Backpack Drive August 18th-29th

Students in our neighborhood and around the world need our help getting school supplies. Health First Chiropractic is doing our part and giving back. We have teamed up with Liberty Elementary School and  Somos Ohana Nicaragua Foundation. New patients will SAVE over $200, and will receive a consultation, exam and first day x-rays. Please call the office near you to get the full details.

Skagit County- 360.855.1021
Snohomish County- 360.658.1987
King County- 206.327.9328
Pierce County- 253.256.4818

What is Meniere’s Disease?

What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is a disorder in the inner ear that cause a whole host of problems. The most common symptom is vertigo.

What factors can affect Meniere’s Disease?
It is more common for people in their 40s and 50s to develop this disease, but it can occur in anyone, including children.

-Temporary hearing loss
-Ringing in the ear
-Pressure in the ear

A little more about Vertigo
Vertigo is a possible sign of other disorders, see your doctor immediately if vertigo is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Double vision or loss of vision
  • Speech impairment
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Falling or difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chest pain

Chiropractic CareMark A. Jones DC and Bryan J. Salminen DC published their findings about Meniere’s Disease Symptomatology Resolution with Specific Upper Cervical Care in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

Clinical Features: A 52 year old male presented with a previous diagnosis of Meniere’s disease and associated symptoms of tinnitus, sensations of fullness in the left ear, vertigo, tension headaches, right mid-back and scapular pain along with other musculoskeletal complaints.

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received specific upper cervical chiropractic care after determining there was a misalignment. After the first adjustment, the patient noted a minor reduction in tinnitus.  After 4 adjustments and 5 weeks of care the subjective demonstrated an improvement of about 60% on tinnitus, vertigo, auricular pressure, migraine tension headaches and a significant reduction of musculoskeletal complaints.

Conclusion: The positive response observed in this case suggests that tinnitus, vertigo, auricular pressure, migraine tension headaches and Meniere’s may be linked to atlas subluxation.  The need for further investigation is indicated.


Do You Struggle with Depression?

What is Depression?
Depressive disorders are characterized by sadness severe enough or persistent enough to interfere with function and sometimes by decreased interest or pleasure in activities. Exact cause is unknown but probably involves heredity, changes in neurotransmitter levels, altered neuroendocrine function, and psychosocial factors. Diagnosis is based on history.

What Causes Depression?
Depressive disorders occur at any age but typically develop during the mid-teens, 20s, or 30s. In primary care settings, as many as 30% of patients report depressive symptoms, but less than 10% have major depression. Women experience depression about twice as often as men.

-Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
-Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
-Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
-Reduced sex drive
-Insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue and loss of energy
-Changes in appetite
-Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
-Indecisiveness, easily distracted and decreased concentration

Chiropractic Care
Lauren Roth PsyD, Diane Zelman PhD, Lauren Clum DC and Justin Roth DC did a case study on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.
Clinical Features: This case study of 6 adults with mild to moderate depression symptoms based on pre-treatment and presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants received upper cervical specific chiropractic care. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised pre- and post-treatment, and completed depression measures weekly throughout treatment. A numeric chiropractic care outcome measure tracked stability and effectiveness of weekly chiropractic visits. A post-treatment interview conducted by a psychology researcher evaluated subjective effectiveness and effects.
Intervention and Outcome: Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Four of five study completers expressed satisfaction with the outcome and that they would recommend similar care to others with depression. Participants also reported decrease in muscle tension and pain, increase in mental clarity and physical energy.
Conclusion: The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care for depression symptoms. Follow-up research should use randomized controlled blind study.



Are Seizures Contagious?

What are Seizures?
Seizures accrue when there is a malfunction in the electrical system in the brain. The brain keeps firing electrical energy which can cause unconsciousness and contractions of the muscles.

What causes Seizures?
Seven out of ten people who have seizures, no cause can be found. Among the rest, the cause may be any one of a number of things that can make a difference in the way the brain works, including head injuries or lack of oxygen during birth, brain tumors, genetic conditions, lead poisoning, and infections.


  • Loss of awareness
  • Confused, feeling spacey
  • Periods of forgetfulness or memory lapses
  • Distracted, daydreaming
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unable to hear
  • Sounds may be strange or different
  • Unusual smells
  • Unusual tastes

Categories of Seizures

  1. Generalized
  2. Partial
  3. Gelastic
  4. Dacrystic
  5. Non-Epileptic
  6. Status Epilepticus

3rd Annual Picnic Patient Appreciation Picnic

Come joint the fun!

We will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, beverages, games, prizes and lots of fun, so bring the whole family! Sign up in the office to bring a side dish or dessert and remember to fill out your tickets when you are in the office. :)

Pierce County- Saturday, August 23rd, 12:00-2:00pm
DeCoursey Park- 2100 7th Ave. SW Puyallup

Snohomish County- Saturday, September 6th, 1:00-3:00pm
Jennings Memorial Park- 6915 Armar Rd., Marysville



Have you heard about the affects of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine that can affect other joints.

What Does it Mean?
Ankylosis- means “fusion”, which may be fibrous, or bony
Spondylitis- means “inflammation of the spine”

What factors can affect Ankylosing Spondylitis?
The exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is unknown, we do know that genetics play a key role in AS.

Pain and stiffness:

  • shoulders
  • hips
  • ribs
  • heels
  • small joints of the hands and feet.

Chiropractic Care

 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of an Adult with Ankylosing Spondylitis

 Cailen E. Wells DC & John Williams DC, Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research

Clinical Features: A 52 year old male presented with postural stiffness in multiple joints, mid-back pain, neck pain, bilateral shoulder pain, bilateral leg and hip pain. Past history included three motor vehicle accidents prior to the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Other health concerns included high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and ulcerative colitis.
Intervention and Outcomes: Subluxations were confirmed with upper cervical radiographs, x-rays, and a Grostic leg check analysis.  Blair and Knee Chest techniques were utilized over a 4 month period with improvements in pain, range of motion and blood pressure.
Conclusion: This case report exhibits the need for further study of both the Knee Chest and Blair corrections of an upper cervical vertebral subluxation in a patient with AS.





