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

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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.

What a DACAN/DACNB, such Dr. Ted Carrick does, is offer keys to pioneer the field to higher and higher levels of certainty. His techniques have been described as documenting "re-activating pathways in the brain." Some treatments are as simple as doctor-guided motions or exercises. A chiropractor may also use the research from these doctors when they use something called a GyroStim - which is a full-body gyroscope to spin the body and stimulate the entire nervous system.

The techniques of a DACAN/DACNB are designed to further the less invasive chiropractic techniques than drugs or surgery used by conventional medical neurologists.

One person who has enjoyed the benefits a chiropractic clinical neurologist can provide is professional hockey player Sidney Crosby, who has played at the level of the great Wayne Gretzky.  But on January 1, 2011, Crosby ran into trouble. He received his first concussion as a professional player. Only four days later, he received another concussion. His symptoms worsened, and soon he was missing games. In fact, he did not return to action until late November the same year-more than 11 months later. "When you get a typical injury you're given a time frame, you're gradually working towards getting back," Crosby said. "With concussions there is not generally a time frame or a span where you're feeling better. You feel like you're getting better and it can be one day and you're back to where you started. It's a frustrating injury... It's a hard one to understand unless you've gone through it."

In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Crosby talked about the help he received from Chiropractic. Only through chiropractic treatments was Crosby able to return to the ice. When asked if he had experienced any concussion symptoms since completing his treatments, he vigorously pointed out that he had not. His chiropractic work was based on the work done by the chiropractor, Dr Ted Carrick

Even after breaking his jaw when he took a puck to the face in March, 2013, he felt no symptoms from his prior head injury. "I've had a good couple of bumps along the way," Crosby said. "Obviously getting shot in the face was a good test." While it is true that some physicians in more traditional medical disciplines are skeptical or even critical of chiropractic neurology, typical mainstream treatments had failed Sidney Crosby. Only chiropractic delivered the results that allowed this young superstar to return to the game he loves.

10 Benefits of Chiropractic

chiropractic can benefit everyone, even tigers! 

chiropractic can benefit everyone, even tigers! 

If you haven’t visited a chiropractor before, you might be missing out. Millions of people around the world have experienced the incredible benefits of chiropractic care. 

One of the best things about chiropractic care is it’s a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing naturally.

People have reported chiropractic benefits help to improve:

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Ear infections
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Asthma
  • Blood pressure
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Surgery prevention

What Chiropractors Believe

We pride ourselves on taking a natural, drugless approach to helping our patients reach their maximum potential. Essentially, the basic principle upon which the entire profession is built is that the body has the amazing, innate ability to heal itself (under the right conditions), and it is our job to help create an environment to facilitate this.

Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned and, if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment.

Vertebral Subluxation

At the core of the numerous chiropractic miracle stories is a concept known as “vertebral subluxation.” When chiropractors use this phrase, they refer to mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves.

When you consider how most cells and organs in your body are controlled by nerves traveling through your spinal canal, it’s mind-blowing to consider how vast the side effects can be!

Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments?

Many things can lead to a vertebral subluxation. Some of the more common causes I’ve found are:

  • A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macrotrauma”).
  • The entire spine misaligning globally due to poor posture.
  • Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint.
  • An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of pure water or psychological stress.
  • Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs.
  • Trigger points and tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place.

Importance of Posture

The problem that we see in Western cultures is that our unnatural habit of sitting down all day does a number on our spines — not to mention our posture! We’re glued to our cell phones, iPads and laptops!

Far too many live their lives hunched over and with their necks stuck out like turtles. Doctors call this “forward head posture,” and studies prove that for every inch your head sticks out from a true center of gravity, your neck bears an extra 10 pounds of stress. Just think about how common and dangerous this can be for your health!

Top 10 Chiropractic Studies and Research

Finding a good chiropractor isn’t only key to correcting the damage caused by years of poor posture or trauma — it’s also important for everyone wanting to take a proactive approach to his or her health care.

I don’t know of any other profession on the planet that can prevent neuromuscular-based disease like chiropractic can. That is why we regularly get adjusted and recommend my patients, friends and family members to do the same.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is some of the medical research and studies proving the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic.

