December 2016

Why Wellness Works

One of the best things about chiropractic is that we have a strong model for true “Wellness Care”. Much of our healthcare system is focused on waiting until we have symptoms, sickness, or a disease and then trying to work backwards into getting the patient well again. In chiropractic, the main focus is on prevention and function… essentially staying in front of any potential problems so that the patient doesn’t get sick or have symptoms. Aside from feeling better there are some other “perks” to using chiropractic to stay healthy. Here are the big ones:

  • Costs – The costs of healthcare and medications are constantly increasing. As our population ages, the demand on insurance companies to pay for more services is increasing. So, in response, we’re being met with higher premiums, higher deductibles, more out of pocket expense, and fewer services being covered. Using chiropractic, which is usually more affordable than other types of services, can save you money on doctors’ visits, tests, drugs, and surgeries.
  • Function – Most of our bodies have been through enough that our structures have changed on the inside. Over time these misalignments cause degenerative changes in the joints, nerves, and muscles. Those structure changes can drastically alter the way our bodies function. When our function is compromised we can’t work, play, or live how we want. Covering up those symptoms with medications doesn’t improve our structure or function. Chiropractic works to improve the function of the body as a whole.
  • Decreased Risk – In repeated studies chiropractic has been shown to be safe and effective for many conditions and every type of person. The risks of having a chiropractic adjustment are far lower than taking medications.

Chiropractic is a natural choice for anyone who is looking to restore or preserve their health. Studies have consistently shown that people who get adjusted at regular intervals take less medicine and have fewer surgeries than people who are not under chiropractic treatment. In order to be proactive with your health, rather than waiting to get sick, we highly recommend regular adjustments as part of your healthy life plan.

“Our health is what we make of it– give it attention and it improves, give it none and it subsides.”

– John F. Demartini

Healthy for the Holidays
Are you looking for gifts for people this holiday season but aren’t quite sure what to get a few of them?

In December, all of the healthy products in our office are 10% OFF!

This sale includes:

  • Our Body Med Digital TENS Units. These portable units allow you to do your stim therapy on the go without interrupting your daily activities.
  • Our ChiroFlow Water Pillows. These pillows adapt to the curve of your cervical spine, providing support for your neck while you sleep. Pillows are also BUY 6, GET 1 FREE!
  • Our Lumbar Pillows. These pillows provide support for your back whether it’s at your desk or in the car (or both!).
  • Our Knee-Spacer Pillows. This pillow actually straps to your leg and provides a cushion between your legs while you sleep, reducing wear and tear on the low back and hips.
  • Our Foot Levelers Spine-Stabilizing Orthotics. These inserts are custom-made for every curve of your feet.
  • All of Our Designs For Health Nutritional Supplements. These supplements are all-natural and cover a wide array of health needs including joint health, heart health, stress management, brain function, and inflammation.

Our 10% Off Sale only happens once a year, so take advantage of these savings while they’re here.

Insurance Changes Are Coming!

Health insurance is constantly evolving and changing for all of us all of the time. This year, perhaps more than any other before it, will be filled with more changes than normal.

Health insurance benefits can be very hard to understand and navigate through. Sometimes even calling your insurance provider doesn’t help. Figuring out what’s covered and what isn’t can be a frustrating experience.

If you need help understanding your benefits we are here to help! If you would like us to look into your chiropractic benefits for you please just give us your updated insurance card and/or information at your next visit. We’ll be happy to make a copy of your information and look up your benefits as quickly as possible. Usually we can do this in a 24 to 48 hour period.

It is our mission to provide you the best service anywhere and make your chiropractic experience wonderful, while also making it as affordable as possible. If you have any questions about your insurance we’ll do everything we can to help you find the answers you need.

Thanks for choosing us for your chiropractic care. We look forward to working with you as we head through 2017 healthy and happy.
 

Traveling Can Be a Pain in the Neck…or Back!

Traveling over the holidays can cause aches and pains, especially in the back and neck. Whether you’re riding in the car or traveling in an airplane, sitting in a fixed position for long periods of time can be hard on your joints. In addition, travel can cause stress that leads to muscle tension and more aches and pains. Knowing how to avoid this problem can help you enjoy the coming holiday season.

  • Get an Adjustment Before Leaving. Your chiropractor should be able to identify subluxations and problems with your spine before you leave on your trip. Getting an adjustment before you go will relieve pressure on your joints and muscles, thus lessening your pain. In addition, your chiropractor can teach you exercises and stretches that you can do while on your vacation. These stretches and exercises can help improve blood flow to your muscles and help you avoid pain. Your chiropractor may also be able to recommend a special travel pillow to support your spine while you’re out of town.
  • Take Frequent Breaks When Driving. If you’re taking a long car ride, stop the car often to stretch and move around. This will prevent your muscles from getting stiff and painful while traveling to your destination. If you are traveling with a companion, take turns driving to avoid aches and pains.
  • Get Up and Walk Around When Flying. If you’re flying to your destination get up to take a brief walk every hour to hour and a half. If possible, ask for an aisle seat to make this easier for you and less annoying to your fellow travelers. Walking around on the plane will prevent your muscles from becoming stiff, so you’ll feel better when you arrive.
  • Manage Your Stress. Holiday stress can contribute a great deal to muscle tension, pain, stiffness, and injury. Managing your stress can help you avoid this discomfort. Your chiropractor will be able to recommend strategies for managing stress at this difficult time of year.
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can make your problems feel more overwhelming and less manageable. Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night through the holidays, especially before you travel.
  • Eat right. Green, leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, and blueberries are all foods that can help regulate your mood and improve your outlook around the holidays, but these aren’t the only foods that can help you feel better and stay happy during the holidays. A healthy diet can reduce stress and improve your mood while you’re away.
  • Exercise. Exercise prompts your body to produce endorphins, which can make you feel better and reduce your stress. Exercising throughout the holidays is important for managing stress, especially while traveling. Wherever you go, bring your running shoes and sweat clothes to make exercising an option while you’re away.
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(724)939-7062
 
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