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.

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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.

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.

No matter what you read about health and diet, the one thing that always pops into every list is the benefits of water. And its working. Statistics show that soda and juice consumption is flat and decreasing, and water intake is on the rise.

If you’re one of the people that has committed to drinking less of the harmful, caloric drinks on the market, and increasing your consumption of water on a daily basis, you’re on the right track. Drinking more water is something I recommend to all of my clients every time I see them.6 things water will do for your body 6 Things Water Will Do For Your Body

But why is that? What does water truly do for your body? Actually many things.

Water Keeps You Hydrated

Sounds obvious, right? Yet its not something most people think about and understand. Every process in your body, every single thing you do, requires water to be present to keep normal function in place. If you don’t have enough in your system, dehydration sets in and your body begins to take away from some areas in order to feed the others. Your tissues begin to dry and the chemical activity in your body is reduced, which means your energy will decrease. If your thirsty, constipated, tired or producing less urine, dehydration has set in.

Water Helps Your Diet

Your stomach doesn’t know the difference between water and food – it simply has a certain amount of space and when its full, it “tells” your body its had enough. By drinking a glass or two of water before a meal, your stomach will fill and not need as much food to have that full feeling. Which means you’ll eat less. Liquids do run through your body faster, however, so the trick is to drink water with meals, and eat small meals throughout the day.

Water Flushes Toxins

Every one of us has toxins that live inside. We take in food, air and liquids, and the stuff that is unused by the body becomes toxin. With enough fluids, these toxins are flushed through the kidneys and out of your body. Without enough fluids, toxins will remain in your system, impacting your overall health.

Water Improves Your Exercise

Every movement you make takes action. Water lubricates your joints so you can move easily and keeps you hydrated to prevent cramping. If you have trouble exercising, have cramps as you run or jump, its due to the fact your body isn’t taking in enough water. Water keeps you hydrated so your system can run effectively.

Water Allows You To Sweat

Sweat is a normal process within the human body. Sweat regulates your body and keeps your body at its optimal temperature. The proper amount of water in your body means you’ll be able to sweat as much as you need to. If you can’t sweat, your body temperature won’t be regulated, and in some cases that can cause major physical problems to your health, including heat stroke and even death.

Water Is Readily Available

Liquids in general provide a hydration source – take in a soda, a glass of milk, juice or even tea and you’re body will benefit from the water within the liquid. But with all other sources, you’ll take in additional things as well. Thinks like calories, sugar, caffeine – things your body doesn’t need in excess. But water has zero calories and a host of benefits. Which makes it the most healthy thing you can put into your body on a regular basis. And its free too!

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.

Chiropractors and patients alike have been shouting the praises of chiropractic adjustments. This holistic, natural approach to medical care suggests that much of life’s ills can be alleviated through natural remedies and preventative measures.

why chiropractic can help you reduce your heart attack risk Why Chiropractic Can Help You Reduce Your Heart Attack RiskOn the other side, critics suggest that chiropractic care has been given too much credit. They say chiropractic is suggested to be a cure all. Got issues? Chiropractic can help.

Chiropractors do give chiropractic care a great deal of credit. That’s because chiropractic care can help with a wide variety of health issues. The reason? Chiropractic adjustments tend to the foundation of your body, your skeletal system. If the foundation is sound, the rest of the body can function much better. If the foundation is weak, the rest of the body suffers.

One claim critics may doubt is the claim from chiropractors that their care could help reduce your risk of heart attack. After all, how can spinal adjustments protect your heart?

Studies have shown that 1 in 4 Americans who die of heart disease could have been spared by simple treatment and a change in life choices. Better care of your body can significantly decrease your risk of a heart attack. One key to better health and caring for your body is regular chiropractic adjustments.

Other studies have shown that a specific type of chiropractic care can drastically reduce blood pressure. This type of adjustment realigns the Atlas vertebra. This vertebra is the doughnut shaped vertebra at the base of your spine. Adjustments, which realign this vertebra, help improve nerve function and flow to and from the heart. The result, as previously stated, is lower blood pressure. And lower blood pressure can help reduce your risk of heart attack.

While chiropractic is not a cure-all, (no one treatment or practice ever is), there is much that a knowledgeable chiropractor can do to help every aspect of your life. If the communication line of your body (the spine) is properly functioning, then it can aid in the proper function of every dependent element.

We’re human. We move. We grow. We change. We’re busy all the time.

And because we are an ever-changing, ever-moving object, our bodies can take on abuse we aren’t even aware of at the time. Ever felt that little pain when you jump over a puddle of water? Or rubbed your neck after a long day at the office?

All of it adds up to one thing – subluxation.what is a subluxation What is a Subluxation?

What exactly is a subluxation?

A subluxation occurs when one or more of the bones in your spine move out of normal position. This creates pressure on spinal nerves, and irritates them greatly. This results in the malfunctioning of the spinal nerves, and they interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. Nearby nerves that pass out from the spinal column to organs and tissues of your body may also be irritated due to subluxation.

Causes of subluxation

  • Physical- Falls, sports injuries, car accidents, poor posture, improper lifting, and repetitive movements can contribute to subluxation.
  • Emotional- grief, extreme stress, anger, and traumatic events can affect your body in a negative way.
  • Chemical- Smoking, substance abuse, food toxins, and poor nutrition can be causes of subluxation.

How does subluxation affect you? 

The nervous system controls essentially all of your bodily functions. When your nervous system is compromised, it affects many parts of your body. Some parts will not be able to function correctly due to improper nerve messages. This is why it is extremely important for a chiropractor to treat a subluxation.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have a subluxation until it is diagnosed. Only a chiropractor can properly locate and treat subluxations through a series of specially designed chiropractic adjustments. Regular chiropractic checkups can keep your nervous system in good shape. Longstanding subluxations may require many multiple visits in order to retrain and strengthen the muscles in the spine.

