Living In Balance

You mean chiropractic adjustments can help lower my blood pressure?

Date: February 6, 2017 | Time: 9:34am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

High blood pressure (HBP) is a condition that damages the walls of blood vessels and can lead to a number of other diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Think of an overinflated tire. Overtime, if there is too much pressure in that tire it is likely to wear out faster and in some cases blow! That's especially not good for blood vessels to do inside of your body.

So how do doctors determine if you have HBP? Simple: it's that test they do just about every visit when they inflate a cuff around your arm to measure blood pressure. It is measured by two very important numbers: systolic (the top number when your heart beats) and diastolic (when your heart is relaxed). In a relaxed state you want those numbers to be around 120/80 (systolic/diastolic) or slightly less.

While HBP is mostly avoidable with lifestyle changes (proper diet & exercise), studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments, particularly to the upper neck, can lower your blood pressure. One study compared the drop in systolic/diastolic blood pressure between a group of patients receiving adjustments to the upper neck and another group that received a sham (fake adjustment) to the upper neck. The results were astonishing; a reduction in blood pressure equivalent to two combined prescribed blood pressure lowering medications after an eight week trial.

This is just one example of how chiropractic adjustments help your entire body. A major principle of chiropractic is that your body naturally tries to attain balance and heal itself. Here at Body in Balance Chiropractic, we focus our practice on helping your body stay in balance.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

Journal of Human Hypertension (2007) 21, 347-352. doi:10.1038/sj.jhh.1002133; published online 2 March 2007

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CRASH! What was that sound?

Date: October 24, 2016 | Time: 8:51am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Did you know that automobile accidents often cause injuries that can be extremely painful and debilitating? Whiplash injuries are among the most common form of injury that results from a minor fender bender all the way up to a totaled car. A whiplash injury occurs during a car accident when someone's head is thrown forwards and backwards (or side to side) due to an abrupt force and results in tearing of the muscles and ligaments. Patients will sometimes not even feel the pain until they wake up the very next day after the inflammation has set in. I've had patients say that they felt like a train wreck waking up the next day when they felt nothing the day of the accident!

Just how does chiropractic help? Chiropractic is known to have a great success rate in treating whiplash injuries by helping your body heal itself without the use of drugs. Patients are often amazed even after the first adjustment when they feel their pain decrease and notice that they regain their range of motion! Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and take the pressure off the nerves, which allows the body to properly heal itself.

Often times we will also prescribe and refer to our experienced massage therapists. The massages are designed to increase blood flow to the damaged tissues and thus increase the recovery rate. Massage also prevents tight knots and scar tissue from forming. Not only that, massages can be very relaxing.

Automobile injures don't just cause pain, but can lead to disability in the long term if not properly addressed. If you or someone you know has recently been in an accident, give us a call before it gets worse.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Date: September 12, 2016 | Time: 8:47am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

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To Brace or Not To Brace

Date: August 29, 2016 | Time: 9:41am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Should I be wearing a back brace?

A lot of people that suffer from chronic lower back pain consider (or even wear) a lower back support brace on a regular basis. One thing you should consider is "what does that brace really do to help you"? In most cases, a lower back support brace is great for new injuries. It helps maintain your posture and helps keep the pressure off of your spinal nerves that would typically cause the pain.

However, know that in most cases wearing a lower back brace should only be done on a short term basis. A good comparison is wearing a cast after breaking a bone. If you've ever broken a bone and been in a cast (or know someone that has) what do you/they typically notice immediately after getting the cast removed? Some of you probably answered "wow, I need to shave that leg/arm!" Others probably thought that your muscles seem to be smaller and weaker compared to the other side. Wearing a cast is often necessary for a broken bone to properly heal. This is not the case for most causes of lower back pain such as a strain/sprain injury. If you continue to wear that brace for weeks or even months, what do you think is happening to all those core muscles? They are likely to get weak just as if you were wearing that cast. This can present a big problem... If you don't have soild core muscles then there is a good chance you will make your lower back worse long term. Most healthcare providers and fitness experts agree that core strength training is very important to a healthy back! If you don't have a good core, you can predispose yourself to more injuries.

