3 Things You May Not Know about Chiropractic

3 Things You May Not Know about Chiropractic

Hi! My name is Holli and I am a new member of New Leaf Chiropractic. When I first started working here three months ago, my knowledge about chiropractic was practically nonexistent. In fact the only thing that I did know was that my dad had really severe back problems and frequented a chiropractor, which seemed to fix him. It came to no surprise to anyone that I had many important aspects of the practice to familiarize myself on. And while I am still a novice in the world of chiropractic, here are three extremely important facts about chiropractic care that everyone should know, but most don’t.

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Chiropractic for Cyclists

Chiropractic for Cyclists

A burning sensation in the shoulders, numbness of the arms and hands, and tightness in the neck are common sensations among both recreational and competitive cyclists. They might be easy to ignore at first, but if they come back again and again they can seriously interfere with both enjoyment and training progress. Upper and lower back problems are another common consequence of regular cycling. Can a chiropractor help with these problems?

Absolutely. In addition, chiropractors can help prevent injuries and even enhance speed, strength, and efficiency for healthy cyclists. Athletes of all kinds can find help with rehabilitation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment in the hands of a well-trained chiropractor.

Chiropractors have a unique set of skills to offer cyclists, in addition to their general musculoskeletal expertise. Both specific and general skills are critical to successful treatment of cyclists because everything in cycling is interconnected: the nerves, the muscles, and the joints. In fact, if your physician doesn't address all three of these issues at once, you are likely to continue to have the symptoms, pain, or injury without relief.

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Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pregnancy

Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pregnancy

Why Don't I Feel Good During Pregnancy? 

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you are pregnant. You are happy, excited and feeling great. Then one day, it hits you – nausea, back pain, sciatic pain, heartburn, headaches, carpal tunnel, and hip pain to name a few. Your idea of having an enjoyable pregnancy has now been side lined by uncomfortable symptoms. Some women may feel that these are normal “side effects” of pregnancy. Some may decide to grin and bear it, hoping for their due date to quickly arrive and provide relief after the baby is born. But there is something that you can do to help alleviate those symptoms! 

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Can Chiropractic Really Help with Asthma?

Can Chiropractic Really Help with Asthma?

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, "one in 12 people (about 25 million or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009." With such a high prevalence, asthma is undoubtedly a disease that needs to be looked at. While "traditional" solutions like inhalers and prescription medications are commonplace in the treatment of asthma, chiropractic care is has been shown to be just as effective.

Asthma can occur as a result of environmental factors including pollutants (toxins), emotional stress (thoughts) or related illness. It leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, irritating cough, and can even progress into a full blown attack in which an individual requires an emergency inhaler or even medical attention. These things occur because asthma causes the lungs and airway to constrict, and inflammation makes it difficult for the body to effectively conduct and deliver oxygen to needy cells.

Many individuals with asthma have resolved to maintenance of the illness, using inhalers and medication. But chiropractic care has been shown to help improve the condition with regular treatment, and provides an alternative to these traditional therapies.

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Guide to Beating Back Pain

Do you remember our Ultimate Guide to Beating Back Pain? Well, now you can view it all in one handy infographic! Quickly remind yourself of the best stretches to help with pain, if it's better to use Ice or Heat on your back. Click this link here to get the full infographic! 

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?" If you do there may be reason for Optimism.

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?"  If you do there may be reason for Optimism.

Cervical myelopathy, or more specifically called "cervical spondylotic myelopathy" (CSM), is the most common spinal cord disorder in those over age 55. A spine under repeated stress often undergoes degenerative processes.  This abnormal normal wear and tear, can cause a narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes, compressing the nerves. OUCH!  Sound like you have CSM or would like to avoid it?  We don't blame ya...

Longmont Chiropractor Dr Jay Breitlow refers to this narrowing of the spinal cord as "Subluxation".  If left untreated this disorder (both subluxation and it's chronic cousin CSM) can cause pain and possible disability.  As time goes by cervical disc degeneration, (often common, but still not normal, in those over age 40) creates a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae when the disc either shrinks or bulges. Unfortunately, this degeneration also has a tendency to accelerate if not properly addressed.

