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Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

During this unknown and unpredictable season of life, we want to help you keep on track and create healthy lifestyle habits! Here at Corrective Chiropractic, we do not expect our patients to be perfect. Instead, we expect you to be great! How does one achieve greatness? By taking hold of their health and the health of their family.

What are Healthy Lifestyle Habits?

It all starts with creating healthy lifestyle habits. We encourage you to create healthy habits that aren’t just here for a short time, but here for a long time! Living a healthy lifestyle is so much more than just eating a nutritious breakfast. It’s about setting yourself up for success. It’s about making a plan and sticking to it! It’s about taking time for your healthy practices. It’s about moving your body daily! It’s about giving yourself grace when you’re not perfect. It’s about choosing better options! It’s about taking small steps every single day towards a more mindful life.

How Do I Start to Make Healthy Lifestyle Habits?

You might be asking yourself, “Well, that seems like a lot. Where do I start?” Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Take a moment to think about the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning. Once your alarm goes off… do you immediately roll over, grab your phone, and check all of your notifications? Do you find yourself responding to emails first-thing, scrolling through Facebook to play “catch up,” or ending up on someone’s Instagram page – just wishing you had more vacation time? If the answer is yes, it’s okay.

We’ve all been there. But be encouraged – there is a healthier way! For starters, consider your night routine. Do you sleep with your phone in the room? If so, try leaving your phone in the room outside your bedroom (or even the bathroom).  We want to allow ourselves to be able to go to bed without our phones. Not only will this optimize your sleep environment, but it will allow you to relax and prepare your body for sleep!

Put the Phone Away!

Another tip is to protect the last hour or two before your bedtime as a phone-free zone! LED screens (such as our cell phones & tablets) give off blue light, which is suggested to hinder the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and disrupt our circadian rhythms. While the reason is still not completely sure, it could be because blue light emits wavelengths that are similar to daylight. Moreover, our bodies can be deceived to think that it’s actually day time, even at night. Instead, enjoy some time reading a book, taking a bath to wind down, or even doing your recommended at-home exercises we’ve given you!

When you wake up, don’t let your phone rule your day! Instead, have a plan that will leave you feeling more filled! Maybe you will try waking up a little earlier to read, pray, or meditate? Maybe you will take 15 minutes to write down your goals / positive affirmations for the day? Maybe you will get in a 30-minute workout because you have a busy work schedule? Or maybe you will spend some time on your porch… sipping tea as you watch the sun start to rise? Think about something that brings your heart joy… something that grounds you… something that takes you puts you in a good head space. Now, that is how we want you to start your day!

Make It Happen!

Whatever you choose, we encourage you to make it happen! If you make a plan and tell yourself that you are going to wake up at 6:00 AM for a workout, but then snooze your alarm clock five times and procrastinate until it’s too late… the first thing that you are doing in your day is lying to yourself. Subconsciously, you start cutting corners and cheating yourself in other parts of your day. Make sense?

Creating a healthy morning routine is essential for your health! But please, don’t get stuck in feeling like you have to change everything all at once. We want you to slowly incorporate healthy habits into your routine. Remember – small steps will lead to a more sustainable lifestyle! For you, it might be turning your phone into “airplane mode” an hour or so before you go to bed. It might be sleeping without your phone right by your pillow at night. It might be adding in 30 minutes of exercise in the morning! It might be eating a healthy breakfast instead of scrolling through social media. It might be committing to the one thing you’ve been half-in on for awhile now.

There are a lot of people who say that the very first hour and the very last hour of our day are the most important hours of our whole day! Think about it… it really is so true! This week, try beginning and ending your day with small “wins” that are bound to help you be more productive and leave you more refreshed than ever. Ready, set, go!

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Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic Adjustments

What if we told you that headaches, backaches, or joint pain are common, but nowhere near normal. Would you think twice? Here at Corrective Chiropractic, people’s norms are changing for the better and for the long haul because of chiropractic adjustments! So let’s take a look at how chiropractic care works.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

As Chiropractors, our entire profession is built upon the basic principle that the body has the incredible, natural ability to heal itself (under the right conditions). Our job is to help create an environment that helps this inner-healing process. Through specific chiropractic adjustments, you allow your body to be put in the best position to heal itself! Why would you want to get chiropractic adjustments?

Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments?

The purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or disease.  It is the restoration of normal body function. We reduce stress-related interference to the nervous system enhancing overall body function. All the systems of the body depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. This includes the circulatory, digestive, hormonal, glandular, immunological, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal systems. Let’s look at some benefits of chiropractic care.

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic?

It’s hard to find any other profession on the planet that can prevent neuromuscular-based diseases like chiropractic can. That is why I’ve been personally getting adjusted for over 11 years now. I recommend my patients, friends, and family members to do the same. But don’t just take my word for it! Below you’ll find evidence from medical research studies, systematic reviews, and even case studies supporting 5 of the top benefits of chiropractic adjustments!

1. Low Back and Neck Pain:

In a study* conducted to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain 272 participants were divided into three groups. Group 1 received spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC).  Pain medications (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) were received by group 2. The last group only followed at-home exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57% of those who met with DCs, and about 48% of those who exercised, reported at least a 75% reduction in pain. Of the group of people who took pain medication only 33% reported decreased pain. After one year, approximately 53%  of the two drug-free groups (chiropractic and exercise) continued to report at least a 75% reduction in pain. Only 38% of those who only took medication experienced a reduction in pain.

*funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)

A group trial found that 22% of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of headache attacks drop by 90%. In that same study, 49% said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. Few interventions can initiate headache relief naturally, without the risks of taking drugs long-term, like chiropractic adjustments can.

3. Blood Pressure

In 2007, George Bakris* , published a study with a team of researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension. This study showed that one chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. The effects of just one chiropractic adjustment lasted more than six months! Compared to the placebo-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

*the world expert on hypertension

4. Athletic Performance

There is good reason why professional athletes, including Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, have made a point to regularly be treated by chiropractors.  Over 50% of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff. One of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances functionality in everyday life,  including athletic performance. Studies have shown that when it comes to supporting recovery and improving physical performance, chiropractic adjustments are helpful because they:

  • Reduce inflammatory cytokines
  • Boost the immune system
  • Enhance pulmonary function
  • Decrease mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • And can naturally increase energy levels

Ultimately, our goal is to help reduce inflammation, enhance joint function and reduce pain. Adjustments will also help improve range of motion, minimize recovery time, and maximize athletic performance.

5. Colic, Acid Reflux, & Ear Infections in Children

Why are chiropractic adjustments helpful in these situations? The reasons for this vary, but there is one common theme. Nerves located in the gut and brain are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations. By realigning the spine and reducing pressure placed on certain nerves, the gut-brain connection is improved. This works the same way in both children and adults. A healthier, “happier” gut at any age can help increase immune function. A healthy gut will also reduce inflammation and reduce pain in various parts of the body.

There you have it! The benefits mentioned above might draw the most patients to visit chiropractors. There are also many more reasons why chiropractic care is such a valuable treatment approach. Additional benefits of chiropractic adjustments include helping to treat:

  • Vertigo & dizziness
  • Bowel regularity
  • Improved mental clarity
  • ADHD
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Asthma
  • Blood pressure
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Surgery prevention
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Chiropractic Lifestyle

Chiropractic Lifestyle

A Chiropractic lifestyle is sometimes unheard of in our society, right? However, it is truly a healthy lifestyle! Sure, it is an alternative approach to the traditional drugs and surgeries. But really, it is about making conscious decisions towards healthy living and all-around wellness + wholeness!

What is a Chiropractic Lifestyle?

Most of the time, when people think of Chiropractic, they think of neck or back pain. But a Chiropractic lifestyle is so much more than that! Yes, it includes regular adjustments. However, it also includes a healthy diet, exercise, and other positive lifestyle choices.

Why Should I Choose This Lifestyle?

Although a lot of patients will come into our office with specific issues, Chiropractic care is also used as the preservation of health. Because your nervous system controls every cell, organ, and tissue in your body, Chiropractors focus their attention on the health of the spine being properly aligned.

When subluxations occur, these misalignments put pressure and tension on the nerves exiting from the spine, causing either pain or decrease of function somewhere in your body. This means that the brain and body cannot communicate effectively, which leads to symptoms and dysfunction.

How Does This Fit In With My Lifestyle?

In this day and age, we are always on the go! We are always in the left-lane, going somewhere fast and want things to happen NOW! We choose to pick immediate pleasure over delayed gratification. Unfortunately, we tend to do that in most areas of our life, including our health. Chiropractic care, however, is not a “quick fix.” Although sometimes it is sold that way, it is not meant to serve as an emergency room. If you only come to see the Chiropractor when you’re in pain, then it is similar to only eating healthy food when you’re sick. Make sense?