In general, lower back braces are good for new injuries, but should not be worn long term. If you suffer from acute or chronic lower back pain, give us a call. Chiropractic is well known to get great results with lower back pain.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Date: August 17, 2016 | Time: 4:19pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott takes us inside his kitchen to reveal his secret to getting the most out of summer vegetables... JUICING!

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Date: August 10, 2016 | Time: 2:14pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

In this week's episode of "Chiro Connection" Dr. Scott shares practical tips to reduce chemical stress on your body, thus making it healthier. Too much chemical stress creates tension which causes spinal subluxation, which is a major deterrent to your health.

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Scroll no further for these fun facts about your spine

Date: July 29, 2016 | Time: 2:06pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Here are some fun facts that you didn't know about your spine

-As we get older, it's not uncommon to lose about an inch in height. This is due to the discs in your spine wearing down and "shrinking".

-Most humans are born with 33 vertebrae ("backbones"). However, some naturally fuse together as we grow and we end up with 26 as adults.

-Both humans and giraffes have 7 cervical vertebrae (neck bones). However, a giraffe's neck is about as long as a full grown human is tall.

-A newborn human spine is C-shaped. The S-shape develops as the baby learns to hold their head up, crawl, and ultimately walk. It's the S-Shape that allows us to walk upright with two legs.

-You wake up in the morning slightly taller than when you went to bed. This is because your discs (essentially your shock absorbers) tend to lose water throughout the day due to supporting your bodyweight. Sleeping at night gives the discs a chance to rest, rehydrate, and thus make you taller in the morning.

-You have 43 pairs of nerves that directly leave the central nervous system and control all aspects of your body. 12 pairs originate directly from the brain. The other 31 pairs are spinal nerves (nerves that exit the spine). These nerves are all prone to irritation via subluxation (misaligned vertebrae).

-The nervous system is also known as the master control system. It functions like the computer and wiring that runs your car. If it were damaged your car would not be functioning normal or it might not even run at all. As humans we tend to neglect our own body until there is a problem. At body in Balance Chiropractic we regularly do nerve stress tests as part of our exams. Schedule an appointment today so we can give you a thorough evaluation of your nervous system.

-yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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defaultStress Poster Explained

Date: July 20, 2016 | Time: 10:38am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

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Vacation Time

Date: July 18, 2016 | Time: 1:14pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Hi all,

It's officially summertime! As I look outside today and see the lovely Pacific Northwest rain, it doesn't appear that it has arrived, but we all know better living in Washington. Thank you to Dr. Scott for filling in for me while I took my vacation last week. It was a great break to help get me reenergized. I'm glad to be back to work and seeing our patients once again.

I figure there's no better time than now to talk about the various health benefits to taking a vacation, and why you should make the time for one. Note that there are MANY benefits, and this is just a short list:

1) Decreased stress: In our office, we talk about the three pillars of stress (emotional, physical, and chemical). Getting away from the daily grind is something that everyone needs every now and then and will help decrease stress levels. People can use vacations as a long-term coping strategy for all those stressful times and having something to look forward to.

2) Reduced risk of heart attack: Currently the number one cause of deaths in the United States (2nd being cancer). This is especially true for middle-aged males that already have a slightly higher risk than women of the same age. There are many contributing factors to heart disease, but simply put: lowering stress can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

3) Combat depression: Perhaps this is especially true in the Pacific Northwest, because we are typically deficient in vitamin D from year round cloudy weather. Assuming you travel to someplace sunny, you will likely get more vitamin D. However, just getting away from those daily reminders and changing up your routine can be good for your health.

