Love Your Liver

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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.

Celebrate Without Stress

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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.

What is Evidence-Based Care?

Posted by on 5:06 pm in Blog, Chiropractic, Forest Lake Chiro | 0 comments

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.

Failed Back Surgery

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Do all back surgeries “work” to relieve pain? No. In fact, there’s something known as FBSS— Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. When this happens, a person can have persistent pain when the surgery is completed. Pain is typically in the back and/or legs. Laminectomies and discectomies don’t always do what they’re supposed to, and oftentimes patients have to have a second surgery, known as a revision surgery. These invasive procedures are costly, and there’s the chance that a satisfactory outcome won’t happen.

If and when a person has a back surgery and they’re still hurting, months later, then they usually resort to working with a pain management specialist who might prescribe medicine. Other things, including special exercises, holistic therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapy, might help. Many people with back pain regularly see a chiropractor for relief.

Surgeons sometimes make errors. They might operate on the wrong side of the body or at the wrong level. They might be too aggressive in their approach, leading to spinal instability. Perhaps they don’t remove all the pain generators simply because they can’t find them all.

After back surgery occurs, there can be complications that make it a “failure.” There can be an infection, hematomas, spasms, drainage problems and more.

Who do you know who suffers with low back pain? Have they considered surgery? Ideally, surgery should be their last resort. Many back pain sufferers turn to chiropractors and massage therapists, who can help adjust the body in such a way that pain goes away. The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. Chiropractors manipulate things into place, getting rid of obstacles and obstructions concerning the nerves, joints, ligaments, etc.

For those suffering with back pain, schedule a visit at Lakewoods Chiropractic. See if chiropractic care gives you natural healing and much needed relief! Call 651-464-0800 and make your appointment today.

10-week Jump Start Wellness Plan

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If you are ready to change your life, don’t expect everything to be different overnight. Change takes time. That’s why Lakewoods Chiropractic offers a “Jump Start” wellness plan to help people make small but meaningful changes in their daily lives in order to become healthier and feel better.

Achieving wellness is an ongoing process. You can make adjustments in the next 10 weeks or so that will jump start you on the road to feeling better rather than bitter about life.

What are some things a wellness plan includes? For starters, chiropractic care helps get the body back into alignment. So many people are experiencing problems these days, from bad backs to headaches and then some. Chiropractic care uses gentle maneuvers called adjustments to correct and prevent “vertebral subluxations.” In other words, chiropractic care helps take away nerve interference so pain is lessened and movement is improved!

What about stress? A wellness plan involves identifying what is stressing you out and then finding ways to cope with and lessen stress. For many people, they’re dealing with a daily schedule that’s just too hectic. They need to slow down! They need to delegate some chores to others. And they need to learn to say “no” to some requests. A good chiropractor can teach you stress reduction techniques.

How about drugs and pills? Most people are on some kind of pill for something. Not all, though, are beneficial. A chiropractor can help you take a look at what you’re taking and how some of those things could be giving you negative side effects.

What about nutrition? Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals with the foods you currently eat? Are you consuming too much soda pop and pizza? A chiropractor can help guide you in eating healthier, which can, in turn, help you reduce weight, which means less stress on your joints. For instance, what about trading M&M’s for blueberries? Have you ever tried that?

Sleep is so important to a person’s overall health and well-being, yet too many people aren’t getting enough quality, restorative sleep. A chiropractor who is helping you jump start your wellness plan can help you figure out whether or not you’re getting adequate sleep…

Then there’s exercise– which some people dread. Yet exercise is so vital! That said, what if you had someone helping you come up with a customized plan that fits your needs– and it’s stuff you actually enjoy? There’s truly an exercise or two out there for everyone. Maybe it’s time to take an Aqua Zumba class! Or maybe it’s time to ask your friend to go with you to the gym, for fun and accountability.

Other things than can be part of a wellness plan include more time spent in nature, figuring out your household budget so it doesn’t stress you out so much, getting rid of clutter from your home, talking about spirituality and one’s attitude toward life, and then some.

Are you interested in a 10-week Jump Start Wellness Plan? Please call Lakewoods Chiropractic at 651-464-0800 for more information.

5 Reasons To Turn Off The TV

Posted by on 4:28 pm in Blog, Chiropractic, Forest Lake Chiro | 0 comments

If you’re like most people, you watch TV. Did you know the average U.S. adult watches more than 4 hours of TV per day? Think of it this way: that’s about 25 percent of waking time spent every day!

