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3 Things I Know To Be True As An Athlete And Chiropractor

Whether you’re training for a marathon or chasing a baby around, we need our bodies to function as seamlessly as possible. Throughout my career I have discovered a few principles that I know to be true not only as a doctor, but also as an athlete.

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  1. The body performs in a cascade of events that all start with proper control by the nervous system. The nerves that travel through and control every function of your body originate at the spinal cord and their transmission may be disrupted if the joints of the surrounding spinal column are not moving properly. As an athlete, to perform at peak performance, I need all of my joins and nerves firing as they should!
  2. Improving joint mobility through chiropractic adjustments, tissue mobility practices, and core exercises will help reduce compression forces, enhance mobility, and allow people to live with less pain and limitations in their sport. We need mobile joints to move well throughout our day to day lives, so we especially need them when we are athletes in training.
  3. Athletes who do not strengthen in length and mobility have a higher risk of spinal degeneration and pain due to impact, prolonged posturing, or sport specific repetitive motions creating imbalances. By receiving frequent adjustments, you are able to keep your body functioning as it should.

Whether you’re looking to improve your mile time or not wince as you walk up a flight of stairs, chiropractic can help you feel your best. Give us a call today for your consult!

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s officially time to start making your list and checking it twice! We wanted to do our part to make your shopping a little bit easier this season so we decided to put together a holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for all of the special people in your life. With simplicity in mind, we’ve divided our choices into 4 categories: want, need, wear, and read. Happy gifting!

Babies + PreSchoolers

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Little Tykes Discover Sounds Kitchen // Lollaland Lolla Cup // Widgeon WarmPlus Jacket // The Crown On Your Head

Tweens + Teens

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Apple Watch Sport // Study Wall Boards // Touch Screen Gloves // Chronicles of Narnia Box Set

Women

 

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Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise // Rose Gold S’Well Water Bottle // Sperry Saltwater Duck Boots // Where’d Ya Go Bernadette

Men

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Powerbeats2 Wireless by Dre // Harry’s Shave Club // Ray-Ban Matte Black Wayfarer

Holiday Activities in Howell, Brighton, and Pinckney

Are you looking for some fun holiday activities to get you into the Christmas spirit? We’ve put together some of the best events that Howell, Brighton, and Pinckney have to offer this season. What are your favorite events this time of year?

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  • Jill Jack Christmas Concert at Howell Opera House
    • Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
    • Jill Jack has one 37 Detroit Music Awards since 1997, and is in Howell for a special holiday concert!
    • Tickets are $15/person if you pre-buy and $20/person at the door (if available)
  • Light up the Park
    • Saturday, December 5 from 5-7pm
    • Head on over to Pinckney and see Santa arrive to town in a firetruck to flip the switch and light up the park! With carols, live nativity scene, cookies and hot beverages, hayrides, crafts, and pictures with the big man himself, this is a great event for the entire family.
  • Winter Marketplace at Howell Opera House
    • Sunday, December 6 and December 13, 2015 from 10am-2pm
    • Arts, crafts, baked goods, jewelry, art, and much more are available at this event! A great place to get some Christmas shopping done and spend time with your family
  • Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
    • November 27- December 31 (show times vary)
    • This hilarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic will make you belly laugh until you cry. Great for an adult’s night out!
  • Holiday Girls Night Out
    • Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6-9pm
    • Your favorite downtown businesses will have great discounts, giveaways, refreshments, and more during this fun girls night out!
  • The Nutcracker 
    • Saturday, December 19 @ 7pm
    • Follow Clara on her journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. This holiday tradition is one the entire family will love!

Light Up The Park in Pinckney, Michigan

With Thanksgiving behind us, it is officially the holiday season! There are so many fun local events for you and yours to attend to help get you in the holiday spirit. One of my favorites is coming up, Light Up The Park in Pinckney! Be sure to stop by, bring the family, and see the big man himself!

When: December 5, 2015 from 5pm-7pm

Where: Putnam Township Square, 131 S. Howell

What: Santa, Christmas carols, live Nativity scene, tasty treats, holiday shops

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The Best and Worst Sleep Positions For Your Back

Sleep is an incredibly important component to overall health and well-being. The average person spends ⅓ of their life asleep! It affects our mood, mind, and health, making it vital that we sleep well.

Most of us have heard that we need 8 hours of sleep per night, but we all know that is far easier said than done. Too much caffeine, anxiety, or aches and pains keep us awake when we should be sound asleep. Sometimes, sleep positions are even the source of our pain! In order to discover the best sleep position for your body and the ones you may want to avoid, we’ve assembled a list so you can stay healthy and get some much needed rest.

Young woman sleeping with arm up over her head and lying on back on white sheets. Photo taken from above.

Do Sleep: On Your Back

When you sleep on your back, it makes it easier for your head, neck, and spine to align and stay in a neutral position. Sleeping on your back can also combat acid reflux! When you sleep on your back, your head is elevated and your stomach sits below the esophagus, preventing digested substances from coming back up. Another added bonus of sleeping on your back? Fewer face wrinkles!

Do Sleep: On Your Side

Side sleeping is helpful for pregnant women and people suffering from sleep apnea, snoring, and neck & back pain. Sleeping on your side can take strain off your back by elongating the spine. There’s even credible science about which side you should sleep on. Doctors encourage sleeping on the left side during pregnancy because it boosts circulation to the heart while easing lower back pressure. For those who aren’t pregnant, sleeping on the left side has also been proven to ease heartburn and acid reflux!

