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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

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.

Getting Vitamin D During the Winter

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Just How Much Vitamin D do we need?

Just 15 minutes of sun at mid-day in the summer is sufficient. Of course, this varies based on how much skin is exposed (darker skinned people may need more time), the time of the day (mid-day is best for vitamin D), altitude (the higher the altitude you are at the more vitamin D your body can make), cloud cover, etc. During the winter, it’s hard to get out in the cold.

So what can we do?
Good food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon, especially the wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, mushrooms, eggs and vitamin D fortified foods such as milk (any milk will do–cow, soy, almond, or coconut milk are all fortified). My favorite way to get vitamin D in the winter is from salmon.  Just a small 4-ounce serving of salmon offers us 265% of our daily recommended allowance of this critically important vitamin. As vitamin D can be stored, just 2.5 servings of salmon each week would get us all of the vitamin D we need.
Take a Vitamin D supplement
Our Cataplex D is a great supplement to take during the winter cataplex-d-90-tablets-by-standard-processwhile you’re not getting enough sun. Ask the girls at the front desk how to get this!

December Chiropatients

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Arvella Marlow

Ms. Arvella has been coming to our office for over 10 years! She is always smiling, and she always make sure to get her adjustments in! We love Ms. Arvella and the positive energy she brings into the office. She is committed, she is always kind, and we love seeing her each week for her appointments!

 

 

 

 

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 December Chirokids of the Month

Ace, Riley, and Caitlynn Thompson

The Thompsons have been patients for a few months now, and we love their excitement when they come to get adjusted! They are always happy! They do their exercises every visit, and they know the importance of getting adjusted at an early age! We love the Thompson family and we are very thankful to have them as patients in our office!