Monday, August 18, 2014

Have You Stretched Today?

Stretching is vitally important to keeping joints moving and to keeping you "feeling better." Our general rule with stretching is that if you have been sitting in one spot for more than an hour, then you probably need to get up and move and stretch for ten to fifteen minutes.

Daily stretching can increase blood flow to the muscles, improve posture, decrease muscle tension and improve joint range of motion. Here are some important considerations and tips to help you incorporate daily stretching into your life:
  1. Always consult a health professional before beginning any exercise program. However, it is safe to assume that most people in generally good health can participate in basic daily stretches with no problems. Basic stretches can include basic ranges of motion or just a change in position. For example: moving after sitting for long periods of time; sitting after standing all day, bending and squatting at the knees after standing, swinging your arms back and forth after sitting at a desk all day. 
  2. Never participate in a stretch that causes you pain. If you extend your arm back and you feel pain in your shoulder that may be a good sign of an underlying issue to consult your health professional about. 
  3. Focus on key muscle groups every day. Key muscle groups include those that are mostly overused and those that will normally feel tight. We recommend focusing on your chest (pectoralis),
    your buttocks (gluts), your hip flexors (psoas),
    and the back of your legs (calves and hamstrings). 
  4. Look into local yoga or Pilates classes for added support and ideas to help you better improve your stretches.You may be surprised how much better you begin to feel by attending just one class a week.
For more information on chiropractic or stretches that can be tailored to your specific spinal problems call us at (606) 549-4811 to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life. 
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How Often Should You See A Chiropractor?

If you've never seen a chiropractor before you may be hesitant to visit one because you don't know how many times you will have to go once you begin care. Maybe you've heard your friends say, "Once you start going you will have to keep going." Or maybe you've heard, "they will want to see you 25 times over the next three weeks and then once a month for the rest of your life."

Every chiropractor is different in how they choose to manage patients. The doctors at Christopher Chiropractic see patients, on average, three to five visits. At Christopher Chiropractic, we strive to get patients well and feeling better as quickly as possible. We aren't going to keep you longer than you need and we promise not to "kick you out" until you are ready to enjoy life at 100%.

When first entering chiropractic care, the amount of times you have to see your doctor will ultimately depend upon your complaints and symptoms. Everyone responds differently to care depending on daily activities, trauma, lifestyle, diet, stress levels, how long an issue has been present, any underlying health condition related or not, etc. So, we say on average three to five visits, some patients go more and some go less depending on the patient, the condition and their current health status.

Upon completion of care we always recommend "maintenance" or wellness care. We make this pressure free recommend this because we know that if your keep your joints moving and in the proper position they are less likely to cause you pain and inhibit function.

Dr. Elizabeth often tells patients to "treat your body like a car." Put good fuel in it and every 3,000 miles get the oil changed. It's not a bad idea to change your oil aka get a spinal check every 3,000 miles to keep your back moving well and to keep issues at bay.

An important concept to keep in mind..."3,000 miles" is different for every patient. An athlete or a construction worker will hit "3000 miles" a lot sooner than a stay at home mom or a secretary. It's not to say that one job can or can't be more strenuous than others. It's just that in all likely hood the more you "drive" your body the more likely you are to need an alignment.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors to "get your oil changed" or to see if we can fix a problem, call us at (606) 549-4811.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.



   

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature in the spine. This is a relatively common back condition. However, very few cases of scoliosis actually require surgery. We can break down scoliosis into three basic catagories:
  1. Idiopathic Scoliosis: This from has an unknown cause and is the most common form of scoliosis. It is often discovered at an early age and can increase in severity with growth. If a basic school or physical screening detects scoliosis in a young child or teen. It is very important to follow up as soon as possible with your child's pediatrician so that frequent monitoring of the abnormal curvature can be obtained.
  2. Structural Scoliosis: This form has an abnormality that exists which has altered the structure of the spine. For example, a person could have been born with one leg shorter, have cerebral palsy, or have had an accident later in life that altered their gait in some way. This altered gait can cause the spine to curve abnormally. 
  3. Functional Scoliosis: This means that there is most likely a functional deficit causing the abnormal curvature. This is probably the most common form of scoliosis that we seen in our office. This forms often occurs because of postural problems or musculature imbalances. We see this often in young athletes because they will develop their stronger, dominate side at a much faster rate causing the muscles on that side to "pull" the spine into an abnormal curve. We also see it in young children with the use of one backpack strap on one shoulder over and over resulting in that shoulder becoming "higher" and muscles on that side becoming tighter and pulling the spine in that direction.   
So, even though scoliosis is very common, it is a back condition that needs to be properly cared for. The abnormal curvature can cause the spine to be weaker in some areas, commonly resulting in misalignments and improper range of motion. It also causes muscles to work harder on one side as opposed to the other which often results in spasms and muscle pain. 

