Month: September 2019

Shoulder, Neck, and Arm Pain

Often, these pains are being misdiagnosed by either a torn rotator cuff or bursitis. Most of the time, this is not the case. The medical answer is to use a medicine, such as steroids, to reduce inflammation to these issues. On the contrary, steroids end up hurting the body negatively as opposed to eliminating the main cause. Some long term effects of steroid use can lead to weakening ligaments and tendons within the body. Once steroids are in use, many times there is a push to depend on this type of treatment to eliminate the issue. A true health solution will not give a manmade substance as a dependency, but rather tools to eliminate interference for the body to heal itself.

A Different Solution

Although pain may be felt throughout the arm or shoulder, the root is found in the nerves connecting to your spine toward your neck. Rather than breaking up the tissue within the shoulder, the answer can be found in relieving tension in the nerves. Following these steps will bring you closer to healing and avoid suggested treatments that only harm your health.

Three Ways to Eliminate Shoulder, Neck, and Arm Pain

1. Evaluation

This process involves feeling around the area that is causing pain. Doing a range of motion test will show which area is being affected and where interference needs to be eliminated. After this process, x-rays will be taken to see if there are any disks issues, poor posture, or degeneration within the neck. Any of these issues can cause numbness, tingling, or pain. Simple signs of poor posture will show loss of curvature in the neck which contributes to an uneven distribution of weight to your spine. Stress is added to nerves toward the neck due to car accidents, working on a computer, and prolonged sitting. This stress creates irritation, pain, and inflammation to the nerves and disks.

2. Adjustments

These will be crucial in the lower neck with these specific areas of pain. Using traction or decompression machines also alleviate pressure on the spine. Misaligned areas in the neck will be adjusted. Scar tissue will be broken up to increase range of motion. And a specific adjustment to the shoulder will push the shoulder back into alignment. You can feel relief as soon as one adjustment.

3. Retrain the Body

It is vital to retrain your body due to its tendency to follow muscle memory. After being aligned, it is important to focus on your posture. This includes forward head posture, inward shoulders, overly curved back, and text neck. Your posture matters whether you are driving, sleeping, or sitting.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

The #1 Leading Health Issue

Source of Sickness

There is one main cause of all major health lifestyle issues from back pain to cancer. The World Health Organization has stated the main issue of health issues stem from stress. To break this down even further, when our body is undergoing stress it can easily be inflamed. Because we are stressed emotionally, chemically, and physically, our body can undergo chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a way our body repairs and heals itself; however, when inflammation is out of control, we start to see symptoms of our body breaking down.

The Stress Cycle

One of the negative effects of chronic inflammation is an increase of cortisol levels. Cortisol’s natural mechanism in the body is to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. More issues rise when cortisol levels increase that can cause unhealthy balances such as hormonal issues and interfere with your body’s ability to function at its optimal level. Cortisol also can lower your adrenals, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. It can even effect your thyroid which will lower the function of how your thyroid operates.  Overall, your immune and digestive system will be in an unhealthy state due to your body’s fixation on the other imbalanced areas throughout the body. The stress in our world today has gone above and beyond. It’s not just the emotional stress, but it is also the physical and chemical stress.

Stress Overload

Our body needs stress in order to function. Stress such as gravity holds the body together and regenerate. When working out, stress increases our ability to grow in mass and strength. Stress is an essential part of health, but when stress is overly produced throughout our body and environment it causes a major chain of  unhealthy effects. Statistics show the average person sits 90% of their day which is extremely physically stressful to our body.  90% of the stimulation to your brain comes from the movement of your spine. When you’re positioning your body in a stressful state the majority of your day, you are interfering with your body’s optimal function. This leads to chronic inflammation that start the downward spiral of health effects.

4 Ways to Reduce Inflammation and Stress

1. Anti-inflammatory Diet

Simply shifting your diet to focus on anti-inflammatory foods will drastically change your health. This involves eliminating grains, refined sugars, pastas, and more. But it also includes adding whole, nutrient dense foods that will replenish your body and heal it from the inside out. This includes dark leafy greens, fresh produce, and foods high in omega-3.

2. Supplements

Supplements, such as adaptogens, increase your body’s ability to heal from inflammation. High quality supplements to take include turmeric, ashwagandha, rhodiola, CBD oil, and more. Consult with your natural doctor to find out which ones are best for you.

3. Chiropractic Care

Adjustments remove interference to your spine. Since 90% of all brain stimulation is connected to your spine, this simple investment to your health will show drastic changes over time and even prevent further health complications.

