The truth about stress and your health

Does this sound familiar? Wake up, drink cup of coffee go to work while scarfing down your breakfast. While at work you stress about getting things done and what to eat for lunch and oh what to get for dinner all while worrying about who is going to get the kids tonight? On top of it you are tired and exhausted with no end in sight? Does it sound like a typical day in your life? You are not alone. Majority of people feel this way day in and day out with what seems as no hope for a balance.

I have been stuck in this cycle before and your body will eventually run out. Why is there so many demands and not enough rest? That is the world we live in or so we tell ourselves. But there is a better way. I will get to that in a minute. Let’s first talk about the truth about stress and health. You see, chronic stress is a major concern that hasn’t really been addressed properly. Our bodies need stress. You heard that right it needs it but with balance. Our autonomic nervous system essentially controls this aspect of our health. There are two branches to it. One is the parasympathetic which has input into rest and digestion whereas the sympathetic nervous system has input into fight or flight. In today’s world we are mostly in a constant state of fight or flight. This isn’t good because we can’t digest food properly or even sleep properly which is how you heal.

With this constant state of go, go, go we can’t seem to recover like we used to and the results of being in this state for too long is not good. Things like type 2 diabetes, panic, anxiety disorders, and others are rampant in our society. There have been links to stress that cause these types of problems. And what do we do? We medicate it into oblivion. The medications are there to suppress your symptoms not give you strategies on how to deal with the actual stress.

See the truth is until we can actually learn to better deal with stress and actually slow down then it will always be a problem that goes suppressed but not actually getting any better. So what are the solutions? Well for starters it would be good to not commit to all sorts of things that we think need to be done. That is a start. This will allow your body to physiological slow down so that it can work on what’s important within your body. Another way to help with that is actually measure how your body is adapting to stress. We do this by what is called Heart Rate Variability. This gives us a new insight into how your brain is matching up with your heart. It is some cool science. But that is the beginning.

By seeing how your body reacts to stress and then giving you strategies to train your body to react differently you can better adapt to the stress around you. Let’s face it. Stress isn’t going anywhere soon. We will always have something coming up that is inevitable. But by allowing your body to have balance through training then you can better handle it and feel more at ease.

I look forward to presenting more science and application on this topic as it has directly affected my life and the millions of other humans on this planet.

How to Choose the Best Chiropractor

With so many differing treatment options out there is it any wonder that people are skeptical? Choosing the best options for your health is of crucial importance and it is not different when choosing the best chiropractor in your area. There are a few questions to consider when choosing the best chiropractor. We will discuss what to look for in a chiropractor.

  1. Are they up front?

This one is a tough one to see through, but it is probably the most important. Is the chiropractor you are searching for honest and reliable. To get to know the chiropractor is also tough because to get to know them you have to be around them. What we like to do is meet people so that they can get to know us and we can get to know you in order to better help you. Our goal is always relational.

Another way to check out if the chiropractor is up front is to check out there website. Do they seem genuine in their online presence. Check out any videos they may have to see what they are like.

2. Do they continue to learn and improve upon their art?

Just like a painter would not consider himself accomplished fully in art, so it is with chiropractic. We all can be learners of health and that is no different with choosing the best chiropractor. Check to see if they are continuing their studies and mastering it.

3. Finally does the chiropractor help you get the results your body needs?

This again is a tough one without actually going through treatment. But see if they have had success in the past based on reviews and what others say. Usually when looking for the “best chiropractor near me” this will not be easy but the best chiropractor will listen to your needs and form a game plan as to what to expect out of getting treated. That way you can know and be confident in your choice.

Overall when you are looking for the best chiropractor look for someone who puts your needs first.

5 Natural Remedies for Stress and Anxiety

Stress is becoming more common in today’s world with the fast paced lifestyle. No one is immune from the effects of living in that type of lifestyle. It will catch up. Stress has been shown to increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other metabolic diseases. This should make you perk up and pay attention to the alarming rates of these diseases today. There are medications out there that help to calm and control stress and anxiety but they are short lived and the side effects are a list long.

More and more people are turning to natural treatments for stress and anxiety for good reason. There are many benefits to go with the natural option. Those being it works and there are hardly any side effects from the natural route.

Here are 5 ways to combat stress naturally.

