Rushing Nature

I recently saw a quote on Facebook that said “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tsu.”  We don’t often think of it this way, but our body and health is a function of nature.  We aren’t machines, but living and breathing organisms that follow nature’s rhythmn.  Our bodies cannot be rushed or artificially altered without consequences.

Many times patients and doctors want to rush the healing process by using medication to allow us to have less pain as we push ourselves to do something that we perhaps are not ready to do.  At other times, we might try to speed things along by playing baseball when our shoulder still isn’t strong enough or push to run the 10th mile when our knee was only ready for 9.  After we “overdo it,” our body complains by increasing our pain levels and we get frustrated because it won’t “cooperate” with our demands.  This often leads to more medication use and further injury, that might need injections or surgery to correct.

At the heart of chiropractic medicine is the prinicple that the body will heal itself if given the right environment and tools.  To fully align with this natural view of healthcare, it’s important move at your body’s pace and not speed up the healing process artificially.  Taking the time that you need to restore balance will help you recover with less intervention, less medications and help you be healthier for a lifetime.

Dr Erin Ducat is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in Bloomingdale IL, who specializes in the natural, non-surgical treatment of muscle, joint and nerve injuries.  For more information, go to


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Why Chiropractic?

You may be looking at your phone or computer right now, wondering if chiropractic can help you. What is chiropractic? How is chiropractic different from the other medical sciences? Is it worth a try?

Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, has developed a clear-eyed and concise description of the identity of a chiropractor: “The primary care professional for spinal health and well-being.”

The implications of this sentence are extraordinary. After all, the spine is arguably the most important structural part of the skeleton since it provides security for the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the primary interface between the nervous system and every other cell and organ in the human body. Therefore, the health of the spinal cord may well determine the health of the entire body. So chiropractic is definitely the go-to profession for back pain and neck pain… and it can help with other conditions as well?

The identity statement of Palmer College, which has been painstakingly crafted over many years, expands on the premise: “Chiropractic focuses on neurological and musculoskeletal integrity, and aims to favorably impact health and well-being, relieve pain and infirmity, enhance performance, and improve quality of life without drugs or surgery.”

I see patients every day who can say that their quality of life is improved because of chiropractic health care, without the invasiveness of additional drugs or surgery. For some, the quality of life improvement is drastic, such as being able to garden again, to dance again, or to run long distances. For others, the quality of life improvement is subtle but no less important to them: the ability to sit at a computer again, to sleep four hours in a row, to sit through a class without agonizing pain. Improvements in quality of life without the possible side effects of more medication or without the permanency of surgery? Priceless.

The Palmer College identity statement lists the many duties and abilities of a chiropractor:

  • Assessments of a patient’s health status, needs, concerns and conditions by obtaining a case-appropriate history and physical examination, and by acquiring necessary imaging, laboratory or diagnostic studies;
  • Consideration of axial (spine) and appendicular (extremity) structure and function, including subluxation, and the status of contiguous muscular and neural systems by means of physical evaluation, imaging and/or special test procedures;
  • Patient-centered management consistent with the obtained history, clinical information and diagnoses;
  • Care coordination accomplished through goal-oriented management plans that include treatment recommendations intended to favorably influence outcomes, prognosis, risks, behaviors and lifestyle;
  • Administration of manual therapeutic procedures – such as chiropractic adjustment, manipulation, mobilization or soft tissue techniques – as indicated by the history and clinical examination;
  • Use of complementary measures, such as passive modalities, active exercise and rehabilitation, nutritional counseling and supplementation, bracing, strapping and orthoses, and other procedures allowed under respective chiropractic practice acts; and
  • Promotion of health, wellness and disease prevention by evaluating relevant indicators and risk factors, and by providing care directed at mitigating health risks and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

I like to think that chiropractic health care can help everyone who has a spine and a spinal cord, but it is true that not everyone will benefit from chiropractic care. If your condition, for example, has progressed to the point where medication and/or surgery are absolutely necessary, then conservative and non-invasive treatments may only help on a limited basis. The only way to know for sure is to consult a chiropractor, and then receive the appropriate recommendation or referral.

Send an e-mail to a Peoria chiropractor today to find out what chiropractic is all about.


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RMLS Market Action August 2012- Good News

RMLS Market Action Aug 2012RMLS Market Action for August 2012 was released yesterday and almost all metrics are better than they were last month and last year.  Inventory dropped back to 3.9 months.  The same as June which is the lowest level in years.  Inventory is a good measure of urgency and competition.  Fewer houses means buyers are competing for fewer houses.  Inventory can also be a measure of frustration as multiple offers become more common and finding that perfect house for difficult.  In a healthy market five to seven months would be ideal.

I’ll break out some sales by price range soon.  We’ll see that properties under $300,000 are moving much faster than those over $300,000.  That’s typical but it also means that expectations should be adjusted based on the situation.  This month’s 117 average days on market is much lower than last August 2011′s 146 but broken down into price ranges the numbers will look very different.

Prices are on the rise:

Prices are stabilizing and showing improvement. The average sales price year-to-date of $271,100  is 2.7% higher than the average  price in the same period last year,  while the 2012 year-to-date median  of $230,000 is 4.5% higher than the median last year.

The snapshot image of the market looks good but we still have to be cautiously optimistic looking forward.  Interest rates remain low and prices are on the rise but we have an election coming up, global economic and political issues making headlines and we’re moving into a traditionally slower time of the year for real estate.  Winter real estate participants tend to be more serious as a whole than their summer brethren since looking at homes in the dark, wet and cold isn’t particularly pleasant but markets don’t stop, they adjust.  A good end to the year will be if the Portland real estate market can remain flat through the rest of the year without giving anything back like it did last year.

[Graphic from RMLS]


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Thanksgiving Hours

Our Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule:

We’re open today!
We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving and Friday.
We’ll reopen Monday with normal hours.

And to prepare you to have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving, here is the full text of the 2012 Thanksgiving Proclamation from the White House:

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans everywhere gather with family and friends to recount the joys and blessings of the past year. This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives. As many pause to lend a hand to those in need, we are also reminded of the indelible spirit of compassion and mutual responsibility that has distinguished our Nation since its earliest days. Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship. When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with the Wampanoag tribe — a people who had shared vital knowledge of the land in the difficult months before. When President George Washington marked our democracy’s first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come. And when our Nation was torn by bitterness and civil war, President Abraham Lincoln reminded us that we were, at heart, one Nation, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break. Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.

As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.

On Thanksgiving Day, individuals from all walks of life come together to celebrate this most American tradition, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country. Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


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