Chronic pain is a pain that reoccurs frequently throughout your daily activities, and is active for weeks, months, or even years. It is often a pain that people somehow feel they have to live with; one that will never quite go away.

Not so. There is a path to relief.why chronic pain management should include chiropractic Why Chronic Pain Management Should Include Chiropractic

Chronic pain is divided into two categories: intermittent pain that comes in waves, and persistent pain that lasts for more than 12 hours for a few months at a time. Whether the pain has built up over time within your muscles or vascular system, or its suddenly caused from an injury to your nervous system, chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways of alleviating the pain because it targets the root of the problem.

Depending on the nature of the pain, a few visits to your chiropractor should help a patient start finding relief. As a general rule, one to four weeks of treatment should begin finding relief for most conditions. Yet its important to talk with a chiropractor and find the best solution for you.

Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of chiropractors, all that subscribe to different types of techniques. In our office, we use the Blair chiropractic technique, which involves an initial exam followed by an x-ray to pinpoint the problem. Only after the problem has been found and a course of action discussed will we begin regular adjustments.

Adjustments usually begin at a frequent level during the week – 3 times a week in the beginning – then taper off within two to four weeks as the condition improves.

Chiropractic adjustments are an important part of staying fit, yet your lifestyle activities are equally important. Your adjustments will only help if you continue to make improvements throughout your daily life in all areas that impact your spine. Ergonomics, posture, diet, exercise, all will have a part in how well you heal, and overall how you feel in time.

Once you begin noticing improvement, the treatment frequency is tapered off.

However, keep in mind that chiropractic adjustments can be used as a regular part of your well-being regiment. If your goal is to maintain health instead of react to problems once they arise, chiropractic care can keep you in top shape now and in the future.

Have questions about chiropractic care? Schedule your initial consultation today.

What do Tiger Woods, a Little League all-star, and a stay at home mom about to run her first 5k all have in common? They can all benefit from regular upper cervical chiropractic.

Some of the top athletes in the world credit chiropractic care as one of their keys to success. And it doesn’t stop there. People are learning every day that chiropractic care isn’t as much about fixing a problem that is already here (such as neck pain), as it is keeping you in top shape so you can play hard and live at your optimal level all the time.

how can upper cervical care affect your athletic performance How Can Upper Cervical Care Affect Your Athletic Performance?

As an athlete, you probably undertake a rigorous fitness regime on a regular basis. You push your body in ways most don’t. And at the same time, you are always looking for refinement; that one way that will make you stronger and allow you to do more than ever before. How can you improve performance? How can you increase flexibility? How can you reduce your risk for injury?

That’s where upper cervical chiropractic care comes into play.

How does upper cervical care help improve performance? The answer lies in your nervous system. Your brain and brain stem control all actions throughout your body. Everything we do is a result of the brain/brain stem sending out nerve impulses through our network of nerves. Perfect communication means perfect performance. However, everyday life often gets in the way. Even the smallest of injuries can shut down the impulse movement, causing a section of your body to underperform or perform in a less than optimal way.

And for an athlete, if you aren’t performing in top condition, if your heart, lungs and muscles aren’t in top shape, it can mean a less than stellar performance.

Upper cervical chiropractic helps improve overall function of the nervous system, which in turn improves the communication between the brain and the rest of your body.

Injuries can happen even without you knowing it … have you ever slept wrong and woken with a sore neck?Upper cervical brings even the tinest of injuries back into place.

Schedule your session today to learn how upper cervical chiropractic can help you.

Are you a runner with foot pain? It may be your running shoe.

In the sport of running, one piece of equipment matters most: your shoes. That is why manufacturers from all around the world are constantly trying to perfect the running shoe. In order to decrease injuries, they say, they provide a variety of different options vying for your attention. Motion control, stability factors, cushion, arch support, even lightweight “barefoot” shoes designed to mimic your natural foot have made the scene, all promising you better support and less injuries.

