Thankful for Our Patients this Thanksgiving Holiday!

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This Thanksgiving holiday, we want to let you know we are so thankful for each and every one of our patients both past and current. We are so happy to be able to help many people improve their daily lives and their health with Chiropractic care and massage therapy.

This holiday focuses on gratitude and being thankful. Did you know that people that regularly are thankful are also healthier? An “attitude of gratitude” can provide many health benefits.

According to Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at UC Davis, grateful people are more likely to do the following.

  • Take better care of themselves mentally and physically.
  • Engage in protective health and maintenance.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Eat a healthier diet.
  • Have improved mental alertness.
  • Feel happier.
  • Have a strong immune system.
  • Be optimistic about the future.
  • Cope with daily challenges well.

These benefits should make anyone want to try living a life of gratitude! We wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Source: Healthline

October is National Chiropractic Health Month

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month, we celebrate Chiropractic care as the first line level of defense against musculoskeletal pain. For many different types of pain or injury, chiropractic can help eliminate the need for OTC or prescription painkillers.

Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for more than 12 weeks. Acute pain is connected to a recent injury, but chronic pain can last for months. This chronic pain can lead to psychological, social, and physical problems. The majority of these pain conditions is musculoskeletal. (54%)

Opioid overuse and abuse has become an epidemic in the US. As many of one in four patients that have taken prescription painkillers continue to struggle with addiction. This has many risks.

The value of non-drug pain relief approaches such as Chiropractic care is quickly becoming known as an effective approach to helping with pain relief from low back pain, back pain, neck pain and many of chronic or injury related pain.

World Spine Day occurs October 16th, and this year the Chiropractic world is encouraging people to “Straighten Up and Move.” It is important to have a good posture and to make time to move often every day.

Chiropractic care can be a part of the solution for reducing opioid pain. Other alternatives for pain control we recommend include therapeutic massage, mind and body methods, physical therapy and acupuncture. With Chiropractic treatment, patients will receive spinal adjustments, alternative drugless therapies and help the body relieve pain and help restore wellness.

Source: ACA American Chiropractic Association

How to Prevent Spinal Injury

Back pain and spinal injury is a serious problem affecting many Americans in their lifetime. Your back and spine are a critical part of your body, and having injury or pain in this area can affect many different aspects of your overall health and wellness. Here are some tips for avoiding spinal injury:

  1. Lift properly. Bending over to pick up a heavy object can put a lot of strain on your back and spine. When lifting, lift with your legs, not your back. Squat down and let your knees pull yourself up.
  2. Make sure to stretch before a workout. Warm up slowly before exercising. If you are doing fitness or heavy lifting without warming up your back, injury can result. Ease into your workouts.
  3. Get up and move often. We sit for the majority of the day. If you are sitting at a desk, driving for your commute and watching tv on the couch, it can lead to pain. Make a habit of moving around and stretching as often as possible.
  4. Make sure your desk is ergonomically correct. Check that your desk is properly set up for good posture.
  5. When injury strikes, make sure to get it treated. Visit your Chiropractor after an injury or if you are in pain.

    Using these tips can help you prevent a spinal injury and back pain or other pain resulting from the injury. If you are dealing with pain, schedule an appointment to meet with a Chiropractor.

Dr. Pearson One of 312 Chiropractors with CCSP® and DACBSP® Certifications

Dr. Jay Pearson has many certifications including the distinguished CCSP®and DACBSP® certifications. Dr. Pearson is a Chiropractic Sports Physician with the training and qualifications to handle sports related injuries and performance-oriented athletics. This type of work is a specialized field within the chiropractic field.

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Two of the respected certifications for this title come from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), the certifying agency for Chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Pearson has received both of the post-graduate Chiropractic sports medicine certifications, CCSP® and DACBSP®.

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®(CCSP®) requires candidates complete a post-graduate level hands-on emergency procedures course and a CPR course before completing and passing the exam. Additionally, candidates must provide documentation and proof that they are a Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and have done one of the following:

  • Completed a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® program from an accredited chiropractic college.
  • Possess a current Athletic Trainer (ATC) Certification
  • Completed a Masters of Science (MS) program in exercise and sport science or equivalent program from an accredited college
  • Completed the first year of a sports medicine residency program with an accredited college

After completing these requirements for the CCSP®, candidates can continue on to earn the DACBSP® certification. To earn this certification, you must successfully complete a written exam, a six-station practical exam, written project and 100 hours experience in the field.

To be eligable to take the DACBSP® you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 200 hours postgraduate education in the DACBSP Program, from an accredited chiropractic college.
  • Active Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician/Practitioner® (CCSP®) with completion of a Masters of Science (MS) degree in an equivalent program in the domain of sports medicine.
  • Completion of a sports medicine residency program in its entirety.

