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December Product of the Month

The Cervical Denneroll Orthotic Device is a simple, yet complex, pillow-like device engineered with curves, angles, and ridges extrapolated from the CBP evidence based cervical spinal model. With simple training and education, you can instruct your patients to properly position the Cervical Denneroll device for low-stress, comfortable mirror-image traction (spinal remodeling) treatments at home.
If you suffer from forward head posture, a straightened neck, or headaches, ask one of the doctor’s in the office if the Cervical Denneroll could help you!

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The Best Gift of All

The Black Friday deals are done, Cyber Monday is behind us, and we are beginning to dust off grandmother’s classic cookie recipes to bake as gifts to friends, co-workers and loved ones. Store fronts display quaint Christmas scenes and “White Christmas” is playing everywhere we go. One thing is for sure: it’s officially the holiday season!

It is easy to get whipped up into a holiday frenzy as you chase the cheapest sales and fight the crowds at the most popular stores determined to check everyone off your list. Before you know it, you’re packing your trunk full of holiday gifts and goodies and over the mountain and through the woods you go to visit your family. By the time you leave, you may find yourself exhausted and silently thinking “Thank goodness this is over!” We all know that the holiday season holds much greater value than tasty cookies and chasing discounts, so how do we capture the holiday season for all that it is designed to be?  The answer is simple and doesn’t cost a penny: giving your time.
We are surrounded by people and organizations in our communities that are truly in need this holiday season. By donating even just an hour of your time, you can make an incredible, meaningful and direct impact on the life of another person. It doesn’t take much, just a heart that desires to give.  Do some research and find a cause that is meaningful to you.  Carve out a slice of your personal time to give and you’ll be amazed just how much it really begins to feel like the holiday season.

BUT, the BEST gift of all is referring a friend to our office here at Family First and showing them what a life of full potential can look like when they start getting their adjustments. Do you know someone that has habitual headaches, or is constantly complaining of neck or back pain? Sure, you do! They are the perfect candidate to come see us!

Let this year be the year that you begin to give back to the needy in your community and by showing your friends/family what it’s truly like to live in total health freedom.

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A Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for what we have, spending time with friends and family.  But it’s also the holiday often associated with excessive amounts of food!  Everyone knows that a Thanksgiving meal is often laden with sugary and carb-loaded goodies and many overindulge and consume more in this one meal than they normally do in a whole day.  But have you ever noticed how you feel after this extravagant meal?  Most feel groggy and tired and maybe so full you feel sick.  Yes, it’s fine to splurge on holiday foods, but making a few healthy changes to your Thanksgiving routine could mean you’ll feel better and more Thankful in the end!

Here are some helpful healthy Thanksgiving Day tips!

Eat breakfast: Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day.”  This is especially true on Thanksgiving!  It may seem counterproductive to eat a hearty breakfast before a large Thanksgiving feast, but eating something in the morning can help you keep portions smaller at the big meal.  Breakfast will also keep you energized enough to get kitchen task done and entertain your guests. Try having some scrambled eggs, a small omelet with veggies, or fruit with greek yogurt.  The protein will keep you full all morning and keep you from feeling ravenous once dinner is served.

Get off the couch: No you don’t have to work off every morsel you eat!  But keeping in mind that the typical Thanksgiving meal weighs in at about 3,000 calories you may want to incorporate some physical activity to your day to avoid weight gain.  Even just a short 10 minute walk before and after the meal not only wards of winter pounds but boosts your energy and confidence levels!

Try some healthy alternatives: We all have our favorite traditional holiday dishes that we are reluctant to change.  You don’t have to change all your dishes to healthier alternatives, but try substituting healthier options in a few side dishes.  Maybe have mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes this year.  Or try making your own mushroom cream soup for the green bean casserole instead of the processed canned soup version.

Here at Family First, we always strive to help you be the BEST you you can be, but also have fun doing it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and we hope that you remember everything you have to be thankful for this holiday season!