But when it comes to the hype, how do you know what is really best for your feet?

why your running shoe may be causing foot pain Why Your Running Shoe May Be Causing Foot Pain

Study after study has been performed on people that purchase running shoes according to arch support. Once it is determined whether a runner has high, low or even neutral arches, they are given a shoe that fits their requirements. Then they are put through a 12 week training regiment to determine the impact of the shoes on their feet. Consistently the researches noted that there wasn’t any correlation between they type of running shoe, foot type, and the frequency of pain.

During the study, they did notice one thing however: the correlation between motion control running shoes and greater levels of pain. The more motion control a running shoe has, the more support it has, the more the thickness of the shoe may shut down sensor control, providing more possibility for injury.

When you look at all the research and evaluate which running shoe is best to protect and prevent injury, it quickly becomes apparent that the best place to put your focus is on selecting a running shoe that fits the width, length and shape of your feet best. Make sure the midsole region is comfortable. The size should match to give you adequate support through the midsole – the widest part of your foot – and provide a few millimeters of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Also focus in on the type of runner you are – a heel striker should look for more padding in the heel region, a midfoot striker should focus on padding through the ball of your foot.

As a general rule, if you purchase a lightweight stability shoe that match the shape of your feet and feel comfortable from the beginning, you should have adequate support for your running endeavor. Change them out frequently, and you’ll lessen the likelihood of pain in your feet.

Colorado is one of the greatest places to live; a place that boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. And if you head out to any of the hundreds of miles of trails we have right here in Denver, or anywhere throughout the Rocky Mountains, chances are you’ll find someone soaking up the sun and running at the same time. Its what we do here.

But if you are a regular jogger or runner, you’ve probably experienced more than just a sun tan; you’ve probably experienced runner’s knee as well.

chiropractic care for the runners knee Chiropractic Care For The Runners Knee

Runner’s knee is commonly described as an aching or throbbing in the knee cap. If you’ve experienced runner’s knee in the past, chiropractic can help you decrease the pain and increase the mobility and range of motion of the knee by working on the surrounding musculoskeletal structure and ligaments.

Then once your knee is back in shape and ready to go, try these four tips to help you remain in great condition.

1. Always start with an anti-inflammatory diet. Certain foods contribute to the pain and swelling that can take place around the knee cap. Eliminate foods such as dairy, excessive sugars and processed foods from your diet.

2. Stretch and strengthen your knees and legs. Your knees are one of the most sensitive parts of your legs. While running will keep you healthy, stretching before hand will keep your knees healthy. Work with a personal trainer to come up with a good series of stretches to use every day. Also work to take smaller steps while hiking, and avoid large stretches when taking stairs or climbing uphill terrain to avoid extra pressure on your knees.

3. Change your routine on a regular basis. You’ve probably heard the saying too much of a good thing can be bad. If you are following the same exercise routine and running the same patterns day in and day out, this can be true. Instead, give yourself variety. Move from cement to asphalt to a treadmill for different surfaces. Switch from cardio to weight training to keep your entire body in balance.

4. Always share with your chiropractor your daily routines. If you’ve been experiencing runner’s knee, share the information at each visit. He will be able to work with you and provide you with guidance on how to improve the feeling in your knee and your performance overall. He can also make adjustments to improve any structural and postural misalignments, which will help shift your weight and give you better alignment overall. All of which can actually improve the way you run, and cut down on the likelihood for future pain as well.

Autism is a term reserved for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

Autism is currently identified in around 1 in 69 American children, a tenfold increase from just 40 years ago. It is more common in boys, effecting 1 out of every 42 boys and 1 out of every 189 girls. These statistics suggest there are millions of Americans living with autism and that more children are being diagnosed with autism then AIDS, cancer and juvenile diabetes combined.

chiropractic care and living with autism Chiropractic Care and Living With Autism

At this point in time, there is no cure for autism, and researchers are still working on the causes. Scientists have found that people diagnosed with autism share a number of genetic and environmental stresses that increase the risk. They include things like advanced parental age at the time of conception, maternal illness during pregnancy, and oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain during birth. Increasingly, they are also finding the immune system may play a role.

