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Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?

Natural health care, including chiropractic care, isn’t just for adults! In fact, using natural healing techniques for children is every bit as beneficial for them as it is for their parents. Nevertheless, the idea that children, even newborns, would see a chiropractor to get adjusted is a stretch for some. Why would a parent bring them in? How would a child benefit? What would prompt the need for chiropractic care?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Birth trauma. Even so-called natural childbirth methods can take a toll on a baby’s spine. Cesarean Section can be even more so.
  • Colic. Lacking the ability to explain their discomfort, babies cry. And cry! Many experience extraordinary relief with chiropractic care.
  • Ear infections. Mechanical tension in the upper spine can compromise the inner ear and eustachian tubes, becoming fertile ground for infection.

Gentle, Effective Care

Children seem to enjoy their adjustments. Besides requiring a lighter touch than the ones you receive, most infants respond quickly. They rarely have the build up of scar tissue that we often see in adults with long-standing problems.

Do you know a child that could benefit from today’s safe and natural chiropractic care? Resolving these problems early can avoid problems later on.

When you think of a person with a bad back, chances are you aren’t picturing a child.


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A Sigh of Relief for Sciatica

How do you know if you have sciatica? Many patients experience:

  • Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down one or both legs
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty using your leg or foot
  • A shooting pain that makes standing difficult

If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re likely to be in your 40’s or 50’s and have pain when coughing, sneezing or any kind of movement. Simply put, you probably have sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Like a large river created by smaller streams, four or five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves.

The result? Swelling and inflammation. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down to the foot or toes.

What You Can Do

While sciatica can be distracting, it rarely produces permanent nerve damage—especially with prompt chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care is so successful in providing sciatica pain relief, it’s almost considered routine.

The only challenge seems to be impatient patients who expect instant results. Unlike artificial solutions such as drugs or more drastic surgery, chiropractic care helps restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves. This natural approach, relying on the healing ability of your body, moves at its own pace.

If you’re dealing with sciatic nerve pain, consider giving our practice a call.

Whether your sciatic nerve pain is mild, moderate or severe, we’re ready to help you without drugs or surgery.


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Are Your Feet Causing Back Pain?

Back pain can be a debilitating condition. When you suffer with it, there is nothing you want more than to get rid of the pain. So, what role do your feet play in the cause of your back pain? It’s all about structure.

Our technology has evolved faster than our bodies. People were not designed to walk on hard surfaces like tile, marble, wood, or concrete—instead, we were designed to walk on grass, dirt, sand, mud, and other natural terrain. These natural, softer terrains are more conforming to the shape and structure of the foot, thereby keeping the arch supported, and causing the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot and ankle to work in a supportive fashion.

The Connection to Low Back Pain

The three main shock absorbers of the body are the feet, knees, and lower back. It only makes sense that if the feet are flat (unsupported by the ground or shoes) they are not absorbing shock. When that happens, the knees have to work twice as hard, but that can only go on for so long. Eventually, the lower back takes the heat. It now has to make up for the extra shock, and that can wear out the parts, particularly if there is a misalignment of the lower back or pelvis. Imagine a bent axle of a car, riding off road with a tire that is underinflated, with a cracked spring for the shocks!

So what can you do? Here are a few tips:

  1. Wear good structured shoes or sneakers that support the foot and absorb shock.
  2. Wear a custom orthotic made by someone who understands the structural relationship of the foot and the body (if that is out of your budget, a generic may be sufficient, but understand that it will not be made specifically for you).
  3. Have your spine, pelvis, and lower extremities specifically adjusted at our practice.

Wondering what else you can do to combat low back pain? Ask us at your next visit.

Sure, your feet help you get from one place to another–but did you know they could be responsible for back pain?


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Stretching: Easy, Relaxing and Free!

It may be the most important and the most beneficial exercise there is. It also happens to be the cheapest and the simplest, requiring exactly no equipment or floor space and zero special clothes.

It’s stretching.

You may have known that stretching increases flexibility, allows for easier movement and better balance. But did you know it relieves low-back pain, reduces muscle soreness, promotes relaxation, improves posture, agility and athletic performance? It also reduces tension, improves circulation, reduces anxiety, stress, and fatigue, improves mental alertness, decreases the risk of injury, makes your work easier, tunes your mind into your body and flat-out makes you feel better naturally!