Do You Suffer From Migraines?

What is a Migraine?
A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine symptoms can last for a couple of hours to days.

What Causes Migraines?
No one knows the exact reason for migraines. There are a couple know contributors including genetics and environmental factors. It is also thought that migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with nerve. Migraines affect 18% women and 6% of men in the US. It is common for migraines to start during adolescence and will substance after the age of 50.

Throbbing or a pulsing sensation of the head
-Extreme sensitivity to light and sound
-Blurry vision

Chiropractic Care

Moses Bernard DC, Joel Alcantara DC, and G. Stanford Pierce DC publish a case study on how upper cervical chiropractic helps with migraines in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

Clinical Features: A 16-year-old female presented with a chief complaint of migraine since kindergarten.   Magnetic resonance imaging, computer axial tomography scans of the cranium and a dental consultation were unremarkable.  The frequency of migraine attacks occurred 1-2 times per week, lasting approximately 2-3 hours per episode.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with the Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment to address atlas subluxation. The patient attended a total of 16 visits in a period of one year and received 5 corrections to the atlas. Ongoing care resulted in independence from the use of medications and abatement of migraine attacks to 2-4 per month of mild intensity.

Conclusion: The care of an adolescent with chronic migraines with Upper Cervical Chiropractic was presented. This case report provides supporting evidence that patients with migraines may benefit from this type of chiropractic care.

Are You Suffering From Allergies?

What is Allergies?
At least one out of every five Americans suffers from allergies, making allergies the most common disorders among people. Allergy is any exaggerated immune response to a foreign substance from the environment.

What Can Trigger Allergies?
Common causes of allergy symptoms include food allergies such as peanut or milk allergy, seasonal allergies resulting from grass, weed, tree pollen, or various molds, and also dandruff of cats and dogs.


  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Skin rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Vision Problems

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Colds & Vertebral Subluxation

Joel Alcantara, BSc, D.C.;Laura Van Roo, D.C. and Rosemary E. Oman, Msc, FASBE, DC

 Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic

Clinical Features: A 7-year-old male was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. He suffered from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma since the age of 5 months. At the time of initial evaluation, the patient was on a 1x/day dose of prescription Alavert for allergies and Albuterol for asthma. The patient’s illness caused him to miss approximately 1–2 days a month of school due to colds and symptoms of asthma. His parents also indicated that his health problems resulted in monthly visits to his medical doctor.
Interventions: The patient was cared for using specific, low-force adjustments with the Activator Instrument to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks of initiating chiropractic care, the patient was able to discontinue his allergy and asthma medications (as decided upon by his parents) and the use of his nebulizer. In the first 5 months after beginning chiropractic care, he has had only wellness checkups at the medical doctor. In the past school year, the patient has not missed any days of school due to illness.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that chiropractic care can help balance immune system functioning and relieve asthma symptoms as well as colds and allergies. It is recommended that further research be done on this subject to support the findings of this case study.


Can Chiropracitc Care Help Women with Infertiltiy?

What is Infertility?
If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you’re not alone. Ten to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances.

What Causes Infertility?
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant.

When to see a doctor?
-You’re age 35 to 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer
-You’re over age 40, so you should begin testing or treatment right away
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful
-You have known fertility problems
-You’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease or prior cancer treatment
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage

Chiropractic Care
Ari Cohn, D.C. and Joseph Minnich, D.C. did a case study on Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a 31 Year Old Woman and published their findings in the  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health

Clinical Features: A 31-year-old woman presented to the office with the intent of improving overall health.  Her health history included headaches, digestive complaints and SI joint pain with bending. She also had been unable to conceive after nine months of attempting to do so.

Intervention and Outcome: An initial examination of the nervous system showed poor function of the autonomic and motor nervous systems.  The woman was recommended a course of care.  After thirteen weeks of chiropractic care the patient reported two pregnancies – the first after five weeks of care, which was nonviable and the second at thirteen weeks of care, which was a successful conception.  The second pregnancy was carried to term with no complications.
Conclusion: This is a case of one woman who underwent a series of chiropractic adjustments for the purpose of reducing subluxations.  While under care the woman’s thermographic showed improvement and the woman was also able to conceive while under chiropractic care.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. Between these mood episodes, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of bipolar disorder. Experts do believe that bipolar disorder often runs in families, and there is a genetic part to this mood disorder. There is also growing evidence that environment and lifestyle issues have an effect on the disorder’s severity. Stressful life events or alcohol or drug abuse can make bipolar disorder more difficult to treat.

Dramatic and unpredictable mood swings including the highs of manic to the lows of major depression, along with various mood states between these two extremes.

Chiropractic Care
Matthew T. Wolfertz DC  and Valerie L. Dahlberg DC did a research case on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Sixteen-Year-Old Male with Bipolar Disorder and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research

Clinical Features:  A sixteen-year-old boy suffered with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder since six months of age. His mother reported that he was born with the umbilical cord around his neck and forceps were used to assist delivery.  The child experienced frequent accidents and multiple medications.
Upon examination, a subluxation was found in the upper cervical region of the spine.  An Upper Cervical adjustment was made. The patient’s condition was evaluated by the doctor’s observation, his mother’s subjective descriptions of the symptoms. Conclusion:  After seven weeks of care the patient’s symptoms were eliminated or greatly diminished.  He no longer required any medications. More research is warranted on the upper cervical subluxation contributing to Bipolar Disorder.



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