Chiropractic is for everyone! Our patient Janice is 90 years young, and comes in for her adjustments. She can easily be mistaken as decades younger than her actual age. Congrats Janice, we are pleased to be part of your wellness lifestyle!
Did you know that October is National Chiropractic Health Month?
The theme for this month, put on by the American Chiropractic Association is “Conservative Care First!” A conservative approach to pain management and health enhancement is both sensible and effective.
As they explain, “for years, many patients would find relief through conservative forms of care such as chiropractic services only after unsuccessfully trying a range of other, more complex and riskier treatments. Today, that approach has been reversed, with more medical research and guidelines supporting the idea that patients should exhaust conservative approaches to pain management before moving on to other options.”
Unfortunately for those who started with riskier treatments, they may have experienced adverse side effects from their first choice in treatments – ranging from the use of steroids, pain medication, and painful, or sometimes repeat surgeries.
An interesting statistic about the power of chiropractic care…
Those who see a chiropractor have
- 60.2% less hospital admissions
- 59% less days in a hospital
- 62% less outpatient surgeries
- 85% less pharmaceutical costs
compared to those who do not visit a chiropractor!
Interested in learning more about chiropractic? Give us a call to schedule a consultation with one of our three doctors on staff at 303-790-6000, or start reading these online materials from the ACA.
- Make Conservative Care Your First Choice
- Back Pain: Safe, Effective Conservative Treatment
- Neck Pain: Prevention and Conservative Care
- Visiting a Doctor of Chiropractic: What to Expect
Congrats 8 weeks to wellness graduate Maureen for completing the program, and making great strides to improve her health, wellness and fitness goals. In her video she shares her experiences with each aspect of the 8WW program.
“It has had a great impact on my life, and I’m going to continue. This is a journey.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint in terms of our lifestyle and wellness. It is a life long
process, so I couldn’t be happier and more appreciative to the folks here.”
Interested? Learn more about our 8 weeks to wellness program.
Take a moment to check out this video from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
While we’re not affiliated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, we think this is a great video to take a perspective on your health.
In the 8 Weeks to Wellness program manual, a point is made between the quality of your health and the quantity of you health.
Many people live into their eighties and nineties. But if the last 20 years of your life are riddled with pain, can’t remember your name, take eight different medications, live on dialysis, or depend on someone else to care for you, are you truly living?
8WW Program Manual, 2nd edition, page 5
So if your retirement goals include meeting and playing with your grand kids, traveling, and trying out new hobbies you didn’t have time for when you were younger, your efforts today will pay dividends in your future.
Discover your why – the motivation to improve and maintain your health and wellness. Then along with the knowledge of professionals whether it be through our 8WW program, or programs made available by organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, you can set out to make better health decisions that impact the rest of your life.
How do you plan on living the last 10, or 20 years of your life?
We recently had an 8 Weeks to Wellness graduate redo their blood work. Their MD requested a cholesterol panel during a regularly scheduled yearly check up.
Their initial blood cholesterol panel showed highly elevated levels for total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL. After their 8 week program all markers improved to either normal or near normal. This was significant as this result was from diet, exercise and supplementation alone.
The values that came back one year after the program were worse than they were before the program! What does this tell you? Our program works, but you have apply what you have learned even after the eight weeks.
Life happens and sometimes it’s hard to make the time to hit the gym, or jump on the treadmill in the basement. But not doing so can by far be the worst decision that you make. This wonderful infographic compiled by tribesports.com shows how 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week can improve your long term health and well being. So what are you waiting for?!
Yoga 101 – A Four Week Introductory Series with Sharyn
Could you benefit from better sleep, increased concentration, improved balance and strength, or heightened athletic performance? If so, yoga is for you! Perfect for the beginner & the regular practitioner alike, this series focuses on alignment & intentional movement in a lighthearted environment.
Each class includes:
- Handout detailing posture of the week & wellness tip
- Discussion on class theme
- 5 minute guided meditation/relaxation technique
- 80-minute slow paced Vinyasa Flow
Over the month you will learn:
- Week 1: Get Grounded – Body Awareness & Spinal Health.
- Week 2: Access Your Center – Core Strengthening & Balance
- Week 3: Twist and Unwind – Detoxify the Body & Mind
- Week 4: Turn Upside-Down – Inversions & Home Practice
This first Yoga 101 course is scheduled for Saturdays from 9:15-10:45am. The dates are 11/2/2013, 11/9/2013, 11/16/2013, and 11/23/2013. The cost is $95 for the whole course.
Want to join us? We’ll save room for you and your mat. Give us a call at 303-790-6000.
Moms-to-be Need Chiropractic too!
Pregnancy can be tough on a body. Ask any expecting mother, and she will admit to some soreness somewhere. In fact, half of all women experience lower back pain during pregnancy.
The growing baby, will shift a mother’s center of gravity. As the baby starts to show there is an increased curvature of the lower back, and a woman’s posture will change to compensate for the increased weight . As the body prepares for labor, the pelvis will change to prepare to give birth.
These changes will cause misalignments in the spine, and may lead to nervous system stress as the nervous system is working less efficiently, but is nonetheless working overtime to provide for the mother and baby.
Nervous system stress can present itself with a variety of symptoms. Including backaches, constipation, emotional stress, faintness, indigestion, pelvic pain, physical stress, sleeplessness, swollen extremities, and tiredness.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can treat these conditions by reducing the pressure along the nervous system, allowing nerves to fire correctly, to repair and treat the body.
In addition your chiropractor can work along with you to adapt a wellness lifestyle during your pregnancy. Women who are tired may benefit from nutritional advice to make sure that the foods they eat provide the energy needed without huge glycemic spikes. Women whose preexisting deposition that causes hip or backaches, may benefit from ergonomic advice.
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Last weekend, I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and came across the documentary titled Hungry For Change. Within a few minutes into the movie, I couldn’t help but compare the lessons from the movie to the lessons taught in the 8WW program. (Hungry for Change and 8WW are in no way affiliated, but both have the same approach for health and wellness.) This is great, in my opinion, because the majority of the population has a very low awareness about the wellness implications of their daily lifestyle choices.
The movie mentioned components of 8WW – nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditation, stress, the nervous system. If you’re in 8WW, and you need a little bit of inspiration – this is the movie!
One line that I loved, from the movie was, “the problem is that we are not eating food anymore. We are eating food like products” which really resonated with me, having completed 8WW, when having to plan and journal the food we consume for each meal.
The movie included filmmakers from other popular wellness documentaries including Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Cancer and Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. (I enjoyed both of these too when I saw them) These guests were definitely an asset, providing first hand accounts how changing a lifestyle has improved their health. This movie shows that it’s about creating a wellness lifestyle, rather than just moving from diet to diet.
The movie addressed so many popular topics, that we find ourselves discussing each day at the clinic, yet find so many people lost and confused about. It would be hard to summarize the movie in a short blog post, so if you’re interested in changing your life and become healthy, I recommend you to check it out. The movie trailer is above, and their website, hungryforchange.tv has more info, as well as a sign up to watch the first 20 minutes of the movie. (If you are a Netflix subscriber the full video is currently available in their instant viewing).
If you saw the movie, please share your favorite quotes and what you learned! Are you inspired to change your lifestyle now?