BENEFITS OF MASSAGE AND CHIROPRACTIC

Massage, like chiropractic, is based on the basic idea that the body has the ability to heal and regulate itself. Massage therapy mostly focuses on the muscle systems of the body. If muscles become imbalanced, shortened, or tightened, it can cause muscles on the opposing side of the body to become strained. This can cause pain, weakened circulation, and a multitude of other issues. Massage therapy stretches and softens the muscle groups to begin to correct the stress on the muscles.

When coupled with chiropractic care, massage therapy can address the sources of stress and pain to allow you to begin to achieve a happier and healthier life. Most patients that receive regular massage therapy tend to enjoy a faster and more complete recovery from pain. Another benefit of chiropractic care coupled with massage therapy is that patients are more relaxed before their chiropractic adjustment, so their spine tends to stay properly aligned longer because the muscle tension has been released and joints are less likely to pull themselves out of alignment again.

Christmas and Chiropractic

Christmas is a busy time of year with many extra things to do, extra demands on your time. Your body comes under extra stress and pressure. People feel loss more at this time of year and getting an extended family together can be an occasion for anxiety and friction. As families splinter in pursuit of travel, education and career, the opportunities for families to get together regularly are, on average, dwindling and the pressure to enjoy each other’s company on the rare occasions when families do re-unite, can cause extra stress.

We have discussed what happens to the body during times of stress – it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for coordinating every cell, tissue, muscle, gland, organ and system in the entire body. Who cares for the nervous system?? Your Chiropractor does! Make sure you don’t neglect your spinal adjustments at this time of year – it will help you to have a Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year – but please use the front door – not the chimney!!

Nutri-West Supplements

Nutriwest was founded in 1982, a small nutritional supplement company offering a limited, but effective line of its own products. The company was the creation of a successful Wyoming Chiropractor and nutrition expert, Dr. Paul White, and his wife Marcia. There are now more than 280 separate Nutri-West products including vitamins, minerals, glandulars, enzymes, amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, specialty products, tinctures, herbals, gels, topicals, and homeopathics. The sole focus of operations is still helping the health-care professional optimize the well-being of his or her patients. As before, Nutri-West strives to provide ever-more-effective supplements developed by its research panel of more than 20 eminent doctors. And realizing that patient compliance is a key to patient health, the company continues to offer only high-potency, all-natural products that are easy to carry, easy to take, and in general easy to make a part of one’s regular quest for health. Nutri-West products are made to the industry’s most exacting standards of quality, purity and potency. Each of the more than 1,200 raw materials used in producing Nutri-West’s tablets, capsules, tinctures and topical gels undergoes regular, random laboratory analysis to assure that it meets the company’s exacting standards. Many of Nutri-West’s products are proprietary formulations developed for the company by distinguished medical and nutritional researchers. More than 20 recognized authorities in the field of nutrition work on new formulations for specific nutritional situations on behalf of the company.

Within our office we can order from this company specifically for you in order to help aid in your overall health and care. Just let us know how we can help you!

Chiropractic & Summer Sports

Summer is in full swing! People are heading outdoors and engaging in fun summer sporting activities like kayaking, tennis, golf, surfing, beach volleyball and more. Here are 3 common injuries as well as 3 important strategies people can implement to help reduce the risk of injury from their favorite activities:

Common Summer Sports Injuries:

1. Repetitive Motion: Summer sports including softball, baseball, tennis and golf can all cause repetitive motion injuries like “tennis elbow”. Repetitive motion injuries involve inflammation of the tendons due to improper motion during play.

2. Sprains and Strains: Fatigued muscles are sore, achy and tight and can lead to many injuries including sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments. Running, hiking, kayaking and biking are popular summer exercise routines for many people. When the body is moving in new ways that the muscles are not used to over long periods of time, fatigue sets in.

3. Tendonitis or Bursitis: This pain is caused by chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are protecting the joints. Overuse of certain muscles and joints such as the hips and legs can cause this.

Strategies to Reduce Risk of Injury:

1. Strength Training and Stretching: Most injuries can be avoided by strengthening the muscles on a regular basis with a simple strength training routine that anyone can do. Stretching before and after exercise loosens the muscles and prepares the body to move more freely and recover more quickly. Chiropractors can recommend and customize a stretching routine specific to individual problem areas.

