, affecting not only your ability to move your neck normally, but also how you function from day to day.  If you have been involved in an accident and are suffering from whiplash, seek care from a Bentonville chiropractor for the best chance at a quick recovery and to minimize pain naturally.

Methods for Managing Whiplash Pain

Whiplash not only causes pain in the neck, but it can also cause headaches, dizziness, shoulder and back pain, or numbness and tingling.  Because of the intensity of whiplash pain, the first reaction may be to turn to medication.  While medication can alleviate pain for a time, it is only a temporary fix as symptoms will likely return when medications wear off.  Additionally, medications can cause unwanted side effects that only exacerbate your problems, and they are not actually getting to the root cause of the issue.  Chiropractic care focuses on care for the whole body, especially the musculoskeletal system that has taken the brunt of the force.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can gently adjust you to address the root cause of pain so you can experience the relief you desire.

How Does Chiropractic Help Whiplash?

Chiropractic care specifically addresses spinal health.  In cases of whiplash, it is the spine in the neck and back that is the source of whiplash pain.  Every case of whiplash is different.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela has treated many people who have suffered from whiplash and is able to provide individualized care that meets your specific needs.  After a spinal examination, Dr. Niemela can pinpoint problem areas, correct spinal misalignments, and address stiffness so that you can find relief from pain and injury.  Chiropractic care addresses the root issue of the problem to alleviate pain, minimize inflammation, and restore proper range of motion. Chiropractic care also allows your cerebral spinal fluid to flow more liberally, bringing healing to all parts of your spinal cord and body.

Others Have Found Relief with Chiropractic

Case studies conducted on chiropractic care for whiplash have produced significant results that show the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  In one specific case study, 41 people with whiplash symptoms underwent 10 weeks of chiropractic care.  Upon initial examination, their average pain rating was 7.1 out of 10.  With regular chiropractic care, the pain level decreased to only 0.6!  Another case study of 28 people with chronic whiplash syndrome sought care with chiropractic, and 93% reported an improvement in symptoms. 

Seek relief for whiplash as soon as possible so you can recover quickly and heal completely.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela today to schedule a consultation. 




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Say Goodbye to Fatigue with Chiropractic

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Do you constantly feel tired?  Do you regularly get a full night’s sleep, only to wake up still feeling exhausted? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of fatigue.  If not dealt with, fatigue can become a chronic condition.  It can be incredibly frustrating to lack the energy to spend time with family and friends or do the things you love because you are so tired all the time.  Don’t let fatigue take over your life.  Consult with a Bentonville chiropractor and find out how chiropractic care can decrease fatigue and increase energy so you can continue to do the things you love each and every day.

I Get Plenty of Sleep, So Why Do I Feel Fatigued?

Feelings of fatigue can sometimes have to do with poor sleep habits, but there are several other factors that may be involved as well.  Even if you do get enough sleep, an improper diet, lack of exercise, or even emotional or physical stress can lead to feelings of fatigue throughout the day.  Sometimes, you may be doing everything right, yet you still feel tired all the time. This never-ending cycle can become overwhelming.  Fight feelings of fatigue with natural, safe, and effective chiropractic care.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help you combat fatigue so you can feel happy and rested each and every day.

Chiropractic Care for Fatigue

The central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord, plays an important part in ensuring the body is working as it should.  Poor spinal health could be the reason why feelings of fatigue seem to take over your life.  The central nervous system is responsible for sending messages to other systems of the body, and spinal misalignments can disrupt cause nerve interference. This can create problems with brain-body communication, affecting how the body functions and how you feel. For example, spinal misalignments can lead to poor digestionwhich can in turn cause weight gain, depression, or fatigue. Misalignments can also affect the endocrine system and proper hormonal balance, also leading to poor sleep habits and fatigue. If not addressed, many people may experience Chronic Fatigue Syndromeas a result of spinal misalignments.  It is essential that you take the necessary steps to achieve optimal spinal health so that the body isn’t expending all of its energy trying to function at high levels of health with nothing left to keep you going.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove spinal misalignments to ensure your body is functioning as it should to give you energy and keep you healthy.