Both of these programs signify a Chiropractors advance knowledge in sports-related injuries and how to treat an athlete. Many top athletes have given credit to their Chiropractors for their sports performance including Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Emmit Smith, and Kelly Slater. Most professional athletic teams (and amateur teams) have a Chiropractic sports physician on their staff.

For more information on this certification, visit the ACBSP®.

Back to School Backpack Safety

The kids will be heading back to school soon, and you are likely starting the back-to-school shopping! Back pain is seen in more American adults, but it isn’t uncommon for younger children and teens to experience it. It is important that your child chooses a proper backpack that will not cause back pain and follow these guidelines to keep them safe and healthy.
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  • Choose the correct weight. Your child’s backpack should weigh no more than 5 to 10% of body weight. If the backpack is too heavy, your child will bend forward to support the weight.
  • Don’t let it hang too low. The backpack should never hang more than 4 inches below the waist. The weight on your child’s shoulders will be increased.
  • It is important to wear both shoulder straps. Using only one strap can cause low back pain, neck pain and muscle spasms. Choose straps that are wide and padded.
  • Pack bulky items away from your child’s back.
  • Only bring with you what is necessary for that day of school. Leave unnecessary heavy books at home.
  • If your child is experiencing pain, visit a chiropractor for treatment. Your chiropractor can also check your child’s backpack to ensure that it is properly fitted and safe.
  • If you have questions about choosing a properly fitted backpack ask your Chiropractor!

    Happy Back-to-School!

Text Neck and Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is blowing up on smartphones everywhere. People are heading out and spending all of their free time “catching ’em all.” This game has been seen to have health benefits, as players are walking and moving around to capture the pokémon. However, it can have damaging risks on your neck and back. The time you spend staring down at your phone can lead to a condition called “text neck.”

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What is text neck?

Text neck is caused when your neck is bent down and forward while looking at a smartphone or other electronic device. If you stay in the position for a long period of time it can cause pain, strain and stiffness.

Young people are at the greatest risk. If you are often in this position, it can cause problems with your spine. For young people who have spines that are still developing this can impact their future health.

How can you avoid text neck?

To play Pokémon Go pain free:

  • Take frequent breaks. Take time to put your phone down and stretch your neck and shoulders.
  • Hold your phone higher. If you can avoid looking down, you will put less pressure on your neck.
  • Pay attention. If you are too focused on the game, you can face danger in your surroundings. Be careful that you don’t trip and fall or walk into something. Avoid going into areas that are dangerous or private property.
  • Stretch it out. If you are suffering from neck pain try these stretches.

    If you are suffering from neck and back pain, scheduling a visit with the Chiropractor or massage therapist can help reduce pain.

    Have fun!

Chiropractic Offers Back Pain Sufferers Relief

 

This very moment 31 million Americans are suffering from low-back pain. (Source) It could be you that is suffering from back pain, the single leading cause of disability in the U.S. Whether the back pain is caused by a work injury, arthritis, cancer or something else, many Americans miss work, visit the doctor and take medication each year for this symptom. According to surveys, an astounding 80% of the population will have back pain some time in our life.

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Why do we suffer from back-related pain?

There are many reasons for back pain. The back is made up of a structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. The back also has sensitive nerves traveling down to the legs. Irritating any of these areas can lead to problems. There is also upper back pain and lower pain related pain, lower back pain is the most common type.

Upper Back Pain

Pain in this part of the body can occur from trauma, injury or from strain and posture. Upper body pain can occur in people who work at computers for long periods of time and sit in an uncomfortable posture. Many of these cases can be related to myofascial pain or joint dysfunction.

Lower Back Pain

This area of the back is the most commonly associated with back pain. The severity of pain can very and causes can vary depending on age and fitness level. They could be caused by a muscle strain, degenerating disc, disc herniation, osteoarthritis, a fracture or something else.

How can Chiropractic Care help?

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help with back pain. Direct pressure applied to your spine and manipulations will help reduce swelling and inflammation. It will increase healing, improve circulation and help with pain and tightness.

What else can ease back pain?

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and maintain a treatment plan in addition to your visits to the chiropractor. Rest and exercise are always recommended as a part of recovery. Always rest and relax immediately after injury as you could further injury the back. Once your tissue begins to heal you can begin to exercise and build your strength back up again. Make sure to not push it too hard and only follow the recommended exercise plan from your chiropractor, physical therapist, or doctor etc.

  • Rest
  • Heat/Ice packs
  • Exercise/stretching (low impact, only at the advice of doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist)

Millions of Americans suffer from back pain today. Don’t let this pain ruin your daily life. The pain caused can be improved by spinal manipulations, rest and exercise. Visit your chiropractor today for advice on how to improve your health and wellness and to get rid of back pain.

