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Your Health’s Circuit Board

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In our office, we strive to not only help you get well but to stay well.  The best way for us to achieve this is not only taking the actions to help you get well but by explaining the “how” and “why” of how our bodies work and what we can do to maintain the results that we can help you achieve.

The Circuit Board

When an appliance in a home is not working properly, it has the potential to short circuit and causes a fire that could burn down the entire house. But thankfully, the appliance has been hardwired with a mechanism that when there is too much ‘charge’ detected; a signal relayed back to a connection where the entire power supply to the house.  This location is known as the fuse or circuit breaker box.  The fuse box will “blow a fuse” or simply shut off the power to the appliance and everything on that circuit supply.  Therefore, no fire results and the house remains safe.

Your Body’s Circuit Board

Now if you can understand this simple analogy, I hope you can grasp how one of the processes of the most complex system in your body works – your central nervous system.

Follow along for a second. In our previous example, the power supply is your brain, the house is your body, and the fuse box and power points are your nervous system. This nervous system supplies all your organs, just as the electricity supplies the necessary energy for the appliances in the house to work.

When an appliance is not working correctly in your house, there is always a reason.  The first obvious one is that the there is a problem with the power supply – either the powerpoint is not turned on, or the fuse is still blown from a previous problem.  The second is that there is an issue with the appliance itself.

Now, back to our body – when a part of it is not correctly working what is your first thought?  Do you ever think about the connection or power supply?

The Best Team Electricians For Your Health

Our expert team has been designed for just this reason.  We want to provide our community with the care that will not only restore function but help you learn to maintain the long-lasting results you have achieved to extend the quality and life of your body.

Holiday Stress Headaches Now?

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Enter any store and mall, and there are already signs of the upcoming seasonal holidays. However, this season’s good cheer does not need to include tears, neck pain, shoulder pain, stress headaches, and a weakened immune system too. Let’s face it the combination of the wrong food, too much alcohol, late nights, rushing around carrying heavy bags, and, family stress, can all lead to physical overload, and stress or migraine headaches. So this season let’s plan to conquer this year’s holidays in better health.  

Here are some great tips to keep you in tip-top condition for anything this holiday throws at you like…

Marathon Shopping – Yes, Even on Amazon

  • Stay well-hydrated. Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day, and do not substitute any of that with coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol, because those are diuretics and will end up robbing you of water.
  • Stretch both before and after a long day of finding goodies on foot or the computer. Shopping can be stressful, and your muscles need all the help they can get to stay relaxed.
  • When you are out shopping choose shoes for their comfort, not style. You will need plenty of cushioning to counteract those endless hours on your feet.
  • Wear comfortable clothing as well, and, if it’s cold out, have a few layers so you can peel them off and pile them on as you move from the streets to the warm shop interiors and back out again.
  • Keep your purse size small, and try to keep its contents to the bare minimum.
  • Any slight aches and pains you feel after a day out shopping, grab an ice pack and apply to the affected area for 20 minutes, before removing for at least two hours. Repeat several times over the next day or two.

Carve Time to Relax

  • When completing a marathon shop, take a break every 45 minutes, or more often if you feel the need.
  • Park in a convenient location so that you may drop your bags in the trunk every so often.
  • If you’re hungry, eat something light, or you may feel very sluggish when you resume shopping.
  • Feeling like a Starbucks? Coffee may seem like a good idea as a quick pick-me-up, but it adds extra stress to the system. Try also to avoid soda. Stick with water.

Avoid Mixing A Headache Cocktail

  • Children and extended shopping trips don’t go together. Not only will they tire before you do and want to go home, but they will also want to buy everything in every shop. That’s a double whammy of whining that’s going to stress you out. Try and get someone to look after them instead.

Ready To Conquer the Season!

Here at our practice, our expert team is ready to make sure your spine and body are in tip-top condition to not only to have the physical stamina to endure the season but to be able to battle the bustling crowds and conquer the overwhelming checklists.  

Schedule a Quick and Easy Spinal Check-Up Today and Turbo Boost Your Immune System and Avoid Holiday Headaches!

Tips For Faster Injury Recovery

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Are you sitting or standing on the bench due to an injury? For most athletes and health enthusiasts, recovering from an injury can be a workout in itself. For a serious athlete, being told that you have to reduce or halt activity altogether to let a bone or muscle heal is equivalent to torture. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the healing process so you can heal like a pro and get back to your athletic activities as soon as possible.

