By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
October 12, 2018
Category: Chiropractic

Spinal ManipulationBack, joint, and muscle pains are often chronic (reoccurring) and can cause symptoms that radiate throughout the body. To mitigate these conditions, some patients get relief with a therapy called spinal manipulation, a chiropractic treatment that helps patients manage and reduce pain without the need for surgical procedures. Explore this treatment option with a chiropractor at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO.

What Is Spinal Manipulation?
Patients who are suffering from back, joint, and muscle pains can often benefit from a treatment called spinal manipulation. It is a therapeutic technique that chiropractors use as an alternative to more invasive treatments, like surgery. In many cases of patients experiencing discomfort in the back, neck, and legs, the pain is caused due to the way their spines are aligned; by applying pressure to points along the spine, the chiropractor can restore proper alignment and relieve pain.

Benefits of Spinal Manipulation 
One of the most significant benefits of spinal manipulation is that it allows you to avoid surgery, which can be risky due to the need for anesthesia and inconvenient due to the required recovery time. When you visit our Columbia chiropractors for spinal manipulation treatments, you won’t have to take an extended period of time off from work. Instead, you merely need to make a few follow-up visits to ensure the most effective, long-term results.

Alongside the convenience, the medical effects of manipulation treatments can be far-reaching—they not only help improve pain symptoms, but they might also help with headaches, menstrual cramps in women, arthritic conditions, depression, and stress.

Your Appointment: What to Expect
The first step is a thorough chiropractic exam, which includes checking the muscles, taking imaging scans, and learning about your medical history. At the spinal manipulation appointment, your chiropractor will make every effort to ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed. You’ll be given specific instructions on how to position your body before the doctor applies pressure to targeted areas. It is normal to hear popping sounds during the visit. The appointment for spinal manipulation (also called a chiropractic adjustment) will last for about 30 minutes.

Get Chiropractic Care
You may get the relief you’ve been looking for with spinal manipulation. Call (573) 446-2242 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO.

By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
August 13, 2018
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Neck Pain  

Neck PainA pain in the neck is nothing to joke about. Neck pain often leads to headaches, muscle stiffness and other symptoms that make getting through the day difficult. Chiropractic care offers effective relief of neck pain without drugs. Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier treat neck pain at Advanced Physical Health and help their patients manage their painful symptoms.

Why do I have neck pain?

Neck pain may occur due to:

  • Poor Posture: Poor posture when standing or sitting can eventually lead to neck pain. If you work sitting down, you may unwittingly adopt poor posture habits that can increase your risk of neck pain.
  • Accidents: Car crashes, falls, sport injuries, and blows to the head can cause pain in the neck.
  • Your Digital Habits: Spending considerable time bending your neck to look at your smartphone or tablet can cause a painful neck condition called text neck.
  • Certain Conditions: Herniated discs, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and other conditions may be the source of your neck pain.

How can a visit to a Columbia chiropractor help me?

Your visit to your chiropractor starts with an examination, X-rays or other tests, and discussion of your symptoms and medical history. You'll also be asked questions about your work and hobbies, as activities you constantly perform on the job or in your spare time may cause or worsen neck pain.

Your treatment may include manipulation of your cervical spine. Using gentle pressure, your chiropractor will realign the vertebrae in your neck. Manipulation not only relieves pain, but may also improve mobility and relax muscles that have become tight due to the misalignment. Your chiropractor might also manipulate your spine as part of your treatment, as spinal alignment issues may actually be the source of your neck pain.

Manipulations aren't the only treatments chiropractors offer. Your treatment plan may also include massage to loosen tight muscles and improve blood flow, or ultrasound or electrical stimulation treatment to hasten healing, decrease pain, and reduce swelling and inflammation in your neck.

Your chiropractor may recommend exercises and lifestyle modifications that can prevent your pain from worsening or returning.

Chiropractic care can relieve your neck pain! Call Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier at Advanced Physical Health at (573) 446-2242 to schedule an appointment.

By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
July 02, 2018
Category: Chiropractic

Does your child suffer from colic, breastfeeding difficulties, reflux, ear infections, behavioral problems, developmental delays or trouble sleeping? Chiropractic care offers a completely natural child chiropractic careway to provide supportive care for these health issues. Chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier of Advanced Physical Health treat both children and adults in their Columbia, MO, office.

How can chiropractic care help children?

Parents are often surprised that infants and children are both subjected to stresses that can interfere with a healthy nervous system. Often, the natural birthing process is the first stressor place on your child's spine and nerves. The birthing process is tough on mom, but it's also on the baby as well. If any birth intervention was needed, such as forceps, Cesarean section or vacuum extraction, this can increase the amount of stress on the baby's fragile neck and head. Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German physician, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns shortly after birth and discovered that over 80% of the infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine, resulting in nerve interference1

Pediatric chiropractor Columbia mo

A healthy nervous system is essential during your child's development. Without it, your baby may have difficulty supporting his or her head or mastering the motor skills necessary to crawl and walk easily. If a spinal or cranial misalignment occurs during birth, your baby may be more likely to develop:

  • Colic
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Trouble nursing
  • Breathing problems
  • Constipation
  • Failure to thrive

Are child adjustments the same as adults?

