Why live with a pain in your neck if you don’t have to?

Why live with a pain in your neck if you don’t have to?

Here are 5 TIPS to help release some tension to help combat neck & back pain!

make-an-chiropractic-appointment1. Stop Sleeping on Your Stomach: Try instead to sleep on your side with a pillow between you legs or on your back with a pillow under your knees.

2. Stretch Out Your Hamstrings: This can cause misalignment and terrible pain. Do stretches every morning and evening to stay lose and flexible.

chiropractors in redding3. No More “Text Neck” Staring at Your Phone: Take a look at your phone, do you feel your chin going down to your chest? That makes your neck go in a C shape. Try propping your arms up to keep your neck straight. If you are using a tablet try propping it up on your knees instead of keeping it flat in your lap.

4. Get Up and Move: When you sit at at a desk all day your whole body is getting tight, it really helps to get up and move through out the day. You may want to try setting an alarm for every 2 hours to get up and walk around for a few minutes. The more active we are the less we will hurt!

5. Routine Chiropractic Care: Think a chiropractor just cracks your back and sends you on your way? Not true. A chiropractor’s goal is to not only to relieve pain but to keep you pain-free between adjustments! The spinal manipulations used to correct subluxations (misalignments) of the spine can relieve painful pressure in your neck, back and head.

To achieve optimal wellness, follow these simple tips to keep your back and neck aligned and reduce muscle or nerve pain.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment to kickstart your healthy life: 530-221-8443

Holidays and weight gain

So the time for the Holidays is coming. Soon we will see piles of sweets and candies being presented at every turn. We are told “you deserve it” as we are handed more and more. This is the time I like to reflect on what my long term health goals are. Think about where you want to be in 6 months, 12 months, 30 years. Then, ask yourself “does this piece of candy help me achieve that goal?” I am all for cutting loose every now and then, but it can really get out of hand during the holidays. If you want some dessert on Thanksgiving or Christmas then help yourself, just don’t shovel the sweets down your throat for an entire month leading up to that Holiday. I encourage all of my patients to find a commitment buddy. Stay committed to each other and encourage each other to stay the course. Continue exercising, receiving chiropractic adjustments, and save the sweets for the Holiday itself. You’d be surprised what a positive and supportive attitude can help you achieve. Best of health during this challenging time of year.

Smoking and the Spine

Cigarette smoking can impact every system in your body. The health of the spine and smoking are rarely discussed with patients who do smoke. Very few smokers know that the spine is one of the first areas where symptoms will show up from damage related to smoking. The reason this happens is the spine relies on very small blood vessels for nutrition and maintenance. Damage to smaller blood vessels from smoking will show up before damage to larger blood vessels. Typically symptoms include low back or neck pain. As the damage to the small blood vessels of the spine continues, there is a decrease in blood flow to the spine and the surrounding tissue. This makes it very hard for the spine to recover and heal. As the soft tissue in the spine wears out, it is replaced with bone. This is the process of arthritis. Smokers are much more susceptible to accelerated arthritis and injuries to their spine, on average, take twice as long to heal. Just ask any chiropractor. The best thing you can do is quit smoking. The damage to the entire body is just not worth it. I hope this helps our patients understand the damage being done from smoking from a chiropractic perspective.

What mattress do I buy?

I get this question at least once a week. There are so many mattresses out there. Some mattresses cost as much as $5000. That is a lot of money. There are a few mattresses out there that I absolutely love. The most recent mattress I reviewed is called Loom and Leaf. The company that makes it, Saatva, is an online company. This mattress has some of the highest quality material and is backed with a 15 year warranty. The company will ship the mattress to you and you can try it out for 75 days without any obligation. If you don’t like it, you can send it back. The only fee you pay is the shipping the first time. Pretty good deal. This mattress is a high density foam mattress, comparable to a Tempurpedic. Saatva discloses all of the materials used, while Tempurpedic does not disclose all of their materials. The Loom and Leaf mattress has been reviewed by a number of mattress bloggers and consumers. The reviews are phenomenal. This mattress retails for $999 (queen). That is much better than $4000. If you are interested in checking it out, go to www.loomandleaf.com and you can read all about this wonderful mattress. I really like the business model as well. This company passes the savings on to the consumer. The right mattress makes a big difference with your spine and overall health. If you have any questions regarding the right mattress, feel free to contact my office.