1. Sciatica

The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial last year uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain

In a study published in the British Medical Journal 2003, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to chiropractic,  physical therapy, or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study.

The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than PT and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of the other care.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients.

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)

Second only to back pain, headaches are one of the most common conditions regularly managed by chiropractors. 

A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of headaches drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

4. Colic and Ear Infections

A 2012 study published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments greatly reduced colic symptoms.

Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from ear infectionsacid reflux and colic have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits.

5. Neurological Conditions

Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable.

Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing!

6. Blood Pressure

In 2007, George Bakris, the world expert on hypertension, published a study with a team of researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension proving that one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Even more fascinating, the effects of just one 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).

Other studies have shown similar findings with hypotensive patients, and their low blood pressure was raised to normal levels after chiropractic care. This is exciting because it highlights the body’s ability to create a homeostatic balanced environment once vertebral subluxations are removed.

7. Surgery Prevention

Chiropractic has long been heralded by natural health care providers as a natural method to prevent back surgery.

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association just recently published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.

8. Frozen Shoulder

Last year a clinical trial was published describing how patients suffering from the debilitating condition frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care.

Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement; eight showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement.

9. Scoliosis

Chiropractic adjustments for scoliosis coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques may help prevent the progression of scoliosis.  It is possible to effectively treat the condition without the use of restrictive braces or dangerous surgeries. In many case studies, participants have seen a 10 percent to 30 percent decrease in their scoliosis curvatures.

10. Athletic Performance

There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.

Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. Studies have shown that it:

  • Reduces inflammatory cytokines
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Enhances pulmonary function
  • Decreases mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Naturally increase your energy level

Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.

Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.

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Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Number 7

This is the seventh of a 7 part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The first link/post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”

I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 7 which is Receptivity!

7) Receptivity.  The receptive face of being intentional means that life’s ideal and authentic experiences will flow to you when are you receptive to things being different than they are now.  For instance if you are reading this you likely were not receptive to the idea of a chiropractor prior – but are becoming aware and making a choice intentionally now to explore it.  

Regardless of how awards of chiropractic you were before, the reality was chiropractic was always there and your body was always ready for more intentional expression.  Think about that one time you got a new car.  All of a sudden you started seeing all the same make models and colors of the car you just got.  All those cars were always out there, but now that you are receptive, they seem to be everywhere.

However intentional you have been with your life in the past, you may choose to wear a difference face and choose to be different moving forward.  Our role is to assist and guide you through the myriad of choices and option that you have for health in the world.  Give us a call today and see just how powerful your body is once it is tuned in, tapped in and turned on.

Life can be beautiful, and Wayne was always fond of saying, “Don’t die with your music still inside you.”

Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. When you do this, you’re also tapping into a face of intention.  If you’re doing what you love and loving what you do—whatever it is—you are healthy, happy and fulfilled.

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Number 6

This is the sixth of the 7-part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The first two links/post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health, and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”

I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 6 which is Abundance!

6) Abundance.  Your body is only filled with abundance when you are tapping into the power of intention.  Anything other than abundance is lack.  When you are experiencing a dearth of water you get headaches.  Fill your body with abundant clean water and you feel better again.

You always feel better when you are functioning better.  Always.  You cannot feel better when you are not at your most optimal level of balance.  The role of your body is to guide you through periods of lack, to alert you with a symptom that something is wrong.  

Our job is to take away the lack of neurologic flow in your body so you can HAVE and abundant life.  This starts with looking at where you are blocked and where there is subluxation.  Which starts with an examination and frequently xrays.  But before you get there, you must follow through on your intention to have an abundance of health in your life.

 

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Number 5

This is the fifth of the 7-part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The first post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health, and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”

I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 5 which is EXPANSION!

Expansion-  All human bodies go through periods of integration and expansion.  Our cells MUST daily go through cycles of expansion (growth) and integration (death) or we will die.  Think Cancer.  Our cells are programmed to die when their tasks in the body are complete – the clinical term is apoptosis.

Our cells, specifically our bone making cells are designed to reprogram the body to re-mold it as we use it.  This means that if you are not using a joint as it was intended it will experience expansion of the bone.  The clinical term is “arthritis.”  As much as we all want expansion of family time, finances and powder days we do not want our bones expanding into our joint spaces.

