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1 02, 2023

6 Tips For A Healthier Halloween

2022-06-24T22:35:30+00:00

The stores have had the shelves stocked for weeks now and the decorations are being pulled out of storage – Halloween will be here before we know it. It can be a dreaded time for parents with the influx of candy in the home. Trying to regulate the sugar intake of your little ones who are excited by their bounty may be difficult so here are some tips for ensuring a healthier Halloween for you and your family.

  1. Go Teal. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for others to consider that not all children are allowed to enjoy the candy that is distributed during Halloween, like those with allergies. Reduce the risk of having leftover candy after Halloween passes by going Teal. You can distribute glow sticks, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, or other little goodies to benefit the needs of others and reduce the amount of candy in your own home.
  2. Make Ground Rules. Before Halloween night comes and goes, discuss with your little ones the rules of eating their bounty of candy, such as only one piece a night or after permission.
  3. Do A Treat Exchange. In order to reduce the candy consumption in your post-Halloween household, you could take part in a treat exchange or turn in. You can offer a toy, game, book, or even an app download in exchange for a certain amount of candy. There are also several Halloween candy buyback programs that collect excess candy that are commonly held by local dentists.
  4. Schedule Limited Trick or Treat Times. Avoid trick or treating towards the end of the night. That’s when other parents are attempting to off-load as much candy as possible to reduce the amount of excess candy in their own home.
  5. Eat Well. The day of Halloween, ensure your kids eat three full protein-based meals before heading out for candy collecting. Having a full belly will help to cut back on the desire to snack on candy while trick-or-treating.
  6. Candy For Dinner! Well, not exactly… Having a piece of candy at the same time as a regular meal will help reduce the risk of tooth decay. The acids and sugar in candy has a better chance of washing away with the saliva and drinks consumed at dinner time. Eating a piece of candy by itself can leave bits of it stuck in your children’s teeth. If you do allow them a piece outside of meal time, have them swish some water around in their mouth to help reduce the risk of candy residue.
6 Tips For A Healthier Halloween2022-06-24T22:35:30+00:00
15 01, 2023

Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety

2022-06-24T22:35:12+00:00

Havin anxiety can greatly impact your life and your ability to live. Small moments seem big and big moments seem unbearable. No one wants to live each day with a knot in their chest and their heart feeling like it is going to give out, but nearly 40 million adult Americans suffer from some level of anxiety. When looking for alternatives or supplemental care for your anxiety, consider these five things that you may not have known could reduce your anxiety level or help to improve your general mood.

  1. Natural Sun

Just 15 minutes under in the sun can drastically improve levels of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is an important vitamin that controls mood levels, even those affecting a person’s anxiety or depression. Try as best as you can to get out for at least 15 minutes a day or a few times a day for at least 15 minutes at a time. Sit outside during your lunch break or park in the back of the parking lot to give you a chance to soak up some rays as you walk into the store.

  1. Exercise

Exercise allows the body and the brain to better cope when faced with stressors. Studies have shown that even something as light as a 10-minute walk can elevate a person’s mood. Go for a walk, a hike in the woods or anything you are comfortable doing physically.

  1. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most well-known plants with calming and relaxing properties. Lavender scents, lotions and oils are sold and used every day by millions of Americans. Get a massage with lavender essential oils for an increase in your mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety.

  1. Chamomile

Chamomile is well known for its calming effects. Studies have linked the consumption of chamomile to a number of health benefits including improved cardiovascular and immune system health. Chamomile is also used in capsules and in tea to reduce anxiety.

  1. Omega-3

Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, or “good fats” that our body needs (it is not produced by the body) for proper function. Omega-3’s are commonly found in fish and nuts, and have been proven to lower risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Omega-3’s also affects the production of serotonin, adrenaline, and cortisol. Abnormal levels of these chemicals in the body can product anxiety or mood disorders.

Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety2022-06-24T22:35:12+00:00
1 01, 2023

The Benefits Of Upper Cervical For Aging Patients

2022-06-24T22:34:57+00:00

Walkers, canes, and nursing homes don’t have to be in your future. You deserve to live a vibrant and restriction-free life late into your golden years. Including upper cervical chiropractic care in your healthcare regime can provide numerous benefits throughout your life, especially in your older age.

Strengthened Immune System

The goal of Upper Cervical is to correct subluxations in the spine that are weakening the body’s central nervous system, which controls the immune system and all bodily functions. When the spine is misaligned, the body may find it more difficult to fight off infections, get a good night’s rest, or even properly digest food.  Getting routine upper cervical checks is much like changing the oil in a car – its helps keep things running smoothly. A strong immune system is important to have in our later years, when it seems like our body is beginning to break down.

Pain Relief

Much of pain that people feel stems from subluxations in the spine that branches out through the rest of the body. Upper cervical doctors will locate the underlying cause of your pain and reduce the effects it has on your nervous system by performing a correction, or alignment. Many people are surprised by the effect a simple correction can have, for some it is life changing. Aches, arthritis pains, back pains, pains from injuries – most patients report that the intensity of their pains have faded or are eliminated completely.