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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*
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Mental Health and Chiropractic

Most often people associate chiropractic care with aches and pains of daily life or a chronic nagging pain that they need relief from. Chiropractic care is so much more than that. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to show you how chiropractic plays a large role in keeping our mind sharp and as healthy as possible. 

Decreases Mind-Clouding Pain

One reason that chiropractic care can help mental health is by decreasing any physical pain that may be clouding the mind. As anyone with chronic pain can attest to, this discomfort can have a serious impact on mood and mental health. As the spine becomes aligned and pain decreases, anxiety and depression sprouting from pain are proven to lessen throughout treatment.

Decreases Chronic Pain, a Common Cause of Depression

When chronic pain is a part of your daily life, not only is it hard to focus but suddenly you are no longer feeling well enough to be social and take part in activities you once loved. Studies have proven that depression occurs at a rate of three to four times higher in those with chronic pain when compared to their healthier peers. The cycle of chronic pain and depression can continue on and on unless it is broken. Regular chiropractic adjustments have proven to decrease pain, depression and anxiety and allow for a healthier (mentally and physically) existence.

Changes Misalignments Which Impact the Nervous System

Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry. This chemistry in your organs as well as your brain is all regulated by the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine (specifically the first, second or third vertebrae) can cause pressure in the area of the brain steam which can cause interference neurologically and chemically.  Often people turn to medications that are used to alter their brain chemistry but those looking for a non-medication therapy often find that re-aligning these vertebrae can do wonders for their mental state.

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November Chiropatients of the Month

Kelly and Luke Long

Kelly has been coming to our office for 10+ years and is such a faithful patient. She has shared her love of chiropractic with her whole family and we are able to help them stay healthy! We have loved getting to know her on a personal basis and she has become like family!

Luke has been a patient since he was a baby and his first adjustment was a few days after he was born! Kelly knows the importance of bringing her son in for maintenance visits especially when it’s flu/cold season to boost his immune system. He always brings a fun energy to the office and we love seeing him each week!

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Gratitude Tree

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For the whole month of November, our office will have a Gratitude Tree for you to practice what you are thankful for. When you stop in for your adjustment, make sure to place a leaf on the tree and reflect on the many blessings we have! Read what others have to say as well! 

This is a great thing to practice even on a daily basis – have you read our article about A Dose of Gratitude and how to incorporate that into your daily life?

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Maria

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Maria has been with us at Family First for 10 Years and we are going to the happiest place on earth to celebrate her – Disney World!!!
Our office will be closed Monday, November 9 – Wednesday, November 11 as our whole staff will be going. We will reopen Thursday, November 12 from 7:30-10, 3-5:45 and Friday, November 13 we will be open longer hours from 7:30-3:00pm.

Our spines don’t take breaks like we humans do, so make sure to get your adjustments in before we are gone and after we get back!

Next time you see Maria wish her a “Happy 10 Year!”
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

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A Dose of Gratitude

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

What if there was a solution so simple that involved nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice feeling thankful have a leg up when it comes to their health.

Who wouldn’t want to try it? To get started giving thanks, consider integrating some of the steps below into your daily life:

Focus Attention Outward:
Your attitude plays a large role in determining whether you can feel grateful in spite of life’s challenges. Research suggests that those who are more aware of the positive in their lives tend to focus their attention outside of themselves.

Be Mindful of What You Have:
You may assume that those with more material possessions have more to be grateful for. It’s not how much you have, but how you feel about what you have that makes the difference.
Keep a Gratitude Journal:
Recording what you feel grateful for in a journal is a great way to give thanks on a regular basis. Try listing five things on a daily basis that you’re thankful for and see how much more optimistic you find yourself!

Reframe Situations as Positive:
The next time you find yourself complaining about life’s hassles, see if you can mentally “flip the switch” to frame things differently. For example, rather than getting down about missing an opportunity, try to see the positive side about the situation.

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