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DRS Protocol treatment for back pain & neck pain

“Before treatment I had problems in my lower back and legs. They were weak, I didn’t want to walk for any length of time and I was on meds.

Since my treatment I have been able to stop taking one of the meds which I am very happy about. I have more energy. I’ve been able to do more of my everyday things around the house. I have more strength in my legs, and it is so important to me to be able to have that back!”

- Patricia, Back Pain Survivor

If you’re suffering with back pain or neck pain, contact Lee’s Summit Chiropractor, Adjust4Life Wellness, today to find out more about how our DRS Protocol treatment can relieve your pain – even if you’ve tried everything else!

Make Labor Day the last Holiday you suffer with Chronic Low Back pain

Labor Day became a holiday back in 1882 as a day dedicated to the achievements of American workers, paying tribute to the contributions of the working man (and we presume woman as well.)

You may simply celebrate Labor Day as a day you do not have to labor at all, or as a one day rest for your tired body to recuperate from the physical punishment you give it the rest of the year.

After thirty or forty years of back breaking work, or even sitting in a chair all day at an office, one day won’t do much to help ease the chronic back pain you now live with every day. In fact, weeks of rest won’t do anything for it either. Often, neither will surgery or other invasive back procedures provide the relief you need.

While Labor Day isn’t a holiday on which we usually exchange gifts, here’s an idea for a Labor Day gift you can give yourself:  Make an appointment with Dr. Chris Long at the Adjust4Life Chiropractic Wellness Center in Lees Summit, MO, to talk about the DRS Protocol™The DRS Protocol™ is a treatment that really works to alleviate back pain caused by herniated or degenerative discs, and many other spinal problems that can develop over a lifetime.  Best of all, there’s no surgery, and no rehab time that will keep you away from your job.

So rest well this Labor Day, Monday, September 1st.  Then Tuesday, call Dr. Long and make an appointment that will both change your life, and give you your life back.  By Christmas, you’ll be feeling a lot better, and by next Labor Day, you can be pain free.

Chris Long

Don’t send your Children Back to School with a Back Ache

Every year at this time, back to school time, we issue the same warning to parents:  Be careful about overloading your child’s school book and  back pack.  Every kid uses a back today for school..  You’ve probably seen cartoons where a small child is lugging a large heavy back pack, straining to get to the school bus.  The problem is real, however, and no joke.

Recently, a TV station in Indiana interviewed an expert on the subject, Dr. Richard E. Busch III. Dr. Busch is known nationally for developing the DRS Protocols™, which alleviate chronic lower back pain, especially after failed back surgery.  (The DRS Protocols™ are practiced in the Kansas City area by Dr. Chris Long of the Adjust for Life Chiropractic Wellness Center.

Dr. Busch would like to see people prevent getting back problems, before he has to ever see them as patients.  He suggests that you look at the straps of your child’s backpack first.  “The smaller the strap, the more pressure it’s going to put on the child’s shoulder.” When packing your book bag, Dr. Busch suggests you limit the total weight to no more than 10-15% of the child’s body weight.  Also, it’s kind of a “thing” today for kids to wear their backpack with just one strap.  This should be avoided because it causes inflammation to their nerves, and the shoulders, from the lower part of their neck.

Although damage from heavy back packs is usually short term, Dr. Busch warns, ”When we start dealing with back problems, we start to see problems that are really small become bigger problems later on if they are not handled correctly.”

You can view the TV report by clicking here.


Chris Long

The One Type of Back Pain the DRS Protocol Cannot Help

People ask us if the DRS Protocol™ can help every kind of back pain.  Turns out there may be one cause of low back pain we can’t help.

Instead of DRS™, what this patient really needed was an Obstetrician.  A woman in Minnesota named Trisch Staine had been training hard for an upcoming half-marathon. A few days ago, following a training run, Staine began to suffer from severe back pain.  The pain was so bad, she finally took an ambulance ride to the emergency room where  she promptly delivered a 6 pound 6 ounce baby girl.

Staine told the Associated Press she didn’t know she was pregnant. She had even lost weight  recently due to her training regimen.  And one other small detail, her husband had had a vasectomy.

TheStaines’ new daughter was born about five weeks early and was named “Mira,” short for “miracle.”