Proven Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Fatigue

Chiropractic case studies have been done to show that regular chiropractic care can decrease fatigue.  One such study focused on a 30-year-old man who suffered from loss of energy, depression, chronic headaches, and acid reflux.  With chiropractic care, he noticed a significant decrease in symptoms of depression and headaches, as well as an improved physical and mental state and increased energy levels.  

When fatigue has taken over your life, it’s time to seek chiropractic care.  Schedule a consultationwith Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to find out more about fighting symptoms of fatigue.




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Chiropractic Care for Herniated Disc Pain

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A herniated disc is a condition in which a disc in the spine is bulging, or protruding outside the normal curve of the spine.  Herniated discs are a common problem among adults today. In fact, over 33% of adults without previous back pain have suffered from a herniated disc, while around 60% of people over the age of 60 have at least one protruding disc.  Many times, people don’t even realize they have a herniated disc until the disc presses on a nerve, which can cause extreme pain or even loss of motion.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela understands just how painful a herniated disc can be.  With regular chiropractic care, he can work with you to alleviate herniated disc pain and get you back to feeling and functioning well.

Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Older adults are the most likely to experience herniated discs mostly due to normal wear and tear.  Additionally, the loss of elasticity in spinal discs over time causes spinal discs to become more prone to injury.  However, injury to the spine can happen at any age, whether from a car accident, slip and fall accident, sport injury, repetitive motion, or improper lifting techniques.  If you notice tenderness of the spine, arm pain, stiffness, back pain, or neck pain, this could be a sign of a bulging disc in the spine.  While the pain can be excruciating, there are methods for managing herniated discs, one of the most effective methods being chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.

Chiropractic Care Leads to Herniated Disc Relief

Chiropractors such as Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic specialize in the musculoskeletal system, specifically the back and spine.  After an initial assessment, Dr. Niemela can locate the problem area, and with precision, gentleness, and care, perform a chiropractic adjustment to remove nerve pressure and ensure discs are in proper alignment once again.  Not only does chiropractic care improve spinal health, but it also improves overall health.  Spinal misalignments can disrupt nerve communication, leading to inflammation and other health concerns that will only worsen over time.  With regular adjustments, you can experience relief from herniated discs as well as increased wellness and quality of life.

Case Studies Prove the Effectiveness of Chiropractic

While some people are concerned about receiving a chiropractic adjustment when they have herniated disc pain, a chiropractor is actually the best person to see when you’re dealing with this issue. Case studies show that those who suffer from herniated disc pain have found relief at the hands of neurologically-based chiropractors.  In one such case study, a group of people with herniated disc pain first sought chiropractic care before turning to spinal blocks or invasive procedures.  After just five weeks, they found resolution without the need for surgery.  Researchers also conducted four trials to show the effectiveness of chiropractic care for bulging discs.  Out of these four trials, three found conclusive evidence that chiropractic care is an incredibly effective method for decreasing pain.

If herniated disc pain has kept you from doing the things you love, noninvasive chiropractic care may be the answer you have been searching for.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today and see for yourself the incredible benefits of chiropractic care for spinal health.



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Can Chiropractic Help with Scoliosis?

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If you or someone you love suffers from scoliosis, then you know that extent to which it can affect your everyday life.  Scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine, most often occurs in adolescents ranging from age 10 to 14, but can occur in anyone.  Different types of scoliosis can affect each person uniquely.  The most common form of scoliosis is a side to side curve in an S-shape.  Types of scoliosis include idiopathic scoliosis, myopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, or degenerative scoliosis.  While scoliosis is progressive in nature, chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can slow down the progression of a worsened curve as well as help manage symptoms associated with scoliosis, such as back pain, digestive issues, and more.

