Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves the brain and the nervous system, and can impact virtually every part of your body. If you have or are living with someone with fibromyalgia, it can be a confusing condition. Depending on which doctor you see, you can get many different diagnosis or options for treatment, anywhere from a referral to a psychologist, to a prescription for medicine.

Imagine for a moment, having a minor pain after doing something new. Its minor, you ignore it, and the pain goes away. Its different for someone with fibromyalgia. When you have a pain, tiny receptors send a message to your brain that you are experiencing pain somewhere in your body. For a person with fibromyalgia, those receptors can increase by as much as five times, meaning even mild pressure can quickly escalate into serious pain.

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When pain signals reach the brain, they are processed by serotonin. People with fibromyalgia don’t have enough serotonin, which leaves the brain overwhelmed. This is why someone with fibromyalgia will complain about pain, yet show little in the way of tissue damage. Yet its not imagined pain; it’s a miscommunication between the brain and the cells.

A lot of illnesses involve one part of the body. Fix that part and the symptoms go away. Fibromyalgia involves the entire body, which means many things can seem wrong all at once, making it very difficult to diagnose and ultimately manage.

The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. Don’t rely on one doctor; seek out two or more for accuracy, as this can be difficult to analyze.

Most will be women, most will have widespread pain through all four quadrants of the body for at least three months or more. Tenderness will exist in at least 11 points throughout the body when pressure is applied. Symptoms will include fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, irritable bowels, skin sensitivities, and more. If no underlying cause can be found for all of these symptoms, it’s a classic sign of fibromyalgia.

Once you have a diagnosis, then you can determine the right treatment for you.

Some prefer traditional medicinal routes. Yet many are going for a more natural approach. If this is your choice, studies have shown that improved diets, improving quality sleep, introducing stretching exercise programs such as tai chi or yoga, and natural supplements can help ease the pain.

Also implementing acupuncture and chiropractic care can offer relief from stress and pain, and help improve the way your body operates.

For a consultation and assessment on how chiropractic care can help you or your loved one manage fibromyalgia, give us a call today.

When people look at improving their health, they change their habits and daily routines. They may eat better. They may exercise more. They may relieve stress with a weekly meditation or yoga class.

Once you improve a habit and put something else into your life, you don’t change and go back to the way things used to be and expect the change to have any impact. For example, if you spend several months working out five days a week, you would never return to a sedentary lifestyle and expect to maintain your health.

the importance of regular chiropractic adjustments The Importance Of Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic care can also be considered one of the steps you take to improve your overall health. And with regular adjustments, you can maintain your health indefinitely. Here’s why.

Chiropractic care is more than relieving pain. Ultimately the goal is to restore the body to optimal health so it can function at its highest level. When a body is optimum condition, it can fight off the things around it, such as a cold or flu bug. For chiropractic care, optimal well-being means being able to keep the nervous system in optimum condition, so headaches, sports injuries, and even conditions like high blood pressure or symptoms of asthma are reduced to a minimum, or prevented from occurring at all.

The body is a unique and remarkable thing. When its in perfect alignment, it has the ability to heal itself and maintain its own health. A chiropractor focuses in on removing those outside influences that interfere with the body’s normal copying mechanism and healing ability.

When you make chiropractic care a part of your normal routine, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer. Because you focus in on correcting the problem before it becomes serious, your joints will last longer and you’ll be able to engage in the activities you love years longer.

Many years ago, dentists entered our marketplace with preventative care in mind. If you take care of your teeth from birth on, you’ll never face irreparable damage later in life that can heavily impact your life. Chiropractic care can also fall into this category. If you use chiropractic care from birth on to maintain a strong musculoskeletal system, you will be able to walk, drive, sit, sleep, and bend effectively throughout your lifetime. The real benefits come when you make it a part of your lifestyle.

Think chiropractic is only for adults? Think again.

Chiropractors have been seeing children for well over 100 years, and in some cases see their patients almost as soon as they are born.

Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. If there is dysfunction in the spine or the joints of the body, there is dysfunction in the nervous system. And since the nervous system controls all systems in the body, spinal dysfunction can have a wide and everlasting effect on a person’s health.why chiropractic care is good for children Why Chiropractic Care Is Good For Children

For a child, he can literally begin having spinal dysfunction in utero. Fetal positions such as breech, brow, transverse, posterior, etc – all common language throughout the growth and labor process – can have an impact on the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by a baby’s position in the womb. And if this position is maintained for any length of time, it can result in a longer, more complicated birthing process that can compound the baby’s spinal problems. Add in our modern day medicine and use of equipment such as induction, forceps and caesarean section, and its easy to see why problems can occur.

