Custom Functional Orthotics !

Your feet are your foundation. If there are issues with asymmetry of your feet, fallen arches, excessive pronation or supination it can throw off the alignment of your knees, hips, pelvis, and spine. Just like a faulty foundation in a home can give you problems with the roof, the same goes for your feet alignment.  I have a state of the art 3D laser scanner to find out the exact status of your feet.  You will be able to see the images in color on the laptop screen and get a printed report. If you choose to I can send your results to the company to build a custom orthotic based on your results. This takes all the guess work out of finding the right fit for you! Call my office 978-686-7791 to set up a complimentary scan.  This scanner is also portable and I am able to bring this to your company’s wellness initiative programs.

Autism and Chiropractic

In the USA, Autism conservatively impacts 1/66 children.  Autism is a neurosensory disorder resulting in impaired social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication.
“Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood”.

Chiropractic is not a cure for Autism. Chiropractic helps improve brain and nerve function by locating and adjusting subluxations / misalignments within the spine which interfere with brain /body function.

A child diagnosed with Autism has enough challenges. Consider optimizing their potential by making sure the nervous system is working the best it can without interference in the spine. Parents with special needs children know better than anyone else that some improvement may seem small to some people but home runs for others.

Summer is a great time to have your child checked by a chiropractor.autism

Athletic Injuries & Chiropractic

Athletic injuries with chiropracticTom Brady, Michael Jordan & Jordan Spieth are all professional athletes that endorse chiropractic. That is not a bad list of athletes right there!

Athletes put enormous grueling physical strain on their bodies. Constant pounding and pressure  on the body with a mix of high impact collisions many times results in frequent injuries.

Every sports team has to endure some level of injury within their teams. It’s a part of the journey but it doesn’t mean that the recovery time can’t be improved.

Chiropractors specialize in treating injuries  as well as preventing injuries. Chiropractors work with an injured athlete to help restore mobility and relieve much of their pain with a drug free and natural approach.

Athletes under regular chiropractic care are able to recover quicker and get back to the game they love faster.

Whether you are a professional athlete, grade school athlete , collegiate student athlete or a weekend warrior, having a chiropractor on your team is a great first pick!

The Art of Being Healthy

I am very thankful to have been recognized and published in a new book called “The Art of Being Healthy”

Below is the press release about the book !

Methuen, MA, April 21 , 2016 – America has been facing a health crisis for many years. Though America makes up 5% of the world population; Americans consume more than 50% of the drugs prescribed worldwide. Yet,we rank 47% on the list of the healthiest countries according to The World Health Organization(W.H.O.). More and more research is showing the importance of recognizing that the human body has an innate capacity to heal when it is free of interference. The ART of Being Healthy-real life stories of children and mothers healing with chiropractic shares peoples’ experience with chiropractic,often when other methods have failed.

Co-Author, Dr. Deborah Fudge stated: “It is an honor to have been selected to contribute a true life healing story,with a group of internationally recognized doctors. It is my hope that when people read this book, they will see that there is renewed hope for their health and their children’s health. In light of the opiate epidemic,parents are looking for drug-free and natural approaches to health.”

Dr. Fudge has practiced in Methuen, MA. for 30 years serving families and patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors.

Chiropractic Can Help With Stress

“Never before has our community and society in general experienced so much chronic disease and STRESS related illness. All forms of STRESS are ‘Brain Stress’ causing what I have coined ‘ Pedal to the Metal Syndrome’ “. -Dr. Doug Fryday

stress and chiropracticOur body’s are under constant demand with high workloads at our jobs, financial responsibilities, debt, physical demands on our bodies,and repetitive motion.  This overwhelming feeling that covers our bodies is labeled as stress. Stress is the state of mental or emotional strain that results from very demanding or adverse circumstances. Nobody enjoys being stressed and if you experience too much of it, it can result in higher blood pressure, increased aging process, as well as a host of other problems.

One negative effect of chronic stress is muscle tension and contraction. Chronic stress leads to nerve irritation and chiropractic adjustments can help relieve much of this irritation.