We get this question all the time and the answer is no. A child's adjustment is very different than an adult adjustment. Your Columbia, MO, chiropractors use gentle techniques to improve spinal alignment and decrease pressure on the nerves. Our chiropractors use a light touch with the fignertips that is the same as checking the ripeness of a tomato. Often, babies sleep through adjustments!  

We have a pediatric room dedicated to for our families. We are committed to making treatments a pleasant experience for both children and parents. 

Pediatric chiropractor Columbia mo

Can older children benefit from chiropractic care?

From the time your son or daughter becomes mobile, accidents and injuries are inevitable. Falling is just part of the process when your child learns to walk and run, but even minor falls can affect your child. As your child grows older, injuries are more likely as he or she becomes a daredevil at the playground or takes a tumble during a soccer game. Teenagers who spend hours tilting their heads to look at smartphones or digital screens can develop text neck, a painful condition that can cause permanent damage to your child's neck if it's not treated promptly.

Although your child may not always complain about pain, the effects on your son or daughter's spine, joints and nervous system may cause or contribute to a number of conditions or disease, such as:

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Frequent headaches
  • Poor health due to lowered immune system function
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or behavioral problems
  • Growing pains
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Poor posture
  • Scoliosis

Chiropractic treatment can help reduce your child's symptoms and improve the quality of his or her life.

Protect your child's health with regular chiropractic treatments! Call Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier and Dr. Monique White of Advanced Physical Health at (573) 446-2242 to schedule your child's appointment.



June 01, 2018
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Scoliosis  

Scoliosis Facts:

Scoliosis, a condition when there are abnormal curvature(s) in the spinal column, is the most common deformity of the spine in the world. 

Fast Facts:

  • Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population and in the US alone, it affects 7 million individuals, or 1 in every 40 people. 
  • Every year 30,000 children at fitted for braces
  • Every year 38,000 undergo highly invasive spinal fusion surgery 
  • Girls are 8x more likely to have a curve that progresses and needs interventions.
  • There are various categories of scoliosis with regards to intervention, based on the extent of the curvature. To be classified as a true scoliosis curvature, the spine must be side-bent at least 10 degrees. 
  • In 85% of cases, the diagnosis is made to be “Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis.” The term idiopathic implies there is no known case.  There is a genetic predisposition and there are environmental factors that influence its manifestation. 
  • Scoliosis can affect individuals at any age, but the most common age of onset is 10-15 years old. 
  • In the State of Missouri, school screenings are not conducted until 6th-8thgrade. 

Common Signs:

  • Uneven shoulders, ribs, hips or waist 
  • Back pain
  • One shoulder blade sticking out
  • Rib hump present 
  • Discoloration or changes in texture in the skin that covers the spine 

Columbia MO scoliosis

Early detection makes a significant difference when correcting curve with conservative means. If you are concerned your child may be developing a curve, please don't hesitate to schedule an evaluation with our doctors.   



By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
April 24, 2018
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Lower Back Pain  

Lower Back Pain:

What your chiropractors in Columbia want you to know...

lower back pain

Nearly 80% of the population will experience back pain during their lifetime. If you’ve experienced aching, stabbing pain in your lower back, you know how debilitating it can be. Back pain can keep you from enjoying your life. You become fearful of doing anything that can aggravate back pain. All of the fear and pain can eventually be subsided once healing occurs through chiropractic care, but first you have to know what is causing your lower back pain. Your chiropractors at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier want to help you feel better.

You may experience lower back pain from:

  • A sports injurylower back pain
  • A car accident
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Bending over for long periods
  • Standing in place for long periods
  • Old injuries
  • Repetitive use
  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time

The lower back is made up of five lumbar vertebral bones. Each of these vertebral joint segments have certain structures of that can be the cause of your pain:

  • Spinal discs
  • Facet joints 
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains of spinal ligaments

There are also certain conditions that can cause lower back pain including spinal stenosis, joint, and disc problems, and other spinal conditions. As you age or if you are overweight, you are also at greater risk of experiencing lower back pain.

You can do a lot to prevent lower back pain. Remember to:

  • Sit up straight and maintain good posture
  • Be active and be sure to warm up before sports activities
  • Wear supportive footwear for what you are doing
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Sleep on a medium to firm mattress
  • Avoid high-impact activities

You can try some simple gentle stretching exercises at home to relieve your lower back pain however if you have stubborn, intense back pain that doesn’t get better, it’s time to call your chiropractors at Advanced Physical Health for help. They will recommend effective treatments like these:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Spinal decompression
  • Acupuncture
  • Passive therapies
  • Rehabilitation exercises 

For more detailed information about lower back pain causes, symptoms, and treatments please visit the Lower Back Pain page on the website at

Lower back pain can keep you from enjoying your life, so don’t suffer. Instead, call your chiropractors at Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO to help you feel better. Get some relief from your lower back pain by calling today!

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