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To bring health and happiness through modern chiropractic care, massage therapy, phisiotherapies, and rehabilitation. We have served the community since 1957-We were the first on Dixie Highway, and we are still the best!

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Auto accident ... Work or Sports Injury ... Neck & Back Pain
Shoulder or Hip Pain ... Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ... Arm & Leg Pain or Numbness
Hand & Foot Pain ... Disk Problems ... Stiffness ... Headaches.

We can help. Call Cardinal Chiropractic and Massage today. Our experienced doctors, licensed massage therapists and trained staff have been helping patients feel better for years.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Each year more than 15 million Americans choose chiropractic for safe, natural and effective relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, poor overall health, low energy levels and much more.

Make an appointment today and let our highly qualified doctors, licensed massage therapists and expertly trained staff help you take the first steps to feeling better.

Feel free to Ask the Doctor any questions you might have right here on our site. Learn more about massage therapy or read about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle including chiropractic care in our monthly newsletters.

Whether your pain is from arthritis,  fibromyalgia, or a car accident, you need to find a way to get your pain under control. What’s the best approach to do that?

The first step in pain management is scheduling an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause of your pain and learn which pain management approach is often the most effective for it. There are many different pain management options available: You can find the right treatment combination to get the relief you need.

Before you try to treat your pain, it’s important to understand pain itself.

“The International Association for the Study of Pain came up with a consensus statement,” says Judith Scheman, PhD, program director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. I think that’s extraordinarily important. When we focus only on the sensory aspect, we fail to appreciate the suffering component of the pain, which is important to recognize because pain is not what occurs at the periphery.”

Why Do People Experience Pain Differently?

Pain is real and it’s physical — there’s no mistaking that. But pain is measured and specific to one person based on that person’s perception of the pain, and that’s why everyone’s pain is different.

“What the brain perceives is indisputably modifiable by emotions,” notes Scheman. That means that people who are fearful of pain, depressed, or anxious may experience pain differently, and perhaps more severely, than someone who has pain but isn’t experiencing those other emotions.

Pain Management: Treating Mind and Body

Scheman stresses the importance of approaching pain both physically and emotionally and addressing “people as entire human beings.” So while chronic pain medication can be effective and important for pain management for many people, it isn’t the only tool available when it comes to pain treatment, and it shouldn’t be the only tool that’s used.

Medications. “There are a lot of medications that are prescribed for pain,” says Scheman, although she notes that opioids (narcotics) and benzodiazepines may not be the best options. Those treatments “have their own problems, and there are no good studies on using opioids for long periods of time for the treatment of chronic pain.”

Types of chronic pain medication used include:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
  • Anti-seizure medications, which can be effective in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
  • Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, to alleviate inflammation and pain

Therapy. Therapy can be aimed at both the mind and the body. Says Scheman, “I try to look at any of these therapies as not being purely physical or purely psychological — we are always a mixture of both of those things.”

  • Chiropractic  is a very important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you. Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy allows people to “learn and have a better understanding of what the pain is from, and what they can do about it,” says Scheman. This therapy is really about understanding the role of pain in your life and what it actually means for you, add Scheman.

Other pain management options. A variety of approaches and modalities can help you deal with both the physical and emotional parts of pain:

  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Visual imagery, as simple as picturing a peaceful scene, for example
  • Biofeedback, which teaches control over muscle tension, temperature, heart rate and more
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Massage Therapy

Call 448-5241 for a solution to your pain.


Plantar Fasciitis

Published September 25th, 2013 in Uncategorized


Plantar Fasciitis

Do the first few steps of the morning make you wish you never got out of bed?

Do your feet hurt after exercising?

You could be suffering from a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel of your

foot to the bones in between your toes creating the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis occurs when this band of tissue is overused and eventually

becomes inflamed.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is also commonly known as jogger’s heel. The younger population, especially

athletes or those (at any age) who are physically active have an increased risk of this condition

due to the overuse of plantar flexion (pointing of the foot downward) making dorsiflexion (bringing

the foot towards the shin) very painful due to the stretching of an already inflamed fascia.

Other risk factors such as being overweight can cause this condition as well.

Ice, anti-inflammatories, stretching and corrective exercises are all ways that the pain of plantar fasciitis can be relieved.

Mobility drills to try:

  • Wall Ankle Mobs

The purpose of this mobility drill is to improve ankle mobility into dorsiflexion.

Stand facing a wall, with the toes of one foot directly up against that wall, stand up tall, and place your hands on the wall for support.

