Entries by Dr. Luke Schmelzle

The More Things Change

I recently read the following quote on the internet: “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book, and the end of the world is evidently […]

Dealing With Dizziness

Dizziness, or vertigo, is a common complaint. Many individuals struggle with this limiting, annoying condition. Some common causes include: Upper cervical tension or injury Medication side effects Anemia and poor dietary habits Hormonal fluctuations, including pregnancy Panic attacks and chronic anxiety Excessive time in bed Inner ear infections Excessive calcium buildup in the inner ear […]

The Body Keeps the Score

A popular book that many are talking about is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. It is a very insightful study of the mechanisms of trauma and PTSD, and it gives practical descriptions of various treatments. I highly recommend this best-selling book. The author notes that a new biological marker for […]

Stress & The Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and interfaces with parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in the human body, comprising between 80% and 90% of afferent nerves, mostly conveying sensory information about the state of the body’s organs to the […]

Healing Myths

Most people do not think about their health until something goes amiss. Then, suddenly their body has gained full attention of their mind. Then the person will take action, based upon the beliefs about disease and healing. There is also a chance the person has been told one of the following healing myths: 1) Disease […]

“I Feel It in My Bones”

Feeling something in one’s bones is a common idiom. We use this phrase to speak of a truth that we know deep inside of ourselves. I really like this idea. As I studied the human body in medical school, many of my preconceived notions were challenged. Regarding the bones, for example, I thought of them […]

Mind-Body Connection to Chronic Pain

There is nearly always a mind-body connection to illness and chronic pain. Our beliefs and temperament have a lot to do with how we experience illness and pain. Our parents modeled behaviors to us, and we participated in a family dynamic with them. Birth order is part of this equation, too. The subconscious mind directs […]

A Resolution of Less Stress in 2019

The smaller stresses in life can sneak up on you. Take the opportunity to review your life for these seven common stressors and take steps to help manage them. Your mind and body will appreciate the assist! Being late often. Instead of going faster, it can be good to build in buffer time. Rushing to […]

Kicking ‘Restless Leg Syndrome’

Approximately 7-10% of the population suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), aka Willis-Ekbom Disease. RLS typically occurs while sitting or lying down. It generally worsens with age and can disrupt sleep. The main symptom is a nearly irresistible urge to move the legs. Getting up and moving around helps the unpleasant feeling temporarily go away. […]

Ultradian Rhythms

As far as healthy living skills go, managing your ultradian rhythms effectively is an important piece to living a high-energy life. As mainstream health care begins to embrace health and wellness from an energetic perspective, the study and application of ultradian rhythms is beginning to garner more attention. The bulk of research in this area […]

The Body Keeps the Score

A popular book that many are talking about is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. It is a very insightful study of the mechanisms of trauma and PTSD, and it gives practical descriptions of various treatments. I highly recommend this best-selling book. The author notes that a new biological marker for […]

Network Care is Truly Transformational

The current medical model in the US is based upon restorative care.  We feel pain, indicating a lessening of health, and then seek treatments to take us back to a point in time when our health was better. For trauma care, this certainly has its place. However, when we consider more chronic health issues, this […]

Tail of the Sun

Hello Ashland! I am Dr. Luke, a chiropractor in Ashland. I have always had a calling and a passion for helping others. I consider myself an ever-evolving teacher. After a career as a school principal for 25 years, I embarked upon a new calling as a Doctor of Chiropractic, another dream of mine since high […]