Mountain Island Chiropractic

babySIDS and Chiropractic..

Date: April 17, 2018 | Time: 3:54am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) involving unexpected death during infancy, is being somewhat better understood after many years of the unknown. Awareness raised by campaigns such as Safe to Sleep or Back to Sleep have helped reduce SIDS rates by almost 50%! In recent years, the decline in SIDS cases has leveled and this has caused researchers to dive deeper into the possibility of other factors that can cause such a horrendous tragedy. Things such as sleeping.... <view entire article>

Spinal Injections vs. Chiropractic Care for Back Pain..

Date: April 3, 2018 | Time: 8:02am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Steroid injections to relieve back and neck pain are part of a medical management to treat issues such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, and disc issues. A needle is inserted into the epidural space of the spinal canal and a steroid medication is released with the hopes of reducing inflammation pressing on the nerve root and relieving pain in the area. However, it is known that this procedure only works about 50% of the time according to a 2018.... <view entire article>

headaches50% Reduction of Headaches With Chiropractic Care!..

Date: March 28, 2018 | Time: 12:37pm | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

On average 157 million days of work are missed each year due to headaches. Although they are extremely common, headaches are not normal. There are even millions of people who suffer from headaches on a daily basis. It can be exhausting to find treatment options for those who suffer from headaches. Researchers are constantly looking at alternative solutions for headache patients that differ from taking medications. The Spine Journal published a study recently proving a.... <view entire article>

epigeneticsEpigenetics...How Your Choices Will Affect Your Children and Grandchildren..

Date: March 20, 2018 | Time: 8:24am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

In 1953, the DNA double helix was discovered by Watson and Crick, and since then, science has been studying the effects of nature (our genetics) and nurture (our environment) and their effects on our development. Although the scientific model is constantly changing, the most current research is showing that our genes are not guaranteeing a predetermination of how our health will be. Rather, our environment and our perception of that environment controls the activity of our genes via.... <view entire article>

crohnsChiropractic Care Provides Relief for Crohn's ..

Date: March 15, 2018 | Time: 7:03am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune bowel disease that can affect any part of your digestive system. There is currently no cure for crohn's, and no treatment plan has seemed to be successful for all patients suffering from it. New research is shedding light on the possibility that crohn's disease stems from an altered immune response in genetically susceptible individuals that leads to improper development of normal bacteria in the gut. It is estimated that over 1.4 million.... <view entire article>

hrv 1Heart Rate Variability May Be the Key To Aging Fit!..

Date: March 6, 2018 | Time: 4:53am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

"The primary objective of chiropractic care is to optimize health and well-being through the enhancement of nervous system function by reducing nerve interference caused by vertebral subluxations." While that may be the objective, most chiropractors also seek to repeatedly measure and prove it as well. Have you ever exercised and watched your heart rate? With all of the fit bits, watches, and heart rate monitors, it is easier than ever to have our data during exercise. But.... <view entire article>

vagus nerve symptoms organ systemsWhat Happens When We "FAINT"????..

Date: February 27, 2018 | Time: 8:17am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Have you ever fainted? It is estimated that nearly 40% of adults in America have experienced a fainting episode. There can be several causes for fainting, but in short, fainting or syncope as it is called happens because of a sudden drop in blood pressure. The majority of the time syncope happens because of a neurological reflex (which controls the blood pressure). The vagus nerve, which controls things such as heart rate, heart rhythm, digestive functions,.... <view entire article>

spinal stenosis topview 800xSpinal Stenosis..

Date: February 20, 2018 | Time: 7:42am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Did you know that back pain is the second most common reason that a person visits their doctor in the United States? Back pain is a broad category, and therefore many many reasons can cause it. Often times you may hear terminology such as spinal stenosis, disc herniation, sciatica, cervical pain, bulging or slipped discs when doctors diagnose your back pain. Spinal stenosis is common cause of back pain. It is often seen in older populations..... <view entire article>

1478075920335Be Good to Your Heart Thru Checking Your Spine!..

Date: February 13, 2018 | Time: 9:52am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

It's February which means a lot of awareness is being brought to our heart health! Did you know that your brain controls your heart? Meaning, that the brain controls and regulates every system in your entire body by way of the nervous system. Located at the lower part of your brain stem lies your medulla oblongata. This complicated part of your brain is in charge of controlling all functions that are involuntary. This includes a.... <view entire article>

IBSAdding Chiropractic Care to Defeat Irritable Bowel Syndrome..

Date: February 6, 2018 | Time: 5:08am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, affects somewhere between 12% and 30% of the US population. This disease alone is estimated to cost around $15 BILLION dollars annually! Wow! The high cost includes medication, supplementation, and dietary changes or restrictions. IBS is characterized by periods of loose stools and bouts of constipation, often causing cramping and pain in the abdomen, back, and pelvis regions. However, more patients with irritable bowel syndrome are being diagnosed with anxiety.... <view entire article>

raynauds phenomenon2Raynauds Phenomenon..