Boosting Your Immune System

During the cold and flu season, it is important to understand how to boost your immune system. Now I’m not saying you will never get sick, that’s crazy. But if you follow a few simple concepts you can help your body be prepared to fight off infections more effectively. Here are a few tried and true immune boosters….

1. Drink Water: Staying properly hydrated keeps every system in our body working effectively. This includes your immune and lymphatic systems, which help fight infection and circulate your immune cells throughout your body.

2. Rest: You have my permission to rest! Your immune system is expensive to run. You need to take it easy when it is fighting. My daughter recently slept 18 hours straight while fighting this nasty viral respiratory infection. She woke up and was 75% better. Why? Because I didn’t interrupt her immune system. No doctor or chiropractor knows how to better fight infection than your body. When you are actively fighting an infection, the immune system consumes approximately 70% of your calories!! Your body creates a fever to speed up your metabolism, which speeds up your immune response. Fevers also help kill infections because viruses and bacteria don’t live so well above 100 degrees. Now you understand why you are tired when you are sick. There is simply no energy left for you to do day to day tasks. And no, taking Dayquil does not help you fight the infection. It shuts your immune system off. You might feel better, but that infection is now penetrating deeper in your body without the immune system firing on all cylinders.

3. Make Home made Chicken Soup: Harvard Medical School did a study that demonstated that home made chicken soup was more effective at fighting infections than antibiotic and antiviral drugs! It looks like grandma knows her stuff. Home made chicken soup is loaded with minerals, healthy fats, and veggies to help boost your immune function.

4. Be Patient: Your immune system takes time. It has to make millions of immune cells to fight off the infection. Please understand that this process does not happen in the blink of an eye. Your body operates on its own time scale. It wasn’t developed in our instant gratification, want it now culture. Allow your body time to fight an infection without bombarding it with a bunch of crap from the drug store. Use common sense here. If you are worsening over the course of a week, then talk to your doctor.

I hope this post gives you a little more faith in your body. Immune systems are like muscles. They need to work in order to stay strong. If you constantly shut them off with drugs and intervention, then you will need more drugs and interventions in your life. It is that simple.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: Helping Turn Breech Babies

As a Chiropractor in Redding CA, working with pregnant women is by far the most rewarding thing I have done. I get to witness the healthy development of a new life. The feedback from this group of women has been nothing short of amazing. They don’t feel as tired, they don’t experience a lot of morning sickness, their pain levels are way down, their births are much smoother, etc. Every now and then I have an expecting mom with a breech baby. This means that the baby is not exactly in the correct position before labor, which can increase labor time and labor pain. Sometimes the baby gets stuck and requires a C-section in order to protect the mother and new baby from harm. This can be the exception however. There is a technique in chiropractic known as The Webster Technique. This simple, painless procedure helps take stress off of the mom’s ever expanding uterus, thereby allowing the baby to properly move and turn. Just this week I have been working on an expecting mom who is due in a couple of days. Her baby hadn’t turned. We did The Webster Technique and that baby turned into proper position in just 10 minutes! We were all very excited. I continue to check her every day to make sure she is ready when the time comes. If you know an expecting mom, have her give us a call. Chiropractic can offer so much during this time of massive change in her body.

