When should you see a chiropractor?

did-you-know-chiro-savesIf you are one of the growing number of people choosing chiropractic care in conjunction with or as an alternative to traditional medicine, then your chiropractor may have already educated you on when to get in for an adjustment. But if you are new to chiropractic or have forgotten some of the reasons why chiropractic is so helpful, here are a few bullet points.

1. For Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pain

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
– Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

2. In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives

“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”
– Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”
– Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

3. For Headaches

Acupuncture Treatments“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
– Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001)

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” ‘
– Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Boline et al. (1995)

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.
– Annals of Internal Medicine, Bronfort et al. (2012)

5. Cost Effectiveness

Low back pain initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), according to a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span. The study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Researchers estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee. They also concluded that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions.
– Liliedahl et al (2010), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“Chiropractic care appeared relatively cost-effective for the treatment of chronic low-back pain. Chiropractic and medical care performed comparably for acute patients. Practice-based clinical outcomes were consistent with systematic reviews of spinal manipulative efficacy: manipulation-based therapy is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapeusis.”
– Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

6. Patient Satisfaction

“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”
– Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health

7. Popularity of Chiropractic

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
– Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

“There are no c…

“There are no choices that are really a detour that will take you far from where you’re wanting to be—because your Inner Being is always guiding you to the next, and the next, and the next. So don’t be concerned that you may make a fatal choice, because there aren’t any of those. You are always finding your balance. It’s a never ending process’’ ~ Abraham-Hicks

What is B.E.S.T?

Dr. Ted Morter describing the chiropractic technique he developed, BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique (BEST).

The body is designed to heal itself. But when our system gets too stressed or overloaded, it cannot do that as perfectly as it was designed to. In chiropractic philosophy, there are three categories that impede the bodies ability to heal itself: Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts.

Traumas can be as far back as a birth, to as recent as a slip and fall or car accident that happened moments ago. It can also be repetitive stress like sitting still at the computer or in a vehicle too long.

Toxins are anything that we put into our body that does not produce a positive or beneficial outcome, like eating foods that cause acid build-up in the cells and tissues, drinking unfiltered water, or having mercury fillings in our teeth.

Thoughts are least understood of all the categories, but most influential in my perspective. They are with us always, even when we are not eating or sitting at the computer. If we have a negative mental outlook, our body’s ability to heal is diminished as a result. But that can change. In fact, neuroscience is one of the leading fields of study right now. Studies have shown that the brain can heal itself; that nerve tissue, previously thought to be doomed to certain fate, can actually heal, grow back, and change. Look up “neural plasticity.”

What if our thoughts shaped the way our neurons fired? What if our outlook on ourselves, and therefore on the world around us, had more impact on our manifestation of health in our bodies than the actual food we ate, beverages we drank, and physical activity level we employ? If mental attitude is important to you, then it will have a physical effect sooner than if you did not. The placebo effect shows the power of the mind more than anything else. Why not use that power to serve us in a productive way?

There are many tools for resetting the neural patterns. BEST is only one. And it is something you can have done right now.

BEST, Demos, Open House, Dr. Oz, and food testing price increase after May 1. Save Now!

Stress seems unavoidable.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have better ways of handling it? BEST can help.

The very first chiropractic technique I ever learned was BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique, B.E.S.T.  I was aware of the subtle energies of the body from an early age, understanding that we are an electromagnetic organism and able to sense or feel biomagnetism, to a degree.  While I enjoyed getting adjusted by my dad, almost weekly, I never forgot what physics taught me; with every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  So the force that was going into the body with an adjustment was being absorbed by the body, and sometimes making the muscles tighter in the process.  So I looked to BEST and saw it as a unique tool for impacting the body and the nervous system without using a forceful adjustment.  The way it works is to take the body out of the “fight or flight” mode that stress has a way of keeping us in.  There are different breathing patterns I instruct you on while I’m holding certain contact points on the neck, back, hips, or side of the legs.  My holding of those contact points cause the brain to shift focus from what ever it’s thinking about, to the body. The breathing patterns help the brain re-prioritize what the body needs for survival at that moment in time.  Since the body does not need tension in the body when it is comfortably relaxing on a treatment table, the brain signals to the body to let go of the tension.  Most people feel a calming after their first BEST adjustment, and sleep really well that night.  If you would like to know more, or try it for yourself, come by for a free demo on Saturday, and save $25 on a regular session (normal price, $65 for 20-30min).

Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show Friday, April 12th to see The Sun Ancon Chi Machine that will be in my office this Saturday April 13 from noon-4pm! You can order the devices that day, too. Dr. Oz will be talking about the benefits of the Chi Machine – increasing circulation, helping lymph drainage, oxygenating cells and tissues, and more. Dr. Oz is on WFAA channel 8 tomorrow at 3pm. Tune in and then come in Saturday to try it for yourself!

Besides BEST and Chi demos, there will also be Vibrational Sound Therapy and Neuro-Integration demos. Both are excellent for relaxation and rewiring the brain’s response to stress.  I can personally endorse them both!  Earth’s Way, a natural pharmacy on 380, will be there as well to answer your health questions.

And the ImmunoLabs IgE food sensitivity test kits will be available for purchase.  The event pricing will be $350 for 88 food tests and $700 for 154 food tests, and will be that price until May 1; it is 50-60% off of the insurance price.  After May 1, the price will return to full insurance pricing. So act now!  Insurance reimbursement is possible with certain plans. Take the kits to AnyLabTest Now and within a week your results will be in for us to discuss, complete with a customize meal plan.  It takes all the guess work out of what foods or diet is right for you.

Tell me what topics you would like to know more about in future newsletters.  Email me at dr_alyssadc@yahoo.com with your questions.  Your input helps me become a better doctor for you and others.

Happy weekend!
In Joy,
Alyssa Summey, DC

It is Arts In Bloom at this Second Saturday Art Walk on the Square. Vendors and artists featured, and open house, 10am-6pm. Join the pARTy! New blog postings. And a featured technique sample video.

This Saturday, April 13, from 10am-6pm, the McKinney Creative Community will be hosted at my office to display their art.  Come see how talented our art community is. And if you are an artist of any media or form, get information on how to join our monthly pot-luck meetings.  For more information on the happenings on the square that day, click https://dralyssa.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/its-a-party-second-saturday-april-13-10am-6pm/

Also new and exciting is that I updated my “About Me” page on my blog: https://dralyssa.wordpress.com/aboutdralyssa/
While I am in the office by myself now, I am still open to higher possibilities in other locations in McKinney.  I had resisted moving out because I didn’t want to change locations again, but as a friend reminded me recently, change is good.  And I need to recognize when something isn’t working and change it.  When internal change takes place, often there is an external change as well.  I invite you all to be open to that in your own lives.  I think a lot of our stress is our resistance to change because the direction that the flow of life takes us is not the picture we have in our head.  Resistance is what creates tension.  Yielding to the care and direction that we are given melts tension like butter in the sun. 

But I’m not just sitting around waiting for the next opportunity, I am still working and seeing patients.  I have many people to help, and I am at peace with the direction I am going so it makes helping others easy while I’m allowing new opportunities to pour in.  Don’t wait to get the care you need, there is no point in delaying your feeling better. 🙂  And if you don’t see a time on the online scheduler that works for you, give me a call or send me a text at 972-696-9333.

Let this spring time be filled with joy and creativity! My next newsletter will address how a technique I practice can help balance your nervous system so to get out of the fight or flight response and into a more creative and peaceful state of body and mind.  Here is a short video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCZ2FUnJzJc

In Joy,
Alyssa Summey, DC

It’s a pARTy! Second Saturday, April 13, 10am-6pm

It's a pARTy! Second Saturday, April 13, 10am-6pm

Arts in Bloom is back, and the McKinney Creative Community will be displaying their art in my office at 306 S. Tennessee St, 75069. Face paining, refreshments, and fun.

What happens when the mind “writes checks the body can’t cash?”

Top Gun is one of my favorite movies.  A lot of great lines and lessons.  The overall message for me was to “Get back up there.”

While I have not yet flown a fighter jet, I have had many crash-and-burn experiences in my life.  Many of you have seen first hand as I’ve moved offices, changed practice styles and techniques, partnered with different health practitioners…somethings work, and somethings do not. And when they don’t work, I take the lessons learned and try things a different way.

Which is what brought me to the newest office at 306 S. Tennessee St. with a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She had leased a separate office in the 112 W. Virginia office building with me, we worked well together, an I knew it was time for me to “get back up there” again.

I wish I could say it has been a wonderful experience with this new adventure and practitioner. But that would be a big lie. The facts are that since I had been seeing her professionally prior to us signing the lease on 306, it was unethical for her to enter into a business relationship with me. I didn’t find this out until she emailed my former assistant confidential information disclosed in our counseling sessions.  Since May, when this all started, many other ethics and confidentiality violations have been documented and brought before the licensing board of Texas for professional counselors. It is still being investigated. However, she has since inactivated her LPC license, yet still practices out of the same office and still calls herself a therapist.  If you have driven by, you may have seen her sign for hypnosis and wellness; yet her name is not on it, and many ask if I now do hypnosis, which I do not.