Choose Conservative Care First

The ACA (American Chiropractic Association) has declared October National Chiropractic Health Month! This year, the theme is “Conservative Care First.” For many of our patients and others out there suffering from back and neck pain (or other pain), the heath care treatment options involving chiropractic adjustments, exercise and stretching are safe and effective methods for helping with symptoms and reducing pain.

 

What exactly is “Conservative Care”?
For Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) conservative chiropractic care refers to non-invasive methods developed to promote healing throughout the entire body such as manual manipulation. Many treatments causing back and neck pain can be improved with safe, less costly treatments such as adjustments, exercise and stretching.

What are reasons to consider conservative care first?

Many patients suffering from chronic pain or pain from an accident or injury turn to prescription painkillers. These are not a solution as they mask the pain and don’t allow the body to recover. Avoiding use of painkillers to begin with will prevent misuse or addiction.

Also, it is important to try less invasive methods of treatment to fully understand the diagnosis and options for the future. Once you have tried options for pain management that are cost-effective and safe you can continue to explore the possibility that a more invasive option may be required (such as back surgery). It is a great idea to explore all other options before undergoing a risky and costly surgery that may not be needed.

What can a Chiropractor help with?
Chiropractors utilize a drug-free approach to treating a variety of chronic pain conditions and pain caused by accidents, injury or falls. They also can help make adjustments to a misaligned spine or pain caused by every day activities, sleep positions, office chair setups and aging.

You are your own advocate and your choices for health care are your own. Using a conservative care approach to pain management and for health purposes is an effective approach to health care. Find relief for your pain and injuries by trying chiropractic and other non-invasive treatment options before using invasive options such as prescription medicines and surgery.

US Olympic Athletes Get New Chiropractic Doctor

From The Fairwood Flyer, March 2004 issue, a Fairwood, Washington newspaper.

Local Physician Chosen for Olympic Training Team

Dr. Jay Pearson, a Kent Chiropractic Physician, was recently named an attending/treating physician to The Greatest Athletes in the World Decathlon club. Athletes in the prestigious club are training to qualify for competition in the Olympic Decathlon in Athens, Greece in August 2004.

Pearson, a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, was chosen because of his experience and expertise in providing chiropractic care to athletes. Pearson is one of only 25 Chiropractic physicians in the United States who will be treating the decathlon hopefuls throughout their training and competition.

The Decathlon Club has a storied Olympic history and many of the former top athletes in the world are members of the club, including Bruce Jenner, Bill Toomey, DanO’Brian and Bob Mathias. The club also includes Tom Pappas, 2003 World Champion in the Decathlon and Heptathlon, and currently ranked the top decathlete in the world. Many believe that a member of The Decathlon club is favored to win the gold medal at the upcoming Olympics and club members have a chance of sweeping the medals.

Chiropractic care has long been considered an essential component of optimal health and the prevention of injuries for athletes. According to Bill Toomey, the 1968 Decathlon Olympic Gold Medalists, “Chiropractic is one more tool that can benefit the decathlon competitor due to the enormous amount of stress he imposes during both training and competition.” Chiropractic care not only benefits world class athletes, but others as well who live or want to live an active lifestyle. “Chiropractic gives my wife tremendous relief following a bike accident”, ways Toomey.

Brian Brophy, a three-time All American NCAA Decathlon champion and personal coach for Tom Pappas agrees. “After six months in a Boston Brace my freshmen year in college for a fractured vertebrae, …I chose to see a chiropractor. Six weeks later I was back on track, literally. I haven’t had a problem since”.

As part of his role with the club, Dr. Pearson will have the opportunity to attend to athletes at major competitions throughout the United State and Europe, including Italy and Austria in May and Germany in August. He will also have the opportunity to go to the USA Olympic Qualifying Trials in Sacramento, CA where the Olympic Team will be selected. Having just learned about his selection Dr. Pearson has not yet made any decisions about which events he will be able to attend, although he would like to do them all. “I’m honored and flattered to be selected for the club,” says Pearson. “My goal is to do whatever I can to help our team go to Athens and win the Gold. Certainly, I hope to be on the track when we do!”

Over the next few months, Olympic hopefuls will be training at five sites throughout the United States, including Warrensburg, MO, State College, PA, Knoxville, TN, San Luis Obispo, CA and Missoula, MT. “with a training site as close as Missoula, I hope to spend a lot of time between now an the Olympics with the decathletes”, added Pearson.

Dr. Pearson, a native of Washington State, obtained an Associate Arts degree in Science from Green River Community College, and Highline Community College. He then went on to obtain his doctorate degree from Western States Chiropractic College. Dr. Pearson leads a chiropractic health care team at his clinic and rehabilitation center in Kent. Dr. Pearson provides chiropractic care to athletes as well as non-athletes at his clinic in Kent. For more information, contact Dr. Pearson at 253-638-2424.