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Are You Healthy?

Are You Healthy?

Seems some aspect of health is always in the news, whether it’s the Ebola outbreak, flu “season” or the latest wonder drug. Most of the buzz surrounding health trumpets some new high tech advancement, yet many people seem sicker than ever.

More Than How You Feel


Be proactive about your health and make the right choice!

According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Yet for many, health is something to be ignored or taken for granted until obvious symptoms arise. This has created a culture that is largely reactive and defensive when it comes to matters of health.

But not you! You’re one of those wise, once-a-monthers who get regular chiropractic care to stay well after you get well.

Reactive Or Proactive?

Many begin chiropractic care for a spine-related concern (reactive). They are often surprised that chiropractic care is actually about restoring the integrity of their nervous system, which controls every cell, and tissue of the body. That’s when they understand why many of our patients choose to continue with some type of ongoing maintenance or wellness care (proactive) after they feel better.

Regular, nonsymptomatic chiropractic checkups are one of many strategies that promote true health.

Better Nervous System–Better Life

Whether it’s getting enough exercise, restful sleep, plenty of water, quality nutrition or a positive mental attitude, staying healthy is easier than getting healthy. And it all starts with a nervous system that is free of subluxation so you are able to fully express your physical, mental and social well-being.

Are you overdue for a chiropractic checkup? Give us a ring today!

Powerful Tips for More Energy

Powerful Tips for More Energy

powerful tips for more energy

Are there times during the day you wished you had more energy?

More energy at work, to play with the kids or spend time with loved ones? More energy to serve others? Chances are you may need to follow energy-driven steps to attaining more endurance and productivity.

Here are a few powerful and easy ways you can gain more energy:

If you feel the urge to move, move!

Do you sometimes have the urge to quickly stop what you’re doing and run around outside? Chances are, you probably have bottled-up energy already inside you that just needs to be released!

By not using the energy we have inside through movement and exercise (some quick push ups, a few basketball shots or running around outside with the little ones), we often find ourselves wasting that energy and succumbing to energy-drainers such as sitting, slouching, and inactivity.

Don’t underestimate the power of peanut butter.

Whether you put some on apples for an incredible snack or add some to your smoothie, peanut butter is an amazing source of protein that is easy to begin eating now. This protein source is full of nutrients and can greatly increase your energy levels.

Regular chiropractic adjustments may help!

With regular chiropractic adjustments, your spine and nervous system can begin to function to its highest potential. When this happens, your body’s ability to heal itself improves, helping you have more energy to a life full of potential.

Visit our practice today so we can share with you more tips on gaining greater energy!

Fight the Cold

Fight the Cold

fight the cold

We hear it all the time…”I caught a cold.” But is that really what happened?

The truth is, the cold virus and others are always out there, attacking your body. If your immune system is healthy and functioning properly, your body naturally defends itself, fighting off the virus.

You usually don’t realize when this happens and just continue to live life as your usual, healthy self.

When You Lose the Battle…

When there is interference in your nervous system, it can get in the way of your immune system function. If your immune system is depleted, you’re unable to fend off the virus.

This is when you’ll start to notice the symptoms… the headaches, the stuffy noses, sore throats, and more.

It’s possible to have had a virus for three or four days before you begin to feel it, but once it arrives, it’s stressful and let’s be honest, it can be miserable.

Prepping for a Win

The way to set yourself up to win the battle against the cold, flu and all the other viruses out there, is to keep your immune system running smoothly. How?

1. Diet: Avoid sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables. The vitamin and antioxidant-rich foods help you fight off sickness.

2. Exercise: Stay active to help boost your immune system and stay healthy.

3. Sleep: Get the rest you need and help decrease your chances of getting sick.

4. Hydration: Get rid of toxins and stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

5. Chiropractic adjustments: Being adjusted when you’re sick may benefit your nervous system and your immune system. With your spine aligned properly, your nerves and entire body have the opportunity to function as designed. This may also help keep your white blood cell count up (the cells responsible for fighting off sickness) so you can feel your best and avoid getting sick.

Your body is incredible and designed to heal itself. By taking care of your health each day it’s easier for your body to fight-off sickness and feel great! Give us a call. Let’s talk about ways you can stay healthy and vivacious year-round!

How’s Your Foundation?

How’s Your Foundation?

How’s Your Foundation?

You walk. You run. You wear shoes that don’t fit, but sure look great. Your feet are exhausted at the end of the day, but you figure that’s normal. Our poor feet–we expect them to get us from Point A to Point B, but we rarely consider the beating they take from carrying us around.

