Entries by Dr. Luke Schmelzle

“Help! I Threw My Back Out!”

This phrase in the title is one that I hear often. As a chiropractor, low back pain and neck pain are the most common complaints that drive a patient to my door. Pain is a powerful motivator! A good chiropractor can make a huge impact upon shortening the recovery time and reducing the pain levels […]

Spring Cleaning

Spring is the season of renewal and fresh beginnings. It’s the ideal time for clearing out the old and making way for the new. In Ayurveda, spring is typically known as a Kapha season. Spring Cleaning Your Environment The key to spring cleaning is really to reduce trash and clutter, ridding of anything that is […]

Healing with Breath, Movement, & Touch

Breath, movement, and touch are interconnected. We naturally hold our breath when are distressed and breathe more deeply and fully when relaxed. While we may be able to lie to ourselves through thoughts and words, we cannot hide the truth from our touch, our breath, or our movement. When we are not well, our nervous […]

Making the Shift

What are your personal goals for the new year? Do you desire to be pain-free? Are you striving for greater balance in your life? Perhaps worry and stress are your constant companions, and your body is not responding like it used to in the past.  If your life needs an adjustment, you may likely feel […]

Bone, not Adrenaline, Drives Fight or Flight Response

A significant study, “Mediation of the acute stress response by the skeleton,” was published September 12 in Cell Metabolism. “It completely changes how we think about how acute stress responses occur,” reported senior investigator, Gérard Karsenty, MD, Ph.D When faced with a predator or sudden danger, the heart rate goes up, breathing becomes more rapid, […]

Returning Home

Last month I wrote about our family turtle, Lady BoBo. She is a box turtle that has been in the family for over 40 years. We’re now in the second generation of humans caring for this gracious, gentle creature. At one point, we gave serious consideration to finding her a nice place to reintroduce her […]

The First “Comfort Reptile”

My family recently inherited a box turtle. She is 60+ years old, adorable, and has a real personality, including a temper. I had the idea of training her to be a “comfort reptile” to move around the office and assist people as they release old traumas. Well, this didn’t work out. The litter training was […]

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 […]