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Mon 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
Tue 2pm - 6pm
Wed 8am - 12pm
Thurs 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
Fri - Sun Closed

117 Sheraton Drive
Salem, Virginia 24153


Adults & Family


headaches.jpgNot Normal

Headaches are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. It is estimated that 15% of the American population suffers from chronic headaches. Although headaches are extremely common, they are not normal!

Over Medicated

“If all you want is temporary pain relief, drugs are quicker. But if you’re concerned with your health, you’ll really appreciate chiropractic”

Over the counter pain relievers are the most common form of headache relief. At Cotton Chiropractic, we prefer to take a more natural approach. We aim to find the underlying CAUSE of your headaches.

Chiropractic Works

You might be surprised that your headaches are actually coming from your low back. Finding subluxations and nervous system interference is the primary objective of chiropractic. Interference within the body, no matter where it may be, can lead to symptoms such as muscle spasms and loss of joint mobility. Subluxation in the low back can lead to compensation within the spine, shifting your head off center, causing headaches.

We don’t guarantee results, but our success rate is very high for people who suffer with headaches.


Chiropractic care doesn’t treat allergies. So, why do so many people with allergies mention that they notice less allergic reactions after beginning chiropractic care?

It's Not the Pollen

Allergic reactions show up in a variety of ways. Itchy eyes. Runny nose. Skin rash. Serious reactions can include constricted airwayssneezing.jpg and even death. All because of some tasty blue crab, a meeting with a puppy or spring pollens in the air!

The question we should be asking, however, is why doesn’t everyone react? If everyone responded to these substances in the same way, we could post blame on the crab, the sweet little pup or the pollens. But the truth is, not everyone reacts. Why is that?

Inappropriate Threat

Your nervous system is the master system that has the ability to adapt to unforeseen stressors. Our nervous system coordinates all immune, lymphatic, respiratory and every other function that reacts inappropriately to allergens. Normally, these systems help you respond and adapt to the world around you. But suffering from uncontrollable swelling after eating a crab is an improper reaction.

If your nervous system isn’t adapting correctly, the rest of your body adapts incorrectly. We prefer to locate the specific regions that may be causing your nervous systems inability to adapt as opposed to focusing on the many allergens that could be causing improper reactions.

Chiropractic: Nervous System

So, we don’t treat allergies. Simply put, we look for ways to restore your ability to adapt to allergens by locating and reducing interference to your nervous system.

We’d love to discuss how chiropractic may help your specific allergy issue. Call our office today! 540-765-2990


Bottom line, chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement after receiving chiropractic care.

ashma.jpgResearch suggests a link between the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing after beginning care at our practice.

An Array of Causes

Asthma cases appear to be rising at an alarming rate. The chemicals in our environment are believed to be one of the major factors causing this increase.

It’s not just our new age super insulated homes that are trapping chemicals and molds around us…the increasing use of cesarean births, antibiotics and our obsessions with germ killing have also been cited as potential causes for the rate increase.

A key question is, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house, going to the same school, breathing the same air, suffer equally?

Chiropractic Correlation

Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control every breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Nervous system irritation in this area can have a profound affect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.

Reducing vertebral subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin.

More Research is Needed

Research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results experienced by 81 children with asthma who received chiropractic care. The two-month study revealed that those under care saw a 45% decrease in the number of “attacks” and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication.

True results from improved nervous system control of the lungs!

Want More?

Interested in reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks? Chiropractic care may help. We can’t make any promises; but if your child has subluxations, and they are the cause of their symptoms, many have found relief with the drug free option of chiropractic care. Let us discuss the possibilities and answer any questions for you - Call our office today! 540-765-2990


What is it?

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more symptoms including constant pain in one side of the buttock or leg, worsened pain upon sitting, leg pain that is often described as tingling or burning, weakness or numbness with associated difficulty moving a leg or foot, and/or sharp pains when standing up or walking. Sciatic pain may vary in frequency and intensity as symptoms range from irritating and infrequent to incapacitating and constant.

Where exactly is it coming from?

Sciatica in and of itself is not a medical diagnosis; rather, it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Lumbar disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease are among the most common underlying medical conditions that cause compression of the sciatic nerve root and lead to sciatic pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and is comprised mainly of the 3rd sacral nerve and 4th lumbar nerve. Your sciatica nerve runs through your buttock into the back of the leg and into the foot, making it the longest nerve in the human body. A very common cause of sciatica is called piriformis syndrome in which the piriformis muscle in your buttock becomes overactive and compresses the sciatic nerve. The piriformis is used daily in activities such as walking and stabilization when standing and may become tight if not properly treated.

There's hope

Chiropractic adjustments drastically improve spinal motion, leading to a quicker healing response. We’ve had great success with practice members who thought they would have to go through multiple therapies and operations to get relief. Call today to schedule your consultation! 540-765-2990

Stress & Anxiety

Stress – the topic of the day! It comes in many different forms – both good and bad! An intense 30-minute cycling class for 20-year old would be great stress. That same workout for a 70-year old grandfather might be a little too much and equate to bad stress.

There are 3 main types of stress we frequently assess and review in our office; Physical/traumatic stress, chemical/toxic stress and mental/emotional stress.

Physical Stress

Let’s kick the physical stress off with the obvious – car accidents, frequent falls in childhood, repetitive motions, long periods of sitting. All of these stressful stimuli keep our bodies adapting, trying to make the best of every situation. Whether at work, the ride home or even while asleep on the pillow that just doesn’t fit your neck right, there are many hidden physical stressors in our day. Presumably the most important physical stress to address is the birth process. We know it wasn’t “easy” for mom…baby agrees. Birth puts A LOT of stress on the nervous system.

Chemical Stress

Have you ever looked at the ingredient labels on the food you were about to buy at the grocery store only to find you couldn’t pronounce any of them? How about trying to read the back of your shampoo bottle? The truth is, we are faced with a variety of chemical stressors every single day. When you pile up all of the preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, drugs, pollens and a host of other substances, your nervous system reaches a “tipping point”. The end result is subluxation and interference within the nervous system. You can work to eliminate many of the chemical stressors in your life, but can’t get rid of them all. Give your body the best chance to adapt to these stressors with regular adjustments!

Emotional Stress

Often the most overlooked, but perhaps the most frequent stressor we encounter is within our minds. Emotional stress takes a large toll on the body’s ability to function at the highest level. Have you ever lost a job? Lost a loved one? Watched a movie with a sad ending? Emotional stress, when not dealt with properly, disrupts the normal physiologic function of our nervous system and causes subluxation. We often have practice members in our office tell us they have less anxiety, how much happier they are and how life is brighter after beginning chiropractic care. Don’t let stress stay in your system and disrupt your life, call us today!

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