2. Chiropractic Care: Seek immediate treatment if you sustain any injury. Sports related injuries do not get better on their own so people should not ignore any pain or injury. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare the body for sports activity and can even improve performance. Chiropractors practice gentle manipulations and other non-invasive techniques to get the spine in proper alignment and relieve any nerve interference in the joint areas. Once properly aligned, the body can reach its maximum potential for sports and other activities.

3. Massage: Regular massage increases circulation and flushes out lactic acid and other toxins which prevent the muscles from fully recovering from a workout.

Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms

Typically, the cold and flu season peaks in March.  Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness.

Cold vs. Flu, What’s the Difference?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) often share many of the same symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. The flu is generally worse than the common cold, and those suffering from the flu will typically have symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and dry cough. Symptoms for the common cold are usually runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term and typically self-treatable.

High-Risk Flu Patients 

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease or a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for influenza and complications, and they should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Lymphatic System, the Central Nervous System and Chiropractic

One of the critical systems of the body is the lymphatic system, which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels that move lymph (clear/white fluid made of white blood cells and chyle) from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is a major and important part of the immune system; the lymph nodes of the body (people have between 501 and 700 lymph nodes) make immune cells to help fight infection.

These connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and lymphatic system help to explain how a chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of the immune system. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations in the spine, which occur when a vertebrae or vertebras move out of position and can prevent proper communication within the central nervous system. Subluxations can also thwart movement in the musculoskeletal system. 

Nutritional Supplements

We offer Total VR-X from Nutri-West that helps provides complete immune support for maintenance of defenses against attack from viral organisms.  Total VR-X is best used during cold and flu season to offer relief of those symptoms the all-natural way.

The Importance of Medical Payment Coverage

Medical Payment Coverage

WHAT IS MED-PAY?

Medical Payments Coverage (commonly referred to as “Med-Pay”) provides insurance for the immediate medical expenses following an auto accident, including the typically substantial expenses associated with emergency services, such as ambulances, doctors, and chiropractic. Your auto insurance company will pay for any medical treatment you receive as a result of a car accident up to the Med-Pay limit purchased, and can help cover things like your health insurance deductible and co-pays. Med-Pay covers medical expenses regardless of who is at fault in the accident, and the coverage moves with you, whether you are walking, riding with a friend, or on public transportation, as well as both in- and out of state.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

If you’re injured in an accident that another driver caused, it can often take months for their insurance company to pay your medical bills, which means without Med-Pay, you would be paying up front for these expenses, and then waiting for a reimbursement. With Med-Pay, however, your immediate costs are covered up to the limit you’ve purchased, with no wait-time for benefits to start. This would cover ambulance fees, chiropractic care and many more medical expenses that might not otherwise be covered by your health insurance. It is in your best interest to keep, and possibly increase, your Med Pay coverage.

For those with high deductibles on their health insurance, Med-Pay is highly recommended. Without this coverage, if you are at fault in an auto accident and sustain injuries, you may not have ANY coverage for your own medical expenses. However, if you are covered with Med-Pay, you would end up paying ZERO out-of-pocket because this coverage would kick in immediately after the accident.

Ask your Auto Insurance agent about Med-pay, and make sure you have the highest Med-pay Coverage for your and your family.  Most auto insurance companies offer Med-Pay coverage in increments from $500 to $25,000.

Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

Our doctors recommend fish oil to maximize performance and overall health. This article highlights essential supplement, Omega-3.

Omega-3 from fish oil, as we all know, is great for optimal health. Omega-3 contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main fatty acids that the brain utilizes for neurogenesis and cognitive development. Omega-3 also reduces inflammation and improves oxygen delivery. Moreover, taking fish oil is effective for reducing triglyceride levels, lowering blood pressure, and is good for overall cardiovascular health.

