Chiropractic: The Cornerstone of a Healthy New Year

Are you or someone you love among the 40% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, chances are good that at least one of those resolutions has to do with a health-related goal. Perhaps you or your loved one intend to achieve this goal by making healthier food choices, exercising more frequently, quitting unhealthy habits, or overcoming an addiction. These actions can have a very positive impact on your health and wellbeing. However, research from the University of Scranton suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. In our years of experience caring for patients my staff and I have found that it’s usually not a lack of desire or determination that keeps people from sticking to their resolutions, but barriers to taking positive actions, such as chronic illness, fatigue, stress, and pain. These barriers make it nearly impossible to construct the foundation of healthy habits and routines that will be necessary for achieving your goals. You’ll need a solid cornerstone on which to rebuild your health and develop support to overcome your barriers. Chiropractic is this cornerstone. Chiropractic care supports your nervous system, the connections through which your brain and the rest of your body communicate with each other. A chiropractic adjustment corrects a vertebral subluxation in the spine. A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between the brain and the body. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes, improving the overall wellbeing and function of the body. (Want to know more about the benefits of chiropractic? Click here) This is why many of our patients receiving regular chiropractic care report drastic improvements in their health and wellbeing, including improved energy levels, focus, and relief of stress and/or pain that allowed them to finally achieve their health-related resolutions and other life goals. If you make one resolution for your health this year, let it be to start or continue chiropractic care. With chiropractic as your cornerstone, you’ll give your body the care and support you need to achieve your best health, function, and vitality.  Make sure to visit and “Like” our Facebook page for our latest news, info, and tips to support your wellbeing throughout 2018. Happy New...

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3 Easy Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Avoid holiday season burnout this year by taking the time to care for yourself: 1. Take care of your spine. Chiropractic adjustments correct vertebral subluxations, removing interference in the connections between your brain and the rest of your body. This allows you to function and feel your best and adapt better to emotional, physical, and environmental stress. 2. Maintain healthy habits. It is the time of feeling stressed or overwhelmed when it is most challenging to keep up our healthy habits; yet, it is also the time when we need it the most. Schedule time to keep up with your healthy diet and exercise routine. Regular exercise has been shown to help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Avoid eating lots of processed foods, especially those which contain added sugar. Offer to bring a healthy dish, vegetable tray, fruit salad or other healthy treat to your holiday gatherings. Eat a small nutritious meal or snack before going out so you’ll be less tempted to overindulge on treats. Want more guidance or meal ideas? Attend our Managing Seasonal Stress with Nutrition workshop on Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30 pm with Culinary Nutrition Educator Dawn Berthelette! Visit our Facebook events page to learn more about our Practical Nutrition for Seasonal Eating series and to RSVP for this event. 3. Breathe. Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? Quickly calm your nervous system by doing abdominal breathing. With your shoulders back, place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Breathe in deeply through your nose and expand into your belly, not your chest. Slowly release your breath. Repeat a few times until you feel calm.  Have a happy and healthy holiday...

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Seeing is Believing: Woman Observes Improvement of Glaucoma after Chiropractic Care

A recent report published in the June 2017 Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research describes the case of a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with glaucoma who presented to a chiropractic office for care. Over a period of 2 months of receiving chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations, her intraocular pressure decreased. Again, this shows you the power of the chiropractic adjustment on facilitating the body’s nervous system. No, chiropractic does not cure glaucoma. But it assists with the body’s ability to adapt and heal in so many ways! The eye has an intimate neuroanatomical relationship with the autonomic nervous system. The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that connects the eye’s light-sensitive tissue, called the retina, to the brain. A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. The outcome of this patient’s case is truly amazing, but not surprising. If you’ve read many of my past posts, or have had a spinal checkup before, you know that a vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position that interferes with nerve communications between the brain and any organs of the body, including the eyes. Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations and remove this interference, allowing the body to restore itself to function...

