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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!

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.

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!

Meet Your Body’s Needs

Meet Your Body’s Needs

woman-with-luggage, meet your body's need

Traveling is one of life’s most exciting experiences. Seeing another culture, country, or even just a neighboring town gives us memories that last a lifetime. In all that excitement, it might be easy to forget to prioritize your health.

We have some simple ways to make sure you don’t lose sight of addressing your body’s needs.

Stretching. If you’re traveling by plane, get up and walk the aisles. You may even find a small area that you’re able to stretch out in. If you’re in the car, remember to stop every couple of hours to get out and stretch. This will also give you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and take pictures!

Hydration. Drinking water regularly is one of the easiest ways to make sure your body gets the hydration it needs to work properly.

Lifting heavy suitcases. When you’re loading up the car or bringing your bag to the airport, be sure to lift with the strength of your legs, not your back.

Support your neck. There are countless options for supportive travel pillows. Find one that works for you to make sure your neck is in its optimal position.

Support your back. A small towel or article of clothing can be rolled up and placed behind you at your lower back to give it the support your seat may not have.

Sleeping. Remember to sleep on your side, not your stomach. A good stretch after you sleep can also make a difference in the way you feel.

Exercises. You might find that rolling your shoulders or ankles makes your blood circulate to areas that feel cramped from traveling.

Your body was meant to move so meet its needs while you’re away and at home!

Remember, a chiropractic check-up with us will be just what you need when you return. We’ll make sure your body keeps feeling great.

5 Ways to Use Chiropractic Care

5 Ways to Use Chiropractic Care

5 Ways to Use Chiropractic Care

You may have heard the old saying, “once you go to the chiropractor…” However, how long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. Because there are five ways to benefit:

    1. Relief Care Many people begin here. Pain prompts them to begin chiropractic care. If you stop care as soon as you feel better, you’ll invite a relapse. Muscles and soft tissues do most of their healing after symptoms disappear.


    1. Corrective Care With the most obvious symptoms reduced, many of our patients opt to continue their care. This helps stabilize and strengthen their spine. Doing so helps promote lasting changes and helps avoid a relapse.


    1. Maintenance Care Like brushing or flossing your teeth, regular chiropractic care helps maintain your progress and avoid a relapse. Visit frequency is based on your age, condition and the stresses in your life.


    1. Preventative Care Periodic chiropractic checkups can help catch new problems early, as well as prevent new problems from occurring. This can minimize inconvenient flare-ups. Those who value their health often take this proactive approach.


  1. Wellness Care We experience life through our nervous system. That’s why optimizing our nervous system is the key to becoming all that we can be and living life to the fullest.

How far will you choose to take your chiropractic care?

Move It or Lose It

Move It or Lose It!

stretching, Move It or Lose It

How often has chronic joint pain and tightness kept you from doing the things you love? Mobility is key to being healthy and happy. So, let’s make sure we improve your range of motion so you can live life to the fullest.

Understanding Range of Motion

Range of motion is the mobility of the joints in your body, measured in degrees of a circle. If you’re healthy, joints maintain a normal range of motion that enables you to move freely, carry on day-to-day activities and simply enjoy life. Injury, obesity, incorrect posture, lack of movement, aging and spinal issues may impair your range of motion and flexibility.

Stay Active, Live Life!

Many people visit us with common problems like back pain, neck pain and joint pain. It is the purpose of regular chiropractic care to help maintain and retain your health, regardless of your age. Besides, normal range of motion is a must for any athletic performance!

Maintain Your Range

How can we maintain our ability to turn and bend as we were designed?

Stretching exercises. These movements can improve your range of motion and reduce pain. There are both active and passive range of motion exercises that work on strengthening your joints and muscles. We’ll show you, which is best for you.

Regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care helps keep your neck, joints, and limbs mobile and flexible. We’ll work with you to restore your normal range of motion. Often, chronic ailments are healed while addressing pain issues because the normal range of motion is restored.

We’d love to help you and show you more ways you can live a longer, better life! Give us a call and let’s get started! (406) 969-2468

Relax – You Deserve It

Relax – You Deserve It

Relax – You Deserve It

We know how exciting, yet exhausting life can be. Jam-packed with family activities, sporting and social events, holidays and more, we often forget to set aside time for ourselves.

Take Time to Reconnect with You

Taking time for yourself is necessary to maintain a healthy balance in life. Making time for your passions and doing the things that make you, you, are refreshingly healthy. Being a better, balanced you, helps you be a better spouse, parent, sibling and friend!

Easy Ways to Refresh and Relax:

  • Pray or meditate with a grateful heart.
  • Read something inspirational.
  • Revisit your favorite hobby (photography, wood carving, sewing, gardening, cooking).
  • Get some fresh air and enjoy your favorite outdoor activity.
  • Embrace the arts by seeing a show, concert, museum or historical monument.
  • Visit a spa, salon or treat yourself to an adjustment to feel revitalized!

We always want you to be the healthiest, best you possible. So take some time for yourself and you’ll be more than glad you did. Cheers to a revitalized you!