Walking Around With One Shoe

Have you ever tried walking in one shoe?  Feels awkward and unbalanced, right?  Plus, if you do it long enough, the imbalance it causes would be really bad for your feet, knees, hips, back and even your neck. Unfortunately, many of my patients have been doing just this very thing for years without realizing it.
When your body becomes unbalanced, either because of a trauma or just through your daily routine, that imbalance creates poor body mechanics and a higher risk for long term soft tissue damage. And it might seem like I’m overstating the obvious, but this is what you want to avoid. You wouldn’t drive your car with bad alignment, because you know this will cause premature wear and tear on parts of your car.  It’s time to start treating your body at least as well as you treat your car.
If it’s been a while since your last adjustment, call the office today to get back in to balance.  I look forward to seeing you!
– Dr. Julie
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Snapping Joint Syndrome: What is That Weird Pop?

Snapping Joint Syndrome refers to strange sounds, sometimes painful but often not, that comes from various joints in our body -knees, shoulders, hips, even low backs and necks.  The popping is the result of a tendon getting stuck temporarily as it moves across a normal structure on a bone.
That sound or sensation that we’re talking about happens due to tight muscles, misaligned bones or most often, a combination of both.  If a muscle is tight it will often have trouble making it’s way freely over the joint that it’s meant to move.  If the snapping is caused by misaligned bones, it’s because that misalignment places a greater burden on muscles by changing the natural movement pattern of the muscle.  So many strange aches and pains occur in the body due to basic joint and muscle imbalances.
So what to do?  A combination of chiropractic adjustments for the joint imbalances and paying attention your muscles using massage and exercise will allow your body to move properly and eliminate unnecessary stresses that lead to pains and problems of all kinds.
– Dr. Julie

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Motion Is Life

 

Does it take a while for you to get going in the morning?  Are your joints stiff and achy when you first wake up, and take a few hours to loosen?  Stiff, tired joints can leave you feeling and acting much older than you are.
Motion is life.  If you let anything sit in one place too long, it’s bound to freeze up like a rusted hinge.  The joints in your spine are no different.  When the joints of your spine stop moving due to injury – traumatic or repetitive – your joints freeze up.  That’s why regular chiropractic care is so beneficial in the long run.  Adjustments unlock “stuck” joints before they become painful, arthritic and frozen in to place.  The longer you wait between visits, the more work required to get them moving again.
Like those rusted hinges, chronically stiff joints take TLC and more frequent adjustments to start moving again.  If you want to avoid that hassle, the smart move is just not letting them get that bad in the first place.
– Dr. Julie
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Feeling Out Of Tune

At least once a week, a patient will say to me, “I have so much more energy since I started getting adjusted, why is that?”  This is a question I really enjoy answering, because it makes such a profound difference in someone’s life.
The physical, chemical and emotional stress of being in persistent pain and out of alignment will alter the way your body functions.  The irritation of your nervous system makes your body much less able to deal with the normal stresses of daily life.
The solution?  Restore normal balance to your body with regular chiropractic care.  Health is the “music” your body plays when all of your systems are working in unison instead of being interrupted by pain signals all the time.  If you’re feeling sluggish, weak and tired because you’re in pain, an adjustment may just be the thing YOU need to get back in tune.
-Dr. Julie
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The Path to a Perfect Pillow

Anyone who has ever had a bad night’s sleep knows how you can easily develop a love hate relationship with your pillow.  Too soft, too hard, too flat, too hot… It’s a nighttime version of Goldilocks, except that the perfect pillow never seems to come along.  And packaging labels don’t necessarily help because there’s no uniform definition of terms.  An in-store squeeze of a pillow is not going to tell you what it’s like to sleep on it all night.
I believe the best way to shop is to start with your dominant sleeping position – that’s the position you settle into and is likely to be your favorite.  The right pillow keeps your head and neck aligned without losing your neck’s natural curve.  Many pillows are now labeled that way.
The next time you’re in the office, ask for my flowchart that will help you find the best pillow for you.
– Dr. Julie

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