Lift Right!

Improper lifting techniques like these can damage your back - and your sofa!

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a million workers suffer back injuries each year, and they account for one out of every five workplace injuries or illnesses.
 
Many back injuries, both on the job and in the home, are the result of improper lifting. Remember to practice proper lifting technique to prevent serious injury to your back.
  1. Plan ahead know the weight of the object and where you are going; clear the path you will be using.
  2. Make sure you are on firm footing; keep your feet spread apart, one foot slightly ahead of the other.
  3. Squat down - bend at the knees, keeping your back straight and your head level, to pick up the object.
  4. Avoid jerky movements; lift smoothly as you straighten your legs.
  5. Keep the object close to your body -holding it away from you places stress on your back.
  6. Turn with your feet instead of twisting your body at the waist.
  7. Never bend at the waist to pick up an object!
Keep in mind that if an object is particularly heavy, you may need a hand truck, a dolly, or another person to assist you with moving it. Don't compromise your safety or your back to lift any object.

If you or anyone you know has injured their back from lifting, the best plan of action is to schedule a visit to have the health of their spine checked.

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as back injuries.

Financial Spinal Stress

Ever woken up in the middle of the night wondering how you were going to pay the bills? Then you know that a car payment or the electric bill can affect your health!

There are three types of stress: physical, emotional and chemical. Financial worries (and other anxieties) fall into the emotional stress category. And chiropractic can be helpful.

All three types of stress affect your nervous system. Like a chain that breaks at its weakest link, stress tends to show up where we are most vulnerable. Our neck. Our low back. Tightness between our shoulders. Stress can increase the frequency of headaches and compromise our ability to get enough restful sleep.

Chiropractic care, with its purpose of reducing neurological stress, can be helpful. Of course chiropractic care can't eliminate stress, but it can sure improve your ability to tolerate it. Regular chiropractic care now could be a wise investment for a healthier, happier and financially secure you!

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as neurological stress, stress.

Oh, My Aching Head

Headaches have common triggers and many can be avoided.

It's back again ~ that all too familiar throbbing pain in your head. You suffer from them regularly, but do you know what actually causes your chronic headaches?
 
The pain you feel when you have a headache is not located in your brain, even though it feels that way. The pain is actually sensed by nerve endings located in your head and neck. Many types of events, inside and outside of your body, serve as "triggers" that can bring on a headache. Knowing what most often triggers your headaches can help you avoid them.
 
The most common triggers are emotional (stress, anger, anxiety), food-related (eating processed foods such as perserved sandwhich meats, alcohol, nuts and dairy products), hormonal (birth control pills, menstruation, menopause), environmental (noise, air travel, changes in temperature or humidity), or physiological (illness, skipping a meal, overtiredness).
 
A study, conducted by Dr. Eisenberg at Harvard University, reported that chiropractors are the most common alternative health provider consulted for headache pain. Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct misalignments in the vertebrae in the upper spine and neck. These misalignments put pressure on adjacent nerves ~ pressure that can cause your headaches.

So, instead of reaching for the headaches pills the next time you feel a headache coming on, call our practice and have your spine checked instead!

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as Headaches, misalignments in the vertebrae, stress.

What Do You Think Is Important?

We have it made these days, with all of the conveniences our grandparents couldn't even dream of!
 
But what with cell phones, overnight delivery, drive up windows, microwave ovens, texting and the like, it seems the latest time-saving technology does little more than increase expectations and make us even busier than we were before we had all these modern "conveniences."
 
How we use time to fulfill our priorities can be a major source of stress.
 
How you use this most precious of all resources reveals a lot about your purpose and what you value.
 
Many of us work 60 and 70 hours a week in the hopes of having a better life for our families. But our families hardly see us. Could it be that we actually find our work more rewarding and fulfilling than our families?
 
Turns out that success, achievement and a sense of peace are not destinations. You can have them instantly by slowing down and counting your blessings. Embrace an attitude of gratitude. Check your priorities.
 
Stress is something we do to ourselves by what we think is important. And while chiropractic care can help each of us better accommodate stress, a better strategy is to slow down and make sure we're investing our time in what's really important.
 
What do you think is important?  Make your health and the health of your family a priority.  Schedule a chiropractic and/or a Nutrition Response Testing analysis today!

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as Nutrition Response Testing, stress.

Addicted to Adjustments?

We've all heard the cliché that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life. Fearing that they'll get "addicted" to adjustments or become dependent upon them has stopped many people from benefiting from chiropractic. But it all depends upon what you want.