4) Increased productivity and lower burnout rate: You will likely return refreshed and be able to work harder. Your employer will also benefit from this, which is why many employers offer time off for vacations.

It's important to remember that traveling for vacations will no doubt cause a few aches and pains. Mainly it's from packing around luggage, sitting in a car or plane for hours, walking, and sleeping in a different bed. When you return from vacation, you will likely be reenergized. However, you may be a bit sore and ready for your next chiropractic adjustment. Make sure to plan appropriately for your trip (rolling luggage, a good pair of shoes for walking and standing in lines, possibly your favorite pillow from home. Before you leave and when you get back, make sure to schedule an appointment with us to get a boost in your nerve system.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Sitting is killing YOU!

Date: June 3, 2016 | Time: 11:22am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Headaches and Prolonged Sitting

If you're someone that spends many hours a day seated at a desk or working on a computer, chances are you will or already do suffer from headaches. Reason being is that sitting for prolonged periods of time produces static tension on the muscles that hold your head up. Think of it this way: the human head weighs about the same as a bowling ball. Would you think it would be easier for you to hold a bowling ball with one arm straight OR close by your side? When you sit at a computer desk you are asking the muscles of the neck to work harder than they should. This chronic tension causes the nerves to be upset which can refer pain into the head producing headaches. Sometimes it may even refer down into the arms causing numbness and/or tingling. Simply put, we as humans are not designed to be sitting 8-12 hours a day in front of a computer. So here are a few tips to help reduce this tension:

-Take frequent breaks (very important). Use a phone or watch to set an alarm once every 30 minutes.

-Drink plenty of water

-Get into a regular workout routine

-Make sure your workstation is set up ergonomically

-Get a desk that allows you to stand up or sit down and work

Those are all great tips; however chances are that if you've read this far you likely already suffer from headaches. If that is the case, you should schedule an appointment for an evaluation to determine the cause and get it fixed. Chiropractic is proven to help with the most common types of headaches. Prevention is always best, just like making sure to receive regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your body functioning at 100%.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Sciatica- It's a thing!

Date: May 6, 2016 | Time: 5:38pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Hi all,

This past year I've been teaching both human biology and general biology to students at Clark College. Thus you haven't seen a new blog from me in quite some time. I thought now would be a great time to get started again by blogging about an all too common aliment known as sciatica (sciatica= irritation to the sciatic nerve causing leg pain).

Before I get started on that, note that the word doctor comes from the Latin word docere, meaning "to teach". I've been busy lately teaching college student's complex neurological pathways. The sciatic nerve pathway, like many others, is fairly complex. If I were teaching my college students I would explain how the sciatic nerve originates from anterior and posterior divisions of the lumbosacral plexus (L4-5 and S1-3), the nerve roots then join together forming the sciatic nerve, pass through the sciatic notch, down the thigh to the popliteal fossa, and then split into the tibial and common fibular nerves. It's been a rewarding experience helping these students, many training to become nurses, understand how irritation of this nerve creates the leg pain known as sciatica.

As a doctor of chiropractic in practice, my job is not to teach the complex neurological pathway the sciatic nerve takes. My job is in part to teach you what is going wrong and then help fix the problem. Way too often doctors get busy in practice and forget this is part of our duty. A doctor's job should not to simply be to say "here's a pill, call me in the morning". The first order of business would be to determine if your leg pain was due to irritation of this nerve, or due to something else. That would involve an examination and possibly x-rays. Once it was determined that the sciatic nerve was irritated, I would provide a thorough explanation of how the nerve is injured and what kind of treatment options are available. More often than not, in our experience we find misalignments of the lumbar spine and pelvis that contribute to this nerve irritation. As chiropractors we are highly trained to correct these misalignments known as subluxations. Treatment may also be performed to relieve any pressure put onto the nerve by the piriformis muscle. Of course, you would have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify what it being done to correct the problem and maintain it (emphasis on correcting the problem not masking the problem).

