East Cobb Chiropractor – Structural Correction Chiropractor


Advanced Health Talk

Berner Family Chiropractic will be hosting our  Advanced Health Talk on Monday, February 25 at our office at 6:00PM.   You won’t be asked to sign up for any special offers or pressured to sign up for a “once in a lifetime deal”.  I will simply be hosting a 20-30 minute Introductory Presentation on Structural Chiropractic Care and how it differs from most traditional chiropractic approaches.  You will discover why many aches and pains may be a sign of a more serious condition.    You’ll also be given the opportunity to tour the office and any questions you have will be answered.   The door is open to anyone, and you are welcome to bring guests for a second set of eyes and ears.

If you’d like to attend please RSVP via email at bernerchiro@gmail.com, call our office at 770-726-9968, or let us know via our Facebook page


Dr Nathan Berner


10 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

While I enjoy talking about Structural Corrective Chiropractic, there are things outside of what I do that are also very important to your health.  While I may not deal with them directly,  you’ll want to keep them in mind, such as avoiding the extra weight.

The holidays are the time when everyone “decides” they aren’t going to put on a few extra pounds, but unfortunately it happens to many people despite their efforts.  Below are some simple tips to help avoid that holiday weight gain

1.  Avoid the “creamy” dips and instead try something like hummus for your vegetable dips

2. Use sparkling water with some lemon instead of sugary soda.  Soda is simply empty calories with no nutritional value

3. If you’re going to have a cookie or dessert, avoid the ones with frosting.  Aside from the extra calories, the artificial colors can have a negative impact on your body

4. Do not over indulge on the eggnog.  Even a small amount can be high in calories

5. Avoid any foods with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), as it reduces the amount of leptin (the hormone which tells your body you are full).

6.  Avoid eating too much protein at any single sitting, especially turkey breast.  Go for the leg or thigh, as the extra fat slows digestion and insulin release.  A large amount of protein may result in an insulin rush causing you to crave more sweets

7. Lose the extra calories by avoiding the starchy vegetables, especially any type of creamy, cheesy potato dish.  These taste great, so at least limit yourself to a single small portion to cut back on the calories

8. Be sure to keep up with your exercise program.  Many people fall of the tracks at this point and say “it’s going to be my New Year’s resolution to get back in the gym, but I’ll be lazy for a couple more weeks”.  Remember if you gain 5 extra pounds now, that’s 5 you have to lose come January.

9.Make sure you get plenty of sleep.  Sleep helps produce growth hormone, which burns those extra calories.

10. Eat plenty of fiber to help maintain your digestion for optimal weight loss.

Yoga and Structural Correction

I’ve had several patients ask me for my opinion on taking Yoga.

While I won’t claim to be an expert, I do think it’s great. Almost anything that gets you moving around and active is a positive in my book. Can yoga replace Structural correction chiropractic? Not in my opinion. But it goes both ways. Structural correction care cannot replace yoga either. They are both separate and unique. However, the do compliment each other quite well and I think it’s great for patients to consider as a means of staying active an improving both their mental and physical health.

Here are a few more things to consider:

1. In yoga it’s less about the destination, and more about the journey. I realize the poses are not the ultimate goal of a yogi. However, it’s important to keep in mind that doing these things incorrectly could lead to structural conditions or worsen existing ones. Have you ever noticed that during a certain pose it’s different on the right versus the left? Have you seemed to reach a certain plateau and you’re having trouble taking the next step in your journey? If this is the case, there is a possibility a structural condition might be playing a part. This is something traditional chiropractic care may not be able to help.

2. Motion is always a great thing. When I evaluate patients on our state of the art video x-ray system (see example below), we look for Vertebral Locking. Essentially this means a vertebra is “locked” and not moving properly, contributing to the structural condition. Our goal, through structural corrective care, is to “unlock” these areas and show the before and after difference on the video x-ray. This is why yoga compliments structural corrective care so well. Again, I realize yoga is not simply about flexibility, but it does play a part. Anything that helps get motion back into the spine (in a normal way), is going to be something that compliments structural care very well. Yoga does this.

3. Could yoga cause or exacerbate structural conditions? Absolutely, if not done properly. I recently had a conversation with a yoga instructor and she stressed the importance of doing things properly. She expressed her desire to instill in her students this exact point. It’s common for students and teachers alike to experience severe SI joint problems from improper poses by creating a shearing action in the joint when done improperly. This can even occur with no pain. There can also be a problem with many of the twisting motions when not done with a proper foundation.

