Sunday, May 9, 2010

Why do I do what I do?

This is a question that people ask all the time. Remember being a little kid? Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? For me I wanted to be a chicken hunter. As it turns out, the field of chicken hunting was on the decline as I was growing up and I faced a series of disappointments in securing a position in the declining field. Does this sound similar? Maybe you wanted to be a policeman, fireman, doctor, trash man, whatever it was you wanted to be something “important” when you grew up. For me I’ve always wanted to help people when I grew up. Then “real life” got in the way. I was graduating from undergrad and was engaged and needed to get a job to be able to provide for a family. I found myself working at Pfizer and really enjoying working with some of the most talented people in the pharmaceutical research industry, and being able to help people. Six years later I had my first experience with Chiropractic. It was an adjustment that changed my life, and eventually propelled me into becoming a Chiropractor myself. So why am I Chiropractor today? Honestly, it’s because I love people and love having an opportunity to help people, and I want to share the amazing power of the Chiropractic adjustment with everyone. I know that the healing methods of Chiropractic are different than what most people expect from healthcare, but Chiropractic works, and it works with the human body to naturally heal. I know that sometimes it’s hard to understand that the process isn’t instant, and it takes time. and sometimes, in the beginning, it hurts more before you get better. On more than one occasion I’ve seen people walk away from my office with unmet expectations, and I also know that it’s because I haven’t educated them properly, but I’m getting better at that, and for every person I’ve disappointed I can point to many others that have received more than they expected from the care I’ve given them. Understanding chiropractic and the far ranging effects it has on the function of the body takes time. I wouldn't recommend anything to one of my patients that I wouldn't recommend to my own mother. It’s a paradigm shift from a traditional American health expectation. But why do I do it? Because there are people in the world that have reached the end of their rope with what traditional medicine can do for them, and they need more hope, and wellness. That’s why I show up every day; for the smiles on the faces of my patients. I really do have the best job in the world.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Period of Purple Crying?

Lately I've been hearing on the local radio an advertisement about the "Period of Purple Crying" where they say Children 2 weeks to six months in age cry for no reason and you're suppose to not shake them. it talks about how Dr's can't find anything wrong with these baby's. does that sound reasonable to you? that a human being or a whole plethora of human beings would just randomly cry for hours on end with no reason? why don't people look at the research? Chiropractic has an answer for a lot of these. (I'm not saying every crying baby is a Chiropractic case, but I would look to subluxation of the spine as a major factor in an otherwise apparently healthy baby crying uncontrolably. please look at this case study reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health which was published earlier this month.

a case study in the scientific journal, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health that documents the case of a two week old male infant who was helped with chiropractic, after suffering with a number of abdominal problems, along with an inability to sleep properly.

In this case the infant was brought to the chiropractor by the mother who was under care during her pregnancy. The two week old boy was in distress and suffering from excessive crying, abdominal distension, constipation, and gas. He was unable to sleep properly and was clinching his fists in obvious pain. The mother reported that her infant son was unable to have a bowel movement or belch. He was unable to sleep during the day and was only sleeping sporadically at night.

Because of their child's inability to sleep properly the parents were also being sleep deprived. The mother's general practitioner even went so far as to recommend anti-depressants and tranquilizers, however; she tried an over the counter sleep aid instead.

The chiropractic examination showed a crying infant in apparent distress with areas of muscle spasm, tight ligaments and multiple vertebral misalignments in his spine. Chiropractic care was initiated using specific techniques designed to correct the vertebral subluxations found in this infant.

The results on this infant were immediate. During the adjustment the child belched, and immediately following the adjustment the child had a bowel movement before he even had a chance to leave the office. Within five adjustments his mother reported that her son's bowel movements had started to become more regular, and he was belching better after meals. The mother noted that in the initial part of care, if she had missed a visit that the child's distress would return, but would be corrected upon her son's next visit.

This case study reported that after 16 adjustments, his mother noted significant and longer lasting abatement of his symptoms and crying. His colicky behavior and constipation had resolved. His bowel movements had returned to normal and he only cried when he was either hungry or sleepy.

