Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

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A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
~ Spanish Proverb

Trust us, we’ve heard it all.

Everyone has their reasons why they do or do not visit their doctor, dentist, optometrist and of course, chiropractor.

Here’s a compilation of some common excuses we hear and something to think about before you decide if chiropractic care is right for you.

Common Excuses Think About It
I’m too busy. Make your health a priority; you deserve it. A five-minute visit might just make a difference.
I can’t afford it. Look at your health as an investment, and talk to us about ways we can help make care affordable and attainable.
You can’t help with my issue. You’ll never know unless you try. You might be surprised to learn just how much chiropractic care may help.
I’m nervous about being adjusted. We’ll demonstrate just how gentle an adjustment can be and let you talk to patients that have benefited.
It didn’t work for my friend. Let’s not compare apples to oranges; everyone responds differently to chiropractic care.
I take painkillers and it’s fine. Give the natural approach a try. Painkillers mask your pain and may cause long-term damage to your body.
I had a bad experience once. It happens sometimes. Let us show you how the care we provide is safe, effective and different.

If there’s a way we can help, let us!

We’ve dedicated our lives to helping people. Give us a call today and let’s set up a time to work through your personal concerns. We want to answer any questions about chiropractic care that you might have.

Reduce Inflammation for Optimal Health

Reduce Inflammation for Optimal Health

bowls-of-blueberries, Reduce Inflammation for Optimal Health

It’s implicated in a range of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You may not even know you’re living with it.

What is it? It’s inflammation, and in its chronic form, it can wreak havoc on the body.

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation has been defined as “A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of infection, irritation, or injury. Inflammation can be external or internal.”

According to nutritionist and dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, temporary inflammation is our body’s way of fending off sudden injury or infection. When inflammation becomes a chronic issue, however, “the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.”

Foods That Cause and Reduce Inflammation

Do you have inflammation-causing foods lurking in your pantry or fridge? Culprits include white sugar and flour, dairy, alcohol and foods fried in trans-fats. Along with reducing or removing these damaging foods from your diet, consider adding inflammation-fighting foods to help stave off illness.

  • Fatty fish
  • Nuts including walnuts, cashews and almonds
  • Berries
  • Orange and yellow fruits
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Avocados in small amounts
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ginger, saffron, garlic and turmeric

Natural Chiropractic Care for Better Health

In addition to making smart dietary decisions to reduce inflammation, we encourage you to visit us for regular chiropractic care. Keeping your spine aligned and your nervous system in check may help reduce dangerous, disease-causing inflammation.

Give Your Baby a Head Start

Give Your Baby a Head Start

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While the birth process can be an exciting time for the mom-to-be, it can be a traumatic event for the baby.

Why? Squeezing through the cramped birth canal puts pressure on the baby’s spine and cranium — even under normal, natural circumstances. This trauma may adversely affect the function of the baby’s nervous system.

Add in procedures such as inducing labor, forceps and vacuum extractions and it’s easy to see how the birth experience can be punishing for any newborn.

A c-section can also cause trauma for your baby. According to an article from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) website, “Most moms who have had a c-section describe a pulling and tugging sensation as the baby was being taken out of the belly.”

Promoting a Healthy Nervous System

Getting your baby adjusted soon after birth is a safe and natural way to promote a healthy nervous system. As chiropractors, we check for spinal subluxations or disturbances in the nervous system. When those disturbances are removed, your baby can experience healthier growth and development.

You may also notice that your baby sleeps better too!

Safe and Gentle Care

Chiropractic care has an excellent track record, particularly when it comes to children. It’s estimated that unfavorable events connected to pediatric chiropractic care are estimated to be 1 in 250 million. When we adjust infants, we only use gentle pressure, the amount of pressure it would take to determine if a tomato is ripe or that you would use to press comfortably on your eye.

After your baby’s long journey into the world, we invite you to bring your child in to experience the many benefits of chiropractic care.

Planting Seeds to Grow Healthy Kids

Planting Seeds to Grow Healthy Kids

Planting Seeds to Grow Healthy Kids

Just as planting a garden requires fertile soil, quality seeds, plenty of sunshine and water, planting seeds to grow healthy kids requires specific actions.

With a dizzying amount of advice dispensed over the Internet, through the TV and by well-meaning friends and family members, it’s not always easy to know what advice to follow. Consider the following for growing healthy kids — naturally, of course!

Make Smart Dietary Decisions

From frozen foods filled with chemical ingredients to fast food dietary disasters, it’s not always easy fueling kids with healthy edibles. Here are some foods to consider including in your child’s diet:

  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Poultry
  • Fish (choose fish that’s low in mercury)
  • Whole grain breads and cereals
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy monosaturated fats (in moderation) such as extra virgin olive oil

As childhood obesity is a growing problem, remember to control portions and offer healthy snacks to fight hunger between meals. Another way to curb the calories is by opting for water versus juice or soda. Flavor it with lemons or limes.

The Sleep Your Child Needs

The amount of sleep your child needs varies depending on age. Too little sleep can affect mood, school performance and overall health. Chronic sleep deprivation may even result in depression. It’s a good idea to set a regular bedtime routine for your child. These can include bath time and story reading.

