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Welcome To November’s Health Newsletter

Headaches and Chiropractic


The ache in headache does not come from your brain—your brain cannot feel pain. For example, during brain surgery a patient may be wide awake, talking to the surgeons while his
brain is being operated on (a local anesthetic numbs the scalp). What puts the “ache” in headache? Stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected blood vessels, membranes and cranial nerves.

The Chiropractic Approach

Millions of headache sufferers turn to the natural, drug-free chiropractic approach to health. (1) Why? Because chiropractic has a unique approach. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to analyze your body for a serious and often ignored condition that can damage your nerves, inflame your tissues, cause muscles to tighten and knot, weaken your body, cause fatigue and set the stage for sickness and disease: the subluxation. A subluxation is a tiny distortion or misalignment in your spine that stresses your nervous system, the system that controls your body.

 

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Welcome To October’s Health Newsletter

Save Your Back While Raking Leaves


The splendor of the fall season is the brightly colored foliage. Unfortunately, that beauty falls away, and you’re left to rake it all up! But before you march outside with rake in hand, you’ll want to take care to avoid injury and steer clear of starting the holiday season laid up from simple yard work.

Think about it. If a little game of pick-up football or a round of golf with friends and family in the crisp autumn air can cause injury, then so could fall yard work. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) concurs: “The twisting, turning, bending and reaching of mowing and raking can also cause injury if your body is not prepared. As an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it, [then] the chances of injury are greater.” The most common injuries from raking leaves are upper- or lower-back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders. So how do you avoid back strain while raking leaves this fall?

 

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Good News and Great News!

The good news about fall and winter activities is that raking and shoveling burns calories. For instance, a 180-pound person burns 180 calories in 30 minutes while shoveling! Although all this great exercise can put a strain on your low back, we have great ways of helping to prevent you from injuries.

The great news is that we have Tips and ProActive Tools that will help you to enjoy these upcoming seasonal activities, click to read more!

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Welcome To September’s Health Newsletter

The Magic of Chiropractic

The Magic of the Chiropractic Adjustment

At the moment that you receive a chiropractic adjustment to correct your subluxations, hundreds, if not thousands, of your body functions and activities are affected. The flow of nerve impulses over your brain, spinal cord, spinal (and other) nerves to your internal organs and tissues are normalized, and your body begins to rebalance, renew and rebuild itself.

Many patients report a feeling of relaxation or a warm soothing feeling in various parts of their bodies. Some feel very relaxed or energetic, or both! Most people find that the health conditions that brought them to their chiropractor soon begin to lessen. Some people, however, may initially feel no difference. A person may initially feel muscle soreness or some other uncomfortable feeling after an adjustment.

What Causes These Reactions?

Some reactions are detoxification; it’s good to drink a lot of water afterward. Sometimes weak, underused muscles may become sore for a brief period as they strengthen.

Old injuries that haven’t healed completely may “reawaken” for more complete healing. Memories and feelings associated with the original injury may also come to the surface. This phenomenon is known as “retracing” and is part of the healing process.

Some people are in such good general health that they may feel no difference, while others may feel no difference for the opposite reason – they are so ill or toxic that they have lost sensitivity to their body.

As you continue your care…

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Welcome To August’s Health Newsletter

Chiropractic, CTS, And TOS

Where Is Your Carpal Tunnel?

You won’t find the carpal tunnel on any map—it’s in your wrist. Your carpal (wrist) bones form a tunnel-like structure—the carpal tunnel— through which pass tendons and the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the occupational disease of the 21st century. Sufferers experience tingling and numbness in the hands, fingers, and wrists; blanching (whitening upon pressure) of the hand; pain so intense that it awakens you at night and more. (1-2)

Who Gets CTS?

Years ago, telegraph operators, seamstresses, carpenters, and meat cutters were the CTS sufferers. Today office workers, computer operators, musicians, and assembly line workers are more prone to it.

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Welcome To July’s Health Newsletter

Chiropractic and Disc Problems


You have discs – spongy pads found between most of your vertebrae (spinal bones), in your jaw joint (TMJ) and between your pubic bones (in women, they separate a little during the birth process).

The discs help give your spine its curves and flexibility and make it better able to withstand stress. Discs also prevent your vertebrae from crashing into each other (that would hurt a lot!). And they also help create spaces (foramina) through which your nerves travel on their way to your internal organs.

But there are times your discs can cause you pain. If your discs flatten out, are twisted or bulge or are otherwise distorted, you can suffer from a lot of neck, back, leg and other pain.

Do You Have a “Slipped” Disc?

A disc cannot “slip” since it is knitted into the vertebrae from both above and below. What sometimes do slip are the vertebrae, which may stress the disc and contribute to its damage. Many “slipped discs” would be more accurately called slipped vertebrae or subluxations.

Disc Damage

Disc damage may be due to an accident or fall (called macro-trauma) or from doing the same thing over and over (called micro-trauma). In addition, long-standing subluxations (tiny spinal distortions) can cause disc damage.

Disc damage may cause pain. The pain can get so bad people have resorted to surgery. But there’s another approach to disc problems – chiropractic!

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Welcome To June’s Health Newsletter

Chiropractic and Allergies


Your immune system keeps you 100% natural, organic, unadulterated you! It recognizes and destroys anything not supposed to be in you: bacteria, viri, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumor, and even artificial hearts and donor organs. (Metal and plastic, however, don’t trigger an immune reaction.)

The most common immune system disorder is an allergy. That occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen (dust, pollen, milk, dog or cat dander, strawberries, etc.) and produces too many neutralizing chemicals (especially histamines) to counteract it.

The Medical Approach

Because runny eyes, irritation, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by chemicals we produce known as histamines, antihistamines are often prescribed to counteract the symptoms caused by histamines. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. Antihistamines do not get to the cause but only deal with the symptoms of allergies.

The Chiropractic Approach

The cause of the allergies, the over-acting immune system, needs to be addressed and that is why allergy sufferers have praised chiropractic care for over a century. The goal of chiropractic care is to locate and correct a serious type of spine and nervous system stress called the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). By releasing stress on the nervous system, chiropractic permits the immune system to function more effectively–something all allergy sufferers need. A nervous system with less stress improves immune system function.

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