4. Reducing Stress

There are emotional, physical, and chemical stressors that harm your body and increase inflammation. Reducing or removing the stressors you can control are key to eliminating inflammation throughout your body. For emotional stress, find a daily outlet such as walking to clear your mind, create blood flow, and increase movement into your routine. For chemical stress, eliminate foods like sugar that harm your body’s levels such as hormones. Purchase organic cleaning, beauty, and clothing products. For physical stressors, find out what workouts for your body allow growth and rest. Do not overwork your body and replenish it with harmful foods that will keep your body in an inflamed state. The positive side to stressors is that many of them are controllable, changeable, and removable.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Regaining Hormone Balance

Avoiding Further Health Issues

Menstrual cycle issues, PCOS, ovarian cyst, and even breast cancer can all stem from hormone disruptions. Certain times of developmental growth, even within the womb, can be interrupted by specific chemicals that affect our growth and causes certain diseases. Studies have shown over 300 million dollars are spent annually on hormonal issues within our country. Some of the disrupters are due to personal choices, but also products we consume that contain toxic chemicals ultimately manipulating our health.

Taking Charge of Hormonal Issues

When your hormones are imbalanced, everything is affected. Not only do you experience health side effects, but it can also alter your mood and even personality. The range of issues vary; they can be as low as irritability and as high as cancer or autoimmune diseases. These six tips are simple changes you can make for you and your family today. Regardless of where your hormone levels are, you can change them drastically. Connect with a natural health doctor who will assist and guide you through making these changes. Taking one step at a time will begin to transform the performance of everyday living. Your body is worth investing in through time, products, foods, and knowledge.

Top 6 Hormonal Disrupters

1. Plastics (BPAs)

These act like hormones within our body. Eliminate containers made of plastic for food, drinks, toys, and more. Avoid buying plastic products such as baby bottles and pacifiers. BPA free is a better alternative, but there are more chemicals within the plastic that are harmful. Going on the Body Ecology Diet or Plant Paradox Diet will not only eliminate antibiotic foods in your diet, but also heal the microbiome and digest food easier within your gut.

2. Phthalates

These are found in clothing, cleaning products, beauty products, fragrances, and more. Phthalates are highly toxic to the body. Switch your products to 100% organic to avoid using these toxins.

3. Triclosan

This is found in “antibacterial” products. It can be put in anything from soaps, cosmetics, and even toothpaste. It is marketed to prevent bacteria from entering the body. However, when you constantly kill off bacteria it also kills off good bacteria found within the body. This is harmful considering up to 90% of your immune system is bacteria.

4. Birth Control

You are affecting your endocrine system at a synthetic level, which disrupts your body’s ability to balance its own hormones naturally. Long term effects can be infertility, depression, cervical cancer and more. Birth control ultimately lowers hormones and increases health issues. Birth control does not solve health issues; it only acts as a temporary band-aid with additional side effects.

5. Health and Beauty Products

A simple change for these products is to make sure they are organic. Avoid products with long lists of ingredients. With these products, less is more. You want a high-quality product that is not going to affect your hormonal health if you come in contact with it, especially when you are putting it directly on your body.

6. Diet

This is the most important and most impactful way to allow your body to produce balanced hormones. Simple diet tips are to remove refined sugars, soy products, grains, GMO products, and antibiotic dairy products. Grow your own fruits and vegetables or find a close-to-home organic farmer for the best source of food.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Bacteria, Fungus, and Viruses

The Key to Health

Ultimately when there’s an overgrowth of yeast, it is an issue of the microbiome within the digestive system or body. Our body is 85% microbiome, which includes healthy bacteria and fungus found in our gut. Having a healthy microbiome is the key to longevity and health. This also boosts our immune system which protects the body from issues like yeast infections, candida overgrowth, or skin problems.

The Main Factor

Bacteria have antifungal and antiviral effects. Viruses have antibacterial and antifungal effects. Fungi have antibacterial and antiviral effects. They live in symbiosis together, balancing one another out. Once an antibiotic is taken, it kills the bacteria and increases the growth of fungus. Overgrowth of yeast within the body has a direct correlation to the immense use of antibiotics whether directly taken or pumped through our source of food. Antibiotics are not limited to medications but are also in soaps, baby wipes, creams, and more. The food and products we put into our bodies are vital in the balance of bacteria, fungus, and viruses.