  1. Theanine

This compound is found in high concentrations in green tea. If you don’t like green tea then getting it in supplement form is a good option. There are many supplements that have a combination of herbs and theanine. It can cross the blood-brain-barrier fairly good so you will notice the calming effects on the brain.

2. Exercise

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Exercise has shown many times over that it is good for overall health and well-being. This includes in that a stress reducing and anxiety reducing effect. Getting plenty of exercise each day will help boost up your mood and make stress…well less stressful. A simple 30 minute walk everyday can boost your bodies natural stress reliever.

3. Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

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With all the buzz surrounding CBD and Hemp oil there is a lot to filter out. The verdict is that this stuff works and works well. It works on the endocanninioid system. This system helps to regulate the bodies ability to keep things in balance. So it balances out all the systems of your body. It also has great anti-anxiety benefits. Getting the right dose and content is crucial. So make sure when you are trying out a product get it from a reputable chiropractor or physician.

4. Adrenal Supplements

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Stress depletes your adrenal glands due to the adrenal glands main function to combat the chemical stress of the body. By using supplements targeted toward boosting up your adrenals then you can better handle stress and anxiety.

5. Lavendar

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Using Lavendar essential oil either by diffusing or using it as a steam can greatly help with relaxing the stress away. It has been used for years for calming. It can also help you sleep better. The compounds work on the brain for a calming effect.

These used alone or in combination will help you to feel less stress and anxiety so that you can get back to living!

Chiropractic's Role in Herniated Disc Conditions

The Pained Disc

One of the most common causes of debilitating low back pain is the herniated disc. It affects roughly 33 percent of the population. It can be of great pain and life altering consequence. An option that is most sought out is surgery. But with surgery comes more complications and even what is called failed back surgery syndrome. Which is even more common than the disc herniation.

There are other conservative treatment options that are very effective without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic’s role in this is many. Specifically flexion distraction therapy. Here is a link that explains more in detail about the technique (Click Here). The basics of this is to help get the disc material to retract off the nerve and back into the actual disc itself. See what happens when a disc herniation occurs is the disc cushion that is within pushes outside of the stronger material and hits on the nerve near the disc. This is when you start to experience pain and radiating symptoms into the leg. This is a problem that too many people face.

Flexion Distraction Therapy in Depth

Here is a schematic of the technique.

Flexion Distraction Therapy

Flexion Distraction Therapy

This simple but very effective technique creates negative pressure within the disc so that the disc material can more easily get back to where it needs to be. The chiropractor will put pressure along the lumbar spine and move the bottom half of the table down and out. What this allows is decompression of the spine. This means that you don’t feel pain as bad and eventually the disc will heal by making sure you are watching your posture and movements. Along with this technique you will be given exercises to train the core to stabilize the spine. This is a crucial part in treatment as well.

Treatment

This treatment has seen great results and as much as 90% of people can resolve a herniated disc. Treatments will be done over a 4 to 6 week period with 8-12 treatments in that span. This has proven the most beneficial and patients should see a moderate improvement even after a few visits.

If you know someone who could benefit from this technique then try it out. It is a successful conservative treatment for herniated disc as well as bulging discs.

Diet Dos and Don'ts for a Problem Gallbladder

Many people experience gallbladder problems in the form of stones or other pain symptoms where the gallbladder contracts tremendously to cause pain. These problems can be alleviated with the proper diet. With this blog post we will go through the problems of the gallbladder how they are causing you trouble and how to fix them.

What is the gallbladder exactly?

It is a small sac located near your liver. Right side of your body near the lower edge of your ribs. This small sac is what holds bile. It doesn’t make it, your liver does that for you. The gallbladder is storing the bile for quick release when you need it after a fatty meal. This is super important because you can better digest the fat you are ingesting.

So what are the reasons behind the formation of gallstones?

It can be tied to hereditary factors which is something to keep in mind. But the most important is bile composition. In other words what makes up your specific bile composition. And that is directly tied to what you are ingesting in your food. Cholesterol content in your blood actually increases the risk of gallstones because it is the “sticky” stuff. So anything that can decrease the formation of too much cholesterol is good. I say too much cholesterol because you need that too to function. A healthy amount.

Who gets gallstones?

The studies show that certain people are more commonly getting gallstones. Overweight women, Diabetics and people who have inflammation of the intestinal tract caused by the wrong foods. Processed foods especially. This can include infections as well.

Is Prevention Possible?

