health

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

The Art of Mindfullness

I talk with a lot of people about the health of your mind. I truly believe that this can have the power to change your life, for the good! I don't know about you but I have days where I am just in a rut and I things just never go right. I often wonder if it was the circumstances that make it bad or was it my thinking?

That is up for interpretation. See we always have bad things happen to us. No one is immune to that. But what we do have control over is our mindset and how we react to those circumstances. I do believe, however, that some circumstances contribute to our thinking but by ruminating over those events causes even more problems with our minds and the outlook on our lives. The long list of bad things that occur would be enough to put anyone in an asylum.

But what makes the most fulfilled and joy filled person the way they are? Is it genetics? Is it a problem free life? I think both of those are wrong. The answer lies in the thoughts and core beliefs we believe about ourselves. See, what I believe in most strongly is a healthy mind and soul. When we create discord in our minds due to circumstances and our past then we get froze to move into a future that inspires freedom. We must slowly rewire those false beliefs that are at our core to be able to move ahead to be fulfilled. 

I know I have been in the cycle of false beliefs about myself a time or two. It is not a fun place to be. Why there is those false beliefs takes a little time to uncover but there is something that we can do to help become more aware of those thoughts. It is called mindfullness. It is a lot like meditation except you try to focus on where you are at in the present moment. 

So to start this out you want to be in a somewhat quiet place. Quiet works best so you can focus without distractions. Sit in a comfortable spot. Could be a chair or couch. Whatever works for you. Close your eyes or gaze at something that would not be distracting such as a single color wall. You want to focus on the rhythm of your breathing. The up and down of your breath. This will be a focus point if you get distracted. Next focus on how your body feels. Any pain that you sense or no pain. How the chair feels beneath you, or tight or sore muscles. Notice how it feels, not to bring attention to the pain but just to bring awareness to where you at in the moment. Continue to breath and bring the focus back to the breath. 

Focus on your breath for another 2 minutes and then you are done! This is a simple exercise to do to unwind the busyness of the mind when it comes to stress and anxiety. There are more in depth ways to do this but I suggest starting out slowly to develop a habit of it. Over time and with practice you will notice that you are calmer and more in the present instead of worrying about the past or future. 

I myself really try to focus on scripture in the Bible while doing this. Filling your mind with TRUTH and not the lies we all believe is essential to having a healthier mind and life! 

 

 

 

How Chiropractic helps with runners knee

First off I want to say that I didn't used to like running. It hurt my lungs. But what I have discovered is that it not only helps with all the lung function not to mention overall health but it is a form of stress relief. It is a wonderful way to get a lot of health benefits. It doesn't even have to be long or fast, just get out and run. Walk in the beginning if you have to. I am going to be writing a way to train up to running in the near future. 

Anyways runners can experience a lot of different injuries while running. A common one is what is called runners knee. When the knee joint cannot move and track the way it should when doing repetitive motion such as running then it can rub on the cartilage of the knee cap and create inflammation and pain. When this happens it is best to get things checked out so that you can prolong your running career. This can be a painful thing and might keep you from running altogether. The knee can swell up as well due to the irritation. You can experience popping when going up or down stairs as well as when kneeling down. 

The knee cap is supposed to run along a path that is on your femur (thigh bone). When it tracks off to the left or right then it creates problems. This can be due to tight muscles or a bad gait pattern. Whatever the case it needs to be evaluated in order to keep running pain free and not injuring the area. 

What chiropractic can do for the runner with runners knee is evaluate the gait as well as look at the joint itself. The knee should be stable so not much movement occurs so when it moves too much we look at the pelvic bones and the feet. When the feet or pelvic bones don't move correctly then movement has to come from somewhere else and it usually is the knee. 

Another way it can help is with treating the muscles around the joint. We do that by either doing trigger point therapy or instrument assisted soft tissue. What this does is free up tissue and alert the nervous system that there is an imbalance in the tone of the muscles. When one muscle is working harder then it pulls a certain way. This treatment helps to restore the correct tone in the muscle. 

Whether you like to run for fun and health or you are a competitive runner chiropractic can help keep you running at your best!

Does your health seem to be out of control?

