Dr. Miskelly has served as a Chiropractor in Fort Wayne for over forty two (42) years. Our center has been in the Waynedale community for over fifteen (15) years. In those years he has helped people with neck to low back pain. Hand to foot pain. And everything in between.
A Chiropractors first goal is to get you out of pain so that you can function and get back to your daily activities of living. Adjustments are applied to whatever joints are not working properly to achieve better health and wellness.
If the brain cannot send signals through the nervous system, you will have disease, illness and pain.
Chiropractic adjustments free pinched nerves which allow the nerves to heal and the muscles to relax. We do not use drugs, and one of our objectives is to give you pain relief so that you can stop the cycle of pain drugs. Drugs are not your friend; they mask symptoms by changing the nerve activity in your brain. There are side affects to them that could cause you other health conditions.
Look through our website, read about the ProAdjuster, and check out exercises and treatments you can do for yourself. Watch some of the videos; they are here to help you.
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Half Somersault Maneuver
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV
Video: Vertigo and Dizziness
BPPV has been characterized as the most common form of vertigo and the “half somersault maneuver” or otherwise described as “Foster Maneuver” has been working wonders in treating this condition. The inner ear has three semicircular canals which are interconnected by fluid pathways and have gravity sensors in them. These are being capped by bed of crystals which may be dislodged from where they are and enter into any of the canals or other parts of the ear. When the dislodgement happens and crystals get into the semicircular canals, a mechanical disorder happens. The system will function incorrectly and the tilting motions of the said crystals will be interpreted as intense dizziness.
Why Dizziness Occurs?
The system in our brain works like a computer system which is enabled through sensors and wires. It works like the mouse and the keyword, the sensors, from which information is transmitted through the wires of the system and is interpreted in the central processing unit, the brain. One gets dizzy when there is problem with the sensors and it is more likely that one will lose balance when processing of information and interpretation thereof is not carried well to the brain. When the brain fails to interpret what is being sent to it, it will send back wrong information to other parts of the body which perform important functions.
When one has vertigo, he experiences this incredible spinning sensation. It is like he’s riding in a merry-go-round, only this time that the feeling isn’t merry but very disabling. This vertigo is mostly experience while in bed. Those afflicted get a sudden spinning of his environment for several seconds. It often recurs from time to time especially when one tries to sit up, lie down or roll over in bed. Balance is sometimes affected while others experience severe dizziness and vomiting.
How Can This Be Stopped?
Many people with vertigo get the assistance of trained health care specialists. These specialists perform therapeutic maneuvers on them to roll crystals out from the semicircular canals of the ear. The positional spells usually leave after a few hours but others stay there for a very long time. This causes one to experience dizzy spells over and over. Others try to make movements to drive crystals away and DIY methods are usually taken as home exercises and half somersault maneuver is just one of the few effective home exercises for vertigo.
Carol A. Foster, MD and Her Half Somersault Maneuver
Carol A. Foster, MD is an Associate Professor and currently the Director of the Balance Laboratory, University of Colorado Hospital. She had her MD at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA. Doctor Foster is has been afflicted with vertigo herself. She had Meniere’s disease, a condition of the inner ear which makes her experience bouts of vicious dizziness and nausea. This happens almost every day and it lasts for a couple of hours most of the time. She had a surgery to cut the nerve in the ear which triggers her vertigo. The surgery solved the problem until 14 years later when she started to feel intense spinning again and that it has gotten worse than her vertigo before. It was the turning point of her life and this is one of the reasons why she decided to fight the condition and finally had this medical breakthrough.
The Half Somersault Maneuver she devised intends to roll out the particles from the posterior/inferior semicircular canal. This maneuver must be performed well and the process differs when one treats vertigo in his right or left ear. It should be followed as instructed in the Half Somersault Maneuver Video Here to make sure that the crystals are not going to fall on the horizontal/lateral semicircular canal because this may lead to horizontal spinning (horizontal canal BPPV )which would indicate complication and will only require a different kind of maneuver. The process should be strictly followed and a test known as “Dix-Hallpike test” must be had to find out whether it is the right or left ear which is affected. Under this test, one must put an ear down with the ear being turned 45 degrees to the right and when it is in this position that severe spell dizziness is felt then the problem is with the right ear.