Place the weight on your front heel, and gently glide the knee forward touching the wall. Pulse in and out of this position several times. If you can easily touch the wall, scoot your foot backwards in half inch increments until your mobility is tested. When you can no longer keep your weight on your heel, or you feel the weight shifting towards the inside of your foot, stop the drill and repeat on the opposite side.

This is not a stretch, but a mobility drill. You may not “feel” much of anything.

  • Knee-Break Ankle Mobs

Again, the purpose is to improve ankle mobility into dorsiflexion.

Place a pair of small plates on the floor, stand up tall, placing toes on the plates

With the weight on your heels, gently glide your knees forward. As you glide, resist the temptation to move at the hips, or shift the weight toward your toes.

Stay tall, and keep the weight on the heels throughout this drill.


Looking for a Louisville Chiropractor?

Chiropractors in Louisville are plentiful and offer a variety of services for the treatment of car accidents, neck pain, back pain, workman’s comp and sports injuries. Whether you are in PRP, Valley Station, downtown, Shively or near the University of Louisville or surrounding areas, Cardinal Chiropractic would love to be your Louisville Chiropractor of choice! Give us a call at 502-314-7309 to schedule an appointment! We accept most insurance plans and also offer affordable cash plans. We are open later then most other Chiropractors in Louisville, 9-7, and we are here to assist you! Call 448-5241 today! We also have handy patient intake forms to make your visit easier.

Been in a car wreck? Auto accidents on Dixie Highway occur daily, and we have been treating Shively chiropractic patients for auto injuries for many years. We believe we have the finest chiropractic care for car wrecks in the Louisville area. Whether your Shively car wreck happens, turn to the professional team at Cardinal Chiropractic.

Louisville car accidents can occur when another person is on a cell phone, is not paying attention to driving conditions, or just “by accident”!  We have treated numerous Shively car wrecks recently due to another driver texting or using their cell phone. Usually this results in a rear end collision, and whiplash can occur. This Shively Chiropractor has seen it all!

After you have been in a car wreck, whether your car wreck was a louisville car wreck or specifically a Dixie Highway auto accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. Dial 911, as you never know when a seemingly minor Louisville car accident can result in lifelong pain and suffering. If the injuries are relatively minor, you should immediately ice the areas of your body that have pain and call our office at 502-448-5241. In many cases our clients consult with an attorney that deals with Louisville car accidents. We do not recommend calling an attorney from the yellow pages or ads, as much of the time these attorneys spend a lot on ads for Shively car wrecks, auto accidents, workman’s compensation, dogbites, and other areas of law and the customer ends up getting poor service.

Cardinal Chiropractic recommends consulting with an attorney that really knows the ins and outs of car insurance laws, auto accident laws, and all aspects unique to louisville and shively car accidents. Whether your zip code is 40216 or 40207, you should try to get a referral to a louisville car wreck attorney that is an expert in shively auto accidents, louisville, kentucky auto accidents, and car wrecks in the 40216 area code.

Consult Cardinal Chiropractic as soon as possible and make an appointment to see the Doctor. Our staff is trained to order MRI’s, refer to Louisville Pain Management Clinics, and also can provide advice unique to Shively auto injuries. Many times it is wise to have an attorney that resides in the Shively area, or nearby downtown. Shively auto accidents and Shively car wreck chiropractors are a dime a dozen in our area, but few can duplicate our years in business and success treating auto injuries and whiplash.

We enjoy our patient’s, even after the trama experienced in an automobile accident in Shively or Louisville. Dixie highway enjoys a reputation for auto accidents. Simply speaking, there is a car wreck on Dixie Higway every single day of the year! Shively chiropractors are in a very competitive environment due to this fact, and many Louisville whiplash cases start right on Dixie Highway. Louisville car wreck attorney’s are also quite numerous, and beware, as there are good car wreck lawyers and bad car wreck lawyers. “I hate my lawyer” or “my lawyer sucks” is often heard in our office. How we wish you had come to us first! We can refer a top notch Louisville auto attorney, we know the best Shively car wreck lawyers and we do not deal with anyone but the best, who offer the best service to our patients. Whether you have whiplash, low back pain, or pain into the arms or legs, consult Cardinal Chiropractic immediately following a car accident. At Cardinal Chiropractic, you can be certain that we know Shively car wrecks, and Louisville Auto Accidents, we see them nearly every day!





Chiropractors often find themselves correcting problems that a patient may be experiencing as pain or discomfort in their neck and back.  However, what they really like to do is prevent such problems before they arise.