It’s funny, because people are always saying they’re too busy and wish they had more time for things, like cooking their own meals or exercising with a bike ride or walk around the block… when, in fact, they’re probably just using much of their day to watch TV!

What are 5 reasons to turn off the TV?

For starters, TV can stress you out! A lot of people pay way too much attention to the daily news and it gets their blood pressure boiling. What did the President say or do today to offend people? How many kids were gunned down at a school or mall? What about terrible fires consuming people’s homes? TV brings all the problems of the world right into people’s homes, and it’s an endless cycle of ads telling you what you need to buy along with bad news about everything wrong in the world. It’s no wonder that people are depressed and anxious! Could you give up TV (and your phone and the Internet) for one whole week? Now THAT would be a challenge, right?

People who watch a lot of TV are called couch potatoes. That’s because they’re sedentary and shoveling in potato chips, getting fat! Studies show people eat up to 74 percent more calories while watching TV. So, if you want to lose weight, don’t watch so much TV.

Can TV make you boring? A lot of people have no life of their own. They live vicariously through fictional characters they see on screen. Then, when put in social situations, they have nothing interesting to share about their own life because… they’re not really living.

Can TV ruin relationships? Definitely! Instead of paying attention to family members, including spouses and kids, a lot of adults are more focused on what’s on TV. That leaves the other people in the household feeling neglected and unimportant. How are families supposed to have time together and shared experiences if they’re all in different rooms glued to different screens, never interacting?

Finally, TV is the opposite of exercise. With exercise, you burn calories, get your blood pumping, and help yourself stay trim and in-shape. With TV, you don’t burn many calories. You eat a lot. Your brain turns off. It’s not that healthy if you think about it. Some say TV helps them relax… but actually TV is full of stimuli that won’t let your brain relax.

The Fashionable Fig – Healthy and Hip

Posted by on 4:26 pm in Blog, Chiropractic, Forest Lake Chiro | 0 comments

If you’re like most people, when you think of “fig,” you think of Fig Newtons, a Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll– basically, cookies filled with fig paste. Yet you can also buy and eat fresh figs, which are usually eaten raw. While they’re best eaten straight off the tree, warm from the sun, you’re most likely going to find and buy them at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

While most people think figs are a fruit, they’re actually inverted flowers! But fig trees aren’t like other trees– their flowers bloom inside the pear-shaped pod, which later matures into the fruit people eat. If you were to find fresh figs in a store, they have a thin skin with red/purple flesh and lots of tiny seeds. You can eat the entire fig (minus the stem) and you can peel them if you want.

Figs, which are healthy and hip these days, come from ficus trees in warm climates. With their unique and sweet taste, expect a soft and chewy texture coupled with crunchy (and edible) seeds. While fresh figs are perishable (and quite delicate), you’re probably most likely to find them dried and preserved– a version that’s available year round. In the days before refined sugar was readily available, figs were often used as sweeteners.

Just for some historical perspective, our ancestors probably ate their fair share of figs. They come from some of the world’s oldest trees, and have been documented in historical texts, including the Bible. Native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, these fruit flowers are high in minerals and fiber. If you’re looking for a food to get more potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper, figs are great! They also contain vitamins A and K.

Since they’re naturally high in fiber, figs are good for those who are watching their weight. High fiber foods make people feel full, which also helps reduce hunger and cravings. Furthermore, figs tend to act as a natural laxative.

If you’re seeking fresh figs, the season for them is between summer and autumn. They’re best eaten within a day or two of purchase. Look for plump ones that are tender to the touch with a rich, deep color. If they’re ripe, they’ll have a sweet fragrance.

Chiropractic For A Comfortable Pregnancy

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If you or someone you know is pregnant, consider chiropractic care. Why should pregnant women see chiropractors?

Chiropractic care helps maintain the body’s spinal column, as well as discs, bones and nerves. Through chiropractic adjustments, things are aligned properly, reducing nerve stress and promoting health and wellness without drugs or surgery.

When a woman is pregnant, she’ll experience many changes in her body as it prepares to give birth to a baby. These physiological and endocrinological changes can affect the spine and joints. Furthermore, women are likely to see pelvic changes and have to deal with postural adaptations. Also, pregnant women should expect an increased back curve and a protruding abdomen. Chiropractic care helps establish alignment and pelvic balance, helping increase the amount of room available for the developing baby and allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

Since the body changes during pregnancy some women experience musculoskeletal problems. It’s not unusual for the uterus to be off-center. It pulls out in front and is not well-balanced in back… so chiropractic helps fix that. Meanwhile, hormonal changes can soften joints. Women can experience hip pain, which chiropractors address. Other common pregnancy ailments include headaches, low back pain, pubic-bone pain, and even rib misplacement. Hormonal changes relax the ligaments while rapid weight gain causes joints to become misaligned. Chiropractors are all about putting things back into proper alignment in order to alleviate symptoms.