Balance is when your body finds this magic place where bone is laying down in appropriate amounts and being destroyed in equal amounts.  This balance is what allows people to expand the footprint of their lives.  Playing more.  Working less (and smarter).  And loving life.

As a chiropractor we look at facilitating a healthy balance of integration and expansion.  This happens when all interference is gone.  This is where chiropractic comes in – that what the adjustment is – clearing interference for optimal expansion.  Too much expansion leads to arthritis in bones, cancer in organs or cells.

You get the idea.  If there is a possibility to find balance in your body, we will do everything in our power to help you get there!

 

 

 

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Number 4

This is the fourth of a 7 part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The first link/post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”

I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 4 which is BEAUTY!

Beauty – The power of intention basically is stating that what you think about comes about.  Do you really want to manifest anything that is not beautiful?  I know there are plenty parts of me that are, well, less desireable, than say others.   In fact, of the 4260 character traits that exist as human traits, each of them are innate to EVERY human.  That doesn’t mean you need to push hostility or unruly - but instead search for and express things like health and “beauty”.

To that end, when you can see the beauty in everyone and everything – ESPECIALLY your body and how it talks to you, then you will begin to uncover a hidden beauty.  Pain stinks.  It stinks out loud.  But aren’t you glad that you know when you sprained an ankle so that you can stay off of it and regain mobility after it has time to heal?  That is the purpose of pain.

The beauty of your body is that it is constantly giving you feedback cycles of what it does and does NOT like.  This is why we are NOT pain management doctors as chiropractors.  We want to TRULY find the cause of what is going on inside your body and not just cover it up with a pill or a stretch that might just buy time for a bigger and badder version of what you are going through at this moment.

Your body is a beautiful thing.  Let us try to help you find out what is going on and let’s love your body exactly how it was designed to be.

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Part 3

This is the third of the 7-part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The second post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health, and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”


I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 3 which is Love!

3)Love

And couldn’t we all use a little more love?

The reality is that love is center of all human emotion.  Even the negative violent times can be framed with love.  Those times are clearly not acts of love, but cries for love.  

Looking back to the 2016 presidential election there were cries for love, one after another after another.  When the dust finally settled all of a sudden there were acts of love.  The victory speech by Donald Trump left most people wondering where that man was through the whole campaign.

Hillary’s concession speech was one of unity and support for the man who was her viral.  The meeting with Obama and Trump was one that both men left saying “he’s a good man.”  Again where was the love for the preceding months?  If everyone had acted out of love, instead of looking to call for love, people wouldn’t likely have been only a fraction as divided as they were.  

When you look at your body, and what you do to it are you loving it (and act of love) or calling on it to love you (a cry for love)?  For instance do you demand it to digest sugar and High Fructose corn or love it by giving it broccoli and cauliflower?

Do you demand it to love you for sitting on the couch or do you love it by doing squats and yoga?

You CAN be powerful and intentional about bringing love to your body and by that train of thought bring more love to the world.  The world will love people who are not a strain on the healthcare system.  The world will love people who don’t need a steady stream of pain or anxiety or ADHD meds and instead a playground filled with families laughing and playing together.

The first step in knowing how out of balance your body is.  Do you know how much stress you have put on your body thru the years?  Do you know that your body stores stress and almost always stores it in the spine and nervous system?  

We have state of the art technology that allows us to look to your spine and find out exactly where you have stored stress and based on that what you can do to start acting with love to your body.

The stress test takes about 20 minutes and will often reveal a great deal about where you have been and why your body talks to you the way it does.  But don’t wait, find out today and start to take action.  Call today to find out the stresses in your body! 303-776-6767

My Top 10 Things to Do in Longmont

View of Long's Peak from Macintosh Lake

View of Long's Peak from Macintosh Lake

At some point, our beloved town of Longmont started to be looked down on. We've been stereotyped as backwater, redneck, and a cowboy town. We've even been referred to as "Longtucky".

Regardless of what you might hear, Longmont is a wonderful town and it's only getting better. We aren't just North Boulder. We aren't just a cowboy town either, which isn't even bad (who doesn't love cowboys?). We are Longmont. We have our own identity with a diverse, vibrant culture. I've lived here for five amazing years and, while I fell in love on my very first day, I've also gotten to see some really great changes.

