The US Census Bureau estimates that there over 80,000 centenarians living in the United States today.   Statistics show that women usually live longer than men. The truth is, your body has the genetic potential to live to 100 and beyond.  Being prepared to age gracefully, healthfully and successfully has never been more important than now.  Every day we are faced with choices that contribute to our quality of life both now and in the future.  One of the most important steps you can take to begin to live longer and stronger is to. . . iStock 000000556752Small 199x300 Making Chiropractic An Important Part Of A Woman’s Health Program

Stop Killing Yourself!
Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the three leading causes of death among women. Interestingly enough, they are also preventable by healthy lifestyle choices and routine check-ups.  Mark your calendar so you won’t forget mammograms, chiropractic visits, and other annual exams. Many women are more likely to be familiar with their family history. Let your doctor know what diseases and conditions are on your family tree. Being aware of this health history will help you and your healthcare team build a plan to incorporate healthy habits in your life and the lives of your children.

Make Your Self-Care a Priority
When reviewing disaster plans of action, flight attendants on airplanes always instruct parents to fit themselves with oxygen masks first before helping their children. The lesson is simple. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first, at least in matters of health.
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Winning often comes down to reacting faster than your opponent by only a few seconds.  In the quest to beat the competition, there is hardly a sport which hasn’t been tarnished by allegations of participants enhancing their performance with steroidal drugs.  Yet, there is a chemical-free way you can improve your game that does not have the serious side effects of steroids.  Whether you are a top athlete or are working on integrating some healthy activity in your life, chiropractic care can help keep your spine balanced and your nerve system functioning at 100%, improving your performance dramatically.

Famous athletes who are chiropractic advocates can be found in nearly every sport, such as Emmitt Smith and Terrell Owens (football), Lance Armstrong (cycling), Arnold Schwarzenegger (bodybuilding), John Stockton (basketball) and Evander Holyfield (boxing).
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Throughout the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports every single year. Just over 3 million injuries occur each year, which cause some time lost in participation.

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All sports have the risk for injury. But how a child recovers depends on the injury he or she sustains, and what type of program he or she is put on for recovery.

For a severe sprain or broken bone, the road to recovery is clear. But how about for the twists, strains, bumps and bruises that may have an unnoticed affect on how well a body recovers?

That’s where chiropractic care comes into the equation.

As a general rule, when a child is growing at a rapid pace, he is more susceptible to injury at the bone growth sites – heel, knee, back, hip, shoulder and elbow. Growth occurs at the upper and lower end of the bones within these areas. Eventually the cartilage like cells that make up this bone growth will harden into bone mass. But as growth occurs, these areas are softer, and more susceptible to breakage.

A child also faces a variety of strains to the muscle area, just by doing the things kids normally do.

The goal of chiropractic care is to lessen the likelihood of injury. A chiropractor can provide adjustments, stretches and therapeutic exercises that a child can perform before, during and after sports activities to lower the risk. He can also coach a child on proper nutrition, proper training, proper equipment, and the importance of warm ups. A child may listen to someone in authority, especially if it impacts the way he plays and the chance of him moving into a more competitive environment.

Ready to make a difference to the athlete in your life?

While it is common knowledge that people suffering from depression are more likely to attempt suicide, did you know that many antidepressant drugs, which are intended to alleviate depression, have been linked to increased suicide rates?  According to an article in the May 15th, 2000 issue of the Boston Globe, internal documents from Eli Lilly and Co. showed that the firm had been aware for years that their antidepressant drug, Prozac, could cause suicidal reactions in a small, but significant, number of patients.  Dr. David Healy of the University of Wales estimates that, “Probably 50,000 people have committed suicide on Prozac since its launch, over and above the number who would have done so if left untreated.”

Furthermore, did you know that doctors may prescribe drugs to children even if the medications have not been shown to be beneficial or safe for children?  There is an increasing trend among physicians and psychologists to do just that since nearly all pharmaceutical company research on antidepressant drugs has been limited to adults.  Only Prozac has been tested on children and found to have benefits by Eli Lilly.  However, the side effects may be detrimental to a child’s healthy growth and development and include suicidal feelings, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss and headaches.

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Many are now questioning the practice of prescribing antidepressant drugs to children.  In October 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a health advisory alerting physicians to a possible link between antidepressant drugs and suicidal feelings in the young.  An article from the British Medical Journal contained a clinical review that found “significant shortcomings” in using antidepressants such as Effexor, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft in those under 18 years old.  These researchers concluded that, “Antidepressant drugs cannot confidently be recommended as a treatment option for childhood depression,” and that due to biased reporting by drug manufacturers, “many [doctors, patients and families] will undervalue non-drug treatments that are probably both safer and more effective.”
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Can chiropractic care really help those who suffer with Fibromyalgia?

Increasingly people are saying yes.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the muscles. Its main symptoms include muscle pain, tender points throughout the body, fatigue and sleeping disorders, and mild to severe depression. Fibromyalgia affects primarily women between the ages of 20 and 50, with current numbers showing around 3 to 6 million Americans currently diagnosed.

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In many cases, western medicine simply provides a prescription to try and reduce the symptoms. Because someone may be suffering from a variety of things, one pill can’t cover everything. So certain symptoms may persist.

Studies are repeatedly performed in which a comparison is made between drug treatment and lifestyle modifications. When a woman takes an active approach in changing her lifestyle – more exercise, change of the diet, rest and relaxation, and using wellness techniques such as chiropractic care – she will invariably see better results from the latter approach.

Chiropractic care helps by adjusting the spine, relieving the tension, and improving the way your nervous system talks to your body. Chiropractic care doesn’t cure fibromyalgia, or provide a quick fix to your health issues. Instead, its about adjusting the way your body functions, and bringing it back to optimal working order (or as close as possible).

If you’ve tried other approaches, and you just can’t seem to get relief, maybe its time for a new approach. Chiropractic care may be the help you’ve been looking for.

How do you find the best South Denver Chiropractic office for you? Start by looking at the chiropractor who will be working with you.

Dr Jason Watts does more than believe in chiropractic care  –  he talks about and believes in wellness care, and talks about it every chance he can. His goal is to educate the South Denver community on health and wellness issues, enabling people to make wise healthcare decisions throughout their lives. Stop by and chat on any of your healthcare issues, and he’ll be an open listener and offer his suggestions. Or ask him about one of his upcoming classes. He’s ready to help bring you back to health and wellness.

Dr Jason has built his own practice for over eight years, and has been trained and uses the Blair Upper Cervical Technique for over eleven years. He graduated magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and was named to the Dean’s List, President’s List and to the prestigious Pi Tau Delta chiropractic honor society. He is a member of the World Chiropractic Alliance, and the Blair Chiropractic Society.

Dr Jason opened up Watts Chiropractic here in the South Denver area to help families of all ages. Whether you are expecting your first child, or get down on the ground to play with your grandkids, Watts Chiropractic focuses on helping families stay healthy. If this is your first time to our blog, stay and look around. We offer advice for everyone in the family. Find out How To Relieve Stress At Your Desk, Move From Hormonal Imbalance to Hormonal Balance, or How Chiropractic Care Can Help Babies With Traumatic Birth Syndrome. We cover it all to bring you the best advice for your lifestyle.