I have exhausted all my resources in trying to diplomatically handle this situation. The LPC board can only take her license away, they can’t make her stop seeing people or move out. The landlord who can make her move out, will not unless she agrees, which she will not. In fact, she wants me to leave so she can continue practicing.

While I believe everyone has the right to pursue their dreams and make a living, I take issue with a person trying to do that under false pretext.  I mean, what am I supposed to do? Let her have the building and keep practicing and defrauding people, going against my ethics and the principals I swore to uphold? 

That doesn’t seem like a responsible thing to do.  And rarely is the responsible choice an easy one. So to say it has been a stressful past seven months would be an understatement. 

Has the stress effected me? You bet. Mentally and physically. This whole time I’ve been working, seeing patients and giving health talks, while I’ve been going through this ordeal. And I needed a break.  So I took some time off to refresh and renew my spirit, like the flight attendants say, “put on your oxygen mask before assisting another.”  While stress may not ever go away, my negative responses to it can. I choose to see these type of experiences as opportunities for growth and embrace them as gifts. 

I am grateful to all my patients, family, and friends for your understanding and support.  It is because of them that I delighted in returning to work this week, to “get back up there!” 

In Joy,

Alyssa Summey, DC

(And a note in celebration of Jeremiah Hammer, my boyfriend, of the last two and a half years. On Oct 26, he proposed and I said yes! And the next day we successfully delivered 7 French Bulldog puppies from our female we bread, again! So a lot of happiness and blessings. If you would like to see pictures of the puppies, please visit my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dr.alyssa . We are also accepting adoption applications!)

Sep 10th Newsletter to Clients

Tues, Sep 11, 9am-12pm – Lab testing is back! Angel Mobile Health Services is back tomorrow, and the following Tuesdays of September, from 9am-noon. Let me know if afternoon/evening times are needed and we’ll make those times available. For the list of tests and prices, click here, and for saliva hormones tests, click here.

Not sure where to start? There is a comprehensive blood panel for $110 that tests for 23 different nutrient and organ function markers, cholesterol, thyroid, and urine analysis. For a thorough look at your hormone levels, I recommend the Comprehensive Plus Panel for $315. It tests for 10 different hormones. Most saliva hormone tests cost about that or more through other doctors or compounding pharmacies but only test the basic 3 or 4 hormones.

Tues, Sep 11, 5:30-8pm – I am hosting the McKinney Creative Community potluck again! Join us if you are creative in anyway or medium. Bringing a dish or a beverage to share is optional but always welcomed. Click here to link with their Facebook page.

Wed, Sep 12, 7-8pm – Meditation is making its way to McKinney! For the rest of September, the Kadampa Meditation Center of Texas is teaching about meditation, how to do it, and why it is good for you. Click here for more information.

Thurs, Sep 13, 7:30-9pm – A new Munay-Ki class will begin. It is a 9 week class designed to help each participant become more conscious of our connections to one another, the planet, and how our inner reality shapes our outer one. Class is lead by Robert Caruso, with a suggested donation of $20 each class, or $150 for advanced payment. For more information, please visit the McKinney Munay-Ki Facebook page.

Fri, Sep 14, 9am-3pm – New office hours for Fridays. Please text or call 972-696-9333 to schedule, or go online by either clicking the “Schedule Now” text to the top left, under my picture, or on my website, http://www.DrAlyssaSummey.com.

Sat, Sep 15, 9am-1pm – New Saturday office hours. Monday – Thursdays are still 9am-6pm, with earlier or later appointments available on request.

AND! I am happy to announce Brickhouse Yoga is offering classes here in the office now! Drop-in prices are $10 when you mention you are a client of mine, otherwise it is $15.
Mon/Wed, 8-9am; and Mon 5:45pm – Yin Yoga. It is the relaxed practice of floor postures held for three to five minutes at a time. It emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine.
Mon/Fri, 11am-12pm; and Mon/Wed 7-8pm – Beginner Yoga. This is a gentle beginners class designed for anyone ready to start the road to better health, flexibility and relaxation. Class is designed to increase mobility and strength as well as promote an overall sense of well-being. No experience or flexibility required!

To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?

Excellent article on the decision making a person went through for choosing an alternative vaccine schedule. Yes, you do have a choice. And yes, you can question your doctor….even me.


Do you get flu shots? Is your tetanus shot up-to-date? Should you give all of the recommended vaccinations to your children? 98% of doctors will probably tell you yes. End of story. Did you even know that this was a controversial topic? I didn’t. At least not until a few weeks ago, when Frontline: The Vaccine War showed up in our Netflix queue.

