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Why I Became a Chiropractor by Dr. Lianna Morrow

My entire life has been go, go, go. As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be better and do better. This mindset mostly applied to sports, but also to all aspects of my life. I told my parents when I grew up that I was going to be in the NBA…that was cute. Growing up I played a lot of sports, and was constantly training, lifting, and practicing. I loved it; I was the definition of a gym rat. Some weekends I’d have basketball tournaments and hockey games overlapping on the same day. I would play a basketball game, and my parents would drive me to the arena while I changed into my hockey gear. After my hockey game ended it was back to another basketball game. I can’t even imagine having the energy to do that now! I can say two things; I have the best parents..ever, and my over active lifestyle put a lot of wear and tear on my body. Do I regret it? absolutely not. It definitely shaped me into the person I am today, and even better, has provided me with a career I absolutely love.

Like I said, I played a lot of sports. When you’re young, you’re invincible, or so I thought. I’ll never forget the day I injured myself. I was playing in a soccer game, dribbling down the field, and when I went to shoot the ball I felt a sharp pain in my low back. Immediately I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t care. All I cared about was playing the game I loved. Whining or complaining about my pain was not an option. My dad taught me the quality of hard work and he always pushed me to be my best, so I didn’t want to let him down. Eventually, the pain got so intense that I had to ask my coach for a sub so I could let my back rest and stretch out. I’d give myself a little break and then get right back into the game. I continued this cycle until the pain was so intense it was difficult to even walk. My breaking point finally came when I couldn’t get myself dressed for school one morning. I got out of the shower and quickly realized I couldn’t flex my head down or bend over to pick up my clothes. I called my mom sobbing (I was a teenager, dramatic, and thought the world was ending), which ultimately led me to my saving grace, chiropractic. My doctor took x-rays of my low back and found a fracture through L5. The constant stress I was putting on my body at a young age took a toll on my low back. I had to sit on the sidelines for a year before I was able to play any type of sport again, which was absolutely devastating for me. Over this year I was seeing my chiropractor regularly and he eventually got me back to better health. I thought he was a God, and I fell in love with chiropractic.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. At the time, I felt extremely discouraged from the pain I was experiencing and the limited activity I was able to do, but I wouldn’t be pursuing my career as a chiropractor if that incident never happened. I fell in love with the whole concept and philosophy of chiropractic. Using your hands to heal, and helping people achieve healthy lifestyles is truly rewarding. There’s no better feeling than having a positive impact on someone’s life and seeing them progress. That is what drives me to be better and do better everyday.

Moe Bodyworks PVC

How chiropractic therapy can help with PVC

One of the things that constantly amazes me is how much Chiropractors in Minneapolis have become what primary care doctors used to be. In chiro school we know that we are trained to be primary care doctors, but really I thought that I would be dealing primarily with spine related injuries. What I know now is that people crave a practitioner that is well rounded, that they can go to for advice and treatment on a large spectrum of health issues. While I still have plenty of spine related complaints that come in, it is a rare day when a patient doesn’t come in for something organ or mental health related. The more that our health care industry becomes actually purely sick care industry- and the more that medicine becomes dictated by large corporations where the profit margin is the main concern, the more our society seeks out doctors that they can have a long standing relationship with and that knows them, knows their lives and knows their needs.

I regularly work nutritionally and holistically with a broad assortment of conditions, from gut problems, depression, asthma, skin issues, thyroid problems, fertility concerns, etc. But one of the most surprising to me is how I have developed a following of people coming to me for heart related concerns and arrhythmias and tachycardia. As are with most niche markets, it started quite modestly. I had previously experienced PVC’s myself. Premature ventricular heart contractions are a common arrhythmia that occurs in almost every person’s heart at some point in time. They are so common that I have had a cardiologist tell me they are actually considered to be normal. They don’t feel normal. Many people have felt these beats as their heart “skipping” a beat or a fluttering feeling. They usually are very brief and very infrequent. When PVC’s become frequent and regular, they can cause a lot of discomfort and anxiety. When I started experiencing PVC’s frequently it caused an enormous amount of concern for me. With over a year of cardiology training that is standard in chiropractic school- you learn how serious arrhythmia’s can be and how fragile a heart is.