This is just one example of why I love what I do. I regularly get the opportunity to teach my patients at Body in Balance the healing and then wellness process, but it has also been a great experience being able to instill knowledge on the minds of college students.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Counting Cards is Now Legal- Kind Of.

Date: July 29, 2015 | Time: 10:11am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

blackjackOk so go with me on this one: Chiropractic is like counting cards at Blackjack. If you've seen the movie 21 you notice that the plot is based primarily on the characters' ability to count cards, thus having a huge advantage while gambling. Their advantage does not insist that they win every time, but having this skill gives them the unfair advantage of winning. Now, we've all seen the part where the main actor gets beat up because, well, counting cards is illegal, and he is paying the consequences.
Chiropractic gives you the (not unfair) clear advantage in the realms of immune system performance i.e. NOT GETTING SICK. By increasing the performance of your body's nerve system via spinal adjustments, one increases their odds of fighting off common colds, viruses, bacteria and other nasty goobers that keep us down for the count. By staying adjusted we are more healthy. We are not guaranteed never to get sick or injured, but our odds are greatly increased and we can gamble better with the game of life, not Blackjack. Some of our patients think that since they are feeling better after getting adjusted that they are Superman/woman. While we are all celebrating your newfound mojo, keep in mind that stressors (physical, chemical, emotional) can still build up higher than your threshold. Translation: after being adjusted don't be na"ive and start kissing pigs that have Swine Flu! In addition to a properly maintained nerve system, include other healthy habits like a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and take time to pray or meditate.
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Golf is a wonderful sport... and keeps us chiropractors busy

Date: July 25, 2015 | Time: 9:12am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

spiethGolf is awesome. I play it, my boy plays it, and a lot of my friends do too. It requires a lot of flexibility, coordination, and proper timing of all your muscles to do what you ask them to do: hit a tiny ball with a club in a certain direction. Sounds easy? It isn't. Chiropractic makes sense for golfers because they can benefit from additional flexibility, coordination, and proper timing of one's nerve system. Don't believe me? Ask these 2 champs.. <view entire article>

Who's Buying Backpacks Thie Schoolyear?

Date: July 24, 2015 | Time: 9:08am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Many chiropractic patients ask the question "Should my child be carrying a backpack to school, and if so how much weight should they carry in it?" There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, and for simplicity I've found a research article to help us out.

The study analyzed 1403 school children ages 12-17 with 92.2% wearing backpacks with two shoulder straps. Their research was based on the standard that students should not carry loads exceeding 10% of their own body weight. In other words, if the student weighed 100lbs then they should limit their backpack to 10lbs or less. Considering that a textbook and/or laptop weighs on average 3.5 lbs, the actual weight of the bag, and all their other supplies it is easy to surpass this 10% limit.

To no surprise 61.4% of students wore backpacks exceeding the 10% rule, and 18.1% exceeded 15% of their body weight. The results also showed that the 25% of students with the heaviest body weight to backpack weight ratio had an increased risk of back pain. The most obvious finding was that those students carrying the heaviest backpacks had a 50% greater risk of back pain. All of these findings support the 10% rule.

When looking beyond the 10% rule, this question can become even harder to answer when you factor in different brands and models of backpacks. Considering the many brands this isn't practical to be able to recommend certain models when the styles change year to year.

Therefore, a general rule is to limit the weight of the backpack to 10% of your child's weight. They should utilize their lockers at school as much as possible, so make sure their teachers are giving them adequate time to go to their lockers between classes. With all they are required to carry they need a backpack, and therefore wearing a backpack for a teenager can be a part of their style and fashion. The alternative is a rolling backpack, which would be much better for their back, but not necessarily popular. While there are many other factors, always remember to keep them active and eating a balanced diet. Most importantly, make sure to have them regularly checked by your chiropractor.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Get up and move it

Date: June 17, 2015 | Time: 10:00am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

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- Dr. Scott
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Text Neck

Date: June 12, 2015 | Time: 9:53am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

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Text neck is a real thing and will keep us in business for a real long time; however, it's not our goal to be treating the same conditions over and over. Rather we'd like to get to the root of the problem and create ways to reduce/eliminate stressors (in the case a physical stressor). Go ahead, take a look at the text string and the next time you see your friend complain about neck pain, make sure to send them our way.