What does your health say about your life? Is it one of balance and peace, or does it seem to be everything might be falling a part? If you are like me you probably fall in between at certain points in your life. Even within the same day. But the word balance is a great word to summarize what health should be. Getting the right conditions in all aspects of life leads to balance. So if you have felt at some point that your health was out of control then have hope! There is a better way to achieve this!

If you are searching to what may have been good health and it turned sour then you are at the right place. In this day and age the health of people have seemed to decline but there are ways to be thriving again. Let's start with a little analogy. When you get a cut or a scrape what happens? It heals right? But how does it do that and how does it know to do it? Well for starters we were created with this amazing ability to heal if given the right conditions. When you get a cut your body does this automatically. It is process that our bodies were made to have. Some amazing things happen in order for this to happen. 

So how does this healing potential get hindered and we end up having all these symptoms that make up our life? It's almost as if something is blocking our bodies ability to correct itself. Ah that might be the answer. What is creating interference to our bodies ability to heal?

For one the food that we eat is a big hindrance to our bodies ability to create homeostasis. Which is nothing more than the body trying to create balance. If we are constantly eating processed and sugary foods and drinks our bodies have to work harder to get rid of it. If all it is doing is focusing on getting rid of bad things then it can't address the problems that these substances are creating in the first place. Don't get me wrong I love a good cinnamon role or pizza but again balance. Balance is key. Making sure you get the right nutrients to sustain life and keep your body in a healing state. The rates at which metabolic diseases keep increasing and a lot of it would be solved if we focused on the food we eat. 

Another reason we have this block of health in our lives is that of physical activity and movement. Sedentary lifestyles have become the norm nowadays and it is not good at all. It is compared to smoking every day. We all know what that does to your body. Getting activity in the form of exercise and movement is a must. We have legs to walk so walk! This is where chiropractic plays a big role in that we find where you are not functioning correctly, specifically the nerves and muscles. The nervous system controls all of our bodily functions including movement and this is probably one of the most important things to keep running efficiently. Get adjusted!

The last thing is our thoughts. It is said that our thoughts make up who we are. What we continually think about day in and day out is what we become. So if we are filling our minds with junk then that will be the output. It is so important to be around people who lift you up and encourage. It is all about love and service to others that help us in this life. So finding and being a loving presence to all you encounter helps to increase your bodies ability to heal. Imagine with me the days before a big test or meeting. All the nerves and preparation lead to a moment and then after that moment occurs what happens? We get sick. Some can relate. But it was all that nervous energy being thought over and over and it does have an impact on our bodies. So fill your mind with good stuff!

Health is a journey and so is healing. There are many limitations to this obviously enough but our bodies were given the blueprints to stay healthy. Use if the right way and you will have balance. 

I hope this answers some questions that you may have about why you might be experiencing health issues. It is not the whole picture but I practice this myself. It can be difficult but definitely worth living a healthy life and enjoying it! If you have any questions just shoot me a message on Facebook or on my website under contact. Thanks!

Stretches that a back pain sufferer can do at home

"What are some ways that I can do things at home so that my back pain will not get worse?" I get asked questions like this quite often and I recommended a good stretching routine that can benefit your back pain when you are in a pinch. Stretching allows the muscles to feel less stiff and perform better. This will help with the health of your joints. How it does that is by decreasing the amount of compression that the muscles put on the joints. This is a good thing. 

The following stretches are great for keeping the compressive forces of everyday living from impacting your low back and the pain associated with it. 

Psoas Stretch

The psoas muscle attaches directly the the lower back vertebra. This means that if it is tight due to too much sitting, it can cause some low back pain. This stretch is a little difficult to master but well worth it. Start by doing a lunge but keep your back in an upright position. Then lean toward from the forward leg. This will allow a good stretch in the psoas. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 2 more times. Doing this will not create a bad force in the spine while still stretching the psoas out. 

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Cat-Camel

This stretch is great for keeping the spine mobile. It will feel great to move your spine this way and you will see great benefits to your overall spine health. Start by getting on your hands and knees. Gently flex and extend the entire spine. One cycle should take about 4 seconds. Do 5 cycles of this and see how your low back pain feels. 