If you have diabetes and have a family history of gallstones and you are taking medications that make gallstone formation more likely then you may develop gallstones now matter how hard you try to prevent. So talking with your doctor about the medications you take is important factor. But nutrition has proven to be super beneficial in the prevention of gallstone formation. According to Scott Grundy, M.D. ,”the intake of calories, fat, cholesterol and fiber have been shown to affect bile composition.” So getting the right amount of nutrient intake is crucial to preventing these things. Sugar and processed foods have shown in studies to increase the probability of the formation of gallstones. So with all that being said let’s talk about the Dos and Don’ts of gallstone formation.

Food Type: Allowed

Vegetables: All kinds, cooked, raw in any form. Vegetables will help you to get fiber which helps to help with the transport of the bile.

Fish: All non-fatty varieties

Cheeses: cottage only

Breads: all kinds except those with added fat

Meats: Broiled, baked roasted or stewed. Lean beef, chicken, lamb, pork, veal

Fats: Vegetable oil especially extra virgin olive oil

Seasonings: In moderation: salt, pepper, spices

The best way to prevent gallstone formation is to get a variety of vegetables in your diet to increase the fiber intake. This will allow your body to process the bile more efficiently.

Chiropractic for Sciatic Pain: Does it work?

Sciatic can be a pain in the butt…literally. Sciatic pain is no fun. If you have experienced it then you know what I am talking about. With this type of pain the sciatic nerve which is the largest nerve in the body, can become entrapped or not move correctly thus causing pain. There are many structures involved that could be affecting this nerve and we will get into the hows soon. Chiropractic is one solution to this type of pain. Adjustments are one facet of chiropractic care. Other treatments include trigger point therapy and forms of nerve mobilization that helps to mobilize the nerve.

Getting to the nitty gritty now. The how behind why you feel sciatic nerve pain.

NERVE ENTRAPMENT

The sciatic nerve is formed from lumbar and sacral nerves. So understanding anatomy in detail will help to understand why this nerve gets impacted the way it does. Below is a picture of where the sciatic nerves come together to form.

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Sciatic nerve formation

This is super important to know because if you notice the muscle near the nerve on the left as you are looking at the picture, it is very near the sciatic nerve. This is one area where the nerve can get entrapped and you start to feel the tingling and pain. This type of pain can be really bad when you sit for long periods of time because the pressure is being applied even more when you sit down.

One way to get rid of this entrapment is to get trigger point therapy specifically geared towards the piriformis muscle. This doesn’t feel the greatest at first but it will lessen the tingling and pain from the entrapment.

BULGING/HERNIATED DISC

Another way that the sciatic nerve can be affected is bulging or herniated discs. This type of pain is specific to the level of the disc. So if the disc affected is L5 then the S1 nerve will be affected which follows a certain path into the leg and foot. This type of pain can be debilitation because you have the back pain from the disc as well as the leg pain. Conservative treatment should be tried first to help the disc heal and the nerve. It is said that at any given time roughly 50% of people walk around with disc bulges or herniations, but some don’t feel pain at all besides discomfort.

Certain chiropractic techniques, such as flexion distraction, focus on the low back and disc pain. These types of treatments will take about 8-12 visits to see noticeable results but it can help with the really sharp acute pain of a disc herniation.

Along with adjustments certain maneuvers can be utilized to free up the nerve. Nerve mobilizations help to free up the restrictions that may be present with the bulging/herniated disc.


These types of treatments should be tried first before considering surgery. Surgery is an option for this type of pain but with chiropractic or physical therapy the surgery can be abated. Conservative treatments are successful most of the time if performed by a competent Doctor. Finding the right fit is key for your condition!

I would love to know your thoughts on the subject!

CrossFit and Chiropractic

Injuries can set us all back even if not competing. It drags us down so that we have to rest and recover. Without the rest and recovery phase you might not get back into top shape or even compete at all. That is why it is super important to prevent these injuries and when they do happen treat them quickly.

More and more research is saying that the quicker you provide healthy movement in care the quicker the injury can heal. What does this mean for CrossFit athletes? First by getting chiropractic care on a maintenance basis, the chiropractor can assess to see if you are at an increase risk for injury by range of motion, tissue function and pain. Second, once identified those movement hindrances can be corrected with care. Third, if you get injured seeing a chiropractor first thing can help speed up recovery and healing. Fourth, It can improve your performance.

All of this means you can get back to training and competing. So let’s delve into each of those aspects.

