Boost Winter Immunity with Chiropractic Care

Having a strong immune system is important for keeping you healthy. As we head into cold and flu season, it is especially important that your immune system is functioning at its peak.

Your immune system fights off viruses, toxins, colds, allergies and cancers. Your body’s response to small things can reflect a properly functioning immune system. The nervous system and immune system work together in order for healing and adaptation to occur. If you have any spinal misalignments, your immune system can be compromised. Having regular chiropractic adjustments can help boost the immune system.

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What can cause problems with your immune system?

There are a few things that can cause dysfunction including autoimmune disorders, cancer, immunodeficiency disorder, allergies, stress.

Our nervous system communicates to our immune system. The central nervous system provides information so the brain can react. If you have misalignments of the spine (subluxations), this can cause poor communication between the immune system and brain.

How can Chiropractic care help?

Chiropractic adjustments will restore the misalignments in your spine. This will restore the communication between your brain and immune system. With a central nervous system that is functioning at its best, your immune system becomes equipped to defend your body from diseases, illness and infections.

Our patients at Pearson Chiropractic know that chiropractic care is beneficial for fighting off winter flu and illness. Making your health a priority through adjustments can help keep you healthy all season.

If you are struggling to stay healthy, visit us to see if you may have a misalignment causing interference to your immune system.

Fall into Health

We are sad to see summer go, but fall is just around the corner. Summer is a common time for healthy lifestyles to get put on hold. From busy schedules to picnics and BBQs there is little time to workout and eating unhealthy is common. A new season is a new chance for a healthy you. Here are some tips for a healthy fall!

1. Go Organic! Organic foods will help you to avoid chemical pesticides that are in fruits and vegetables and other foods. If you can’t afford to buy all organic, go by the “dirty dozen and clean fifteen. “ Those you should buy organic includes strawberries, apples, bell peppers, spinach, and potatoes. Non-organic includes avocados, corn, peas, and onions.

2. Get Moving! Summer it is easy to head outside and be active- hiking, walking and biking are common in the sunny weather. As fall gets colder (and wetter!) it can be a challenge to stay active. Fall weather can still be nice, take advantage of the sunny days and still warm weather with a nice hike or trip to the park. Join a gym or a workout class, do a workout tape or walk an inside track to keep working out a part of your life even in the rainy season.

3. Try Something New! Fall is a wonderful time for a new hobby. Take up something you have always wanted to learn- sewing, boxing, cooking, soccer… the options are endless.

4. Watch TV Actively! The fall TV premieres can make many of us couch potatoes! Make watching your shows active by doing push ups or sit ups or lifting weights.

5. Get Adjusted! Summer activities can leave your spine misaligned. If you haven’t been to a Chiropractor in awhile, visit us. We can help with many health problems and help reduce any back, neck, or headache pain.

These tips can help keep you active and healthier as we enter the fall season. Wishing you and your family a great back to school season.

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

Graston Technique

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.

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.

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

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.