The Chiropractic Treatment

Many people are familiar with chiropractic care, but they are not quite sure what that means. When they come into the office for the first time, they usually ask questions like “what should I expect?”, “will this hurt?” or “you look more professional and handsome online that you do in person”. I guess that last one was not a question, but I do hear that a lot. They think that I photoshopped the pictures on the website. Basically, what people want to know is what the treatment entails and how will it help.

The main component of a chiropractic treatment is the adjustment. The adjustment is a way of introducing motion into a joint that is stuck or dysfunctional. This can be done a few ways, the most common is when the chiropractor uses his hands to quickly manipulate the joint. This can create a pop or cracking sound, called a cavitation. That cavitation occurs because the movement in the joint releases pressure, and that quick release causes an audible noise. Some people cannot stand that sound or feeling, so they prefer a tool called an Activator. It does the same thing but is gentler and does not create the cavitation.

The adjustment is important because it helps restore proper motion and allows the body to correct itself. We almost always couple the adjustment with muscle work that may include massage therapy, trigger point therapy, Graston Technique, and others. The goal is to reduce tension, swelling, and inflammation in the muscles, which can all help decrease the muscle pull on the joints and make the adjustment more effective.

Chiropractic visits should be relieving, relaxing, and rejuvenating. They can help a variety of ailments, from headaches and neck pain to back pain and sciatica. Call the office at 888-5477 to schedule your relieving appointment today.

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Modern Fitness

When DeA and I were engaged, we created a gift registry. This is a convenient way to let people know that they should get you a present for your wedding. And it cannot be just any present, it has to be one from the list. One of the items that DeA picked was a Jack LaLanne Juicer. She was so excited to turn $12 of grapes into $5 of grape juice. Thankfully, someone did buy us the juicer, and we tried it out. I was amazed that carrots turned into carrot juice, apples turned into apple juice, and peaches clogged the thing up.

It was probably five years later that I found out that Jack LaLanne was more than a juicer magnate. He was a fitness pioneer, so much so that Arnold Schwarzenegger called him the “Godfather of Modern Fitness”. He started one of the first gyms in the US, he had a TV show for over 30 years, and he advocated for women to strength train, something that has proven to be essential for their bone and metabolic health. But you know the coolest thing about Jack? He was a Doctor of Chiropractic!

It should not be surprising that someone so focused on health, fitness, and function was a chiropractor. That is what we do. We help your body function how it should and keep you moving. This care has helped many patients stay active as they age. It is never too late to get moving. You might not get as jacked and swoll Jack or me, but even little improvements now will pay huge dividends down the road. Call today to get yourself feeling, moving, and being better.

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Why Chiropractic Care is Considered an Essential Service

Why is chiropractic considered essential? There are many reasons, but here are the three biggest:

  1. We can reduce the burden at the hospital. A large number of ER visits are due to musculoskeletal problems. Almost all of those cases can be evaluated and treated at England Chiropractic instead of the hospital or clinic. It is safer for the patient to be seen in our office because it limits exposure to sick people.
  2. Your back health is essential to your overall health. Pain can wear us down, mentally and physically. It can make us more susceptible to illness. By helping you feel and function better, chiropractic care can help your immune system.
  3. We care for health care workers, first responders, and other essential services. While some of us are bored at home, others are working harder than ever. We already treat many of those hard workers, and by staying open we can help do our small part to keep things moving toward recovery.

We wish you all well and will remain open as long as it is prudent and safe to do so.

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Spring Training

Spring is a wonderful time.
The birds start singing again, the sun stays around past 4pm, and I don’t feel guilty kicking my kids out of the house. Spring is a time of hope and renewal. As the days stay lighter longer, we tend to be more active. I’m always a fan of people being more active, but it’s easy to be too gung-ho early in the year. We still remember what we were doing at the end of summer, and think we can just jump back into those activities. Unfortunately, we need to acclimate ourselves to activities if we have not done them for a few months.

Winter is long and dark, and the decreased activity can decrease our flexibility and endurance. Don’t think that you can get right back to walking five miles if you haven’t walked any farther from your couch to the fridge since October. And I know that the flower beds need prepped for planting, but please don’t try to knock them out in one long day.

Take things easy to begin the spring, and you will find that you are better off in the long run. Chiropractic care is the best way to deal with any aches or pains as you do get back into the swing of spring. Don’t let a small problem now keep you from your long evening walks later this summer.