ASSESSING FOR INJURY

If you knew that you could injure yourself if you kept it up would you prevent it? Of course. An injury can set you back from getting in the gym. That is no bueno. By getting regular chiropractic care you can easily see if there is an increased risk of injury from faulty movement and biomechanical alterations. A chiropractor trained to see these things in athletes will better to help form a plan to prevent these things.

TREATING INJURIES

Once an injury occurs, which if you are an athlete more than likely has happened, you want quick treatment that is effective. Chiropractic can help to treat these injuries quickly and naturally so you are not out for long periods of time. Injuries don’t have to keep you out for long if you get it treated quickly. We try to prevent surgeries because that can be an even bigger set back or career ending. The point is to get quick and effective treatment of these injuries so that you can get back to doing work.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

When there is an imbalance in the structures of the body you won’t be able to get the performance that you want. When the pelvis is misaligned it shifts the center of gravity to the side shifting the body mechanics. Try having that lack of movement in that plane and then go PR squat. You will not be able to get the best range of motion as well as muscle power. When the pelvis is sitting right then you can get deeper squat and more power coming out of the squat. This equals better performance in lifting.

In short CrossFit and Chiropractic goes hand in hand when improving performance and decreasing injuries. This equals more time training and competing and less time sitting around.

How Chiropractic can benefit weightlifters

Chiropractic has many different benefits for any individual. However athletes are one population that can benefit even more from chiropractic care. Athletes, weightlifters included, are exposed to different joint mechanics and stressors that can cause damage to the joints, ligaments, or tendons. Even a little damage to the joints can later cause harm in the form of arthritis or even tears of the soft tissue which needs surgery to repair. Chiropractic focuses on preventing those things from happening by increasing ROM in the joints as well as correct length of the soft tissues. Below we we get into the benefits of getting chiropractic care for weightlifters.

IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

If there was something to improve your performance in a natural way without the use of supplements would you do it? With getting adjustments of the spine and pelvis it helps to keep your body weight distributed evenly. When there is a misalignment of the pelvis especially, then the weight of your body is shifted. Add that lifting heavier weights then you are increasing the risk of injury by a lot. By getting adjusted on a maintenance basis it will keep your spine in the correct alignment thus allowing you to use your body’s biomechanics to your benefit. This means lifting more, and getting more out of your workouts, to get those gains you want.

PREVENT INJURIES

Another great benefit of chiropractic is the prevention of injuries. You wouldn’t want to wait until something was so bad that it needed surgery? I don’t think anyone would want that. Chiropractic allows the body to be in proper alignment so as not to injure the tissues in the spine and extremities. Along with adjustments a skilled chiropractor can give you specific exercises to prevent other injuries from occurring.

TREAT INJURIES

Not only can you prevent injuries from occurring but treat them in a way that is not with drugs or surgery. Getting treatment early in the injury can greatly decrease the return to workout time. A chiropractor can also use other modalities to decrease pain from the injury and to speed up recovery. One such way is kinesio taping.

Weightlifters should try to find a chiropractor who has some experience working with athletes. These chiropractors will be accustomed to seeing these types of injuries. Chiropractic for weightlifters can greatly help you recover and perform better.

Stress 101: Feeling burnt out

Stress affects us all in varying degrees. When the feelings of stress override our natural ability to bounce back we are drained and even more stressed. In this post we will talk about what is called HPA axis dysfunction and the progression of burnout.

Stress is actually a good thing. It becomes bad when it is chronic and we don’t get the rest we need to for our bodies to continue keeping on. There are many ways to talk about stress but today we are specifically talking about the HPA axis and it’s role in the chemical control of stress.

When stress is perceived, our hypothalamus, a part of the brain, releases a hormone called CRH which stimulates another part of the brain, pituitary gland, to secrete ACTH. ACTH is another hormone, that directly acts on the adrenal gland to secrete cortisol. Cortisol is one of the main indicators of a stress response in the body that can be measured within saliva.

Normally these hormones are kept in a fine balance so that there are no extremes. This is mostly performed on circadian cycle, or your sleep cycle. Cortisol normally should be dominant in the morning to wake up and taper off throughout the day for when you sleep. Cortisol acts mainly to shunt activity away from long term metabolic processes such as digestion toward those that mainly keep you alive, like finding something to eat. When cortisol is secreted on a chronic basis it literally shuts off activity to places that help to regulate homeostasis. Such things as digestion gets messed up and doesn’t function right. It suppresses immune system function as well.