The half somersault, Epley, and the Semont maneuvers have been proven very effective home exercises in removing crystals from the semicircular canals. It is important to space the time between maneuvers so as to reduce the risk of horizontal canal BPPV. In case the crystals get into the horizontal canal when doing the maneuver, the said particles can be effectively removed using the so called Gufoni maneuver. This maneuver is usually performed with the assistance of health care workers. For the purposes of discussion, Gufoni is performed by sitting up after performing the Dix Hallpike and then reclining on to the opposite side of the ear affected by vertigo and the rotating slowly the head to have it face the bed.
The half somersault does not require more significant movements such as standing up from one figure to another. A patient can just assume the initial half somersault position, put their head upside down like they are doing a somersault, wait for a few seconds for the dizziness to subside and then raise the head at back level. They will then wait for dizziness to subside and get back again to their sitting position. The only impediment we see with half somersault is that they cannot be applied with people who have impaired flexibility like people with knee, back or neck injuries and with people whose weight are huge enough to perform the bending. But when one does not have these health issues, he can very well do these maneuvers in treating their Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV in a form of home exercises.
Yes!! ABC TVs Good Morning America proved it on a Vimeo video. The research used the expertise of Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Jr., a Chicago area Chiropractor, to test the effect of specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine. The study was to test the theory that adjustment could have a positive affect on blood pressure. It did!, now WHY?
The Medical Director for this University of Chicago Medical Research allowed Dr. Dickholtz to examine 50 Hospital patients. 25 received a real adjustment and 25 had fake adjustments. They each had only (1) adjustment and 8 weeks later those having the real adjustment still had lowered blood pressure. Impressive indeed!
If you watched the video you heard Dr. Timothy Johnson say that the “C1 vertebra is in a critical area” and Robin Roberts say it was like “the fuse box for the spine”. Let’s look at this a little closer.
Look at this diagram of the Central Nervous System.
The three parts are the Motor Nerves, the part you mostly control. The Autonomic Nerves, the automatic part that you have little control over. And the smallest part, the Sensory Nerves tell you what is happening in your environment, so you can use the larger two parts to adapt.
Each of these systems have information constantly traveling from the brain to the distant cells and then from those cells back to the brain. The Autonomic Nervous System has two parts. The Sympathetic Nervous System or accelerator and the Parasympathetic Nervous System or the brakes. The Sympathetic NS is primarily from C2, in the neck, down to L5, in the low back. These nerves overlap but are specific to each of the organs. Much as in your car, you can step on the gas (Sympathetic NS) or let up according to need. Sometimes you must slow down even faster, so you use the brake (Parasympathetic NS). If your accelerator gets stuck, you would have to brake hard.
The Sympathetic NS is more closely related to the Adrenal Gland and the Neurochemical that supports the Sympathetic NS is Adrenaline. Adrenaline causes the Sympathetic NS to speed up the heart rate, tenses muscles (which can cause diarrhea or bladder urges early on), increases blood pressure, dilates the pupils, reduces the appetite, then slows bowel and bladder functions. Many patients with high blood pressure have many of the above symptoms. Too much stimulation of the Sympathetic NS.
Why didn’t the Parasympathetic NS slow it down? That may be the answer to the WHY? C1, the vertebra Dr. Dickholtz adjusted during the research project at the University of Chicago, that is where some of the Parasympathetic NS brakes are found. If there is a Subluxation at C1 it can cause the Parasympathetic NS to not function in time with need. It could also be the culprit that is not allowing the Sympathetic NS to slow down. SOOO if the Sympathetic NS is not slowing down and the Parasympathetic NS is not stopping the rush, we have out of control Hypertension. The Parasympathetic NSslows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, lowers the blood pressure, constricts the pupils, stimulates the appetite and normalizes the bowel and bladder . This seesaw activity is supposed to be constantly active. It requires a nervous system functioning at 100%. SOOO, How often do you think it is necessary for your nervous system to function at 100%? Once a day like a broken clock, or as close to 100% of the time 24/7?…….?……….?………..?