5 Stretching Tips

Stretching conditions the muscles for exertion and exercise, making every muscle movement more efficient. Sound interesting? Ask us for a list of stretches that can help your spine at your next visit and then apply these simple rules:

  1. Always warm up your muscles for at least five minutes prior to stretching–good warm-ups include jogging in place, slow biking and jumping jacks.
  2. When you start, never bounce or bob. Not only is this less effective than simply “holding” the stretch, but it can also be very dangerous and lead to injuries.
  3. Always perform each stretching exercise in a slow, controlled manner and hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. Stretches should feel slightly uncomfortable to “feel the stretch” in the muscles, not the joints. There should be no acute pain.
  5. Always complete each stretch for both sides of your body or limb in the same way.

Wondering what else you can do to improve your health and wellness? Be sure to subscribe to our blog to catch the latest updates.

Did you know that the best workout for your body can be done just about anywhere, at any time?


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Is Back Pain Hurting Your Career?

Low back pain, more commonly associated with jobs involving physical labor, is now afflicting an increasing number of white-collar workers. Usually associated with heavy lifting, turning, bending and repetitive motions, back pain is becoming a plague among those who lift nothing heavier than a stapler.

While workplace design and employee fitness are factors in office workers developing neck and back injuries, overlooked elements are psychosocial factors:

  • How positive a person’s mental outlook is
  • How much they like their career

Improving the Psychosocial Factor

Instead of taking drugs to reduce back pain symptoms, more and more recommendations involve reducing the amount of stress and taking steps to increase job satisfaction. In fact, experts say that up to 80 percent of adults will seek treatment for work-related neck or back pain at some point in their career.

Interested in learning more about what you can do to save your back? Ask us at your next appointment.

Dealing with back pain at work? There might be more to it than you think!


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Travel Tips to Save You Stress

Travel can be stressful, especially if it’s part of your job and you do it on a regular basis. Jet lag, time away from family, unfamiliar places, job performance expectations and irregular sleeping and eating patterns can really take their toll on your nerves and health.

Add in some circumstances over which you have no control, like flight cancellations and delays, lost luggage, and last minute meeting or conference changes, and you have the makings of a massive meltdown.

So what can you do to stay calm, maintain your health naturally and deal appropriately with stressful circumstances as a frequent traveler? Consider these helpful health tips.

Health Tips for Frequent Flyers

  1. Keep a bag packed with spare toiletries, wrinkle-free clothing and items that you would normally pack for every trip. With your “travel bag” always ready, you’re less likely to forget something, and you keep packing and re-packing time and effort to a minimum.
  2. Place identification (including passport), camera, laptop and any valuables in your hand luggage. You’ll feel more secure when you know these items are always with you.
  3. Make sure you get the proper amount of sleep – sleep helps the body to rest and rejuvenate for the next day’s activity. If you’re crossing time zones, this is especially important.
  4. Make sure you take the time to eat well. Try some local cuisine. Ask business associates or hotel staff to recommend some good eateries for you to try. Refrain from overeating and drinking too much alcohol.
  5. Make use of the exercise facilities available in many hotels as a way to ease stress that can result in headaches and other physical symptoms. Don’t forget to pack some gym clothes and shoes!

Frequent travel can be stressful, but it can also provide a means to explore new people, places, cultures and foods. You might even get a bit of sightseeing in as well! Remember to come in for your chiropractic adjustments as often as possible as regular chiropractic care before and after can help you effectively deal with the stress of frequent travel.

Love to travel, but hate the stress it can bring? Consider these helpful tips to manage your health on your next trip.


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Everything You Need to Know About Neck Pain

When is a pain in the neck more than just a pain in the neck? When is it a sign that something more serious may be involved?

Typically, neck pain is caused by a muscle strain, and one side of the neck may experience more pain than the other. But when neck pain is accompanied by other symptoms, it may be cause for concern. Here’s why:

  1. Neck pain with vomiting and stiffness may indicate meningitis. If you cannot touch your chin to your chest and experience drowsiness, confusion and/or sensitivity to bright lights, call a medical professional right away.
  2. Neck pain with weakness in the arms and tingling in the fingers may indicate a herniated disc, which is pressure on a nerve root due to a narrowing of the spinal cord canal.
  3. Neck pain after a car accident is usually referred to as whiplash. When you’re in a car that is hit from behind, the neck tends to snap suddenly forward and then backward, causing what is known as cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Most people experience neck pain at some time in their lives. As your chiropractor,
we’re skilled in determining whether you have a relatively minor issue, or whether you require a referral to another type of practitioner. After examining you thoroughly, we’ll aim to restore normal feeling and function in your neck and other affected body parts, or make a referral to a practitioner who can help you.