Many of our patients believe the non-surgical, drug free  DRS Protocol™ is also a miracle. We know it works great if you have a herniated or ruptured disc spinal stenosis, or failed back surgery.  We don’t think it can help you much if your back pain is caused, as in Trisch Staine’s case, by an unknown pregnancy


Chris Long

I Know What Herniated Disc Disease is, but What is “Fusion Disease?”

If you or a loved one has been suffering from chronic back pain, you may have heard or seen the term “fusion disease.”  Don’t worry, “fusion disease” isn’t something you can catch, or even develop on your own.  “Fusion disease” is a term doctors use to refer to the recurrence of  severe back pain that often occurs a few years after spinal surgery.  In simple terms, once fusion surgery solves one problem, the other parts of your spine have to work harder to compensate.  Solving one problem just leads to creating another problem.

The good news is that you can prevent every having “fusion disease” by not ever having spinal surgery.  Does this mean you can never get rid of your chronic back pain?  No, it just means you need to find a non-surgical, drug free way to do it.  Fortunately, there is such a way, and it is available to you here in the Kansas City metro area.  It’s called the DRS Protocol™.  Following years of research, the DRS Protocol™ was developed to end the misery of back pain.  Today, there are thousands of people living pain free lives, without the possibility of every getting “fusion disease” as a result of failed back surgery.

Only a limited number of doctors in the country are trained to perform the DRS Protocols™.  In our area, we are fortunate to have Dr. Chris Long of the Adjust4Life Chiropractic Wellness Center. Serving Lee’s Summit, Kansas City, Greenwood, Overland Park, Raytown and surrounding areas.

Dr. Long recognizes that not all back pain sufferers can be helped through DRS, and that in some cases, surgery may be the right way to go.  Only through a through a thorough consultation can Dr. Long help you find the right way to ease your chronic back pain once and for all, even if your pain is caused by failed back surgery.

Chris Long

Walking May Help Alleviate Some of Your Back Pain

A recent back pain study by Dr. Michal-Katz-Leurer of Tel Aviv University’s Stanley School of Health Professions concluded that a regular program of walking can help alleviate some of your back pain. Now that spring has finally arrived in Missouri, it might be a good time to start walking two or three times a week for a period of 20 to 40 minutes.  If you’ve had chronic back pain for some time, or if it seems too painful to even think about walking, you should seek professional help before starting any exercise program.

If you’re looking for a good place to take a walk, check out the Lee’s Summit’s Greenway Trail system.  Greenway trails are paved and wide, so it’s not like hiking through the forests or climbing up a mountain, and there’s probably a trail near you.  Start out slow, and build up your endurance and back strength over time.

If you have back pain, and almost everyone does at one time or another, walking may be a good way to ease the pain.  To deal with more serious back pain, take a few minutes this spring to visit Dr. Chris Long at Adjust4Life Chiropractic Wellness Center, and learn about a proven pain free, and drug free way to eliminate chronic back pain, the DRS Protocol™.

We’d love to hear from you.  What are your favorite local walking trails in the Kansas City Area?

Chris Long

Use of Narcotic Drugs to Relieve Chronic Low Back Pain on the Rise

Ask the average person if they want to become addicted to narcotic drugs, and they will for the most part, say no.  Who wants that life?  Yet, thousands of average people start taking narcotic pain killers every day, legally with a doctor’s prescription.  That little piece of paper from your doctor doesn’t  change the fact that you will be taking the same type of habit forming drugs that ruin people’s lives and sometimes lead even to their deaths.

Over the past decade in particular, there has been a sharp increase in the use of narcotic pain killers for the treatment of chronic low back pain.  Besides the dangers of these drugs, their effects can wear off after just a few weeks of use.  Over six million Americans abuse prescription pain medication, and over 15,000 people die each year from overdoses.

Before you fill that prescription for any narcotic drug, investigate the alternatives.  There is a non-drug, non-surgical method for relief of chronic low back pain called the DRS Protocol™, as practiced in the Kansas City area by Dr. Chris Long at Adjust4Life Chiropractic Wellness Center.

Chris Long

Chronic Low Back Pain Can Hurt People of All Ages

When we talk about 80% of Americans suffering from back pain at some point in their lives, we seem to more or less assume we are talking only about adults.  Since chronic low back pain is so common today, it only makes sense to assume that people under the age of 18 suffer from it as well.

