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Medical Journal 2011

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“Chiropractic care is probably the world’s best-kept health secret.” The treatment is “cost-effective and physically effective.” MICHAEL HOYT, DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC, HOYT CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

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children need not suffer from pain, he said, whether it is during infancy or a growth spurt. Hoyt said colicky babies experience real intestinal problems and painful cramping that can be corrected by addressing the connection between nerves and reflexes. In 98 percent of cases, colicky babies can be treated with a chiropractic technique so gentle they sometimes sleep through the visit and the condition is resolved in two weeks or so, Hoyt said. The only time chiropractic care is not recommended is when someone has a particular medical reason why it is not appropriate, such as a fracture, Hoyt said. It is true, however, that in most cases, chiropractors see patients who are seeking relief from severe, chronic pain. “Of course, we do what we can to relieve that as fast as possible,” Hoyt said. Doctors of chiropractic use technology including computerized scans such as the surface EMG, which detects imbalances in muscle activity, and thermal scans, which pick up temperature differences on either side of the spine. They also may use an algometer, which measures pain sensitivity to pressure; range-of–motion studies to grade a patient’s range of motion on a scale of zero to 100 and heart-rate variability tests to measure the difference in the rate of a patient’s heartbeats. A higher variability in the heart rate is a good thing, Hoyt said; he said there should be a difference in the rate of heartbeats. This can be improved in various ways, such as regular exercise, improved diet and getting adequate rest, he said.

Hoyt said these tests are “high tech, low cost,” and recommended them for anyone. “People who are interested in their overall health want to know, ‘Where do I stand?’” he said. If they are working to improve diet and exercise, these tests can be especially helpful, he said. “Most patients wonder, ‘Are the things I’m doing working?’ and now we have a way to measure that and give them a number.” Most insurances cover chiropractic care, Hoyt said. “Chiropractic care is probably the world’s best-kept health secret,” he said, calling the treatment “costeffective and physically effective.” Hoyt said he has three types of patients. One type has an occasional problem, visits him for “a handful of adjustments,” and then resumes his or her everyday life until another problem surfaces. Another type of patient has recurrent problems and needs ongoing treatment. He said some people criticize chiropractic care because patients must have repeat visits. But, he said: “You don’t go home with a bottle with only one pill.” Neither does one visit necessarily always solve a problem. He said people sometimes buy large bottles of pain relievers to treat ongoing pain. Finally, there are patients who visit a chiropractor for preventative care, just like they would visit a dentist for cleanings and ongoing maintenance. “These patients know the nervous system is important. It controls every function in the body and they want to keep it in good shape,” Hoyt said. He said these clients will schedule regular care forever. For more about Hoyt Chiropractic Center, phone 377-2151, stop by the offices off Route 202 in Winthrop, or visit the website at www.hoytchiro.com.

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