Clear the Static

Patients often want to know about what they can do when the leave the chiropractic clinic to continue healing their musculoskeletal system. They know that their chiropractic treatments assist in eliminating nerve interference, but what causes the interference in the first place?
 
There are three types of stressors that can put a strain on your nervous system. Those are chemical stress (the foods we eat, products we use), mechanical stress (injuries, posture, etc.) and emotional stress. One way to combat emotional stress is meditation.
 
I am not an expert on meditation, but I have found benefit from using it to manage stress. The goal of meditation is to be fully present and focus on your breathing.  In, out. In, out. In, out.  Thoughts will inevitably enter your mind, that is fine. The goal of meditation is not to have no thoughts. The goal is to detach from your thoughts somewhat. To know that a thought does not define you.
 
Since we always have our phones on us, one simple way to have easy access to guided meditation is to download an app. I use the Calm App. There are several others out there that have their own benefits.
 
The thought of trying to cram one more thing into your morning routine may sound counterproductive but taking an extra 10 minutes in the morning to mediate can make the rest of the day more efficient. By clearing some of the static of our negative thoughts we find more space to do the things we have to do and want to do throughout the day.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. As always, you can schedule your next chiropractic treatment by calling 612-562-6694.
 



Be well.

Essential oil solutions

As essential oils have gained popularity in the last couple of years, you have probably heard of them and seen them around. We now have more and more access to these tools, but not necessarily more understanding on how to use them.

 

There is a TON of information out there explaining how essential oils are extracted and how something that was meant to protect a plant can protect and heal our bodies. If you have questions or want to go more in depth, I would love to chat about that! Today we are just going to focus on a few of the most versatile oils and how you can use them in your daily routines.

 

Before we get into specifics, I want to make clear that when it comes to essential oils, quality matters! There are companies out there that take the time use high quality plants and extract the oils in a way where their powerful benefits are not lost. I use DoTerra oils because of their high standards on creating products that are safe and effective. This is not the only company out there, but it is the one I trust.

 

I got interested in oils because I wanted another tool to empower patients to improve their health when they step out of my office. There are so many solutions to everyday problems that live in those bottles. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

 

First off, Lemon

Lemon oil is used to clean and purify the air and surfaces. It aids in digestion when taken internally and can also support healthy respiratory function.

Tips for use:

·         Add a drop or two to your water to aid in digestion of meals

·         Mix 2 drops in a spray bottle with 10 oz. of water to clean tables, countertops and other surfaces

·         Diffuse to uplift your mood

 

Next, Lavender

The queen of oils! Lavender has a long history of soothing skin irritations, relaxing mood, and promoting restful sleep

Tips for use:

·         Add a few drops to your pillows, bedding or bottom of feet to aid in sleep

·         Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations

·         Add a drop or two to your water to reduce anxious feelings

 

Lastly, Peppermint

Peppermint is another familiar oil with many uses.

Tips for uses:

·         Take a drop or two internally to help alleviate an upset stomach

·         Add a drop to your water to promote healthy respiratory function

·         Rub a drop in your hands and inhale for a refreshing pick me up

 

If you have any interest in learning more about how essential oils can be a safe and effective replacement to harsher chemicals in your life, let’s chat!

How to Avoid 'Text Neck' in 2018

Have you heard of text neck?

According to Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, a spinal surgeon in New York, it is a very real thing. When we spend hours a day on our phones, our heads begin to drift forward, further and further… until THEY FALL OFF OUR NECKS. Just kidding, they don’t do that. But now that I have your attention let me explain something crazy that DOES happen.

Dr. Hansraj explains that when your neck is in a neutral position, the weight of your head is around 10-12 pounds. As your head drifts further forward the strain it places on your neck increases. At 15 degrees forward, your head puts a strain of 27 pounds on your neck, at 30 degrees that strain becomes 40 pounds, and at 60 degrees it becomes 60 pounds!

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It is easy to see how the extra strain can lead to pain in the neck and shoulders, joint degeneration and even disc herniation.

We are so attached to our phones, so what is to be done? These acute and chronic symptoms can be combated by daily stretching, taking breaks from our phones and getting adjusted.

If you have any questions about “text neck” or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Hannah at (612) 562-6694.

VITAMIN D: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT AND WHERE TO GET IT

You most likely have had someone in your life recommend Vitamin D. But what is so great about that vitamin? 

 

Well, virtually every cell in the human body has a Vitamin D receptor. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the intestine to protect against osteoporosis. It also regulates your immune function. Vitamin D promotes cell growth and supports your mood. 

 

If that is not enough reason to want to have sufficient Vitamin D levels, some of the risks of having insufficient levels of Vitamin D include increased risk of heart attack, cancer, diabetes, asthma and other autoimmune diseases. Now this list is not meant to scare you, it is meant to empower you to get your Vitamin D levels checked to make sure you are not at risk. Your primary care physician can check this for you.

 

Knowing how important this vitamin is, where do we get it?

 

The best source of Vitamin D is always SUNLIGHT! This is the form that your body absorbs the best and there are numerous additional benefits to getting natural sunlight. Living in the Midwest, you know that natural sunlight can be scarce. Other sources including fatty fish, (like tuna, salmon, etc.) egg yolks and beef liver which contain high amounts of Vitamin D can help.  If eating more of those foods is not enough to get you to a healthy level, you can use a Vitamin D supplement. A high-quality, bio-available (meaning your body can absorb it) Vitamin D supplement can help your reach sufficient Vitamin D levels when your diet/sunlight exposure are lacking. 

 

Ask about Vitamin D at your next appointment !

 

Schedule on patient portal or call  (612) 562-6694

 

Be well.