- Dr. Scott
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Turbocharge Your Workouts Naturally

Date: May 18, 2015 | Time: 10:53am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

You heard me right. While many people chug down supplements like creatine, caffeine, taurine, and beta-alanine mixed pre-workout drinks, they often forget that there's a natural way to get your muscles fibers firing to get the most out of your workout. That method is the chiropractic adjustment. Dr Scott, myself, and other chiropractors have been saying it for years that the adjustments free up the nerve interference and allows your body to communicate better to all the organs of your body including the 640 skeletal muscles.

Earlier this year, New Zealand Chiropractic College published a study in the journal Experiment Brain Research. This study measured participant's ability to contract one leg muscle following full spine adjustments. The research showed nearly a 60% increase in muscle electrical activity, a 16% increase in absolute force, and a 45% increase in drive (ability of the brain to activate a particular muscle). The research also suggests that spinal adjustments can help prevent muscle fatigue as well.

At Body in Balance we regularly treat all types of athletes from beginners to experts. One group we are privileged to work with are Crossfitters. These folks know what it's like to get the very most from their workouts, and all of them appreciate the boost chiropractic adjustments.

It is fun for me to continue to write articles that show that we treat more than just back and neck pain. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Why Chiropractic First

Date: April 1, 2015 | Time: 11:27am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Why Choose Chiropractic First?

Too often in mainstream medical care, patients are prescribed pain control medications and follow a wait-and-see approach for lower back pain. Yes it's true that some patients will get better on their own, because the body heals itself (not the pain pills). However, if there is an underlying problem such as poor posture, the lower back pain will likely to reoccur throughout a person's lifetime. If the problem is never corrected it can lead to more damage long term and could eventually lead to surgery. Just like a car that doesn't get regular maintenance performed ends up in a repair shop, a person who doesn't take care of their body eventually may end up in the hospital.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is one of the largest healthcare insurers in our country. They have performed studies that help prove chiropractic care not only is effective for treating lower back and neck pain, but it saves money in the long run. One study over a 7 year period showed that their members (patients) under chiropractic care had "demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59.0% hospital days, 62.0% outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85% pharmaceutical costs". Last time I checked hospital visits and surgeries are very expensive compared to chiropractic care. Not only that, I can't say that I would like to spend weeks in the hospital if I didn't have to.

I hope this helps illustrate why you should choose chiropractic first. Lower back pain is not all that we treat, although it is probably what we are best known for treating. We normally treat headaches, neck pain, sciatica, and sports injuries to name a few. Please feel free to call to set up an appointment to see exactly what we can do for you.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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Have you ever heard of the flu adjustment?

Date: January 21, 2015 | Time: 10:26am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

The year was 1918 when the great influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu struck and took the lives of many. Older records estimate 500,000 lives were lost, while newer data suggests up to one million didn't survive worldwide. The medical profession was almost helpless with the methods and drugs available at the time, with many people turning to Chiropractic to help cure them.

During the 1918 outbreak in Iowa (Chiropractic's birthplace) medical doctors treated 93,590 influenza patients with 6,116 deaths (that's one out of fifteen not surviving). That same year in Davenport Iowa, Chiropractors treated 4,735 influenza patients losing only 6 to the battle, which equates to a loss of one out of 789!

National statistics showed that 1,142 Chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for the 1918 outbreak with a loss of only 54 patients!

