Why You Need Elderberry This Cold and Flu Season

What is elderberry?

Also known as European elder, black elder, elderflower, or its Latin name, Sambucus nigra, elderberry is a tree that grows in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. It’s a member of the honeysuckle family. The dried flowers and the fruit are both commonly used in teas, extracts, syrups, and pills, and they have a long history of use in Europe.

Today elderberry is mostly promoted for its antioxidant and antiviral effects. It owes its antioxidant prowess to the anthocyanins it contains. Anthocyanins are the type of flavonoids that give elderberries their purple hue. As antioxidants, anthocyanins help the body fight off harmful free radicals. Among small fruits, elderberry has some of the greatest antioxidant capacity.

A number of studies have suggested that anthocyanins may have anti-inflammatory effects as well—perhaps helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

The flowers of the elderberry plant also have been shown to have antioxidant properties. In fact, in a study that looked at eight different kinds of edible flowers, the flowers of the Sambucus nigra tree had the highest free radical–scavenging effects. Plus, they were the best at keeping lipids from oxidizing. That’s important because oxidation of lipids has been linked to many illnesses, including atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and more.

What is elderberry good for?

Elderberry has been used since ancient times as a laxative and diuretic. In more recent history, it has been used to treat colds as well—which is what it’s most well-known for today.

In addition to these more common uses, elderberry has a number of traditional uses:  

·         Sciatica

·         Other types of pain

·         Reduction of uric acid levels

However, while there’s anecdotal and historical evidence for these uses, they don’t have much science behind them. Most research on elderberry focuses on its immune-boosting properties.

Elderberry for colds and flu

Because of its antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, elderberry gets a lot of attention come cold and flu season. We are now selling Elderberry for only $15 give our office a call if you have any questions about Elderberry.



Dear Friends and Patients,


We have been updating our records and it looks like you haven’t been in our office for a while.  If this is not the case, you can toss this email.  Otherwise, please read on.

New research keeps proving the effectiveness of chiropractic, not only for back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but for general health and wellness.

We know our active patients are getting healthier because they are in seeing us. But then we started to think about the people who we haven’t seen for a while.


We sincerely hope that you are healthy and doing well.  However, it is our experience that periodic chiropractic check-ups are very important and we would like to offer you one!

Remember – those bones in your back and neck (vertebrae) can move out of place even slightly every now and then just in the course of day-to-day living.  Once these bones shift off line, you can experience pain or tension in your back, neck, shoulders, hips and legs. Other problems can also occur.

Even if you are feeling great, it is still a good idea for a periodic chiropractic checkup.

We believe that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and hope you can make it in for a periodic check-up.

Yours in health,


Dr.   Kris Thoman

Chiropractic The Best Medicine

New research keeps proving the effectiveness of chiropractic, not only for back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but for general health and wellness.     

We know our active patients are getting healthier because they are in seeing us. But then we started to think about the people who we haven’t seen for a while. 


We sincerely hope that you are healthy and doing well.  However, it is our experience that periodic chiropractic check-ups are very important and we would like to offer you one!

Remember – those bones in your back and neck (vertebrae) can move out of place even slightly every now and then just in the course of day-to-day living.  Once these bones shift off line, you can experience pain or tension in your back, neck, shoulders, hips and legs. Other problems can also occur. 

Even if you are feeling great, it is still a good idea for a periodic chiropractic checkup.

We believe that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and hope you can make it in for a periodic check-up.

Christmas and Chiropractic

Christmas is a busy time of year with many extra things to do, extra demands on your time. Your body comes under extra stress and pressure. People feel loss more at this time of year and getting an extended family together can be an occasion for anxiety and friction. As families splinter in pursuit of travel, education and career, the opportunities for families to get together regularly are, on average, dwindling and the pressure to enjoy each other’s company on the rare occasions when families do re-unite, can cause extra stress.

We have discussed what happens to the body during times of stress – it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for coordinating every cell, tissue, muscle, gland, organ and system in the entire body. Who cares for the nervous system?? Your Chiropractor does! Make sure you don’t neglect your spinal adjustments at this time of year – it will help you to have a Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year – but please use the front door – not the chimney!!

Here’s To A Healthy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is almost here: a day full of family, football, and of course – food! Your family probably has its own Thanksgiving traditions, but what if you tried something new this year? Here at Triangle Spine Center, we want you to have the best Thanksgiving ever. No, we aren’t going to give you a hard time about that third piece of pie, but if you follow our tips and tricks, you might just have your happiest (and healthiest) Thanksgiving yet!