Understanding The Difference In Pain Relief Options

When cells are damaged in a fracture, large amounts of prostaglandins are released. Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labor.   Although this is what causes you to feel the pain, the production of these lipids is also instrumental in the early stages of tissue repair.

Here is the catch.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to alleviate pain and stop the action of prostaglandins, but the prostaglandins are quintessential to the healing process.   The best suggestion would be to stop taking the NSAIDs as soon as possible after suffering a broken bone.  Alternatively, you could take non-NSAID pain medication such as acetaminophen for pain relief, for it does not have the same effect on prostaglandins.

Another Reason To Stop Smoking/Vaping

It is scientifically proven that the broken bones of people who smoke take longer to heal. The smoke reduces blood flow, therefore, reduces the number of nutrients and oxygen traveling to the injury site. The chemicals released into the blood from smoking damages the cells that form bone. This process and significantly decrease healing time or prevent complete healing altogether.

Your New Besties – Calcium, Magnesium, & Vitamins D and K

These vitamins and minerals are all integral to healthy bone growth. We have all heard about how important calcium is in the diet, but if you take a lot of calcium without accompanying it with magnesium and vitamins D and K, much of that calcium will not be absorbed by your bones. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are among the best sources of not only calcium but magnesium and vitamin K as well. If you live in a sunny climate, you can get a good supply of vitamin D by sitting in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day with arms and legs exposed and using no sunblock. For those who live in less sun-drenched locations (and those of us waiting out the winter months), you can get vitamin D from fortified milk products, or you can take a vitamin D supplement.

Sideline the Coffee and Sodas

Caffeine and sugar both increase the excretion of calcium from the bones by 25-50 percent. So try to avoid the comfort foods!

Just become a Lean, Mean, Protein Consuming Machine!

Are You In Pain Solution Paralysis?

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Do you suffer in pain? Do you very carefully balance between managing pain versus giving up and crying, “It is just too much?”  If this is you, read on for helpful information to better help you understand and choose the from best pain solution options from the experts in treatments of headaches, back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Different Pain Protocols

No one wants to worry constantly.  We certainly do not want to visit our chiropractor or family doctor for every ache and pain, but eventually, we all experience physical health challenges that may be difficult to solve without expert advice.  

Deciphering the 911

Some health crises are immediate and serious.  For instance, if you suddenly experience crushing chest pain with radiating pain down your left arm, possibly with nausea, profuse perspiration, and a feeling of impending doom, you know you have to call “911” immediately. If you awaken in the middle of the night with an intense, deep, sharp pain in your lower right abdomen, accompanied by vomiting and a fever, you also know that you need to go to the Emergency Room right away.  In these exceptional cases, most people know which steps to take.  

Now, what about the pain that does not categorize as a “code red”?

Nonurgent Urgent Care

Overall, pain is a warning sign, but many problems that cause pain can resolve on their own.  For example, you may twist an ankle on your daily walk.  It may hurt to put weight on that ankle, and there may even be a bit of swelling, but within two days your ankle is much better.  There was initial pain attributing to a soft tissue injury, possibly involving muscles, tendons, or ligaments; however, the injury was not so severe that your body’s ability to self-heal could not manage the situation.  In the case of a greater degree of initial pain, more swelling, or if improvement were not obtained within 48 hours, a visit to your chiropractor would be appropriate.
In borderline situations involving musculoskeletal pain, for instance back, neck, shoulder, or knee pain,  your intuition, and level of pain tolerance will be the deciding factor on when to seek professional assistance.  But better to err on the side of caution and not lose the quality of life you desire by living and masking the pain with anti-inflammatories.

Pain Relief Versus Pain Solution

When you suffer from debilitating neck and back pain, you should consider an evaluation first by a qualified chiropractor.   The majority of these spinal complaints are caused by irritation and inflammation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that not only help create the structure of the spinal column but provide for the full mobility of the spinal vertebrae.  By locating regions of your spine with decreased mobility, a chiropractor can identify the areas that are in need of treatment. The treatment includes not only restoring mobility to the spinal joints but the reduction of pressure and irritation on spinal nerves.  By reducing the irritation and inflammation of the spinal soft tissues, the pain will reduce along with the adverse effects to the normal function of the spinal nerves.  The result of non-treatment for spinal nerve compression may include a wide range of other health problems.  By addressing the source of many of these problems, chiropractic care and rehabilitation, which may include physical rehabilitation and exercises, spinal decompression, or other non-surgical modalities will help eliminate your neck and back pain and help contribute to your overall health and well-being.

