Chiropractic Care For “Growing Pains”

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Mention the term “Growing Pains,” and you might think of the classic 1980s sitcom starring Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns about a mom, dad and their kids growing up in middle-class America. Or you might think of the literal, physical pains associated with growing up!

So what are growing pains? They’ve been described as an ache or throb in the legs. Often found in the front of the thighs, the calves or behind the knees, growing pains tend to occur at night in children as their young bodies literally grow, getting bigger and bigger. Are they actual pains? There’s no evidence that these pains actually hurt, but… they can wake a child from their sleep and they can be noticeable. Sometimes parents might be asked to put a heating pad on their child’s muscles and/or to massage them.

Growing pains, while typically associated with the legs, can also include abdominal pain/issues and/or headaches that “come and go.” There could be swelling, tenderness, weakness and/or other issues, especially located in the joints. Sometimes growing pains interfere with a child’s normal, everyday activities.

It has been suggested that growing pains could be caused or exacerbated by the overuse of muscles… So, perhaps a child runs, jumps and climbs so much that their musculoskeletal system gets overworked and some pain ensues. Perhaps growing pains are caused by emotional problems. It has also been suggested that discomfort from growing pains can be caused by injury to the spine. Does your child have back pain?

Would it make sense to take your preschooler or school-age child to a chiropractor for chiropractic care at such a young age? Yes. Chiropractic care can help provide some relief for their growing pains.

In the Forest Lake, MN, area, Lakewoods Chiropractic has patients of all ages, including young children. Please call the office at 651-464-0800 to make an appointment for you and your child, especially if their “growing pains” have been an issue that needs some attention.

Manage Pain With Mind-Body Healing

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Do you ever wonder why some people seem super successful and others aren’t? If you ask successful people how they “got there,” they usually mention that they visualized their success long before it became a reality. In other words, they thought about where they want to be in life, and those thoughts seemingly helped make their dreams come true!

Now what about people who are in pain? Could a person feeling pain in a certain body part such as their lower back or neck utilize their brain to feel better? Research shows there’s a connection between how your brain thinks and the way your body feels. So, it makes sense that you could conceivably manage pain using mind-body healing techniques. Chiropractic care often teaches patients how to do this, as chiropractic is a holistic, drug-free approach to helping people be pain-free.

The mind-body healing connection involves changing the way a person thinks to become more positive about their situation. You have to have a healthy mindset in order to have a healthy body. If you’re going into chiropractic treatment with the expectation that “it’s going to help me, it’s going to work,” that helps facilitate your healing. It has been said that sometimes belief that treatments will work can be even more effective than the treatments themselves!

What are some things you can do to improve your mind so your body heals better/faster? Try writing a gratitude journal, listing 5 positive things you’re thankful for each day. Try figuring out what gives your life purpose so you’ll feel fulfilled. For some, that comes in the form of volunteering time to help others. Try meditation to give your mind and body some relief from stress each day– slow down and breathe, chant or pray. Try working out your muscles by lifting weights. Try watching funny videos in order to laugh more each day. All of these things can improve your life.

If you take a mind-body healing approach to your life, you can expect to feel better. Your problems such as insomnia and anxiety may lessen or disappear. It’s a good idea to consult with your chiropractor about your diet, as the foods/drinks you take in may be helping you or hurting you. Also, a chiropractor can help your body heal itself naturally thanks to spinal adjustments and such.

When you feel better, you can do more with your life. Think about it: if you’re feeling depressed and achy, are you going to want to get out of bed and meet up with people and volunteer at the local dog shelter? Probably not. If it hurts just to walk, life’s difficult! But if you’re able to improve your mind and your body and work toward healing the pains that bother you, then you can move forward in your life and lead a more fulfilling one!

Want some help to feel better? Call the Lakewoods Chiropractic office at 651-464-0800 to make an appointment on your way to wellness.

This Father’s Day Say “I Love You” With a Spine-Friendly Gift

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Dads do a lot of work. They have to take care of their kids, as well as a spouse, a house, the yard, etc. Being a dad is not for the faint of heart!

This Father’s Day what are you getting your dad as a present? Most dads get ties, but how many men really wear ties anymore? Not too many! That said, what about giving a “spine-friendly” gift? In other words, why not connect your dad with a chiropractor and pay for some appointments?

Sometimes all it takes is for a kid to give the gift of chiropractic visits for a dad to actually go and get his spine adjusted/aligned in order to feel better. Do you know a dad who is always complaining about neck pain, back pain, etc.? What good is complaining about pain if they don’t do anything about it?