Common food sources for omega-3 are oily fleshed, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, sturgeon, anchovy, and sardines. However, unless you are consuming properly-sourced, wild fatty fish regularly as well as limiting your intake of inflammatory foods, supplementation is most likely recommended in order to maximize the benefits of omega-3.  The average American diet contains too many omega-6 fats, which facilitates inflammation. Although omega-6 is necessary for cellular function, it is important to balance this with enough omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation.  A good supplement to use is F-Complex from Nutri-West to make sure you are getting your recommended amount of Fish Oil. 

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Yoga for Computer Users: Other Postures

The Diamond Posture (Vajrasana)
Kneel on a thick carpet or blanket with your knees close together. Sit back on your heels and stretch up from your hips, balancing your head well so that a line drawn through ear, shoulder, elbow and hip would be straight. You should sit up in this posture for greatest benefits.

Meditation in lotus position

The Locust (Salabhasana)
Most yoga students are familiar with this posture. Lie flat, face down, chin on floor. Make your hands into fists and push them either under your thighs to help the lift, or place them alongside your body. Exhale and lift legs from your hips, tightening your buttocks and stretching your legs up and back. Hold position for as long as possible, exhale, return to starting posture and repeat.

Woman doing yoga exercises

The Dog Stretch (Adho mukha svanasana)
Lie face down, legs stretched back, buttocks tightened and knees pulled back. Place hands just below shoulders, exhale and lift head, then chest, shoulders and torso, pushing down from your pelvis and straightening your arms. From the back of your head to your tailbone, your body should be curved back. Push shoulders back and down. Push head back more. Stay like this as long as possible with normal breathing. Come down very slowly, and relax.

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The Twist (Bhardwajasana)
Kneel on the floor and sit back, bringing both feet to the right of your hips. Straighten your right arm, bring it across your body and turn to the left. Place your hand, palm down under your left knee. Exhale, turn your body more to the left and clasp your right elbow with your left hand, from the back. Turn your head and gaze over your right shoulder. Fold position for a few breaths and then twist and look back over your left shoulder. Shoulders should be at right angles to the body. Come back to starting position and repeat on other side. You should do this posture once every hour if you have lower back pain.

 

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Upper Back Pain: Identification And Some Useful Solutions

Upper Back Pain is as painful or troublesome as the pain in the lower back or the neck. An injury or a strain is the most common reason for the pain in the upper portion of our backs. Although back pain in upper portion is not a common phenomenon, it can cause significant discomfort and needs to be treated carefully. The identification of the exact cause is necessary to treat the pain in the upper back.

Strong young people

Muscular irritation and joint malfunction have been found to be the most common causes of upper back pain. An injury or a poor posture can also result in back pain. In recent years, it has been found that people sitting in one posture for example working in front of the computer are more prone to suffer from this type of back pain.

Lack of activity or poor strength of our muscles is a very common cause of upper back pain and can be treated through chiropractic cure, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and various types of stretching exercises. Again an injury or strain in the joints between the ribs and the upper back can result in severe pain. Such a situation can be rectified by exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles and loosening the back. A ruptured disk or a degenerative disk disease can also result in back pain in upper part.

An appropriate posture and regular strengthening exercises are a must for avoiding the pain in the upper back. A poor posture can lead to weak muscles and a strain in our joints and ligaments and thus cause upper back pain. Osteoporosis, a disease which makes ones bones fragile and weak, a rupture in the spinal disk or any other form of injury can also result in back pain. People suffering from heart disease can also experience pain in the upper back. Such people need to consult a specialist so as to avoid any complexities.

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It is important to get proper medical treatment if the cause of your upper back pain is Osteoporosis, a ruptured disk or any other injury. However, if the pain is caused by a poor posture or a strain, we can take some self remedial action such as massaging the area of pain. Pain in the Trapezius or the triangle shaped muscles of the upper back and the shoulder blades can be rectified through self massage or massage by somebody else. Also try to concentrate on improving your posture and sit straight instead of slouching.

A poor posture eliminates the natural, weight-supporting S curve in our backs and weakens them. In contrast a right posture– chest out, stomach in, and buttocks tucked under- helps one to restore the S curve in our back. Proper exercises can enable one to rectify his/her posture. Proper massage by a physical therapist, use of acupuncture techniques and physical therapy also go a long way in relieving upper back pain.

 

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