5 Ways to Eliminate Yeast Overgrowth in the Body

1. Gut Healing Foods

Going on the Body Ecology Diet or Plant Paradox Diet will not only eliminate antibiotic foods in your diet, but also heal the microbiome and digest food easier within your gut.

2. Probiotics

Using a healthy source, like the Garden of Life, will nourish your digestive system. Taking a dosage of 400 billion probiotics for 4-5 days then 100 billion for a month will replenish your system. After this, you can take 50 billion as a maintenance.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Taking a spoonful of ACV with water first thing in the morning and right before bed. You can also take a spoonful right before your meals.

4. Fermented Foods

A popular fermented drink is Kombucha. Other great sources of fermented food are kimchi, sauerkraut, kifer, and more. The key is quality of fermented food.

5. Immune Support

Taking supplements like Vitamin D3 with K2 and magnesium. Also, eating things like garlic and ginger are natural support for your immune system daily. You can drink organic cranberry juice or lemons alkalize the body. And high quality bone broth provide health benefits for your overall health.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Healthcare Crisis

The healthcare system has had no issue focusing their time and energy on ways to financially provide healthcare. Our focus should shift from affording healthcare to transforming healthcare. Studies continuously show we are the sickest industrialized country with the most doctors, medicine, and treatment options. We are 5% of the world’s population and we consume 75% of the world’s medications. Statistically, one out of two people will have heart disease and one out of three people will have cancer. It is evident the healthcare sytem is failing us.

Do You Have a Plan?

Thankfully, you have full control of taking responsibility of your health. The question to ask yourself is do you have a game plan? We are not just talking about a specific insurance plan, but more about a plan of action. Most plans are in place of emergency situations, rather than preventing detrimental health disasters. It’s all about building up health. It’s giving your body strength for its optimal ability to function and heal. This is how you keep yourself from  getting things like heart disease, cancer, back pain, digestive problems, and more. Health is more than focusing on one thing. It’s multiple lifestyle habits working together to make sure your body is functioning at 100%.

Changing Societal Norms

As a society, we are very aware of following protocols from medications to cover up health symptoms. Where we lack, however, is dealing straight with the root cause. Our body was not made to heal from the outside in. Instead, it was powerfully created to heal from the inside out. A proactive question to ask yourself before taking medications or following a treatment for symptoms is, “will this remove the interference causing the underlying issue and is it going to rebuild health, strength, and healing?” Creating a game plan with your spouse and family for each of the following topics will set your family up for overall success and health.

5 Ways to Build Health as a Family

1. Diet

Focusing on non-inflammatory foods will drastically change the way your body functions. Almost every named diet follows this specific step. If your body is inflamed, then your body is building disease. Adults typically feel effects faster than a child’s due to the strength of a child’s body. The issue with this, however, is your child will eventually see side effects overtime. Watching your water intake, electrolytes, and minerals are equally important.

2. Recovery

What does your sleep schedule look like? What about your child’s ? A parent’s amount of rest effects the entire household’s health. Lack of prioritizing sleep can result in issues between spouses, children, and your overall health. It is vital to get 7-9 hours of sleep and remain in a mental state of peace as often as possible throughout the day. Recovery is vital for exercise, also. Without it, you are breaking your body down opposed to building  muscle.

3. Exercise

Our society is so sedentary that it requires us to prioritize full range of motion movement daily.   Exercise increases oxygen, regulates our hormones, and strengthens our cardiovascular health. It’s important to understand the different effects on woman’s and men’s bodies when it comes to exercise. As a family, walking can be a key to your health. This is an easy routine to get into, decreasing screen time and increasing health physically and emotionally.

4. Adjustments

Your spine is essential to the nervous system’s functionality. Your nervous system is vitally important because it controls 90% of the brain’s stimulation and is also connected to every organ in the body. Movement feeds the brain so when disks are holding extra pressure or misaligned, health issues begin to rise. Adjustments alone do not heal the body. Adjustments assist in removing interference so the body can heal itself properly.

5. Mindset

The most important aspect of your health is your mindset. Your perspective on life impacts the stress released throughout your body and ultimately the way your body functions. Your mindset can be impacted by multiple things. If your diet is poor, your mindset will follow. Inflammation causes brain fog, fatigue, and memory loss. If you have little to no movement daily, you will increase the chances of depression. Studies prove the positive effects of exercise are greater than depression medications time and time again.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.


SouthPark Office 4421 Sharon Rd #100 Charlotte, NC 28211 980-422-2000
Matthews Office 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy Matthews, NC 28105 704-844-6368