The study author wrote in his conclusion, "Resolution of all presenting symptomology was noted following the introduction of chiropractic care concomitant with a reduction in vertebral subluxation."

give chiropractic a chance to help you and your baby live healther and happier lives.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Combating Antibiotic Overuse

We have all heard about resistant and more powerful bacterial infections spreading across the country, and you may even have wondered what you could do to change it. There are a lot of options. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right.

I found this interesting article today at Yahoo and really enjoyed it.

Take from it what you will, but for me it says a lot about the need to look in different directions to get different results. For instance you could try improving your immune system function by getting your nervous system adjusted Chiropracticly. It has made a world of difference in my life and in the lives of many others.

Call Hahn Family Chiropractic today and make your first appointment. Start the year off on the right foot.

Dr. Eric

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Unlikely Inspiration

Today I learned that you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While finishing up with a patient this morning I commented on the volume of stuff in her checkbook which prompted her to share some of the stuff in it with me. Among the many hundred receipts there was a single baseball card. The player on the card was Rafael Belliard. Take a moment and Google this player from the late 80's and early 90's and you'll see why he is an unlikely source of inspiration. My patient carries his card, because of something she heard about him and has always tried to emulate. She had heard that every day when he comes to the stadium to work he is smiling and every day when he leaves he is smiling, and the only thing he prays for when he's playing baseball is to please have help to not to do anything to make him look foolish. She found this to be an admirable quality worth emulating, and that's the focus of my brief entry today. what qualities do we want to possess in our lives? and who do we know that may possess them? It may not seem related to Chiropractic, but when you consider everything that goes into helping a person live a healthy and fulfilling life understanding role models does play a part in that. so take a few moments and think about who do you know that exemplifies qualities that you would like to emulate, and then work towards them. they don't have to be huge and famous people, because everyone has a lesson to teach.

and go ahead and call the office to make an appointment at Hahn Family Chiropractic today and tell me who your inspiration is.

Chiropracticly yours.

Dr. Eric

Monday, November 23, 2009

Giving Thanks, Cooking and Healing

As 2009 comes to a close I don't think there are too many people that are going to miss everything that went on. It seems like every time I turned around this year something else was going wrong. despite all of that I still have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity to have studied Chiropractic and to have opened my office Hahn Family Chiropractic ( and for my wonderful loving wife supporting me through it all. I'm thankful for the many patients that I've treated and for their willingness to follow my advice and share their experiences with their friends. And I'm thankful for my family whom I am going to be seeing this week for the first time since last Christmas. I'm very exited. But first I want to talk about a chiropractic principle involved with healing, That principle is Time. All processes take time, and healing is no exception. Here's an example that you will be able to relate to this Thursday. if I were to hand you a turkey, potatoes, breadcrumbs, rosemary, salt, pepper, yams, green beans, onions, and all the other assorted foods that you associate with your thanksgiving festivities, you would have them all sitting in your possession, but you wouldn't have a feast at your feet. There are a few things missing. One is knowledge on how to make the feast, Second is a cooking source but we won't go into that here, The last thing is Time. Cooking food takes time. it's a process. A turkey stuffed and basted sitting cold on your stovetop is not edible. it takes time in the oven to taste good, and even if you gave it one hour in the oven it still wouldn't taste good. it takes time. and that's the important principle from chiropractic I want to share today. Your bodies healing process takes time too. it doesn't happen after one adjustment and overnight. it takes time for your body to properly heal the tendons and ligaments and everything else that needs to be repaired in order to have perfect health. So don't lose hope for wellness and health. Give your body the care it needs and then give it the time it needs to heal.. We are all in a hurry, but the best things in life are worth the wait.

