5 Ways that Athletes Benefit from Chiropractic

You may or may not know, but Dr. Bret and I work out at a Crossfit gym here in town and basically beat up our body on a regular basis. I have always said that I don’t know how people do Crossfit without being adjusted regularly. The same can be said with any sport that is practiced with any type of regularity, but how does chiropractic help?

Well, as I was thinking about it, five things came to mind when looking at the benefits of care – whether you are a high school student, or a weekend warrior.

First, chiropractic care helps undo the punishment the body takes in sports, regardless of what it is. If you are doing repetitive motions while the structure of your spine is in question, it will limit your ability to recover properly, which is essential.

Second, chiropractic care helps a variety of sports injuries – and we’ve seen a lot here! Most people are unaware that we adjust any part of the body that has a joint space – ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees – you name it. Sprained ankles actually heal faster after being adjusted because we allow the ankle and foot to be in the correct and ideal position for optimum healing to take place.

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The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program

We have offered the Standard Process Purification program in our office for the last 8 years, and there’s good reason! We know and trust the Standard Process brand of supplements for their quality. The purification/cleanse is no different.

Here’s the quick nuts and bolts of it. For the first 10 days, you eat veggies and fruit, a half cup of brown rice or a full cup of lentils per day, plus the supplements. Then on day 11, you begin incorporating lean protein for the remainder of the 21 days. Along with the following the food guide, ensure that you are drinking at least half of your weight in ounces of water per day, and eliminating coffee and other beverages from your diet during the program. That’s it.

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7 Best Essential Oils

There are so many of us that would like to live healthier lives, but are not sure where to start. For some, the thought of using essential oils is terrifying, while others are more open to the idea but unsure how to use them. Here is a list of seven top oils (whether they are the best is purely a matter of preference) and how/why you should use them. Lavender. This calming, relaxing essential oil is perfect for helping your mind relax and dropping your energy levels for a good snooze. Simple apply 1 drop topically or place in a diffuser for an aromatic ambience. Applying lavender essential oil to the bottom of your feet and pillow is also a method commonly used to fall asleep. Peppermint. Peppermint essential oil can be one of the greatest assets for people looking to lose weight and curb appetites. Peppermint is renowned for its ability to support digestion, boost energy, improve focus, and relieve muscle pain. Simply apply a drop or two topically or drop into a diffuser and allow the scent to do its magic.

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Why You Should See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Many mothers-to-be experience aches and pains during pregnancy. While this is certainly common, it is not normal and it can indicate a pre-existing condition which becomes exacerbated with the additional stress of pregnancy. As a mother myself, I always point out that during pregnancy we have enough to worry about without adding pain and other secondary conditions to the list. Because there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy, not only is it safe, but it is highly encouraged when expecting! Obviously when a woman is pregnant, there are many changes that are taking place such as postural changes, protruding abdomen and increased back curve, and pelvic changes, just to name a few.
Chiropractic care can help ensure that proper alignment and balance is achieved throughout pregnancy. This not only helps with symptomatic relief of back aches and pains, but also ensure that the baby is in the best possible position for delivery.
Other potential benefits include:

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What is the Best Exercise?

We are often asked by patients what exercises and stretches are good for certain conditions or areas that have been problematic. While I definitely understand the importance of target stretches for affected areas, I am quite surprised when people try to target certain areas of their bodies in their exercise routine. I think it’s pretty safe to say that all of us have fat on our bodies – some more, some less. While it is important to get regular exercise, to try and target certain areas often becomes unrealistic and can lead to self-esteem issues.

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