In no specific order, here are some of the best things in Longmont. Some are older, some are newer, and all of them represent the brilliant culture, health, and intellect of our town.

 

1. Museum – Too often when I tell people we’ve gone to the Longmont Museum, I hear that they had no idea we had one. That needs to change! The Longmont Museum is great for kids and adults. There’s a fascinating permanent exhibit of Longmont’s history, called Front Range Rising. They also have a rotating exhibit that’s featured robots, low rider cars, and war materials turned into art pieces. It’s very easy to spend an hour or two exploring everything.

The Longmont Museum has lots of events throughout the year. Kids camps, adult classes, outdoor summer concerts, indoor concerts and, my personal favorite, movie nights. I think the movies started as a Halloween feature, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, and have expanded into summer movies, “Cult Classics and Cocktails”. The movies are shown in the new Stewart Auditorium and they always have cheap snacks, popcorn, adult beverages and a theme cocktail. Being a museum member will get you a discounted ticket.

2. Breweries – With the number of breweries in town, there seems to be something for everyone. We’ve got the well known, destination breweries like Left Hand and Oskar Blues and the small nano-breweries like Shoes and Brews. Oskar Blues has 4 Longmont locations, most of which include delicious food offerings.  Shoes and Brews offers a completely unique idea of being a brewery and running store. Everyone who works there is super knowledgeable in both beer and running.

Many of these breweries offer different events like live music, comedy shows, paint and sips, and trivia (shameless plug for Geeks Who Drink trivia on Monday nights at Wibby. My husband runs that one and my biased opinion is that he’s the best. Plus, Wibby has awesome beer!).

The great thing about having a thousand breweries in town is that you’re going to find something that everyone likes.  Being one of the gluten-free persuasion, you’ll find me at Grossenbart. All of their beers are gluten reduced and they routinely make new beers including collaborations with other local and domestic breweries. It’s always fun to try the new beers while listening to live and usually local music.

If you want to sample all of the breweries in town and not have to worry about driving, check out Brewhop trolley! It’s the really cool looking trolley you’ve seen driving around town. You can hop on at any of the breweries at certain times (each stop is about an hour) and safely continue the fun all day.  

3. Open spaces and parks – No matter where you are, there’s a park not far away. There are many studies saying how important nature is to your brain and Longmont does not lack in brain boosting parks. Roosevelt Park and Willow Farm Park both have lots of Pokéstops ;-) There are trails running all through town and even down to Boulder, great for running, walking and biking. A lap around McIntosh Lake is almost a full 5k and it has extraordinary views of Longs Peak!

4. Exercise – There are many options for gyms, classes and studios. Personally, I love Full Circle yoga studio. They offer a free introductory week and I got completely hooked during that time. They offer many regular classes and lots of workshops. My favorite is when they host bunny yoga with the Colorado House Rabbit Society.  It’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga with bunnies running around. Magical. There are plenty of other places that offer yoga. I just haven't had a chance to try them all yet.  It’s also not uncommon to find free classes held in parks or at the new mall.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, there’s Crossfit and kickboxing. Crossfit Longmont, Trans, iLoveKickboxing are just a few of the great options, in addition to the many regular gyms. If you’re looking to get some life-giving movement, there are plenty of options.  

5. Cidery St. Vrain Cidery just opened up in the old Times-Call building and they are crushing it! They’ve retained some of the old signage and it looks so great inside. They have all Colorado ciders on tap and soon St. Vrain will start brewing their own. I love that there are so many different types of cider there. I recommend the Vanilla Cider.

6. Still Cellars – There are some great distilleries in town, but Still Cellars holds my heart. All their spirits are certified organic and the cocktails they make in the tasting room are handcrafted with local ingredients.  Still Cellars is more than a distillery and tasting room though. They are also an art house. There’s always local art displayed on the walls, bands often playing and they play movies on most Mondays. This is the type of place where you can sit at the bar and get to know the owners, and trust me, you will want to. They are such great people.   

7. Festivals – No matter what time of year it is, there’s a festival somewhere! In the winter there’s Holiday Light parade and Longmont Lights at Roosevelt park. Spring brings the Earth day festival, the start of downtown Art Walks, and the Farmer’s Market. Summer continues with the Farmers Market, outdoor movies, food trucks in Prospect, and downtown concert series. Fall starts to slow down, but you’ll still find Festival on Main, markets, concerts, and Art Walk.

