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September Chiropatients

Jessica has been a patient since March 2017 and is 14 years old. She comes in with her whole family and her mom understands corrective care for entire family. She originally came in for neck pain headaches and back pain. It was affecting school, ability to exercise, ability to focus in her studies and she now is back to living normal life as a kid should be!

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and Bonnie have been patients for over a year. They are the grandparents of Molli and Maddy who were previous chirokids! They have been under chiropractic care their whole life and have continued their care at our office! They attend as many health classes as possible and are avid participants in their home health and wellness.

To Pack or Not to Pack?

It’s lunchtime at the office and you’re hungry. Your morning has been stressful, and your co-workers are pooling their money for some fried take-out from the local burger joint. You decline their invitation (even though comfort food sounds particularly comforting right now), and instead sit down with the healthy lunch you brought from home, complete with whole grains, lean proteins, raw vegetables, and lots of water. You know you have an afternoon full of meetings, phone calls, and errands, and the fiber and vitamins will carry you through your to-do list valiantly. Congratulations, you made a responsible adult decision, which will benefit your energy levels and probably your long-term health. Do you think you would have made the same decision in the lunch line in grade school?

Kids in school face complicated lunchtime decisions on a daily basis. What a child eats for lunch at school not only influences their energy levels in math class but also sets the stage for adult eating habits. Too many wrong decisions can be a recipe for a nutritional disaster.

Buying Lunch
Although school lunch has gotten a bad rap in the past for being too high in fat and too low in nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, school lunch standards have been making steady improvements over the past few years. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, lunch is looking better than ever.

Even before the recent regulations, schools all over the country were  voluntarily implementing healthy changes for years, such as incorporating local and organic produce, growing on-site vegetable gardens, and banning fast food and vending machines.

Speaking of home, that’s where nutrition really starts. Here’s what you can do to help your child choose a healthy lunch when they’re buying:

  1. Feed them breakfast. If their stomach is growling in homeroom, they’ll be more likely to load up at the vending machines. If you don’t have time to feed them a home cooked breakfast, try natural peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel and an apple, or a smoothie, frozen bananas and peanut butter.
  2. Talk to your child about healthy food choices. Help them to realize that it’s ok to like candy and fast food, but that doesn’t mean they should be an everyday treat.
  3. Lead by example. This may be the most effective way to teach anyone anything, but the most difficult. The next time you’re out to eat with your child, explain why you choose to order the garden burger instead of the hamburger with cheese, or the chicken salad instead of the fried chicken. Kids are sponges—use it to your (and their) advantage.
  4. Discuss the cafeteria menu with your child, preferably before you’re rushing out the door in the morning. You can help them learn which options are healthier, and talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables. If they don’t like what’s on the menu, then they’ll have time to pack instead.
  5. If you are unhappy with your child’s school menu options, talk to the school lunch coordinator. Many cafeteria menu makeovers started with just one parent.

On-The-Go Mom: Dinner Recipe

Chicken and Avocado Salad

1 ⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon roasted red bell pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 ⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

1 avocado, chopped into small cubes

Sea salt and ground pepper

4 large pieces of romaine lettuce for wraps (optional)

Combine all ingredients except avocado and lettuce in medium bowl and mix well.

Gently fold in avocado and serve as a salad or wrap in lettuce leaves.

Serves 2-4.

August Chiropatients of the Month

When Mrs. Norma walks through the office doors, she brings such a burst of joy and energy to the office. She has been a patient for many years and has seen such a huge change in her spinal health. She used to suffer from chronic neck and lower back pain and tried every method possible to relieve pain. But it wasn’t until she started coming to Family First that she saw a difference and is for the most part pain free! We love success stories!

 

 

Last month Mandolin’s sister, Mollie, was our chirokid of the month. Mandolin saw the drastic improvements her sister was having by getting adjustments and she wanted the same for herself while she was here for the summer. She is getting checked weekly for wellness and proper development as her body grows! We love having this family in the office and so happy they’re here for the summer. We are glad we could get them feeling better while they are in town.

 

August Supplement of the Month

Drenamin supports adrenal function and helps maintain emotional balance.
  • Promotes healthy adrenal gland function
  • Encourages a healthy response to everyday environmental stresses and supports immune system function
  • Maintains energy production
  • Supports a balanced mood
  • Contains a combination of key ingredients from Cataplex C, Cataplex G, and Drenatrophin PMG
  • Good source of antioxidant vitamin C*

Gearing up for Back to School

Back pain is pervasive among American adults, however it is not uncommon among children and teens either. In a new and disturbing trend, young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously reported that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people to the emergency room in one year’s time.

What Can You Do To Help Prevent This?
ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.

  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
  • Although the use of rollerpacks – or backpacks on wheels – has become popular in recent years, ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls.

July Product of the Month

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 10 sunscreen protection
  • Blocks UVA and UVB rays
  • Water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Helps prevent sunburn
  • Smooths easily onto skin and won’t leave a white residue
  • Formulated for those with sensitive skin
  • Made with naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Formulated without UV chemical absorbers, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

This month we celebrate our freedom as a nation and all that it stands for which is wonderful. Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

That leads to the question, “What does freedom mean to you regarding your health – financially, physically, spiritually, or mentally?”

Does that mean for you and your family:

  • Debts paid off
  • A new weight loss journey
  • Boosting your immune system through chiropractic care
  • Getting toxins out of your home
  • Having a time of daily meditation or prayer
  • Saving money for a new home, car, or vacation
  • Being more thankful in your daily life

That leads to the next questions, “How will you get that freedom you desire? How will you live life differently once you reach that freedom?”

Here’s some tips to help you get there:

  1. Make a vision board with your goals in mind
  2. Have small goals to complete first
  3. Target one area at a time
  4. Once that goal is completed, celebrate your freedom in that area by doing something meaningful to you

Do you have any other tips you would like to share with us or what areas you are seeking freedom in? We would love to hear from you and support you in any way that we can!