Good Things Take Time

It takes your body time to heal and adapt to the changes that are being made. It takes patience and positivity and persistence. The truth is, Chiropractic care is not designed to make you instantly feel better, but FUNCTION better! We will give you some “homework” such as special exercises and routines to continue working on correcting between sessions.

Think about it! If you wake up, make it to a workout, work a 9-5 job Monday through Friday that has you sedentary for the majority of the day, drive home, cook dinner, take care of your family’s needs before your own, then do that process all over again… a substantial amount of physical and emotional stress is being placed on your body all week.

How To Get The Best Results Out Of Your Daily Routine

When Chiropractic care is a normal part of your routine, your body is not able to adapt to those constant stressors in your life! Not to mention, when you are properly aligned, your body is put in the most optimal position to heal from the inside-out. If you don’t have patience, you will conform to what society says is “normal” and go straight to the medicine cabinet to cover up your symptoms.

Your body is always going to go through stresses that will come with different seasons of your life. But it’s all about how you adapt to stress when it comes! When you come to understand that patience is required for healing and restoration of life, you will notice that your body’s innate ability to adapt and heal is pretty incredible! Keep your chiropractic appointments! This is essential in maintaining a healthy spine.

Health Is A  Continued Journey

We write all this to remind you to not give up on your health journey too soon! Sometimes, setbacks happen because of something external that is out of our control. We like to encourage our patients, “That’s why we have you on a care plan.” It is only a matter of time before your body begins healing the way it was designed to, naturally!

We will leave you with this awesome quote by D.D Palmer, “Chiropractic is a restorative healthcare profession that focuses on the inherent healing capacity of the body and the fact that the nervous system is the primary system involved in that healing and repair.”

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COVID-19 : Woodstock’s Chiropractic Precautions

During this time it is important for us to stay open for you to maintain a healthy spine and immune system. Here are the chiropractic precautions we are taking. We are open for you to come in and maintain your care. As COVID19 affects our communities, our work as your family chiropractor continues. We are vigilant; heeding all federal, state and local health advisories; and where it makes sense, adjusting efforts to safeguard the health and safety of our staff and practice members.

Woodstock Office COVID-19 Policies

Please read below what chiropractic precautions we are doing  for COVID-19 in our Woodstock office to make sure you stay healthy and safe while here.

Our Covid-19 PROTOCOLS during this time:

  • Screening questions will be texted to 2 hours before appointments so we can take all precautions needed
      • Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days, been in close contact with another person who has been diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19, or do you have the following symptoms: a cough, fever, or shortness of breath?
  • Neck traction, wobble chairs, adjustment table, and rolling tables will all be sanitized after every use
  • Before or after your adjustment we have vitamin D3 available for you to take at no charge
  • The schedule has been modified so that there is no more than 3 patients in the office at all times
  • On top of all of our precautions, you are more than welcome to bring your own towel, gloves, or mask

We Appreciate You Observing Our Chiropractic Precautions

Thank you for your continued support during this time. All of our offices are following the CDC and WHO guidelines given and taking other chiropractic precautions to make sure our patients feel comfortable during this time. If you have any questions please ask our Office Manger, Nikki.

Should You Eat or Drink After A Chiropractor Adjusts You?

A chiropractic adjustment is a therapy used by chiropractors to adjust a patient’s spine. Patients who receive adjustment therapy generally do so to treat either acute or chronic pain in the neck, head or back. Many patients see a significant improvement in their condition after adjustment therapy.

What Happens During an Adjustment?
Spinal adjustment therapy is usually performed on a patient as he or she lies down on a table. The practitioner uses his or her hands to apply pressure to the patient’s back or neck. The patient will feel popping or cracking in the back or neck, though adjustment therapy is generally painless.

Food and Drink
After your adjustments, you can eat and drink as usual, unless your chiropractor specifically tells you not to. One rule of thumb is that the patient should drink plenty of water after an adjustment. Drinking water will provide nourishment to vertebral discs. This keeps the spine flexible. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

In general, people should sleep on their back or side. Sleeping on your stomach requires you to tilt your head unnaturally for hours at a time. Depending on your medical condition, the chiropractor may recommend that you sleep on one side or the other. If you have certain conditions, the chiropractor may recommend that you sleep on your back.