Improved Movement

A corrected spine has a wider range of flexibility than one plagued with misalignments. The increased flexibility doesn’t stop at the spine either, it branches down to other parts of the body. Without the limitations of pain, our patients enjoy more freedom of movement than they have before. They are able to bend over and pick of their grandchildren, spend time in their garden, or talk a walk to enjoy the sights.

Increased Balance

Balance issues and falls are some of the most common causes of injuries in the older population. Over time, untreated misalignments can cause a person’s spine to become twisted or one side of the hip to raise to compensate, leaving the body disposed to imbalance. The joint receptors in the spine inform the body of balance and coordination issues but if these receptors are receiving interference from subluxations, they cannot properly warn the body to prevent a fall.

Although, naturally the body slows and weakens some as we age, we should be doing everything in our power to keep our bodies as strong as possible for as long as possible. Eating right, getting a healthy amount of exercise, and getting medical check-ups or taking medication are all things people do to take care of their body. Upper cervical alignments are completely natural and have held thousands upon thousands of individuals improve their life. Why not try to ensure your body is completely taken care of?

The Benefits Of Upper Cervical For Aging Patients2022-06-24T22:34:57+00:00
15 12, 2022

Tips To Stay Healthy This Flu And Cold Season

2022-06-24T22:34:27+00:00

You may have seen the signs pop up at local pharmacies about flu shots available within and to get your shot today. Flu season is upon us and many people have different opinions on whether or not flu shots are necessary or even helpful. Where ever you may stand on the line regarding flu shots, it is important to remember that your body is a magnificent creation that is a complex system capable of many great feats and in order to maintain prime functionality, you need to take care of it. Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy during the cold and flu season this year.

  • Eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. In order for your body to perform at its prime, you need to take care of it. The proper nutrition, rest, and fitness all help your body to maintain a health immune system and quick response to invading germs.
  • Wash your hands. This applies more often than after using the restroom. If you have spent your day at work around others (who may not be as aware of being germ free as you are) you should wash your hands after using shared items like handles in the breakroom, touching doorknobs or light switches especially before eating. Soap and water is best (for at least 20 seconds) but if not readily available, an alcohol based sanitizer will suffice.
  • Avoid touching your face. Primarily your eyes, nose, or mouth. Without even realizing it, on average a person touches their face 2,000 to 3,000 times a day (that’s 2 to 5 times a minute!). You can easily pick up a virus off of a shared object (handrail, doorknob, countertop, etc.) and then touch your face without even giving it a second thought. This is why washing your hands is so important to your health.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. It may not be possible for everyone to stay home when they are feeling under the weather or they may not think that they are contagious. Avoid shaking hands or being near someone with signs of a cold (sniffling, sneezing, or coughing).
  • If you have allergies, get them under control. Untreated allergy symptoms can actually weaken your respiratory system, as it is already inflamed, and leave it more susceptible to a viral infection.
  • See your upper cervical chiropractor. In addition to seeing your regular physician, you should stop by your upper cervical doctor’s office. The goal of upper cervical care is to ensure your spine is properly aligned, allowing your central nervous system to operate at its prime. Your central nervous system controls your immune system, if one fails, so will the other.
  • Cover your mouth and wash your hands afterwards. Avoid spreading your germs to others and be sure to wash your hands after you cover your mouth/nose for a cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are ill. If you can, limit your interactions with others while sick to reduce spreading your illness.
Tips To Stay Healthy This Flu And Cold Season2022-06-24T22:34:27+00:00
1 12, 2022

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System

2022-06-24T22:33:57+00:00

Now that kids are back to school, they are going to be exposed to more (and new) germs and in no time the height of flu season will be upon us. This time of year is the perfect time to implement new changes and routines to better the health and immune system of your children. Here are five easy ways to help boost your child’s immune system while setting them up with healthy habits for life.

  1. Serve Whole, Nutrient-Dense Foods

Proper nutrition really is the foundation of a healthy life. Foods like these below are packed with nutrients and vitamins meant to keep the body functioning smoothly.

Leafy Greens                                    Broccoli                                    Cabbage                                Berries

Peppers                                              Asparagus                                Salmon                                  Beans

Sweet potatoes                             Carrots                                      Pumpkins                              Eggs

Walnuts                                             Avocados                                  Scallops                                 Oysters

Brown Rice                                      Lentils                                        Sardines                                Bananas

Black Beans                                    Oranges                                     Flax Seed                              Chia Seeds

Sunflower Seeds                          Greek Yogurt                         Wheat Germ                       Peanut Butter

Shiitake Mushrooms

Have a picky eater? You are not alone! For foods that seem too foreign for your child’s current palate, try blending them in a smoothie, adding them to a sauce or soup, bake them into a muffin, or come up with a way to make their favorite dish but with a twist.

  1. Take Probiotics and Daily Vitamins

It is common for children to not get the appropriate amounts of vitamins needed each day, especially for picky eaters. Daily vitamins come in a variety of flavors and styles (chewable, gummies, sour candies) so it won’t seem like such a chore to take one, plus it ensures your child’s daily nutritional needs are met.

Also, there is a correlation between lowered immune response and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria. This is a good bacteria that is needed to properly break down the food we eat so that nutrients can be absorbed by the body. Taking antibiotics when sick can reduce these good bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics help to keep the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.