Continued care will help ensure that the muscles and joints in your neck and back remain in optimal working condition to keep you living life to your fullest potential without restriction.

Frequent neck pain? Let us help you pinpoint the problem.


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Is Bad Posture Connected To Your Mood?

As many people are finding themselves spending more time sitting slumped behind a screen or standing on their feet for hours on end without a break, paying attention to your posture is more important than ever.

If you’ve never thought much about whether you’re sitting or standing stance is doing harm to your health, you might want to start before you find yourself in a bad mood.

Here’s why:

  • Each time we lean forward 60 degrees, the stress placed on our neck is increased dramatically. This can lead to numbness, pain, pinched nerves and improper breathing—none of which are good for your mood! Stress on your neck can also lead to tense upper back and shoulder muscles, resulting in headaches which can be very frequent for some with poor posture.
  • Your body language is closely related to posture. A slumped stance can make us appear sad, afraid or disinterested to peers leading to different treatment that can bring you down without even realizing it.
  • In a 2015 article, researchers concluded that when facing a high-stress situation, study participants with good posture maintained a higher self-esteem and mood, while those with poor posture experienced heightened stress and used negative words to describe their experience.

Dealing With Poor Posture? We Can Help

You can better your posture naturally through chiropractic care, exercise, stretches and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. Ask us for more tips on your next visit.

Sources: The Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

If you frequently find yourself in a bad mood, you may want to take a look in the mirror–at your posture!


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Give Your Body a Boost

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Use it or lose it.” It’s especially true when it comes to joint function.

As we age, many of us suffer from a loss of joint mobility. Morning stiffness starts to show up. Or it may take extra time to recover after getting up out of a chair or driving for a long distance. Knees, hips, shoulders and elbows are common culprits. Perhaps less obvious, but even more important are the joints of the spine.

Those of us with the various stresses that come from circling the sun for 40, 50, 60 or more times, start to feel the brunt of the lifelong cumulative effects of insults and injuries to the spine. That’s why chiropractic care later on in life can be especially helpful.

Besides helping to keep spinal joints functioning as optimally as possible, many seniors choose some type of regular chiropractic care for:

Better balance – Falling is often the beginning of the end for the elderly. The inactivity resulting from mending a broken hip can prevent the movement so essential for good health. There is even some research to suggest that chiropractic care can help the elderly maintain better balance.

Increased vitality – With the nervous system focus of chiropractic care, many patients report better sleep, more energy and a greater sense of well-being when they get adjusted regularly.

Schedule Your Appointment

Has it been a while since your last visit? Give us a call today to book your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Doesn’t your body deserve a boost to function at its best? Here’s how chiropractic care can help.


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Time Saving Tips to Improve Your Wellness

Need help freeing up hours in your day? As your life gets busier and busier, consider these easy to implement time-saving tips to help lower stress and give you more time to spend with those who matter most.

1. Keep a calendar in plain sight.Whether you’re single or have a big family, keeping a calendar on your fridge for all to see is easier to visualize than just relying on your smartphone. Include all of your activities here—parties, meetings, music lessons and so on. This will help you and your family stay on track and not overschedule.

2. Prepare your meals for the week. Making a meal menu and preparing food in advance can help save hours every day. Even if you aren’t able to make meals for the entire week at once, making larger batches to eat as leftovers can be a big time saver later in the week.

3. Pay your bills all at once. Set aside a few minutes every other week to pay any upcoming bills. Online banking now makes paying your bills easier than ever. Consider setting up direct debits from your account to save even more time each month.

4. Implement TV time. It’s incredibly easy to “overspend” your free time on the sofa binge-watching the latest Netflix show. Instead of losing precious hours to TV, try scheduling a set time each day, starting with sixty minutes.

5. Create an evening routine. Instead of rushing around in the morning trying to get things together for your day, take fifteen minutes before bed to prepare a few things you know you’ll have to do in the morning. This will help your day get off to a stress-free start.

Looking for more ways to improve your wellness? Make sure you’re scheduling routine visits with us to maintain your spinal health and help avoid injuries that could disrupt your life.

Wondering what you can do to free up hours in your day? You’ll want to read this.


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