Headaches & Chiropractic

Did you know that 1 in every 6 adults in the United States suffers from headaches or migraines? That’s nearly 45 million people! A shocking number! So what can we do to help those headache sufferers in our lives?

The first step to addressing a problem is to understand it; what is it that causes us to experience these achy, nagging headache symptoms? Headaches can occur when our blood vessels, membranes or nerves are being compressed, irritated or inflamed. Over time this can cause us to experience pain and symptoms which capture our attention. This our body’s alarm system to tell us there is a problem. The spectrum of causes and methods people use to address this problem are diverse and varied. More and more people are choosing natural, drug free approaches such as chiropractic.

We wish we could say that there was a button to push to make the pain stop, unfortunately there isn’t. However regular chiropractic adjustments can decrease the occurrence of subluxations, misalignments of the spine, and relieve the nervous system inflammation and irritation that can be associated with what is creating some headaches. In fact, studies show that headache sufferers under chiropractic care experience a 69% decrease in the number of headache hours per day!

Whether you are suffering with headaches or are looking for a way to stay healthy, chiropractic care is an important part of your wellness. A healthy spine leads to good nerve energy and good nerve energy leads to a healthy body and mind!

Fatigue & Chiropractic

Frequently this time of year we feel groggy, fatigued, and notice ourselves reaching for that extra cup of coffee. Fatigue can be a symptom of many things: adrenal stress, lack of restful sleep, high levels of stress in our daily lives among a multitude of other factors. It comes as no surprise that many of us feel fatigue and, boy, doesn’t it make it hard to get out of bed some mornings? Who wants to feel that way? That’s
right, no one! So, what can we do to help our sleepy selves?

Alongside making sure we’re getting enough exercise and eating plenty of nutrient dense foods, we can get regular chiropractic adjustments. How can a chiropractic adjustment help us feel less exhausted? Great question!

As we know our body and our brain communicate through nerve impulses, or nerve energy. These nerve impulses act as messages from the brain that are carried through the spinal cord and the spinal nerves to tell our organs, muscles, and glands what to do and vice versa. We need this healthy and unimpeded communication to make sure our body is keeping our ‘stress hormones’ in check and allowing us to properly rest at night. Regular chiropractic adjustments make sure that any impediments, called subluxations, in the spine are removed causing a healthy flow of nerve energy through the body which supports us in staying rested, calm and happy.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?

My children are too young for a backache, do they really need chiropractic care? This question has been hot topic in the media this year and the answer is yes, absolutely! Receiving chiropractic care is about much more than back aches. Studies have shown that regular pediatric chiropractic care can bolster children’s immune systems, improve sleep quality, even improve behavior and attitude.

Just because our children don’t complain of back pain doesn’t mean that their isn’t strain on their nervous system. In fact, most people’s first subluxations, or spinal misalignments, occur as early as birth. Further subluxations can occur with any subsequent falls and injuries when learning how to pick their heads up, learning how to walk, or playing sports, for example. All of life’s little boo-boos can interfere with nervous system function which can affect our children’s general health and happiness. Regular chiropractic adjustments help resolve these interferences and allow our children a greater state of well being and every chance to be their joyful selves.

Winter Weather Calls for Chiropractic Care

Winter is here! There are so many things to love about it; the beautiful snow, fun activities, and the permission to hunker down, rest and relax. However, winter does come with its challenges: colds, flu, aches and pains. Chiropractic care can help us conquer these little hurdles so we can fully enjoy this beautiful season.

How can chiropractic care help us work through these seasonal challenges? Great question! Chiropractors remind us that symptoms of colds, flu, aches and pains are all intelligent auto-immune or inflammatory responses that our brilliant body triggers, in an effort to protect us from outside invaders. We may not enjoy the experience but these responses are not a bad thing. So how can we help our body continue to protect us, decrease the length of time we are challenged and keep our joints limber? We can get chiropractic adjustments that allow for optimal nerve energy to be supplied to our hardworking body.

Support your body using chiropractic adjustments so you can fully take advantage of all the joys of the winter season and this New Year!

Don’t Say the ‘S’-Word!

While some of us may be dreaming of a white Christmas, most of us are dreading that first heavy, wet snow. I can almost hear the grumbling as everyone loads up on layers and stuff their feet into big winter boots as they break the shovels out of their corner of the garage. Wait! Stop a moment and breathe.
Most of the injuries experienced during snow shoveling is due to a lack of being present in the moment. When shoveling, you are using your muscles in a way that is awkward and unlike your average daily movements. Being frazzled, angry or rushing exponentially increases your chances of injuring yourself. If you are present in the moment, take your time, and stay mindful to the experience, you will be able to hear your body’s subtle cues of what does and doesn’t work. This will minimize, if not eliminate, your chances of injury.
Injured or injury-free, it is always a good idea to get your spine checked to remove nerve interference and give yourself the power to get through the snowy, winter months happy and healthy!

Cloistered in Our Cars

How many hours do you spend in your car? Really think about it… Commuting to work, grocery shopping, dropping off and picking kids up at school or practice. What do we do in cars? We sit.

