Back to School Adjustments for Kids

A young boy wearing a backpack runs towards the bus stop

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!”

Dr Weston’s Tips for a Comfortable Ergonomic Workspace

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!

A man sits at a desk facing his computer screens with poor uneven posture while working
This man sits at his desk with uneven shoulders. Adjusting his chair up could help him reach the mouse without lifting his right shoulder.

1. Posture! – Make sure your shoulders are touching your seat back. You should be seated upright with your shoulders back. No slouching!

A digital illustration of someone and their spine and red at the neck indicating where there's pain

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!

A woman leans over her laptop while talking on the phone, creating unnecessary strain on her neck
This woman leans over her laptop while talking on a cell phone which will result in more neck pain as she leans down and over her computer. Neck pain is imminent, even if it is supposed to be a short phone call.

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.

Man taking a break and casually walking outside

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.

A Mt Bierstadt Hiker Credits Dr Kambeitz for his Summit Success

Two men holding a sign on the top of 14er Mt Bierstadt indicating their success. Caption on photo says: Thanks to Kambeitz Chiropractic! June 30th barely able to walk to climbing 14,060 feet on August 9th"

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!

Bike to Work Day 2019

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!

Proud Sponsors of the Tiger Sharks – Dynamic Exercise for Youth Swimmers

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!

Laser Light Therapy – It’s time to Treat your Feet

Man's bare feet with shoes and rolled up jeans in view

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!

Erchonia 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?

Learn more about Laser Light Therapy Treatments at Kambeitz Chiropractic.

Contact us to learn more about low level laser and to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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.

How will you stay hydrated this summer?

We all know to be drinking water, but ask yourself, are you drinking quality water? Do you drink well water or city water? Did you know that we offer complimentary water to all of our patients? Try Alkaline water from our Kangen machine today!

Kangen Water Filter

Did you know that “Kangen” means, “bring back to origin” in Japanese? This Alkaline water can help balance your body’s pH, be used as an antioxidant, and is also much more easily absorbed into the body compared to conventional tap water, due to its molecular shape.

We should be drinking enough water in a day to equal half our body weight in ounces – Actual water, not coffee or tea which can actually DE-hydrate you! Especially on extremely hot days, after exercise and post massage treatment, we need to make drinking quality water apart of your regular routine.

Water bottle

Make it fun and convenient; always have a water bottle with you, make goals to consume a particular amount before a certain time, or even flavor your water with fresh mint or cucumber.

This summer, you can eat your way to hydration as well. Enjoy tomatoes, celery, strawberries and other produce to keep you feeling great!

Tips to Stay Hydrated

KCHWC massage therapist Eric Carlson explains the importance of staying hydrated, what happens to the body when it is dehydrated, and tips to increase your water intake.

Massage and Stretching at the Girls on the Run 5k

We kicked off Mother’s Day with a massage and stretching booth at the Girls on the Run 5K.
Over 2000 runners showed up to run in the beautiful weather and to celebrate Mother’s Day and empower young girls!  We were busy with our complimentary massage and stretching station near the start/finish!

Interested in having our staff run a massage booth at your event? Contact us at 303-790-6000!

Stretching the internal hip rotator with Active Isolated Stretching

Thomas J DuBois, LMT NCTMB of Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C. demonstrates how he uses Active Isolated Stretching for tight internal hip rotators. These stretches are frequently used in the treatment of lower back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and with patients who have had hip replacements from hip degeneration.

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7100 S. Clinton St Suite 110, Centennial, CO, 80112
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