Don’t Sleep: On Your Stomach

Sleeping in your stomach does not support the natural curve of your spine and causes overarching in your back. This creates unnecessary pressure on joints and muscles, resulting in pain and even nerve damage. It also forces your neck to be rotated, which can lead to poor breathing and circulation. If you just can’t sleep any other way, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow underneath your pelvis for catching some shut-eye.

Don’t Sleep: Fetal Position

Sleeping in the fetal position can cause strains in your back and joints and wrinkles! Ideally your shoulder and neck are aligned when sleeping, and by tucking your knees and chin into your chest in the fetal position, this cannot happen.

So what’s the takeaway here? Sleep on your back for optimal spine health. However, since sleep is clearly an unconscious event, people tend to wake up in the position that their bodies find the most comfortable. At Pure Chiropractic, we will be here to help in any way we can to insure you sleep like a baby.

 

The Best Golf Courses Near Howell, Michigan

Tom Watson said it best, “No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” We believe that near our town some of the best golf courses can be found. Whether you’re looking to go out to enjoy the scenery, catch up with friends, or sharpen your mind, golf is a great way to spend time! Here are our picks of the best golf courses near Howell, Michigan.

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Hawk Meadows Golf CourseHawk Meadows at Dama Farms in Howell is an 18-hole course with something for golfers of every skill level. The course is 6,377 yards from the back tees, but has just enough strategically placed hazards to keep the game interesting! This is a great place for junior players or for a quick round for more advanced golfers.

Coyote Preserve Golf ClubCoyote Preserve offers one of the only Arnold Palmer designs in the area. With wetlands, ravines, depressions, and water hazards, this course is a fun play. Scratch golfers and low handicap players will love this course- its challenges keep you on your toes, and its beauty is stunning. There are five sets of tees to play to distances, so golfers of any level can enjoy the game.

Moose Ridge Golf CourseLocated in South Lyon, Moose Ridge is a great course for those just beginning the sport as well as seasoned veterans to the game. Located on 230 acres of wooded land, this championship level features bent grass tees, fairways and greens, sand bunkers, wetlands, water hazards, rolling terrain, and amazing practice facilities. Not only is the course beautiful, but it’s also a great value!

Lakelands Golf and Country ClubLakelands prides itself on maintaining excellent quality grounds that appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The club has an excellent practice facility, two on-staff PGA golf professionals, an impressive Junior Golf Program, and even a Couples Golf program. They aim to be a warm, inviting, family friendly space that everyone can enjoy.

Timber Trace Golf ClubEven with its remote location, Timber Trace is a course you must play! Affordable greens fees and breathtaking scenery around Lake Wallaby continue to draw players to this club. With multiple sets of tee boxes, a variety of hazards, and activities the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check this course out.

 

Top 8 Things To Do In Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton This Fall

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There’s nothing better than autumn weather in Michigan. The falling leaves and the crisp air remind us of Lauren DeStefano’s quote, “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Here are the top 8 things to do in Pinckney, Howell, and Brighton this fall in order to make the most of nature’s grand finale.

  1.  Spooktacular

On October 16, head on over to the 5th annual Spooktacular in Pinckney! Activities in the square run from 6-8pm, and the Spooky Forest runs from 6:30-8:30pm. With Trunk or Treat, community businesses pledging support, and the free cost of admission, this is a must for some quality family fun!

  1. Howell’s Sunday Farmers Market

With only a few weeks left to stock up on the finest locally grown produce, plants, and homemade goods and crafts, head on over to the farmers market in downtown Howell. It runs each Sunday from 9am-2pm outside of the Livingston County Courthouse. There’s always great entertainment as you shop!

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Howell

Head to downtown Howell on Saturday, October 24 to experience the 13th annual Legend of Sleepy Howell! From 6-9pm there will be activities such as trick or treating, games, costume contests, live music, hayrides, campfires and s’mores, entertainers, a hay maze, inflatables for kids and teens, food vendors, the Headless Horseman 5K/10k & Monster Mile, a free showing of Hocus Pocus, and so much more!

  1. Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Take a stroll through Brighton and enjoy the crisp autumn air while viewing beautiful sculptures throughout the city. With 4 different public art trails to choose from, you can take in the city’s sights and gorgeous art work all at the same time.

  1. Lakelands Trail State Park

Load up the family and head over to Lakelands Trail State Park for some outdoor adventures! With over 26 miles of trails to choose from, mountain bikers, walkers, and even equestrians love this area. Take in the gorgeous scenery, changing colors of the leaves, and even stop in at local shops for lunch or ice cream!

  1. Mt. Brighton Hot Cocoa Classic

Gorgeous autumn scenery, a fun morning run, and hot chocolate? What could be better? On November 7, the Hot Cocoa Classic takes place on Mt. Brighton with fun for the whole family! The Classic 5K covers the scenic grounds of the Mt. Brighton Golf Course, while the Marshmallow Mountain Mile covers the grassy terrain of Mt. Brighton. When the races are finished, there’s a lovely fireside party for everyone to enjoy! Packet pickup starts at 7:30am.

  1. Holiday Glow

Head on over to Brighton on November 21 to have a blast at the annual Holiday Glow. With holiday music, local dance performances, hay rides, train rides, a petting zoo, holiday treats, and even Santa himself, this is a great way to bid farewell to fall and hello to the holidays!

  1. Fantasy of Lights

The Fantasy of Lights is a longstanding tradition in Howell, noted for its fun and for closing out the fall season. Many consider this fun event to be the start of the holidays! On Friday, November 27 come to the festival to see an amazing parade, holiday lights, and even Santa himself! The fun starts at 6pm with the Fantasy 5K run, with the parade following at 7pm.

 

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