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What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

A chiropractic clinical neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) is a member of a select group of chiropractors who have gone beyond general practice. A DACAN/DACNB specializes in the chiropractic treatment of conditions of the nervous system. In short these Chiropractors have a special certificate that involves the successful completion of a 3-year post-doctoral program. A DACAN/DACNB is something of a super-expert at treating the nervous system.  

So what does this mean to you as an average human looking to optimize your life?  We are so glad you asked...

A chiropractor, such as Longmont's very own Dr Jay and Christina Breitlow use techniques that involve an adjustment to the spine to improve the patient's overall health. In particular, he or she is trying to improve the relationship between the body's musculoskeletal and nervous systems by optimizing your structure - aka putting all bones in their proper place.

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How Coffee Affects Your Health

How Coffee Affects Your Health

We seem to hear different things from the medical community every few years about either the positive or negative effect that coffee has on our health. So what is the most current information? Is coffee good or bad for your health? The answer, in short, is that it's a little of both.

Too much coffee can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure, anxiety and upset stomach, in addition to its ability to become addictive. And don't forget that added cream and sugar contribute to weight gain. For example, a 24-ounce Starbucks venti double chocolate chip frappucino contains a mind-boggling 520 calories!

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Are you 120/80? Find Out Why Chiropractic can HELP LOWER Blood Pressure... and What the Numbers Actually Mean

Are you 120/80? Find Out Why Chiropractic can HELP LOWER Blood Pressure... and What the Numbers Actually Mean

Ever head to the grocery store and get one of those free blood pressure tests?  Or do you nod at your doctor when he takes the cuff off and says "well you are xyz over abc".  I know i used to nod in uber agreement like he just told me i was a newly anointed genius - until I actually found out what it meant.

So here it is: do you know what those numbers ACTUALLY mean?  Your local Longmont Chiropractor Dr Jay Breitlow is here to talk about it for a brief moment

What Is Blood Pressure?  This is the pressure of the blood in the cardiovascular system. The force and rate that the heart beats and the elasticity of the artery walls dictates ultimately what the pressure of your blood is.

What’s a Healthy Blood Pressure?  The standard for normal, healthy blood pressure is considered 120/80.  OK FINE!!! But what do those numbers mean?

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7 Steps to a Healthy, Vibrant Pregnancy

7 Steps to a Healthy, Vibrant Pregnancy

When it comes to having a baby there’s a lot to think about. Aside from the color of the nursery, there are important issues to consider as soon as you know you’re pregnant – or even before you get pregnant. If you want to have a healthy, happy pregnancy and give your baby the best chance for a healthy delivery and life it’s vital to do a few things before you get pregnant or as soon as you find out.

1. Do no harm.

Of course any woman who wants to have a baby automatically knows not to do any harm. But many mistakenly overlook some of the most important points. It’s vital to quit smoking, drinking alcohol, caffeine, using drugs (prescribed or street drugs), or engaging in any other behaviors that aren’t good for you. Once you’re pregnant what you do to yourself you do to your baby. Get rid of the bad habits first and foremost.

2. Eat real food.

Many women look forward to the days of pregnancy when they can eat anything and everything they see. This simply isn’t the best approach for a healthy pregnancy. Gaining too much weight isn’t good for mom or baby. Excess weight at childbirth can complicate the end stages of pregnancy, delivery, and even the recovery period we refer to as post-partum.

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What You Need to Know about Scoliosis

What You Need to Know about Scoliosis

Despite the fact that it’s a fairly common problem — affecting about 5 percent of children and adolescents and about 2 percent to 3 percent of the general population — the causes of scoliosis still aren’t well-understood. It’s a lifelong spinal condition that results from the spine becoming “off center” and growing sideways, so it winds up curving in the shape of an “S” or “C” and causing a lot of back pain.

Unfortunately, when many patients get a diagnosis of scoliosis from their doctors, they’re told it’s “idiopathic,” meaning the cause isn’t entirely known and therefore treatment can be very difficult. 

For decades, it was somewhat of a mysterious disease and thought of as a difficult problem to help treat. While there’s no definitive cure for scoliosis, what we’ve learned in recent years is that the way best to reduce symptoms and stop it from progressing is to address its underlying cause, eradicating the spinal problem that’s formed at its root. Bracing techniques, anti-inflammatory prescription medications and spinal fusion surgery might be the norm still today and can help ease pain and symptoms, but unfortunately they come with risks and don’t fully address what’s happening below the surface.

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