To read more about The Webster Technique you can visit:

http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html

Stand Up MRI

As a chiropractor, I encounter patients every week with new and old spinal injuries. Some of these injuries are significant and require proper imaging to fully understand the nature of the injury. One issue with sending these patients for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is that all of the imaging facilities in Redding, CA have recumbent MRI machines. That means the patient is lying down while getting their MRI. Well, if you have a spinal injury, wouldn’t it be a better idea to look at the spine while the patient is standing up? The spine is a weight bearing structure. It makes no sense to look at this weight bearing structure lying down. Thankfully, Stand Up, aka Weight Bearing, MRI was invented more than 10 years ago. This technology shows injuries that traditional, recumbent MRI doesn’t. If you have a spinal injury, it is important to properly document the injury. This is why I recommend Stand Up MRI to any patients that want to best understand the nature of their spinal injury. Any joint that is weight bearing and requires an MRI should be imaged using a Stand Up MRI. That way the joint is being looked at in its natural state. I usually refer my patients to East Bay Upright MRI in Hayward, CA. Hopefully Advanced Imaging or MD Imaging will acquire this technology in the future. If you have any questions regarding an MRI or a spinal injury, feel free to contact us at The Chiropractic Place, 530-221-8443

An Easy Weight Loss Trick

There is so much information on how to lose weight. Most of us don’t have time to sift through all of it. The problem with a lot of the methods out there is they take a lot of commitment to change. The best place to start with weight loss are the small, easy to implement changes that can have a large impact over time. The easiest weight loss trick I have come across is: Drink a 12oz glass of water and eat something with protein within 45 minutes of waking up. We lose approximately 8oz of water every night just from breathing while we sleep. Our stress hormones increase at night in order to provide our body with much needed energy while we rest and repair. If we don’t eat something within approximately 45 minutes of waking up, our body increases these stress hormones even more. So if you wait 2-3 hours after waking to eat something, you are letting these hormones get out of control. Your body will react to this mini-starvation by storing more body fat once you eat. So, if you eat a mini-meal within 45 minutes, you prevent your body from going into a body fat storing mode. On average, the patients of mine who follow this protocol lose approximately 1-2 pounds a week. If you do this for 20 weeks, you may lose 20-40 pounds depending on your commitment level.

What to Eat:

Option 1. A meal replacement shake: These are the easiest and fastest way to get what your body needs quickly. I highly recommend the Isagenix Isalean Shake. They use very high quality ingredients and they taste better than anything on the market. Mix with 12-16oz of water and you have everything you need to shut your stress hormones off.

OR

Option 2. Some fruit, Some nuts, and a 12oz glass of water. I typically will eat a large handful of walnuts (or almonds), a whole banana or apple, and a 12oz glass of water. You can also substitute a large handful of raspberries or blueberries if you don’t like apples or bananas.

Remember, the shake is by far the easiest to do. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. A great book that helps explain easy to implement weight loss strategies is “The Four Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss.

Over the Counter Pain Meds Not As Safe As We Think

There is a general consensus among the public that over the counter pain relievers such as Advil, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc are “no big deal.” There are a number of studies that suggest otherwise. What we put in our bodies can have profound effects on our long term health. Our habits have probably the biggest effect on our health. I hope this article helps some of you break the habit of reaching for these pain relievers. They are more deadly than you think….

More Pain Relievers Called Into Question
Study Stirs Concern About Heart Safety of Over-Counter Drugs

Associated Press April 19, 2005

By Marilynn Marchione

“With prescription drugs Vioxx and Bextra already pulled from the market, a study has raised disturbing questions about the heart safety of over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.”

Those taking the “drugs for at least 6 months had twice the risk of dying of a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problem.”

The study was released at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Anaheim.

“The findings add to the suspicion that the heart risk extends beyond the so-called COX-2 drugs – Bextra, Vioxx and Celebrex – to the larger family of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, which include naproxen, ibuprofen and virtually all other over-the-counter pain relievers.”

“’To the best of our knowledge, these are the first data to support putting a [black] box warning on NSAIDs, not just COX-2s’ said Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, a Cornell University scientist who helped do the study.”

“The NSAID users were dying at twice the rate of the others from heart related problems.”