How can chiropractic play an active role?

Chiropractic care removes the interference within the nervous system and allow the body to heal and function on its own accord. Because the nervous system is one of the major systems within our bodies, it has impact on many of our daily functions. The nervous system can impact hyperactivity, sleep issues, behavioral problems, sensory challenges, digestion problems, and immune system problems.

Autism can show signs in all of these areas, and increasingly is believed to be impacted in the immune system. When the nervous system has interferences, it cannot process our body’s signals at the optimal level. Meaning it must compensate in some other way. If a child has spectrum disorder, his or her nervous system is either stressed or delayed, impacting all other functions of the body.

Chiropractic care works with adjusting the nervous system. As a trained chiropractor, we can determine where the blockage, interference or over stimulation is in your child’s nervous system and adjust it accordingly. If you are questioning the results of western medicine and the drug regiment your child is on, lets talk about a natural alternative – chiropractic treatment – to help your child live the healthiest life possible.

You can’t open up a newspaper or magazine, or turn on the television and not see an advertisement for a mattress. They are everywhere. And each manufacturer promises something new and different that you simply can’t live without.

Ultimately, a mattresses job is twofold. One, it should provide you with a great night of sleep. And two, it should do so in a way that is pain free.

buying a new mattress for back pain Buying A New Mattress For Back Pain

Yet every mattress is different, just like every person is different. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another. That said, how do you choose a new mattress, especially if you are living with back pain right now?

Personal Choice

There is no single style of mattress that will work for everyone. What you should focus in on is one that is comfortable for the way you like to sleep. Any mattress that helps someone sleep without pain of stiffness is a great choice for them. Yet how do you find that by looking through ads or walking into a showroom? Get on the bed. When you’ve narrowed down your choices, lay on the bed the way you normally sleep for around 15 minutes. A quick minute or two won’t reveal the overall effect on your body. Fifteen minutes, however, can reveal a lot.

The Physical Components

Beds today can be made from just about anything. Water, air, coils, foam, springs, every manufacturer has a different way of bringing comfort to their users. Mattresses usually come in a depth of 7 to 18 inches, and are filled or padded in a variety of ways. When you find something you like, ask about the materials. This can lead you to find other mattresses that offer similar features.

Support

Overall, a mattress is designed to support you while at rest. A good mattress should provide support for your curves and for the alignment of your spine. The right amount of support will help you relieve muscle soreness in the morning. Studies have shown that a mattress with medium-firm support usually provides more relief from back pain than a firm mattress. If you like firmness, you may be better off increasing the padding level.

Get A New One

A mattress is something you spend 8 hours of every day on throughout your life. When a mattress begins showing signs of sagging, its time to replace it with something new. And with technology changing all the time, it’s a great way to improve your sleep patterns in the process.

Buy Carefully

Always stick with reputable manufacturers and stores when making your final selection. Be aware that mattress companies will use claims like “orthopedic” or “medically approved”. These terms are usually used for marketing purposes only, as extensive studies have not taken place on overall mattress design. Also consider a stores service and warranties. Will they remove your old mattress? Can you return it for another choice if it doesn’t live up to its claims in a few days? A mattress is an important choice, so choose wisely.

Did you know your posture says a lot about you?

Yes, good posture is something you probably learned when you were little. “Sit up straight”, your mom would tell you. There is a good reason for it. Good posture is linked to more confidence, better energy, and overall makes you more approachable and more attractive. But did you know good posture is also related to better health?

what your posture says about your health What Your Posture Says About Your Health

Your posture is the base of good health. Your posture will impact the health of your spine, which overall controls how healthy your systems operate. Poor posture leads to a weakened, injured or damaged spine. And because your spine holds the most important system in your body – your nervous system – the rest of your body is impacted in the process.

The nervous system controls everything in your body. It connects the brain to all the other organs in your body. When interference occurs between the two, it leads to miscommunication. And that’s where trouble begins.