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Staying Active in the Winter

Winter begins as a magic wonderland of snow. That only lasts until about December 26th, or maybe January 2nd, depending on the person. After that it turns into a bleak, dark, depressing string of days that get dark at 3pm and spring seems far away. Winter can wear you down mentally and physically. It’s hard to do anything when it looks like midnight by the time you get off work. That lack of activity has been shown to contribute to the winter blues. How can we stay active when the world is cold, and pitchers and catchers don’t report for another month?

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Little things do add up, for good and for bad. Take an extra lap around the kitchen before grabbing that snack. Go up and down the stairs once or twice more than you need to. Get up off the couch a few times during commercials. Those extra steps will add up more than you think.
  2. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. We have some great trails in the valley to try snowshoeing, snowmobiling or dog-sled racing. Start slow and don’t compare yourself against people that are already good at it. Everybody starts somewhere. A word of caution: I strongly recommend against cross-country skiing. That’s not a professional opinion, that’s just common sense because it’s boring work with no payoff at the end.
  3. A gym membership or fitness class is likely more affordable than you think. There are great options in the valley, and we are happy to help you find the best fit for you.
  4. Watch my kids for a day. Seriously, they will run you into the ground and you will feel great after all that energy is burned off. Tell you what, I’ll even make that a free service. I’m just that generous.

Staying active is an important part of our health and wellness. Chiropractic care is especially important during these winter months. It can help you feel less stiff and achy on the cold mornings, and chiropractic will help you move and feel your best. Give us a call at 888-5477 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions that you may have.

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Holiday Health

Christmas can be a magical time of year. It can also be difficult. Family and travel can cause stress and pains, both real and emotional. There are some tricks to thriving this Christmas season.

The first thing: Take time for you. Don’t let the pressure of the season to throw you off from what you need to do. Don’t skip those workouts or other wellness needs. I know you think that you need to re-clean the house again before those visitors arrive but consider this: The only people that judge you are the ones that you don’t want to come back ever. Make sure you are getting those chiropractic adjustments and massage visits.

Second: Remember that this is supposed to be fun. There is no such thing as the “perfect Christmas”. The best Christmas I remember is the one where my wife and I were stuck in the Midwest without family nearby. It was nothing like the Christmases before or after. We ended up eating at a classy Denny’s because an ice storm had kept us from getting to the grocery store. Nothing says Christmas dinner like a Grand Slam breakfast and a waitress that didn’t want to be there. The point is, Christmas (and pretty much anything else in life) is what we make it.

Third: Get adjusted and massaged before and/or after you travel. Loading luggage, driving, flying, and sleeping in random beds are all hard on your body. Get right before you leave and get fixed when you come back. If you want, I’ll even write an official looking letter restricting your activities to watching football and eating treats all Christmas. Your wife might not honor it, but at least we tried.

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No Time Like The Present

Time travel movies have taught us that making one small change in the past can drastically alter the present. One awkward high school prom in the 1950’s drastically changed Marty McFly’s life in 1985. Doesn’t that mean that one small change now can drastically change our near future? The reality is that dramatic changes don’t usually last. It’s the simple and easy changes that allow consistency to really change us.

I follow some wellness and fitness accounts on Instagram. They love to post things that say: “eat this, not that!” and they will post a pizza with a red X through it, and next to it have a bowl of kale and thistles inside a green circle. No one in the history of forever has ever wanted a pizza but been satisfied with a nasty salad. The simple change to start is to eat two pieces of pizza instead of three. Drink water instead of soda. Walk to lunch instead of ride. Park farther away from the door. You don’t have to be perfect to be better.

Don’t let little things be true for the worse. Often people stop doing something because it hurts, or they are worried that it will cause pain. They stop doing specific exercises, and eventually they stop doing almost all exercises. Eventually they consider the walk to the mailbox as their daily workout. It does not have to be that way. Chiropractic care can prevent this negative slide. It helps reduce or prevent pain, and can improve function and motion. Give us a call today, make that positive change to make your life better.

