Orem Chiropractor & Postural Specialist

As a Orem chiropractor & postural specialist I’m going to take you “under the hood” today of what it really takes to have good posture.posture specialist orem chiropractor

Let’s first talk about all of the parts of our brain that produce proper posture.

The first and foremost is what’s called the ponto medullary reticular formation or abbreviated PMRF.

Let’s break that down, so as to explain it. You’ve got your brain and then below that is the brain stem. The brain stem is the connector between the brain and spinal cord.

There are three parts to the brain stem. The mesencephalon or mid brain on top. In the middle is the pons. The bottom section of the brain stem is the medulla oblangata or just simply, the medulla.

So the ponto medullary reticular formation is a bunch of nerves between the pons and the medulla.

One of it’s primary functions is inhibiting or turning off anterior muscles or muscle in the front of your body. Just looking at yourself you can see that your bigger muscles are on the front of your body and if you didn’t have this you would be stopped over because the large front of the body muscles would be pulling you that direction.

What is bad posture? It’s a stooped, leaning forward or slouched position. What prevents that from happening? The PMRF.

Now there are times when we need that position for whatever it is we’re doing. When we start doing that on our own a lot, say when we’re looking at our mobile device excessively, we start to “turn off” that signal from the PMRF, so when we want to sit or stand up properly, we can’t.

So if we want to have better posture we need to activate the PMRF to send it’s signals again.

This is just one aspect of posture.

If you’d like to learn more consider connecting with me in any of the following ways.

If you’re ready to make an appointment to improve your posture go ahead and call our office.

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R. Ned McArthur – Orem Neck Pain Relief Specialist

I met with a gentleman this past week. He told me he was hoping for a miracle. As one who provides Orem neck pain relief, I often hear this. orem chiropractor neck adjustments spine

He wanted relief from his pain, that he had been experiencing for weeks and he wanted me to relieve it in one day or in about fifteen minutes to be exact.

We all want the quickest results, with the lowest amount of work, and with as little financial investment as possible. I get that. When I visit with professionals who help me with my health and the health of my family, that’s what I want too. I get it.

As the the clinician it’s kinda frustrating because, in this case this man has already diagnosed and given himself a treatment plan. When the reality of his condition is more serious than that and thus I’m not able to meet his predefined diagnosis and treatment, he says, “It still hurts here.”

If there is anything I’ve learned in my years of clinical work is that pain and symptoms are like icebergs. Icebergs have a part that sticks out above the water and there is a larger unseen part under the water.

Neck pain is the part we can “see”. When we look at it it’s not very big and so we tend to think solving should be easy, “like today, already!”

That’s not to say that every symptom has a serious root cause requiring extensive treatment and large costs. Not at all.

Our age, lifestyle, health history, among other things, determine how large the unseen part of our condition is.

I was reminded of this when I read this article.

The authors found that people with chronic neck pain walk with reduced trunk rotation, especially when challenged by walking with their head positioned in rotation. Reduced rotation of the trunk during walking may have long term consequences on spinal health.

So in this case neck pain is the symptom, but the cause is more related to trunk rotation and walking.

Experiencing neck pain?

Consider contacting our office.

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Stroke Caused By Neck Problems Not By Orem Chiropractor

This post is kinda a big deal and is probably more complicated than other posts I’ve written, but it’s an important subject so let’s get into how stroke is caused by neck problems and not by Orem Chiropractororem chiropractor neck storke

For years one of the stigmas of chiropractic was that it was done by a bunch of snake oil salesmen and it caused strokes.

I’m going to address the strokes caused by chiropractors issue. As of late I get the sense that is thinking is finally going away as it has been discovered that you’re just a likely to have a stroke while you’re watching TV as at the chiropractor – meaning there is no link between chiropractic adjustments and someone have a stroke.

Today I found an article that showed people who have lost the normal curve of their neck have decreased hemodynamics.

Specifically, they found “a significant association between the loss of cervical lordosis and decreased vertebralartery hemodynamics, including diameter, flow volume, and peak systolic velocity.”

In simpler terms that means that people who have a head forward posture have decreased diameter in their artery diameter, the amount of blood that makes it to the brain is lower and the blood is slower than normal.

All these things are going to make it more likely that a person has a stroke. The interesting thing is that people with head forward posture are also more likely to have headaches, neck pain, back pain, etc. The kind of things a person would typically see a chiropractor for.

So when you see your chiropractor make sure you ask whether you have head forward posture and what you should do about it.

It can likely save you from having a stroke.

