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Your Way to Wellness

Our mission is to serve our community by educating families that healing comes from within.  We strive to change individuals who step through our door, positively impact their lives & drive our community towards wellness, a pursuit of constant & never ending improvement.  

3. RBC's live approximately 120 days and make 300,000 trips through the blood stream; that's almost 2-trips per minute.

4. 3-million RBC's are made per minute.

5. The heart weighs less than one pound and yet beats approximately 40-million times per year.

6. The heart pumps 2.5 gallons per minute or 1,314,000 gallons per year.

7. The energy output of the heartbeat in a 24-hour period alone is enough to raise three fully-loaded Greyhound buses off the ground.

8. If stretched out, the arteries and veins in your body would cover 12,000 miles.

9. The lungs use about 90-gallons of pure oxygen per day.

10. Because of the alveoli (tiny projections in the lungs), the surface area of the lungs is approximately 40-60 square miles.

11. We take approximately 9-million breaths per year.

12. Our lungs pump approximately 2-gallons of air per minute while at rest and approximately 26-gallons of air per minute while exercising.

13. There are more than 600 muscles in your body. To press a barbell over your head takes 200 of them -31 in your face alone.

14. Nerves transmit their signals at 300 mph.

15. Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is so strong, that one drop of it on the skin will leave a painful blister, but the stomach is left unharmed.

16. The stomach produces 2.5-quarts of acid per day.

17. Over the course of a 70-year life span, the stomach will have produced 60,000 quarts of acid to help digest 40-tons of food.

18. All of these and every other action and reaction in your body are controlled by the Innate/Inborn Intelligence within. This intelligence uses the nerve system to transmit messages to and from the body to maintain the body in an organized state.

Courtesy: Dr. Peter Kevorkian

Dear Practice Members and Friends,

Greetings!  As summer arrives, we hope to empower you with this month’s Your Way to Wellness.  From an amazing description of the human body, to the latest article printed in Healthy Living, our newsletter is ready and waiting!  Thinking of removing toxins from your body and shedding a few extra pounds this summer?  Don’t wait!  Let Rhinebeck Chiropractic help you become the best you can be.  Enjoy the articles that follow.  We thank you for your time and commitment to your health.  Please consider sharing this information with your friends and family.

Many Blessings,

The Doctors Burckhard

BJ Palmer Quote: "With Innate, we are alive. Without Innate, we are dead. With only a portion of Innate at work, we are sick. With all of Innate at work, we are well. Innate is the beginning, source, cause, the only cause; all that follows is incidental." -pg 313, The Bigness of the Fellow Within































Kids and chiropractic Featured in chronogram’s Healthy Living guide











the idea that chiropractic could play a role during critical growth stages begins to make sense.

“Child athletes and musicians are very prone to repetitive injuries that can cause very severe orthopedic injuries down the line if they’re not addressed soon,” said Dr. David Ness, a chiropractor in New Paltz. “I have kids who, with the repetitiveness of horseback riding, track and field, or baseball,  come in with the strains and sprains that professional athletes come in with.”
For this reason and more, the field of pediatric chiropractic is growing. According to a 2005 study by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the number of chiropractic patients under 17 years old had increased from 9.7 percent in 1991 to 18.2 percent. But it’s not just child athletes who are seeking treatment for muscular issues. According to a study by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) on juvenile chiropractic care, musculoskeletal concerns ranked only third as a reason for chiropractic treatment, following respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.
The idea that chiropractic can help not just musculoskeletal problems but also the whole body’s healing process is not news for Ness, who at age three was taken by his mother to a chiropractor to battle a recurrent ear infection. Today, in his own practice, he’s worked with children who have mild cerebral palsy, asthma, and many other conditions. With respiratory issues, for example, Ness said adjustments can help free up vertebrae and ribs that are not moving properly. “If one area is fixed, it’s going to cause another area to be fixed, and you won’t be able to get deep breaths in or expand your lungs,” he said.
Although the chiropractor’s goal of keeping nerve flow free has benefits for a number of conditions, the majority of Ness’s work with children involves sports-related injuries and pain resulting from poor posture. “[Kids] spend so much time at a desk with poor posture, and watching TV or studying on the computer with poor posture, that all of those things eventually cause back or neck pain,” he said. “If you start that habit in first or second grade, by the time you get into ninth grade eight years have gone by where developing bones have not developed properly, and we’re already seeing signs of early arthritis in teenagers because of [this].” Visiting a chiropractor can help with the current pain and also prevent further injury through education on everything from proper posture and how often to change position to how much weight to carry in a backpack—all information that is pertinent to children who spend hours a day at school desks and lugging around heavy textbooks. Ness also demonstrates stretches and exercises for his patients that will counteract the negative posture or repetitive movement that’s causing injury, which helps to prevent further damage.
According to Ness, chiropractic can even be performed on infants and toddlers, though he said the traditional chiropractic techniques are modified for smaller-size patients. For example, instead of using the palm of the hand during an adjustment, Ness said he might use his fingertips, and a lot less force. While some of these patients may be too young to verbalize a complaint about pain or an injury they’ve sustained, it doesn’t mean they couldn’t benefit from a checkup, he said. Youngsters often have trips and falls, or sleeping positions, that could cause damage.
Although some parents may be concerned about potential risks of chiropractic to young children, the ICPA study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care indicates that less than 1 percent, of the 10,249 office visits it considered, reported minor adverse events resulting from treatment, while 66 percent described improvements in their present complaints. A further 8 percent spoke of improvements not directly related to their original complaint, such as improved sleep, mood, and immune function.
“You have to go to the dentist to check your teeth periodically,” Ness explained. “They need to be cleaned, flossed, and taken care of. Your teeth are a very important part of your body, and your spinal column is equally important to your body. It houses and protects your spinal cord, and through it, your brain connects to the rest of your body. If that breaks down, where are you going to be? You need to have someone take care of your spine and the muscles of your spine and body so that they will serve you well down the line.”


Author Amy Granger

(Luminary Publishing)


1. There are 30-40 billion white blood cells (WBC's) circulating on any given day; these blood cells only live for a couple days and are then replaced.

2. One drop of blood (1/25th of an inch) contains 5-million red blood cells (RBG's), 7,000 WBC's and thousands of platelets.




Today more and more parents are interested in making healthy and green lifestyle changes for the well-being of their families and for the planet.  A new chapter of the Holistic Moms Network is forming in Rhinebeck.   The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting moms with an interest in holistic health and green living. 

Our chapter will hold monthly meetings on a variety of topics including organic food, breastfeeding, massage therapy and positive discipline in coming months.  For more information please visit  Our introductory meeting, an open house event, is planned for August.  If you would like to stay updated on Holistic Moms Network of Dutchess County, contact chapter leader Dr. Jessica Burckhard at



At first consideration, sending a child to the chiropractor may appear unnecessary. Kids seem to bounce back from injuries with relative ease. But when you start to consider the many activities that children participate in—athletics, playing instruments, roughhousing, gaming—