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How To Sleep Better

How great is a good night’s sleep? It is amazing! Americans spend a lot of money searching for the wonderful coffee commercial morning. The one with that feeling of waking up to the morning sunbeams, having a relaxing stretch and starting the day feeling great. How do we normally feel in the morning? Like a dog’s chew toy that was left in the yard overnight. It is absurd how many patients I see that tell me that their pains happened after sleeping. It an embarrassing answer when someone asks how you got hurt:

“How did you hurt yourself? Did you do a sick trick on your skateboard?”

“No, I was sleeping.”

We should get seven to nine hours a night sleeping, but to a lot of people that sounds miserable. They know that that much time laying in bed will bring aches in the hips and shoulders, tightness in the back and a kink in the neck. Sleep is meant to be rejuvenating, not punishing. Here are some tips to help you get that coffee commercial morning that you crave:

  1. Make sure you have a good bed. That sounds easy enough, but what is a good bed? A good bed is a mattress that is firm enough to support your weight, but soft enough that it does not create pressure points in the hips and shoulders. Everyone is different with different needs. I suggest trying a lot of beds and finding your personal sweet spot. It is easier to make a firm bed soft than it is to make a soft bed firm.
  2. Relax physically and mentally before bed. The tension that we carry during the day is going to try and go somewhere at night. I recommend turning off all the screens that you can. Watching TV, using a computer and scrolling on your phone all create eye strain and muscle tension. Read a book, meditate, stretch, sit on the porch and watch the sunset, or take a bath. Do something that relaxes you and gets you away from electronics.
  3. Try to create a dark and cool sleeping environment, the kind that our ancestors enjoyed not that many generations ago. We don’t have to sleep outside under the stars, but creating a safe, quiet and cool resting space will help our natural sleep cycle.
  4. Chiropractic care can help relieve any aches, pains and other issues that accumulate during our daily lives. Our modern habits create tension in our shoulders, neck, and back. Chiropractic is the safe, effective remedy.

Sleep can be restful and wonderful. Hopefully these tips can re-kindle your love of sleep!

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Warming Up For Summer

I think we all love summer. The cold, dark days of winter are mostly behind us. The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and the grass is growing. It’s a wonderful time to shake off the winter rust and return to an active lifestyle. Walking, hiking, gardening, biking, golfing…there are a lot of -ings that we do! These things are all great for our physical and mental wellbeing. As we start to get ready for summer, it is smart to follow the example of Major League Baseball.

I always look forward to the Mariners starting their Spring Training. The players return from their winter whatever and start to get ready for their summer jobs. The first few days are spent jogging, stretching and lightly throwing. These professional baseball players gradually get their bodies ready for activities. If these pros need a few days or weeks to get ready for summer, how important is it for us weekend warriors to prepare ourselves? Too many injuries occur in the summer because we have been sitting on the couch for the last five months, binge watching Game of Thrones and suddenly we think that we can walk five miles up and down hills.

Just like any other activity, we must allow our bodies time to adapt and build up its strength and stamina. Start slow, take appropriate breaks and do not think that you can suddenly jump back into an activity that you haven’t done since fall. As you do this, you will avoid major problems and injuries. Minor aches are expected and normal but give us a call before they become major issues. Chiropractic care should be an essential part to your summer activities.

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Chiropractic care can help you kick your pain killer habit

Anyone who has been in severe pain, like after a surgery or bad accident, can attest that there are some great pain killers available. There are times when ice, rest, and a little Advil just won’t do the trick. That excruciating pain is what prescription pain killers, or opioids, are designed to help. They are not bad things when used correctly. People get in trouble, even to the point of a crippling addiction, when they use these medications longer than intended. It usually happens gradually, often because the pain becomes a daily companion. They need something to help them get out of bed, or to be able to work. They don’t have another answer, and the strong drug has been the only effective solution to that point. They are usually thinking about just getting through the day, and plan to deal with the long-term issues later.

Thankfully, research and experience is showing that there is a way to prevent and to break out of pain killer dependency. Chiropractic care has been shown time and time again to be a powerful tool to deal with pain, both new and chronic. It gets to the cause of the pain and corrects it instead of just hiding it.

I have had the privilege to see this work in many lives. I have seen patients that consider their pain killers to be a daily supplement. Some dread a visit from the grandkids because playing with them is just too much to take. Others that plan their day around their afternoon headache. It does not have to be that way!

Call 888-5477 and set up your visit today. We will talk about how your new or old pains became a part of your life, and then start the process of making them go away.

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