At Lakewoods Chiropractic, we take a proactive approach to people’s health and wellness. Oftentimes, people wait until they’re in awful pain before they even consider going to a chiropractor. While we do our best to help them, it’s much better if someone who doesn’t yet have major symptoms makes a preventative appointment with a chiropractor. Why is this? Because a chiropractor can and will make safe and gentle adjustments to the spine in order to prevent internal disorders from ruining their patients’ lives.
What are some of the internal problems chiropractors work to alleviate or prevent? Carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, backaches, infantile colic and ear infections are all internal issues that can’t easily be fixed without hands-on help from someone else. True, some people will take pills to help with their pain, but, in the end, what they really need is a chiropractor to get to the root of their problem, rather than just treat symptoms.
You see, a headache is a headache, but where’s it coming from and why is it happening? A chiropractor will help discover that information. Likewise, a backache might be coming from a problem in a person’s neck! The general population doesn’t know or understand much about internal problems. They see what they can see on the outside of their bodies as they look in the mirror. But ask them about the names and locations of various bones and joints and they draw a blank. Chiropractors, though, know all about what’s under the skin, where it is, and how it’s all connected. They know where joints, tendons, muscles and nerves are– and they manipulate the body to heal itself through hands-on adjustments.
People don’t want to get cancer or diabetes. They don’t want to live with high blood pressure and worry about having heart attacks. So, with that in mind, regular visits to a chiropractor should be viewed as preventative maintenance for the body. Chiropractic care helps with natural disease prevention. When the body’s systems are all working as they should be, the body doesn’t have any reason to be in pain. If there’s little or no inflammation, and blood flows freely as intended, then it’s “all systems go,” and a person is healthy and happy. That’s the aim of chiropractic care.
If you go to most general practitioners (GP), they’ll be diseased-focused, whereas most chiropractors are wellness-focused. In other words, a GP will look at your symptoms and prescribe pills to get those symptoms to go away… whereas a chiropractor takes a more holistic, preventative, and/or proactive approach to a person’s health. They’ll want to make hands-on adjustments to get to the root of your problems (in a natural way), rather than just temporarily treating the symptoms with pills.
What do symptoms really mean when it comes to spinal and musculoskeletal disorders? Symptoms are evidence that something’s going on somewhere, and that something is probably causing you pain. Oftentimes, people today regard symptoms as indicators of the start of an illness. However, chiropractic care assumes that symptoms indicate the final mark of an illness. Therefore, chiropractors work diligently in order to prevent spinal/musculoskeletal disorders before symptoms even appear!
Typically, chiropractors examine patients and look for vertebral subluxations (partial dislocations of joints) in their earliest stages. Think of this as a car mechanic checking car parts for any signs of wear and tear that could lead to a breakdown later on… and by making adjustments proactively, that “part” should be good for many more miles. By making adjustments, a chiropractor helps the body heal itself and function properly.
Basically, chiropractors like to challenge their patients to shift the way they think about symptoms, with a focus on prevention.
What are some common symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders which chiropractors are trying to fix before they get out of hand? Symptoms might include pain, stiffness, weakness, joint noises and decreased range of motion. When the body has inflammation, certain body parts might swell or get warm and/or tender. They might not function as intended. Skin might redden. A chiropractor will, of course, ask about these symptoms, but, better yet, try to help patients proactively take care of their potential problems before they even get to the point of having overt and noticeable symptoms.
If something’s “not quite right” with your neck, shoulder or back, chances are a visit to a chiropractor can truly help you feel better soon. Why not make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800?
It’s a cold January day in Forest Lake, Minnesota. The temperature is about 17 degrees, and that’s without the wind chill. People are shoveling their driveways and sidewalks, twisting their bodies into all sorts of positions, many of which aren’t good for their already bad backs. You can hear complaints all around these parts of Minnesota this time of year… “I don’t want to go to work today,” “I hate this winter weather,” and “I wish I could take a vacation.”
Now about that last one… when is the last time you actually took a vacation? For many working Minnesotans a vacation is a foreign concept. After all, there’s “work to be done.” But, too much work and not enough relaxation ends up messing with your body– and you could be stressed out!
Rather than complain about being exhausted but do nothing about it, now’s the time to consider taking a vacation– even if it’s just for a few days to get away from the stresses of your everyday life.
Why take a vacation? There are actually science-based reasons why vacation is good for you.