Injury and damage can have a huge impact on the way your body behaves. But it doesn’t take a massive problem to have a huge impact on the way you feel. It can start with a simple kink.

If you’ve ever watered your lawn or garden with a hose, you understand how a simple kink can make a world of difference. Turn the water on, and water flows freely to your lawn or garden. Yet if your hose twists and kinks, the water abruptly stops.

Kinks in the spine work in a similar manner. If you have a small kink in your spine, it begins influencing your nervous system. It stops the flow to the other organs in your body. It may not be noticeable; but even the smallest of disruptions can add up over time.

Now add up multiple disruptions. Over time, these kinks can add up if not properly adjusted. And that’s where your true problems begin.

Its impossible to have good health and poor posture. The two go hand in hand. And that’s where chiropractic can play an important role. Listen to the advice your mom gave you all those years ago. Stand up straight and sit in a chair made for good posture while working. Then work with your chiropractor to ensure proper posture from the inside out.

I sat down with a woman the other day who was new to chiropractic. She asked a few questions, and I provided a few answers. Then she asked something I hear quite regularly.

“Once I start chiropractic with you, do I always have to come in? Is this something I have to do regularly?’

A lot of people have, in my opinion, a misunderstanding of what a doctor’s job really is. And I can’t blame them. Western medicine has trained all of us to wait for a problem, head into the doctor’s office to find a solution, come out with a pill and exist until the next problem arises.

why you need a regular chiropractic treatment schedule Why You Need A Regular Chiropractic Treatment Schedule

Lets look at it from a different perspective. Lets take your car, for instance. When you buy a car, everything runs perfectly on it. So you drive it. You can take one of two approaches. You can drive it until you have a problem, then take it into the mechanic to find out what’s wrong. But that will cost you a lot of money in the end. If you don’t put oil in regularly, you risk destroying the engine. If you don’t put brakes on it, you risk an accident, which could be very deadly to you, your family, and those around you. But if you perform routine maintenance – regular oil changes, new brakes, new tires, etc – your car will last and be in great shape for years.

The same applies to our human bodies. Sure, we can run them as ragged as possible until we have a problem, then look for the quickest fix possible. But if you eat completely wrong, eating nothing but sweets, high processed foods, and meals from the 99 cents menu, you can’t expect to be at your optimal level well into the future. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you have to know you’ll eventually pay the price.

Which is why many of us make a change early on. We incorporate good foods into our diets. We start an exercise program. We look at which supplements will benefit us the most.

That’s where chiropractic comes into play.

Chiropractic has little to do with quick fixes of the neck or back pain you experience in an accident. Instead, chiropractic care is making sure your spine is aligned and the communication between your brain and other major organs is open and flowing freely. If you want to make sure your organs are running at optimal level and are 100 percent healthy, you have to make sure your spine is properly aligned and there are no interferences in the way your nervous system handles the flow.

And that takes work. Because every day you move, play, work and change. Even the littlest of things can sometimes throw your system off. And with a small adjustment, your body is back on the right track, operating at full capacity once more.

Do you need a regular chiropractic treatment schedule to maintain optimal health? Do you eat healthy regularly? Do you exercise on a routine basis?

It all depends on how well you want to live now and into the future.

Stress. In today’s society, its everywhere. Its no longer something that “the other guy” experiences; it’s a fact of life for all of us.

Although stress can occasionally be a benefit to us, help improve our focus or make our performance even better, for the most part stress can lead to serious health problems that will impact us the rest of our lives. Anxiety, depression, heart attacks, virtually every chronic situation people now live with on a daily basis are impacted by the amount of stress we bring into our lives.

The first step is realizing where your stressful situations are coming from.how chiropractic can be a part of your stress relief management program1 How Chiropractic Can Be A Part Of Your Stress Relief Management Program

The second is to eliminate the stressful situations, and put healthy alternatives in its place.