Utilizing chiropractic care in the management of scoliosis is a great way to maintain range of motion and lessen the severity of muscle spasms and joint pain. As chiropractors we never aim to straighten the abnormal curve associated with scoliosis. However, by keeping the bones in the spine moving well and in their proper position, and by lessening the spasms of the muscles, it is possible to prevent progression and help the patient live a more functional pain free life.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to see if chiropractic care can help you call us at (606) 549-4811.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.   



  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 "Beat the Heat" Race Times

Thank you to all those that participated in the 2014 Beat the Heat 1-Mile. Here are your race times:

    1   248  Reith, Wesley                             4:43.53       
    2   221  Faulkner, Garrett                         4:46.33       
    3   263  Hays, David                               4:48.83       
    4   256  Thomas, Jonathan                          5:03.63       
    5   188  Logan, Keaton                             5:13.28       
    6    31  Hinkle, Tyler                             5:41.28       
    7   193  Wilson, Jared                             5:44.03       
    8   181  Mattingly, Selena                         5:51.83       
    9   251  Elliott, Sabrina                          5:57.81       
   10    46  Ball, Will                                5:59.91       
   11   236  Haus, James                               6:00.71       
   12   257  Haus, Ryan                                6:06.99       
   13   249  Achenjang, Niven                          6:10.12       
   14   209  Biallas, Zeke                             6:14.77       
   15   195  Lann, Michael                             6:16.78       
   16    27  Partin, Bobby                             6:18.30       
   17   163  Allen, Kyler                              6:20.50       
   18   232  Scheithauer, Shelly                       6:24.00       
   19   180  Dunn, Dalton                              6:26.98       
   20   145  Schwarz, Jeffrey                          6:27.21       
   21    44  Carbajal, Javier                          6:30.67       
   22    97  Connell, Loren                            6:32.76       
   23   124  Estes, Jackson                            6:38.52       
   24   182  Goodin, Nathan                            6:40.80       
   25   117  Stephens, Jaine                           6:41.43       
   26   284  White, Jonathan                           6:42.33       
   27   146  Schwarz, Abby                             6:42.65       
   28   118  Castex, DeAngela                          6:47.16       
   29   122  Johnson, Corey                            6:54.85       
   30   123  Estes, Abby                               6:55.24       
   31    61  Jones, Brady                              6:56.72       
   32   234  Alsip, Mark                               6:59.38       
   33   235  Bowlin, David                             7:00.02       
   34   215  Hickman, Danielle                         7:00.26       
   35   138  Roehrick, Stephen                         7:02.20       
   36   211  Sears, Becky                              7:03.67       
   37   121  Carpenter, Daniel                         7:04.55       
   38    15  Grubbs, DeAnna                            7:07.78       
   39   250  Thomas, Joseph                            7:14.16       
   40   261  Haus, David                               7:15.30       
   41    85  Owens, Whitney                            7:17.37       
   42   252  Brooks, Caseylynn                         7:17.69       
   43    55  Haddix, Alex                              7:21.12       
   44   147  Schwarz, Robel                            7:24.03       
   45   212  Cain, Shaun                               7:24.50       
   46   125  Estes, Grayson                            7:34.31       
   47   281  Norris, Hunter                            7:34.78       
   48   210  Combs, Carson                             7:46.19       
   49   178  Wangsness, Nels                           7:46.81       
   50   219  Combs, Nick                               7:51.58       
   51   176  Brock, Abram                              7:55.28       
   52   228  Akins, Kaylee                             7:56.10       
   53   233  Davis, Tarrah                             8:06.09       
   54    83  Hale, Jana                                8:12.95       
   55   165  Allen, Steve                              8:15.37       
   56   194  Johnson, Zachary                          8:17.76       
   57   196  Lann, David                               8:26.94       
   58   246  Wlaton, Ashley                            8:27.59       
   59   245  Mcdonall, Bryan                           8:28.41       
   60    62  Jones, Shelby                             8:32.74       
   61    99  Weir, Michael                             8:34.47       
   62    11  Partin, Connor                            8:35.24       
   63   168  Jackson, Allison                          8:37.28       
   64   156  Smith, Jody                               8:38.31       
   65   208  Combs, Mallory                            8:40.21       
   66    13  Bennett, Brenda                           8:41.23       
   67   226  Stone, Carley                             8:42.27       
   68   243  Hamilton, Randall                         8:42.65       
   69   205  Waddle, Kaitlyn                           8:43.77       
   70   206  Boggs, Morgan                             8:44.93       
   71   216  Combs, Keith                              8:45.43       
   72   269  Mattingly, Noble                          8:45.64       
   73   150  Baker, Channing                           8:47.46       