Basically it felt like I was about to die at any second. It felt like my heart was going to start pounding out of my chest, or start fluttering, like it was going to explode and I was going to drop to my knees at any second and die. Not a good place to be in.

This started me on a quest in the medical industry for answers. I went to a dozen different heart specialists, had monitors for days, weeks even months. I had EKGS, ct scans, ultrasounds, blood work, even MRI’s. Every scan that I had, did indeed verify that they were happening, but that they were harmless and other than intense medication that would cause a slew of side effects, there was nothing that they could do about them. I was told that I would just have to learn to live with them, oh yeah and come back in 5 years to see if something more serious had developed. As I stared dumbfounded at a wall, as the cardiologist that had spent exactly 2 minutes 34 seconds with me (I timed it), exited the room, I started to get really angry. At first I got angry with him, but soon got angry with myself for ever expecting anything different from him or the industry in general.

I fully admit that I used to look down on MD’s in general. Historically chiropractors and medical doctors have not had the best track record of mutual admiration. At one point the medical industry saw our profession as such a threat that it actually formatted a premeditated and orchestrated attempt to abolish our profession as a whole. In one of the largest class action suits ever, Wilk v. AMA, the chiropractors sued the medical industry for antitrust violations and won a large monetary settlement that was used to support further research into the effectiveness of chiropractic. It is rare to find a chiropractor that cannot tell some story of a run in with a pompous MD spouting misinformation about chiropractic or giving completely unsubstantiated warnings about our trade. I myself have had to give a tongue lashing or two to a green MD that thought he was going to assert his non existent authority over me.

A decade later, I have developed some very close ties to an assortment of MD’s and I now no longer feel adverial with them. There are always a few that I certainly would not back down from debate with, but now, I mostly feel sorry for them. Most of the MD’s I know are overworked, micromanaged, over lorded by HMO’s and practice managers. Their visits are timed by clinic managers, their prescriptions are quota’d and they are basically told what they can and cannot do for patient care. If they stray from the path, they are written up and fired. If they truly buck the system, they are reported to their boards for bogus claims and have their licenses suspended or revoked.

So there I sat getting pissed at myself for expecting better and counting the skipping, fluttering feeling in my chest that certainly had not improved from this visit. When an MD tells me that I just have to live with something, that translates to me as, TRY HARDER and look somewhere else.

So off I went to the medical journals. Many hours into research, it came to my attention that there were known solutions to PVC’s. Many different articles cited success with several supplements including carnatine, magnesium and Taurine. I calculated the appropriate dose for body weight and gave it a shot. A glass of water and a few supplements down the hatch. 20 minutes later my PVC’s were gone. Gone. Not a one. No fluttering. No skipping, so pounding in my chest.

As fate has it, of course the next week I had a patient that came in for middle back pain who indicated on her intake form that she was suffering from PVC’s. Hers were significantly worse than mine. She was having thousands of them a day and had been suffering with them for years. To make it worse, she was now pregnant and could not take the medications that had slightly improved them. I explained my story, researched the safety implications for pregnancy and she tried the same protocol. 25 minutes later, her PVC’s were gone. She burst into tears. I completely understood why.

I have never had a patient come to me suffering with these, that we have not been able to drastically improve. Most completely eradicate them. It sometimes baffles me how much the medical industry has dropped the ball on so many patients. It is ironic that their philosophy of a drug for everything and then a drug for the side effect of the last drug approach to patient care has backfired so completely. It is the drug dealing that has really created the demand for chiropractors. The more drugs they prescribe, the more people slip through their grasps and seek out natural healthcare solutions. I am at my core grateful for every person that comes to me because they will not settle with the “learn to live with it” mandate and who know that there are better, more effective and safer options to restore their health and their lives. Call us today at Moe Bodyworks in Minneapolis MN to schedule an appointment.

Migraines

Do you suffer from migraines?

