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Welcome To July’s Health Newsletter

What’s Nerves Got To Do With It?


Chiropractors help your nerves! Chiropractors may appear to work on your bones (chiefly your spinal column) but that’s only because the nerves are within.

Let us explain. Your nerves are not exactly inside your bones, but your soft, delicate, vitally important nerves are surrounded by hard bone. Your brain is covered by your skull—protected from all sides by solid bone.

Your brain’s billions of nerve fibers travel down through the bottom of your skull through a big hole (called the foramen magnum—Latin for ‘big hole’). This bundle of billions of nerve fibers is called your spinal cord.

Your Spinal Cord Helps Make You Whole

Your spinal cord travels from just under your skull to your lower back. It is protected by your spinal column—but not 100% protection. If it were wrapped in solid bone you wouldn’t be able to bend, twist, turn, or even move. Nature compromised and wrapped your spinal cord in rings of bone—vertebra (spinal bones). This way you can have movement AND protection.

Your vertebrae have discs between them to provide curves, and lots of muscles to provide movement. Your nerves exit between your bones through holes called foramina (Latin for ‘hole’) and from there your brain communicates with your organs, muscles, glands, immune cells, all your systems—and that makes you whole so you can function at your best.

 

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Welcome To June’s Health Newsletter

Six Unexpected Benefits of Chiropractic Care


If you think chiropractic care is just for your neck or your back, you need to think again! Chiropractic treatment can benefit you in ways you might never expect. And while most people pop into their chiropractor’s office for the first time to relieve pain in their back or neck, they keep returning even after the pain is gone because of the amazing benefits. Here are just a few of the unexpected benefits of Chiropractic care:

Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Immunity

A healthy immune system should be able to fight off most of the bacteria and viruses that it comes into contact with, with only minimal assistance from antibiotics or other drugs. Because the nervous system controls the functions of cells, organs, and tissues of the body, a misalignment can reduce the ability of the immune system. Chiropractic care can realign the spine, freeing up the immune system to fight off intruders. Studies show that people who practice chiropractic maintenance have fewer colds than others.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Improve Your Digestion

The nerves that run through the spine also control your stomach and its functions. If the vertebrae in this area are improperly aligned, the nerves can begin signaling a need for more acid
production, resulting in gas, heartburn, and acid reflux. A chiropractic adjustment can help the nerves in the thoracic spine work properly; the end result is frequently the elimination of stomach problems.

 

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Welcome To May’s Health Newsletter

Strengthen Your Immune System with Chiropractic

Good Health is Easy; Sickness Takes Work

You are the product of hundreds of generations of strong, healthy, intelligent ancestors. Think about it—every one of your many ancestors needed to be healthy to live long enough to at least reach puberty; every ancestor needed to be attractive enough to find a mate; every ancestor needed to be smart enough to survive in this difficult world and be able to raise heirs.

You have inherited a wonderful body designed to keep you going for (believe it or not) over a hundred years in perfect physical and mental health. Oops! But it doesn’t always seem that way. A lifetime of physical, mental, and chemical stress can weaken us and cause our bodies to malfunction. One of the most serious forms of stress you can have in your body is the subluxation.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a tiny distortion in your spine that causes nerve damage. Subluxations create disharmony in your body, a precondition for sickness and disease of all kinds. Subluxations have been linked to internal organ weakness as well as abnormal stress on your muscles, cartilage, and discs. Subluxations have also been linked to arthritis, spinal degeneration, lowered resistance to disease, premature aging, loss of height, unbalanced posture, weakness, and pain.

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Instruction Manual for Prevention of Osteoporosis in Fargo

Fargo Osteoporosis Advice

Living a high paced lifestyle of fast cars, fast computers, and fast food is not only accelerating our excitement and experiences but accelerating the age of our bodies.   Our bodies are no longer able to replenish vital systems as fast as our bodies are depleting them.  This system failure is seen across the human ...

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The Key for Resolving Neck Pain in Fargo

Fargo Neck Pain and Flexibility

Today’s lifestyles and work habits have had detrimental effects of pain to millions of people around the world.  Neck pain affects 10-15% of people and is particularly common among middle-aged men and women.  In the age of research studies, Chiropractic and manual therapy has come out on top for a cost effective solution in treating ...

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Custom Orthotics – More Than Shoe Insoles

Functional Orthotics as Part of a Wellness Protocol

Most Chiropractors advertise pain relief without drugs and care for injuries. Many doctors and practices have begun labeling and promoting themselves as Wellness Centers. A wellness practice is focused on both maintaining a pre-existing level of musculoskeletal balance and postural health and preventing conditions that might alter this state of health. The challenge is, how can
healthy patients help be protected from problems that might arise in the future? The answer is simple: custom-made orthotics. Custom orthotics may be traditionally seen as a preventative measure, but so are most treatments of old. They are the perfect, foundational support your patients will never want to go without.

Wellness is a great concept—one of those “win-win” situations for doctors and patients. Orthotics are the perfect way to implement this concept and help establish a “preventative” approach, in addition to the traditional reactive ones, if need be. Let’s take at a look at the foundation of the body, and see just how useful orthotics can be.

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