There are three main goals of the modern chiropractic organization: to locate faults before they cause trouble, to eliminate weak spots before they can wreck the machinery of your body, and to ensure proper function at all times.  Proper chiropractic care is recommended by many health professionals to keep your nervous system vitalized and give you true health.

Proper functioning of the nerves keeps your body working at its peak efficiency to prevent deterioration of the body’s vital parts and virtually eliminate the possibility of chronic disease.  As well, overall well-being increases when your nerves are able to effectively communicate with all parts of your body.

There are countless testimonials from individuals who have tried chiropractic as an alternative medicine to treat a problem and found themselves with better overall health, happier lives, and more satisfaction in their work.  This is because they experience a state of health wherein there is no disturbance to nerve energy channels.  Information is able to flow freely from the brain to tissue cells so that the glands, muscles, and organs may function normally.  A healthy spine is the key to this better state of health because all your nerves must pass through the spine.

Come see us today for your spine maintenance and experience true health!

Is Your Spine Degenerating?

Cardinal Chiropractic Newsletter - May 2007Spring is in full swing and we can see signs of renewal and regeneration everywhere—from budding trees and flowers to returning birds to baby wildlife. It’s a great time to reflect upon yourself and see what you can do to renew your body. Everyone is growing older and though age effects us all with its wrinkles, sags, and body aches, we can do a lot to control the extent of our degeneration.

Excessive wear can be prevented through proper nutrition, exercise, and, most importantly, protection of our spine. Spinal degeneration occurs when damage is done to the spine, be it from trauma like a fall or auto accident or long term wear like poor posture or excessive weight. As spinal degeneration progresses, the discs between the vertebrae narrow and scar tissue is formed. If left untreated, bone growth will increase and sections of the spinal column can fuse together. This results in constant pain and discomfort as well as limited mobility.

Fortunately, early detection of spinal degeneration can stop its progression. In some cases, when caught early enough, degeneration has even been reversed. The first step in protecting your spine is a chiropractic screening. If you haven’t been by in a while or know someone who has never had chiropractic, call to schedule.

If you’re on track with your care, keep it up! Every adjustment is working to keep your bones moving and keep degeneration out of your spine. That means more overall mobility, better communication through your nerves, and higher energy. Add it all up and a healthy spine equals a healthy you.

Warm Weather is Here!

Cardinal Chiropractic Newsletter - April 2007We’ve all felt the effects of the warm-up over the last month. Temperatures have risen from the mid-30’s to the low-80’s and it’s officially Spring time! If you’re like most people, you’re ready to head outdoors and jump into your favorite activity. However, you could be a little out of shape from inactivity over the winter. You would never let your car sit all winter and expect it to perform at its peak without a little help, so why expect it of your body, a much more finely tuned machine?

The answer is you shouldn’t. Your body needs a tune up after periods of rest too. So, before you get started on those yard projects, new exercise routines, or endless rounds of golf, be sure to stop by our office. A visit to the chiropractor before you start any new activity can prevent unnecessary problems that can arise from pushing your body to do something it isn’t ready for.

If you haven’t been in to see us lately, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment. It will help relive any aches and pains you’ve been feeling and prepare you to be at your best. If you have been getting adjusted regularly over the winter, good for you!

Let’s keep at it and be sure to also let us help you with an exercise program. By working hand in hand with one another, your chiropractor and you can make you the best you can be and help you live the type of healthy satisfying lifestyle you really want.

Give us a call today!

March Madness

Cardinal Chiropractic Newsletter - March 2007Whether it’s Cards or Cats we cheer for this time of year, we all catch the fever. There’s just something about friends and family gathered around the big screen anxiously awaiting the final shot of the game that we can’t say no to. After the excitement though, we often go home feeling drained and nursing a huge headache.

Most of us attribute it to the noise or the lights or even the stress of watching our team do battle on the court. All these things do cause headaches, but did you know that your game-time snack could be a culprit too?

Researchers believe that food plays a significant role in headaches, especially migraines. Proving this has been difficult since the exact cause of headaches is still being debated. We do know that an increase or decrease in the blood flow to the brain results in headache pain.

Certain foods contain substances that either constrict or dilate blood vessels throughout the body. While, no single food affects every individual and those that are affected are not always affected to the same degree, certain problem foods have been identified.

So, if you’ve been feeling the pain after the game, try staying away from these trouble makers:

  • Aged cheeses
  • Alcohol (esp. red wine)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Cured or processed meats (think hot dogs and beef jerky)
  • Fresh baked yeast products
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Nuts / peanut butter
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt

Your head will thank you!