Think Positive

Sounds easy enough; yet most of us fall into the trap of thinking negative throughout the day. Have you ever found yourself saying “how stupid can you be” or “that was a dumb thing to do” over and over again? Instead of focusing in on the bad, retrain your brain to think positively instead. When you replace negative thoughts with constructive ones, stress can easily fade away.

Meditate

There’s a saying out there that everyone should meditate 10 minutes a day; and if you’re too busy, you should meditate 20 minutes per day. The idea is to take 10 minutes to do nothing, relax and spend time on your inner self.

Head Back To Nature

Noise is all around us in the heart of the city. Even if you walk from your office to a café for lunch every day, the horns honking, traffic buzzing by can grade on your nerves. Now step out to a park outside of town. Better yet, head up to the mountains and enjoy a trail or two. In a very short amount of time, you’ll notice the difference inside and out.

Hobbies

Today we’re too wrapped up in what needs to be done. We rush from one thing to the next without taking time for the little things we enjoy. Stop one or two of the activities that keep you busy, and instead put in its place something you’ve enjoyed in the past but let go because of a lack of time. It could be knitting, gardening or skiing. The more you separate from the stuff that keeps you busy, the stuff that adds to your stress, the more you will find relief in the down time.

Human Touch

We live in a social world. Unfortunately, social has now taken on the meaning of having “friends” online, when in reality we’re too busy to spend time with the friends right in our own backyard. Virginia Satir, a famous family psychotherapist once said that a person needs 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 for growth. Yet how many of us get anywhere close to that during the course of a normal day? Massage can play a big part, and the therapeutic properties are proven again and again. It can lead to less pain, reduce depression and anxiety, allow for better sleep, and improve your happiness factor.

Combine all of that with regular visits to your chiropractor. A chiropractors job is to make sure your body is fully functioning, fully adjusted, and working at its optimal level. A body that works correctly means it responds correctly. And you can more easily focus on the areas that mean most to you.

If you’re ready to make chiropractic a part of your stress relief management program, give us a call today.

As a chiropractor, I work with people daily to achieve whole body wellness. That means inside and out, we help you achieve your optimum fitness level.

In today’s world, if you show up at many doctors offices who practice western medicine, you’ll walk back out the door with a handful of pills. That’s what concerns me.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing problems in America right now. Its also one of the most poorly recognized types of chemical dependency, particularly in women, and is often misdiagnosed because of its origins. If something is prescribed by a doctor, it must be okay … that’s the thought process that gets too many people in trouble.

how prescription drug abuse impacts our health How Prescription Drug Abuse Impacts Our Health

There are three different classes of prescriptions that are most susceptible to abuse:

Stimulants – often prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Opiates – often prescribed to treat chronic pain

Tranquilizers or sedatives – often prescribed to treat anxiety or sleep disorders

When someone is addicted to prescription drugs, they often show signs by having:

  • Noticeable mood swings
  • Changing sleep patterns
  • Increasing irritability, especially when prescriptions aren’t available
  • More frequent alcohol consumption

The more ingrained the addiction, the more problems will surface. The abuse of prescription drugs often results in negative effects on personal relationships, employment difficulties and potential job loss, financial difficulties, legal issues and overall psychological problems.

Prescription drug abuse is increasing, partially because of the availability of drugs. Doctors are prescribing more drugs than ever for health problems as more drugs become available, and the growing number of pharmacies online make getting prescription drugs without prescriptions even easier.

Most people don’t take prescription drugs with the intention of becoming addicted. Instead, they start medication to gain relief from pain. Prescription drugs offer fast opportunity to get rid of something that is bothering them, and so they jump at the chance to reduce the pain as quickly as possible. As tolerance to the prescription drug is developed, more and more are required to produce the desired effect.

With chiropractic, we help manage and eliminate the pain in a natural way. We focus on whole body wellness, which means getting your body back in working condition without the need of prescription medication.

Its never too early or too late to start a treatment process that can help you manage your pain in a natural way. Call to schedule your initial consultation with us today, and find out how you can control your pain once and for all.

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