Why don’t you get sick?

Why Don’t You Get Sick?

The average person will catch between 2-6 colds during the year. So often I hear people ask, “why don’t you get sick?  What are you doing differently?”

My perspective is that we are all exposed to the sicknesses, and we may all “catch” the sickness, but some of us may express symptoms very subtly.  For example, when you get up in the morning and your nose is a little clogged or you need to clear your throat an bit…yep!  That was your cold. It just didn’t last very long!  The reason some people do not  get a full blown cold is because they are well adjusted, they supplement their nutrition, they cut out the junk food, in other words -they have a strong immune system!

Get adjusted today!

Stay healthy!

Dr. Stone

 

The Perils of Yard Work…

The Perils of Yard Work…

It’s spring!  The yard is calling…

Getting outside in the sunshine and working the earth can be very therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul.  However, sometimes the project is bigger than our bodies are prepared for.  When that happens, we really feel it the next day!  Remember to stay hydrated while you are working.  Change positions during the project to avoid tomorrow’s pain.  When you feel yourself stiffening up, stretch – slow, patient stretching can do a lot of good for your muscles.  If the stretching doesn’t do it, or if there is a “catch” or a “zinger”, come and see me.  Getting the joints of the body adjusted can allow the body to heal much faster.  If the ensuing problem is keeping you from doing your day job, we can always add a therapy to make the healing happen much faster!  Class IV laser therapy causes the cells to heal twice as fast as normal, introduces natural anti-inflammatory agents into the cells, and reduces pain.  Spinal decompression therapy can help reduce the nerve and muscle pain associated with disc impingements or injuries.  Simple things like sciatic pain and neck pain that goes into your arm can be improved with decompression therapy.  Also, remember to supplement your body with the natural building blocks that it needs.  Your body will thank you if you give it an herbal anti-inflammatory instead of an NSAID.

Why do I need to be adjusted if I am not hurting?

Why do I need to be adjusted if I am not hurting?

This is the question I welcome the most!  It gives me the opportunity to explain the basic principles of chiropractic care!  Here are a few of my most favorite reasons to get adjusted, even when there’s no pain present:

It keeps the joints lubricated and moving properly.  Lubricated joints keep the cartilage tissue healthy in the joint complex.  In other words, your joints won’t wear out as fast!

It stimulates the nervous system which, in turn stimulates the muscles and organs of the body.  Every cell in your body is innervated by the nerves that come out of your spine.  It only takes the weight of a nickel on a nerve to reduce function of the organs and muscles they go to.

It stimulates your immune system to fight off all the viruses and bacteria we are constantly exposed to every day.

It stimulates endorphin and encephalin release.  These are natural pain relievers.  They stimulate happy feelings and give you energy.  Endorphins are very important in helping your body to avoid auto-immune diseases.

It realigns your proprioceptive receptors so you can perform better.  Proprioception is the sense of relative position – knowing where your body parts are in space and time.  In other words, you have better balance and coordination in sporting events or performances.

Where do I go first?

Last month, an article was published by the American College of Physicians that backs up one of the things I’ve been telling patients for 22 years.  It is the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions, “Where do I go first when I have low back pain?”  You may read the article in it’s entirety  http://annals.org/aim/article/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic -low-back-pain-clinical-practice

 

So here is my answer to that question:

  • Begin with stretching
  • Next, come in to see me for an adjustment
  • Add targeted treatments such as:
    • Class IV laser
    • Decompression therapy
    • Acupuncture
    • Biopuncture
    • Exercise
    • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
    • massage
  • Reduce inflammation in the body:
    • Supplement with L-Arginine
    • Supplement with Omega -3′s
    • Cut out Sugar
    • Change your fats to healthy fats
  • If these therapies fail, add NSAID’S
  • Prescription drugs
  • Last resort: Surgery

 

Get adjusted today!

Stay healthy!

Dr. Stone

Health and Happiness, the Physical Link

There is a strong link between the health of our bodies and our ability to feel joy and happiness.  The very elements that we need to physically feel uplifted are manufactured in our gut, not our brain.  Therefore, if we are having a bout of depression, we should look first to the health of our gut.  Medications, chemicals, and toxins can rid our bodies of the necessary building blocks for making serotonin and dopamine, both critical for being able to feel  happy.

 

The most important things you can do to provide your body with the building blocks to make serotonin and dopamine are:

  • Take probiotics
  • Supplement your diet with coconut oil and omega 3′s
  • Put yourself on an anti-inflammatory diet.  I can help you with that.
  • Get adjusted!  The adjustment keeps the mind and body connected!
  • Exercise!
  • There are other supplements that can help.  Check with me for a program specific to your needs.

 

Get adjusted today!

Stay healthy!

Dr. Stone

 

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