Breathe Deep

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to unwind and celebrate. Though we are supposed to take some time to relax, it can actually be quite stressful. When you reflect on the holidays and the memories made, the ones that are often ignored are the ones in which your aunt is nagging you for taking too long to set the table or your mom is giving you a hard time about your outfit. And why do your Great Uncle Ed and Aunt Harriet still argue about who dropped the cranberries on Thanksgiving in 1987?
The point we’re trying to make is that Thanksgiving tends to mean there are one too many cooks in the kitchen, which often leads to stressful situations. Instead of falling into the negativity, find your happy place. Step outside and take a few deep breaths or take over mashing the potatoes and get some of that irritation out. Not only will that help you stay calm, it’s also good for your digestion. You might not be your grandma’s favorite (for this year), but you can be the calmest!

Laugh Out Loud

Getting together with family and friends is all about enjoying each other’s company, so be sure to get a good belly laugh in. Laughter improves your mood and is also good for your blood vessels, heart, and vascular system as a whole. Don’t forget – laughter is contagious! Of all the things going around at this time of year, laughter is the best one to catch. Laugh a little and the rest of the family will surely follow suit.

Walk It Off

Don’t let your day be completely sedentary. Take a brisk morning walk before the cooking begins, or roll yourself out the door for a short walk after dinner. Breathe in the fresh autumn air and think about all you’ve got to be thankful for.

Eat Up!

The food is prepared, the table is set, and you’ve got your stretchy pants on!
Part of celebrating Thanksgiving is filling your plate with all the delicious dishes you can. In order to have a healthy Thanksgiving, you don’t have to skip out on all that you love. Just try lightening things up a little bit by making more good choices. Make veggies and fruits the shining star of your dish. Cranberries are great for your kidneys, pumpkin contains vital nutrients that can promote a better mood, and you know turkey is great for regulating your sleep cycle and also for improving your immune system.
While we encourage you to eat as healthy as possible, one day of indulgence isn’t going to completely detail your healthy habits. So eat up, nap, laugh with your family, enjoy the game, and be thankful for another Thanksgiving…and the great health the chiropractic has provided you with!

Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or Moist Heat Pack?

Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.

When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

Muscle pain can be quite severe, and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad to try and get some relief.
Another choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.

Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on.

If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

Try #ChiropracticFirst Before Opioids

Why Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a safe, cost-effective, non-invasive, drug-free form of healthcare that helps prevent opioid addiction by avoiding addictive prescription drugs in the first place.
Why does this matter? North Carolina contains 4 of the top 25 cities with the highest opioid abuse rates, including #1 Wilmington. However, with over 2000 licensed North Carolina Chiropractors we can change these numbers and help citizens manage neck and back pain without opioid prescriptions.

Don’t just take our word for it, the ACP agrees. The American College of Physicians updated their guidelines this year and recommend chiropractic and other non-invasive, non-drug treatments of back pain before turning to prescription opioids.


Chiropractic and massage therapy work very well together, that is why we have Ryan & Dacia two great massage therapist working here. As Chiropractors we specialize on the spine but we adjust extremities as well. The rationale for focusing on the spine is that it’s the foundational piece of allowing your nervous system to work as well as it can.

When someone comes into our office complaining of back pain due to muscle spasm, where they feel it’s “just a muscle problem,” it’s not just a muscle problem. The spine works with the muscles and nerves to create these symptoms you’re experiencing. The chiropractic doctor will find the area of the spine that’s misaligned, stuck, or both and restore its normal movement and position via a chiropractic adjustment. Once the vertebra moves back into place, the nerve will start functioning better and the surrounding muscles will relax.

In some cases, though, the muscles need a little extra help to speed the recovery process. By having a massage therapist go in and work on the muscles, they will tend to relax further and longer, allowing the adjustment to hold its place longer. The longer the vertebra is able to maintain its normal position and functioning, the better for the patient’s healing and pain levels.

Some patients ask whether or not they should get the massage before or after the chiropractic adjustment, but I’ve not seen that it makes a major difference either way. In theory, if you got the massage before the adjustment, you’d be more relaxed for the adjustment and be able to get a better adjustment on that visit. I have recommended a pre-adjustment massage a few times for patients that are just so rigid that we’re having difficulty getting anything to move, but this is rare.

The post-adjustment massage can help the muscles relax further and allow the adjustment to last longer, but this is just the theory. I don’t believe any studies on this exist, but patients have reported back to me that this is their preferred timeline for getting their massage/adjustment combination.

Massage, chiropractic care, drinking water, eating right, exercise… are all good things for you and all good things that need to be done consistently to get the best results. A massage before or after and adjustment is less important than how often you’re getting that adjustment and how consistently you get a massage. Chiropractic and massage therapy are both beneficial to your long term physical and mental health and can work well as complementary treatments.