Chiropracticly yours

Dr. Eric

Call the office today to make an appointment

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Life is a continual process

From the day we come into this world till the day we leave we have responsibilities for taking care of ourselves. For example, every day I personally take a shower, brush my teeth, shave, drink water, and eat. I do this every single day. And if I neglect a portion of it there are consequences. They may not be dire, maybe smelling bad one day or having bad breath, but if I neglect them long enough things get worse and sometimes the consequences are not what I intend, like cavities, or gum disease, or smelling so bad my friends won’t even talk to me. You never really plan what the consequences are, they just happen. Every one of us is likely guilty of neglecting some part of the required maintenance of our bodies. For me my major neglect is exercise. I know that I should exercise my body every day or at least 5 days out of 7, but I don’t do that regularly, so there are consequences that I suffer like being overweight or not feeling up to doing things that are active that I would enjoy doing. So what does this have to do with Chiropractic? Well it’s easy. People come into the office all the time because something hurts. Headaches, backaches, carpel tunnel, you name it and it hurts. So they begin a course of treatment with the intension that once it gets fixed they’ll be all better, but there’s more to it than that. Your body heals itself. Let me say that again. Your body heals itself. But the problem is that in order for it to continue to do so you have to perform the required maintenance. This will include eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and continuing with your chiropractic checkups. Just like going to the dentist every six months. You’re not addicted to going to the dentist. You’re going because you know that doing so prevents things like cavities and gum disease (gingivitis) It’s the same with your spine. Getting the primary subluxations discovered and corrected is the initial or emergency phase of your care, but to truly live a long and healthy life you need to do the maintenance care that will prevent these troubles from piling up again and putting you back into pain. I know that for me, I do get adjusted regularly. It’s one of the things I discovered 9 years ago, and have been pretty good at remembering to do regularly. It’s the working out every day I have more troubles with, but I know if I did that too and added that to my regular maintenance schedule I would have more energy and vitality for enjoying the rest of my life. Do you ever wake up and say to yourself. You know I should brush my teeth, but I did that when I was 8, so I pretty much have that taken care of. No? Then why would you think that way about the health of your spine? Just because you got it taken care of through the emergency stages of your early neglect doesn’t mean you’re good for the rest of your life. Subluxation, just like plaque on your teeth, happens in increments all the time. And getting checked regularly is your early warning detection for helping your body function better and maintain your health. Your health is important. There is nothing else in this world that can replace the vitality of your body to allow yourself to enjoy life. Chiropractic helps increase that vitality and allows your body to function better. Call the office today after you get done showering, drinking water, eating breakfast, and brushing your teeth, and make an appointment to see how your spine is doing. You will be glad you did, because of how much more vitality and energy you will have throughout your day by getting your spine checked and adjusted. And as for me, I’m going to start working out every work day for at least 45 minutes, because I know it’s important to take care of my body, it’s just hard sometimes, because there are so many other demands on my time, but that’s what life is all about. So call today and tell all your friends about Chiropractic and Hahn Family Chiropractic.

Chiropracticly yours

Dr. Eric

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chiropractic History

October has been a very busy and exciting month here at Hahn Family Chiropractic. I took a class and learned a ton about the value of Omega 3’s and the importance of reducing the amount of Omega 6’s in the diet. I built a beautiful flier to introduce Hahn Family Chiropractic to others, and I started treating some children with developmental disabilities. It has been an exciting period of growth. All the way up to the end. Yesterday I was able to acquire a couple of truly antique chiropractic tables. And this is what I want to talk a little bit about today. Chiropractic has been practiced in it’s current form since 1895. Did you know that? When you think about chiropractic does it seem new and scary to you? It might, but it shouldn’t. There is literally over a hundred years of chiropractic experience that shows that it is safe and effective. And every day there are additional studies presented that show how well chiropractic works. These two tables were built back in the 1920’s one of them by a company called A.A. Griffin and the other by a company called Rice. I was told they were owned by the first chiropractor in Raleigh named Dr. Williamson. Upon doing some research with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners I found a Dr. H L Williamson practiced in Raleigh and renewed his license bck in 1934 for $2.00. how nice would that be? Additionally I found some information about where his office was on Daniel’s street. I like history, because it helps you understand how you got where you are today. So stop on in the next couple weeks and ask to see the tables. Even if just for a chance to see some beautiful history. I’m looking at some options to restore them or send them to a museum, but will know more later. I’d like to keep the A.A. Griffin table, because it is a beautiful hardwood table, and I would love to be able to show my children a chiropractic table that’s over a hundred years old some day. Wouldn’t that be amazing? So come and take a look at it. Palmer College of Chiropractic has the largest public collection of tables in the world, and doesn’t have one of these Rice tables. So it is arguably quite rare. So we’ll see what happens. I would love to have a chance to meet one of the great grandchildren of Dr. Williamson and be able to show them the tables or maybe find a picture of him to display with the tables. So if you know any local Williamsons make sure you ask if their forefathers might have been chiropractors.

All the best

Dr. Eric