So if you are under chronic stress for a long time even though you may feel like everything is going okay, your cells say a different matter. So that feeling of burn out is literally true you are burning through your bodies cells and tissues in this state.

So when thinking of stress it is not just, “ I feel stressed all the time”, it is literally breaking down tissues in your body that helps you to function normally such as brain tissue.

As we go further in depth into the physiology of the stress response I want to point your attention to the fact that cortisol is great when it is regulated the right way. Further blog posts will discuss the solution to the feeling of burnt out.

Cheers!

Dr. K

How to Heal Tendinitis and tendinopathies with specific oils

Tendinitis can be very painful condition and is seen a lot in overuse type injuries such as in sports where they are doing the same motion over and over again. It can also be seen in the workplace where there is a repetitive motion. Whatever the case conservative management of this condition is well documented with certain exercises and stretches. Combining certain oils with a treatment plan can help increase the success rate of the tendon healing.

One of the greatest oil to use for tendon injuries is lemongrass. This oil has been used for a long time in the flavoring industry but has great properties that allow it to heal tendons. It consists of Geranial, Neral, Geraniol, and Farnesol. Those are some fancy words! Specifically Geranial and Neral are compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory effects on tissues. This means decreased inflammation in the tendons that are being overused so that they can heal.

Another oil that has great benefits for the tissues of the body is helichrysum. This powerful oil has neuroprotective affects on the nerve tissue. The tendons that are inflammed are hitting on the nerves surrounding the sheath which causes pain. This can further damage the nerves as well as the tendons. By using this oil it can protect and provide some pain relief to the nerves.

Mixing the oils:

Using both of the oils in a mix can greatly improve the health of your tendons along with a stretching and treatment program. This will speed up recovery so that you can get back to doing what you love.

I mix 10 drops of each oil in a little baby food jar and fill it up halfway with MCT oil. This will dilute is so that it is easier to apply and the oil will last longer. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Recommended supplements to keep your liver healthy

Your liver. It weighs in at 3.5 pounds and is officially the largest whole organ in your body. But what does the liver do? For starters it helps to make bile to digest fats, cleanses your body from the impurities and toxic chemicals, as well as balance out blood sugar. It has been said it is tied to 1000’s of different interactions in your body.

So we have to keep this thing going healthy to live a long and well life. But how to do that? Eating the right foods especially around this time of year is important but if you don’t want to get rid of the delicious food then here are some supplements to help keep the liver going strong and healthy!

Turmeric

Turmeric helps to fight off free radicals in your liver and body to decrease the amount of mutations that can occur! Mutations in DNA= bad. So by taking this supplement it helps to reduce the load the liver has to go through when detoxing your body of free radicals.

Milk Thistle

This herb looks really neat as the plant but the benefits from milk thistle for the liver are very well researched and this is even prescribed in countries in Europe for liver diseases. There has been research done in Europe that Milk Thistle alone can help the liver with Hepatitis B infection. Milk Thistle alone! But combined with other therapies it boosted the effects to get rid of the infection sooner! This is a powerful herb.

These two supplements will help to keep the liver safe and improve it’s already stellar capabilities. Reach for these this season to help keep your liver healthy!

Cheers!

Dr. K

The busy parent: 5 ways to get well in all aspects of your life without breaking the bank account!

Wellness. What is wellness to you? Like most of us wellness isn’t really defined in order for us to completely understand it. Well you are in luck, we are going to do just that. Wellness in our practice means we treat the whole person with natural ways to get there. That means we are not just concerned with your pain but healthy food choices which may include supplements (don’t worry, they are not going to break your pocket book), weight management, and mental health.

These things make up the whole you. Your physical needs, food needs, and mental needs. That covers a lot of ground!

Now to the nitty gritty. Here are 5 ways to get well in all aspects of your life!

  1. Exercise- Can’t stress this one enough. Getting a healthy amount of physical exercise is key. It helps keep your joints flexible and moving right. It helps with your mind. When you exercise it releases feel good chemicals that you and your brain love! Keep doing it and you will start to feel better. Consistency is key. It could be that you love basketball. So play basketball a few times a week. It doesn’t have to be complex. Just get up and move in healthy ways!

