Cold Weather Aches

The first week of January is always interesting. The Holidays are mostly behind us and it is about now that we realize that winter just started. The cold and darkness can be difficult on us mentally and physically. The ice, snow, and cold can make it dangerous to do things outside. This is not the time of year to be puttering around the garden or to be going on relaxing evening walks as the sun sets. How do we manage the tightness, aches, and pains that are so common in winter?

We must find a way to move, even if most of our avenues to do that are taken away. Thankfully, we live in 2021 and there are options available to us that did not exist 20 years ago. We can look up anything from yoga sessions and low-impact workouts to high-intensity-interval-training options. Shoot, Richard Simmons’ routines are still out there on the internet. It might not be what we want to do, or what we are used to doing, but it is better than sitting around and turning into Jabba the Hutt.

Nutrition is another way to help with the cold weather issues. Our bodies still have an evolutionary tendency to crave “comfort foods” during cold weather. They warm us and help us store fat during what historically were lean times. We can find a placate our instincts but still help ourselves by eating healthy stews and soups instead of delicious roasts covered in scrumptious gravy. An occasional soup bone or hambone can help provide our bodies with nutrients that help our joints.

Getting adjusted regularly is a great way to feel better during these cold months. The adjustment will help the joints move, it will help us feel looser, and will alleviate those aches and pains. Call 888-5477 to schedule your adjustment or massage, or both!

I love going to the gym, it helps with my mental stress as much or more than it helps me physically.

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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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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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