Modern medicine now is a lot more advanced than it was one hundred years ago, and yes treats viral infections very well. If you are truly ill you should go see your Medical Doctor. However, it is widely known throughout the Chiropractic profession that regular adjustments boost the immune system.

It pains me when a patient cancels their appointment, because they are at home with a cold. I can't continue to stress the fact that we are here for much more than back and neck pain. Hopefully after reading this you understand that Chiropractic helps boost the immune system. Our job is to free up the nerves of the body from any interference and the spine is the common culprit for this interference. By aligning the spine your body increases its performance. Because we are in the middle of the flu season it would be seriously advantageous to come in for your regular adjustment.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bryan

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The REAL New Year

Date: January 7, 2015 | Time: 10:32am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

It's that time of year again! It's time for those gym memberships to spike and 24hour fitness stocks to rise. You did know that losing weight/starting to workout is one of the most common New Year's Resolutions, right? Just do a Google search for "Top New Year's Resolutions" and it's probably on every single list. Other common resolutions include reducing stress, getting more sleep, and just to live a healthier lifestyle (all things Chiropractic can help with!)

What's preventing you from keeping that Resolution beyond the month of January each year? Do your knees ache after running too much on a treadmill? Do you throw your back out due to excessive weight training? Or do you just feel like it's too much and need that extra something to keep you going? Chiropractic may be your answer.

Chiropractic will help reduce fatigue, balance muscle groups, increase range of motion, and eliminate pain and inflammation among many other positive things. So do your knees really ache because of a muscle imbalance in your quads and hamstrings? Does your back go out because of a mis-aligned spinal bone? So do you lose motivation and need a health coach along the way?

Dr. Scott and I both have a strong background in exercise and sports science in addition to Chiropractic. We've both gone through formal training to help athletes and avid gym goers achieve their goals. We are both happy to help our patients achieve much more than relieving neck and back pain. We are here to help our patients achieve maximum wellness.

Although Chiropractic cannot simply make you lose weight, it can help you achieve that goal among other goals to live a healthier lifestyle. Most importantly chiropractic can not only treat the aches and pains you may be dealing with, but it prevents injury and re-injury through regular Chiropractic visits.

Those of you who have experienced chiropractic you know firsthand how it can help you live a healthier life and complement your New Year's Resolution. For those of you that have not, please make chiropractic a part of how you will achieve your New Year's Resolution.

Yours in Health,

Dr Bryan

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday... And then there was Subluxation Tuesday

Date: December 3, 2014 | Time: 11:38am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

Subluxation Tuesday

Traveling and preparing for that Thanksgiving feast, overindulging with Turkey and pumpkin pies, stores opening at 6PM for those early holiday sales, next comes Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, not to mention traveling home on Sunday, followed by Cyber Monday! Seems like there was not a moment to spare this last week with all the family events and shopping for the Christmas. And for most people, life doesn't stop here. We've got kids to raise, jobs to do, and bills to pay before the next holiday. So what does that mean? Stress!

Did you know Tuesday had a special name as well? My colleague, Dr. Scott, posted to our Facebook page today is Subluxation Tuesday (see the link below). Our patients know it all too well that stress causes subluxations, and let's face it that the holidays are stressful. My guess is that most people reading this post have noticed their stress levels increase just in the last week. Remember from my previous post that stress (physical, chemical, emotional) can cause subluxations and cause you to feel unhealthy. It's important to not forget about number one (you). Don't neglect what your body is telling you. Symptoms are there to tell you something is wrong and to change/fix whatever is causing it. Just like wheels on a car that are out of alignment, your body can be out of alignment, so listen to it. Don't forget about us this holiday season, we'll be open most days this month to best serve you.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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6 Tips to PREVENT Holiday Burnout

Date: October 24, 2014 | Time: 2:44pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

The holidays are coming! This means it's primetime for Halloween candy, eating way too much turkey at Thanksgiving, countless Christmas treats, and parties galore. Not to forget about all the time spent traveling, shopping, and visiting family members. Let's face it, the holidays are stressful! It becomes way too easy to get in the habit of eating fast food on the go and taking time away from exercise. Then there's that thing they call the New Year's resolution, and for most people it's time to head to the gym undo all the damage that's been done. Sound familiar?