Prevent the Progression of Scoliosis

While there is not really a cure for scoliosis, there are methods for slowing down the progression of it.  If not dealt with, scoliosis will continue to progress, leading to a worsened curve and more related issues.  Thankfully, chiropractic care is a great way to prevent scoliosis from worsening or even from beginning in the first place.  Because chiropractic care focuses on spinal health, it is an effective method for addressing conditions of the spine like scoliosis.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can improve spinal health to prevent worsening of scoliosis, and if your child begins chiropractic care at an earlier age, he or she is far less likely to develop scoliosis in the first place.  Because of the nature of scoliosis, the sooner you seek care, the better the outcome for not only proper spinal alignment but for overall health, wellness, and quality of life.

How Can Chiropractic Help Manage Scoliosis?

If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, the first person you should visit is a neurologically-based chiropractor in Bentonville, AR. They can provide natural, safe, and effective treatment to improve scoliosis both now and into the future. Consistent chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela aids in correcting spinal alignment, especially the improper curvature of the spine that occurs with scoliosis.  Scoliosis occurs when muscles on one side of the spine are either shortened or lengthened, while the muscles on the other side are the opposite.  When this happens, chiropractic adjustments decrease muscle tension as well as correct vertebral alignment which can reduce the curvature of the spine.  With regular chiropractic adjustments, you can manage and even improve scoliosis to prevent progression or even do away with the need for wearing a back brace or suffering from an invasive back surgery. Sometimes, a chiropractor can actually lessen the curvature of a spine, reversing scoliosis.

It Really Works!

There are multiple case studies that have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care for scoliosis.  One specific case study looked at the overall effect of chiropractic care on adolescents.  Researchers found that regular adjustments not only decreased the curvature of the spine short-term, but also significantly decreased signs of progression long-term as well.  Another case study stated that chiropractic care for adults will also reduce the improper curve of the spine and also decrease pain or disabilities associated with scoliosis.

Prevent scoliosis from not only worsening but also from affecting the overall quality of your life with chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today and discover the amazing benefits of chiropractic for your spinal health.




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Improve Athletic Performance with Chiropractic

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When you think of chiropractic care, you’re probably like most people and associate it with back and neck pain.  However, chiropractic care does so much more than relieve back and neck pain, though it can do that too.  It can improve digestion, increase immune system function, relieve chronic headaches, and improve your overall health and quality of life.  Another amazing advantage of regular chiropractic care is increased performance in athletics. Those who are just starting out in sports, those who are working towards a career in athletics, or those who simply enjoy the fun of sports can all enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care on your athletic performance. Additionally, chiropractic care has been recognized recently as one of the top ways for athletes, even professional athletes, to find quick healing and relief from injuries or even avoid injuries altogether.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela has helped many athletes improve their performance, and he can help you too!

Chiropractic Care for NFL Players

Because of the incredible benefits of chiropractic care, over 90% of professional athletes include chiropractic adjustments in their regular health regimens. As of the last few years, every single NFL team has a chiropractor on staff while 77% of athletic trainers have referred NFL players to a chiropractor for evaluation or care.  Chiropractic is being recognized so much in the NFL that top players such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, and Marques Colston have spoken about chiropractic care in regards to their health and success in the league.

All Athletes Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Even if you are not an NFL athlete, you can still benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments.  Those who have undergone consistent chiropractic care have found that the healing time for injuries is drastically reduced.  They have also found that, because chiropractic care improves health and wellness, it can also increase performance as it pertains to speed, reaction time, or agility.  Other have improved their balance and power with chiropractic care.  If you are looking to step up your game, then consider regular chiropractic care with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR.

Chiropractic Care Really Works

Multiple studies have shown how athletes have benefited from chiropractic care.  In one such study, fifty athletes were separated into two groups. One group received chiropractic care and one didn't.  After 6 weeks, those who received regular chiropractic adjustments drastically improved in all 11 athletic tests given while the other group only saw minor improvements in 8 out of 11 tests. 

