Summer Road Trips and Your Back

For those who suffer from chronic back pain or a recent injury, riding in the car for a long period of time can aggravate your symptoms. Summer is road trip season, and many Americans take trips in the car. Here are some tips for dealing with your back pain and ensuring you have an enjoyable pain-free road trip.
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  1. Bring along a pillow such as a coccyx pillow to provide some cushioning.
  2. Make sure nothing is in your back pocket, this can put you out of alignment.
  3. Sit up straight and make sure your back is against the seat.
  4. Take breaks often to get up and get moving.
  5. Slightly stretch in your seat, any movement can help you out.
  6. Bring along a cold pack to reduce inflammation. You can bring ice in a cooler or use one of the instant ice packs.
  7. Heat is also helpful for many experiencing muscle soreness. A ThermaCare wrap or instant heat pack is great to bring along.
  8. Keep feet firmly on the floor, obviously if you are the driver this is difficult. If cruise control is an option you may consider it.

    Follow these tips to help reduce pain on a long road trip. For more tips visit spine-health.

Chiropractic Care & Your Thyroid

Thyroid & ChiroMany americans suffer from Thyroid problems and do not know that Chiropractic Care can help. Though Chiropractic care is not the root cure for these issues or their treatment it can support healthy thyroid management when partnered with a treatment plan from your doctor. Chiropractic care is founded on the principles of holistic care in that they focus on the function of your body as a whole by treating the core of our being, the musculoskeletal system. Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. It is underpinned by the concept that there is a link between our physical health and our more general ‘well-being’.

Lifestyle changes can also help enhance Thyroid health and quality of life.

Proper alignment promotes healthier function all around including spinal health and reduced back and neck pain, organ function, and even immunity. The treatment of thyroid conditions typically consists of more than just hormone replacement, most patients see best results when this is coupled with lifestyle changes. Often times this spectrum of complementary changes can be missed by a traditional health care practitioner such as a primary care doctor because they do not address nutritional and lifestyle changes necessary to see an improved quality of life for thyroid patients.

According to an in depth look at “The Role of Chiropractors in Thyroid Management” done at VeryWell.com.

Many doctors of chiropractic and other health care practitioners with similar education and qualifications have helped fill the void created by isolated thyroid replacement and TSH-only measurements.

Avoiding Back Pain in the Garden

Calling all green thumbs! Gardening season is upon us. We have heard so many avid gardeners complaining about neck and back pain and muscle soreness after a long gardening session and we are here to help. We’ve talked with the experts to come up with these tips and advice to help you avoid back and join pain this gardening season.

Safe Gardening Tips

  1. Hydrate– We advise that you drink before starting just like any exercise keep a large container of water nearby during the entire time you are outside. Proper hydration helps keep muscles ready for action while dehydration can cause a plethora of dangers like fatigue, dizziness, and even cardiac issues.
  2. Stretch– Gardening can be a a rigorous activity for your body. Proper stretching can help your muscles warm up and help your body recognize any particularly tight areas of concern before starting. It is also important to get up and stretch during your gardening, we recommend every 15-20 minutes at minimum.
  3. Get Adjusted!

  4. Get Adjusted– Of course our number one tip in order to continue on the path of healthy and happy back is to continue to get regular adjustments from your chiropractic team at Pearson Chiropractic Center. No one knows your back like your team of doctors here we can help to recognize problems before they turn into larger issues and also keep your spine adjusted and your muscles relaxed.

We hope these simple tips can keep your back happy and healthy to make the most of your favorite Spring past-time pain free! Call us today to set up your next adjustment. Happy Gardening!

Source: Safe Gardening Tips for Your Body

Treatment with the Graston Technique

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Dr. Jay Pearson is trained in the Graston Technique a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion through comprehensive training.

The Graston Technique uses a unique tool that helps Doctors address soft tissue and scar tissue to help improve patients range of motion. This technique is perfect for chronic soft tissue conditions such as plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue inflammation. It can also be a vital tool to help prevent excessive scar tissue post surgery.  The unique stainless steel instrument helps locate and address acute areas of concern while allowing your physician to be aware of your tolerance and pain. This method is a great solution to help patients regain range of motion from restricted areas and help break up scar tissue. Consult with Dr. Pearson to see if The Graston Technique is the right method for you on your path to recovery.

Benefits of The Graston Technique Chiropractic Care and The Graston Technique

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

(Source: grastontechnique.com)

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Concussion Recovery with Chiropractic Care

Headaches, dizziness, sleep problems, depressed or anxious mood, memory loss, trouble concentrating, and other cognitive problems are the pesky symptoms of a concussion. If these symptoms are not addressed and treated they can wreak havoc on your professional, social, and family life. Whether your concussion was caused from a car accident, a sports injury, or even a work place accident the doctors at Pearson Chiropractic can help you get on the road to recoveryConcussion .