What to Do After an Adjustment
Your chiropractor in mount pleasant will give you a treatment plan that typically involves returning for multiple adjustments over time. As you move through your treatment plan, your chiropractor will evaluate how well your body responds. He or she may ask about your pain level at each visit. You may need to receive more or less adjustments to find the right balance to improve your condition.

Exercises and Stretches
While you’re receiving adjustments, most chiropractors will also recommend that you exercise or stretch at home. The chiropractor will either teach you specific stretches or else recommend an exercise therapist.

The exercises are intended to strengthen your back and muscles. Exercising can improve balance and coordination after your adjustment. Beware that if you have a serious back or neck problem, certain exercises may not be possible for you. Yoga and Pilates are generally good options for most patients. However, you should consult with your practitioner before you start an exercise routine.

As previously stated, after spinal adjustments you can eat as usual. Drink plenty of water. Do the stretches and exercises given to you by your chiropractor or physical therapist.

Can’t Sleep? Try Going to A Chiropractor

Most people don’t associate sleep with visiting a chiropractor, but there is a real relationship between these two worlds. In fact, chiropractors are often the solution to chronic sleep problems. If you can’t sleep, explore the reasons why a chiropractor in Woodstock might be your best solution.

1. Aligning the Spine
A chiropractor’s main job is to align the spine. They perform this service by adjusting the body and putting it into specific positions. This practice may seem extreme, but an aligned spine contributes to fewer restless nights.

Pain is ultimately the culprit for your lack of sleep. Misaligned spines create pain along any part of the back. You may not even realize that the spine isn’t in good shape until you experience a chiropractor’s services. If you aren’t in pain, sleep just comes naturally.

2. Improving Blood Flow
As the chiropractor aligns your spine, other tissues move into their natural positions. Tight muscles, strained tendons and other areas will suddenly feel loose and relaxed. In fact, these areas are now receiving better blood flow than before.

When you’re misaligned, certain blood vessels can be narrowed. Nutrients flowing within the bloodstream don’t have a chance to nourish your tissues. Better blood flow leads to a healthier body that sleeps well each night.

3. Suggesting Sleep Positions
Chiropractors are experts in anatomy. They understand how each bone, tendon and ligament contribute to a well-aligned body. As a result, they’ll know how your body should be positioned during rest for the best night’s sleep.

Ideally, sleeping on your back is the most natural position. Your chiropractor will usually tell patients that sleeping on the stomach is just a recipe for insomnia. However, the chiropractor will look at your individual situation in order to determine the smartest position. Everyone has unique needs when it comes to comfort.

4. Discussing Pillow and Mattress Selections
The materials that you rest your head and body on are playing a role in your sleep quality. Chiropractors are informal experts in this area because they provide advice about the best beds for their patients. The spine can only remain aligned if the person sleeps on firm pillows and mattresses.

Soft materials allow the spine to bend into unnatural positions after an alignment session. You end up misaligned again, which leads to pain and less sleep. Following your chiropractor’s suggestions about the proper pillows and mattresses will make a difference in your sleep quality.

Always research your chosen chiropractor before heading off to your first appointment. This professional should have the necessary background to align your spine. They can be your partner in quality rest for the rest of your life otherwise.

The Benefits of Going to See A Chiropractor

If you are dealing with some pain, consider visiting a chiropractor. Millions of people visit the chiropractor every year. While most people think that chiropractors only help people who are dealing with back pain, that is not the case. Chiropractors can treat several types of issues.

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Importance of Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

The Importance of Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

When you think of chiropractic care… What is the first thing that comes to mind? Low back pain… neck pain... maybe even migraines? For us, it’s actually the complete opposite. We think of miracles! Why? Because we get to witness the miracles that happen when our patients trust THEMSELVES. Here are some key things about getting regular chiropractic adjustments.

Regular Chiropractic Adjustments are Here to HELP You Function

At Corrective Chiropractic, we will never stop reminding our patients of the beautiful intelligence that is inside of each and every one of you! The truth is… you are incredibly unique! With that being said, we are here to HELP you function. As Chiropractors, our job is to provide specific, evidence-based chiropractic adjustments. But don’t be fooled… we don’t deserve the credit. You were literally designed to function optimally, to heal, and to live out that unique purpose of yours! We assist by removing the interference so that your body is in the right environment to be able to heal as designed. You tracking with us?