Athletic performance is connected to spinal health.  Proper alignment reduces nerve interference and allows the body to function at optimal levels of health, including improving athletic performance and healing the body quicker.  Chiropractic adjustments for spinal alignments can also improve blood flow and nerve function to increase agility, reaction times, balance, strength, and other athletic abilities. 

If you are looking to improve your athletic performance or help yourself avoid possible injuries, then see for yourself all the amazing benefits of chiropractic care. Call Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today to set up a consultation.




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Chiropractic Care Can Get Improve Vertigo Symptoms

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Do you often get a feeling that everything around you is spinning?  Is it hard to keep your balance while standing up? Do you sometimes experience intense ringing in your ears? These symptoms could be due to vertigo.  Vertigo can also cause swaying, sweating, nausea, or hearing loss.  Symptoms of vertigo are uncomfortable and annoying, and it can be dangerous depending on when the symptoms present themselves.  Vertigo may not be a life-threatening or chronic disease, but it can come and go without warning, leading to a poor quality of life.  If you are living with vertigo, there is hope for relief.  Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor may be the answer you have been looking for.

Vertigo: An Inner Ear Issue

The feelings that are caused by vertigo may not at first seem like they have anything to do with your ears, but they do.  There are three types of vertigo, and each one is caused by a different inner ear issue. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, is a result of calcium particles that have formed in the ears over time.  Vestibular neuritis is an inner ear problem that is caused by multiple ear infections, leading to inflammation and vertigo.  The third from of vertigo is called Meniere’s disease and it is largely due to fluid and pressure buildup in the ear that gives rise to vertigo.  Whatever type of vertigo is affecting you, Dr. Tom Niemela, a respected Bentonville chiropractor, can help ease your symptoms to bring about relief.

How Does Chiropractic Help Vertigo?

It may seem like a far-fetched idea that a spinal adjustment can actually improve inner ear problems.  But when you study the body, you will learn that cervical misalignments can actually block fluid in the ears from draining properly, which is a root cause of vertigo.  Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments will remove these misalignments to remove inner ear debris and allow the fluid to drain properly.  With regular chiropractic adjustments, your spine will stay in alignment to promote proper ear function and significantly decrease intensity and frequency of vertigo symptoms so that you can find relief from the pain and misery associated with the dizziness or unbalanced feelings of vertigo. 

Case Studies Support Chiropractic Care for Vertigo

The science behind chiropractic care shows that it is not only beneficial for vertigo relief, but also for improving overall health, wellness, and quality of life.  Case studies have shown that it is an effective and safe method for managing vertigo.  In one such case study, eight men and women were under chiropractic care for three months to address BPPV.  At the end of the three months, all eight people saw a decrease in their vertigo symptoms.  In another case study, twenty individuals sought chiropractic care for eight weeks.  Almost all of them reported improved balance as well as decreased neck pain and dizziness. 

If vertigo has affected your life, it’s time to do something about it.  Get in touch with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and see for yourself how neurologically-based chiropractic care can be beneficial for both vertigo and your overall health.




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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.



Nardi, J. “Resolution of Irritable Bowel Symptomatology in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2013 Apr: 25-31.

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.

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.

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.

Potthoff S. Penwell B, Wolf J. “Panic attacks and the chiropractic adjustment: A case report.” ACA Journal of Chiropractic, 1993 Dec, 30:26-28.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Morningstar, M.W. “Strength gains through lumbar lordosis restoration.”Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2003 Aug; 2(4): 137-141.

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.

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.



Hooper, S., Manis, A. “Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female with Occipital Lobe Epilepsy: A Case Study.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2011 Feb: 10-17.

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.


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.



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Find Migraine Relief with Chiropractic Care

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

Spinal Health Is Important

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

Chiropractic Is Safe, Natural, & Drug-Free

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

Chiropractic Care Is Effective at Providing Headache Relief

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


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



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