  1. Spend Time In The Sun

Exposure to sunlight is a necessary part of healthy development in children. After school or during some downtime on a weekend, go for a walk, play a game outside, or go for a swim. By being outside in the sunlight, the body is able to produce vitamin D which helps your body to absorb other nutrients like calcium. As a bonus, having your kids play outside for at least 30 minutes a day provides a way for them to burn off some energy and be active.

  1. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Sleep provides a way for the body to recuperate from a day’s adventures. Getting enough sleep is linked to a healthy immune system. While sleeping the body works to stave off illnesses and even allows the body to heal and recover from an illness. Below is the recommended hours of sleep needed for each age group determined by the National Sleep Foundation.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64):  7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours
  1. Get Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments

Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is a natural, holistic approach to keeping the body healthy. Upper Cervical adjustments are ways to correct subluxations in the spine that wreak havoc throughout the body and the immune system. Upper Cervical is different from regular chiropractic treatments in that there is no popping or cracking of the spine. Corrections are relatively pain free and safe for all ages.

In addition to this list, the best way to improve your child’s immune system is to lead by example. They are more likely to make healthy choices that will improve their health if you are doing it too.

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System2022-06-24T22:33:57+00:00
15 11, 2022

Unexpected Health Benefits Of Upper Cervical Chiropractic

2022-06-24T22:33:35+00:00

Many patients of upper cervical and chiropractic care are brought to our office because of an injury or pain in their backs or necks. However, upper cervical chiropractic care provides other health benefits than just pain relief. Although upper cervical corrects misalignments in the top two vertebrae, the effect it has reverberates throughout the whole of the body.

Better Heart Health

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics revealed that some chiropractic patients have a lower heart rate after receiving an adjustment, even as early as the first one. Chiropractic care works well as supplemental treatment so those with high blood pressure or other heart issues may consider adding upper cervical chiropractic care to their health regime.

Increased Balance

Your inner ear is responsible for maintaining your balance. When your spine is out of misalignment, especially at the top of your vertebrae, the head is not properly positioned. Even a slight misalignment can shift where the head sits on your spine. As a result, your inner ear’s interpretation of your surroundings is altered, causing imbalance. A correction to your spine can help to relive this issue and the dizziness or vertigo that commonly follows.

Improved Digestive Health

Your central nervous system controls many things, including your digestion. The nerves that help aid digestion are near the middle and lower back. Pressure from the spine on this region can create disruptions in digestion such as irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities, upset stomach, etc. So, if you are having digestive troubles, stop by our office for some relief.

Reproductive Health Benefits

Trouble conceiving can lie at the fault with issues in the central nervous system. It is the part of your body that controls all functions and communication between the brain and the rest of you. The goal of upper cervical care is to diminish interference within the central nervous system so that it can function properly. Need more convincing? The American Pregnancy Association encourages chiropractic care to relieve fertility issues. In addition, once you do get pregnant, there are many more benefits of continuing your care through the next 40 weeks. Chiropractic care can reduce back pain caused by your pregnancy and even make child birth go a little bit more smoothly.

Unexpected Health Benefits Of Upper Cervical Chiropractic2022-06-24T22:33:35+00:00
1 11, 2022

Treating The Full Extent Of The Injuries Caused By A Concussion

2022-06-24T22:33:19+00:00

A concussion is when the brain becomes injured due to being slammed around inside the skull. Concussions are typically caused by a blow to the head but can also stem from being severely shaken and depending on the severity of the damage, the concussion can last from a few days to weeks.

Unfortunately, in many cases those who are diagnosed with a concussion are not treated for damage or injury to the neck. If a force is great enough to move your head (which is 10 to 14 pounds) then it is more than great enough to shift the vertebrae it sits upon (which is only three ounces in comparison). The shifting of the neck vertebrae is considered a misalignment and it can have serious repercussions for the body.

Your spine protects your spinal cord, which is an intricate system of nerves that are responsible for all of the communication to your body. It controls your immune system, emotions, vision, hearing, balance, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, muscle tension, hormones, and every other function; all of which can be disrupted when the vertebrae in your spine.

Common side effects of a misalignment are headaches and back/neck pain, but a misalignment can cause more severe issues throughout the body. A shifted vertebra causes the rest of the body to shift as well in order to compensate for the imbalance of the weight of the head. The spine can become twisted and the hip can raise on only one side which can cause pain through the lower half of the body and can make bending or lifting difficult. A shifted hip can result in one leg to shorten while the other lengthen, leading to abnormal movements and unnecessary wear on the body. The stress of a misalignment in the spine can cause an illness to take hold in an affected individual. A single concussion can have many repercussions throughout one’s body, especially if it is not fully treated.

Another major concern is pressure around the brain and brain stem which can result in a severe interference in nerve transmission. This can manifest as a wide range of symptoms and health problems, one of which that can affect the dura matter. The dura matter is the sack that surrounds the brain, the brain stem, and the spinal cord; it is connected to the skull and inside the top two vertebrae (called the Atlas and the Axis) in the neck. From the Atlas and the Axis, the dura matter continues down the spinal cord, hanging loosely around the spinal cord until it balloons around the bottom of the spine.