Chiropractic visits can offer dads relief from the various aches and pains they feel in their overworked, tense bodies. If the dad you know is stressed out, chiropractic can help de-stress them to the point where their bodies don’t “hurt so bad.”

A chiropractic doctor uses his or her hands to manipulate the spine into its proper position. Though we cannot see what’s going on underneath our skin, imagine that our bodies are full of pathways for our various systems to communicate and work well, in tandem. But sometimes there’s inflammation and/or blockages on these pathways, akin to a traffic jam. The chiropractor’s job is to find these problem areas and manipulate them so the body can naturally and safely heal itself. Chiropractors don’t ask their patients to use drugs. Instead, they’re all about natural healing, and many dads appreciate that aspect of treatment.

What do you get the dad who seemingly has everything? Why not give him a spine-friendly chiropractic appointment at Lakewoods? Use our convenient contact form here: and/or call the office at 651-464-0800. Located at 255 Highway 97 (#2A) in Forest Lake, MN, Lakewoods Chiropractic has been named among “America’s Best Chiropractors” for several years in a row. Give dad the gift of chiropractic this Father’s Day.

Could You Be Addicted To Junk Food?

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Junk food is everywhere these days; It’s hard to avoid. Go into a gas station, grocery store or discount store and you’re surrounded by candy bars, salty potato chips, doughnuts, cupcakes and sugary drinks. Are they healthy or nutritious? No. But do we crave them? Yes!

Even though your mind tells you, “This isn’t the healthiest thing to put into my body,” you can easily end up addicted to junk food. Why is that? It turns out that junk food stimulates the reward system in your brain.

Your brain has a reward system that’s designed to make you feel good when you do things that encourage survival… like eating. When you eat, your brain releases feel-good chemicals including dopamine. Thus, eating junk food gives a person a sense of pleasure. No wonder so many people indulge in chocolate, right?

People should feel pleasure in their lives– that’s a good thing! But today’s junk food overwhelms the brain’s reward system. For example, eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream releases a huge amount of dopamine, giving you a “high.” And this is a high you don’t get from eating an apple or carrots or celery.

What do people do when they eat something that makes them feel good/better? They eat/drink even more of it! Dopamine receptors downregulate. The brain decides the amount of dopamine is too high so it removes dopamine receptors in order to restore balance. Therefore, you eat more junk food because it’s harder to “get that high.” It’s an addiction when someone doesn’t feel happy if they’re not getting their junk food “fix.” Hence, they’re going through withdrawal, just like someone who is addicted to cocaine would do!

If you or someone you know is addicted to junk food, it’s not unusual to keep it a secret. Depression and/or anxiety may go hand-in-hand with a junk food addiction. How does a person beat their junk food addiction? They can try and quit eating/drinking trigger foods and drinks completely, and/or work with a nutritional counselor to help change their habits.

Did you know chiropractors help people overcome their junk food addictions? It’s helpful to be accountable to someone– you can “check in” with a chiropractor and tell them what’s working for you, and what’s not. Having someone to be accountable to can truly help people overcome their junk food addictions.

Low-back Pain And Exercise

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Most people who experience low back pain automatically assume they shouldn’t exercise. If anything, they want to spend time on their couch or in their bed– not moving… but here’s the deal: moving is actually good for your back.

If you have low back pain, there are helpful exercises you can do to strengthen the back as well as stomach and leg muscles. Ideally, you want to exercise these parts of the body in order to help support your spine and relieve pain.

Some exercises can aggravate low back pain. For example, you’d want to avoid doing standing toe touches because these put stress on the discs and ligaments in your spine. Toe touches can overstretch lower back muscles and hamstrings. You’d also want to avoid doing sit-ups. While you might think sit-ups could help strengthen your core/ab muscles, remember this: sit-ups use muscles in the hips… and they put too much pressure on the discs in your spine.

So what is a good exercise to do when you’ve got low back pain? How about partial crunches? These help strengthen both your stomach and back muscles. To do partial crunches, lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Cross your arms over your chest or put your hands behind your neck. Tighten your stomach muscles and raise your shoulder off the floor, breathing out as you raise your shoulders. With partial crunches you don’t lead with your elbows or arms to pull your neck off the floor. When you do partial crunches, you generally crunch for a second and then slowly lower your shoulders back down. Repeat this exercise about 10 times. Doing these crunches using proper form prevents having too much stress on your low back. Keep in mind that when you do partial crunches you should keep your feet, tailbone and lower back in contact with the floor/mat at all times.

Another good exercise for people with low back pain? Hamstring stretches! This is where you lie on your back and bend one knee. You can loop a towel under the ball of your foot. Straighten your knee and then slowly pull back on the towel, giving yourself a gentle hamstring stretch. Hold the stretch for about 20 seconds and do the stretch for each leg about 2 to 4 times.

