Chiropractic : Acupuncture used to treat back pain.

New studies show nearly 8 out of every 10 people suffer from back pain.  It is also the leading reason for seeking acupuncture treatment. A recent review of 22 studies showed that acupuncture was able to provide pain relief for people suffering from chronic back pain. Guidelines from the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians say doctors should consider acupuncture as an alternative therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain that's not helped by conventional treatment.​​

Benefits Of Exercise For Spine Health

When done in a controlled, progressive manner, exercises for relieving back pain have many benefits, including:

  • Strengthening the muscles that support the spine, removing pressure from the spinal discs and facet joints
  • Alleviating stiffness and improving mobility
  • Improving circulation to better distribute nutrients through the body, including to the spinal discs
  • Releasing endorphins, which can naturally relieve pain. A frequent release of endorphins can help reduce reliance on pain medication. Endorphins can also elevate mood and relieve depressive symptoms, a common effect of chronic pain.
  • Minimizing the frequency of back or neck pain episodes, and reducing the severity of pain when it does occur

The Use of Orthotics in Treating Back Pain.

The feet are the foundation of the body; they support its entire weight. If there isn’t enough support from the feet, various parts of the body—particularly the spine—are exposed to additional stress, which can lead to a number of issues:

  • Back, hip, knee and foot pain
  • Poor posture and abnormal foot function
  • Excessive shock transmission up through the body
  • Impaired sports performance
  • Greater risk of injury

One of the best treatments available is Chiropractic adjustments, rehab and custom orthotics. Once your doctor corrects your spine, custom orthotics will help balance your feet and support good posture. This combination of adjustments and custom orthotics has been proven time and again to reduce stress throughout the body and restore proper function to the lower extremities.

Can Chiropractic Help With Allergies

​Since the beneficial effects of chiropractic adjustments on the nervous system are well documented, it’s not surprising many chiropractic patients report a reduction of allergy symptoms when treated regularly for vertebral subluxations.  Misalignment or dysfunctional movements of vertebra can cause a focal irritation in the spine, which then creates an abnormal signal received by the central nervous system.  When this aberrant signal occurs along the same pathway required for the input of normal environmental messages, the body may not interrupt the information correctly.  When this occurs, an allergic reaction can result.








Tips for Building Your Immune System!

Please click the link below to see the Institute for Functional Medicines recommendations for defending yourself from Covid-19.


​https://p.widencdn.net/kvdwlh/COVID-19_Nutraceutical-and-Botanical-Recommendations-for-Patients_v4 


Do the following to help defend yourself from viruses!

  • Boost immune system with spinal adjustments.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat plenty of produce.
  • Supplement with vitamin C.
  • Manage stress with breathing exercise, yoga and spinal adjustments.
  • Get 7+ hours of sleep per night.

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Comparing The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care To Other Treatments

​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.



Gastonia Farmers Market!

​Bradley Chiropractic will be giving away reusable bags on Thursday June 25th from 8 am til 12 pm at the Gastonia Farmers Market. Hope to see you there!

Wellness/Prevention: Reducing Infertility.

About 1 in 10 couples trying to have a baby suffer from infertility. The National Institutes of Health notes that advancing age is the primary cause of infertility, but there are other factors that can affect the chances of having a baby including excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, exposure to environmental toxins, certain medicines, radiation treatment and chemotherapy, stress, poor diet, being overweight, and sexually transmitted infections

Chiropractic: Hip Pain Is Rarely an Isolated Problem
A recent study that included 2,515 subjects found that of those with hip pain (124), only 3% exclusively had pain in their hip. In 47% of cases, hip pain patients also had pain in one to five other body sites, and 50% of hip pain patients had co-existing pain in six or more areas. Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained in making differential diagnoses in order to determine all of the patient’s presenting pain generators, leading to proper management to achieve successful treatment outcomes.

Protecting yourself from the heat.

Almost every summer, there is a deadly heat wave in some part of the country. Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or if you have health problems. It is important to get relief from heat quickly and to be aware of the following warning signs of a heat stroke.

  • Fainting, possibly the first sign
  • Body temperature over 104 degrees
  • A change in behavior - confusion, being grouchy, acting strangely, or staggering
  • Dry flushed skin and a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse
  • Not sweating even if hot, acting agitated, or being in a coma



Supplements, Nutrients, And Foods To Support Immune Function!