Inside the dura matter, is a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CFS) that serves as a cushion around the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced in the brain and then fills up in the balloon-like dura matter around the brain and spinal cord. CFS is continuously produced and replenished by the brain. After a concussion, a misalignment is common; it is also very detrimental to your dura matter and the CFS held within.

A misalignment can twist the dura matter closed, sealing off the bottom half of the dura matter like a balloon animal. The problem with this is, the brain will continue to make cerebrospinal fluid. With the bottom half of the dura matter cut off, the cerebrospinal fluid will fill up around the brain while the CFS depletes around the spinal cord. This will create an immense pressure build up around the brain which can cause headaches, migraines, dizziness, impaired cognitive abilities, and even emotional and behavioral issues. In severe cases, the pressure around the brain can build up above the brain, pushing it down into the opening of the skull where the brain stem exits the skull.

It is important that you seek additional care from an Upper Cervical Doctor after being diagnosed with a concussion. An Upper Cervical Doctor is a chiropractor who specializes in the upper two vertebrae in the spine, the Atlas and the Axis; the vertebrae in your neck on which your head sits.

Treating The Full Extent Of The Injuries Caused By A Concussion2022-06-24T22:33:19+00:00
15 10, 2022

Natural Methods For Treating Colic

2022-06-24T22:33:00+00:00

Colic affects 20-25% of all newborn children and experts still are unable to determine the root cause of what causes colic in newborns. Having a colicky baby can be stressful for parents to see their child upset and in pain and be able to do very little about it. But what if there was something you could do, and it was safe and natural, would you try it?

How to Identify Colic

All babies cry, especially newborns; however, colic is more intense sessions of crying. Some experts believe that colic stems from issues in the digestive system, such as gas, reflux, or food sensitivity/allergies. Others suspect non-digestive causes such as overstimulation or exposure to tobacco smoke. However it may come to be, pediatricians use the “Rule of 3’s” to identify and diagnose colic:

  • Your baby has a loud, piercing cry that began around 3 weeks of age,
  • The cry lasts for more than 3 hours,
  • The crying sessions occur at least 3 times a week, and
  • Continues for 3 weeks.

How does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care help with colic?

New parents, and even veteran parents, may have many questions about bringing their newborn to an upper cervical chiropractic doctor. To start, it is important to understand what upper cervical chiropractic care does. The central nervous system (which is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord) is responsible for all communication to all parts of the body, from interpreting pain, fighting illnesses to digesting food. When the atlas or axis (the top two vertebrae of the spine), is out of position, something we call a subluxation or misalignment, it causes stress on the nerves and receptors around it, interfering with the central nervous system’s communication and ability to heal the body. Correcting the subluxations is safe and gentle; it also allows the central nervous system (and the rest of the body) to properly function.

There is also research linking the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care and colic in babies. A study that was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics collected data from parental reviews over a three-month period of the effect chiropractic care had on their colicky baby. 94% of the parents reported they experience a positive improvement in their situation. The same journal published another study in which there was a 67% decrease in crying for babies who were treated with chiropractic care versus only 38% of the babies who were given dimethicone, an anti-gas medication, instead.

Natural Methods For Treating Colic2022-06-24T22:33:00+00:00
1 10, 2022

Why Back Surgery May Be Unnecessary or Ineffective

2022-06-24T22:32:40+00:00

Every year there are over half a million back surgeries in America but some research is turning up that many of these back surgeries are unnecessary or ineffective. With such an aggressive form of treatment, you owe it to yourself to make sure that surgery is your best and only option for recovery.

Some of the most common types of back surgery are:

  • Discectomy: The partial removal of a herniated disc and the removal of the back portion of a vertebra
  • Laminectomy: The removal of the bone covering the spinal cord
  • Fusion: The connection of two or more vertebrae
  • Implantation: The installation of artificial discs

Back pain is extremely common, in fact, it is one of the top reasons for individuals on disability. Nearly 80% of Americans suffer from some amount of back pain in their life. While back pain may come and go or fade away over time, many individuals suffer from chronic recurring, pain. It’s usually these individuals who look to surgery as a means to stop their pain. Since 2001, spinal fusion procedures have increased by 70%.

Mounting Evidence Against Back Surgery

What they may not realize is that back surgery may not actually be the answer for them. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Back surgery can help relieve some causes of back pain, but it’s rarely necessary,” and that “back pain is extremely common, and surgery often fails to relieve it.”

Several studies have been conducted on spinal fusion and the effect it has on relieving the pain of its patients. These results of these studies have concluded that the surgery was no better option than alternative nonsurgical treatment options including exercise, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. The pain was reduced or completely went away for both patients of surgical and nonsurgical options.

A clinical trial conducted by the Stockholm Spine Center in Sweden, and later published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared the results of patients with spinal stenosis, pinched nerves caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal. About half of the patients also had spondylolisthesis, or a slipped disk. The patients either underwent spinal fusion surgery (the connection of two or more vertebrae) or were assigned to undergo a less complicated, decompression surgery (which opens the spinal canal by removing of the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal).