When a child is born, we all would love to have a happy baby that eats and sleeps on schedule. Yet that rarely occurs. Colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, chronic ear infections and more can all be traced to problems with the nervous system. And because many begin at birth, it can also be attributed to traumatic birthing experiences, and potential spinal and cranial misalignments.

As a parent, if you elect to have your child’s spine checked right after birth, you can begin to put them on the path for good health immediately.

Many developmental milestones such as holding the head up, sitting upright, crawling and walking are all affected by proper spinal alignment. If the spine is in good working order, those activities will come easier at the appropriate times. If there are problems, the child must adjust for those problems as he’s learning along the way.

As a child continues to grow, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps and bruises, heavy backpacks, sitting at a desk and playing video games can all lead to misalignment, again causing overall problems in a child’s health.

Think of chiropractic as your routine maintenance for good health. A proper alignment will give your child all he or she needs to stay health, and continue to grow in the best way possible. It works for you as an adult. Why shouldn’t your child have the best health from the beginning too?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that involves movement disorder. The brain produces a chemical called dopamine. In Parkinson’s patients, this chemical begins decreasing due to a degenerative process. When around 80 percent of the dopamine level is lost in the brain, symptoms begin appearing in the patient.

chiropractic can help parkinsons patients with movement Chiropractic Can Help Parkinson’s Patients With MovementParkinson’s is chronic in nature, without a known cure. Symptoms that usually bring out awareness in a person include:

  • Tremors
  • Stiffness and rigidity in the muscles
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance
  • Problems walking
  • Depression and fatigue

Usual treatment involves one of two types of drugs: levodopa, which is a chemical version of dopamine, and/or dopamine agonists, which are drugs that allow the dopamine that is present to have more action until the breakdown process occurs.

There are a variety of problems with these methods. First, the drug tends to lose its effectiveness over time. And second, there is some evidence that levodopa may be toxic to the nerves that make dopamine.

Which is why more and more Parkinson’s patients are looking for other alternatives to work along side their traditional care methods.

Chiropractic care can be especially helpful because all focus is placed on the muscles and joints that make up a person’s nervous system. Chiropractic can help with the pain associated with Parkinson’s and create healthier movement patterns that help a person have more flexibility and strength in daily activities.

Have Parkinson’s disease? Give us a call today and find out what benefits chiropractic will have in your overall approach to living.

When it comes to pain and and repetitive stress disorders like carpal tunnel, there are two paths to follow: the typical western management that looks to treat the symptoms with a pill, or the chiropractic approach which looks to get to the root of the problem.

When you’re having pain and tingling sensations in your hands and wrists, the first place a chiropractor will look is your neck. Specifically, the mid to lower cervical spine. This is where your nerve roots are; this is where your median and ulnar nerves originate and move down into your arms and hands.understanding repetitive stress Understanding Repetitive Stress

If there is an irritation at the nerve root – where the nerve connects to the vertebra of the neck – the nerve itself will not perform at its optimal level. As the nerve passes into the arm and down into your wrist and hand, it may actually be weak enough to allow additional symptoms to materialize when put through excessive stress.

An already weak muscle will become weaker when exposed to continual force.

And when it happens enough, western medicine names it, and thus carpal tunnel syndrome was created.

So how can you return to your normal state without the help of medicine or surgery? In many cases chiropractic adjustments can lead the way.

Carpal tunnel syndrome comes from repetitive stress on the same area, over and over again. When a nerve is damaged, it doesn’t provide the same protection to your system as when its working at 100 percent function.

When a chiropractor gets to the root of the problem and proceeds to adjust your vertebra back into place, it allows your nerves and muscles to return to their original state as well. This doesn’t occur over night. It took months or even years to get to your current condition; it will take time to repair the damage as well.

Adjustments work to return your body to its original working condition. With each part in proper placement, it can return to its normal function. And thus the repetitive stress, or carpal tunnel can be reduced, giving you back your flexibility and mobility you once had.

If you’ve been living with repetitive stress conditions in your life, why not see what chiropractic adjustments can do for you. Schedule an appointment today.

