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.

Let’s 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 don’t 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 83 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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Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Comes to Kennesaw GA

About Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that – if left unchecked – threatens not only our children, but every subsequent generation. He’s had great success as a chef, entrepreneur and social activist, but it is his passion for great food and cooking from scratch that has inspired people globally, and enabled him to highlight the importance of cooking skills throughout the world.

Why do we need a food revolution?

The problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn, from the school cafeteria to church function halls, factories and offices. This Food Revolution is about saving lives by inspiring everyone: moms, dads, kids, teens and cafeteria workers to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch.

What can you do?

The See It, Make It, Eat It program is inspired by an event on May 19 called Food Revolution Day.  The event is an initiative launched by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire, educate, and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases, and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.

Register for a class. Registration is free, sponsored by the Fit City Kennesaw initiative, but is limited to fifty participants. Saturday, May 19 at the Edge Kitchen, 2750 Jiles Road in Kennesaw Commons, classes will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm.

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Gentle Adjusting

Gentle Adjusting

Color Hand PrintsPoor spinal alignment can be the cause of back pain, neck pain, and even poor circulation in the extremities. Poor spinal alignment can also be the cause of heartburn, constipation, and even menstrual cramps. Poor spinal alignment also plays a role in thoughts of depression, fatigue, and general feelings of malaise. These conditions can take a toll on your health, your posture, the quality of your interactions with people, your feelings of accomplishment, and your ability to work. A misaligned or subluxated spine can cause a variety of health problems and requires professional chiropractic adjustment. I am trained in a number of chiropractic techniques that help align the spine and bring your body into balance; each technique offers benefits including reduced pain, increased mobility, a sense of vitality, and better health overall.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is the overall process of spinal alignment, and involves ‘retraining’ the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality. Spinal adjustment is often used to increase mobility, to bring the entire spinal column into balance. Bringing your spinal column into balance reduces stress on the central nervous system since the spinal column is the primary conduit for its interaction with the rest of the body. The process itself depends on the technique that is appropriate for your spine at the time of examination.

Extremity Manipulation

An extremity is any part of your body that is not your spine, examples are shoulders, wrists, hips, and knees. I use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that may be causing musculoskeletal problems such as difficulty walking or as a result of injury like typing or sports. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and function to the area that is not moving properly to reduce pain, increase mobility or flexibility, or reduce the stressful effects they can have on the spine.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs, and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the proper function of the nervous system by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to deliver the adjustment. This type of technique works wonderfully for people who have an aversion to the sounds of ‘popping’ that often accompany Diversified and Full Spine Technique adjusting. It is also considered high velocity low amplitude adjusting by some researchers even though it is done by instrument. The effect is little different from a patient perspective (

Thompson Chiropractic Technique

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint. This is my preferred method because the evaluation of the subluxation has a high level of consistency and accuracy. Further the delivery of the adjustment is gentle and precise.

Diversified Technique3D Spine

Some consider this to be the best pieces of several techniques put together, while others call this a technique unto itself. Either way it I use it as a part of the treatment protocol when indicated. It is especially useful in flexible patients and athletes. The application of any of the diversified moves are delivered after a complete evaluation of your needs and presentation at that time.

Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 1923, and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a vertebral subluxation complex. The Gonstead technique recognizes the misalignments primarily through X-Ray and motion palpation. It is the foundation for the Life Full Spine Technique.

Cox Flexion/Distraction Chiropractic Techniques

If you are suffering from back, leg, neck, or arm pain and do not want to pursue surgery, the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers one option. It is considered a safe alternative to back surgery, and helps restore the range of motion in joints after bringing the spine into alignment. Treatment is performed on a special table that flexes and bends various joints. It is commonly used to restore herniated discs, reduce headaches, and improve posture.

Ask Questions

You are at the center of the care that you recieve. That means that you can expect an honest evaluation and report concerning your current condition. You will also learn the most likely causes for your condition as well as what the likely outcomes are over time. You will be able to chose how you want to address the problems, patch or fix. If you have any questions call the office or use the ‘ask the doctor’ feature of our blog.

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