The causes of back pain in children are pretty much the same as for adults.  Poor posture, the strain from heavy book bags, sitting all day on hard wooden desk seats, and sports injuries all contribute.

This is not meant as an alarm to parents, but just to let you know.  It is all too simple to dismiss the back pain complaints of our children just because we assume they are too young, and that their bodies will bounce back where ours won’t.  Back pain complaints in children should be given the same concern as they are in adults.  Chronic pain is just that, chronic.  It doesn’t go away, it just hurts all the time, and since there are ways to treat chronic low back pain such as the DRS Protocol™, there is really no reason for anyone, young or old to suffer.

Parents, help your children avoid back pain.  Make sure they use good posture, especially when playing video games or watching TV for hours on end.  Make sure they get plenty of exercise, and if they play sports, pay quick attention to any spinal injuries.  Football or cheerleading can produce a herniated disc, that left unattended, can cause chronic low back pain for the rest of their lives.  And if they complain about back pain, don’t dismiss it as just an “old persons disease.”  Seek competent help from a spine specialist, such as Dr. Chris Long of Adjust 4 Life inLee’s Summit,MO.

Chris Long

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Chronic Back Pain

One of the most common health problems in the world today if chronic low back pain, so chances are, sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with it.  Fortunately, our knowledge of what causes chronic back pain and how to treat it, is growing.   Here are a few ideas that might postpone or even eliminate  your chances of having to deal with what’s becoming one of the  world’s most costliest maladies, back pain.

First, as we’ve pointed out in a previous blog, stop smoking. Smoking makes our pain feel more intense, and surveys have shown that people who quit find their back pain often eases.  It’s not a cure, but it’s a simple step that will make your life more bearable, and is good for your health in general.

While you should stop smoking, do not stop exercising.  The problem with exercising when you have back pain, is that at first, it hurts.  But as you strengthen your muscles and improve your circulation, you will also reduce your pain.  Check with your doctor or contact our office for more information on exercises that will help and not hurt your aching back.

Now another thing to stop doing, heavy lifting.  If your job requires heavy lifting, ask if special equipment is available to help ease the strain you’re putting on your back.  One of the high costs of back problems comes from lost hours at work.  Your company probably already has a policy to help you with this, so ask.

Use good posture.  Poor posture and slouching can put enormous strain on your back.  Again, you may need to check with your workplace to make sure you have comfortable work chair that helps promote good posture while you’re working.   Twenty or thirty years of putting strain on your back leads to disc problems such as herniated or degenerative discs that cause your chronic low back pain.  Start young, and avoid back pain later on in life.

One other thing we reported on here is that it is not a good idea to try waiting it out to see if your pain will go away.  Studies show that it does not.   Stop suffering, and stop letting your situation just get worse and more difficult to treat.  Of course, here at Adjust 4 Life Chiropractic Wellness Center, we recommend the DRS Protocol™.  It’s pain free, drug free, and surgery free.  Learn more about it here.

It’s not too late to make resolutions for 2013.  To avoid chronic back pain, or to ease the pain you already are suffering, stop smoking, keep exercising, use good posture, stop heavy lifting, and get treatment.  Start now, and maybe you’ll be pain free when the calendar flips over to 2014.

Smoking can Increase Your Back Pain

For some time, we’ve known about a link between smoking and back pain. Now, a new study published this month in the Journal of bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) clearly shows that if you smoke you may increase the likelihood of spinal disorders and related back pain.

The study compared the patient’s reported pain rates over an eight month period.  Patients who have never smoked reported a lesser amount of pain than those who had or have smoked.

According to Dr. Glenn R. Rechtine, who conducted the research at the University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics, nicotine has already been shown to increase pain. The good news, however, is that patients who stopped smoking during their treatments, did experience a reduction in their pain levels.

By quitting smoking now, you may not avoid back pain in the future, but you’ll experience less pain, and your recovery will be quicker if you do quit.  Of course, there are another ten or twenty thousand reasons to quit, and with the start of a New Year, quitting it makes a great New Year’s Resolution.

Everyone at Adjust4Life Chiropractic Wellness Center here in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, wishes you a happy, smoke free and pain free New Year.

Chris Long