There are two kinds of people in this world. People that have had a migraine and those that haven’t. Unfortunately, I know them all too well. I started having migraines as a teenager and know the pure torture of them.

A migraine is like molten lava being poured on the inside of your skull. Like a pick axe jabbing and twisting into your brain. Like a vice attached to your skin and torqueing your mind. A migraine is like child labour in your head with out the reward of a child after. Instead of a cute little munchkin, you get a head so sore that it feels like your skull is bruised, your brain is foggy and your body is drained and exhausted.

Migraines are very common currently in the United States. 18% of American women and 6% of men, 10% of children experience migraines. Migraines are best described as debilitating; studies have shown that more than 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during a migraine.

As a youth, my family tried and suggested mostly conventional medical approaches to my frequent migraines. I was infused with ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, and a slew of over the counter bottles. While sometimes they would slightly reduce the pounding, they were anything but a cure.

My family was as far from a natural health model was handed a glass of water with a variety of over the counter conjoins. aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamines…none doing much other than maybe a slight dent in the torture.

I remember my first chiropractic adjustment occurred when I was in my early 20s. In the few seconds that it took my chiropractor to gently realign my neck, it was like I was hitting the restart button on my life. The clouds parted and I could see colors sharper a thin haze had been lifted from my life and it was instantaneous. How did you do that??? How did I never know about this??? How did I live with out this?? As the thoughts ripped though my mind I know I would never ever be the same and my life would always include chiropractic.

I have worked on thousands of patients with migraines nearly all are blown away with how profoundly chiropractic can change their migraine patterns. In my two years of researching migraines my two part conclusion is as follows:

The standard medical treatment approach sucks ass and is pathetic.
Most migraines are caused by three main things.

  • Upper cervical subluxations
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Toxicity

Toxicity is perhaps the most looming factor in all of our biological landscapes. I believe that we are all varying degrees of chronically toxic. We are bombarded by toxins from the moment of conception into all moments of our lives. The food we eat, what we drink, the air we breathe what touches our skin and is absorbed from every orifice is commonly tainted with a slew of cancer causing, hormone disrupting energy depressing chemically engineered products and byproducts. Despite the purest of organic diets and the best we try, I believe the ratio or exposure is too prevalent and we all need to supplement with regular detox. A toxic body cannot heal itself and can only respond with inflammation that fuels the flame of the migraine. I recommend all migraine members to see me for detox options.

Gut Dysbiosis – if anyone knows me they all know that I will gladly talk their ears off about gut functions and the enteric nervous system at any given opportunity. My staff gets the glazed look in the eye when they hear the word gut trickle out of my mouth. In short the gut is the epicenter of our heath, the grand central station of our health. Gut health influences our hormones, our absorption of what is good and our excretion of what is bad. The gut directly influences hormones, energy, even thought and brain function. A gut filled with allergen producing, GMO slop masquerading as food cannot create a body and soul of vitality. I recommend that everyone with migraines see me immediately for a gut tune up and a 5R protocol.

Upper cervical subluxations – Let me be clear, I believe that any spinal subluxation can cause a migraine and neuroscience is showing that any area of subluxation can create pain patterns in any area of the body. Specifically, the upper cervical area is a powerful input into the central nervous system. The nerves that come from your neck influence most of the muscles and sensations and actions of the face, neck shoulders arms and upper back. Nerves from your neck actually intertwine and relay with cranial nerves originating from the brain stem and brain itself. There is no faster physical way to change the landscape of your neurology than a chiropractic adjustment. I have NEVER met a person with headaches of any kind and especially migraines that did not have a cervical subluxation. When a chiropractor creates optimal function in the joint complex that houses these nerves and restores proper never function, your body has only one response option… to improve and head in the direction of a homeostasis, and well being.

I hope that you do not know agony of a migraine.

I hope that if you do, you understand that there are better treatment options beyond the big pharm.

Thanks for reading this and forward it on to the 5 people that you know with migraines.