“With every step I take, I feel this pain in my foot. I’ve never thought about asking a chiropractor about it. Could chiropractic help?”

One of the problems with our western approach to pain is we never think about where it originates or how to eliminate it completely. Instead, we look for the fastest road to getting rid of the pain, no matter what that road is.

Which is why a multi million dollar industry is focused around eliminating foot pain by using shoe inserts or custom fitted orthotics to wear inside of your shoes.foot pain how a chiropractor can help Foot Pain – How A Chiropractor Can Help

While wearing a great pair of shoes will help you overall, it rarely will correct a problem that already exists, or focus in on the underlying problem in the first place.

So, if a great shoe insert won’t help you eliminate the problem, what will? Injections? Medications? Surgery?

When you have pain in your foot, its your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong. Because most foot pain is related to a problem with the alignment of the 26 foot bones, the best solution will be one that focuses in on improving that misalignment in the best way possible. Specifically joint manipulation by a trained expert – a chiropractor.

If you have pain on the bottom or the heel of your foot, it could be caused by numerous factors, including footwear, activities, age, weight and overall health. Conditions can include plantar fascilitis, heel spur syndrome and metatarsalgia.

If you have pain in the ball of your foot, it is typically caused by a stress fracture, improperly sized shoes, or from wearing high heels. Ball of foot pain is commonly referred to as metatarsalgia.

Top of the foot pain is not as common as the bottom of the foot, but can still leave you experiencing irritation to the joints. High arches can play into this discomfort. However, it is usually do to tensed or strained tendons that pass over the area. In both cases, the foot pain is related to a mechanical dysfunction or misalignment of the bones.

Pain in the side of the foot, including the outside of the foot and the ankle, is usually caused by mechanical stress. It is often found in people that are very active, or that job and run. It can also be caused by shoes that are too tight, putting constricting pressure on either side of the foot.

Pain on the back of the foot or heel, commonly known as Achilles tendonitis, occurs when a great amount of stress or strain is placed on the Achilles tendon due to activity or abnormal movement of the foot, ankle or leg. Many times a patient will have experienced a prior history of ankle or foot sprain, possibly months or even years prior to the current pain developing.

In all cases, working with the foot and realigning the foot bones to their proper condition may help. If you have any questions, we would be happy to set up a consultation today.

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. You bring this little bundle of joy into your home. You knew the first few months will be a challenge, getting up every few hours for feedings.

But nothing prepared you for this. Within weeks, the crying, fussiness, and general crankiness in your child has left you feeling pretty much the same way.colic awareness month how chiropractic can help your baby Colic Awareness Month – How Chiropractic Can Help Your Baby

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of babies will experience colic in their first few months. And when a new parent lives with colic day in and day out:

  • Nearly 75 percent of moms say they feel as if the were failing as a parent
  • More than 33 percent of moms say it is contributing to their feelings of post partum depression
  • More than 33 percent of moms began doubting if they want another child

Pretty scary statistics. And its also why we are celebrating Colic Awareness Month this month by helping you get relief if you are facing this situation right now.

What causes colic? Despite years of research, a definitive answer isn’t known. Colic is described as a condition where a healthy, well fed infant cries for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, for more than three weeks in a row.

Colic usually starts at about two weeks of age in a full term infant, later in a premature baby, and almost always is gone by the age of four months. Theories state that colic may be caused by digestive problems, reflux, an immature digestive system, air in the intestinal track, lactose intolerance, hypersensitivity to the environment, or an immature nervous system.

Traditional medicine usually takes one of two approaches. They either prescribe drug therapy, or they take the wait and see approach, knowing it will go away in a matter of weeks or months.

Chiropractic takes a different approach.

The birthing process is difficult at best for both mom and infant. Colic may actually be a symptom of nerve dysfunction from the process, resulting in poor communication between the brain and the digestive organs.

Through safe and gentle adjustments, your baby’s nervous system could quickly be back on track, allowing calm to come into his world for the first time.

If you’re facing these issues right now, do something about it for your sanity and for your child’s comfort.  Call us today.

In many ways, our health care system is a “one size fits all” approach to wellness. Go in with a problem. Take a pill. And life goes on.

While many doctors are comfortable with this approach, as a chiropractor I look at wellness a little differently. Instead of looking at treatments in this manner, we treat each patient as an individual, prescribing different treatments based on needs and health issues.