  2. Eat more vegetables- This one gets beat over the head too many times but here goes. It just needs to happen. Getting more variety of vegetables and fruit helps with digestion, antioxidants, healthy liver, vitamins, minerals and co-factors. The co-factors are things in the plants that you can’t get elsewhere. So increase those veggies. Start small and build from there, even if it is just one piece of broccoli a day!

  3. Supplements- Oh the dreaded supplement conversation. Supplements (from brands that are trustworthy) work when used right. It is a supplement to your diet so getting a good diet is the main thing. However you need more of certain things that the diet sometimes lacks (especially if your diet consists of donuts and a pepsi) :)

  4. Think good thoughts- Well now that I said it, it might be a little harder to do. You have all probably heard just try harder. Like if that was the answer I would have done it by now! But in reality a positive outlook is crucial in getting well. Above all else surround yourself with positive people. When the circumstances around you fall apart and they will, it is awesome to have your mind right to keep moving. Do this: write on a post it note your number one goal and put it on your mirror. This way you are always looking at the goal in front of you. Keeps you going!

  5. Chiropractic care- You didn’t think I would put this in here did you? Well hear me out. Chiropractic care helps people keep moving. Hence tying into the number 1 thing on this wellness list. Moving healthily= feeling better. So in essence chiropractic care helps you to move in a healthier way. So get checked!

If you have any questions about the above list or wellness in general then shoot me a question in the comments below! And if you like the blog post consider sharing it. That way you are a part of spreading the good word of wellness!

Cheers!

Dr. K

MUST READ: One of the best ways to fight inflammation

What in the world is inflammation anyway? That word gets tossed around quite a bit and does anyone really know what it is? Well there are some smart people out there (way smarter than me) that know what it’s all about.

Basically inflammation is how the body heals. It’s actually a good thing, to a point. See when you get a cut or injury a ligament or bone your body recruits certain chemicals that are naturally produced in your body that help to bring blood and white blood cells to the area of injury to clean out the injury. This is good! Then your body starts to lay down certain collagen fibers that help to repair what was injured. This is good too!

This is under the umbrella of inflammation. So why is inflammation bad? For starters if that pathway gets stuck in a perpetual state because the injured site keeps getting injured or if the signals from your brain are saying, “someone get down to the injury!” then it gets stuck in that state, which long term degrades your body tissues and causes more damage.

So, what to do?

Through specific means of getting the right messages. Easy right? Well not so much but there are some ways to help the body out and get the chemicals just right to help you heal. That is through supplementation of turmeric and bromelain. I take these two supplements combined in a great supplement that helps with inflammation and the pain associated with that.

Natural Turmeric supplement

How it works is fascinating! Bromelain helps to break up tissue that is unwanted then your body can lay down the right kind of tissue to heal an injury. Turmeric helps to fight inflammation by dealing with the inflammatory pathways. This combination is the right one-two punch to take care of inflammatory type pain.

It is so versatile to use that things like managing arthritis pain will be reduced dramatically. The uses don’t stop there. Things like early injuries such as ankle sprain or rotator cuff injury will benefit this as well. It will clear the debri from the injury and start the correct healing process.

So when looking for a natural way to treat injuries or pain look no further than this turmeric, bromelain combination for the fix!

Give this post a like or share it if you found it helpful! As always if you have any questions about this or the product give me a shout!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Constantly Sick? Surefire way to nip it in the bud!

Being sick. Maybe you are imagining the thought of being sick or you are currently sick. Whatever the case we all get sick from time to time and for some it seems like they can never get over the sickness. While getting sick is in the dumps, getting out of the sickness can be easier.

Once we get sick our bodies do all they can to fight it off. Hence the fatigue and feeling of being unwell. Our bodies get drained literally of the resources in order to kick the bug out.

What is your go to when getting sick? It could be the Nyquil or Dayquil. It could be plain old tylenol. Whatever it is, it takes the edge off.

This type of meds will help with the pressure in the head or pain behind the eyes or just help you get to sleep so you’re not coughing all night but it doesn’t help to boost your system up.

What if I told you that there was a way to kick your immune system into gear to fight the bug off quicker? Would you do it? Well I have been experimenting (on myself of course) with things that can really put a boost to your immune system and get to feeling better.

That thing is…Garlic! For those of you that know me know that I talk about garlic a lot. And for good reason. I try to eat a raw (yes raw) clove of garlic a night. I don’t always accomplish this every night but at least I try, right?