Encourage older kids to turn off electronics well in advance of bedtime and read instead. Those high-tech gizmos and gadgets, from notebooks to smart phones, can wreak havoc on your teen’s sleep. Many studies link the use of electronics to later bedtimes and less shut-eye.

Why Exercise Is Essential

Though high-tech temptations abound, sidelining kids from outdoor activity, regular, brisk exercise helps kids to have healthier bodies and minds, too. Exercise also helps children get better sleep and fight stress easier. Though participation in a team sport is a great way for kids to get regular exercise, they can also get fit by walking the family dog, playing an outdoor game, or taking a bike ride.

Boost Health Naturally

Just as your kids brush their teeth to enjoy better oral health and a brighter smile, regular chiropractic care may help your child enjoy better health. Why? Because kids who have a healthier nervous system that’s free from interference may also benefit from a stronger immune system.

Schedule a wellness checkup for your child today!

Say So Long To Being Sedentary

Say so Long to Being Sedentary

Say so Long to Being Sedentary

Whether we’re watching TV, driving to work or on the computer at our workplace, we’re doing it. The “it” is sitting, and it’s becoming a big problem, according to health experts. We may not consider sitting to be as detrimental to one’s health as puffing on a cigarette but the harmful effects of sitting can wreak havoc on the body just as smoking can.

According to Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. James Levine, the majority of people spend a whopping 10-15 hours a day sitting. From sun up to sun down many activities that are part of our daily routine involve this sedentary action.

Just how bad is sitting?

Dr. Levine explains that a recent analysis suggests, “there are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting.” Those who sit for prolonged periods of time may be at greater risk of obesity, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease or even cancer.

Time to Turn off the TV

As TV watching is one of the more popular activities we engage in while sitting, it might be time to turn it off. In a study of 8,800 adults, reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Australian researchers discovered that each hour spent watching TV daily “is associated with an 18% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.”

Keep Your Body Moving

You don’t have to succumb to sitting disease. Here are some easy ways to get moving:

  • For 10 minutes of every hour get up and move around
  • Stretch your legs
  • Stand up during meetings or conduct walking meetings
  • Walk to see your co-workers instead of emailing them
  • Use a standing desk or a treadmill desk
  • Always choose the stairs

Consider Chiropractic Care

Because prolonged sitting can cause or worsen back or neck pain and contribute to poor posture, we encourage you to visit us for care. Chiropractic may be just what you need to improve posture and reduce neck and back pains.

We’d also be happy to discuss additional ways to incorporate more movement into your day. Small changes in your daily routine can pay off in the form of better health!

Is There Static In Your System

Is There Static in Your System?

Is There Static in Your System?

It sometimes happens when we sit down to watch a movie at home. It’s that noisy burst of static that impairs our ability to enjoy a clear picture, uninterrupted by interference. Sometimes we experience similar static or interference in our bodies.

Clear Interference from Your Body

As a sophisticated and intricate system that regulates and coordinates the activities of our body, the nervous system helps our body to stay healthy. When we have interference, or subluxation, that’s like having static in our body. That interference can prevent our bodies from working as they should.

With a TV, we aim to clear the static to get a crisp picture and enhance our viewing enjoyment. If we rid our bodies of interference, we may enjoy better health and an enhanced overall quality of life.

So how do we do that?

With chiropractic, of course! We’re trained to safely and noninvasively reduce any subluxation or interference so your body can function at its peak, and your immune system can fight illness and disease.

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), there is a growing body of scientific research to support the notion that spinal adjustments help boost the overall health of a person.

Stop in today and let us help you reduce the static in your system to enjoy clearer, more vibrant health.

Chiropractor for Vertigo?

Vertigo refers to a marked loss of balance and instability; usually, it occurs when you are staring down from a considerable height. The causes can be varied, and are commonly associated with the vestibular nerve in the inner part of your ear. The dizzy spells caused by vertigo can become unmanageable in more serious cases, necessitating a visit to a healthcare professional.

Chiropractor for Vertigo?

Chiropractor is quite viable for cases of vertigo related to the upper cervical region, as well as the fore-mentioned vestibular nerves. For the latter, disease can render this nerve either inoperable, or severely compromised. The brain sends signals to the vestibular nerve to help you balance yourself in many different environments. You can sustain damage to it through accidents such as falls, whiplash and other injuries.

Although the nerve governs your balance and posture, damage to it can also lead to cluster headaches and persistent migraines. Conventional medication addresses only the symptoms of vertigo; sometimes to deleterious effect. People who require tranquilizers to block the negative effects of vertigo sometimes develop addictions; all for drugs that merely mask the severity of your condition.

Your chiropractor, on the other hand, targets the root cause and attempts to restore your spinal column to the appropriate position. This then allows your central nervous system to stop diverting resources to the previous imbalance, creating an environment that is favorable to healing naturally. The nerves of the body are connected, so by relieving the pressure on the ones closest to your spine, the rest of your body will feel the positive effects of the restoration.

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