Of course it is still your choice just like it is your choice to see your dentist, your doctor or to mow your yard or change oil in your car. You have lived this long without a Chiropractor, why start now? Well maybe it could mean the difference between the health you have now and the health and wellness you have been seeking. After all, if you were happy with what you have you would not be reading articles written about health and Hypertension.
Think about it and give us a call at 260-747-1596. We look forward to serving you.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, my concern is for my patients and my local community. These exercises are very important to all adults. My recommendation is to do them standing, sitting, lying prone, supine and each side. If you did these exercises in each of those positions, daily, you may become aware of postures that are less responsive. This can help me know where you may have a subluxation pinching a nerve that could be affecting more than just incontinence. You live your life through your nervous system. Without 100% nerve function many health issues trouble you. As a Chiropractor, my job is to improve your health and lifestyle by restoring nerve vitality by unpinching nerves, improving nutrition, recommending and teaching effective exercise and lifestyle changes. If you need help, you can reach my office at 747-1596. We are here to serve you.
The following exercises were found at They were written and presented by Prevention Magazine.
Do Special Exercises
Kegel exercises were developed in the late 1940s by Arnold Kegel, M.D., to help women with stress incontinence during and after pregnancy. The experts say that these exercises reduce and may even prevent some forms of incontinence in both sexes and at all ages. Here are the guidelines from the National Association for Continence.
- Without tensing the muscles of your legs, buttocks, or abdomen, imagine that you’re trying to hold back a bowel movement by tightening the ring of muscles (the sphincter) around the anus. This exercise identifies the back part of the pelvic muscles.
- When you’re urinating, try to stop the flow, and then restart it. This identifies the front part of the pelvic muscles. (For women: Imagine you’re trying to grip a slipping tampon.)
- You’re now ready for the complete exercise. Working from back to front, tighten the muscles while counting to four slowly, then release. Do this for 2 minutes, at least three times a day—that’s at least 100 repetitions.To locate your pelvic floor muscles, imagine trying to interrupt your urine stream. Slowly tighten and hold for 10 seconds; then relax for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Next, try a quicker squeeze and release of the same muscles–a faster move that works different muscle fibers. Squeeze and release in rapid succession 10 times. Do one set of fast and one set of slow Kegels each day, working up to three sets of both daily.
Body Benefit: Improves blood circulation to the genitals, which makes you more aroused; increases vaginal response and bladder control.
The old joke is, “Nothing.What has it done for me?”
Actually, a fever probably has done a lot for you.Your body successfully fights many illnesses by creating a fever. Remember, your body made that fever, and there is probably a benefit. Robert Mendelssohn, M.D. routinely told patients to throw away their thermometers. Ancient medical wisdom says, “Give me a fever and I can cure anything.”Years ago, at Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, New York, I picked up a what-to-do-for-fever booklet.It said that the hospital does not even treat a fever until it is over 102 degrees, and then only for the comfort of the patient.
So what do you do for a fever?Well, first do nothing at all.If it runs its course in a day or two, let it be.
If a fever is very high for very long, though, there is genuine cause for concern and for action.Many days of a fever in excess of 104 degrees might result in heat seizures, kidney failure or a variety of other complications.Fevers are not the trouble; they are the indicator of trouble. We need to deal with the cause of the fever and the fever will take care of itself. When I walk indoors shivering on a winter’s day, I do not want muscle relaxants or pain killers.I want warmth.Get me warm, and my teeth will stop chattering on their own.It is good to know WHY the body has a fever.