8. Ice skating/swimming – There’s nothing more romantic or nostalgic than getting all bundled up, drinking hot chocolate and going ice-skating. At Roosevelt Park, ice-skating starts the end of November and runs for a few months. You can rent skates, look at all the Christmas lights in the park and relive sweet childhood memories.

In the summer, a nice way to cool off is to head to Union Reservoir. There’s swimming and boating. The small beach area is just enough to get some sand between your toes. If the day is starting to end and you aren’t ready to go home, just stay! There’s camping there too!

9. Restaurants – I’m not even sure where to start because there are so many great places to eat here. There’s everything from new restaurants like Samples, to classics like The Pump House, to Indian and Thai. If you’re looking for a meal and an activity, I recommend Cheese Importers. After having a drink and a delicious meal, you can go shopping and then take stroll through the cheese cooler. You enter into the separate refrigerated room where you’re greeted by cheeses from all around the world. If you’re lucky they’ll have samples!

10. Theaters – Here’s another example of the culture and talent of Longmont. There are 2 local theaters: Jester’s Dinner Theater and Longmont Theater Company. I’ve been to shows at both of them and haven’t been disappointed. Jester’s dinner theater does lots of beloved musicals. Longmont Performing Arts center keeps a constant rotation of shows. Their Halloween shows have been really fun in the past.

Plus one: New Leaf Chiropractic – You can’t be surprised by this one! So here’s my shameless plug: while I do work there, I truly love this place. One of the things that I love most, that makes us from many other places, is the amount of time we spend getting to know you and the little details of your life. Everyone who comes into the office gets a full intake exam, 2 full nervous system scans and necessary X-rays. The X-rays show us exactly what is going on with your body and how we can best help you. You only get one chance in this body and we think it’s important to get it right.

If you’re interested in keeping your body functioning at it’s best so you can enjoy all that Longmont and Colorado have to offer, give us a call at 303-776-6767 to find out how we can help. Mention you found us through this blog post and we’ll hook you up with some good discounts.  

 

 

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life: Part 2

This is the second of a 7 part post on Wayne Dyer’s 7 faces of intention. The first post can be found here.  I am writing these articles because as a chiropractor, my role is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health, and to get more healthy, you must first start with a healthy “intent.”

I am taking Dr Dyer’s 7 faces of intention and framing it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.  Enjoy part 2 which is Kindness!

2)Kindness – It’s impossible to grow and see the best in others when we are not kind to them.  Be intentionally kind to your body and it will be intentionally kind back to you.  The key here is to focus on being intentional.  Sometimes it’s hard to be kind to that guy who cut you off in traffic and sometimes it hard to be kind to your body when you have a cold.  

But it’s in challenging times where the world, and you body mostly needs your kindness.

This morning I was reading a story by Jack Canfield (author of chicken soup for the soul) and he was relating to the importance that thought places on people recovering from knee surgery.  There was a study done where 100% of people were told they were getting their knees “Scraped of debris” due to pain.

But in reality only 50% actually had the surgery whereas the other 50% has a sham surgery with an incision.   Here is the kicker, the  % of people who reported positive outcome were - get this - the same in BOTH sample sizes.  Why?

The only answer is “the placebo effect.”   As people were being kind to their bodies in thought, it responded in equal kindness.  And as chiropractors we hear this all the time: “ever since I have been coming in I’ve noticed:”

  • I'm sleeping better
  • I’m more energetic
  • My blood pressure is lower
  • My thyroid numbers are improved.
  • My workouts are stronger.
  • I’m not tired at 3pm anymore.
  • I am feeling better
  • My headaches are gone

And on and on…

Kindness is what goes around comes around, but you have to initiate kindness to have it come full circle.  There is a kindness and a healing in all of us

 

Seven Ways to Intentionally Live a Healthy Life : Part 1

Wayne Dyer died August 29, 2015 – and not long before he died our team was fortunate enough to see him speak in Denver.  I never met the man face-to-face, but through his writings I felt like I knew him deeply.  As if he was speaking directly to me through his writings.