Getting Your Nervous System Checked

Friends & family, we genuinely care about your low back pain, neck pain, and migraines. In fact, it hurts us to see you hurting. However… we want to shift your mindset from chasing symptoms to creating healthy habits in your life. Like brushing your teeth, getting proper sleep, drinking water, and moving your body. However, one healthy habit that we neglect is getting our nervous system checked on a regular basis. Why? Because we often forget about what we cannot see AKA our spine and nervous system.

The Brain and Body Communication

Simply put, your nervous system is the body’s communication system that controls much of what your body does. Everything that you do is determined by what is happening in your nervous system. Think about it! Your nervous system is accountable for the way in which you experience senses, taste, smell, touch, sound, and sight. From the way you move, to the function of your organs… your nervous system is the control center of your body. So why not pay much attention to it, right?

We Committed to Serving You with Regular Chiropractic Adjustments and So Much More

Before we go… we want to encourage you with this, “You are seen and you are valued.” If no one has told you that lately, we want to be the first! We have no clue if you are dealing with extreme hip pain, headaches, a colic-y baby, vertigo, low energy, digestive issues, or all of the above. However, we want to be a small part of your health journey! Together, we will get to the root cause of your health issues. Here at Corrective Chiropractic... we are committed to serving our community so that you can live life more fully.

Don’t be shy… call us today! We are waiting on you!

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Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Tea For Your Mind And Body

Tea, coffee’s older, more sage has survived the wave of trendy new drinks that we’ve seen come and gone. And yes, there have been exciting new twists on tea lately on its own is still a popular beverage – the most popular drink in the world, bar water of course.

But aside from being older than coffee, millions of drinkers have a reason why it’s their chosen cup of poison.

It’s two-fold effects benefits both the mind and body to achieve the state of Zen.

EGCG: For the body

Tea, regardless if it’s black, green, yellow, or white is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants that fight against free radicals.

Let’s take matcha green tea for example.

Its main polyphenol is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which was found out in a study that its concentration is three times greater than regular green tea. But how does this impact your health? What are free radicals anyway?

If you can still remember high school chemistry, atoms are surrounded by electrons that orbit in layers called shells. The inner shell has a required number of electrons per shell that needs to be met before going into the next layer.

When an atom has incomplete atoms in its outer shell, they go rogue and bond with other atoms (“oxidation”) to complete the needed electrons.

When certain parts of a cell are oxidized, it fails to function normally and when enough functions are impaired, the cell dies. These microscopic events can have serious ramifications to your health, from aging, cancer to Parkinson’s disease.

This is where antioxidants come in. Known as “free radical scavengers” they seek free radicals and neutralize them by donating an electron before it oxides other atoms. Once the shells are filled, it stabilizes and stops being toxic to cells.

The abundance of antioxidants can benefit your health in the following ways:

  • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, the whole lot of them: breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, ovarian, liver, prostate, head and neck, and oral
  • It may support heart health by alleviating the risk factors of heart disease – reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and the accumulation of plaque in the blood.
  • Promotes weight loss, especially if taken in conjunction with the caffeine in tea.
  • Recent research suggests that EGCG plays a role in improving neurological cell function and preventing degenerative brain disease. There’s also a link found between a higher intake of green tea and the reduced risk of age-related brain degeneration along with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

L-theanine: For the mind

What makes tea amazing is that it does so by doing much for your body, it does amazing things for the mind. The L-theanine amino acid is found in both green and black tea. It’s found in a limited amount of food, mostly tea and mushrooms.

By influencing nerve impulses in the brain, it causes the release of hormones that bring a sense of calm over you. It’s recommended that your drink tea if you want to improve your mental focus but specifically it improves the entirety of your mental health:

  • You’ll sleep better. During the metabolism of l-theanine, it encourages your brain to produce more alpha waves and reduce beta waves, which keeps your head clear so it’s easier for you to relax and fall into sleep.
  • Have you been offered a cup of warm tea to “help you relax”? There’s an actual scientific study conducted on this, the results of which lead the researchers to conclude that it’s not a placebo effect. Rather, l-theanine reduces a person’s resting heart rate to bring about the feeling of relaxation.
  • Increased cognitive performance. L-theanine on its own can improve a person’s attention span and reaction time. Together with caffeine (which tea also possesses), it keeps you focused and alert which can lead to the improvement in number skills.
  • Lose weight. The physical wellness bought by l-theanine is its ability to curb hunger and prolong the feeling of satiation. The result of eating less will lead to weight loss.

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