I just want to take some time and remind everyone to take care of themselves. Not just for the next 3 months, but for an entire lifetime. Below are some friendly reminders of things you can do to improve and maintain your overall health.

Get massaged: The holiday season can be extremely stressful! With all that stress, your muscles will tense up. Getting regular massage will do much more than feel good for you. Getting massage will increase blood circulation, help eliminate toxins, reduce fatigue, and improve flexibility.

Get your buns moving:It's getting colder and wetter outside, which means we are all less likely to go out for a morning walk, hang out at the park, walk the dog, etc. The next thing is to maintain a schedule for getting regular exercise in. Once you decide to take a day off its way too easy to decide to skip the next one and so forth. Also having a friend go with you will help with motivation and keep each other accountable for going.

Don't go to work: Let's face it, when the weather gets bad, we are more likely to catch a cold. Your employers provide you sick time-off you for a reason. They don't want you at work spreading it to other employees, and your co-workers would rather you stay home as well. You will recover faster if you get rest.

Holiday sugar is evil: Between the caramel apples, pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies, and everything in between that you don't have to eat it's easy to overindulge and gain weight. Sugar is very addicting; in fact it stimulates similar parts of the brain as the extremely addicting drug cocaine does! No wonder why we crave sugar. The best way to avoid this craving is to avoid refined sugar.

Keep your mind sharp as a tack: Now that we're stuck indoors more often, now's a good time to read a book and exercise the old noggin. Work on some crossword puzzles and challenge your brain. This is key to keeping your mental health throughout your lifetime.

Remember that stress (emotional, physical, and chemical) all contribute to subluxations (nerve interference). As a chiropractor that's what I'm here to help with. Whether it be a car accident (physical stress), a chaotic working environment (emotional stress), or all those artificial ingredients in food (chemical stress) they all can negatively impact your nervous system. Dr Scott and I both have our own fair share of holiday family events, but between the two of us our office will be open most of the time between now and the New Year.

These are some simple steps to take to improve your overall wellness (not to mention the New Year's resolution will be much easier and attainable). There are plenty more things you can do and a lot of them are common sense: eat healthy, get enough sleep, make new friends, etc. I just wanted to take a moment and remind everyone to take care of your body, you only get one.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bryan

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November New Patient Food Drive!!

Date: October 20, 2014 | Time: 2:56pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

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You mean I should see a chiropractor when I don't have pain?

Date: September 29, 2014 | Time: 5:43pm | Posted By: Dr. Scott

From time to time we get new patients that walk through our door that don't have neck pain, don't have back pain, and are actually quite healthy! Now you may ask why would someone without back or neck pain come see a chiropractor? It's really simple: we take care of the nerve system, not pain or symptoms. That's right, you don't have to have "pain" to see a chiropractor. For years, we have been known as back and neck pain specialists, because we get great results treating those kinds of complaints. But there is much more to what we can do for you!

If you were to Google chiropractic benefits you might read, "improves digestive function, reduces stiffness, improves athletic function, reduces blood pressure, improves posture" and so on. The simplest way I can put it is we screen for and treat nerve interference (subluxations) and correct them if we find them. Imagine a pilot communicating with air traffic control as he lands. If there is static in his headset and he can't interpret the message, will that affect the pilot? Sure. Will he be able to still land the plane? Quite possibly, but not as well as if he had perfect communication with the air control center. Chiropractic is similar where if there are subluxations present they could interfere with your body's ability to function. This usually looks like symptoms but keep in mind that like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, by the time symptoms arrive it's been going on for a while and is tougher to treat.