For starters, there’s the much needed reduction in stress. Since you can get away from the people, activities and environment of work, you can literally get away from those stressors. Giving your body and mind “time off” from “all that” helps recharge your batteries. Then, when you do go back to work, you’re more relaxed. And that means fewer headaches, backaches and pains.
What about heart disease? Want to help prevent it from happening to you? Those who take vacations regularly suffer fewer heart attacks than those who skip vacations. Professional research studies have shown this to be true for both men and women.
How about improved productivity? As you’d imagine, it takes a lot of energy to be constantly productive. For those who take a vacation, they “come back from it” more ready to work in such a way that actually improves their overall productivity for the year. There’s nothing quite like getting away from something for a bit to allow the body and mind to tackle it later on with more gusto. If taking a vacation could help you be a happier, more productive employee, then why not take one?
Finally, when people have too much on their minds they don’t sleep well. But vacations give the mind a chance to rest and concentrate on simple things, like the beauty of flowers and trees or the taste of a good meal. Getting “better sleep” leads to better focus, less stress and a chance to reset your sleep pattern.
Maybe it’s time you took a vacation. Get away from the cold winter weather. Find a beach in Florida, get some sun, and watch the waves– it’s time you took some “time off!”
Imagine, for a minute, you could shrink yourself and somehow manage to get inside a person’s body and travel through the various systems. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see how all those tunnels and organs work? It’s hard to even imagine all the amazing processes going on, right now, inside the body.
If you think of the inside of your body as a series of highways with blood and/or brain messages flowing down these highways to make everything work right, then imagine when something blocks the flow… suddenly, the blood/brain message can’t flow like it should… and you experience pain. Ugh!
Chiropractors are known for helping people with bad backs, but if you think about it, they can actually tend to many other parts of the body. And what do they do? They use hand manipulation and certain devices to help move things internally and/or coax them back to their natural position. Ideally, they get rid of “traffic jams” in the body so the natural flow of things is restored.
Can chiropractic care help with a person’s well-being? Definitely! For starters, chiropractic care can help relieve and/or eliminate pain. By improving musculoskeletal health, a person’s everyday functions and quality of life improves… you walk better, look better, and feel better.
Some of the well-being benefits of seeing a chiropractor for regular adjustments include an improved immune function, lowered blood pressure, more energy, less inflammation, better digestion, easier breathing, better posture/balance, improved range of motion, and better quality sleep. For women who are pregnant, chiropractic care helps take pressure off the spine, relieves body pain, and helps make for healthier pregnancies and births.
Emotionally, a person often feels better after seeing a chiropractor. They need someone to help them feel better because they can’t do it all alone. The chiropractor makes adjustments and then the person thinks, “Well, now my body can heal itself because he/she helped jumpstart the process that I couldn’t do on my own.” As the body “gets back to normal,” a person has fewer worries and challenges– it becomes easier to move around, which is exactly what they hoped for!
Lakewoods Chiropractic of Forest Lake, MN, helps many people improve how they feel. If you want to improve your overall health and well-being, make an appointment at Lakewoods by calling 651-464-0800 today.
People with high cholesterol are often given drug prescriptions from their doctors. Typically, statins are prescribed to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Basically, statins block an enzyme in the liver that helps make cholesterol.
Keep in mind that cholesterol is a good thing because it helps the body’s cells function normally. However, when a person has high cholesterol they’ve got too much for the body to handle, and like a traffic jam on the highway, having high cholesterol can cause plaque build-ups within arteries. Therefore, blood doesn’t flow like it should, and people can get blood clots, angina, heart attacks, strokes, etc.
Medications given to people with high cholesterol include Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altoprev, Pravachol, Crestor, Livalo and Zocor. These drugs can bring about side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue and/or problems sleeping. Some of the more severe problems associated with cholesterol drugs include muscle or liver damage.
If you’re the type of person who’d rather avoid taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, there are natural alternatives. For instance, if we look to Asia, we find red yeast rice has been used to lower cholesterol, as well as reduce heartburn and get rid of diarrhea. Then there’s psyllium, the herb often used to treat constipation. Try daily doses of 10 grams to lower your LDL cholesterol. A plant from Europe/Asia known as fenugreek offers small brown seeds that could help lower cholesterol. You’re likely to find these seeds in Indian spice stores. You can also find fenugreek as a pill, liquid supplement, or as a spice in whole or powdered form. And here’s a familiar one to most Americans: fish oil. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can help your overall health improve.
