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» Class IV Therapeutic Laser Treatments
» Prevent Neck Pain with a Well-fitted Mask
» Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain
» Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones
» Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer

Class IV Therapeutic Laser Treatments

Island Chiropractic Centre of Johns Island, SC is Now Offering Class IV Therapeutic Laser Treatments for Advanced Pain Relief and Enhanced Healing.

High-power therapy laser provides a safe, non-invasive solution for pain management, wound healing and rehabilitation.

Johns Island, SC – 12/4/2020

Dr. Anthony Ross of Island Chiropractic Centre proudly announces the addition of Class IV therapeutic laser that delivers advanced pain relief and enhanced tissue healing. “We are very excited to offer these treatments to our patients”, said Dr. Ross, “Laser therapy is an innovative drug-free and surgery-free solution for our clients. The therapy laser that we invested in, the Platinum P4 by Summus Medical Laser, is used by many health care providers and professional sports teams throughout the US and the world.”

Dr. Ross went on to say "We can help many more people than we could before. The P4 laser is absolutely the best thing to ever happen to our practice. It is very exciting to help people get the results they need with virtually no side effects”.

Island Chiropractic Centre chose the P4 by Summus Medical Laser because it is the most innovative and effective Class IV therapeutic laser. High-energy laser therapy with the P4 safely penetrates deeply into the body to diminish pain and stimulate healing. Laser therapy provides a safe solution for many peoples’ pain.

Laser therapy works by stimulating production of cellular energy in damaged cells and by enhancing the cell membrane permeability. This promotes the speed and the quality of healing, enhances the exchange of nutrients and wastes across the cell membrane and improves elasticity of injured tissues. Laser therapy also modulates pain and reduces inflammation. It can be used immediately on acute injuries, over broken skin and over metal implants. Laser therapy enhances the rate and quality of healing of acute injuries and can help with the resolution of chronic complaints such as arthritis.

“The Summus Medical Laser is being used in the very best health care clinics across the country, and by several professional sports teams, such as the New York Yankees. We are very pleased to offer the latest laser therapy technology to our patients”, continued Dr. Ross.

Island Chiropractic Centre has staff members who have been professionally trained to effectively provide laser therapy treatments.  They are ready to answer clients’ questions about suitability for their condition.  Clients interested in knowing more can contact the office at 843-559-9111 or visit their website at  Additional information about laser therapy can be found at

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Author: Summus Medical Laser
Source: P4_MED Marketing File

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Prevent Neck Pain with a Well-fitted Mask

Well Fitted Mask

If you’ve noticed aches and pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Some American Chiropractic Association (ACA) members report that their patients who wear protective masks for long hours are frequently experiencing these common musculoskeletal conditions.
Some believe the reason behind the pain, in addition to increased stress, is that masks can limit the lower field of vison—particularly if they are not well fitted—causing people to tuck in their chins, shift their body position and hold their necks and posture stiffly to maintain a line of sight.
“Teachers, health care workers, retail and factory workers, and even students have reported jaw pain, neck stiffness, upper back pain, headaches and eye tension,” confirmed Dr. Leo Bronston, an ACA member who practices in Onalaska, Wisc. “They are moving differently and holding awkward positions to accommodate their face coverings.”
“Protective masks, while necessary, can add to the already heighted tension of the COVID-19 era by causing people to force their heads and necks further forward or side-to-side to view their tasks,” said Dr. Scott Donkin, an ACA member who practices in Lincoln, Neb. “A pattern arose among my patients that I experienced myself: neck and upper back pain with stiffness that increased throughout the workday.”
If you experience aches and pain after wearing a protective mask for long periods, Dr. Bronston and Dr. Donkin recommend a few simple steps to help improve vision and prevent musculoskeletal strain:
  1. Awareness first: Be aware of your head, neck, shoulder, arm and body positions while wearing your mask. Try to move as normally as possible.
  2. Take a close look at the mask you are wearing to identify obstructions in your visual field that could be making you compensate by unnaturally shifting your head, neck or body posture. Try out different masks until you find one that stays in place, covering the mouth and nose without obstructing vision. Use masks with adjustable elastic or ties so they are snug but not too tight.
  3. Position your mask for maximum protection while optimizing your posture and movements. Fit your mask closely to the contour of the bridge of your nose as well as your cheeks. This will minimize reduction in your visual field.
  4. Take frequent “unwinding” breaks to lean back, move and stretch in the opposite direction to relieve cumulative tension or pressure. Try to flex the jaw, neck, shoulders and upper spine.
  5. When possible, take a walk outside to relieve stress.
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Brought to you by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and reviewed by the ACA Editorial Advisory Board. This information is for educational purposes. It is not a replacement for treatment or consultation with a healthcare professional. If you have specific questions, contact your doctor of chiropractic.
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Author: ACA
Source: ACA