Let Us Start With Good Action Steps

If you or a loved one are suffering in pain and you feel like you have tried everything or are just too tired from the pain to make a clear decision, let us help you make an informed and solution based decision.  Our expert team is ready and waiting to help you begin to take the steps towards your next best day – pain-free!

Tools for School – Avoid Low Back Pain

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Fall is here!  The first days of school have come and gone.  Now the once excited kids bend over or strain shoulders to hold the overly heavy backpacks that contain their school books and folders.  Unfortunately these over filled backpacks are heading our future generations into early back pain, neck pain, headaches and disease processes.  According to figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 7,000 children attend the ER each year due to backpack-related injuries.  Unfortunately, this is a trend that will continue as more schools remove lockers from their premises, and thus children are forced to carry around with them extra books and bags for the entire day.

To help avoid developing this trend our team would like to help your children start strong and stay strong all year long.  So please review to help make this year a healthy one!

Back Pack Safety Checklist

Let’s begin by checking the backpack safely list provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) below:

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.  Padded shoulder straps are very important.  Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, but they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable, so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.  Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignments, back and neck pain.
  • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one.  A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side, and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain.
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments.   A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook.
  • Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.  Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Come and get your Back To School Back Pack Check Up!  Bring your child’s back pack into our office so we may help you properly fit the backpack and ensure that your children’s bodies are in balance physically and nutritionally to tackle all of the new excitement this school year!

Most importantly lead by example and teach them the why and how of good posture.  Make it fun and persevere!

We Are Here to Help!

Let’s Make This Year A Healthy One!  Our expert team is trained to diagnose and treat all ages.  We are here to help if you or your children suffer from pain or discomfort from using a backpack, sports injuries, or other common growing pains and conditions. Treatment is geared to the age of the patient, with a more gentle approach for children. We also offer advice on specific exercises that can help you and your family develop stronger muscles, and on proper nutrition, good posture, and optimum sleeping habits.

Good Health Is Natural

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Have you ever wondered how life imitates nature?   As a tribute to one of my favorite movies, the Karate Kid, I would like reference one of my first encounters of understanding posture and its relationship to nature through the lesson that was taught using the Bonsai tree.   The ancient Japanese art form of growing Bonsai trees is fascinating. Bonsai trees are essentially normal shrubs that have been consistently stressed in a particular way for a long time to create a posture not naturally found in nature.  Depending on how the tree is stressed while it grows, it may end up looking like a miniature version of a full-sized tree, or it may end up looking like a wild tangle of branches with twists and loops.

The Alignment Connection

To most people, “good posture” means sitting and standing up straight. Very few of us realize how important our posture is to our overall health and performance.

The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain on our nervous system.

The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, plus we move and age more gracefully. So while the word “posture” may conjure up images of John Wayne in the old country and western classics or book-balancing school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of yourself.

Health Right From The Start

From the very beginning of our children’s lives, we are always creating guidelines to help form and develop them into the healthy adults that they will become.  As parents of this generation, we have encountered a new force that is creating bends and twists in our children’s postures – the smartphones and electronic devices.  This repetitive activity over time is now grooming our children’s’ postures to the predictable head forward posture and rolled shoulders.  With the unhealthy bends, we see them all to clear results of back pain, headaches, short attention spans, depression, indigestion, reflux, high blood pressure, asthma and thyroid problems that are plaguing our youth.

It is important to remember that good posture should rank right up at the top of the list when you are talking about optimal health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Think of good posture as a way of doing things with more energy, less stress, and fatigue.

Did You Know?

  • Without good posture, you cannot be physically, chemically or mentally fit.
  • Without good posture, you can physically damage your spine every time you exercise.
  • Without good posture, your nerves will not communicate properly with your glands and organs, resulting in all kinds of degeneration and potential chronic diseases.

Start Strong – Stay Strong!

As in nature, the earlier one begins a healthy lifestyle, the healthier and less dis-ease they will experience.

Is Chiropractic for children too? By all means. Miracles can occur every day in Chiropractic with the right adjustment, tailored to the individual’s size, age, shape, and need.

What Does Your Posture Say About You?

Contact us today and schedule a posture exam.  Your posture will be telling all of us more than you think!

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