The following nutrients can be found in food as well as supplements offered at Bradley Chiropractic Clinic.


  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C may help to prevent infections, including those caused by bacteria and viruses. Regularly administered vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of colds, and higher doses of vitamin C during an illness can also act as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.


  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that it helps reduce the risk of colds and flu. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the population is deficient, so daily supplementation (ideally in the form of vitamin D3) offers the best protection.


  • Vitamin A: For short-term use and particularly for those with moderate vitamin A deficiency, supplementation can be extremely helpful in supporting the body’s ability to fight infections, particularly with regard to respiratory infections.


  • Zinc: Zinc plays a significant role in boosting immunity. Often available as lozenges, zinc can help to reduce the frequency of infections as well as the duration and severity of the common cold when taken within 24 hours of onset.


  • Selenium: Selenium, a key nutrient for immune function, is also an antioxidant that helps boosts the body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. It may particularly help to protect against certain strains of flu virus. Selenium is easily obtained from foods, with the richest source being Brazil nuts.

Chiropractic: Mid-Back Adjustments for Neck Pain? 

In a study involving 30 patients with chronic neck pain, researchers observed that spinal manipulative therapy applied to the mid-back resulted in improvements in both neck pain and the range of motion of the upper limbs. While neck pain is commonly associated with dysfunction in the cervical spine, past research has demonstrated that the thoracic spine plays a limited role in cervical rotation and flexion, which may explain why mid-back adjustments benefited the chronic neck pain patients in this study. 

Chiropractic: Poor Posture Affects Breathing.

Pulmonary function tests performed on fifteen healthy males revealed that when participants adopted a forward head posture (FHD), they had significantly lower forced vital capacity, expiratory and inspiratory reserve volumes, forced expiratory volume at one second, and peak flow rate. Doctors of chiropractic routinely check for FHD and recommend exercise and ergonomic modifications to address this faulty posture. 

Eight Tips For Preventing Falls In The Winter Months.

  • Wear shoes with good traction.
  • ​Dress warm. If you’re warm, your muscles will stay relaxed. Tense muscles can adversely affect your balance.
  • ​​Be careful getting out of your car. Plant both feet firmly on the ground before moving. Steady yourself on the door frame until you have your balance.
  • Don’t take shortcuts. Stay on cleared sidewalks and paths, and don’t walk between parked cars. Remember that grassy slopes can be as slippery as snowy steps.
  • ​Take extra time. Don’t rush. Take short steps with your toes pointed slightly outward to maintain a stable base of support.
  • ​Pay attention. Stay aware of the surfaces ahead of you. Look down with your eyes only. If you move your head downward, you may shift your balance.
  • ​When walking in the dark or in shadowy areas, stay alert for black ice. It is treacherous and extremely slippery
  • ​Keep your driveway and walkways clear. Pay someone to do this if necessary.​​

 The Benefits of Chiropractic Care On The Immune System

Spinal adjustments have been shown to boost immune function because they serve to correct the spinal misalignments that cause neural dysfunction. Neural dysfunction stresses a body out, which may lead to a weakened immune system and lowered response to a foreign body, such as the cold virus.



Chiropractic: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction? 

In a study involving 51 patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) and referred pain to the buttocks or lower back, researchers found that mobilization, stretching, stabilization exercises, and manipulative therapy are all effective treatments for reducing pain and improving function in SIJD patients. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use a combination of such treatments when managing patients with musculoskeletal complaints, including SIJD.

Treating Back Pain With Chiropractic care

​​In a low-back pain study led by the Palmer Center for Chiropractic

Research, 73 percent of those who received standard medical care

and chiropractic care rated their improvement as pain

"completely gone," "much better" or "moderately better." In comparison,

17 percent of participants who received only standard medical care rated

their improvement this way. These results, as well as other measures of

pain and function between the two groups, are considered both clinically

and statistically significant. 


Local Farmers Market Attendance!

Come out and support our local farmers market.
Bradley Chiropractic will be giving out Bradley Chiropractic bags on Thursday June 25th. Stop by and say Hi!


Boost Your Immune System Today!