I would like to take something that I heard him speak to on PBS about what he famously calls “the power of intention”.  The power of intention is essentially taking a goal, and supercharging it.  Since my role as a chiropractor is to facilitate you on your journey to extraordinary health, I thought I would take his 7 faces of intention and frame it with a relation to something tangible you can do to me more healthy today than you were yesterday.

This will be a 7 part post with each post focusing on another aspect of creative cultivation of your health.

1) Creativity – There is a creative intelligence inside each of us – I call it innate.  Innate is taking a dog and throwing it in water and irrespective of the age of the dog, as long as it’s in good physical condition, the dog thrives despite never taking a paddle lesson in his life.  Innate is ALWAYS trying to create the strongest healthiest version of you.  It never stops.  

I can think of a million ways I have created stress in my body, yet it keeps moving and I like to think evolving.  In fact just this week at 38 years of age, I have lifted more weight over my head than ever before.  (Thanks Crossfit Longmont!)  But I ‘ll be the first to acknowledge that sometimes my body doesn’t give me a new lifting record.  Yes, sometimes it throws me a headache or sore shoulder.  

Your creative innate is supposed to do this! If it didn’t you would never know there was a problem.  I saw a documentary once on the expansion of the US Railroad lines in the 1800’s – and it talked about how the men would get so cold that literally parts of their body (namely toes) would just fall off.  

I’m not suggesting your toes are going to fall off, but if you keep covering up symptoms, one after another, eventually your body will innately send your more creative, if not destructive signals.

I love that my body gives me signals.  The headaches or sore shoulders are it’s way of getting my attention and telling me I am out of balance.  My headaches usually mean I am dehydrated or in need of an adjustment to take all the pressure off of my nervous system.  My sore shoulder usually means i need some rest and perhaps a massage.

If you need help deciphering the messages, give me a ring and let’s talk about what’s going on and see if we can figure out, together, what your body is creatively trying to tell you.

38 Ways to Drink Turmeric

Turmeric is known for it’s powerful health benefits. It has been used for it’s healing properties for centuries. Detox your liver, reduce inflammation and improve your immune system with these 38 turmeric drink recipes!

If you’ve ever been interested in the idea of replacing medicine with food, look no further than your spice cabinet.  That ground turmeric that you use only in the occasional curry, It holds powers that will trump what’s in your medicine cabinet.

Turmeric is mostly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This means that a few dashes of the spice will not only help with the inflammation that you can see, like swelling and rashes, but also with inflammation that takes place inside the body, like leaky gut syndrome.

Turmeric is also a natural painkiller, a metabolism booster, an antidepressant, and an immune system booster. It’ll help clear your skin and reduce the risk of cancer and certain types of diabetes.

So how do you find a way to add a little of this magic stuff into your diet on a daily basis? There are lots of great turmeric recipes, but let’s be honest – it’s easiest to sprinkle some into a drink for a fast and easy fix.

Since turmeric is a bitter version of ginger root, a few dashes go great in smoothies or “golden milk” teas, which bank on the creamy qualities of thick coconut milk.

You can add it to your morning routine by making turmeric coffee, lattes, mochas and hot chocolates for energy boosts. Or you can take a calmer approach and infuse it with hot water, chicken stock, or bone broth for a healing nighttime beverage to sip before bed.

Get cozy with turmeric egg-nog or fiery apple cider, or conjure the tropics with hand-pressed juices made with fresh fruits from the islands. However you choose to make it, you can rest assured that you’re healing your body from head to toe with the medicinal powers of the humble turmeric root.

Check out these delicious ideas!

1. Turmeric Tonic Kombucha

Everyone knows the health benefits of kombucha are amazing, but when you add ginger and turmeric? Your fizzy tonic of choice takes on super powers unknown to regular fermented teas.

Recipe: Turmeric Tonic Kombucha

2. Golden Milk


This super-soothing creamy tea blends coconut milk, cinnamon, honey, and ginger before warming on the stovetop. Drink it before bed to boost your immune system overnight!

Recipe: Golden Milk

3. Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea


Steep cilantro, cloves, peppercorns, and orange juice in boiling water for 10 minutes to extract all the goodies that help heal your gut.

Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea

4. Turmeric Coffee


One-up your Bulletproof coffee routine with this spicy blend of cinnamon and turmeric. You’ll have the most productive day of your life!

