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4 Myths About Chiropractic Care for Children

Chiropractors who provide care for children and families can go on and on about the many benefits of a healthy spine every family member, infants and children included. Unfortunately, chiropractic care for children is susceptible to many misconceptions and myths that we’d like to set straight today!

A chiropractor treating a new born baby

Myth 1: Chiropractic care for children is new.

As far back as 1910, the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, discussed how important it is to check a child’s spine from birth and throughout life in order to make sure it is free of subluxations. By the 1980s, many DCs developed their practices to treat adults specifically, but in 1986 Dr. Larry Webster helped re-establish chiropractic care for kids as an important area of focus. He founded the ICPA to help educate chiropractors on how to best treat children.

Myth 2: Children don’t need chiropractic care. 

Research shows a solid link between the central nervous system and various childhood afflictions. Whether it’s colic, chronic ear infections, struggling with breastfeeding, ADHD, headaches, or anything in between, chiropractic can help treat it. When the nervous system is functioning as it should, the body functions as it should!

Myth 3: Chiropractors use the same techniques on children as adults. 

DCs who treat children do not apply heavy pressure. Instead, it’s all about moving the child into a position of ease, holding the position, and helping things gently reset on their own.

Myth 4: Chiropractors don’t collaborate with pediatricians and other medical doctors.

This just simply isn’t true. A great chiropractor looks at the body’s wellness overall, and will happily work and collaborate with any doctor’s necessary to help their patient reach their optimum health should the client need more intervention than they can offer!

Start this school year off right for you and the entire family and schedule your appointments for adjustments today!

The Right Way To Wear A Backpack

Back to school time is right around the corner! With that in mind, we wanted to make sure our readers knew the safest way to wear a backpack this school year — Follow this easy backpack strategy to protect proper posture and avoid back, neck, and shoulder pain:

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  • Pack it light.
    • Backpacks should not weigh more than 10-15% of your bodyweight at any given moment
  • Pack the heaviest items closest to your back.
    • This helps stabilize the items in the pack and evenly distribute weight.
  • Use all 3 straps.
    • Wear both shoulder straps approximately 2 inches below your shoulder blades so that the pack sits at waist level. Wear the waist belt if there is one. The backpack should fit snuggly on your back.

Symptoms of wearing too heavy of a backpack include:

  • Pain in the back, shoulders, neck, and hands
  • Strained or weakened muscles
  • Tingling in the arms
  • Pain in the arms
  • Poor posture

If you expect any issues throughout this school year with backpack strain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an evaluation!

 

10 Ways Chiropractic Can Improve Your Life

Chiropractic is far more than pain relief — it offers patients many life-changing advantages! Check out these 10 ways that chiropractic can improve your life!

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#1 Chiropractic Alleviates Pain

Chiropractic treats pain at its source rather than masking symptoms with medication. Often, conditions such as headaches, sports injuries, pain disorders, and more are caused by subluxations in the spine! A chiropractor can correct these subluxations and restore order to your nervous system.

#2 Chiropractic Prevents Other Conditions

An increasing number of research studies show that chiropractic adjustments not only treat already occurring issues, but that they can also keep other detrimental conditions at bay. Conditions such as colic, chronic ear infections, high blood pressure, behavioral issues, and Parkinson’s disease have all seen improvement through chiropractic adjustments.

#3 Chiropractic Boosts Productivity

Regular chiropractic care boosts work productivity and performance by warding off work-related injuries such as text-neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, and low-back pain.

#4 Chiropractic May Make You Smarter

In a study of 500 adults, researchers used technology to create maps of functioning in the exterior portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine. They found that the adjustments activated certain neurological pathways in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function!

#5 Chiropractic Boosts Immunity

Research shows that regularly scheduled chiropractic care can boost the body’s immune response to outside threats!

#6 Chiropractic Reduces Stress

Chiropractic helps combat stress by helping the body achieve balance. Regular adjustments keep pain and injuries at bay and also keep the nervous system functioning as it should — increasing its ability to handle stress with ease.