Get adjusted NOW to help defend yourself against viruses!
Research shows that regular chiropractic adjustments
Significantly reduce stress and boosts the immune system!
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Treating Chronic Pain With Chiropractic

  • ​Chronic pain is ongoing pain that persists beyond an expected time frame, and it doesn't respond to the typical pain management techniques. Chiropractors can treat chronic pain. They use a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as spinal manipulation, to address chronic pain symptoms, such as inflammation and muscle tension.
  • Before you go to a chiropractor to address your pain, it's important to know what exactly is causing your pain.
  • Your chiropractor will do a physical exam as well as some tests to help him or her diagnose your pain. Once you're diagnosed with a pain condition, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises.

National Chiropractic Health Month.

It’s National Chiropractic Health Month! Did you know that back pain is one of the leading reasons why people are prescribed opioids? Chiropractic spinal manipulation is recognized as one of the most effective non-drug therapies available to relieve back pain, improve function and keep you moving! Learn more #StepsToStrength at acatoday.org/NCHM

Sleep Positions For Better Posture

Sleep tight. Sleep posture is important since you put so much pressure on your spine. Regardless of sleep position, always use a pillow with enough thickness so that your head maintains a neutral position.

Back - Only 8 percent of people sleep on their backs. Sleeping on your back is the best option, because it puts no extra pressure on your head, neck or spine. Use a pillow to keep your head slightly elevated and aligned.
Side - Sleeping on one’s side, especially with the knees drawn up in a fetal position, can help open up the joints in the spine and relieve pressure by reducing the curvature of the spine.
Stomach - Approximately 7 percent of people sleep on their stomachs. Unfortunately, this position can aggravate the spine and other medical conditions. Avoid it if possible. 

Tips For Treating The Winter Blues

​Seasonal Affective Disorder also know as SAD or the winter blues may can be improved by the following

  • Acupuncture- Acupuncture can decrease feelings of depression by releasing endorphins. Endorphins counter the symptoms of depression and allow the person to resume a normal life.
  • Good Nutrition -Many studies show depression and SAD can be attributed to nutritional deficiencies, like fatty acids and vitamin D. So during the fall and winter, these nutrients need to be increased to combat the feelings of depression and sadness.
  • Exercise-Many studies show physical activity can improve mood and sleep quality, while also improving immune system function. All of these things are important to address when feeling the grasp of SAD.

Is Prolonged Sitting Bad For Your Spine Health.

According to Cornell University Department of Ergonomics, up to 90% more pressure is put on your back when you sit versus when you stand. There are several reasons why, the first being that if you’re like most Americans, you habitually sit in ways that cause tension and imbalance in your back and neck. This applies to sitting at work, in the car, and at home.


Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Pain Very Common in ICU Nurses!.

Among a group of 702 intensive care unit (ICU) nurses, 97% reported experiencing one or more work-related musculoskeletal disorder during the previous year, with back pain (80.1%), neck pain (78.6%), and shoulder pain (70.4%) being the most common complaints. 

Smoking Cessation With Acupuncture

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)Trusted Source, nearly 17 of every 100 adults in the United States smoke cigarettes. In 2010, seven out of 10 smokers told the CDC that they wanted to quit. Studies have shown that the acupuncture treatment has been beneficial in assisting motivated smokers in reducing their smoking, or even quit smoking completely. A study completed by the University of Oslo showed that these results may be effective up to five years. Acupuncture assists the subjects' smoking cessation by reducing their taste of tobacco and their desire to smoke.


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Insurance Benefits .

As we near the end of the calendar year, we wanted to remind you to make the most of your unused health insurance benefits. Every year you may receive a maximum number of visits or funds to be used through your insurance company for chiropractic care. In most cases at the close of the insurance and/or calendar year unused benefits are lost. These are benefits you have already paid for! Your spinal care is important to us, and we want to make sure you get the care you need without overpaying for it. If you are behind on your monthly chiropractic adjustments now is a great time to come in. Please contact us at 704-861-1886 to schedule your adjustment before your benefits run out.  ​​


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Is Texting Damaging Your Spine.

​Researchers recently looked at 7,000 young adults over a 5-year-period. The study, published in The Spine Journal in 2017, found persistent neck and back pain was associated with time spent texting. The following can be done to help prevent pain associated with texting, 

  • Raise the phone. Move the phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.
  • Take frequent breaks. Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. If needed, use an alarm or app to set automatic reminders to take breaks from handheld devices.
  • Stand up straight. Good posture, with the chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.
  • Arch and stretch. Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain.
  • Exercise regularly. A strong, flexible back and neck are more able to handle extra stress. Some research indicates that teenagers who are active in low-impact team sports or endurance sports are less likely to have neck pain.