“Risk was highest among ibuprofen users who were nearly three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than non NSAID users.”

USA TODAY reported the following on this study, June 1, 2005 Study Links Pain Relievers and Breast Cancer, by Rita Rubin

“The latest study, out today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, is the first to suggest that long-term ibuprofen or aspirin use might actually raise the risk of breast cancer.”

“Marshall’s (Dr. Sarah Marshall from USC) study analyzed data on 114,460 women in the ongoing California Teachers Study. The women were 22 to 85 years old and free of breast cancer when they enrolled in the study a decade ago.”

“When the scientists broke their findings down by pain reliever or type of breast cancer, they found:”

• “Women who took ibuprofen daily for at least 5 years were about 50% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those who did not take the drug regularly.”

• “Women who took aspirin daily for at least 5 years were 80% more likely to develop breast cancers that were not sensitive to the hormones estrogen or progesterone than women who were not regular users of aspirin.”

Decreasing Stress

Here is a list of easy to implement stress reduction techniques. I hope this helps…

Simple Ways to Decrease Stress

Relax Your Body
Your body is your temple and can easily get run down by stress, strain and struggle so:

* Get good sleep
* Chiropractic adjustments
* Massage
* Yoga
* Rigorous and regular exercise
* Eat Healthy Foods

Refresh Your Mind
Your mind is your guide, it can easily get distracted and off course so:
* Take long walks
* Spend time in nature the average person is outside only 17 minutes per day
* Read inspirational messages
* Learn new things
* Talk with a good friend
* Play with a dog or cat. Pet owners live longer and have fewer stress symptoms. * Therapy or personal coaching on a regular basis

Rejuvenate Your Spirit
Your spirit can easily be forgotten in the busyness of life so:
* Meditate 10-30 minutes per day
* Pray
* Sing & dance, people swear by the power of music to release tension and stress

* Consciously slow down
* Be fully present
* Know and live by your values and beliefs
* Surround yourself with supportive, loving and accepting people

Stress-Free Activities
* Connect with nature, it restores homeostasis to your system.
* Make a list of your favorite things. Read it when you feel down.
* Rely on friends and animals, they are great sources of support.
* Create a pleasure drawer. Stock your drawer with personal momentos or simple indulgences: favorite scents, textures and tastes to create your own multi-sensory stress-relief treatments. * Deep breathe. This will soothe your nerves, it sends oxygen to your brain and refreshes your mind. Inhale through your nose and count to 8. Fill your belly not your chest with air. Exhale through your mouth to the count of 10-15. Repeat 5-10 times per hour until you feel calmer. * Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine for stress. Find humor in the situation. Smile often.
* Imagine. Use visualization and guided imagery to take your mind off the situation.

More Ways To Decrease Stress!

1. Yell! But—be sure you are alone. The best place is in the car with the windows up. Stuck in traffic? Try it.

2. Do something soothing. Start or try an activity like knitting, crochet or pottery. Don’t worry about being good at it. It’s the process that’s beneficial. Sitting still while performing repetitive movements is calming and stabilizing for many people. It can be a good time to collect your thoughts.

3. Start a garden. Even apartment-dwellers can do this. Tending plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers and watching them grow, bloom or yield food is rewarding. Avid gardeners say working a garden is the best way to control stress and worry. An added benefit is the creation of a more beautiful, restful environment.

6. Gaze at the stars. Preferably in a still, dark and quiet area, sit back and observe the heavens. The vastness of space is awesome. This way can make a lot of problems seem very small.

7. Focus on the things you can change and do not worry about the rest
8. Eliminate stress by decreasing your activities and/or responsibilities
9. Do not over commit, manage your time, avoid rushing from place to place 10. Focus on the positive
11. Do not gossip
12. Be tolerant of others
13. Be giving & forgiving
14. Don’t speed
15. Turn off your TV, do not watch the news, read & play games instead
16. Hug at least 5 people a day

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Redding CA, 96003