Archive for March 2017

Paul & Olivia tells their Story of Back/Spine/Disc/Surgery Recovery

Paul has done heavy construction for years.  He was referred to Euclid Chiropractic about a year ago, and NOW understands the benefits of chiropractic care for his spine and disc problems.

Paul also know the value of paying it forward.  He has, and continues to, refer people to our office that do not know how chiropractic can benefit them.  Thank you Paul.

Olivia is deaf and had have several surgeries to remove spinal tumors.  Because of constant pain and insomnia, Paul (her husband) referred her to to our office to be checked out.  After the doctors determined it was safe, chiropractic treatment was performed along with spinal traction.  Now, 6 months later, Olivia has had constant pain relief and can sleep through the night.

Each person is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy health from the inside out. 

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3/30: Dr. Ratkovic @Charter Oak High School

Throughout the year, Euclid Chiropractic is invited speak in our surrounding community and schools to promote health.

Today, Dr. Ratkovic speaks to Charter Oak High School Students looking into a healthcare career.

Our goal is to prepare the students with the necessary attitude and characteristics to withstand the rigor of schooling required to become a healthcare professional.

Title of this talk: The right mindset to simplify your learning years and your profession.

Here are the videos associated with Dr. Ratkovic’s talk today:

The Adjustment demonstrated:

The Loud Pops during the Adjustment

Then Dr. Ratkovic will breakdown this video to help create the right attitude:

Human Interaction

Being the MILLENNIAL generation of youngsters, the society (older people) feel you have forgotten how to be social (like your grandparents).  For example, you don’t look people in the eye, you avoid human interaction like talk, and would rather text instead…I disagree.  YOU just do it differently that older people don’t understand.

0-1:18:  How to build trust and stay passionate in your vocation.  In any business, especially healthcare you need to have your patients trust you.  They need to trust your prediction of better health is the accurate.

How to know if you can be trusted?  Visit with an old aunt/uncle, grandparent; even a nursing home.  If you feel comfortable talking with them, and them with you, then its a good start.

3:49-7:05: When looking to work in healthcare or any business, distrust can happen.  A financially successful business, when not there for the patient/client, can be unfulfilling to a person.  Generation gaps: Greatest Generation (born early 1900s), Great Depression, 1950s, Hippie movement, 1970s, cults, 1980s (computers), 1990s (dot.com); better economy/wealth with less sense of purpose.

7:05-8:18: Technology: good for information, speed; bad for relationships/trust.

10:37-End:  Don’t forget “hand shake” interaction.

And for laughs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQfT9C5Adc

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Part 3: Hormones connecting Adrenals to the Whole Body

Clip from Gibson Feb. ’17.

The adrenals (located on top of the kidneys) are chemically stimulated by the brain to produce hormones.  Hormones are important because they travel through the blood stream to effect EVERY PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.

Part 1 and 2 explain the first parts of this loop.

Here is the link to part 1, 2 and the FULL VIDEO of our Gibson Feb. ’17 talk:

Spinal Motion to Health Loop (Full Video)

Each person is at a unique state of health.

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Best Upper Back Exercise for Poor Posture

When looking to fix hunchback posture, we need to understand some exercises can help or hurt to improve our health.  Understand some muscles need to be stretched and some strengthened to feel and look better.  In general the front muscles of the body will tighten/shorten, and the back muscles will become weaker and sometimes painful.

Sam is illustrating hunched/poor posture.  Here shoulders are rolling forward, her upper back is more rounded, and her neck is bending forward.

This buff guy is flexing the muscles that help strengthen and pull the upper spine back.   They include the upper trapezius

and rhomboids.

Here is one exercise that can help start the process:

One Arm Row.  There are 2 modifications.

1. Lying on your stomach.   This helps relax the body and neck, with muscle contraction only of the upper trapezius and rhomboids on one side.

  1. Hold a small weight or water bottle to start.

  2. Lye on the edge of bed or couch where you can have full extension of your arm.

  3. Relaxing the other parts of your body, pull with back of your upper arm and upper back as high as you can.

  4. Hold for 1 second.

  5. Slowly lower the weight to original position.

  6. Repeat 5-10 times.

2. On your hands & knees.  This position forces your body and legs to help stabilize the body during the exercise.

  1. Position yourself on your hands and knees.

  2. Put a small weight or water bottle in one hand.

  3. Holding your body still, slowly lift the weight using the back of your upper arm and upper back.

  4. Hold for 1 second.

  5. Slowly lower the weight keeping the body still.

  6. Repeat 5-10 times.

Focus on holding good posture/form during the motion.  Breath in when pulling toward the body.  Breath out when lowering the weight.  Repeat this daily and add other exercises and stretches to improve your posture and improve your health.

With any exercise, do not perform if you experience pain before or during the exercise.  Consult a Chiropractor for a full examination and x-rays to understand if you have a joint, nerve or muscle conditions.

