Month: August 2010

Back to the Chiropractor Every Week

By Dr. P. Andrew Richetto, D.C.

Why does the Chiropractor have me go back every week or two when he has already fixed me? The very same reason why your MD prescribes you Physical Therapy for 3 visits per week for 4-6 weeks. The same reason why your dentist wants you to brush your teeth three times daily. The same reason you exercise three or four times per week, and not once per month, etc. The question is, what do you define being “fixed” as? Most likely, your definition will be far different than your MD’s, PT’s, or DC’s professional opinion.

Richetto Chiropractic Rehabilitation Tempe AZYour MD fully understands, just as your Chiropractor, that the structures in your body are designed to respond to stimuli slowly, whether it by positive stimulus, or negative stimulus… your body will respond. A few basic examples are as follows: when the orthodontist puts braces on your teeth, your teeth respond and adapt very slowly to the forces acting on them in order to correct the function of your bite (1-2 years minimum). Also, your liver responds very negatively, and slowly, to a person consuming large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time by building up fatty cells, causing cirrhosis. Joe Workout in the gym, spends 4-5 days per week in the gym, the muscle tissue, very slowly, starts to respond to the stimuli with hypertrophy (becoming larger) over an extended period of time, usually about 6-12 months. To drive the point home, when you brush your teeth, you don’t call it good for a month, you brush your teeth 2-3 times per day to PREVENT plaque and tooth decay.

So when a Chiropractor recommends you visit the office once or twice a week for the next few weeks, understand that this runs parallel to the majority of all other traditional treatment methods and frequencies. The most important issue to understand is how pain plays a role in determining your treatment. You may feel that your pain has subsided even after the initial visit. However, it is presumptuous to take this as a sign that you need not follow through with the treatment plan your Chiropractor has recommended. The body has a magnificent way of adapting to negative stimulus and when it is unable to continue, your body sends pain signals to your brain, letting you know something is wrong. Unfortunately, pain is the last thing to show up when there is a problem, as well as the first symptom to go away after treatment starts. DO NOT use pain as a means to determine whether or not your condition is improving or getting worse. Leave this up to your health care provider to conclude.

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Dr. Richetto is a Tempe Chiropractor practicing at Richetto Chiropractic in Tempe, Arizona 85283. Call the office at 480-775-3503 and visit them at 2163 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 105, Tempe AZ 85283. @ 8:55 am | Article ID: 1283270147

Parker College Awards $12,000 in Chiropractic Research Grants

Parker Chiropractic News

DALLAS — Parker College of Chiropractic has awarded three chiropractic research grants of $4,000 each. The grant recipients include Cleveland Chiropractic College, University of Kansas Medical Center, Southern California University of Health Sciences, and Osher Clinical Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

For the past two years, Parker College has generated research funds for the profession in order to provide expanded grant programs and research opportunities. The second annual Parker Gala, which was held during Parker Seminars Las Vegas, is the funding source of the grants. The purpose is to advance the scientific knowledge of chiropractic.

Parker Chiropractic
Cleveland Chiropractic College and the University of Kansas Medical Center will research the central effects of spinal manipulation in patients with chronic low back pain. Dr. Bryan M. Bond, Dr. Wen Lui, Dr. William Brooks, and Dr. Laura E. Martin will conduct the study.

Southern California University of Health Sciences will research the effect of an integrative approach of chiropractic and acupuncture care on low back pain. The investigators include, Dr. Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, Dr. Kevin Rose, and Dr. Gena Kadar.

The Osher Clinical Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will conduct a pilot study of chiropractic care and acupuncture for the treatment of lumbar spine stenosis. Dr. Megan Tabor and licensed acupuncturist Xiao Ming Cheng will investigate the study.

Award recipients will also be recognized during Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2011 at the third annual Parker Gala, January 14, 2011. In addition to the $4,000, Parker will provide each research investigator complimentary registration to Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2011.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 9:11 am | Article ID: 1282839126

Life Chiropractic Hosts Summer Rugby Camp

Life University News

MARIETTA, GA — – Life University, rated by USA Rugby as the top rugby program in the country, recently hosted a four-day intensive rugby camp for high school students. Sixty-five rising ninth through rising twelfth graders came to the Marietta campus July 13-16, from as far away as Korea to learn technique and strategy from the coaches and players on the Life University team. The camp sold out so quickly, that Life is planning to have at least two camps sessions in the summer of 2011.

Life Chiropractic Rugby Camp

Life Chiropractic Hosts Summer Rugby Camp

The 90-degree heat did nothing to stop the enthusiasm of the players and coaches during an intense week of training and education on the nuances of top level rugby. The players were divided by grade level and worked within their team to improve techniques such as tackling and passing. The week culminated with an actual match between the teams in each group. When it all ended, there were smiles, handshakes, and a renewed appreciation for the sport these teenagers have come to love.

In addition to the physical and sporting aspects of rugby, the camp also focused on the off-field necessities such as diet and nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as goal setting and mental preparation. All these aspects were incorporated into the camp regimen not only because they are vital to the success of any athlete, but also because the out-of-town campers staying together at a local hotel might have been otherwise tempted to order pizza or room service. With the intense summer heat in Georgia, hydration and sustenance were key.

Said Dan Payne, director of rugby at Life University, “It was incredible to see high school students have such a passion and energy for the game at this age. That type of enthusiasm cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t. And these kids definitely have it!”

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Of the 65 high school students who attended the camp, 20 came by plane. Two players traveled from Europe and another flew in from Korea just to attend the camp. Rugby’s popularity in the metro Atlanta area is evident by the fact that 23 Georgia high schools currently field boys’ teams and another five field girls’ teams. In 2012, rugby will be an official event in the London Olympics.

Said Payne, “This camp was really like the perfect storm, because high school rugby is growing so fast around the country at the same time Life University is building its reputation as the top program in the country.” Life currently has two teams competing in the top leagues in the country, and will be adding a third team this year to compete in the inaugural Rugby Premier League, an elite league of 32 universities such as Tennessee, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

For more information about the Life University rugby program or its camps, please visit

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Life University is a four-year undergraduate and graduate school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). The mission of Life University is to empower the student with the education, skills and values needed for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy. Life University is located at 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, Georgia 30060. @ 9:41 am | Article ID: 1282063306