Enabling Your Movement

Our feet are complex structures that contain over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. One-fourth of your body’s bones, 52 in total, are contained in your two feet! Paying attention to how they’re feeling and taking proper care of them is vital to your health. Serious health complications can develop by ignoring your feet and not giving them the care they deserve.

Preventing Future Problems

Foot health is about much more than the pain they might be feeling. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis and stress fractures can develop if you neglect the structure of your feet. So, what can you do?

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Stand or walk on softer surfaces (e.g. grass or dirt rather than concrete or stone)
  • Schedule an appointment to talk to us about your feet

Improvements to your footwear can include wearing orthotics or other arch support. These may better absorb the shock your feet take and stabilize your foot’s structure.

Are Your Feet to Blame?

Similar to the cracks in the wall or windows that don’t open and close easily due to a settling house’s foundation, many of your spinal problems may get their start from a poor foundation (feet). Bring it up on your next visit with us and we would be happy to discuss what you might do to help your feet carry you around better.

Tech-free Zone

Tech-free Zone

tech-free zone

According to new research by the British Chiropractic Association, over half of us are watching TV in bed before dozing off. Many more use other electronic gadgets in bed, and those of us that do, are spending up to four hours staring at these screens! Many feel this can help them get to sleep, but there are other issues involved that should be considered.

Pain and Sleeplessness

What many of us may not have thought of is that this common habit can wreak havoc on the structure of our bodies. More hours spent hunched over small screens or sitting in uncomfortable positions can lead to poor sleep, bad backs and necks and other spinal problems.

Protecting Your Health

If you need to use a gadget while you’re in bed, make sure your back is supported with a pillow and that the device or the TV is at your eye level. And it’s not just about your spinal health–research shows that turning off the TV can better support optimal sleep. The bright lights from the screens of our gadgets can stimulate our brain, negatively affecting our sleep quality.

Get the sleep you need and protect your mind and body by making your bedroom a tech-free zone! Then give us a call and schedule an appointment with us to protect your spine and maintain your health.

Chiropractic in the Workplace

Chiropractic in the Workplace

chiropractic in the workplace

Google. Apple. Facebook. Most of us probably recognize all of these company names. They’re leaders in their fields and are respected organizations throughout the world. A little-known fact you might not be familiar with? According to a recent news article, they all have chiropractic in common.

That’s right–each of these companies has workplace health clinics. This means that the employees for each company have a health care practice they can go to on-site to meet their health concerns.

Maintaining Health Now for a Better Life

Each of these companies’ clinics includes a chiropractor to address their employees’ health needs. These powerful organizations are sending a message chiropractic has been sharing for years: that maintaining your health now leads to decreased health care costs down the road and can enhance your productivity in all areas of your life.

Giving Your Full Potential

While we may not all have the good fortune to work for a company that provides us with chiropractic care, this illustrates the growing realization about chiropractic’s positive impact on health. Absences from work can cost companies and employees billions each year.

More than attending to obvious spinal problems, regular chiropractic care is designed to keep your nervous system in tip-top condition. This will improve your immune system and make sure your body is less susceptible to both injury and illness, so you can live a better life.

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keep Your Heart Healthy

keep your heart healthy

Exercise together to keep your hearts healthy!

February is the perfect time to consider our heart health.

According to the World Health Organization, heart disease kills 17.3 million people annually. This alarming statistic makes awareness of what we can do to help our hearts more important than ever.

The Chiropractic-Heart Connection

Did you know that chiropractic care helps support your cardiovascular function? Proper heart regulation is dependent upon the integrity of the nervous system. Chiropractic care supports your optimum nervous system health, giving it an even more direct connection to your overall health.

Studies have been done to show the positive effects that chiropractic care may have on an increasingly popular objective measurement of health known as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and one’s ability to adapt to the environment. In one study the authors reported, “The decreased heart rate and increased total power from the HRV analysis indicated a healthy autonomic nervous system balance after correction of subluxations.”

What Else Can I Do?

Here are just a few suggestions for you and your family to encourage one another other to keep your heart healthy.

  • Exercise together
  • Cook heart-healthy meals
  • Quit smoking

Spend time together making dinners that are low in saturated and trans fat. Consider taking walks after dinner as a family. And by scheduling regular chiropractic checkups, you and your loved ones will be well on your way to a healthier heart and healthier spine.