   74   175  Abbott, Lillie                            8:48.50       
   75    59  Vanover, Ashley                           8:58.04       
   76    40  Petrey, Caden                             9:02.72       
   77   173  Mack, Stuart Grant                        9:03.36       
   78   275  Broyles, Zach                             9:03.80       
   79   179  Wangsness, Thea                           9:04.19       
   80   177  Wangsness, Kristen                        9:05.80       
   81    75  Thomas, Jessica                           9:06.93       
   82   108  Lawson, Mary                              9:07.68       
   83    84  Hale, Kaitlyn                             9:10.45       
   84    94  Delk, Katelyn                             9:12.69       
   85   197  Nicholson, Debra                          9:21.37       
   86    76  Thomas, J                                 9:22.68       
   87   128  Hale, Ben                                 9:24.91       
   88   134  Graham, Kaylee                            9:25.53       
   89   244  Hamilton, Emma                            9:31.66       
   90   116  Knight, Rhonda                            9:34.74       
   91   160  Voyles, Bret                              9:36.29       
   92   158  Swanson, Ashley                          10:01.22       
   93   254  Sharpe, Christian                        10:01.90       
   94    43  Perez, Isac                              10:03.75       
   95   283  Barton, Levi                             10:06.36       
   96   282  Patrick, Gabrielle                       10:11.62       
   97    47  Carvajal, Martha                         10:11.93       
   98    42  Perez, Noel                              10:21.28       
   99    32  Hinkle, Lucas                            10:21.67       
  100    12  Partin, Mason                            10:26.63       
  101   204  Lawson, Kaitlyn                          10:28.11       
  102   166  Allen, Mallory                           10:30.66       
  103   207  Brown, Jon                               10:31.92       
  104   213  Cain, Natalie                            10:32.65       
  105    16  Blakley, Robyn                           10:33.31       
  106   259  Lewis, Rebecca                           10:33.54       
  107   109  Bunch, Sydney                            10:34.05       
  108   155  Dollins, Laura                           10:35.19       
  109   154  Prewitt, Ben                             10:41.48       
  110    60  Vanover, Alicia                          10:48.81       
  111    14  Van Keuren, Robert                       10:57.84       
  112    25  Sulfridge, Crystal                       10:58.39       
  113   222  Stone, Abigail                           10:58.84       
  114    36  Rutherford, Hannahjo                     11:06.72       
  115   223  McKiddy, Chloe                           11:09.19       
  116    87  Owens, Rebecca                           11:09.72       
  117    10  Partin, Anita                            11:11.15       
  118   105  Thomas, Julie                            11:20.23       
  119     3  Stricklin, Sibyl                         11:21.47       
  120   164  Allen, Dawn                              11:25.12       
  121   184  Goodin, Ernie                            11:26.53       
  122   199  Meadors, Andrew                          11:27.32       
  123   253  Sharpe, Anabeth                          11:33.22       
  124    67  Meadors, Rebecca                         11:36.87       
  125   106  Grubb, Robert                            11:41.14       
  126   143  Prewitt, Lauren                          11:42.76       
  127   237  Prewitt, Veronica                        11:43.25       
  128   255  Sharpe, Regina                           11:44.17       
  129   262  Hays, Deana                              11:51.36       
  130   241  Canada, Jared                            11:54.49       
  131    63  Jones, George                            11:55.37       
  132   187  Jones, Kaite                             11:56.23       
  133   214  Hudson, William                          11:57.65       
  134    65  Meadors, Amber                           11:58.06       
  135   260  Lewis, Hollyann                          11:59.24       
  136     4  Ellison, Rachel                          12:10.55       
  137   174  Breeden, Sidney                          12:17.72       
  138   277  Broyles, Madison                         12:27.62       
  139   266  Grubb, Dalton                            12:29.18       
  140    98  Connell, Kelsey                          12:32.88       
  141   278  Smith, Faith Lynn                        12:33.09       
  142   144  Hicks, Amy                               12:41.44       
  143    49  Zamora, Milagroz                         12:42.36       
  144   200  Whitehead, Leanne                        12:47.43       
  145    35  Moses, Rachel                            12:54.46       
  146     6  Massengale, Isaiah                       12:55.04       
  147     8  Massengale, Jeremiah                     12:55.23       
  148   119  Stephens, Donnie                         13:01.10       
  149    92  Carr, Makenzie                           13:04.33       
  150    89  Carr, Kenny                              13:04.84       
  151   279  Smith, Mary                              13:05.08       
  152   280  Smtih, Keaton                            13:06.57       
  153   272  Broyles, Tanner                          13:17.90       
  154    73  Myers, Josh                              13:20.56       
  155    72  Herber, Maria                            13:45.48       
  156   270  Baker, Erica                             13:45.48       
  157   186  Bishay, Micayla                          14:15.86       
