Alan L. Johnson, DC


serving Cedarburg / Grafton and Ozaukee County



W69 N968 Washington Avenue

Cedarburg, WI  53012


Growing Old Gracefully

Nobody wants to have to live their final years in a nursing home. Can a person, by altering their lifestyle, affect whether or not they will have to?


While no one can guarantee the future, there are three things that you can do to give yourself a better chance of maintaining your independence.


Diet: Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.


Exercise: Numerous studies have shown the many benefits of rigorous walking, several times a week for 20-30 minutes. What is under-appreciated is the value of resistance training. By exercising with light weights, or in some cases even no weight, you will not only strengthen your muscles but, at the same time, help prevent osteoporosis. Hard work by the muscles promotes increased calcification of the bones.


Also, strengthening the leg muscles helps to avoid falling. An example of a good, simple exercise program would be squats, forward lunges, arm curls, overhead presses, and rowing exercises. 


Sciatica is a numbness, tingling, and/or pain traveling the route of the sciatic nerve, from the lower back, down the back of the leg, and into the foot.  Most often, this comes from irritation to the sciatic nerve as it leaves the spinal column in the lower back.  This irritation is from a vertebra that has misaligned, creating what is called a vertebral subluxation.  In severe cases, the subluxation also causes a bulging or "herniated" disc.

Chiropractors are the experts in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations.  The chiropractic adjustment, gently done with the Activator, removes the cause of the problem, easing not only the sciatic pain, but also restoring normal nerve transmission throughout the nerve network, allowing the natural healing processes of the body to take over.

What I Do and Why I Do It

Occasionally I am asked why I only do adjustments and not do things some of my colleagues and physical therapists do, such as heat and cold packs, laser, electrotherapy, ultrasound, etc.  Very simply, in over 32 years as a chiropractor I have found that the chiropractic adjustment, especially when delivered with the Activator instrument, is the essential procedure.  The Activator adjustment has been shown to not only move a bone quickly and gently to relieve joint stress, but it also calms down overactive nerves, relaxes muscle spasms, and even  reduces local inflammation.


To help the body heal faster, I do recommend either ice pack or heat therapy.  And I always recommend exercises to help strengthen the area to help avoid future injury.  These I let the patient do in the privacy of their home, in the time that is most convenient for them, and at no    additional expense.  Ice, heat, and exercise can all be done this way, without the need of expensive gadgets and increased fees.  It is the way I would want to be treated; that is why I do it this way.