Recipe: Turmeric Coffee

5. Antioxidant Superfood Hot Chocolate


A hot cocoa that actually heals your body? Sign us up! This hot chocolate uses raw cacao and crushed cardamom pods for a hearty boost to your system.

Recipe: Antioxidant Superfood Hot Chocolate

6. Turmeric Tonic


Tip your glass and down this “wellness shot” to flood your system with antioxidants from coconut water, ginger, and lemon.

Recipe: Turmeric Tonic

7. Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Juice


Maximize the benefits of turmeric by juicing whole nubs of the root in its natural form. Apples, ginger, carrots, lemon, celery, and mint help amp up the bright colors and flavors of this fresh-pressed juice.

Recipe: Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Juice

8. Paleo Sports Drink

Need to stay hydrated? No sweat. Toss your Gatorade and try this homemade lime power drink the next time you hit the gym.

Recipe: Paleo Sports Drink

9. Iced Turmeric & Honey Chai Latte


Give Starbucks a run for its money with this perfectly spiced chai latte, made with two black tea bags and lightened with cashew milk.

Recipe: Iced Turmeric & Honey Chai Latte

10. Paleo Eggnog with Turmeric


Get in a festive mindset with this holiday favorite, made with coconut milk and beaten egg whites.

Recipe: Paleo Eggnog with Turmeric

11. Spiced Matcha Latte


Turmeric is downplayed in this whisked latte made with matcha powder and warm spices. The perfect way to start your day!

Recipe: Spiced Matcha Latte

12. Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake


Nutrients abound in this fruity shake, which is boosted with pure collagen. Great for treating arthritis and other joint issues!

Recipe: Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake

13. Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic


Elevate your basic green tea with apples and a cinnamon stick, and sweeten with vanilla, honey, and fresh lemon juice.

Recipe: Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

14. Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

In this thick, berry-red smoothie, beets, strawberries, and goji berries go to bat to fix your bloating. Pre-roast your beets to save time!

Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

15. Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

A combination of all healthy things orange – turmeric, carrots, ginger, and oranges themselves – contribute to a nourishing blended tonic that is at once warming and refreshing.

Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

16. Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink

Start your mornings with this cancer-preventing tonic made with Meyer lemon and fresh ginger.

Recipe: Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink

17. Pineapple Carrot Turmeric Spritzer


Balance your hormones with this refreshing sparkler. It’ll quench your thirst and fix your PMS symptoms pronto!

Recipe: Pineapple Carrot Turmeric Spritzer

18. Turmeric Ginger Colada Smoothie

Take a virtual trip to the islands with the tropical flavors of coconut, banana, and pineapple. It’s ready as fast as you can rev up your blender!

Recipe: Turmeric Ginger Colada Smoothie

19. Fire Cider

Got a taste for bloody Marys and other fiery beverages? Try this outrageous fermented health tonic made with horseradish, garlic, onions, and habanero peppers.

Recipe: Fire Cider

20. Soothing Turmeric Milk


This ultra-healing drink is great for leaky gut syndrome, a detox diet, or just a classic nutrient boost.

Recipe: Soothing Turmeric Milk

21. Orange Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Frozen pineapple, fresh orange juice, and orange zest give this smoothie its citrusy zip.

Recipe: Orange Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

22. Superfood Hot Chocolate

Try this thick, chocolatey hot chocolate while cozying up with a good book for the perfect weekend treat. It has the right amount of sweet, salt, and heat to keep you coming back to your mug.

Recipe: Superfood Hot Chocolate

23. Turmeric Pick-Me-Up

Get a zing of energy from this drink made with coconut water, lemon, and ginger.

Recipe: Turmeric Pick-Me-Up

24. Turmeric Smoothie with Mango and Coconut


Fresh mango, raw carrots and oranges are probably more used to your juicer than your blender. Switch things up with this pulpier, mood-boosting smoothie.

Recipe: Turmeric Smoothie with Mango and Coconut

25. Turmeric Tomato Detox Soup

This warm and healthy broth, made with vegetable stock, tomatoes, and apple cider vinegar, can be poured right into a cup for you to sip on. Why bother with a spoon?