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment that addresses whole body wellness. This means when we treat your injury we focus on the relationship of the injury area within the rest of your body and not just one concentrated area affected by the injury. Recovering from any injury is a process and our holistic approach will help you see lasting results. Getting your symptoms checked out by a medical doctor along with regular adjustments and chiropractic care are vital parts of recovering from your concussion.

Follow these other simple tips to see optimal recovery from you concussion or head injury.

  1. Get Adjusted! Often times the same impact that caused the concussion can impact the cervical spine causing headaches and other frustrating symptoms. Chiropractic care can help re-align the cervical spine and can alleviate neck pain and headaches and other troubling symptoms.

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    Get Adjusted!

  2. Limit your screen time, this means texting, TV’s, video games, computers, and even reading. Your eyes and brain need rest to fully recoup.
  3. Avoid vigorous or strenuous activities, though you might not completely feel this you a likely not functioning at your full capacity. Overly exerting yourself can cause further damage and a longer healing time.
  4. Rest! This is key to recovery so avoid all activities that aggravate your symptoms and use this concussion or head injury as opportunity to catch up on some rest and relaxation!

Dr. Jay Pearson is listed in the National Concussion Registry, identified as a provider that has trained and completed the ACBSP® Concussion course.

Healthy Adjustments for the New Year

Happy 2017! Another year has passed us by and we are looking forward to the potential of things yet to come. Making “adjustments” for the new year is important for keeping your health on track. Although Chiropractic adjustments are one thing we suggest adding to your self care and wellness routine, there are many other things you can do to change your health. Here are a few simple health tips that can easily be done to get yourself off on the right track no matter what your resolutions are.

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1. Start off your day with a healthy breakfast. Many of us skip breakfast or only enjoy a cup of coffee. This is a poor habit because your metabolism doesn’t get kick started first thing in the morning. It also can lead to overeating later in the day because you find yourself starving.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Oatmeal with almond butter, chia seeds and fruit
  • Eggs with veggies, salsa and avocado
  • Plain Greek yogurt with whole-grain granola and berries.

2. Eat mindfully. It can become a habit to eat while doing other activities- watching TV, working at your desk, etc. If you pay attention to what you are eating, you will pay more attention to what you are eating and stop when you are actually full. This will lead to healthier choices overall. Chewing slowly can also help you avoid overeating.

3. Cut back on sugar. Sugar is quite literally an addiction and one that can be hard to get rid of. According to the USDA, the average American eats 128 POUNDS of added sugar each year. This added sugar affects our bodies and our health in a big way. Sugar isn’t only in the typical “sugary” foods like desserts, donuts, chocolate, etc. It can be found in everything from canned spaghetti sauce to salad dressings. Here are a few steps to take to remove sugar from your diet.

  • Eliminate sugary drinks- soda pops, fruit juice, coffee/tea with added sugar.
  • Aim for no more than 24 grams of added sugar in 24 hours.
  • Read food labels. Many foods we buy can have shocking amounts of sugar. Check out the ingredient labels and lookout for other names such as glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dried cane syrup etc.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • These sweeteners can have many effects on the body including weight gain.

4. Get active. There is no one size fits all when it comes to workouts. Find something that works for you and that you get results from. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lift weights
  • Walk or run
  • Take an exercise class at the gym or YMCA
  • Swim
  • Play recreational sports
  • Do a workout tape at home

5. Get sleep. Making sure you have enough shut eye is important for daily functions! If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, a routine can help you get into the habit of getting quality rest. Without proper rest you won’t be able to meet your health and fitness goals.

3 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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We know that this time of year comes with more than a few obstacles when it comes to maintaining your health routine. Try to incorporate these simple tips to optimize your health during this busy Holiday season.

  1. Indulge, but in Moderation.
    Holiday Cookies, festive drinks, and family feasts, you know you are going to face these temptations around the Holidays, the key is to make a game plan ahead of time. Let yourself indulge a little but remember, everything in moderation! Try your best to make healthy choices when available and don’t over do the more indulgent choices.

  2. Prioritize Your Health.
    Don’t save health goals for the new year! Sure, office party’s, family functions, and parties might interfere with your routine but try your best to maintain it so that you don’t fall out completely. Keep up with your exercise, adjustments, and chiropractor visits by planning ahead to make sure you schedule time to make your health a priority.

  3. Stay Hydrated!
    It is more important than ever with the temptations of rich foods and alcoholic beverages to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Proper water intake can help curb your appetite and also helps your body digest rich foods, and the best part its calorie free!

    These three simple steps will help you enjoy the season without the guilt. Don’t forget to indulge a little, keep up with your health habits, and drink lots of water. We hope you are able to take time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the Holidays with your loved ones.

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.

Call 253-638-2424 for Kent or 253-838-1441 for Federal Way, walk in, or Request an Appointment today to see how easy it is to feel good again.