Two to five years after the surgery, there was no significant difference between the quality of life or the ability to walk between either group. The only difference was the patients who underwent the fusion surgery had a longer stay in the hospital (7.4 days versus 4.1 days), spent a longer time on the operating table, lost more blood during surgery, and spent more on the cost of the surgery.

Another study published by Spine, data from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation database was reviewed. The data showed that there were 1,450 patients with disk degeneration, disk herniation, and/or nerve disease. Close to 50% of these patients were treated by spinal fusion surgery while the other half did not undergo surgery. Two years after treatment, only 26% of the patients who had surgery were able to go back to work and 67% of those who did not have surgery returned to work. In addition, 41% of those who underwent spinal fusion saw an increased use in painkillers.

Before Committing to Surgery

Be sure that you have asked your doctor the following questions and do not be afraid to seek a second opinion. 30% of those who have sought a second opinion found that the second doctor disagreed with surgical treatment recommendations.

  • What kind of operation is it? What will be done during the procedure?
  • Why is the operation necessary?
  • What are my risks and benefits of having the surgery?
  • Are there other, more conservative, treatment options available?
  • What are the risks and benefits of seeking other treatment?

HOW AN UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTOR CAN HELP

Typically, individuals seek their primary care doctors when in pain and from there are referred straight to a surgeon while will advise you to have surgery. And with the mounting evidence against the success or need for back surgeries, a chiropractor should be your first visit. Chiropractors are experts in musculoskeletal conditions while primary care doctors usually are not. It is the goal of chiropractic care to correct problems of the spine by correcting the misalignments in the vertebrae that are pinching the nerves in your back. An upper cervical chiropractor is a chiropractic doctor who focuses on the upper vertebrae in your spine, the atlas and the axis. Corrections made to these vertebrae will cause the rest of the spine to follow suit – and the corrections are made without any popping, cracking, or twisting. Treatment is generally pain free and has a far better success rate than surgery.

Please note: This post is intended for educational purposes and is not meant to be used in place of medical advice.

Why Back Surgery May Be Unnecessary or Ineffective2022-06-24T22:32:40+00:00
15 09, 2022

Healthy Spine, Healthy Life

2022-06-24T22:32:22+00:00

Overall a healthy spine means a healthy life. Your spine is literally the backbone of your health – it protects your central nervous system. Your central nervous system is made up of the mind and the spinal cord and controls all of your bodily functions from healing a cut to breathing and walking. If there is any interference, your central nervous system isn’t able to properly function. When this happens, your health can decline. Taking care of your spine is easier than you would think, just 5 simple ways to live a better life.

  1. Hydration

Your body is made up of 60% of water and it needs water in order to properly function. It is recommended to drink eight 8oz glasses of water (64oz) a day; another recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 160 pounds then you should drink 80 ounces of water. Either way, staying hydrated is the first key to your health. Your spinal discs, the sacs of fluid between the vertebrae is mostly water and if not properly hydrated will shrink. As a result, movement will become uncomfortable or even painful.

  1. Nourishment

Eating healthy can be difficult; usually if it tastes good, it is bad for us. But there are ways to eat a balanced diet to ensure that our body gets the nutrients it needs for cellular growth, muscle function, and spinal health. Without the proper vitamins and nutrients, your body will not perform at its prime. It would be like using regular motor oil instead of when the owner’s manual specifies using synthetic – it works but things may not perform at their best or for long.

  1. Strengthen

The best way to ensure that you have a health spine is to have a strong spine. This does not mean that you have to go out and “pump iron” for an hour a day. Your goal should be to strengthen your core. The core is a muscle group that is comprised of your abdominal muscles, your spinal muscles, and the muscles located at the floor of your pelvis. A strong core means that your spine is protected by the surrounding muscle groups from injuries caused by incorrect lifting or poor posture. Doing regular core strengthening exercises will produce a stronger back and reduce lower back pain.

  1. Stretch

In addition to strengthening your muscles you will also need to stretch them. Limber muscles are less likely to be injured such as a pulled or torn muscle. There are a number of ways to stretch your spine and surrounding muscles. A popular exercise, Yoga, is not your only choice. There a numerous stretches that you can perform while working at your desk at work such as standing up and reaching for the ceiling and the bending over and reaching for your toes. Then bend at your side and reach above your head with your outside arm. The goal is to reach out as far as you can so that you can feel the muscles stretching.

  1. Upper Cervical Care

Getting regular adjustments from an Upper Cervical Doctor isn’t just a gimmick. There are numerous health benefits of making sure your spine is well taken care of. Getting an adjustment is much like seeing a dentist regularly even when you don’t have a cavity. You go to prevent issues from arising. Why not just go to a regular chiropractor then? Well with the care provided by and Upper Cervical Doctor, there is no popping, cracking, twisting, or pushing of your spine. Our method is more advanced and essentially pain free.

Healthy Spine, Healthy Life2022-06-24T22:32:22+00:00
1 09, 2022

Why Do I Feel So Sore After an Adjustment?