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Munay-Ki Rites, 9wk class begins Thurs, June 28th, 2012, 7:30pm

ImageThurs, June 28th, 7:30-8:30pm, will be the first of 9 weekly classes exploring the Munay-Ki Rites, an Incan Shamanistic tradition.  Classes will be held at my office, 306 S. Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069. Call 972-696-9333 or email (below) for more information.

To define what Munay-Ki is or what a shamanistic tradition is, would not help with the understanding of what it can do for one’s interpersonal journey, let alone what it has done for mine.  I embarked on the Munay-Ki journey last December. My experience with it, how it has impacted me, has been like most other experiences I’ve observed in life… that we get out of things what we put into them.  And for me, I was ready for a deeper look at myself, my psyche, my thought patterns. I chose for this to be a galvanizing experience for me. I knew there were many things in my life that I had repressed, or ignored so I could take care of them later. And I wasn’t going to wait until the pain got bad enough for me to deal with the reality I made for myself, so I chose to allow this experience to be the compassionate. introspective journey I needed to create the conditions for inner growth. Each week the instructor, Robert Caruso, would give us a summery of each Rite and guide us in meditation through the Universe, travelling the far reaches of our minds in our vessels of limitless potential.  As the weeks past, it became harder and harder for me to project the same person to the world that I had for years. And as I was evolving, my perception of the world did also, as did my perspective on time. I became more aware of the present moment, of how precious and powerful each moment is. How we are actively, or passively, creating our future in every moment as one builds upon the next in combination with other peoples’ moments as they are also creating their future… And thus showing me how interconnected we really are.

These times are changing.  What is false is falling away. Now is the time for grounding, for enjoyment, for truth to be lived, not just held in the mind or talked about. Munay-Ki is but one of many ways we can open ourselves up to the magical possibilities of the unknown and develop tools to more consciously navigate our path.

I invite you to participate in this journey. No prior experience or preconceived notions needed. Just an open heart and mind. It is a 9 week course; some will complete all the Rites, some will stop after the first one. You do not have to be in town all 9 weeks, you can miss a few and get caught up at the next week. There is a suggested donation to the instructor of $20. Any contribution is accepted. Know that whatever you feel you need to do is perfectly okay.

For more information, please go to:

From the Four Winds Society, on the Path of the Heart in Munay-Ki:

You are born with everything that you need to bring forth the gifts that you are here to share. Within your heart are the codes of creation, the memory of all that has been and all that will be. No matter where you’ve been and what has happened in your life, this memory remains unaffected and is always accessible.

From an energy medicine perspective, the subtle memories, or imprints of the unfinished business of your life, your ancestry and the collective story, live in your cellular body and human energy field. These imprints act like filters that distort your perceptions of the world and keep you from recognizing the eternal wisdom of the heart. It is time to release the way these imprints inform you and illuminate your heart. Within this wisdom is the vision of the world in which your children’s children will live. You have chosen to come down at this incredible time in the evolution of humanity to be part of a great shift. Within you is an integral piece that is a key to unlocking a golden era of peace that has been prophesied for millennia.

From a scientific perspective the heart’s electromagnetic field is 5000x stronger than any other organ in the body. When you express from your heart you send a powerful vibration into the universe. The laws of physics tell us that like attracts like, this means that the world around you will organize to match this frequency and bring this vibration into being.

One of the tenets of the shamanic path is Love, known as Munay. Munay is the deepest love there is, similar to the love of a mother for her child. Everything we do, we do from this place of love and understanding of the interconnectedness of ourselves with all existence.

In the west, we often barter love, we say that our love is unconditional – as long as… fill in your own love to-do list. Munay is love in service to the vision of all creation.

When you live in munay, you live in harmony with the earth and the cosmos. When you attune with this vibration the universe conspires on your behalf and you are guided in every moment. Just as the hummingbird travels 5000 miles each year without worry as to how it will make it’s epic journey, you will be guided to your highest destiny.

As the world around you changes, find the courage to look inside your heart and uncover the gifts that are yours to share. Break free of fear, break free of what you think is right, forgive yourself and others, have compassion and patience for yourself and every living being. Most importantly, love and honor all that you are, have been and will be! Sit in the stillness of your heart, and see the reflection of Creation’s story. Be the clear lake that reflects everything within and without and sing your song of life…

May You Walk in Beauty and Balance at This Time of Great Change.

I would be happy to answer any questions. But the true answers are always found within.
In Joy,
Alyssa Summey