Headaches and Chiropractic

Seven out of every ten Americans will have a headache this year.  What causes headaches? What can you do to minimize the pain or even eliminate the cause?

Primary Headaches are not related to an underlying disease process such as stroke, cancer, drug reactions, etc.  There are three main types: Migraine, Tension, and Cluster.  Secondary Headaches are caused by life-threatening and non-life-threatening underlying diseases.  Secondary Headaches include infections, tumors, vascular (including aneurysm), drug-induced, or idiopathic (cause unknown).

Headaches are not the result of an aspirin shortage in the body!

A recent report on headaches reported that collectively in the United States alone, we consume 3.8 tons of aspirin each year at a cost of over $100,000,000.  Can headaches be treated or managed without drugs?  For most people the answer is yes.  Many people find relief from headaches, even migraines, through chiropractic care.  Up to 50% of headaches may have a portion of their origin in the neck.  Neck-based headaches are technically called cervicogenic.  By manipulating the tissues and bones of the neck, doctors of chiropractic can decrease irritation to tissues that cause headaches and the effect is powerful enough to rival or even out-perform many medications, without medication-induced Rebound Headaches.

A 1995 study compared neck adjustments as commonly performed by doctors of chiropractic to the drug Amitriptyline, a pill used to treat headache as well as depression.  The study concluded that not only were neck adjustments an effective treatment for tension headaches, but the effects tended to last longer and decreased need for over-the-counter medication.

If you have any questions concerning Chiropractic care for Headaches, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Claudio & Associates today at Triangle Spine Center (919) 957-3600

Remember Chiropractic First, Drugs Second, and Surgery is always the last resort.

Ultrasound Therapy for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accidents are inevitable, despite all precautionary measures taken, especially in places where harsh climate conditions have an impact on factors such as road conditions and visibility. Likewise, injuries out of such accidents are inevitable as well, which leaves us with the question as to what the best method should be, to deal with auto accident injuries. One suggestion that pops up into minds is using Ultrasound Therapy as a means of curing injuries caused by car accidents. Point to be noted here is that the most appropriate therapy depends on the nature of injuries, nevertheless, ultrasound therapy can prove to be comforting for a lot of patients, especially those with muscle and joint injuries.

Over the years, the idea of therapeutic Ultrasound has proved to be nothing short of a miracle for people suffering from muscle or joint related injuries following an accident or otherwise. Nature of Muscle and Joint Injuries Patients who can benefit from ultra sound therapy suffer from muscle and joint related issues such as those caused by strain or a muscle tear such as a pulled hamstring. More specific to the notion of car accidents, ultrasound therapy can be used on patients who suffer from car injuries such as the whiplash.

Common Automobile Accident Injuries

While the nature of damage varies, certain injuries remain common to most automobile accident. The first such injury is known as the blunt force trauma to the chest mainly occurring because of an abrupt halting of the vehicle resulting in the chest hitting the steering wheel. Back injuries are also common and leave people with spinal cord problems and frequent back and neck pains. Additionally, arm and leg injuries are also frequent, and most people suffer with damaged bones caused by an automobile accident.

How Ultrasound Therapy Works

The main process of using ultrasound therapy for injuries related to auto accidents is based on exposing the affected muscle and/ or joint to high frequency sound waves. This exposure leads stimulation in the tissue below the skin. What this ultimately does is break down possible adhesions in the affected area while at the same time increase blood flow through the affected area which helps in speeding up the healing process. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also help when it comes to reducing swelling and can also increase the effectiveness of topical medication applied to the skin by increasing delivery of the medication to the injury via phonophoresis; perfect for people scared of injections.

The nature of the treatment, say for example the frequency as well as the number of sessions, varies from patient to patient wherein an important determinant of the right kind of dosage is the nature of the injury, the severity and the area for example. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also be used in combination with methods such as chiropractic manipulation or physical therapy for the best results. For this purpose, it is extremely important that when considering this treatment as an option and seek medical advice from an expert to ensure that you get the best treatment which shows positive results.

As per reviews by people who have experimented with this mode of treatment, ultrasound therapy is soothing for many and comes as a welcomed relief. The gel that is used for conducting the entire process is added with Biofreeze to facilitate the patient’s comfort and most patient’s report a pleasant sensation under the skin as an ultra sound is carried out.

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

Some benefits of ultrasound therapy include:
• Faster healing
• Effective in dealing with calcium deposition
• Improved metabolism
• Improved blood flow
• Aids the process of healing by minimizing irritation
• Takes care of nerve root irritation