Can’t sleep? It may be time to buy a new mattress!

tips for buying a new mattress Tips for Buying a New MattressThe best mattress is one that allows you to get a solid night’s sleep without pain or tossing and turning. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s easy when you know beforehand what the mattress buying process entails and how to find a good mattress.

Do your homework:

·       Know how much you want to spend. Before you even step into a mattress store, be sure you have a clear idea of how much you can afford to spend. Remember, an expensive price tag does not always mean it’s a great mattress. Everyone is different and requires different things for a great night sleep.

·       Ask family and friends for suggestions. Or, look online for reviews of a particular mattress or mattress store. Or talk with your chiropractor; he can make suggestions for things to look for and things to avoid.

·       Consider your favorite beds. If you sleep like a rock on the hotel’s bed or friend’s guest bed, find out what kind of mattress it is. Use this as a starting point in your search for the perfect mattress.

·       Be on the lookout for sales. Many stores have big sales on holidays such as Fourth of July and Memorial Day.

Have an in-store game plan:

·       Bring your partner. If you share a bed with someone else, be sure to bring him or her along. After all, if you are both going to be sleeping on it, the bed should be comfortable for both of you.

·       Make sure the salesperson knows your needs. If you have a bad back or hate pillowtops, let them know. Their job is to sell you the best mattress for you. If you feel uncomfortable at one store, leave. There are many options out there in today’s world.

·       Spend a lot of time in the store. A good mattress is a big investment for some, so make sure you test all of the mattresses out that you are interested in.

When you have selected your favorite mattress, be sure to read the fine print when you make your purchase. Different stores have varying warranties and return policies. Check with the mattress store to see if they offer a comfort guarantee.

Everyone knows that sleep is essential, but have you ever considered how important it is for your health? Not only does it make you look and feel better, the right amount of snooze is an important part of good health and well-being. Sleep benefits your entire body, including your brain, heart, and weight.

Did you know that around 9 million people across the US take sleeping pills regularly? That’s a lot of people with sleep issues. It’s also a signal that many Americans can take steps to improve something all of us need every day to stay at the top of our game.

sleep and good health go hand in hand 300x199 Sleep and Good Health Go Hand In HandIf you have been skimping on sleep, it may be affecting you more than in the form of dark circles under your eyes. Not getting the adequate amount of rest that you body needs can result in health conditions and a lower life span. Let’s check out the benefits of sleep and how it contributes to good health:

  • You’ll live longer. Along with a better quality of life, getting the right amount of shut-eye can result in a longer lifespan. Studies have shown that more deaths in older women occurred in those who got less than five hours of sleep every night. Plus, your body naturally heals itself while you sleep, which helps in the prevention cancer and other diseases.
  • You’ll feel more creative. Getting a decent night’s sleep can really get those creative juices flowing. Your brain takes memories during sleep and reorganizes them as well as consolidating them. This results in increased creativity.
  • You can lose weight. Dieters who are deprived of sleep will lose more muscle mass than fat. However, those who want to lose weight should go to bed earlier because they can lose fat easier through appetite suppression. Being well-rested results in a healthy outlook and promotes weight loss.
  • You’ll feel less stressed. This, in turn, will result in controlled blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These reduced levels will prevent heart disease with more sleep in the long run.

The benefits are easy to understand. But what if you still have trouble – what should you do?

Start with a routine.

Going to bed at the same time every night, darkening your room as much as possible, white noise if you are easily distracted, and and even a warm bath or a few minutes of meditation can help calm you down. Also, don’t overlook the importance of having a healthy body. Chiropractic care makes sure you have structural integrity of the cervical spine, which means your body is in top shape and ready for sleep each night.

Don’t underestimate the healing powers of sleep! Be sure to get at least six hours of solid sleep per night to experience the health benefits of getting your zzz’s.

the chiropractors guide to probiotics 300x199 The Chiropractor’s Guide to Probiotics

For the past few years, probiotics have been recognized for their ability to promote a healthy digestive system by reducing the growth of bad bacteria. They have also been linked to weight loss and immunity boosts. The use of probiotics can benefit chiropractic patients by balancing the bacteria in the gut, aiding in proper digestion, immunity, and overall well-being.

What are probiotics?

Believe it or not, probiotics are actually bacteria that live in the digestive tract. They are “good” bacteria because they keep the stomach and intestinal tract in a balanced state, protecting the body against an upset. Stress, poor diet, antibiotics and other factors can kill the healthy bacteria that help the body to digest properly and absorb nutrients.

Benefits of probiotics

  • Relief from urinary tract infections, especially in women
  • Improved food catabolism and elimination
  • Decreases in allergic responses
  • Improvements in bowel function
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improvements in chronic conditions
  • Relief from vaginal yeast infections
  • Improved mood
  • Weight loss
  • Increased immunity

How do you get probiotics?

Probiotics are acquired through foods and supplements. One of the most popular probiotic foods is plain, unsweetened yogurt which contains acidophilus and other cultures. Fermented foods such as kefir, pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi are also plentiful in probiotics. Kombucha tea is fermented and contains antioxidants that boost immunity. It also aids in digestion and raises energy levels. Miso soup is made from fermented soybean paste and contains strains of good bacteria

A probiotic supplement may also be a good idea for some people to take if they are having an upset in stomach flora. Some supplements have a higher amount of probiotics than others, so be sure to read labels. If you have any questions concerning probiotics, ask at your next adjustment and we can make recommendations for you.

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