Merolla Chiropractic

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New Bedford, MA 02740


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By Merolla Chiropractic
April 09, 2014
Category: Whiplash
Tags: chiropractic   whiplash   injury neck   treatment  

Research has shown that getting rear ended in a motor vehicle accident does not result in a simple sprain to the muscles and ligaments of the neck and back.

In fact, when your automobile is struck from behind, your neck curves in an abnormal S-shape.  This changes the way your neck moves after the injury.

Normally, the joints of your neck are well lubricated and easily glide over one another.  But the forces involved in a car crash can cause enough damage to involve not just the joints, but the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and discs.

Even the tiny nerves in ligaments, called proprioceptors, which are involved in sending information back to your brain about the position of your spinal joints can be damaged.  This causes further problems with joint movement after an injury.

Luckily, chiropractic adjustments of the spine are able to return normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae.  And happen to be the most single effective treatment for improving the far-reaching impact of whiplash injuries.


By Dr Mike Merolla
April 06, 2014
Category: Longevity
Tags: chiropractic   neck   grip   strength   longevity   cervical   vertebral   subluxation  

In this study, athletes both male and female, from a Brazilian national judo team were assigned randomly to one of two groups. 

The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment to correct any vertebral subluxations (misalignments in the spinal bones) in the neck.  The other group received a fake chiropractic adjustment.  The martial artists in both groups had their grip strength measured both before and after the real or fake chiropractic adjustment. 

The athletes who received the real chiropractic adjustment showed an over 10% improvement in grip strength.  The athletes who received the fake treatment showed no improvement.  And at no time in the study was treatment given to the hands or wrists of athletes.  Only the cervical spine (neck) was adjusted.  This area was chosen because the nerves from this region control the muscular machinery of the hands and wrists.

As in so many sports, grip strength is very important.  But is also important for so many activities related to work and daily living.

Grip strength has also been linked to overall vitality and longevity in several studies.



By Merolla Chiropractic New Bedford / Fall River
December 01, 2013
Category: low back pain
Tags: chiropractic   low back pain   pain   neck pain   video

Click on this link to learn how chiropractic can help your pain!

By New Bedford chiropracgtor
July 08, 2013
Category: weight loss
Tags: chiropractic   cortisol   weight loss   leptin   ghrelin   sleep   New Bedford   Fall River  

Interested in weight loss?  You need to talk to Leptin & Ghrelin.

It may sound like a law firm, but leptin and ghrelin are actually two vital hormones involved in stimulating and suppressing your appetite.

Leptin suppresses hunger and is produced in the fat cells of the body.

Ghrelin stimulates your appetite and is released from your stomach.

If you are trying to lose or maintain weight loss, it is better to release more leptin and less ghrelin, because leptin tells your body that it is full.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to get enough sleep.

And one of the easiest ways to promote wait gain is to not get enough sleep  (see study here).

But there is another major player involved in weight gain and sleep: the hormone cortisol.

Getting enough sleep lowers cortisol levels, while a lack of sleep elevates cortisol.

When cortisol levels go up, metabolism goes down. 

How does this happen?  Cortisol when elevated, tells the body to break down protein in order to produced glucose.  Over time, this breakdown of protein leads to less muscle mass which lowers metabolism.  Your muscles require fuel (calories), even at rest.  With less muscle there is less calorie burning and therefore a lowered metabolism.

But it can get worse.  If you are breaking down protein to make glucose and you already have an adequate supply of glucose, your body will store the glucose as fat.

On top of that, cortisol interferes with the body’s ability to build muscle.

So if you are going to the gym, but triggering high cortisol levels, you are not going to make the gains you would like with regard to your body composition (the amount of fat to muscle).

The bottom line is that if you are trying to maintain or lose weight, you do not want to raise cortisol or ghrelin levels, and leptin levels should be promoted.  Getting enough sleep helps you do just that and promotes better health in general.


If you want to get a handle on where your cortisol levels are, it has never been easier.  Just stop by Merolla Chiropractic in New Bedford or Fall River for a home test kit based on saliva samples.  It will accurately read your cortisol levels in the morning, afternoon, late afternoon, and night.  And from there, we can go back to burning fat, not storing it!



By Dr. Mike Merolla
February 04, 2013
Category: scoliosis

It appears they have confirmed finding King Richard III's remains.  From what I can see of his crooked spine, his royal court did not include a chiropractor!  Perhaps Shakespeare should have wrote: My kingdom for a chiropractor!