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Chiropractic Celebrates 122 Years of Amazing Results, Including this Case Study of a 4-Year-Old Boy with Epilepsy

September 18th, 2017 marks the 122nd birthday of chiropractic. Known as Founder’s Day, it is the anniversary of the first chiropractic adjustment given by Dr. D.D. Palmer to his patient Harvey Lillard. Upon receiving his first adjustment Mr. Lillard’s deafness resolved. Inspired by this amazing result, Dr. Palmer dedicated his life to pioneering chiropractic as a unique and distinct approach to health care around the world. Chiropractic is a separate and distinct healing art, science and philosophy, which without the use of drugs or surgery, serves patients of all ages and walks of life. 122 years later, chiropractors are still seeing amazing results. Take this case study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, for example. A 4-year-old male presented to a chiropractor with loss of balance and delayed speech.  He was experiencing daily seizures, with up to 3 seizures per day. He had been diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at 18 months old by a neurologist and was given anti-epileptic drugs.  Under chiropractic care, episode frequency decreased while quality of life improved. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. How could a simple, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment lead to an improvement of symptoms in a patient with such a complex condition? A chiropractic adjustment corrects a vertebral subluxation in the spine. A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between the brain and the body. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes, improving the overall wellbeing and function of the body. This is why many of our patients receiving regular chiropractic care report drastic improvements in their health and wellbeing. When we give our bodies the care and support that they need to regain and maintain an ideal state of wellness, the results are simply...

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Case Study Reports Teenager Experiences Relief from Clinical Depression After Receiving Chiropractic Care

A case study discusses the results of chiropractic care of a 16-year old female who presented for care with a history of clinical depression, neck, and upper shoulder pain as published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health. The patient received chiropractic care to evaluate and correct vertebral subluxations. After 12 visits, her symptoms of depression and pain resolved. This study provides supporting evidence that adolescents with similar complaints may benefit from chiropractic care. How can chiropractic provide an effect to our mental wellbeing by correcting a subluxation in the spine? It all traces back to the neurological system. Recall that the spine sends information up to the brain. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes. Remember, your spine is your lifeline. The better it functions, the global impact it has on your body’s...

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Don’t be a Boiled Frog!

What is a boiled frog? There is a metaphor that has been around that describes how the inability to change and adapt will eventually lead to sickness, disease and death. It involves frogs and pots of water with varying temperatures. For instance, consider if we had frog “A” and a large pot of boiling water. If we were to take frog “A,” drop it into the boiling water, and if it were to remain in the boiling water, eventually that frog would succumb to its death. Because it notices the extreme change in environment, it wants to make a change. So, it shifts its energy to change its environment in order to not just survive, but to continue thriving. That frog jumps out of the pot of boiling water and will be on its merry way. Now consider we have frog “B”. Frog “B” is placed into a large pot of room temperature water. The frog remains since the environmental temperature appears to be non-threatening. If we were to apply heat to the water and very gradually increase the temperature of the water, we notice a very different reaction compared to frog “A.” Frog “B’ will not perceive the change in temperature, will not perceive its environment changing. What is the eventual outcome? Death…a boiled frog. Albeit not very pleasant, this metaphor illustrates an underlying, yet very essential dynamic which is different for both frogs – communication. For frog “A”, somehow there is communication of information that the environment is no good. Frog “B” seems to lack such vital communication as it remains in the deadly environment. Because of a change in how communication occurs, there are two very different outcomes. Are you a boiling frog? Are your family members and friends boiling frogs? Recall that your body is always communicating back-and-forth with your brain, passing along information about your environment, and coordinating millions of processes every minute without your conscious awareness, and it does so through your nervous system (“lifeline”) which is your spinal cord and nerves with your brain. Is your temperature too hot? Thermoreceptors in your skin touch the air, send messages through your nerves, up your spine and into your brain to complexly process. Your brain sends signals through your spinal cord and nerves back to sweat glands in your skin to release sweat. Did you have to think about it? Nope. There are a TON of functions that happen with your body every moment in addition to temperature. For instance, creation of red blood cells, circulation of hormones, stimulation of the immune system, digestion of food, moderation of liver enzymes, changing how kidney filters...

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