4. Building upon number 3, do you constantly feel the need to twist, crack, pop, your spine or get into certain poses? This could be a sign of a major underlying structural condition. When you feel this need, you’re essentially “stimulating” the brain to turn off the pain receptors. But this only lasts for a brief time before you feel the need to do it again. You see, the pain receptors in the brain have an “override” of sorts. When you twist, crack, pop, or stretch your spine in certain ways, it’s like hitting the “override” button to the pain receptors in the brain. They are shut off for a brief time. But you’ll soon feel the need to do it again because it’s only temporary. The is finding out why this is happening.

In essence, structural corrective care and yoga are both unique and cannot replace each other. But yoga is definitely something I’d recommend to patients when they ask my opinion. It compliments structural corrective care well by keeping you active and adding motion to the spine.

Why “Disc Problems” May be a Sign of Something More Serious

It’s not uncommon for patients to have an MRI showing a bulging disc in their back.  But the bigger question remains, what’s causing it and how do you correct it?  Unless there is a major accident, disc problems don’t arise overnight, and in nearly all cases, they are simply a secondary condition.

So what do I mean by secondary condition?  The spine is built with a specific structure that has certain curves to act as a “shock absorber”.  When structural shifts occur in the spine, it’s no longer able to handle the normal stress load that’s required.  When this happens the stress is then transferred to the disc in a specific area and over time it begins to wear out and may become a “bulging disc” or “herniated disc” (or any of the common terms for this condition).  These often create an assortment of secondary conditions (ie pain, tight muscles, sciatica, muscle spasms, etc).

While many patients choose surgery, and some get good results, others are left with additional problems down the road.  If we take a closer look, you’ll realize that when a structural shift occurs, much of the stress is transferred to a specific area of the spine.  As discussed previously, when something is shifted out of place, the weight on the spine is no longer distributed evenly and becomes concentrated in one specific area.  This will be the area where the “disc problem” occurs.  Most surgeons will go in a fuse the two vertebra together, the ones above and below the disc.  The only problem with this approach is it simply transfers the specific stress area up or down 1 segment of the spine.  While relief may occur initially, it’s common to see the same problem begin to develop at this new stress point, a year or two down the road.  Why is this?  It’s simply because the disc issue is secondary in nature, it’s compensating for a structural issue in the spine.  What’s happened is they’ve created a new stress point that will suffer the same degenerative effects as the first one.

The better option for many people is to take care of the primary issue.  Correct the structural shift in the spine, and you’ll see the secondary conditions (the disc) alleviate itself in many cases.

In the photo below you’ll see the spine on the left has a lumbar curve towards the front (the left of the photo).  On the right you’ll see the curve is structural shifted to the right, reducing the curve, making the spine straighter.  In this case it’s lost the normal curve and the extra stress is being applied, causing the disc issue (apparent in the red circle).  This shift will result in many secondary conditions such as pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, etc.

But I Just Want to Talk FIRST!

Have you been to a chiropractic office in the past where a “consultation” suddenly turned into an examination with x-rays, followed by a second visit Report of Findings to discuss your options?  Only to find it was nothing more than a high pressure sales pitch, even questioning  the seriousness of your health (if you didn’t sign on the dotted line).  If that’s the case, I can assure you we do things very differently!

In fact, you are in for a rare treat when you schedule a complimentary consultation in our office; you actually sit down for a consultation with Dr. Berner. You see, at Berner Family Chiropractic, a consultation is a conversation, not an examination, and certainly not a high-pressure sales-like experience common in the chiropractic profession.

When you visit our practice, two things will happen:

  1. We will get to know you
  2. You will get to know Berner Family Chiropractic, and how we may be able to help you achieve a better level of health.

We will provide you with an overview of chiropractic and then explain how our focus –Structural Corrective Chiropractic– and the unique technology we utilize at Berner Family Chiropractic is quite different than traditional chiropractic, and how that difference will be your gateway to optimal health.

Following your consultation with Dr. Berner, you are more than welcome to proceed on that day, or on a future date, with a complete Patient History, followed by a Structural Corrective Chiropractic examination, which will include:

  • Digital Structural Film
  • A Live Structural Video X-Ray Radiographic Analysis of your spine
  • A Structural Infrared Thermographic Evaluation

Once again, there is no charge for our consultation and there are no high-pressure sales gimmicks.

As always, HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Dr Nathan Berner