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 https://www.columbiachiropractors.com/lower-back-pain.html

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!

By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
February 21, 2018
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Chiropractic Care  

Chiropractic care could be your answer

Enjoy the physical and therapeutic benefits that chiropractic care has to offer.Chiropractor Columbia MO

Whether you are having difficulty managing chronic pain or you suffer from an anxiety disorder, there are so many people who can benefit from what our Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier and Dr. Monique White can offer. Learn more about chiropractic care and how it could improve your physical and mental health.

When people think about chiropractic treatment most people think about back pain; however, back pain isn’t the only symptom that can be properly managed with this alternative therapy. In fact, there are a wide range of neuromuscular problems that can be addressed through manipulative therapies and techniques that our Columbia, MO, chiropractic doctors provide.

Any problems or misalignments within the spine can manifest itself in the peripheral nervous system, affecting how certain areas of the body function. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to improve the alignment of the spine and remove unnecessary pressure on the tissue and nerves surrounding the area to improve the body as a whole. There are a variety of conditions that can be improved through chiropractic treatment including:

  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Back and neck pain
  • Leg pain
  • Strained, tired or overworked muscles
  • Sports injuries
  • Scoliosis 
  • Accidents
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pregnancy pains
  • Joint pain and swelling

A lot of people can experience relief from their symptoms without the need for medication or surgery. Chiropractic care also promotes blood flow to certain areas, which facilitates faster and more efficient healing. Through a variety of manipulative methods we can also:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Speed up the body’s natural healing process
  • Improve mobility and range-of-motion
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

Of course, you don’t have to be dealing with health problems to benefit from chiropractic care. In fact, these therapeutic techniques can also be a great way to prevent problems from happening in the first place. Many people, including athletes, have discovered that regular chiropractic care is actually a great way to keep their bodies feeling their best.

Are you ready to turn to chiropractic care? If so, then call Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, to schedule a consultation with us. Get your health back on track with this simple, alternative and effective treatment.

By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
December 07, 2017
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Pregnancy  

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: 


The importance of seeing an obstetrician during pregnancy is obvious, but did you know that a chiropractor can help with your pregnancy too? As a baby grows and develops during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the mother’s spine and pelvis. Chiropractors gently adjust the spine to realign vertebrae and alleviate pregnancy-related pain and discomfort in the upper and lower back, pelvis, and ribcage areas. At Advanced Physical Health, Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White are your pregnancy chiropractors in Columbia, MO.

pregnancyHow Chiropractic Care Helps

During pregnancy, as the baby grows and the mother’s body changes, the mother’s spine and pelvis can become misaligned. Pain and discomfort can be felt in both the upper and lower back, as well as the pelvis area and even around the ribcage. Chiropractic care involves making gentle adjustments to the spine to bring it back into alignment. Aligning the spine can alleviate some pregnancy-related discomfort. Further, chiropractic care is a natural way to ease some pregnancy symptoms without the use of drugs or medications.

The American Pregnancy Association supports the use of chiropractic care during pregnancy. According to the association, "chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe with no known contraindications."

Further, chiropractic care can make pregnancy more comfortable by easing some of the pain and discomfort often associated with it. If the hips, pelvis, or spine shift out of place or become misaligned during any time of the pregnancy, a chiropractor can correct the alignment sometime before childbirth, allowing an easier labor.

After giving birth, chiropractic care can also ease the discomfort of joint problems, shoulder problems, rib discomfort, muscle tension, and headaches. In Columbia, a pregnancy chiropractor can help you develop a plan for continuing chiropractic care after giving birth.

Enjoy better spinal alignment and less discomfort while pregnant by letting a chiropractor help with your pregnancy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White, your Columbia, MO pregnancy chiropractors, contact Advanced Physical Health by calling (573) 446-2242.

By Advanced Physical Health, P.C.
October 03, 2017
Category: Chiropractic

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Heals Spinal Discs Naturally

spinal decompression

Find out how Spinal Decompression could improve how your low back feels and functions.

If you have suffered from long-term lower back pain then you know how much it can disrupt your daily life. From just trying to sit comfortably at your work desk to getting through your exercise regimen, lingering and intense back pain is enough to affect anyone’s quality of life.

Our chiropractors here in Columbia, MO are here to tell you whether spinal decompression might be the right treatment option to finally manage your back pain.

spinal decompressionWhat is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a form of nonsurgical spinal traction in which the spine is gently stretched in order to take pressure off discs. By being able to take pressure off the spinal discs, we can improve blood flow and healing to these areas while also reducing pressure and inflammation on the nerves that might be causing pain, numbness or other symptoms.

Spinal decompression is particularly a great alternative for those who may be considering surgery to improve their spinal health. This chiropractic therapy can, and does; actually prevent the need for surgery in numerous cases.

Who should consider this treatment?

If you are dealing with the following symptoms:

·        Back pain

·        Spinal stenosis

·        Sciatica

·        Degenerative disc disease

·        Bulging or herniated disc

·        “Worn” spinal joints

…and you aren’t able to find relief through other treatment options like physical therapy, injections and medications, then it’s time to talk to our Columbia chiropractic specialists.  We will be able to tell you whether spinal decompression might finally provide you with the relief you need while also improving the health and function of your spine.

Decompression therapy can take up to 45 minutes each visit and several sessions will be necessary over the course of multiple weeks in order to provide the most relief while healing the region. Other treatments such as heat therapy, ultrasound or electrical stimulation may also be recommended as complementary measures along with spinal decompression.

Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, is dedicated to providing you with the chiropractic care you need to improve the health and function of your body. Whether you are dealing with back pain, sciatica or bulging discs, we will cater treatments specifically to your problems and needs.

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