Recipe: Turmeric Tomato Detox Soup

26. Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Ginger, toasted coconut and cinnamon are here to help you out of your smoothie rut, pronto.

Recipe: Mango Turmeric Smoothie

27. Turmeric Tea “Liquid Gold”

Warm, rich and creamy, this golden tea has just a dab of ghee to give it that buttery, full-flavored taste.

Recipe: Turmeric Tea “Liquid Gold”

28. Healing Turmeric Latte

Cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger join forces in this soothing latte to warm your belly and nourish your body.

Recipe: Healing Turmeric Latte

29. Creamy Turmeric Tea

A dash of cayenne in this otherwise mellow tea lends a nice spicy note, perfect for wintertime months.

Recipe: Creamy Turmeric Tea

30. Simple Bone Broth

The recommended dashes of turmeric, nutmeg, cumin powder, and salt in this gut-healing bone broth is really more integral than it is optional.

Recipe: Simple Bone Broth

31. Rejuvenating Root Juice

Juicers are already known to create miracles, but this combination of blood oranges, carrots, beets, oranges, lemon, and ginger? It’ll cure you of what ails ya before you’re even really sure if you’re sick.

Recipe: Rejuvenating Root Juice

32. Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie

Want to cleanse your system first thing in the a.m.? Blend up this protein-rich smoothie with frozen mango and unsweetened coconut flakes.

Recipe: Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie

33. Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie

Reduce inflammation, boost digestion and cleanse your blood with this super-charged tropical smoothie.

Recipe: Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie

34. Coconut Turmeric Peach Smoothie

Just a little coconut oil goes a long way in enhancing the antioxidant power of this summery peach smoothie.

Recipe: Coconut Turmeric Peach Smoothie

35. No Flu “Tea”

They say chicken broth helps cure anything. To help it do its job properly, infuse it with turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, and cardamom. You’ll feel better before your prescription is even ready at the pharmacy!

Recipe: No Flu “Tea”

36. Golden Tigernut Milk

Did you know that tigernuts used to make up about 80 percent of our Paleo ancestors’ diet? Give a nod to our ancestors with this combination of homemade turmeric paste and tigernut milk.

Recipe: Golden Tigernut Milk

37. Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

This unique, deceiving little smoothie is actually green from a whole avocado and a handful of spinach.

Recipe: Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

38.  Straight Turmeric

Shred some turmeric root, throw it in a shot of water and throw that sucker back! Just kidding. Don’t. That’s disgusting.  There’s lots of other better ways to get all the great benefits of turmeric!

Let us know: which ones are your favorites? I'm excited to try out the hot chocolate! 

Anything that we missed? 

 

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Ultimate Mattress Guide

Are you waking up sore and feeling as tired as you did when you went to bed? Have you had your mattress for more than 7 years?

Are you sleeping as well as you did a year ago? Have you had a better night’s sleep in a bed other than yours? If you answer yes to any of these questions, it might be time to change your mattress.


Unfortunately, mattresses do not last forever, and like anything, they will have a degree of wear and need to be replaced.  There are literally thousands of mattresses to choose from and there is no such thing as a perfect mattress for a particular condition (like back pain) or situation.

The first point to consider is that Size Matters. Did you know that two people sharing a standard double size bed have only as much personal sleeping space as a baby in a cot?

As a general rule of thumb for size, both you and your partner should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out without touching. Your bed should also be 10 to 15 cm longer than the tallest partner.


What about a hard or soft mattress?


The question that always comes back: Do I need a hard/ medium or soft mattress? Let me share the ultimate check list with you to decide if the mattress is right for you.

Lie on your back and slide your hand in the hollow of your back. If your hand slides in too easily, the mattress may be too hard for you; if it is a struggle to slide your hand in, then the bed is probably too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right!

Another useful test is to pop a set of keys behind your back. You should not be able to feel them!


What sort of mattress should I choose if I have a bad back?
For a long time, it was believed that a firm, hard mattress was good for a bad back. Nowadays, it is generally accepted that this is not necessarily the case – and could if fact cause more damage.

A supportive and comfortable mattress is the best option. It does not matter what type of construction it is. Any reference to beds being orthopaedic – or similar sounding terms- does not automatically mean that the bed has been professionally assessed or recommended.
I hope this helps! Sleep tight!