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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.

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

July Chiropatients of the Month

Grandma Bonnie (who has been a regular wellness patient here for over a year) brought her grand daughter Molli to us (who is visiting for the summer).  Molli was suffering from projectile vomiting, constipation and multiple digestive issues when she was brought into the office.  Her grandmother’s goal was to get her off of medications and her back to functioning like a normal kid.  Since beginning care Molli has not vomited once, is now going to the bathroom regularly and is almost off of all her prescription medications.  She is well on her way to functioning at 100% and is enjoying her summer at the beach!

 

Carole and Jerry have been patients at Family First for over 16 years. They love getting their weekly maintenance adjustments, and if they know they’re going out of town they make sure and get their adjustments before they go! They always bring such joy and fun to our office and we appreciate them as patients!

 

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!

Juicing Recipes

Have you ever tried juicing? Some health benefits of incorporating juicing into your life are:

  1. Enjoy your daily dose of veggie and fruits – and try new ones!
  2. Your body can easily absorb the nutrients
  3. It can help you detox your body

Anti-Inflammatory Juice

  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • ½ Cucumber
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • ½ Green Apple
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 knob Ginger

Beet and Berry Liver Cleanse Juice

  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 c. blueberries
  • 1 apple
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 c. raw broccoli
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2″ knob ginger, skin removed
  • 1/2-1 c. pure coconut water

Cleansing Green Juice

  • 3 cucumbers, peeled
  • 3 organic hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 2 organic gala apples, cored
  • 1 organic celery heart
  • ½ lemon

June Chiropatients of the Month

Betty and Fran are dear sisters that have been patients at Family First for years! They bring such a spark into the office when they come in: always positive, ready for their adjustment and therapies, and also they enjoy coming to our classes that we offer monthly. They are always ready to better their health and in any way that they can. We are thankful for you two sweet ladies and so glad you cherish your weekly chiropractic adjustments!

 

We are so glad that Kyra is a patient at our office. As a growing teen, her body is making many changes from growth spurts to mental developments and her adjustments are very important to her body. We are thankful that her parents are also patients and see the value in getting their daughter adjusted regularly.

SP Complete Chocolate or Vanilla

SP Complete Chocolate and Vanilla, offers essential whole food nutrition in a convenient powder. During the summer, we sometimes forget to eat because we are on the run, but this is great to have on hand to make sure you keep your nutrition up!
  • Provides amino acids
  • Supports the body’s toxin elimination function
  • Adds vital nutrients to any diet
  • Supports the maintenance of a healthy weight when combined with a healthy lifestyle
For more information on this product, make sure to talk to the doctor’s in the office!

It’s Hot Out – Drink More Water!

Why do we need to drink more water? Because water is healthy for you. 

You might not feel that this is a good enough reason to drink water. Maybe this will seem like a better reason for you.

Water makes up about two thirds of our body. Without water we would not be able to survive.

Every day our body loses water in normal processing, in chemical reactions, when we go to the bathroom (both urination and defecation), sweating, and small amounts each time we exhale.

Water is important for temperature regulation, lubricating your joints, protecting our SPINAL CORD and other sensitive tissue, and as stated earlier, removing waste from the body.

It is important for us to drink water or eat foods that our bodies can convert to water, every day.

When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does. When we are exercising we lose water faster too.

If you’re exercising when the weather is hot, it is even more important to make sure water is part of your daily routine. This means drinking water even when you don’t feel thirsty.

Hydration comes from drinking water or something that adds water content to your body.

Fluids that contain caffeine can act as a diuretic and cause your body to lose water content instead of gain water, especially if you are drinking more than 40 ounces per day.

Sodas (regular or diet), coffee or teas that have caffeine should not be considered hydrating, especially during the hot weather.

According to the Institute of Medicine women need about nine cups of fluid and for men it is about 13 cups of fluid daily.

During the summer months enjoy the weather and stay hydrated by drinking water every day, thirsty or not.