#7 Chiropractic Increases Physical Activity

Many patients report increased motivation and ability to stick to a regular exercise program once they begin chiropractic treatment. As their spine is freed from subluxations, the nervous system can function as it should, increasing energy and motivation!

#8 Chiropractic Allows Patients to Avoid Unnecessary Medication

Individuals who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to overuse or misuse medication. Whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter medication, each comes with a long list of potentially harmful side effects that chiropractic care can help you avoid all together.

#9 Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality

Chiropractic adjustments are often associated with better sleep. Why? Because adjustments often reduce pain and anxiety — the two biggest hinderances to a great night’s sleep!

#10 Chiropractic Improves Overall Wellness

Regular chiropractic care empowers patients with “health esteem” — teaching them to take charge of their own well-being and encouraging them towards a life of optimal health and longevity.

18 Tips to Lose Weight For Good

The secret to permanent weight loss is knowing that every decision, every second, of every day matters. If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration on how to lose weight once and for all, check out the 25 tips below!

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  1. Set a small, specific goal. Write it down and stick it on your bathroom mirror.
  2. Take before and after pictures — often your body shape changes before the number on the scale does.
  3. Surround yourself with friends and family who support you and your goals.
  4. Make a list of what works for you and continue doing them!
  5. Find an accountability partner to help you stay on track.
  6. Participate in constantly varied workouts — you’ll burnout and get bored if you do the same thing each day!
  7. Incorporate strength training into your exercise program — this will help your body build lean muscle and boost your basal metabolic rate.
  8. Track your exercise and the weights you use — this will allow you to see your improvements over time.
  9. Schedule your workouts like appointments in your calendar — would you bail on an important meeting with your boss? Then don’t bail on a workout.
  10. Keep a food journal — tracking keeps you aware of each of your choices! MyFitnessPal is an excellent app to use for this.
  11. Ditch the soda and diet soda- just because it has zero calories doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
  12. Load up on fiber-rich foods such as green beans, broccoli, avocado, spinach, carrots, raspberries, and more — these foods help you feel fuller, longer.
  13. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store – this is where the majority of fresh foods, meats, and vegetables live!
  14. Rid your pantry of all the junk! Toss the candy, ditch the chips, and stock your pantry with whole foods.
  15. Drink. More. Water.
  16. Sleep at least 8 hours each night – it will rejuvenate and restore your body!
  17. Stand up at least once an hour and take a lap around the office, a walk outside, or a stroll down the hall.
  18. Weigh in once a week – our weights fluctuate so much that weighing in once a week, at the same time, on the same scale in order to get the most accurate picture of what you weigh.

What’s the most helpful weight loss tip you’ve received? Share it in the comments below!

Epsom Salt: Benefits and Uses

Most likely you’ve heard about epsom salt, but few people truly understand what sets epsom salt apart from other salts, and the wide array of uses it has! Epsom salt is different from other traditional salts because it’s actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Fresh pink purple heather flowers in a teak wood bowl with epsom salts on the edge of a bathtub with a rolled up white towel ready to take a relaxing bath.

Benefits of Epsom Salt- There are infinite ways to use Epsom salt in your daily life — here are some of the top benefits of Epsom salt:

1. Boosts magnesium levels. It’s incredibly common to have a magnesium deficiency, and by simply soaking your feet (or entire body) in a bath containing Epsom salt, internal levels of magnesium can be increased without the use of magnesium supplements!

2. Eliminates toxins. The sulfates in Epsom salt help the body flush out toxins from the body’s cells. By adding Epsom salt to your bathwater, you trigger a process called reverse osmosis, which pills salt out of your body and the harmful toxins along with it.

3. Reduce stress. Everyone knows that a nice, relaxing, warm bath is a great way to unwind at the end of a long day. By adding one or two cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater, the magnesium in the Epsom salt will help relax your muscles and your mind.

4. Reduces pain and inflammation. A warm bath containing Epsom salt can ease pain and relieve inflammation. It can also help heal cuts and reduce the swelling associated with sprains and bruises.