2022-06-24T22:31:50+00:00

You’ve just started seeing an upper cervical doctor and have had a few adjustments. You are feeling great, better than you have in years! But recently you have had some pain, an old injury flare up; perhaps something you haven’t had to deal with in years. You wonder what is going on and why you are feeling this pain and discomfort. You should be feeling great – that’s what they said at your last visit. So, why is this happening and is it normal?

Retracing

What you are experiencing is, in fact, a normal side effect called “retracing”. Not all patients of upper cervical care will experience retracing but it is not so uncommon that it is unheard of or worrisome.

Retracing is the experience in flare-ups or an increase in your symptoms. You may feel discomfort, aches, or even dizziness after an adjustment. This does not mean you will always feel this way after every adjustment, just that you do feel this way after your most current adjustment.

Why does retracing happen?

The body has the ability to heal itself and when your spine is properly aligned, its ability to do so is maximized. However, the healing process has its good moments, better moments, and not so great moments. Once you begin to focus on your body’s healing, old injuries may flare up as years of compensation begin to come undone.

Think of it as starting a new diet and exercise regime. At first, your body isn’t sure how to react and you may feel sore after a workout or still hungry after a meal. Instead of quitting, you have to buckle down and stay focused on your new regime, and soon you will realize that you aren’t as sore after a workout and the weights aren’t as heavy. You will also notice that the meals are more filling and that your metabolism has increased.

This is the same with your upper cervical care. You can’t stop going just because the going got a little tough. Typically retracing will only last 3 to 5 days and does not reoccur after every adjustment. It also does not affect every person who gets an adjustment.

What to do if you are experiencing retracing?

If you are one of the few who experience retracing after an adjustment, be rest assured that there is not anything wrong with you. Take it easy, don’t push yourself and get plenty of rest. Be sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy – your body needs the proper nourishment to continue your healing. If the pain or discomfort becomes too unbearable, take an ibuprofen or use a heating pad.

Don’t give up on your upper cervical care. Too often people think retracing is a sign that the adjustments are not working when in reality, it is just the opposite. Continue your treatment and advise your doctor if you are experiencing retracing symptoms so that they can consider this reaction in your treatment plan.

Why Do I Feel So Sore After an Adjustment?2022-06-24T22:31:50+00:00
15 08, 2022

7 Ways to Effectively Boost Your Nervous System

2022-06-24T22:31:58+00:00

The Central Nervous System is a complex system that is one of the most important parts of your body. It is what controls your whole body and mind. Your vital functions like breathing and your heart beating to other bodily functions like eating, hydrating, and eliminating waste are all controlled by your Central Nervous System. Your Central Nervous System also controls your immune system, your mood and emotions, and your reaction to internal and external stimuli.

If your Central Nervous System is damaged or faces any interference, your body can suffer for it. So, it is best to do what you can to take care of it. There are a number of foods, nutrients, and therapies you can try to keep your Central Nervous System Balanced and operating properly.

Beneficial Foods

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an affordable staple with numerous health benefits. The nutrients in oatmeal work to stabilize the nervous system and can calm irritability and mild anxiety, relieve insomnia, and increase mental performance.

  • Baker’s Yeast

Surprising, and little known, baker’s yeast is packed full of B vitamins and can be taken as a nutritional supplement. As a result, it can combat depression, anxiety, stress, and reduced appetite.

  • Superfoods

Superfoods are essentially foods that are packed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that provide numerous benefits for the body and mind.

  • Chia Seeds: Being pumped fully of Omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and other essential minerals, means that chia seeds are the superfood of superfoods that help with cognitive function, combat depression, and help keep the mind calm and focused.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods high in Omega-3s have been shown to strengthen neuron functions and improve nerve transmissions.

Magnesium

A deficiency in magnesium can put the Central Nervous System out of balance and cause anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, and panic attacks. You can either take a magnesium supplement or eat some of the following foods that are rich in magnesium:

  • Cocoa/ Dark Chocolate
  • Green Leafy Vegetables: Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard
  • Nuts: Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts
  • Fruit: Banana, Melon, Avocado, Plum, Apricot
  • Legumes: Lentils and Peas
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins

Sunlight

Exposure to sunlight is an easy, natural way to expose yourself to vitamin D which is vital to your overall health and nervous system. Just be careful to not get a sunburn!

Walk Outside… Barefoot

It may seem odd but studies have actually been conducted on this. Walking barefoot through the grass or on a sandy beach have shown to improve blood viscosity, reduce stress, increase sleep, and balance your nervous system. Contact with the Earth’s surface transfers electrons to your body which promotes healthy physiological changes.

Water Therapy

Exposure to water at various temperatures can balance your nervous system. The alternating temperatures will play on the firing of your nerve endings, allowing them to refresh themselves. There are a few methods you can employ:

  • Cool, Wet Rubs: Run a cool, wet washcloth quickly along the following patterns: hand to shoulder, foot to groin, then your torso. Immediately dress warmly after rubbing down your torso.
  • Magnesium Sulfate Baths: Add magnesium sulfate to your next bath for a more relaxing and vitalizing twist on your regular routine.
  • Cold Shower: End your regular shower with a rush of cold water but avoid dipping your head under the cold water.
  • Arm Baths: Fill two sinks, buckets, or run water from the faucet if nothing else is available; one with hot water and the other with cold. You will alternate placing each one of your arms into the hot water and then the cold. You can repeat the arm bath but be sure to end with a cold bath. So, left arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold/ right arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold.

