Posts for: July, 2015
"How long will an adjustment last?" is by far one of the most common questions I get asked by my patients, and it's a good question!
The answer- ideally, in a perfect world, an adjustment should last for a very long time. You could say forever.
However, this is often not the case. How long an adjustment lasts truly depends on many different factors.
A few of these factors? First of all is ligament strength. Ligaments are responsible for maintaing chiropractic adjustments in the body. Oftentimes, when people are under chronic or acute high stress, ligaments will weaken due to excess stress hormone release. This can result in weak joints. It is important to support the ligaments, and often the adrenal glands, to aid in joint stability. We can accomplish this both with treatments, and nutritional supplements. Standard Process has created supplements specifically for strengthening ligaments which are great. Also, working on stress reduction with at-home therapies, such as meditation, exercise, deep breathing, and more, can do wonders!
Most people know that physical injury can throw joints out of alignment, but did you know that dietary stressors, organ dysfunction or inflammation, environmental toxins, and emotional stress can all cause spinal misalignments as well!? Doing the best you can do to eliminate dietary allergens such as wheat, dairy, sugar, and more will result in longer lasting adjustments. Supporting your adrenal glands or other glands, oftentimes with nutritional supplements, will help. Reducing your exposure to toxins will help. Managing your emotional stress will help. You get the idea!
Living a healthy lifestyle will help you to hold your adjustments, but sometimes, life just isn't easy! This is why we recommend chiropractic tune-ups every so often, even in the absence of symptoms, because it is likely that your body will need a tune up every so often. This is why I do what I do! And I love it.
Oftentimes when patients come to see me, they are experiencing pain, and have used NSAID medicines as a means of turning the pain signals off.
A super important new warning has finally been released by the FDA revealing just how detrimental these drugs can be to our health! Below I list some side effects of NSAID use, as well as some alternatives to using them.
NSAID's are painkillers and include Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. NSAID use can contribute to: osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal tract inflammation and disease, kidney disease, stomach bleeding and ulcers, high blood pressure, swelling of feet, ankles, hands, etc., heart problems, rashes, and the list goes on.
There are MANY alternatives to using these medicines, the first of course being chiropractic kinesiology treatments to reduce pain! If you are experiencing back pain, headaches, neck pain, or any other pain, just one visit to a chiropractor can relieve this pain. Studies repeatedly show that conservative chiropractic care is safer and more effective than drugs. Consistent care along with living a healthy lifestyle can oftentimes knock pain out entirely. Some other alternatives to NSAID's?
*Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, low in wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and especially SUGAR. This includes artificial sweeteners like Splenda, or sucralose, which are notorious for causing migraine headaches.
*Eat healthy fats, including Omega-3 rich wild salmon, tuna and other fish, and butter!
*Herbs like ginger and turmeric. Food Babe has a recipe for a "Turmeric Cocktail", and she calls it the drink that can save you from taking Advil. Check it out on her website www.foodbabe.com
*Arnica Montana, or other homeopathic remedies for pain, which come in both oral and lotion form for local support
*Supplements such as Boswelia, Bromelain, or Black Currant Seed Oil
*Yoga, massage, meditation, grounding, and other mind-body practices.