In order to lower your cholesterol, make some healthy lifestyle changes. Eat more whole grain and fiber-rich foods. Exercise more than you currently do! Losing weight will not only help you lower your cholesterol, but it also has many other benefits. Is it easy? No. But it’s doable.
Agave has been used as an ingredient in food for thousands of years. The Aztecs used to use the liquid from its core in order to flavor food and drinks… and the nectar from the agave plant is known in Mexico as “honey water.” Agave is commonly known for its role in making tequila.
So what actually is agave? It’s a large, spiky plant that has four edible parts, including its flowers, leaves, stalks and sap. Often found in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico, agave plants look like cactus or yuccas– but they’re actually succulents. If you find agave nectar (aka agave syrup) in your local grocery store, it probably comes from the Blue Agaves found in Mexico.
Basically, health conscious people like agave nectar because it’s a way to sweeten food and drinks. It’s extremely sweet– sweeter than table sugar, for instance– and with its thin consistency it’s soluble. It’s a vegan alternative to honey. It’s often used as a substitute for honey, sugar or maple syrup. And agave is gluten free, organic, and offers a low-glycemic value.
Keep in mind that most people don’t consume raw nectar when they buy agave at their local store. Instead, they’re getting nectar that’s processed. That said, it’s popular with many American consumers who like the unique, sweet flavor. Interestingly, because it’s so “strong,” less is more– so people use less of it, which saves on calories.
For those with diabetes, agave seems like a better option that raw sugar though research isn’t conclusive. Meanwhile, The American Heart Association recommends limiting sweeteners to no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men, per day, and that includes agave, as well as sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.
If you’re trying to lose weight, here’s something interesting: research on mice showed that those ingesting agave nectar versus plain sugar actually gained less weight and had lower blood sugar/insulin levels after 34 days. So, sugar found in the agave plant could conceivably aid in weight loss as well as lower a person’s blood sugar.
All in all, taken in moderation, agave nectar/syrup is a “sweet” alternative to other options. Why not try it and see if you like it?
Osteoporosis is a big word that translates to “porous bone.” In other words, the density and quality of bone is reduced, such that the risk of fracture increases. Bone loss occurs silently. Most people don’t know they have “bad bones” until a fracture occurs.
Typically, osteoporosis is common in women over 65, though anyone can get this disease at any stage in their lives. If you’ve been wondering how your own bones are doing, you could have a bone density test. It measures your bones to see how strong they are… or aren’t.
Better yet, what are some things you can do throughout your lifetime to help build bone strength naturally, so you don’t get to the point where you’d have to worry and wonder about having osteoporosis?
For starters, exercise is important– and you’ve probably heard this a million times, right? But it’s true– just like muscles need exercise, so do your bones! Anytime you do weight-bearing exercises you’re helping strengthen your bones. Weight-bearing exercises force your body to work against gravity. They encourage your body to make new bone.
What are some good weight-bearing exercises worth doing to strengthen your bones? Walking, running/jogging and dancing are all great things to do on a regular basis. You can also do aerobics– on land or in the pool– as well as tai chi or yoga. Even the simple act of climbing stairs helps build stronger bones. If you carry grocery bags full of items, that’s one way to strengthen bones without even realizing you’re exercising– and if you carry them up several flights of stairs, that’s a bonus. Meanwhile, if you’ve got young children and you lift them up several times a day, that’s another form of unexpected exercise. Of course, if you go to the gym and workout with free weights and/or weight machines, that’s yet another way to strengthen your bones naturally.
If you want strong bones, you need calcium. When your body doesn’t get enough calcium, it breaks down bones in order to get what it needs and you end up losing bone mass. So, how’s your diet with regards to calcium intake? Are you consuming dairy products, which give you calcium? What about calcium-fortified juices and foods? Check the labels for that– your cereal, milk, and tofu can give you calcium. Other foods to boost calcium intake include sardines, salmon (with bones), kale and broccoli.
If you want to help your body absorb the calcium you eat, make sure to get enough Vitamin D, which aids in the absorption process. Vitamin D comes from fatty fish (like tuna), as well as egg yolks, cheese, and even the sun… when sunlight hits your skin, that’s an additional way your body takes in Vitamin D.
Finally, if you want strong bones, you should avoid smoking as well as drinking too much soda or alcohol.
What are the primary functions of the liver? This organ handles enzyme activation, bile production/excretion, metabolism of fats/proteins/carbs, synthesis of plasma proteins, and more. It’s an essential organ.