Date: January 30, 2018 | Time: 7:11am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

The picture above shows a typical case of Raynaud's phenomenon, which is a disorder that affects the blood vessels of the hands and feet. Typical presentation of this disorder are vessel spasms in the fingers and toes that cause pain, numbness, tingling along with the color changes of the digits. Raynaud's typically flares up especially with colder weather or if a patient is highly stressed. These symptoms are a result of a lack of bloodflow to these.... <view entire article>

flu1Chiropractic Effectiveness Against the Flu..

Date: January 23, 2018 | Time: 7:13am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

I need to see Dr. Knutson!Flu season is officially upon us! There is a lot of conflicting information out there in regards to influenza. The most confusing information is surrounding whether or not to get the flu vaccine. What I tell my patients is to do your research. Recent statements made by the healthcare community include advertising that the flu shot can prevent half or more of winter deaths in the elderly. But I caution.... <view entire article>

Chronic Fatigue-Tired of Being Tired?..

Date: January 9, 2018 | Time: 7:18am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Many people are affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The most common group of individuals affected are between the ages of 20-40. However, it is frustrating to not know a cause of this syndrome that affects a large number of people! Even worse, treatment for CFS is based on resolving symptoms only, and with medications that have numerous side effects that then cause a cascade of problems and never treat the cause of chronic fatigue. A lot.... <view entire article>

How an Adjustment Can Turn Our Genes On..

Date: January 5, 2018 | Time: 10:48am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Have you ever considered your genes as something that can be improved? A large number of people believe that our genes have predetermined how our health will unfold. As if it is completely out of our control what will happen to us as related to disease. Research studies are discovering "epigenetic control" in regards to our DNA genes. What this means is that although our genes are our written code to our bodies, there have been.... <view entire article>

ConcussionConcussion, POTS, and Chiropractic..

Date: December 12, 2017 | Time: 12:10pm | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Concussion and whiplash injuries have an effect on every organ, cell, and tissue in the human body. Current research on concussions is proving the theory that trauma to the neck during concussive injuries plays a role in post-concussive syndrome and therefore delays in healing are evident. Finally, more attention is being given to these traumatic injuries and bringing forth necessary treatment options after concussions.One of the side effects of a concussion can be postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)..... <view entire article>

strokeChiropractic Care After a Stroke...Seriously????..

Date: December 7, 2017 | Time: 12:23pm | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. During a stroke, an interruption of blood flow to the brain occurs that results in lack of oxygen and brain tissue death. Those that survive a stroke can have a wide range of symptoms or outcomes because of that stoke. Some of these deficits include numbness in hands, arms, and feet, trouble with thinking and attention, paralysis on one.... <view entire article>

The Peaks and Valleys of Healing..

Date: November 9, 2017 | Time: 2:31pm | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Time and Repetition. We all don't want to wait to heal. All good things in life take time and repetition, and so in our office we often say, "Healing comes in peaks and valleys." Often times chiropractic patients report that they are experiencing signs and symptoms that are unexpected. Especially during the beginning of their care plans, patients may have the return of old symptoms, or even new symptoms never experienced before. This is commonly known as.... <view entire article>

teeth grindingDo You Grind Your Teeth? ..

Date: October 25, 2017 | Time: 10:07am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

Between 5.9% to 49.6% of children under the age of 18 grind their teeth and/or clench their jaw at night during sleep. There are significant links found between grinding teeth and other health issues such as headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, aggression disorders, dental abnormalities and just plain irritability. Not to mention the high level of annoyance it brings to anyone else who lives with a teeth grinder! Traditional therapies for this include dental equipment and appliances, and.... <view entire article>

Should I Take a Muscle Relaxer???..

Date: October 2, 2017 | Time: 8:03am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

It is estimated that 75%-85% of adults are affected by back pain! This pain interferes with all areas of our lives, including recreation, family time, work, and sleep. Over the counter pain medications such as Motrin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc along with prescription NSAIDS and muscle relaxers often are turned to in hopes of some relief for their pain.Life University researchers performed a study to compare the use of muscle relaxer medications vs. chiropractic care. Their results showed that.... <view entire article>

DNAGaucher Disease and Chiropractic-Is it Safe???..

Date: September 19, 2017 | Time: 6:10am | Posted By: Dr. Nicholas Knutson

People suffering from Gaucher Disease are often susceptible to fractures and bone pains, including the neck and spine. The disease is characterized by gene mutations that cause abnormal breakdown of sugar-lipid combinations in the body. Because of this breakdown, they have an increased chance of bone fractures. Often times patients with Gaucher Disease believe they are not a candidate for chiropractic care. There is a common belief that chiropractic adjustments are too forceful for their delicate.... <view entire article>