The nerve system is what we work on, much like how a cardiologist works on hearts. I like to compare seeing a chiropractor for regular checkups for subluxation (nerve interference) just like....

-going to the dentist for regular teeth checkups,

-going to the optometrist for regular eye checkups,

-going to the primary care physician for a general health checkups,

-taking your child in to the pediatrician for regular checkups...... You get the idea

Just like all the other medical professions, we offer these same types of services, but too often people don't take advantage of it. If you don't suffer from back or neck pain, but would like a nerve system checkup (a chiropractic exam) give us a call.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bryan

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Here Are The Top 5 Supplements You Should Be Taking

Date: August 20, 2014 | Time: 8:49am | Posted By: Dr. Scott

One of the aspects of health that I am passionate about in addition to chiropractic is nutrition. I know its large effects on the body both positive and negative.

Our advanced and commercialized society has changed the way we see health. Approximately 100 years ago the average life expectancy of Americans was about 50 years old. Today the average life expectancy is 77.4 for males and 82.2 for females (World Health Organization 2013). Doesn't it seem like we're healthier because we're living longer? No, absolutely not. We are seeing a huge increase in chronic lifestyle diseases. 4 out of 5 people will get cancer, diabetes, or heart disease in their lifetime and probably die from it. Yes we have cured/prevented polio, small pox, and all those other nasty infectious diseases. But it's our lifestyle choices (diet and exercise) now that's literally killing us through poor choices.

It concerns me when I see a $.99 2 liter soda with 900 calories! Assuming a 2000 daily calorie requirement that's almost half of your daily needs for 99 cents! So much of our food of convenience is cheap and doesn't spoil easily. Just look in the back of those kitchen cabinets and see old popcorn, cereal, etc. and it's probably still edible. If you compare it to fruits and vegetables, they have tons of vital nutrients that are more expensive, maybe not as tasty, but they spoil! I'm not writing this to make everyone completely change their diet (although for most people it would help)..... I'm actually writing this to give you my top 5 choices of supplements to give your body the essentials it may not be getting through the American diet.

#1 The Multi-Vitamin:think of the multivitamin as an insurance policy. It has the very basic vitamins and minerals stored into one small daily pill. This is particularly important for people who don't consume enough fruits and vegetables (you know who you are). Remember that there are different formulas for different age groups and men vs. women.

#2 Vitamin D:Face it, if you live in the pacific northwest you know how much it rains and how brief our summers can be. This is so important to get in your diet, and it has been proven to lower mortality. Most people take vitamin D, because they've been told it's good for their bones. Well yes it is, but it also helps battle depression and increases your heart health! (Side note: don't forget calcium is also important for bone health)

#3 Vitamin C and Zinc: I know this is about my top 5 supplements, but I lumped these two together. They are quite possibly the most important 2 things you can add to your diet to decrease your chances of getting sick (common cold), and if you do it will increase your recovery time!

#4 Probiotics:Dysbiosis, is an abnormal functioning gut (stomach/intestines) due to abnormal microbial levels. It can cause irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, and heart burn to name a few. So how does adding the good bacteria benefit you? It helps reduce bloating, abdominal pain, and inflammation. Does that sound like you? These symptoms are all way too common in our society, and for the most part very controllable thorough diet.

#5 Fish Oils:Fish oils provide Omega 3 fatty acids, which is basically the anti-inflammatory oils most Americans don't get. The biggest observable effect fish oils do is lower serum triglycerides (basically fat in your bloodstream). There are other things that fish oils help lower/raise. Most importantly is they decrease your chances of getting (and even help treat) heart disease, Alzheimer's, depression, obesity, and many more diseases.

This is just a list of my favorite supplements for general health. The absolute best way to get all the nutrients you need for optimum health is to get it through a healthy diet. It's good to know that the supplement industry is a billion dollar industry and there are literally thousands of formulas. Before starting to take any supplements, you should talk to me or Dr. Scott prior to starting.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bryan

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