Garlic has some potent properties to it that help with many different things and one of those is boosting immune function. I mean just smell the thing you know it has something in it that is special. Just one clove at night before bed when your sick and you will start to feel better in no time. Your body will love you for it. Maybe not your significant other but hey you will be healthier for it.

This might be controversial but I find it works for me. Give it a try!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Shoulder Pain! UGH! Ways to help with that nagging shoulder pain.

Shoulders. Gotta love em! We take our most mobile joint for granted until…you can’t lift your hand over your head. I’ve been there. Trust me not fun. But why does it get this way and how can we keep it from getting to that point? This little blog is here to help with that problem. So keep reading!

As I said the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in our body. Go ahead try it. Move it around. See if you can do all that with you low back. No? I thought so. So with this being the most mobile joint we have to keep it moving in order to pick up that drink in front of you, or do your hair.

One of the ways it gets stuck is what is called micro trauma that adds up over time. We slightly damage the shoulder and voila it heals but not the way it should have. Healthy movement after something is damaged is key. It allows the joint and tissues to heal properly. The important thing being “healing properly”. If that doesn’t happen then it continues to not work the way it should.

So what to do? Great question. Healthy movement! Okay I won’t leave you hanging on that one. Healthy movement is doing movement that makes the joint feel better. Usually you can find a movement that makes the joint not feel like it is on fire. So doing repetitions like moving your shoulder back behind your back over and over 10 times will help reduce the pain.

Sometimes it needs a little bit more tender loving care and that is where seeing a chiropractor or someone who can really dig into the muscles to find the culprit is good. It not only helps correct what is wrong but monitoring it for improvements is awesome as well.

Another way to decrease the pain is taking a supplement that has bromelain or turmeric in it. This helps tremendously to get the right type of healing and clear away all the bad stuff. It really is great stuff!

So those are a couple ways to help with that nagging pain in the shoulder. If you have more questions about shoulder pain then let me know in the comments! Ask away! Really I love answering questions!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Chronic Pain revisited: Ways to prevent chronic pain from getting a hold on your life.

Back pain sucks. Let’s just admit it. Pain of any type doesn’t feel good. But what it does is point to something wrong. What I mean is that it tells us that something bad is happening! When you accidentally cut yourself chopping up onions (or whatever it is you are cutting up for dinner) your bodies signals stop doing that! Which is good because if you don’t stop you could potentially harm yourself very badly.

The point of this is to alert you that something is amiss. Chronic pain on the other hand is a difficult thing to deal with because it doesn’t necessarily mean that something is being damaged. It is the interpretation that gets mixed up. Your brain thinks that there is something being damaged which is not always the case. It is faulty wiring so to speak. What we have to do is get those faulty wiring patterns to reset so that there isn’t a message saying,” You’re being damaged!”

So how to do this? It is complicated but in my experience it is a combination of healthy thoughts as well as movement. Healthy movements throughout the day is key. Don’t stand still for long periods and don’t sit for long periods. Every one is different on what is a long time but movement is so good for you that it not only helps your body but your mind! This is good news because you can knock out two birds with one stone.

Simple ways to move is to dance. Yes I know sound funny, but dancing can be a fun way to get healthy movement in as well as make you feel better because you can dance to music! Almost everyone likes some form of music. Music is also a way to unwind your mind and help to reset the pain pathways.

All of this won’t happen overnight. It will take time. And getting checked by a chiropractor or manual therapist can help with stuck joints or muscles that aren’t allowing you to move properly. That is basically what a chiropractor helps with. Getting things unstuck. Well at least in my opinion.

Life is movement. Life is not stagnant. When it becomes stagnant it starts to stink. NO FUN! So do whatever moves you! If it is dancing then dance. If it is playing sports then play sports. Or work out with weights. Life happens so every once in a while get a tune up from a chiropractor to keep the body moving the way we are meant to!

Cheers!

Dr. K

On-Site Chiropractic's Role in Occupational Health

Over the past 10 months I have had the privilege to work with a manufacturing company to meet their needs in the healthcare realm. Chiropractic is a great service to provide a long with prevention of injuries and ergonomics into the workplace to better help the rising health care costs of musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries are most common in manufacturing, construction work as well as professions such as dental assistants and office workers. The growing need for companies to provide better health options is on the rise and I believe on-site chiropractic care can help with those needs.