If you’re experiencing low back pain and you want to exercise but you’re afraid you might be “doing it wrong,” please make an appointment with Lakewoods Chiropractic for some helpful guidance. Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic by calling the office at 651-464-0800 or emailing

Chiropractic Care For Infertility

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Sometimes when a woman is trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening she thinks she’s one of the only people in the world having such a problem. That said, infertility issues are much more common than the average person assumes. Almost 10% of the population has to deal with infertility issues.

When a person thinks of visiting a chiropractor, it’s usually regarding back or neck issues. But what about infertility? Can a chiropractor help with that? Well, think of a chiropractor as someone who helps a person with their overall health– and that includes infertility issues.

Research studies in the past have shown that chiropractic care has helped couples become pregnant. Instead of opting for In Vitro Fertilization, which is something that can cost more than $10,000 per attempt, couples have the option to discuss their infertility issues with their chiropractor. Oftentimes, a chiropractor will help patients reduce stress and any interferences happening in the body– with a focus on the nervous system. Promoting health from the inside out, chiropractic care generally helps people live healthier lives, whereas their nutritional intake improves, they start exercising more, and they decrease stress. Utilizing chiropractic care, a couple can improve their breathing, digestion, and blood vessel dilation. In turn, their improved health may help move a fertilized egg into the fallopian tubes. A chiropractor can also help “untwist” a woman’s pelvis, if needed, to take pressure off reproductive organs.

If you want to know more, you’re welcome to Google chiropractic and infertility to read the various studies that have been done. Keep in mind that it takes two people to get pregnant, so chiropractic care is important for both a man and a woman who want to conceive.

Have you been having trouble getting pregnant? Are you looking for a drug-free, alternative, cost-effective way to improve your chances? Consider chiropractic care at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN. Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic by calling the office at 651-464-0800 or emailing

Grow A Garden Of Wellness

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In an increasingly stressful world that’s full of technology, don’t you get tired of checking emails and scrolling through Facebook and Twitter posts? There are only so many videos you can watch before your eyeballs get tired and you just need to sleep!

With the world being so “modern” today, what about old-fashioned ideas and things? What about planting a garden this year? It doesn’t have to be huge or elaborate. But just digging your hands in some dirt can help you grow a “garden of wellness.”

For instance, when you dig in soil you’re stirring up “Mycobacterium vaccae.” This stimulates the release of serotonin in the brain– nature’s mood booster! And then there are the things you plant– they can be eaten later on, providing your body with organic herbs and veggies that are rich in nutrients. Gardening is great for those who want to use some of their free time to do something relaxing and peaceful– and something useful!

When gardening, do your best to use healthy topsoil, since that can help your plants grow well over the course of a season. Basically, you want to plant plants in nutrient-rich dirt. Oftentimes, people add some natural fertilizers/compost to their soil in order to improve its quality.

In your “wellness garden,” what should you plant? Some good suggestions include garlic, spinach, and kale. Of course, you’ll choose what you like and/or what you’d like to give to friends and family. Even if it’s something simple like a few pots of tomato plants, at least it’s something– never underestimate small beginnings!

One of the nice things about gardening for wellness is that you get to nurture your garden over time and show it off to visitors. Furthermore, you can get family members such as grandkids to help cultivate the land/pick the veggies so there’s a sense of shared purpose. Think of all the things you could plant now which could end up being used in salads, on top of healthy pizzas, or to help jazz up meat and potato dinners!

If you’re looking for something to do that’s productive and fun, gardening could easily become your new favorite hobby. Plus, you can get family members or neighbors involved, so you get to spend time together growing organic foods you’ll use. Gardening for wellness is also good for getting people outdoors into the fresh air, and it does involve some exercise, too.

Need some tips on bending down to garden and such? Want some ideas regarding what to plant here in Minnesota? Talk to the chiropractor at Lakewoods about your gardening for wellness plans. Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling the office at 651-464-0800 or emailing

Chiropractic: Drug-Free Asthma Prevention

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Asthma is a condition where a person’s airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus. In turn, people with asthma find it harder to breathe. Asthma symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, and, of course, shortness of breath. Though it can’t be cured, asthma can be controlled.

More and more people in the USA seem to be dealing with asthma in recent times– and this could be a result of pollution in the air, as well as mold and even food preservatives. Most people with asthma carry an inhaler with them so they can get needed relief if they have an asthma attack.

While living in a clean environment, staying away from polluted air, and eating healthy are all good ways to combat asthma, what about chiropractic care? Can visiting a chiropractor help reduce symptoms in asthmatics?