Every is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy Health from the Inside Out

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Leg Pain & Numbness-Michelle’s Recovery Story

Michelle came into the office from an Upland Chamber referral.  She has sought medical treatment for her leg numbness for several years, with no positive results.  She did not want to take medication because Michelle knew it would not fix her problem.

The last couple months before she came to our office Michelle started to experiencing increasing pain in the same leg with the numbness.  Fearing she would need surgery, Michelle came to our office looking to fan answer.  After seeing her x-rays, Michelle understood that her leg numbness and pain symptoms came from her low back spine conditions.

After weeks of adjustments, stretches, exercises, and massage Michelle’s pain was resolved and her numbness was 90% reduced.  Her new x-rays also showed the reason why she felt better.  The biggest accomplishment is Michelle could now bike ride and walk without the anxiety of feeling worse after.  Now, Michelle continues Chiropractic care to strengthen her back and live a healthy life.

Hope you watched her story.

Do you know if your spine is healthy? 

Each person is at a unique state of health.

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Part 2: Chemicals connecting Brain to the Adrenals

Short clip from Gibson Feb. ’17.

Part 2 covers the chemical signals that travel from the brain to the adrenals (located on the top of the kidneys).

This overall loop helps control your body’s internal changes that occur in your body to help deal with the external stresses of your environment (home, work, driving, etc.).

Our full video gives you the big picture, and your body’s health changes when you have normal spinal motion OR a lack of motion.

Full Video

Do you know if your spine has normal motion? 

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Healthy Upper Trapezius prevents Neck and Shoulder Surgery

The upper trapezius muscle (image below) controls the health of the neck, upper back and shoulders.  If this muscle is, then the resulting pinched nerve/disc herniations will cause headaches, arm neuropathy, and upper back/rib neuropathy.

As you can see in the image, the upper trapezius attached to the upper neck, back of the shoulder, and to the lower middle back.  When this muscle tightens it can cause the shoulders to the rise, middle back hunching and forward head posture.  This is usually the result of or caused from poor posture.

Before any treatment of this unhealthy muscle, bone and nerve conditions must be ruled in or rule out.  This will allow steady recovery.   Chiropractor can determine these conditions through an x-ray analysis of the neck, upper back and shoulder (if symptomatic).

The First Stretch

When it is safe to start the upper trapezius rehab, the first steps to recovery will be to stretch this muscle.  Sam demonstrates this stretch here.

Here are the steps for the upper trapezius stretch to stretch the right side:

  1. Stand or sit in a good posture position you can tolerate.

  2. Place your left hand over or in front of the right ear.

  3. Turn your head over your right shoulder to tolerance.

  4. Use your weight of your hand to let the head fall forward toward the chest.

  5. Add tension to feel only a tightness by pushing down with the weight of the hand.

  6. Do not cause muscle pain when adding tension.

  7. Hold for 30 sec. to 1 minute, or recommended time by your Chiropractor.

  8. Perform steps 1-7 for the left side.

This stretch should be performed at least daily and, if the muscle is painful, followed with ice.  Once the muscle is no longer painful AND a better posture in a relaxed position is achieved, then strengthening the upper trapezius can continue the rehab.

First Strength Exercise

When strengthening this muscle, caution is recommended due to shoulder and neck range of motion limitations.  It is best to have full range of motion in each joint, so start with this simple pull back lying on your stomach to prevent setbacks in your recovery.

Start this exercise lying on your stomach, relaxing your head to your preference, and on the side of bed or couch letting your arm dangle of the side (left side depicted here).

  1. Use a small weight in your hand (water bottle used in these images).

  2. Use your upper back and the back of your shoulder to pull the water bottle straight up.

  3. Hold in upper position for 1 second and slowly lower to starting position over 2-3 seconds.

  4. Repeat 5-10 times, and add a heavier weight at your tolerance.

  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the right side.

This exercise will help strengthen the upper back, lower neck and back of the shoulder to strengthen a better posture.

To summarize using the sequence of an x-ray analysis, stretching and lastly strengthening the upper trapezius will lead to feeling and looking better.

Everyone is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy Health from the Inside Out.

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Victor, “I owe my recovery and wellness to them.”

“Euclid Chiropractic has given me the knowledge and treatment to help me at work as well as my everyday life. They are a great as well as an amazing staff.  I owe my recovery and wellness to them and can’t thank them enough!  They’re interested in their patients and care for the human frame is astonishing.

I thank you so much for all your care, treatment and knowledge.”

-Victor Z.

Each person is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Enjoy health from the inside out. 

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909-981-5666 or
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Part 1: Nerves Connecting Joints to the Brain

In this short clip from Dr. Ratkovic’s talk @ the Gibson Center Feb. ’17, he discusses the joint connection to the brain through your nerves.

Lack of or normal joint motion largely controls the internal ability to keep the body in under stress or relaxed.

The next part of this pathway will be linked when it’s produced.

Here is the full video explaining the pathway. 

Do you know if your spine has normal motion? 

Each person is at a unique state of health.

Enjoy a Complimentary consultation from these specialists and recover from nerve, spine, and muscle pain.

Book Now:
909-981-5666 or
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