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At Family Chiropractic we offer a diverse compliment of holistic therapies centered around traditional Chiropractic to offer you a more enhanced and healthy life.

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 Adjusting is done at Family Chiropractic to allow the nervous system to function more fully. This releases energy to allow the body to heal.


We have 4 different,  interactive nervous systems

within our bodies. The central nervous system is in the head and the spine; the enteric nervous system is in your gut; the cardiac nervous system controls your heart; the peripheral nervous system that connects everything together.

The central nervous system

is found in the head and spine. It has different regions and columns for different specific functions. Some regions receive senses, but it is the association cortex that makes those senses sharp and clear. We have different areas for hearing, smell, taste, touch, and the like.

Attention deficits occur because of a problem with the association cortex of that sense.

Some areas will control motor functions, some will control your senses. Then there are areas for thinking, others for feeling, some areas are for regulating, while some for coordinating.

All of these areas are supposed to interact to allow us to live healthy and vibrant lives. When this is not the case, something probably needs adjusted to allow the nerve energy to flow freely once again so that you can heal and be healthy.

Nerves are made of 3 parts: the neuron or nerve cell, and branching arms that come out of the neuron called the dendrite and the axon. It’s through little electrical currents flowing down the axons and dendrites that the nervous system communicates.

Synapses are switches where these axons and dendrites connect. Synapses are where your neurotransmitters work. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that turn the nerve switches on to communicate with other nerves and organs.

At times during a fetus’s brain’s development there are 250,000 neurons added every minute. By the time you are an adult, there are over 100 billion nerve cells with over 100 trillion connections between them. That’s more nerve cells than there are trees in the entire amazon forest with more connections than there are leaves in the Amazon forest. (http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/dev.html below)

In other words your nervous system is pretty important.

The peripheral nervous system connects the central nervous system to the rest of the body.

This allows you to use your arms and legs, control your lungs and organs, and think at the same time!


The enteric nervous system

is inside of your gut. Its sensory endings are throughout the lining of your gut. In fact there are more kinds of taste buds and much larger numbers of them in your gut lining than on your tongue. See your tummy really does crave foods.

At one point in time, researchers thought that there might be more nerve connections in your gut than in your head. But time proved that the enteric nervous system is about 1/5th the size of the central nervous system.

The reason that you have nerves in your gut is so that your body can have instant warning and be able to prepare for what you put in it.

The gut is also the first place that we make hormones. Hormones are called the second messenger system because they control your body’s functions also.

From this you can see that your gut is really important also.


Lastly, there is the cardiac nervous system

. It controls your heart. The electrical beats from the heart are so strong that some equipment can measure their electrical beats from up to 10 feet away from you.

The HeartMath® Institute, in Expanding Heart Connections describes in detail how your heart controls your brain.

It shows how the rhythms of  the nervous  heart  can direct even our emotional responses.

So you see, all 4 of these nervous systems connect. Together with your hormone systems they control all of your body’s functions.

Family Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is aimed at balancing the nervous system to allow the body to heal. The more effectively we can balance the 4 different and interactive nervous systems, the more harmony we can bring to the body. Many methods are used in conjunction with each other to bring this about. The primary method used to accomplish this is adjusting. If we add to the adjusting nutrition, lifestyle changes, exercise, and a host of other therapies we can have a much bigger impact on the bodies function.



this Family Chiropractic site is filled with educational material on a diverse number of topics that explain more in depth what we have started here in a variety of conditions that can arise in the body.

All topics are presented with extensive reference to the scientific literature and are not my own ideas. These presentations are consistent with the progression of thought as taught by The Institute of Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, and College courses and are not my own opinions. They are tools to educate on various processes that can be affected by natural means to gain health back.


This Family Chiropractic site and the information referenced and herein do not constitute an attempt to practice medicine. Use of the site does not establish a doctor-patient relationship. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for medical advice and answers to personal health questions.
The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and neither the information on this site, nor does this practitioner have any intention to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice.

The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. We do not recommend the self-management of health problems.  Should you have any health care-related questions, call or see your physician or other health care provider promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.


At Family Chiropractic, we approach health from a holistic, natural view. The body though it has many parts, and many systems, it works together as a whole to support life. Sickness and disease are not just names or titles, but they are the result of the body not being able to cope with its surroundings. An example of this is a common cold which is caused by a virus that multiplies in the respiratory tract.

If you notice, not everyone gets a cold when exposed to the virus – only those with certain conditions that result in their immune system to be weak enough to allow the virus to proliferate will get sick.

The same is true for most of our maladies

– something in our body is not working properly that allows us to have whatever it is that we are complaining of. When something is wrong, we don’t necessarily need a name of what it is, it is more important to know what caused it. In fact, it is the process of the body being overwhelmed with something that causes most of the things that we complain about. If we can define the process, then we can address the cause of the present condition – and that will allow us to make the changes necessary to allow the body to heal itself.

The goal is health and healthy lives. To achieve this end, we employ a variety of natural methods to strengthen the weak systems of the body to allow it to heal itself. After all, isn’t that what you want – to be healthy again?


For 9 years I suffered from Chronic Lyme, the sickness part was a battle, but a battle that was about to be won!

After 10 years of dealing with Chronic Lyme, we were ready for a different approach and some hope.

Part 1 and 2 tell about my sickness and healing, now see what it is like after having a Chronic Illness for 10 years.