Is Your Back “Out-of-Wack”?

Take our subluxation health test, from Richter Chiropractic, and discover if you may be a candidate for a spinal and neurological check-up!  We here in El Cajon understand your concerns and think we can help.

Answer yes or no:

  1. Do you take pain relievers more than 2 times/week?
  2. Have you ever been in an auto accident or taken a bad fall?
  3. Do you have neck or back pain more than 2 times/month?
  4. Do you feel fatigued late in the day?
  5. Do you suffer from arthritis?
  6. Do you have daily/weekly digestive problems?
  7. Have you had pain between the shoulder blades for more than a month?
  8. Do you suffer from headaches or migraines more than 2 times/month?
  9. Do you have constant or regular shoulder, hip, elbows or knee pain?
  10. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or other breathing difficulties?
  11. Do you have insomnia or feel you don’t sleep enough?
  12. Do you get a cold or flu more than 2 times/year?
  13. Do you feel nervous or stressed-out on a regular basis?
  14. Do you have high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, colitis or other stress related disease?
  15. Do you feel sick often?
  16. Do you experience regular stomach pain?
  17. Do you have frequent pain for an unknown cause, such as sciatica pain in the buttocks and down back of the leg?
  18. Are your joints stiff or sore upon arising?
  19. Do your hands or feet tingle, ache, burn or feel numb at any time?
  20. Do any of your health problems affect your work or family life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may need to come in!  So give us a call at 619-670-7500.  Make an appointment to see Dr. Mace Richter and get an exam.   It’s FREE!


Benefits of Apple Cider Vinager?

Question: Aside from chiropractic care, is drinking apple cider vinegar going to improve your health?  Fix your gout?  Balance your blood sugar?  Which health tips are fact and which are fiction?

Studies show: It improves insulin sensitivity and management of type two diabetes.  Drink apple cider vinegar BEFORE MEALS which will lower your ‘glycemic index’ when eating carbohydrates.  Better digestion – It helps prevent necessary gastric acid from leaving the stomach too soon.   Appetite control and weight loss – Several trials show that drinking apple cider vinegar BEFORE a meal has the benefit of curbing appetite.

People say?: Treatment of over-acidic conditions of the body, such as arthritis and gout.  Remember that right here in our chiropractic office in El Cajon we have an alkaline water machine for you to use.  Reducing swelling – wet a cloth and hold on a bruise for up to 1 hr.  Alleviating dandruff – the acids in the vinegar kill the fungus causing chemical imbalances in the skin of the scalp.

How do you get the benefits of apple cider vinegar here in East County?

  1. Use only raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
  2. Shake bottle prior to use to disperse the threads of the apple cider vinegar.
  3. Take 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 glass of pH water prior to meals.
  4. Always eat or rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after drinking this.
  5. You can buy pH tests at the pharmacy, and test your pH at home.

Richter Chiropractic in El Cajon -  619-670-7500.


3 Tips to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Day

It seems our lives are becoming more hectic every day and it is getting harder and harder to find the time to do the things we want to do for ourselves, even here in sunny El Cajon.  We often find getting enough exercise to keep you healthy and energized is very difficult.  And chiropractic care can help.

1. Consider setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier in the morning to give you time for a 20 minute workout.  If you did this 3 days a week you can get an hour of exercise time in that you did not have before.  Exercising in the morning before your day gets going is often easier as you are not yet caught up in all that you have to do that day.

2. If your day includes business luncheons and dinners, consider if it might be more effective and better time management to do some of this business on the phone.  Do you really need the hour and half for the dinner meeting to conduct this business?  Can it be done in an hour instead?  Use this ‘extra’ time to do some physical activity, even if it is just a a brisk 30 minute walk.

3.Exercise while at work.  There are several things you can do while seated at your desk to get some exercise in while working.  One example is to keep some small weights in your desk and use them while on the phone, especially if you think it is going to be a long call.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  If you work on the 75th floor, take the elevator up to the 70th floor and walk up the last 5 floors.

Use these tips as a starting point and be on the lookout for more spots in your day where you can fit in a little exercise.  You don’t have to go all out for some 45 minute sport to reap the benefits of exercise.  Short exercises done throughout the day add up and don’t seem like such a daunting task.  And regular chiropractic visits will help you maintain your better health!  I wish you all the best.

Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

ARTHRITIS is, sadly, a very common and very painful condition. It can make working and even basic living extremely difficult. In order for treatment to prove effective in combating the symptoms and to allow the sufferer to live as normal a life as possible, you have to know more. The two most common types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, are very ‘different in character’ and require completely different methods of diagnosis, as well as very different methods of treatment.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects as many as one in every hundred people. It is caused by a malfunction in the body’s defense systems, possibly from pinched nerves. The disease is not hereditary, no increased risk has been found if you have a sufferer in your immediate family. In rheumatoid arthritis extra blood flow causes joints to become swollen and painful and in extreme cases can even permanently damage the joint. It is essential to seek help to reduce inflammation, as the damage to joints is permanent and irreversible.

Osteoarthritis is a completely different condition, which affects the bones. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, there appears to be no genetic factor involved with osteoarthritis, although there are several factors that increase the risk of the condition developing. Osteoarthritis is rare in young people, suggesting that in certain cases it is wear on the bones that causes the disease to develop.

Misalignment over time can cause this condition. Overweight people are also far more susceptible to the condition, especially with the knee joints, which suggests that excess strain put on a moving joint area will be a major factor in bringing on the condition. ‘Stiff joints’ are the main symptom of osteoarthritis.

More and more people with arthritis are using chiropractic treatment to help with their arthritic condition. Chiropractic care is great for pain control and it also helps improve tissue, cells and organs in your body.

Mace Richter, Chiropractor, El Cajon, CA