Temporary Relief Depending upon your problem, how long you've had it and countless other factors, we've seen practice members enjoy relief in as little as a visit or two. Yet, without continued care they're inviting a relapse of their original problem since healing supporting muscles and ligaments happens with continued care after symptoms subside.

Patch or Fix After enjoying a reduction in your original symptoms, it's wise to continue your care so more lasting changes can be made. Some find that it can take months of care to see a lasting resolution of their problem. Again, it varies from person to person.

Prevention and Wellness Many of us choose to continue our chiropractic care on a periodic basis--even when we're feeling great. Our objective is to stay well after we get well. This way we can better deal with life's stresses before they become full blown problems. It's based on the same wisdom of having periodic eye or dental exams.

We offer choices so you can benefit from chiropractic care for as long as you wish. After all it's your health. You should be the one to decide.

Posted in Chiropractic.

Amazing Weight Loss Results…..Naturally!

15 Pounds in 23 Days!
40 Pounds in 40 Days!
Do Drops....Not Shots!
Do you want a lean body, increased self confidence and a new wardrobe?
Are you ready to have it now? 
This is the program for you!
 
Homeopathic HCG works as well or better as compared to the HCG injections or sublingual sprays. No refrigeration is required of the drops and there's no pain or potential for infection, like with shots or injections.
 
Be prepared to lose on average between .8 and 2 lbs per day.  This usually results in 10 to 15 pounds on the 23 day program and 30 to 40 pounds on the 40 day program.

HCG is responsible for making the abnormal fat reserves of the body available to be burned as fuel. In pregnancy it is used to protect the nutritional health of the growing baby, however, in conjunction with this program it is used to rid the body of abnormal fat deposits.  This program works equally well in both men and women.
 
Rest assured that the HCG helps to stave off any hunger pangs that a restricted diet may cause. With the introduction of HCG, thousands of extra calories begin to flood the system from the abnormal fat being metabolized. For this reason, HCG diets are easier to stick to than the traditional diets that simply restrict calories. When a program is easy to stick to, success is the end result!
 
Even though only 500 calories are being taken in daily during this program, using HCG, the body is still burning 2500-3000 calories daily. It's just that the other is coming from the body's fat, not your food. If you didn't use HCG and only ate 500 calories, you would starve. With HCG, you don't. You become lean!

You don't need to come to my office to use this program.  I have patients in Canada, Australia and all over the United States! 

What are you waiting for?  Your new body is only 40 days away!

Posted in Nutritional Healing. Tagged as Homeopathic HCG, weight loss.

What Do Adjustments Do?

Probably the biggest chiropractic misconception revolves around the adjustment.

Naturally, we chiropractors think the adjustment is pretty special.

Chiropractors understand that the underlying cause of many health problems is from nervous system disturbances along the spine. This often shows up as one or more spinal bones that are stuck and not moving correctly. Many think that a chiropractic adjustment puts the wayward bone back into its proper position with the bones above and below it.

Actually, bones are static structures. They move when acted upon by a muscle. And muscles only contract when commanded by your nervous system. That's why chiropractic is actually about the quality of your nervous system, not the condition of your spinal column.

Your body does the actual healing. The energy I supply with the adjustment just helps things along. I use everything I know about anatomy, physiology and spinal biomechanics to partner with your body's wisdom. Repeated visits help retrain muscles and with time, your body can "right" itself.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as chiropractic adjustment.

Good Feedback

You're probably familiar with the high-pitched squealing feedback of a megaphone. But there's another kind of feedback that helps keep us alive.

We all know that the brain and the rest of the nervous system orchestrate the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. Most of these impulses travel down the spinal cord and then out from between each spinal joint to service every part of the body.
 
Beat the heart! Secrete enzymes! Inhale! Blink! Make blood cells! Perspire! Produce stomach acid! Beat the heart!

It's a full time job. Good thing we don't have to think about all this or we wouldn't have time to do anything else.

Of course, any interference or distortion of these controlling nerve messages and the heart doesn't beat correctly, the lungs don't fully inflate and our stomach produces too much or too little acid.

But there's more. Organs and tissues originate their own messages that flow back up to the brain confirming that the instruction was received and acted upon.

Did it! Done! Got it! Sure thing! Will do! Okay! I'm on it! Did it!

This feedback is crucial. If a vertebral subluxation compromises the signal to (or from) any tissue, it won't work properly.

The result? Ill health!

Have your spine checked and get a Nutrition Response Testing Analysis completed today!  Schedule an appointment for you or a loved one by calling our office.

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as Nutrition Response Testing, Spine checked.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

Posted in chiropracticChiropractic NewsSciaticasciatica treatmentUnderstanding Sciatica
  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.