Friday, March 29, 2013

1st and only Chiropractic Peeps Diorama

Dr. Diane thought it would be fun for us to create out own Peeps Diorama. After brain storming and a mad run to the store for Easter Peeps we finished with something we are very proud of. Note the yellow bunny getting a therapeutic massage and Dr. Diane adjusting a peep bunny on the right.

 Everyone had a blast creating this mini version of our clinic. We threw it together during lunch and set it up in the lobby of the clinic. Stop by and see our Peeps while they are still fresh.



Your cardiovascular system may also adversely be affected by ibuprofen.

Cardiovascular System Side Effects

Your cardiovascular system may also adversely be affected by ibuprofen. This occurs because ibuprofen can interfere with the chemical signals that are related to your heart and blood vessels. According to, ibuprofen may affect your heart and cause chest pain and shortness of breath. In addition, this medication can affect your blood vessels and cause swelling or rapid weight gain. All of these symptoms are serious and may be caused by ibuprofen or another serious medical condition. Therefore, prompt discontinuation of ibuprofen and early medical treatment are important to prevent further complications.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why is Ice Better Than Heat for an Acute Back Injury?

Question: Why is Ice Better Than Heat for an Acute Back Injury?
Ice is usually recommended for acute injuries, while heat tends to help out more with chronic problems involving muscle spasm. Why is ice better for an acute back injury, and how does ice do its job?
Answer: Ice works by narrowing the space inside the blood vessels, which limits blood flow and decreases the metabolic requirements of your soft tissues. The limited blood flow also reduces the amount of irritating chemicals that are delivered to the injury site. While these chemicals are a natural and useful response to inflammation, they must be kept in check to avoid swelling, and excessive formation of scar tissue at the site of your back or neck injury. Ice also acts as an anesthetic to reduce the pain of injury.
For back strain, the rule of thumb is ice  for the first 48 to 72 hours. Heat increases the inflammation, and it is not a good idea to use it during the inflammatory phase. After those first few days you can use ice or heat, based on your preference. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Dietary Strategies to Kick a Cold or Flu

Dietary Strategies to Kick a Cold or Flu

The first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system -- which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. This includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down as sugar in your body).
Ideally, you must address nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress issues the moment you first feel yourself getting a bug. This is when immune-enhancing strategies will be most effective. Foods that will help strengthen your immune response include:

Raw, grass-fed organic milk, and/or high-quality whey proteinFermented foods such as raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut Raw, organic eggs from pastured chickens Grass-fed beef Coconuts and coconut oil
Organic vegetablesGarlic. Ideally consumed raw and crushed just before eating Turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves Mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake

Make sure to drink plenty of pure water. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body and will help with nose stuffiness and loosening secretions. You should drink enough water so that your urine is a light, pale yellow.
As for chicken soup, yes, it can indeed help reduce cold symptoms.
Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily. Processed, canned soups won't work as well as the homemade version, however. For best results, make up a fresh batch yourself (or ask a friend or family member to do so) and make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it's easier to cough up and expel.

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