By keeping your body optimized from the inside out, you have a better chance of managing both physical and emotional  stress.

If you are waiting for your back or neck to to hurt, don’t wait. It would be like waiting for a toothache to call your dentist.

Chiropractic and Ear Infections

chiropractor ear infectionHow many kids do you know who suffer from chronic ear infections? I have heard of children being prescribed “preventive antibiotics” all winter to avoid getting an ear infection.  Let’s be clear – if you are a parent with a child in serious pain all you want to do is to see them comfortable.

Why are children more prone to ear problems in the first place ? The eustachian tube in children is short and horizontal. It can be a gateway for fluid draining from the nose straight to the middle ear. Colds and allergies can lead to exceed fluid in the nose. In many cases it is the pressure from the fluid against the eardrum that is causing the pain. Statistics show that 70-80% of ear infections are not bacterial and would not benefit from an antibiotic.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines on how to diagnose and treat ear infections. Their focus is to avoid the over prescribing of antibiotics which can lead to resistant bacteria.

Couple this with the fact that the nervous system in children has not fully developed and you have a Perfect Storm for ear pain.

What can you do to help your child when they are suffering with ear pain?

Chiropractic care does not cure ear infections.  The healing takes place within the child’s own body.  Chiropractic care works to super charge the nervous system to restore normal function within the body. Many times there is a subluxation (misalignment of a vertebrae causing nerve interference ) in the upper cervical part of the spine. A chiropractor finds the subluxation and makes a specific, gentle adjustment to remove the interference.

Chiropractic may not technically “cure ” ear infections, however children under chiropractic care tend to not have as many or none.

The best place to start is with prevention.

As Benjamin Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Sounds like a good place to start!

TINNITUS BLOG

‘Tis the season for hearing Jingle Bells and all your favorite Christmas carols. However, if you are hearing ringing in your ears after the music has stopped, you may have tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the fancy term for “ringing” in your ears. It is the perception of hearing sounds when there are no acoustic sounds in the room. It can drive people crazy- literally. There are many potential causes for tinnitus. One of the causes can be a misalignment in the upper cervical area of the neck interrupting proper nerve flow. sleigh bellsWe refer to this as a subluxation. A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine which interferes with the nerve function in between the vertebra. A subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion affecting nerve communication between your brain and your body.

A Chiropractor is trained to detect misalignments or subluxations in the spine resulting in nerve pressure. We correct the subluxation by making specific adjustments to vertebrae.

Ring in the New Year by ending the ringing in your ears !

“If Only”

FREE VIEWING !

A MUST SEE!!! The Greater Lowell Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative and the Lawrence Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative are cosponsoring a FREE showing of the opioid epidemic documentary “If Only” which was created with If Onlyfamilies from the Merrimack Valley. The free showing, courtesy of Showcase Cinemas Lawrence, will be held on Thursday, October 1st, 2015, at 6 pm. It is a must see for parents with children in high school and college.

“To prescribe an opiate for pain without also prescribing a treatment plan for the cause of that pain is a prescription plan for disaster.”

~Deborah A. Fudge, D.C.~

Chiropractic for College Students

Chiropractic for College StudentsCollege can be one of the most exciting and also most stressful times in a person’s life. The independence can be freeing but also stressful.  The challenges of juggling classes, working, roommates, lack of sleep, and all the other physical, emotional and toxic stresses can take its toll on the body. Staying focused doing hours of homework is difficult enough for a non-distracted person. If you add headaches, neck and back pain due to spinal subluxations it can be even more difficult to stay focused and study.

We are seeing an epidemic in overdoses due to opiates. Some of the problems start with a prescription for pain relief. The last thing we need is to see a rise in opiate use. Chiropractic is a safe, 100% natural, drug-free approach to your health.

I am happy to help any college student with chiropractic care. Some of the local colleges include Northern Essex Community College, Cambridge College, Southern New Hampshire University and Merrimack College. I am a provider for most of the major insurance companies. I have been in practice for 29 years and love helping people of all ages. Optimizing your health is my goal.