Top 5 Chiropractic Myths Busted

Top 5 Chiropractic Myths Busted

It’s possible you’ve heard a few myths about chiropractic. Maybe at one point, you may have even believed a few of them yourself. That’s ok! We want to shed a little light and share some information on some of the more common chiropractic myths.

If you have any questions that aren’t listed on this infographic, please give us a call at 303-776-6767. We love answering questions and helping you feel as comfortable as possible before coming in to see us!

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5 Low-Back Stretches You Can Do at Home

5 Low-Back Stretches You Can Do at Home

Many people suffer from back pain. These five stretches can help you improve the uncomfortable effects of subluxation. Though regularly visiting the chiropractor is one of the best ways to prevent subluxations and back pain, there are other tools you can implement at home to feel your best. Eating well, meditating, and spending time outdoors have all been proven to contribute to optimum health. The following 5 stretches will help, as well.

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Best Sleeping Positions

Best Sleeping Positions

Many people, regardless of age or physical stature, will wake up in the morning stiff and suffering from back pain. Some may even struggle to get out of bed. Their solutions is to take a few painkillers and then get on with their day the best they can. Many back problems, like this, are caused by poor sleeping positions. They can easily be improved with just a few changes to the way you lie in bed and help from your local Longmont Chiropractors

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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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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?"

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?"

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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Heat or Ice? Which is best for my back pain?

One of the most common questions patients ask us is 'when to use ice and when to use heat alleviating back pain?

An acute injury i.e. a slipped disc, sciatica, sudden back pain or a sports injury is usually accompanied with swelling and inflammation. 

In these circumstances Ice would be recommended for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury. Ice helps to reduce the swelling by constricting the blood vessels.

Additionally, ice soothes acute pain by causing numbness in living tissue.

It is highly recommended that you do not apply the ice directly to the skin (to avoid frost bite). We normally recommend applying the ice for 10 minutes per hour over the affected area.

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Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Could a memory foam mattress help you get a better night's sleep? Could it help relieve your aching back? If you're not getting enough sleep every night or you're waking up every morning with a backache, you might be willing to pay almost anything to stop the suffering. But should you? It's important to start with one important idea: Everyone's body is different. Some people swear by memory foam mattresses, and some people hate them.

But first, let's examine what a memory foam mattress actually is. As the name suggests, these mattresses are made of a foam-like material that cushions the body. Designed for NASA in the mid-1960s, this material was perfect for cushioning astronauts from the heavy forces of acceleration during liftoff. The qualities of the memory foam mattress allow it to custom fit any person. The specially-made foam molds around the body, giving way to pressure and temperature to mold to each person's unique shape. The foam is designed to spring back to its original shape once the person gets up.

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Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Keeping our joints healthy is one of the most important things we can do to remain independent and active as we age. Life is awfully challenging for humanBEings who are immobilized by joint pain.  Captain Obvious says "it can result in reduced physical and social activity as well as a higher risk of psychological and emotional problems. "

When it comes to joint health, exercise is very important, perhaps just as important as what goes in the pie hole - but what you EAT also plays a significant part. Here are some of our Longmont area favorite joint-friendly foods:

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Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Whether we like to admit it or not, much of the technology in our lives is used, sadly, while sitting down.  As time passes and the year tick by, we are starting to see that sitting is contributing to a growing list of health problems in our society. Those who sit at a desk for long stretches of the day or sit behind the wheel of a car/truck with little or no exercise are big-time increased risk for a number of chronic health problems.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who have such a sedentary lifestyle are in danger of things like "obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, decreased energy, and abnormal cholesterol levels." Another study showed that those who spend a large amount of time in front of a television or other forms of screen entertainment had a 50% greater risk of death from any source.

It's not difficult to imagine why this might be the case. Greater body weight combined with lower strength, low stamina, reduced balance, little flexibility means we are seeing more humans with less agility, decreased durability, and frankly a litany of health concerns. Not even to mention the likelihood of more accidents and injuries. The same study showed a 125% greater risk of problems from cardiovascular disease.

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Stand-Up Desks Are Much Better For My Body... Right??

Stand-Up Desks Are Much Better For My Body... Right??

Standing desks or stand-up desks are not a new fad. They've been around since at least the time of Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation's founding fathers.  Good ole' Ben used one over two hundred years ago in his print shop in Philly. However, there remains a great deal of controversy regarding the benefits and drawbacks of stand-up desks.

A number of sources agree that standing up while you work gives you more energy and keeps you more alert. The University of Chester performed a study in 2014 that showed heartbeats rose by ten beats per minute because of standing. Which then increased the total number of calories burned each day.

In addition, blood glucose levels after lunch returned to normal significantly faster in the study subjects who stood as they worked. Others have found that standing helps reduce lower back pain.

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