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Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from back pain at any given time. This adds up to over $50 billion in healthcare costs annually. And then that price tag more than doubles when you factor in lost wages and decreased job productivity.

For decades, chiropractors have not only been saying chiropractic maintenance care for back pain is beneficial, it’s also cost effective. A research project called "The Nordic Maintenance Care Program" was launched with the aim to increase knowledge regarding maintenance care, utilizing chiropractors in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. A leading chiropractic publication, Chiropractic Economics, explained that this team put in hard work from 2008-2018 with four objectives:

  1. To define the concept of maintenance care and the indications for its use.
  2. To describe chiropractors’ belief in maintenance care and patients’ acceptance of it.
  3. To establish the prevalence with which chiropractors use maintenance care and possible characteristics of the chiropractors associated with its use.
  4. To determine its efficacy and cost-effectiveness for various types of conditions.


One study specifically investigated the patient perspective of maintenance care; patients were interviewed and asked to explain why they would visit their chiropractor on a regular basis. Patients stated that the purpose was:  

  • To prevent recurrences (78%);
  • To remain pain-free (68%);
  • Maintenance care as a wellness approach (17%).

Regarding the spacing of maintenance care treatments, most visits were scheduled by patients within a range of 1-3 months.


A health-care register-based study found that health care use was smallest among the patients who received maintenance care from a chiropractor as opposed to those receiving care from other health care professionals.

A 2015 study by Simon Dagenais, et. al., gathered data from over 1300 studies. They discovered that compared to private health plans, chiropractic health care costs were lower. There are a lot of variables to control, but the bottom line is chiropractic maintenance care can be more effective and less costly than other forms of back pain care.

Source: PLoS One. 2018; 13(9): e0203029

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Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones

New guidelines released from the American College of Physicians indicate that preventing kidney stones may be as simple as drinking more water.  Experts suggest drinking enough fluids to generate two liters of urine daily in order to keep kidney stones at bay. Kidney stones are formed from solid crystals in the urine and increasing the consumption of water dilutes the solids and decreases their abilities to form into stones. It should be noted that drinking any fluids does not generate the same benefits of drinking water alone. Certain fluids such as sodas, especially those containing phosphoric acid, can actually increase the formation of kidney stones. Stick with water and consume two to three liters daily with the goal of generating 2 liters of clear urine daily. If the urine is yellow, you're likely not consuming enough fluids.

Source: Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(9):I-24.

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Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer

Experts have been debating bacon for years, but could this delicious food really lead to cancer? According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), there's a link between the regular consumption of bacon, along with other processed meats like hot dogs, and the risk for contracting colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the bowels.  WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer also found a link between prolonged processed meat consumption and the risk for both pancreatic and prostate cancer as well. The IARC report estimated that for every 1.8 ounce of bacon consumed per day, the risk for bowel cancer rises by 18%. The findings from this report led WHO to deem processed meats as true carcinogens, just like tobacco. But not everyone is buying the argument that processed meat is as bad as tobacco. Almost a million deaths a year are caused by smoking cigarettes. While experts agree that over consumption of processed meats isn't healthy, bacon and other meats can be enjoyed in moderation without concern according to the National Resources Defense Council. The advocacy group also urges people to avoid the processed meat section and to buy fresh meat from high-quality sources instead.

Source: Reuters. October 27, 2015.

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