Whenever we work with a patient, we approach it from one of three phases:

Relief – Corrective – Wellness

When a patient first visits with us, its usually because they are in pain or have suffered some type of injury which is making them seek treatment. They are in pain and need treatment fast.

The relief phase is focused in on their pain, getting to the root of the problem, and finding a way to alleviate their pain so they can continue on with normal activities as much as possible. We take x-rays to find where the problems originate, then start in on a course of action to help bring relief in as few sessions as possible.

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Once a patient’s discomfort begins to diminish, we enter a corrective care phase. This is where we work on restoring adjustment and health to your whole body. Remember, it may have taken years to get to your current condition; wellness won’t occur over night. Instead, we take the approach where we work to increase your strength and flexibility, provide nourishment to the tissues in your nervous system, and give your body what it needs to return to its optimal condition.

The third phase is that of wellness. Its where we work together to maintain optimal health throughout your life. Little issues are constantly in front of you – a sports injury as you swing a golf club, or recovery from minor surgery. Even daily activities such as driving, walking and sitting in front of the computer can effect your body. We know life happens and use adjustments to keep you in optimal condition throughout your life.

If your body is in optimal condition, even the little mishaps along the way won’t impact you in the same way as if your body is already compensating for other injuries. It will react differently, recover more quickly, and help you stay as young as possible for as long as possible.

And that’s really what optimal health is all about.

As a chiropractor, I look out for whole body wellness. Which means while I provide a full treatment plan for keeping your nervous system in alignment and working at optimal level, I also focus on other things you can be doing in your life as well. Like exercise, healthy eating, and supplements that will truly benefit your health for the long term.

Which is why I recommend chlorella. And not just any chlorella, but an organic chlorella.

what is chlorella What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The whole plant is used to make one of the healthiest and most potent types of food in existence. It has healing properties formed from a high content of chlorophyll and chlorella growth factor (SGF), which makes it high in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins, biotin, inositol, folic acid, essential fatty acids, vitamins C, E, K and RNA/DNA.

What can Chlorella do for you?

  • Improve energy levels
  • Daily detox
  • Helps with proper digestion
  • Improves your body’s ph levels
  • Promotes brain wellness
  • Improves overall nutrition
  • A heavy metal detoxifier
  • Aids constipation
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Helpful with joint and muscle health
  • Strengthens your immune system

It is also used to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), asthma attacks and fibromyalgia.

Remember, this isn’t a quick fix method. Chlorella is designed to help you experience long term health and wellness. In three to six months you should notice improved digestion, increased energy levels, and overall improvement in your well being.

Want even more information? Ask me today about the benefits or chlorella and what it can do for you.

Inflammation is the body’s natural attempt at self protection. It’s the body’s internal mechanism designed to take aim and remove harmful stimuli that are impacting the body in a negative way. It removes the danger and allows healing to begin once again.

In reality, we as human beings should live a life without inflammation. Yet with everything we do, we subject our bodies to things that shouldn’t be there in the first place. And that’s when inflammation begins. The body will respond with inflammation process to many things, including:

  • Poor diet
  • Cuts, scrapes or wounds
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Trauma
  • Injury

And a host of other problems that are introduced all the time.

Overall, inflammation process is a good things. It keeps our bodies in good working order. When it becomes bad is when it moves into chronic inflammation.

The human body is not designed to withstand inflammation for extended periods of time, working on the same issues over and over again. In fact, chronic inflammation will actually reduce the effectiveness of the process, causing even more damage to the affected area including degeneration and eventually permanent damage.

Why are we as a society becoming more susceptible to chronic inflammation?

Its our lifestyle.what is chronic inflammation  What Is Chronic Inflammation?

Degeneration now happens organically because of the way we live. We sit more. We eat poorly. We do things in spurts rather than as a lifestyle (ever tried skiing for a day after months of sitting behind the computer or in front of the television)? We’re even subjected to much more stress in our lives, causing our systems to behave and react differently.

What can you do to start the change process.

Work on your healthy lifestyle rather than continuing down the same path as before.

Focus in on changing to an anti-inflammatory diet . Processed foods, dairy, chemical preservatives and additives can all be inflammatory to the human body. A diet rich in vegetables and health proteins can stop and in some cases reverse damage already done.

Also make chiropractic care a regular part of your routine. A properly functioning nervous system controls the immune response to inflammation. And when stress is reduced at the points giving you trouble, healing begins.

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