Did you know that poor spinal health can contribute to the onset of asthma? Think of all the younger people today who are glued to screens– they’re looking down at smartphones, video games, etc. And they’re spending little time being active. What happens, then? Their posture suffers. And when people have bad posture it’s highly likely that they’ll develop misalignments in their spine.

A misaligned spine ends up putting pressure on delicate nerves, therefore affecting the function of organs and systems in the body. If a person’s lungs are compromised, then they’re likely going to have worse asthma. A misaligned spine can also bother the heart as well as the digestive system. Therefore, a chiropractor can align the spine back into its proper position and restore the function of organs while increasing nerve flow energy.

If you’re looking for a drug-free approach to dealing with asthma, consider chiropractic care from Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN. Chiropractors wisely address the root causes of problems; It’s not unusual for those with asthma to report an end to their symptoms after receiving chiropractic care.
Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling the office at 651-464-0800 or emailing

The Chiropractic Solution For Migraines

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Do you, your family members and/or co-workers suffer from migraines? What are some natural ways to prevent migraine headaches?

Natural remedies for migraines might include acupressure/acupuncture, dietary changes, the use of essential oils, stress reduction/management, yoga/stretching, massage, and/or chiropractic care.

Most people think of chiropractors as doctors who deal with low back pain, but did you know chiropractors deal with all sorts of pain– all over the body? And there’s a chiropractic solution for migraines!

Chiropractic care involves spinal manipulation as well as massage and various exercises. Together, these things help with both the prevention of and management of headaches.

Your chiropractor could perform neuromuscular massage– this has a focus on “trigger points” within the back, shoulder, neck and head… and this massage can ease the symptoms of migraines. Your chiropractor could also take a multidisciplinary approach to help you deal with migraine pain. Typically, this involves physical therapy exercises as well as relaxation techniques and stress management tips. Furthermore, your chiropractor can offer dietary counseling, since certain foods or drinks could be contributing to the pain you feel in your head. Did you know, for example, that alcohol, caffeine and nitrates can all trigger migraines? That means things like soda pop, chocolates, hot dogs and cold cuts, etc. could be causing your problems.

Migraines cause a severe throbbing pain or pulsing sensation and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Typically, they occur on one side of the head. Those with migraines often have a sensitivity to light and sound, so they’ll want to rest in a dark, quiet bedroom. Obviously, migraine attacks can interfere with a person’s daily activities.

If you’ve been experiencing tough migraines that seem to “knock you for a loop” and essentially ruin your day, you should make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN.
Please call 651-464-0800 or email for more information.

Meditate Your Way To Optimal Health

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Some people take pills to feel better. Others meditate. For those interested in natural health, meditation can truly help them feel better on their way toward optimal health. Why is meditation so helpful?

Meditation helps people ease their pain, stress and anxiety while improving their mood, immunity and even their heart health. Why is this? Well meditation chiefly helps people de-stress, and any condition caused/worsened by stress can then find needed relief. When a person meditates, they’re relaxing, which helps decrease metabolism while lowering blood pressure and improving the heart rate. It’s kind of like a mini-vacation for the body.

Meditation sends messages from the brain to the body’s various systems to relax. This helps ease tension and tightness in muscles and more. When a person repeats a word or phrase over and over (a “mantra” if you will) they’re ignoring other thoughts while focusing on their breathing. This soothes the body overall, creating a biological response of relaxation that improves a person’s overall health.
Why meditate daily? It has many benefits. Stress reduction is perhaps the most common reason why someone would choose to meditate. By reducing stress, a person also gets the bonus benefit of reducing anxiety. So, for those dealing with paranoid thoughts, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and/or panic attacks, meditation could truly help!

Meditation promotes emotional health, giving people a more positive outlook on life. It’s hard to be anxious and grumpy when one relaxes themselves, right? Want to be less depressed? Meditate. You can also enhance your self-awareness while meditating, learn to lengthen your attention span, and find more clarity of thinking, which helps keep the mind young.

Finally, know this: if you are having persistent pain, that pain is connected to your state of mind. And if you’re in stressful situations, that pain– coupled with your state of mind– is going to be worse. Therefore, take some time to meditate in order to get rid of some stress, which, in turn, gives you peace of mind… and less pain. Ultimately, meditation can diminish the perception of pain in the brain, and that’s a good thing!

The nice thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere. It doesn’t require special equipment or space. And it can be done in just a few minutes a day. For more information on meditation, look up YouTube videos or Google “meditation techniques” to see what you can do to improve your overall health through meditation.

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