During pregnancy, chiropractic care can help control symptoms of nausea while relieving back, neck or joint pain. Those who have regular chiropractic visits before delivering a baby can expect to reduce the time of labor and delivery and possibly prevent a potential cesarean delivery. Overall, chiropractic care helps make for a healthier pregnancy and delivery.

Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, Minnesota, helps many pregnant women with chiropractic care. Most pregnant women visit once a month during their first trimester and then every two to three weeks until the last month, where visits occur weekly. Basically, chiropractic care helps relieve pregnant women’s discomfort, helping to make their experience less stressful. If you or someone you know would benefit from this, please call Lakewoods Chiropractic at 651-464-0800.

Vertebral Subluxation Defined

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If you visit a chiropractic office like Lakewoods Chiropractic you might hear people talking about “vertebral subluxations.” Or you might see posters on the wall with those words. To the average person, they might as well be another language. So, what are they, anyway? What’s the definition?

In layman’s terms, a vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of a person’s spinal column. In the medical world, the term subluxation refers to an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or organ.

How did the term come about? Back in 1910, the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, wrote about nerves and how they carry impulses outward and sensations inward. He wrote that the activity of these nerves (more specifically their fibers) could become excited or allayed by impingement, with the result being that they couldn’t function as intended… leading to disease. Meanwhile, Palmer’s son B.J. wrote around the same time that chiropractors could find a cause for every disease in the spine. He believed that in the spinal column a chiropractor could find a subluxation corresponding to every type of disease. Of course, this was rudimentary– but it gives you some perspective on where the idea for vertebral subluxation came from over a century ago.

Nowadays, we take a more refined approach to defining what a chiropractic vertebral subluxation is… According to the World Health Organization, it’s a lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.

If that sounds like a lot of big words, it’s perhaps best to sum it up this way: chiropractic involves adjusting the spine to get rid of nerve impingement (pressure) so people feel better. If you’ve got a misaligned spine and there’s nerve interference, you’re likely going to have pain, which could be in your neck, shoulders, back, etc. A chiropractor uses his or her hands to correct that misalignment, helping coax your body to move everything into its right and proper position for optimal functioning.

If you’d like to know more about vertebral subluxation(s), you’d like to ask questions, and/or you’d like to know how chiropractic care can help you, please make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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So many people have digestive problems. And for some, their digestive problems can be labelled with terms like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or, most likely, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

IBS is quite common. It’s not technically a disease, but, rather, classified as a “functional disorder.” Does it have specific identifiable causes? Nope! That said, researchers think that nervous system miscommunications are probably a main reason people experience IBS. If the spine is misaligned, it’s not unusual for a person to be experiencing symptoms of IBS. Basically, there’s interference between the brain and the intestinal tract, such that the bowels aren’t working as intended. People with IBS don’t have “normal” bowel movements. Instead, they have a lot of alternating constipation and diarrhea, which is definitely no fun, especially at work in an office environment.

Did you know the upper lumbar vertebrae contains nerves which happen to connect to the digestive system, including your stomach and intestines? If and when there’s a “subluxation,” (a structural dislocation) present in the vertebrae, the digestive system doesn’t work well.

Chiropractors can help people who suffer with/from IBS… chiropractic adjustments have the awesome ability to encourage the body to produce regular, solid, pain-free bowel movements. While this may not be the case for every individual (since all people respond differently), enough people with IBS have found relief thanks to chiropractic care!

Instead of relying on medications to deal with IBS, why not have a chiropractor use safe, gentle, non-invasive hand manipulation to guide your vertebrae back into their proper places? When they do this action, strain is taken off the nervous system. Digestive issues can subside… besides IBS, chiropractic care has helped many people get rid of diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, and heartburn. A chiropractor takes a drug-free, holistic approach to you and your body– and it’s amazing how a few adjustments can make a world of difference in how someone feels.

Have you been experiencing digestive issues such as IBS? If you’re tired of pain, cramping, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea and constipation, then it’s time to do something about it. Why not try chiropractic care and see if it helps? Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

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