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Decreased Vertebral Artery Hemodynamics in

Patients with Loss of Cervical Lordosis

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Orem Bed Wetting Solutions

Many people put chiropractors and chiropractic treatment in the back and neck pain box. Another condition that I’m actually really good at is Orem bed wetting solutions.orem bed wetting solutions

Having read that you may be thinking, how does a chiropractor who works with backs, necks, bones and muscles help someone who has a bed wetting problem?

To answer that let me tell you about an article I read today.
It’s titled Children with nocturnal enuresis have posture and balance disorders.

What they found was that kids who were bed wetters showed forward tilt of the pelvis and had worse balance compared with kids who were not bed wetters.

So what that means is that kids who have posture and balance problems are more likely to have a bed wetting problem.

So the next question to answer is, does correcting posture and balance problems lead to improvements in bed wetting?


Posture imbalances affect balance, the cerebellum, the vestibular system and other areas of the brain such that brain’s ability to control the bladder is reduced.

So by correcting posture and balance problems the brain’s ability to control when the bladder empties is improved and bed wetting goes away.

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Best Chiropractor Orem Utah – R. Ned McArthur, D.C.

As the the best chiropractor Orem Utah, I feel blessed and extremely
thankful to serve so many of you.

Life isn’t always good or the way we want it. All those things are
just events. They are happenings. Things I’m learning to be thankful

In that spirit, let me share the following video – Learning to Dance In The Rain – The Power of Gratitude. I hope you enjoy it!

Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass . . . It’s about learning to dance in the rain – Vivian Greene.

Truly understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever!

Any day I’m vertical is a good day . . . that’s what I always say. And I give thanks for my health.

If you ask me, “how are you?” I’ll answer, “Great!” Because in saying so,
I make it so and I give thanks I can choose my attitude.

When life gives me dark clouds and rain, I appreciate the moisture that brings a soft curl to my hair.

When life gives me sunshine, I gratefully turn my face and feel it’s warmth on my cheeks.

When life gives me fog, I hug my sweater around me and give thanks for the cool shroud of mystery that makes the familiar seem different and intriguing.

When life brings snow, I dash outside to catch the first flakes on my tongue, relishing the icy miracle that is a snowflake.

Life’s events are like the weather – they come and go, no matter what my preference. So what the heck?! I might as well decide to enjoy them.

For indeed, there IS a time for every purpose under heaven.

Each season brings it’s own unique blessings . . .


As much noise is there is about politics and who’s being appointed where and the consequences to our country and it’s people.

In the end, I believe that you and I are the masters of our destiny. What happens in the government can impact my life, but it can’t make me happy or sad. It can’t change the relationships I have with
friends and family . . . and for that I am thankful.

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Orem Neck Pain Relief – R. Ned McArthur, D.C.

Today I read an article about the use of NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) and Orem neck pain relief.

orem chiropractor neck adjustments spineIn this article the researchers looked at the effectiveness of NSAID’s for spinal pain.

Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, which include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen and the like.

After scouring all the available research where non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs were used to treat neck pain (there were thirty five such articles) they found that indeed, non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs did help with neck pain.

The significant finding was that these drugs do indeed help with neck pain, but not any more than a placebo.

What’s a placebo? A placebo is a fake treatment, or in this case a fake medication, often times a sugar or water pill. A placebo is something that should have no clinical affect on a condition.

For a treatment to be considered effective, at a minimum, it must do better than a placebo. Treatments are measured against placebos because even placebos can produce positive results.

Placebos produce results because the person taking them doesn’t know that it’s fake and believes that the treatment will work. The person’s own belief produces a result.

So the conclusion is that non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs work no better than a sugar pill for neck pain.

Another significant thing about this finding is that non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs have several negative consequences, when taken over an extended time.

So they don’t work any better than a sugar pill and taken long enough they can damage your stomach, liver and kidneys. Not to mention that when taken after muscle or ligament injuries they tend to slow healing time and result in weaker tissues.

Instead of not steroidal ant inflammatory drugs try chiropractic which gets you back in action faster and with less side effects than drugs.

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Orem Chiropractic Reveals How To Avoid Getting Sick

It’s early February and the cold and flu are running rampant. Maybe you’ve already had this year? Either way, Orem chiropractic reveals how to avoid getting sick. Orem Chiropractic Reveals How To Avoid Getting Sick

Here’s what we know for sure: Over the last one hundred years people are sleeping one and a half to two hours less than our predecessors. We also know that thirty three percent of the working force is sleeping less than six hours a night.

If this sounds like you, you probably already know that this lack of sleep is terrible for your health. You may have even noticed that you get sick more often when you’re not sleeping.