Manage Stress

Stress can be harmful to your body and mind in several ways. Follow some of these tips to de-stress and keep your nervous system healthy.

  • Deep Breathing: Sit or lie in a comfortable position and place your hands on your abdomen. Inhale through your nose, hold for three seconds, and then exhale through your mouth completely. Repeat for 5-10 minutes and try to perform deep breathing exercises 2-3 times a day.
  • Yoga or Mediation: Yoga is an exercise that will not only strengthen your body and increase your flexibility but it will also help you to focus and reduce stress. The goal of mediation is to put yourself in a reduced stress state where you can clear your mind and be problem free, even if just for the moment.
  • Get Up and Move: A quick exercise or stretch can do wonders to clear your mind.
  • Show Yourself Some Love: Indulge yourself every now and again. Whether it’s getting a massage, facial, a pedicure, or making that purchase you have been holding back on (so long as it will not create a financial strain – your goal is to release stress, not create it!).

See an Upper Cervical Doctor

When your neck and spine vertebrae are misaligned, the effect on your nervous system can be detrimental and cause a number of issues ranging from pain, and headaches to more severe issues of depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. Having a skilled Upper Cervical Doctor re-allign your vertebrae will correct many of the issues you are having and will provide you with a healthier central nervous system.

7 Ways to Effectively Boost Your Nervous System2022-06-24T22:31:58+00:00
1 08, 2022

How Upper Cervical Care Can Curb Your Depression

2022-06-24T22:32:03+00:00

Everyone is capable of feeling sadness and grief, these types of feelings are normal and even healthy to experience. Depression is a disease that affects your body, your mind, and your thoughts; you experience extensive periods of sadness and loss of interest of things you once cared for. Depression affects how a person feels, thinks, eats, and sleeps.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), around 16 million U.S. adults suffer from some form of depression, a number that may not truly reflect the reach of this disease because of the stigma that is attached to depression and mental health issues. Many more people may be suffering from depression who are not seeking any type of medical help.

For those who are seeking a supplementation to their current treatment or those who do not wish to take pharmaceuticals as treatment, there is something that can help with your depression symptoms– Upper Cervical Care.

Upper Cervical Care focuses on treating the subluxations of the spine, primarily the top vertebrae – the Atlas and the Axis, and the resulting issues within the Central Nervous System the subluxations caused. When the subluxations are removed, the spine is properly aligned and the Central Nervous System is able to properly function at its prime.

The Central Nervous System controls the body and the mind; it interprets our environment and commands the body to act accordingly (e.g. when it is hot, we sweat as a means to cool off). The Central Nervous System is also in charge of our vital bodily functions such as breathing, pumping blood, feeling hungry or thirsty; and it is commands our emotions (happiness, sadness, anxiety, nervousness) and controls the release of hormones.

When your Central Nervous System properly functions, there is improved control of your moods and deeper than that, there is better control of the hormones released in your brain – and therefore an improvement in your depression symptoms.

How Upper Cervical Care Can Curb Your Depression2022-06-24T22:32:03+00:00
15 07, 2022

Ten Tips To Drink More Water

2022-06-24T22:30:48+00:00

Water is the source of life. Don’t believe it? Our bodies are made up of 60% water and the Earth is made up of 71% of water. Water is essential to our health and well-being and it is important to ensure that our bodies are properly hydrated, especially in this Florida heat.

Did you know it is recommended to consume eight 8oz glasses of water per day? This simple rule is sometimes hard to remember so it has been given the nickname “The 8×8 Rule”. This may seem like a lot to some but if you think about it 64oz is close as drinking about 3.5 20oz-bottles of soda a day or 5 12oz-cups of coffee. You can easily surpass this daily goal by drinking 4 bottles of water.

If you still think you will have trouble consuming the daily dose of H20, here are ten tips to make sure that you drink plenty of water.

  1. Add flavor. There are several types of products on the market to flavor your water but you can easily change up the taste of your glass by adding fruit like a lemon or mint leaves, or for something sweeter, try strawberries.
  2. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Having the water near at hand will help to ensure that’s what you reach for when you are thirsty. Use a reusable bottle to fill up while you are on the go and if you are concerned with the quality of public water, get a reusable bottle with a built-in filter.
  3. Make it a habit. Pick something you do often throughout the day, like taking a bathroom break, and drink a glass of water after doing so. Eventually, drinking water will become part of your routine.
  4. Wake up with it. Drinking water first thing in the morning is the perfect start to your day. As an added bonus, it is a gently way of waking your digestive system after a nighttime of fasting.
  5. Drink water with a fizz. This is especially helpful for those with a soda addiction. Learn to curb your cravings for that carbonated beverage by drinking sparkling or mineral water. It still counts towards your daily water intake and you still get that bubbly taste.
  6. Track your usage with an app. For many people utilizing technology in our daily tasks is as common as breathing. Download an app that will help you to track the amount of water you drink daily. The plus side is most apps will allow you to set a goal and send you reminders when you get close or are falling behind.
  7. Drink before you eat. This tip not only helps you make drinking water a habit but if you have weight loss goals or are keeping calories in mind, drinking water will make you feel more full so you do not overeat (which is especially helpful if you are eating out where portions are typically larger).
  8. Mark your bottle. Or buy it marked with ounces or times. This will help you to set a goal of drinking “x” amount of water by lunch time.
  9. Make yourself a mixed drink. And we don’t mean alcoholic. Water down your usual drink of lemonade, juice, or tea to “sneak” in some water into your routine. As an extra bonus, you will consume less sugar!
  10. Eat it! If you feel that you are always drinking something and need a break, try eating water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon (92% water), grapefruit (91%), cucumber (96%), or zucchini (95%). Incorporate these foods into a meal or eat them by themselves as a healthy snack.
Ten Tips To Drink More Water2022-06-24T22:30:48+00:00
30 06, 2022