It is not a one-size-fits-all type of healthcare as each company is in need of specific areas. But overall wellness can be achieved in workplaces and decreasing the amount of workplace injuries. One of the main goals of the program I am a part of is to prevent things from occurring and early treatment of those injuries. This means that the employees are getting to go home feeling better all while never leaving work.

I believe this a growing trend for companies who find themselves spending more and more on healthcare costs for their employees. The process for finding what the company is in need of can be long but like anything you want to measure you have to have a starting point. This gives the company something to go on as well as myself. Starting out by goal setting such as, “we want workplace injuries to decrease”, is a good place to start. It can be something like increasing the morale of the company as a whole. Whatever the goal it needs to be written out and how to attain it.

These types of programs can evolve as well. What was once a goal might change into something more specific of more broad so flexibility with this is key. Expertise in the field is a requirement as the needs of the company are diverse and require professional qualifications. A win-win-win strategy for all involved is at the heart of these programs and in the future this type of healthcare will be the model to go on.

Getting Adjusted Makes You Stronger

Bottom Line:

 

Did you know that a Chiropractic adjustment doesn’t only help reduce your pain levels? It also enables you to get stronger! It’s true. Researchers measured the electrical activity in the arms and legs before, during and after a Chiropractic adjustment. What did they find? An increase in cortical drive post Chiropractic adjustment. That’s science-speak for more strength.

 

Why it Matters:

 

Stronger is better. Better stamina, better balance, better coordination, better performance in every area of your life. What will you do with more strength?

 

- Your brain powers your movements and your strength through your nervous system.

- Adjustments have been shown to increase your cortical drive, which helps make your stronger.

- While one adjustment may not make you a champion powerlifter, this exciting new research is important for all of us who want to live an active lifestyle.

 

 

Next Steps:

 

Pay attention. That’s right, consider being more mindful of where having more strength can be more positive in your life.

 

 

 

Science Source:

Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive to Upper and Lower Limb Muscles. Brain Sciences. 2017. 7,2

 

Chronic Pain

Hello again.

This blog post is all about chronic pain and different treatment options that are safe.

Chronic pain is classified as any pain that lasts for longer than 6 weeks. A lot of people fall into this category as people live with pain a lot longer than 6 weeks. It has become a very larger problem because the current conventional model for treating pain has led to an even bigger problem of prescription medications being abused and becoming addicted.

The new guidelines for pain treatment consists of complementary treatments such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and some feedback techniques to help your brain readjust to the pain to better interpret the pain.

I find the natural alternatives to medications fascinating as well. Things such as turmeric, bromelain and even magnesium for managing pain. In my experience bromelain and turmeric have provided very useful to myself for aches and pains that I experience from time to time.

Back to the recommendations for chronic pain sufferers. Pain is a stimulus that our brains detect that gets our attention. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a tissue is being damaged. I find it interesting that when we focus on the pain more then it seems to intensify. Similar to fears. If one is scared of say a snake and to even think of a snake image would produce the same type of fear even though there is no snake, in reality near them.

So how is this connection tied into pain? Great question and it is still being investigated. A somewhat new term is what is called central sensitization that occurs in the spinal cord and brain. It is almost as if the brain and spinal cord store memory of pain and any little thing can trigger that memory to feel pain. It is in a state of high reactivity to a stimulus in the persons environment.

This could be an explanation to things such as fibromyalgia where the person’s nervous system is in such a high state that they hurt throughout the body and it moves and migrates to different spots.

I think a promising treatment is through coaching and cognitive behavioral therapy. It helps to reset the thoughts in your head to better form a clear interpretation of the pain. This therapy would help along with other treatment options such as acupuncture and electrical stimulation to help heal nerves.

One of the treatments that we do in office is micro current as well as other forms of electrical stimulation. This low current helps the cells respond and better heal. It is backed by science and is used to heal tendon, ligaments, muscle and skin injuries. This could be a potential in helping the body “turn down” the hyper reactivity of the nervous system along with coaching to find the thoughts behind the pain.

This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to chronic pain and it shouldn’t be. Every person is different with different backgrounds that need to be brought to the light in order to truly heal from chronic pain.

Chronic pain at the heart is a faulty reaction to a stimulus and that encompasses more than just mechanical pain such as an injury. It needs an integrative approach to better handle the person’s pain.

Moving forward in this type of approach I think more and more people can get well.

In good health,

Dr. Kauffman