Researchers wanted to know why this happens. So they took eleven pair of identical twins with different sleep patterns. What they found in every case was the twin with a shorter sleep cycle had a depressed immune system.

We all have heard that the magic number is eight hours of sleep a night. Researchers found that for the best immune function one needed at least seven hours of sleep.

This study was unique in that it used identical twins to control for genetic affects on sleep and it was discovered that our genetics account for somewhere between 31 and 55 percent of our sleep duration. Our sleep behavior and environment make up the remainder.

What this means is that you have a greater influence on how much sleep you get than you probably think.

There was another interesting aspect to this study. They took the twin that was sleeping less and gave them a vaccine to a certain virus and then exposed them to the virus. They still got the virus more often than the twin getting more sleep.

Protect yourself again cold, flu’s and all kinds of other sickness by getting enough sleep tonight and every night.

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Orem Migraine Specialist Shares Amazingly Simple Way To Reduce Pain

You can feel it building. Some people say it’s pressure that builds and Orem headaches migraine reliefbuilds. You know that feeling of the headache you know is coming. In this post Orem migraine specialist shares amazingly simple way to reduce your pain.

Many people start to feel stressed and worried when the first begin to feel the building headache. This stress creates plenty of problems in it’s own right.

Either consciously or unconsciously your breathing now starts to change.

Recently researchers have recently discovered how we breathe determines the affect of stress on our brains and thus how our body deals with pain.

They found that in areas of the brain where emotions, memory and smells are processed, fluctuated with breathing.

So next researchers set up monitors to monitor breathing and presented to the participants faces of fear or faces of surprise.

When presented with a fearful face, participants were able to more quickly identify which face it was while they were taking a breath in through their nose as compared to when breathing out through their nose.

The same result was not produced when participants were show a surprised face.

Interestingly enough, they could not be produced when breathing through the mouth.

A similar test on memory produce similar results, when comparing breathing in verses breathing out and breathing through the nose and breathing through the mouth.

One of the major findings in this study is that there is a dramatic difference in brain activity in the amygdala and hippocampus during inhalation compared with exhalation,” said lead author Christina Zelano, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “When you breathe in, we discovered you are stimulating neurons in the olfactory cortex, amygdala and hippocampus, all across the limbic system.”

Think of the limbic system as the part of the brain that controls emotions and our body’s response to emotions.

So here’s the take home lesson:
1. Pain produces similar affects in the brain as fear and stress.
2. How we breathe during pain affects different areas of the brain differently.
3. During inhalation, or breathing in, the emotional parts of our brain tend to function better.

So when you start to feel that pain coming on breathe through your nose, focusing on the in breaths and your body’s emotional response will be much better, helping you reduce pain.

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Orem Chiropractor At 212 Degrees

What is Orem Chiropractor at 212 degrees?

Here it is:

At 211º water is hot.

At 212º, it boils.

With boiling water, comes steam.  Steam can power a locomotive.

The one extra degree makes all the difference. This simple analogy reflects the ultimate definition of excellence. Because it’s the one extra degree of effort, in business and life, that can separate the good from the great.

In golf, the average margin of victory for the last twenty five years in all major tournaments combined was less than three strokes

The margin for victory between an Olympic Gold Medal and no medal at all is extremely small.

In the 2004 mens 800 meter race (half mile) the margin of victory was less than one second – .71 seconds to be exact.

At the Indianapolis 500 the average margin of victory for the past ten years has been 1.54 seconds.

It’s your life.

You are responsible for the results.

So the next time you’re feeling down and disappointed with your life remember to . . .


To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.

The only thing that stands between where you are now and where you want to be is your attitude and your willingness to put forth effort and try.

Are your circumstances especially challenging? Probably.

In the world today we spend a lot of effort trying to make life equal and fair for everybody.

In that process though, I think we’ve forgotten that what made this country great. It has been the  countless number of men and women who overcame their terrible circumstances.

Think of your favorite books and movies. At least one of them is the story of someone overcoming some great thing.

Many have been dealt a terrible hand in the card game of life and instead of bemoaning their circumstances went out and did something to change their life.

Difficult circumstances are the prerequisite to a great life of accomplishment and meaning.

Live at 212 degrees.

All information contained within AskDrNed.com website is intended for educational purposes only. Consumers should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something they may have read on this website.

Dr. R. Ned McArthur is a Chiropractor and the founder of R. Ned McArthur Chiropractic in Orem,UT.

Orem Chiropractor-R. Ned McArthur, D.C.

658 S. State
Orem, UT 84058

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R. Ned McArthur, D.C. specializes in providing relief, recovery & rehabilitation for back pain, car accident injuries, fibromyalgia, headaches, neck pain & sciatica.