The Answer To Your Heath Problem May Be In Your Posture

2022-06-23T19:53:26+00:00

You may not realize it but your posture can affect the overall health of your body. Standing, sitting, or even lifting incorrectly can impact your posture and your health. You may initially notice back or neck pain followed my muscle stiffness and fatigue after spending too long sitting in a hunched position or standing all day.

When you have bad posture, you are forcing one part of your body to work harder to compensate for the twist or bend in your spine. Over time, the muscles not being properly worked can become atrophied. Poor posture can cause your overall health to dwindle as well.

Think of your spine as a garden hose and the water flowing through it is the communication between your central nervous system and your body. When a hose is free of kinks, the water flows freely and without interruption, but if the hose becomes kinked or pinched, the water slows or stops altogether. The same happens when you have poor posture. If your spine is not sitting correctly in its natural curve, it will act as a kinked hose; interrupting the signals between your body and central nervous system.

Your spine protects your spinal cord which is a key component in your central nervous system, which is in charge of your body’s immune system among other functions. If your body is unable to properly send signals to your central nervous system, it will not receive the care that it needs to fight of disease.

Poor posture is linked to chronic pain, deeper depressions, digestive issues, increased risk for diabetes, decreased circulation, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, weight issues, increased stress, headaches/migraines, reduced lung function, and becoming susceptible to other diseases or illnesses.

Posture can also affect you outside of your health including in the work place by affecting your workplace productivity, advancement, and career success.

So, remember that whether you are sitting or standing to keep your back straight, shoulders back and chin up. If you have been sitting for a long period of time, take a break and move around. This will not only allow you to stretch your muscles and correct your posture but to also improve your circulation and lung function that is affected by long periods of sitting crouched over.

If you are having a hard time maintaining correct posture, this could be from the muscle stiffness and fatigue from too long spent in a poor positioning. Visiting an upper cervical chiropractor can help you to get your body back on the right track.

The Answer To Your Heath Problem May Be In Your Posture2022-06-23T19:53:26+00:00
23 06, 2022

3 Ways Your Posture Is Affecting Your Success

2022-06-23T19:30:55+00:00

Many American workers spend a large portion of their day sitting, usually slumped in front of a computer. Others spend their work hours standing or walking constantly and there are those who perform manual labor that requires them to lift, bend, twist, or carry something heavy. Whatever the worktime assignment, your back and spine takes the brunt of the abuse, affecting your regular posture. A poor posture can actually affect your mood, health, productivity, and even success.

Research shows that the majority of Americans spend only 36% of their day in good posture – that’s 64% of their day spent slouching. Women, surprisingly, have worse posture habits than men, by 20%.

Proper posture requires your head to be held up, your shoulders back and should reduce the strain on your muscles to support the rest of your body. When you maintain a proper posture, especially at particular times, you can be more successful. Here’s how:

  • Good Posture Increases Your Productivity

One of the leading reasons for decreased productivity is worker absence. When a company does not have the proper staff, they are not able to achieve workplace goals. Besides missing work for a cold, the second biggest reason for seeing a doctor is back pain. In fact, back pain is the number one listed reason for disability claims for individuals under 45.

Poor posture is linked to increased back and neck pain. When you sit or stand at work or at home with the proper posture, not only do you reduce the risk of having to miss work for a doctor visit, you will also see other health improvements that will increase your workplace productivity. Having a good posture can actually improve your mood, increase your energy levels, and help you to focus.

  • Good Posture Boosts Your Confidence

Keeping a “power pose”, which is with your head held high and your shoulders pulled back, for at least 30 minutes will trigger your body to release certain chemicals in the brain. Testosterone, a hormone linked to increased confidence and power, is released along with cortisol, a hormone that reduces stress levels.

  • Good Posture Reflects Authority

Increased confidence can reflect greater authority but maintaining good posture to reflect your power and success goes beyond just chemicals. Good posture is a form of body language that tells others that you are in charge, or someone that can be looked to for leadership.

Consider the animal kingdom, many animals poise themselves to appear larger than they really are to scare off predators and maintain control of their pack. Humans can mimic this behavior and utilize it in the workplace to guarantee their success by exuding confidence, power, and leadership skills to those around them, higher level employees in particular.

3 Ways Your Posture Is Affecting Your Success2022-06-23T19:30:55+00:00