Doing More Good Than Bad

It is easy right now to compromise our health and to rationalize poor decisions. Many patients have told me that their sleep schedule is wacked out, their diet is shot, and their workouts are not what they were. People try to fill the holes in their routines with substitutes, some good and other not-so-good. The goal in life is to consistently choose good things over “bad”, and sometimes it is just choosing less bad than bad.

I follow a health and fitness account on Instagram. They love posting “eat this, not that” type pictures. One side of the picture will be an image of a bowl of Cap’n Crunch with a slash through it, the other side a bowl of Cheerios with a banana cut up. The account is trying to help people find satisfying substitutions to help satisfy their cravings. Occasionally though, I think they have lost their minds. Today they posted a picture of a crossed out delicious Krispy Kreme original glazed donut next to a bowl of kale. No one in the history of forever has wanted a glazed donut and been satisfied with a bowl of gag food. Here is the thing, one or two glazed donuts are not going to make you fat, give you diabetes, or give you heart disease. But consistently choosing a glazed donut over a more nutritious breakfast will eventually hurt your body.

I miss my gym dearly and the home workouts are just not the same. I know that my wife misses me going to the gym too, she keeps commenting that the muscles that used to be around my chest and arms are now flab around my equator. After about six weeks of the shut down I realized that I had been stress-eating too much and my physique was showing it. Since then I have taken the time to try to walk or jog when I can, I have tried to choose healthier foods that are less calorically dense, and I have tried to drink more water. I did not notice changes right away, but after a few months they are evident (at least to me, my wife still points out my spare tire).

In the past few months, I have seen an obvious uptick in patients complains of new pains that they have never had before. In discussing things, we learn that a change in their routine has caused new habits, like sitting on the couch more, or working on a laptop instead of at their workstation. Using a laptop for five minutes on the couch is not going to cause any problems, but hours and days in a slumped over posture will certainly create issues. Pay attention to your posture during the day, and make sure that you are being good more than you are slouched, twisted, or slumped. And give us a call if you have already caused yourself aches, pains, or stiffness. We will help you get right and make it easier to starting doing more good.

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Staying Healthy During COVID-19

Life is pretty different right now. I know that is not an insightful comment, we are all aware of the strange times that we are experiencing. The change, or total lack of, a routine can cause health issues of all kinds. Obviously mental health is challenged when we have to deal with things outside of our control that affect us. Our Spiritual health is compromised when we cannot attend church or other gatherings that uplift us and unite us with others. And, of course, our physical health suffers when we cannot do the healthy things we are used to doing. Here are a few easy things we can do to find the balance in life that many feel they are lacking right now:

 

    1. REACH OUT
      Reach out to others and find ways to help them. Being social distant from others is good to slow the spread of a virus, but it also spreads us from each other. We need each other and serving is one of the easiest ways to uplift the community. It shifts our focus from ourselves and to someone else. It can help us better appreciate the good things that we have in our lives, and it brightens the day of another.

 

    1. GET OUTSIDE
      Our immune systems need the sun, wind, and fresh air. Cabin fever has been a real issue during this ordeal, and it is perfectly safe and recommended to get outside. Go for a walk, sit in the park, or jump in the lake. Your mind and body will thank you.

 

    1. SEEK OUT THE GOOD
      Seek out good media and ignore the bad. What is good media? Phone calls with friends and loved ones, well-made TV shows and movies, and good books and articles. The bad media? Well (not to sound like an old man) but most social media right now is a garbage dump. It serves a purpose, but it easily becomes a negative influence in our lives. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you don’t need to get worked up over what your old roommate’s cousin’s husband thinks about masks. You just don’t. I’m not telling you to only talk to or listen to people that you agree with (that’s actually a terrible way to live life), but to stop mindlessly scrolling and working yourself up by what others post.

 

  1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
    Pay attention to what your body is telling you. You are likely carrying an immense amount of stress and emotional tension in your body. That is expected during times like this. That tension causes very real physical discomfort and pain. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to help alleviate it. There are many other reasons that your body is not feeling right, like a change in your routine causing you do to activities that you normally do not do.

 

Call us at 888-477 to schedule an appointment and to help yourself feel like yourself again!

 

 

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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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Why Did I Become a Chiropractor

People often ask me how or why I chose to become a chiropractor. It’s not the first thing that kids shout out when you ask them what they want to be when they grow up. I kind of always wanted to be what I am today, I just didn’t know the name for it when I was younger. I’ve always like helping people and have loved sports since I can remember. I knew I wanted to find a marriage of the two and thought that being a medical doctor was my best avenue.

I began as a pre-med student in college and loved the biology and science classes. Learning about the body was fascinating. On a break, I shadowed a family doctor that I had known for a long time. After a couple of hours he asked me if I was sure this was what I wanted to do. I said yes and he told me that I didn’t ask him a question that I needed to ask. He told me to ask him if he would do it all over again. When I asked he decidedly answered in the negative. He mentioned a few things about the job that I would have never thought about, but one thing that stood out was that he said he felt like a pill dispenser. He got to help people get better, but not in a hands-on way that I really wanted.

I left disappointed and a little worried. I thought I had this all planned and life was going to be straight forward. But I knew he was right and that I needed to find something else. The easiest thing would be to just shift my goal from medicine to a similar field, I set my sights on dentistry. I didn’t like dentistry and I never thought it was interesting. But the hours and the money seemed nice and pursuing that career wouldn’t require any change in my current academic path.

I took my dental plans right up to my first scheduled interview with a prospective dental school. About the time I scheduled the interview I observed work on a heavy smoker. I’ve cleaned rotten meat out of a broken freezer in the summer and it didn’t compare to the smell of whatever gum disease this poor lady had. I left the office, took a look at my meat-hook hands and realized that I had made a huge mistake.

As fate’s perfect timing would have it, this was when I met my first chiropractor. My lovely wife’s family was in town to visit and brought along a family friend, Terry, who happened to be a chiropractor. DeA had been suffering from low back pain that I couldn’t get to go away with my athletic training techniques that I had picked up from school. Terry checked her, adjusted her and gave her exercises. The pain that wasn’t going away with stretching, massage, ice, heat, exercising, voodoo or prayer was gone. That was when I realized that what I had always wanted in my career was found in chiropractic.

Thanks to my pre-med background and Biology degree it was easy to shift gears (well, easy except the part about explaining to my dad why I was giving up on dentistry and moving to Iowa to do something that he wasn’t sure about). After researching schools I decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic and after a few stops I was able to move my family back to the Lake Chelan Valley.

To this day I get a thrill and excitement out of helping people move and feel better. It literally makes my day to see someone walk without pain, sit without cringing or pick up their child without wincing. I cannot think of a more rewarding career that would fit me as well as this one. In a way I feel like I didn’t chose chiropractic, but more discovered it for myself. I try to share that same sense of discovery with my patients who, just like I used to be, aren’t sure what chiropractic is or how it can help them.

-Dr. Aaron England

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New Office Hours

A friendly reminder that our office hours have changed. We will be in the office all day, 9-5, on Wednesdays starting today. Tuesdays are the new half days, with hours of 9-noon. You should come stop by, the furnace works making it 65 degrees warmer in the office than it is outside on the street.

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New website launched!

We are in the process of creating our new website! Check back for frequent updates – LIVE!

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