In our house, we will accept a daytime fever up to 103.5 degrees without medication.We like to see it under 102 at night.This mostly comes from our worrisome nature as parents.When our kids were very little, we slept a lot better knowing the fever was down before bedtime.To reliably lower the fever, we used vitamin C and plenty of it.(Added by Dr. Miskelly.That means 1 to 3 thousand mg. every 10 to 15 minutes til the fever breaks or you get diarrhea.Then back off to 1 to three thousand mg. every morning, noon and night til well.)
The biggest plus for vitamin C is that it is remarkably safe.Another advantage of high-dose vitamin C therapy is that, while it is an excellent antipyretic, vitamin C acts as a natural antibiotic and also strengthens the immune system.Vitamin C lowers a fever by eliminating its cause.The vitamin must be given very frequently and in sufficient quantity to get results.When sick, I think one should take vitamin C as often as humanly possible, even every ten minutes if necessary.Bowel tolerance and/or cessation of symptoms indicates sufficient quantity.
Bed rest and liquids have always been and still are very helpful.Instead of water or worthless sugar “juice drinks,” I suggest you use freshly made vegetable juices.Carrot juice in particular is fairly tasty and loaded with carotenes.Many fevers are accompanied by infection.Infection rapidly depletes the liver of its vitamin A reserves.Carotene is (water soluble,) the cheapest and safest way to take in large amounts of pro-vitamin A, which the body will convert into retinol, (oil soluble Vitamin A,) on demand.Deficiency and toxicity are therefore both avoided.
Of course a sick body needs sleep.A niacin supplement will shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and actually act as a natural sedative.No more niacin should be taken at a time than causes a slight warm feeling, or “flush.”(It increases blood flow to fight the infection, raises seratonin to calm the brain.The amount needed may be 25 to 50mg.Rarely more.)
Homeopathy may be very appropriate to try during a fever.Non-prescription homeopathic preparations have a nearly two hundred year history of safety.They are so dilute that toxicity is next to impossible.One might wonder how something so safe can be so helpful to the body.It was during a major outbreak of scarlet fever that homeopathic medicine first received validation.Records showed that more patients survived with homeopathic treatment than did with conventional medicine.
Two classic remedies that we’ve often used at home are microdilutions of Belladonna and Ferrum Phosphate.Because homeopathy emphasizes treatment of the person as a whole, there is not just one “fever remedy.” In fact, in Boericke’s Materia Medica, Ninth Edition, there are no fewer than 14 PAGES of indexed references on “fever.” Don’t be put off by such thoroughness, however.A simple guide to the handiest remedies will be quickly found in The Prescriber, by J. H. Clarke, M.D. Homeopathic Medicine at Home, by Maesimund Panos, M.D. and Jane Heimlich is also popular. I’m especially keen on Dr. Schuessler’s Biochemistry, by J. B. Chapman, M.D. and Who is Your Doctor and Why, by Alonzo Shadman, M.D.All these books contain practical dosage information. You may have noted that all are principally authored by medical doctors.To irrelevantly quote opera comedian Anna Russell: “I’m not making this up, you know.”
Many a fever is relieved by chiropractic adjustments of the upper vertebrae of the neck.It is common to have a feverish child recover much more rapidly than usual after treatment. It certainly helped our kids, and that’s what matters to me. (Though Robert Mendelssohn, M.D. is now deceased, he supported Chiropractic in our 1976 anti-trust suit against the AMA.)
There is a lot of unnecessary confusion over whether or not to feed a fever.Naturopathic theory holds that controlled, therapeutic juice fasting promotes recovery from many illnesses.We are not talking starvation, but rather a pause from our usual pattern of OVER-eating.Juices, especially raw vegetable juices, actually provide above-average nourishment for days at least.One could easily show that vegetable juice fasting really isn’t a “fast” at all.It is an especially healthful, inexpensive, natural, uncooked, modified liquid diet.If you want results fast, then fast for results.
Philosophically, does it make sense to put more gasoline into a burning car?First, put the fire out.We can fill up the tank later.
If all the above options seem like a medical walk on the wild side, keep in mind that even one good idea can help your child get well a little faster.