Thank you to all the patients who participated in our annual Thanksgiving food drive! We were thrilled to send two large barrels of non perishable food items to SECOR Food Bank last week!
Thomas J Dubois, a massage therapist and Active Isolated Stretching instructor explains and demonstrates how the AIS technique strengthens and activates muscles for a better stretching routine.
Stress is an integral part of everyone’s life. It seems the more you try to avoid stress, the more stress finds you. Stress is not something to be managed. Stress is an everyday fact of life. What needs to be managed is our response to stress. One of the most powerful ways to do this is to learn how to meditate.
Mindfulness is taking control of your mind by directing its awareness towards something else, like your breath. Remember we are trying to strengthen our PEACE of mind muscles. This cannot be done without peace. It’s like trying to lift weights without the weights. Mindfulness is the mind-body tool that will remove fears, reduce cravings, strengthen self-awareness, and increase our ability to make proper choices when perceiving a stressful event. With 8 Weeks to Wellness® achieve an INCREASE in physical and mental relaxation, alertness, and capacity for more intimate and quality contact with others, creativity, productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work.
Calm and Headspace are two of many apps that can help you get started.
Depak Chopra aptly said we are human “be”ings and not human “do”ings . We certainly have perfected our ability to juggle multiple balls at one time. However, we have not perfected our ability to quiet our mind and truly become a human BEing.
We made it back-to-school, now let’s set the kids up for success this school year!
Back to school is never easy – school supply shopping lists, early alarm clocks, and the anxieties of meeting new classmates and teachers. It is also physically stressful for kids of all ages, as they carry heavy backpacks, spend hours looking at computer or tablet screens (often with poor posture), and are sore from the return of after school sports.
Now that your family has made it back to school, don’t forget to keep adjustments in your family’s routine. Adjustments are beneficial for children of all ages, helping with conditions from bed-wetting, stressed immune systems, sore muscles, growing pains, and much more.
As Dr Bryan Zales explains, “Back to school can be a stressful time for our kids. Their developing immune systems will be bombarded by cold and flu bugs daily. Their growing spines will be carrying heavy loads in improperly fitting backpacks. Fortunately, Kambeitz Chiropractic takes back to school very seriously. Chiropractic adjustments help the spine become more resilient and boost the immune system. Myofascial release therapy relaxes the tension and tightness in their muscles. Exercise helps to strengthen the body and gain postural strength. For my son Colter, I increase the frequency of adjustments to give him the best chance at a happy and healthy back to school!”
Set up your Workspace for Better Comfort and Productivity
Do you work at a desk for a few hours at a time and find that your joints are sore, your neck is stiff, and your wrists are aching? If you answered “yes,” it’s time to evaluate your desk and work area ergonomics. This is necessary for your office, as well as your kids’ homework desks.
Dr. Weston’s Top 5 Things to Pay Attention to When Sitting at Your Desk!
1. Posture! – Make sure your shoulders are touching your seat back. You should be seated upright with your shoulders back. No slouching!
2. Head Position – Is your head jutted forward? Stop that. Your head should be directly over your shoulders. Any deviation of the head forwards increases the strain on your neck muscles leading to neck pain, stiffness, and HEADACHES!
3. Computer position – Organize your workstation in a manner that allows your elbows to be at your sides and bent at 90 degrees when typing on your keyboard. Your hips and knees should also be at a comfortable rest position around 90 degrees when seated. Last, but not least, your monitor should be at a height that allows you to look at it directly in front of you (no neck flexion or extension required).
4. Stretch Regularly – If your muscles maintain the same position for an extended period, they will become accustomed to the new shortened position leaving you with a tight and stiff neck, back, hips, YOU NAME IT! It is important to stop and stretch any muscles you feel may be getting tight. You will thank yourself in the long run.
5. MOVE!!! – You should be taking frequent micro-breaks (2-5 minutes) throughout your day. Aim for standing up and walking around the office every 20-30 minutes. The more you move the better you will feel.
Thanks Jenn for sharing about your husband and father’s successful summit on Mt Bierstadt!
Jenn wrote “Super proud of these guys – my hubby accompanied my dad who has been dealing with an injury to mark a major item off his bucket list! Thanks Jim Kambeitz”
If aches and pains are holding you back from what you want to do / bucketlist items, let’s talk. It’s our clinic’s mission to empower you to live your best life!
Wednesday was Colorado’s State wide bike to work day! We were offering complimentary stretching and massage right beside a water tent and fruit booth for the ride home on Wednesday afternoon! The smiling faces, despite the 90 degree heat, is what we love!
We are a proud sponsor of the Tiger Sharks!
Dr Weston and Ryan will be helping them, teaching some dynamic dryland exercises to the youth swimmers to prevent injuries while practicing.
Dr. Weston Gustafson, D.C, will be working with athletes through Myofascial Therapy. This form of soft tissue muscle therapy benefits athletes through optimizing muscle recovery and athletic performance. This technique is also used to treat sports injuries, muscular imbalances, faulty movement patterns, and pelvic misalignment. Myofascial Therapy consists of muscle stretching under soft-pressure to re-establish optimal muscle length and function. Athletes will remain fully clothed during the Myofascial Therapy treatment.
Ryan Kerner, Exercise Specialist, will be working with athletes on Dynamic Exercise. Dynamic Exercise is an excellent form of movement that prepares the body to withstand the muscular demands of sports and activity, including swimming. This form of exercise consists of total body movements that work to strengthen and stabilize the muscles at their optimal and active ranges of motion. Athletes will only need a pair of sneakers to safely perform these movements.
Whether you’re young or old, competing or doing sport for recreation, we’d be glad to help you with the same type of exercises, specific to your sport, to help you improve and reduce injury!
Do your feet ache at the end of the day? Then maybe it’s time to look at your shoes and see where there’s room for improvement. Repetitive wear of narrow shoes and high heels over time can lead to bunions. Bunions can be painful due to swelling and can take the joy out of sandal season. Don’t cover your feet another day! With a specific bunion protocol the laser is here to make a noticeable difference.
Did you know that the cold laser can help with toe nail fungus? After trying numerous creams and topical treatments to get rid of stubborn fungus, the solution has finally arrived: cold laser!
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation in the bottom of the foot’s connective tissue. This can be caused by tightness, a tear and or strains to the ligament connecting to the heel. The Erchonia (cold laser) just received FDA clearance based on a series of studies showing the effectiveness of laser treatment on Plantar Fasciitis. Erchonia is the only company with low-level lasers that were market cleared by the FDA for a variety of issues (acne also being one of them).
Low level laser works at the cellular level to rejuvenate cells and help you heal faster. Do you want to learn more and see how laser therapy can help you?
When was the last time you had an Epsom Salt Bath?
The National Academy of Sciences states that American’s are extremely magnesium deficient. This contributes to America’s high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive maladies, chronic fatigue and many other chronic diseases.
Our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and our diet. In fact, the modern American diet of fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of magnesium from our bodies.
Magnesium is poorly absorbed through the stomach and studies have shown that magnesium is better absorbed through the skin as from soaking in a bath.
The benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath include:
• Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
• Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
• Flushing toxins and heavy metals
• Stress relief. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
• Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
• Improved absorption of nutrients.
Recommendation: Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 12 minutes up to three times per week.