National Chiropractic Health Month

(NCHM) 2016 will be observed in October. This year’s theme is #Chiropractic1st. The campaign seeks to promote the use of chiropractic services and other non-drug approaches to pain management before turning to riskier options such as prescription opioids. We offer a gentle non-invasive approach to treating your aches and pains. If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, try chiropractic first!

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Zinc

As cold and flu season quickly approach, I want to inform you about the benefits of zinc.  Zinc is a biologically-essential trace mineral that supports homeostasis and enhances healthy aging.  Zinc has also been scientifically proven to shorten the duration of a cold.  So at the start of a scratchy throat or runny nose, grab for a bottle of zinc supplements or a zinc lozenge.  It may help you fight that virus a little faster!

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Headaches

I have patients who ask if chiropractic can help with headaches.  There are many different causes of headaches.  However, the most common types of headaches usually involve tightening of the neck musculature, which can be helped with a combination of electric muscle stimulation, massage, and adjustments.  So the next time you have a headache, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment!

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Breathe Right Nasal Strips

I know it seems I just keep touting products here, but these are the products I stand by and if it helps you get a better nights sleep, then it is well worth the read.  Recently my sons, aged 4 and 6, woke up with a croup cough, which turned into a stuffy nose the following day.  My oldest was up all night complaining he couldn’t breathe, but yet refused to blow his nose.  The next day I promised myself I wouldn’t go through another night without sleep.  I don’t like to give my kids medicine, so I went to Hopkinton Drug (one of THE BEST pharmacies around) and found children’s nasal strips.  It was like a miracle.  He slept through the night.  A few days later, my nephew came to visit and also complained he couldn’t breathe through his nose and wouldn’t be able to sleep.  We used another nasal strip and got the same result…a restful nights sleep!  They work and are very affordable.

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AdvoCare

A number of my patients have been asking, “so what is this AdvoCare thing all about?”  I was introduced to AdvoCare a few months ago and it has literally changed my life.  AdvoCare is a health, wellness, and nutrition line that was introduced to me by a personal trainer/nutrition specialist.  I was always so hesitant to take a regimen of supplements from just any company because there are so many out there filled with binders and fillers, which is a complete waste of money.  However, when I started the 24-Day Challenge, I lost 10 pounds and felt amazing!  This is “baby weight” (my boys are 4 and 6) that I hadn’t been able to shed.  I have since been able to keep the weight off.  They make the routine very easy to follow.  Shortly thereafter, AdvoCare became the official nutrition sponsor of Major League Soccer.  They also carry a performance elite line, skin care products, etc.  You can also earn up to a 40% discount with the company if you become an independent distributor.  There is so much more to this wonderful company that I could sit here and write about it all day.  For more details click the AdvoCare tab on Beacon Family Chiropractic’s website.

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Cervical Pillows

Recently I had two patients with the same ailment…excruciating neck pain that radiates along one shoulder blade with numbness and tingling down the arm into the finger tips.  These two women were consulting with an orthopedic and neurologist for possible surgery.  I had experienced excruciating neck pain and migraines myself recently and decided to try a cervical pillow.  It took me a few nights to get used to it, but the migraines and neck pain went away.  We all know chiropractic is about conservative treatment first, so in addition to chiropractic treatment for these ladies, I prescribed a cervical pillow.  Within the week, both patients reported no numbness and tingling down the arm and a significant decrease in neck pain and pain along the shoulder blade.  Moral of the story…Try Everything Conservative First!  The cervical pillow I recommend is the standard Tri-Core Cervical Pillow by Core Products International.  It’s great for side and back sleepers, which is how we should all be sleeping!

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The Neti Pot!

So I must admit, I have been terrified to try the Neti Pot.  I’ve never had allergies, even when the pollen count in Georgia could be insane.  Two weeks ago I caught a cold and am still congested.  So my sister suggested I try the Neti Pot.  I was so desperate.  What a relief…it is awesome!  I could not only breathe again, but my nose was no longer burning ever time I took a breath.  The best part is NO MEDICINE!  So, if you suffer from allergies or have a cold, give the Neti Pot a try.  Just a note of caution, make sure you clean it and use sterile water.  The last thing you want is to create another infection.

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