Sitting for extended periods of time is detrimental to our spinal health. A seated position puts greater strain on our lower back and for those of us who have sedentary jobs the percentage of the day we spend seated is compounded.Granted we can’t be expected to change our careers or time spent in cars to protect our backs, but here is what we can do:

1) Knees below hips! The position created by office chairs and car seats often leaves our hips placed below our knees. Try changing this up: adjust your car seat to lift up your hips or sit closer to the end of your desk chair and let your knees fall lower than your hips. You should feel an immediate shift in your pelvis and a relief of pressure in your lower back.

2) Take breaks! If you’re doing a lot of driving, try to take breaks every 20-30 minutes to stretch your legs, bounce, walk, get that spinal fluid moving! The same goes for sitting at your desk, get up and walk around every 20 minutes. Set a reminder alarm on your phone or, even better, drink lots of water, your body will naturally remind you to get up for bathroom breaks and you’ll be well hydrated!

3) Men, take out that wallet! Before sitting for an extended period of time make sure you’re removing any objects you have in your back pockets. Sitting with wallet, or anything, in your pocket creates an imbalance in the distribution of your weight which puts strain on your pelvis and lower back.

Pediatric Ear Infections

Five out of every 6 children have had at least one ear infection by their 3rd birthday. There are 23.5 million children under the age of 5 in the United States, 19.5 million of which will experience at least one ear
infection. How can chiropractic care help prevent and help the body heal through these infections?

What is an ear infection? An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tube, a small tube that runs from the ear to the back of the throat, becomes swollen, blocked and fills with fluid.

What can chiropractic do to help ear
infections? While chiropractic care does not directly “treat” ear infections, many children have experienced a significant reduction in ear infections after beginning chiropractic care. One theory regarding how ear infections are reduced under chiropractic care involves the muscles surrounding the Eustachian tubes. These muscles are influenced by the nerves that stem from the vertebrae in the neck. When the vertebrae of the neck are out of alignment, there is pressure on the nerves that control those muscles which can cause the muscles around the Eustachian tubes to contract and shrink causing blockages that can prevent healthy drainage. Studies show that regular chiropractic adjustments can help prevent ear infections by maintaining healthy nerve energy to the muscles around the Eustachian tubes. In children with active ear infections, chiropractic adjustments may cause the musculature around the tubes to relax and allow natural drainage of fluid in the ear relieving the fluid blockage that is the cause of most ear infections.

Ear infections or not, it is always better to have good nerve energy than blocked nerve energy for all of the parts of the body to heal. It is one of the best forms of heath assurance one can have!

No Backpack Injuries Here!

4 Tips on How to Protect Your Child’s Back

Off they go starting a new year of school with a backpack half the size of their body! Over half of America’s children are carrying backpacks heavier than the recommended national guidelines which can lead to injuries that have the potential to be lifelong. All that excess weight on a growing spine can lead to subluxations, body pains, weakness in the spine, and postural distortions. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your little scholars are wearing their backpacks safely.

1) Purchase the right backpack: Make sure this year’s backpack has thickly padded, wide straps and lumbar support. The straps allow for the distribution of weight over the whole shoulder, not just on the shoulder joint. The lumbar support redistributes the weight to the lower limbs which supports good posture.

2) Keep it light: Carry only what is needed. Children and teens should only be carrying 10-15% of their body weight. For example, if your child is 80 lbs they should be carrying no more than 12 lbs.

3) Pack it correctly: Heaviest things should be placed at the bottom and against the back of the pack. This keeps the weight off their shoulders and

allows for better posture.

4) Wear it properly: Don’t sling it over one shoulder, please! Face the pack before picking it up and use both hands. Make sure the pack is properly situated on both shoulders and the straps are tightened enough to keep the pack close to the back.

And of course come and visit your favorite chiropractor; we’ve always got your back! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016-2017 school year!

Playground Bumps and Bruises

It’s summer and we’re all enjoying the outdoors; playing with our kids on the playground, soaking up the sun, and enjoying a slew of outdoor activities and sports.

Playground injuries are extremely common, with an average of over 200,000 reported cases per year. Falling from the monkey bars or tumbling off a swing may seem like a minor bump or bruise but falls such as these are notorious for causing subluxations, or misalignment of the vertebrae, in our children. Keep in mind, pain is the last symptom to appear and the first symptom to disappear and children aren’t always capable of expressing their discomfort.

Most subluxations are long standing and stem from childhood injuries. Get your children’s spines checked so their nervous system can perform optimally allowing them to heal, grow and to give them their best chance of a happy, healthy life!

Kick Allergy Butt with Chiropractic

Have you been hearing everyone go on & on about their joy that spring is finally here?

Are you the person inwardly groaning because spring means you have to carry around tissues to tame your itchy, runny nose?

Well it may surprise you that visiting the chiropractor can help!

The strength of your immune & respiratory systems rely on your brain being able send messages to the them through your spinal cord &
nerves. If there are mis-alignments, or subluxations, in the upper neck region they can magnify or create allergic responses.

Adjustments can help control the release of histamines, which are the chemicals your body naturally produces to create the inflammatory response that causes your sniffles. Your body isn’t doing this to spite you, it’s trying to help protect you from what it has identified as an invader. Chiropractic adjustments can help decrease the release of these histamines without the use of pharmaceutical anti-histamines!

Runny nose? Let us catch it!