Think about your heart health. We’d love to help you support it!

Study Reference: Zhang J, Dean D: “Effect of shortterm chiropractic care on pain and heart rate variability in a multisite clinical Study.” International Research and Philosophy Symposium: Abstracts. Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. Spartanburg, SC. October 910, 2004.

Nutrition Is a Valuable Tool

Nutrition Is a Valuable Tool

blueberries, Nutrition is a valuable tool

According to an article in The American Chiropractor, nearly 70 percent of chiropractors use or reference proper nutrition in their practice. The article states, “They see it as a valuable tool in treating the whole person and keeping their patients free of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and obesity.”

Proper nutrition is about having the raw materials necessary for health to manifest.

Foods that Promote Wellness

Good nutrition is more than just ditching the doughnuts and banishing those bagels. It’s about making daily decisions to include healthy eating as part of your wellness plan. Adding some of the most nutritious foods to your grocery cart is a good place to start.

An information article from Medical News Today reveals the top 10 foods considered to be the healthiest, according to surveys and sources across North America and Western Europe. For better health, consider incorporating these nutritional powerhouses into your diet:

  1. Apples
  2. Almonds
  3. Broccoli
  4. Blueberries
  5. Oily Fish
  6. Leafy Greens
  7. Sweet Potatoes
  8. Wheat Germ
  9. Avocados
  10. Oatmeal (porridge)

Benefits of Healthy Eating

By making healthy eating a part of your daily routine, you can get more energy, lose weight, reduce medical bills, and possibly add years to your life. Though you may have to pay a little more for that organic kale or wild Alaskan salmon, you could enjoy reduced sick days and fewer trips to see your doctor.

At your next visit let’s talk about nutrition and your health!

What About Meat Consumption?

What About Meat Consumption?

healthy-family-dinner, What About Meat Consumption?

Did you know that in America alone, both men and women eat nearly double the protein necessary for their body weight?

Meat. It’s a part of our daily lives, and for many is the main component of every meal. However, meat has recently been in the media for the drawbacks involved with its consumption. The World Health Organization and the American Dietetic Association report that meat consumption may be associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

With cardiovascular disease and cancer as the biggest non-contagious disease killers in the world, protecting yourself from risk is now more important than ever.

Where Will Your Protein Come From?

You’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat meat, where would I get my protein from?” Well, have you considered protein-rich sources from plant-based food, such as beans, legumes, seitan and quinoa? You may also want to look into food combining. This pairs up complementary foods such as beans and rice, which when combined result in the necessary mix of amino acids.

These options will provide what your body needs and leave you feeling full and satisfied, just like meat-based meals would.

Consider the Environment

Another aspect of meat consumption to think about is the effect on the environment. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the livestock industry generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It has also been considered a major source of the decrease of land and water quality in the world. These might be additional aspects for you to consider in your dietary decisions.

Find What’s Right for You

It might feel like it’s not possible to remove meat from your diet. Consider starting small and try meatless Mondays in your household. There are many online resources for healthy, delicious plant-based meals for you to try out. You can visit the website to receive a free vegetarian starter guide.

The best way to start is to do some of your own research so you can make up your mind about what’s best for you and your family.

Athletes Seek Chiropractic Care

Athletes Seek Chiropractic Care

runner-athlete, Athletes Seek Chiropractic Care

Athletes at all levels today are exposed to an extremely competitive and challenging environment. More and more, those participating in a variety of sports are turning to chiropractic to support their musculoskeletal health. Professional athletes have recently been making headlines for visiting their chiropractors to keep them in the game.

For Athletes at All Levels

In the American Football’s National League, players have been seeking alternative practitioners on their own, leading many teams to secure the services of a chiropractor in-house to benefit their entire team. Sports teams are increasingly giving their players options to the more traditional medical model. Chiropractic takes a proactive approach to your health, rather than reacting only after the injury has occurred. After all, giving players options for better health will lead to more wins!

Investing in your health with chiropractic care can give several advantages:

  • Heal an injury
  • Prevent injuries from reoccurring
  • Enhance your performance

Pain Management and Wellness Care

When your body is aligned properly, you may find that you perform at a higher level, giving an upper hand to professional players, Olympic athletes or simply those of us who might like to go jogging at the weekend.

We’re here for you whether you’re in pain or simply want to make sure your body is working at its highest possible function. We’ll help you stay active and pain-free, knowing you’re doing everything possible to maintain optimal health.