How’s your liver doing? If you eat a lot of junk food, don’t exercise much, and are obese, chances are your liver isn’t doing that great. You could help heal it by losing weight— eating less junk food and exercising more could work.
Have you heard of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? It’s the build-up of extra fat in liver cells— not caused by alcohol. A fatty liver is one where more than 5 – 10% of the liver’s weight comes from fat. Fatty livers swell up; they can become more prone to damage.
There are different types of liver disease. Your own immune system could be attacking your liver. It could be infected with a virus. Chemicals could be injuring it… but long story short, a liver that’s not healthy and working properly is not a good thing. A severely damaged liver could lead to death.
It’s important to catch liver disease early in the inflammation/fibrosis stages, where it can be treated successfully. Livers do have the ability to heal themselves if the patient makes the right choices and cares to get better! You’ve got to “love your liver” if you want to live a long life.
Can a chiropractor help you and your liver? Yes. A liver can become sick due to a misaligned spine. Nerves that control the liver come from the spine. If/when the spine is misaligned, the nerves don’t work as intended. Chiropractic care involves adjusting the spine, which helps the body heal itself, with liver function being restored. Most people think that chiropractors only work on backs and necks, but the reality is that chiropractic care can and does affect all parts of the body, even the liver!
Want to know more about how Lakewoods Chiropractic could help you and your liver?
Please call 651-464-0800 and make your appointment today.
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! You know what that means: STRESS is coming! Yikes.
Are you the type of person who gets majorly stressed out around the holiday season? Does Thanksgiving get on your nerves? Does Christmas make you crazy? For some people, the holiday season is the most stressful time of the year— the holiDAZE. There’s parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, caroling out in the snow… etc. You’ve probably heard that song a million times around Christmas time, and there’s truth to it!
Most people get overwhelmed at holiday time because it’s an intense period with so much to do, so many people to see, presents to find/buy/give/get, big meals to eat (and then feel guilty after), etc. And what about the dreaded family reunions at holiday time when Uncle Ned tells you exactly what he thinks about Trump and Grandma Esther misplaces her dentures and has everyone in the house looking for them?
Stress at holiday time can lead to vertebral subluxations, which is where vertebrae shift positions in the spine, impeding nerve outflow, and causing disease/problems in various organs. Ugh!
Are you looking for ways to cut down on stress this holiday season? The best advice is this: do less! Say no to some things. Don’t attend every party. Give gift cards instead of actual store bought items. Get a tabletop tree rather than a huge one. Go out to dinner for Thanksgiving rather than making the food yourself. And, for goodness sakes, see a chiropractor!
Indeed, holiday time is the right time to visit Lakewoods Chiropractic, where you’ll not only get your spine in alignment, but also learn ways to cope with stress from your chiropractor.
Please call Lakewoods Chiropractic at 651-464-0800 and make your de-stressing pain relief appointment today.
Have you heard of the term “evidence-based care?” What is it? Definitions vary, depending on the area of application, but basically all of the definitions refer to the use of scientific research as a way to inform the delivery of patient care. In other words, how do medical practitioners make their decisions? With evidence-based care, they refer to the current best evidence available— up-to-date information that comes from valid and relevant scientific research.
How does this work in reality? Say you’re a patient. You ask a question and your medical professional gives you an answer… and that answer is based on applicable, quality evidence that science has found in its research. This is different than a professional giving their “informed opinion.” Instead, the answer is evidence-based.
People can be very logical or very feelings-oriented, right? Some people fall in the middle, but it’s likely you know a person or two who is “all logic” or “all feelings.” With evidence-based care, answers lean toward the logical side of things— using specific, unbiased data for answers. Practitioners fearlessly look at what the evidence says!
Many common medical practices aren’t based on research… they’re based on “the way we’ve always done it” or “an informed opinion.”
Who are some of your friends or family who could stand to benefit from chiropractic care? Chances are that you know some people in your life who are skeptical about going to a chiropractor. They might say things like, “Oh, they’re not real doctors,” or “I think they just deal with backs and that’s it!” But how well-informed are most people about what chiropractors actually do for their patients?
Anytime someone is in pain they’re looking for pain relief. They typically run right to pills/drugs for that relief. Yet chiropractic does NOT rely on pills or drugs for pain relief. It’s a natural healing alternative. For some people, that’s a welcome change of approach to feeling better, isn’t it? Lakewoods Chiropractic is happy to answer skeptic’s questions and to take on new patients. Please call 651-464-0800 and make your appointment today.