5. Improves blood sugar levels. Epsom salt is a great source of magnesium, and healthy magnesium levels have been linked with a reduced risk of developing diabetes.

Do you have a favorite Epsom salt use? Let us know in the comments below!

Great Bodyweight Exercises for Small Spaces

Far too often we make excuses for why we can’t exercise: we don’t have the right equipment, we don’t have the money for a gym membership, we travel too much, we don’t have the room, etc. You name it; we’ve all thought it. But did you know that bodyweight exercises that require no equipment whatsoever can do an amazing job of increasing your strength, stamina, and muscle tone?

Bodyweight exercises leave you with no excuses.

  • You can do them anywhere. Can’t make it to the gym? No problem. Travel a lot? Good for you! Work long hours? No sweat. Bodyweight workouts can be done in the bedroom, office, hotel room, or even in front of the TV.
  • They are FREE. With a few simple bodyweight exercises, you can create a full-body workout that won’t cost you a dime.
  • Strength and cardio in one workout. If you increase your tempo and decrease your rest time between sets and exercises, you can turn a bodyweight workout into both a cardio session and a strength workout.

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To get you started, we’ve highlighted 6 main bodyweight exercises that will work your entire body. With slight modifications, you can actually create over 50 different exercises from these 6 basic movements!

  1. Push-ups: Pushups work multiple muscle groups (chest, anterior deltoid, triceps) and can easily be modified to decrease or increase difficulty while working different muscles. Check out this video for 5 different ways to modify push-ups! Want more than 5 options? Here’s a link to 30+ push-up variations!
  2. Pull-ups: Pull-ups are an incredibly effective exercise that work several muscles (latissimus dorsi, biceps, traps, pecs, forearms). They can be done anywhere there’s a place to hang from — think monkey bars, portable pull-up bar, tree limbs, etc. For pull-up variations that target different muscles, check this out.
  3. Squats: This basic movement works your hamstrings, glutes, hips, and inner thighs. There are several variations to keep your workouts interesting – give these a try.
  4. Dips: Dips focus on the triceps, pecs, shoulders, forearms, and core and can easily be done using a chair with your feet on the floor or propped up on another surface. Try these dips for variety in your workouts.
  5. Hanging Leg Raises: Work your abs, obliques, rib muscles, forearms, quads, hips, and shoulder muscles all at once with this exercise! Find a place to hang from and blast your core with these movements.
  6. Burpees: Burpees test your strength and aerobic capabilities while working your entire body. You either love them, or hate them, but no matter what, they will make you a better athlete. Some call the burpee “the one exercise to rule them all,” and with so many options, who can blame them?

Time to get up, get moving, and stop inventing excuses for why you just can’t workout today! Your health will thank you.

6 Stretches in 6 Minutes to Decrease Back Pain

Did you know that an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given point in time? This high number should come as no surprise in a society that spends the majority of its time sitting behind a desk or in front of the television. Stretching, exercise, and chiropractic care are key elements to a healthy back! Whether you’re looking to ease stiffness, throbs, aches, or spasms, here are 6 simple stretches that you can do in 6 minutes to help alleviate symptoms and help get you back into action.

  1. The Hamstring Floor Stretch
    Hold for 30 seconds on each leg. Repeat 2x per leg.
    Hold for 30 seconds on each leg. Repeat 2x per leg.

     

  2. Knee to Chest Stretch
    Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 2x.
    Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 2x.

     

  3. Spinal Stretch
    Hold for 20 seconds per side.
    Hold for 20 seconds per side.

     

  4. Hip Flexors Stretch
    Hold for 30 seconds and then switch legs and repeat.
    Hold for 30 seconds and then switch legs and repeat.

     

  5. Quadriceps Lying Down Stretch
    Hold for 30 seconds per side. Repeat 2x per leg.
    Hold for 30 seconds per side. Repeat 2x per leg.

     

  6. Total Back Stretch

    Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 1x.
    Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 1x.

 

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