Happy+Healthy+Wealthy

Dr. Moe

Dr. Moe Smith

Why I Became a Chiropractor by Dr. Moe Smith

I am a chiropractor in Minneapolis because my little brother is dead. He on his right side in his bed, the soles of his feet were blue black and his face was purple blue. His body was cold and hard and stiff. He was 33. Too young to die.

My brother broke his knee while skate boarding in junior high. What followed is a familiar tale in the medical industry. He was loaded up on addictive drugs and his adolescent brain was forever changed. My brother was forever more an opiate addict.

We did not have a chiropractor. My parents blindly followed the advice of the surgeon that continued to refill his drugs long past an acceptable point. No warning that these drugs were especially dangerous in children and adolescents, that their brain chemistry even more susceptible to addiction. There was no alternative suggested. My brother did not get massage to accelerate his healing and relieve his muscle pain. My brother did not get acupuncture for pain and to reestablish his chi. My brother did not get chiropractic on the surrounding joints to establish appropriate functions and reduce pain and inflammation. No pain and inflammation supplements were suggested, no cold laser, no detox were recommended. No real care was given to him from his doctors. He was given addictive drugs with refills and sent on his way.

His prescriptions became someone else’s prescriptions, then it progressed to heroin. In an effort to fix the catastrophe they had created they prescribed more addictive medication to wean him off the other garbage. He was given methadone and when he became addicted to that he was given suboxone which only accelerated the deterioration of his body, mind and soul

My last phone call to him he said he was going to go to bed early to get ready for Monday and his big week of work in front of him. We hung up the phone. He took his meds, ate some lasagna put on a Star Wars DVD and fell asleep. He never woke up. The molotov cocktail of drugs they prescribed him interacted and he stopped breathing. He didn’t show up at work the next day. My dad went into his house and found him in his bed.

What ensued was a whirlwind that nothing can prepare you for. No one is prepared to call 911, no one can be prepared for the county coroner to show up and put your brother in a black vinyl bag and haul his corpse away. No one can prepare you to read the autopsy report blaming medication interactions for the death of your little brother. No one can prepare you for telling your mother that her son is dead.

I believe I became a chiropractor as a 5 year old. When I was 5 years old, I was given atropine in an eye doctors office to try to correct my lazy eye. I started having problems breathing immediately. My mother, a nurse, suggested that I was having a reaction to the medication and the MD informed her that there were no allergies to this eye drop, that I was just being a brat and throwing a temper tantrum. He gave me more drops. I stopped breathing and my lips turned blue. Despite almost dying, this was a blessing. This early experience ingrained a deep seated fear, avoidance and loathing of pharmaceuticals. My distrust and disdain for Big Pharm has only increased daily throughout my life. The rampant disregard for human life and health in exchange for stock dividends and the almighty dollar disgusts me and infuriates me to an unmeasurable degree.

At a recent event we went to, they had us introduce us to each other using the format, who we are and what we did professionally. My answer was the same for both parts. I AM a chiropractor. If tomorrow my hands were chopped off and i never touched another person, I will still be a chiropractor. My purpose in my life is to lead people away from medication addiction and to the land of health.

Chiropractic is the world’s largest non drug prescribing health care system in the world. I have witnessed patients quit their reliance on drugs countless times as they take a stand and look for something better. As a young chiropractor I loved watching the deer in the headlight response patients gave me when I asked them during an exam, what their game plan was for getting off whatever they were on. No one ever had a game plan for getting off of any of it. Most had never even considered that the objective of Big Pharm was for them to take these pills every day for the rest of their lives. Leashed to the local drug dealing pharmacy and chained to Dr. Refill.

A decade later, I no longer enjoy the look of dumbfound from this question. It makes me sad- okay it mostly makes me mad, furious, spitting pissed. I know that my job as a leader is not to baffle my patients, but to show them their options, be a tour guide and lead them to the place where their body heals itself. You were not created to be sick. You are not sick because of a shortage of drugs. Your body can heal itself. Your body has innate intelligence. You can do better, I can do better, we all can do better.

Every person that I adjust after surgery is a win for me.

Every person that I keep from popping one less pill is a victory for me.

Every prescription not refilled is redemption for my brother dead.