Archive for May, 2012


Premenstrual Syndrome

Oh the dreaded PMS.  Body changes such as bloating mood swings and breast tenderness are zero fun! PMS rears its ugly head differently in every woman. There are some natural things you can do to help decrease the symptoms and discomfort!

1.Regular exercise is very important not just for reducing PMS but also for a  healthier you overall! It does not have to be high impact exercise.  You can swim walk do yoga pilates etc. Anything to get your body moving regularly!

2. Although PMS can bring food cravings it is best to eat a healthy diet. Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits and decrease the amount of salt red meat sugary foods and dairy you are consuming. No red wine is not a fruit. However grapes make a great snack especially when frozen!

3. There are some medicines which help with the side effects of PMS but they affect your whole body. They also come with numerous side effects. There are many herbs and vitamins that can help with your PMS. Not sure what to take? We suggest Standard Process products which are whole food ingredients grown on a certified organic farmland. We have a limited supply in our office. Can’t make it to the practice? Email us ( for your survey and we can get you registered for our online store. Through the survey results and consultations which can be done on the phone we can find what your body needs.

4. Be sure to DRINK…Water that is. Increase your daily water consumption. Alcohol can increase the symptoms of PMS so steer clear of it. Caffeine can increase your breast tenderness so if it is best not to drink it either!

5. If you find yourself having bad cramps a heating pad on your low back can decrease the cramps. Follow the heating pad with yoga or a walk.

6. Also meditation can help you relax! Our bodies have the incredible ability to grow a life! Remember this as you meditate. Appreciate your body and all the gifts (good and bad) that come with it!

For a treat during PMS try this ice cream! You need four frozen bananas 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of nut butter and cocoa powder. Put in a food processor until creamy. Then enjoy! Love chocolate or peanut butter? Then add a little extra! Enjoy!


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Posture – The Picture of Health

We all brush and floss our teeth daily to maintain the our teeth so why not do something every day to take care of your spine?

posture - the picture of health

Look at the picture there are three postures shown here. Your chiropractor evaluates your posture as a measure to determine the health of your spine. You can observe your own posture and that of your loved ones at home.

Lets analyze them from the bottom up. On the left we see that the pelvis is tipped backward flattening the back. On the right the pelvis is tipped forward creating a deeper curve in the back and rounding the shoulders. Note how these abnormal postures bring the head forward putting strain on the neck.

The effects of habitual poor posture are devastating!

Our spine works best when it is in a neutral relaxed and upright posture. Poor posture puts our spine under continual stress which can quickly cause wear and tear on our bones and joints causing back pain and disc problems. Your chiropractor encourages good posture for the family.

Practice good posture in front of a mirror at least once per day. See how it looks and feels to stand tall and relax your head and shoulders back. It is not only a posture of confidence it is a posture that will yield greater function from your spine for many more years.

One of the most vital nutrients we can give our spine is motion so make an effort to put a little motion in your spine every day! When you wake up and throughout the day take some time to move and stretch your spine. Bend forward back and to the sides. These simple motions can help keep our discs hydrated and keep our ligaments and muscles conditioned. Many of the jobs we do involve sitting at computers or desks all day with our arms shoulders and head hunched over. Over time this posture will manifest as neck pain headaches and spinal degeneration if we dont take a little time throughout the day to take care of our spines.

While there is a lot that we can do to maintain our spine on a daily basis we can still get stuck in misalignment causing stress and strain on our nerves and decreasing our function mechanically and physiologically. In addition to keeping good posture and giving our spines as much motion as we can a key part of keeping our spines healthy is regular chiropractic maintenance!

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Why Suffer With Migraines

Why suffer with migraines

Do You Feel Like Your Head Is In A Vice?

I am concerned about how you May be handling the situation. Like so many people medication prescription and over-the-counter are chosen without recognizing some of the major consequences. A recent study in Headache concluded “Predictably reliable treatment for most headache types is often lacking”. What May be more surprising is that medications May actually worsen headaches over the long term turning an acute situation into a chronic one. Researchers call this phenomenon medication-overuse headache (MOH). They also estimate that 50% of all chronic headaches are MOH. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

Migraine symptoms vary but commonly begin with a dull ache that becomes a constant throbbing and pulsating pain felt at the temples beneath one eye and the front or back of one side of the head. Sometimes there is nausea vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise.

When spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned it is the start of a condition known as vertebral subluxation. A couple of studies link vertebral subluxation to headaches. In one study 127 volunteers with regular migraines were divided into two groups those who got chiropractic evaluations and those that did not. After two months there was a significant statistical difference in frequency duration disability and medication use in the 8 chiropractic cases compared to the control group. (JMPT)

Another 218 subjects were treated with either amitriptyline a common migraine medication chiropractic or both. The chiropractic only group had 40% fewer migraines. Noted in the conclusion of that study was that “there was no advantage to combining amitriptyline” with chiropractic for migraine headache and that there were no side effects with chiropractic treatment unlike with medication. JMPT.

Good practices for migraine sufferers

Incorporate a relaxation daily routine

Reduce your stress: Incorporate a daily relaxation routine like massage T’ai Chi yoga biofeedback meditation prayer and breathing exercises.

Exercise: Aerobic exercise makes you feel better and helps block pain. They also can keep migraines away.

Eat healthy: Get plenty of fresh nutritious foods add or increase vitamin B consumption in your diet. Also avoid dietary triggers like alcohol caffeine MSG Aspartame and chocolate.

Rest: Get plenty of sleep. A good nights sleep is essential for everyone.

Find yourself a chiropractor.

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