 

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Gluteus Stretch

This next stretch is great for the glutes and the piriformis muscle. These muscles affect the SI joint which is typically referred to to the hip but it is a different joint. This stretch is a great way to stay mobile and will help with tension in the hip musculature as well as the nerves that travel near it.  Start off slowly and work your way up. You want to lay on your back and then bring one leg over onto the knee as if crossing the legs when sitting. Then grab your other leg and pull slightly. You should feel a good stretch with this one. Go slow with it and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times and switch to the other leg. 

These stretches will help to improve the muscle compression on your joints and help to improve mobility in your spine and pelvis. These are great in conjunction with getting chiropractic adjustments to restore the proper motion in the spine and pelvis. 

How to Keep Your Discs Healthy

Your spine is made up of a few different joints between each vertebra and like a joint they act to enhance movement and make movement easier. One of these joints is between the vertebra and the spinal disc. The disc acts as a shock absorber for the spine and a lot of the energy and compressing we experience throughout the day is transmitted to the disc. We often hear about someone who has a herniated disc or a bulging disc. Those structures are prone to essentially rupturing when certain points of stress are put on it for too long. When that happens it is not a good feeling. The symptoms are most often pain, tingling, or numbness in the leg and foot. Even a weakness of the leg and foot can be associated with it. 

Many people seek out treatment for this every day. So what exactly can we do to maintain the disc health and why you should take this seriously, especially if you already experience low back pain or neck pain. 

It all starts with getting the right nutrients so that your body can use them to repair and maintain the structures in the correct way. Manganese and vitamin C are crucial to repair and maintenance of ligaments and tendons and are greatly beneficial when dealing with disc problems. This allows the body to repair it better and more efficiently when the right amounts are used. 

Another thing is walking. Most people don't want to walk when their back is hurting or legs but walking with arms swinging is a great way for help the disc "pump" and remove waste as well as get the right fluid in the disc to repair it. A simple 10 minute walk with arms moving can help to decrease the pain sensitivity that a bulging or herniated disc can cause. 

Probably the best way to keep spinal discs healthy is chirorpactic adjustments. Adjustments help to correct lack of movement in the joints and restore the proper movement. It also helps to "pump" the disc and help to heal the material that may be damaged. With the proper adjustments given it can really help with the health of your spinal discs as well as decrease the pain that you are feeling.

Why doing this one thing will help with your pain

Pain. We all have had it at some point. Hate it or love it it teaches us what damages our bodies. But what happens when it becomes a long term thing? We get so used to having it that it's always there. Does that cause damage as well? We will discover the one thing that will help with pain and how you can get do more of it. 

I'll start with a story. It is a story out of my life that I will share. I tore my ACL...twice. So had the surgery and afterwards they want you to put you leg on this device that moves it constantly, for 24 hours a day for a week, only resting it when you do your exercises. I mean you have this thing on you when you sleep so it's not the greatest  to be able to sleep. But why would they do something like that? One word. Movement. If you don't move the joint that was injured it becomes stuck and scar tissue forms and then you have more problems than when you started. 

The importance of movement especially joints that have been injured is crucial. Pain tells us to stop for good reason but movement that is controlled is actually a type of therapy. What does this have to do with health? Actually a lot. See when we experience pain we want to sit down and rest which is good for really acute pain. Like spraining your ankle you probably want to rest and ice it but once that period of rest and ice is over you gotta move it. Slowly walking getting the joint fluid to move around and drain is key. 

I see this everyday. Joints that are not properly moving cause pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine or other joints of the body. It is my job to free up joints and get them to move better so pain does not set in long term. I am so passionate about seeing people moving well and getting better because they get to experience life again the way that they used to know it. They get to play with their kids or play that sport with a little more ease. When we have people that are not in pain their mood improves which is a fantastic benefit to getting adjusted. The list goes on and on. 

So even after getting adjusted it is good to rest but taking a short walk of 5-10 minutes can help keep the joints free and moving correctly. This one thing of getting movement and not sitting down all the time will help to ease the pain you are experiencing. When you experience movement and what it is supposed to feel like you will get to enjoy life again!