  158    45  Perez, Mia                               14:16.60       
  159   107  Grubb, Jamie                             14:30.03       
  160    51  Neal, Mandy                              14:30.66       
  161    52  Neal, Carl                               14:31.92       
  162   120  Pawlicki, Mary                           14:32.97       
  163   126  Kipfmiller, Brittany                     14:33.92       
  164   161  Morrison, Christopher                    14:35.15       
  165   239  Price, Claire                            14:35.69       
  166   240  Price, Chloe                             14:36.03       
  167   238  Price, Greta                             14:36.74       
  168   242  Price, Carson                            14:38.36       
  169   171  Mack, Kristin                            14:42.05       
  170   247  Hudson, Melissa                          14:45.16       
  171    96  Brock, Stacy                             14:56.21       
  172   258  Rose, Caitlinn                           15:01.11       
  173   183  Goodin, Kelly                            15:01.48       
  174   129  Hale, Nick                               15:02.26       
  175   224  Partin, Clint                            15:03.38       
  176   217  Logan, Tanner                            15:05.63       
  177    39  Bennett, James                           15:06.00       
  178   133  Graham, Spril                            15:08.41       
  179   151  Hill, Grayson                            15:09.42       
  180   149  Hill, Megan                              15:19.11       
  181    91  Carr, Maranda                            15:20.84       
  182   218  Logan, Brileigh                          15:21.71       
  183   225  McKiddy, Paisleyt                        15:34.23       
  184   227  Walker, Lane                             15:36.90       
  185   220  McKiddy, Amber                           15:41.51       
  186   264  Gabbard, Lisa                            15:52.86       
  187   139  Vanover, Jozy Rae                        16:15.43       
  188   101  Vanover, Charlotte                       16:15.80       
  189    18  Lyman, Emma                              16:16.11       
  190   140  Goley, Devin                             16:24.74       
  191   265  Grubb, Jalynn                            16:25.43       
  192   137  Pgm, Ginny                               16:36.28       
  193   141  Veach, Hunter                            16:36.66       
  194   102  Veach, Samantha                          16:37.22       
  195    22  Hensley, Ashley                          16:37.90       
  196   162  Rookard, Nancy                           16:38.71       
  197   159  Voyles, Ranee                            16:44.01       
  198    24  Bird, Michael                            16:44.75       
  199    23  Hensley, Lee                             16:59.83       
  200   136  Lawson, Lisa                             17:01.70       
  201   135  Smith, Stacy                             17:09.67       
  202    69  Bargo, Siler                             17:14.53       
  203    68  Bargo, Kari                              17:30.68       
  204   202  Whitehead, Logan                         17:33.44       
  205   192  West, Joseph                             17:42.35       
  206   201  Whitehead, Rainey                        17:55.93       
  207    37  Goins, Johnny                            17:56.97       
  208   157  Smith, Hunter                            17:57.82       
  209    17  Lyman, Jorene                            17:58.48       
  210    41  Petrey, Judy                             17:59.02       
  211   170  Bowlin, Gina                             17:59.61       
  212   142  Baker, Lyndsay                           18:00.13       
  213    28  Patrick, Kelsey                          18:08.40       
  214    30  Patrick, Stephanie                       18:18.41       
  215    71  Sumner, Eleshia                          18:21.65       
  216   113  Beaman, Sean                             18:27.10       
  217   267  Briscoe, Luke                            18:28.72       
  218   271  Boles, Mark                              18:51.02       
  219   229  Scheithauer, Lauren                      18:51.87       
  220   230  Scheithauer, TJ                          18:56.53       
  221    77  Cooper, Sherry                           18:56.93       
  222    54  Haddiz, Andrea                           18:57.32       
  223    53  Haddix, Mary                             19:02.34       
  224   273  White Jr., Pasual                        19:08.20       
  225   274  White, Pat                               19:19.02       
  226   114  Lyman, Isaac                             19:48.50       
  227   148  Miller, Kim                              19:49.98       
  228    56  Harris, Nicholas                         19:50.84       
  229   276  White, Beverly                           19:55.38       
  230   268  Boles, Tacy                              19:56.41       
  231    93  Carr, Macie                              20:06.43       
  232    90  Carr, Rhonda                             20:07.00       
  233     2  Wilson, Angela                           20:18.19       
  234     1  Cobb, Terre                              20:18.73       
  235   231  Luker, Jeff                              20:41.79       
  236    95  Luker, Audrey                            20:42.21       
  237    88  Luker, Jessie Jo                         20:42.46       
  238   130  Freeman, Asher                           20:59.52       
  239   131  Freeman, Jamie                           21:00.04       
  240   191  West, Emma                               21:00.61       
  241   189  West, Larry                              21:08.91       
  242     5  Massengale, Jud                          21:26.80       
  243     7  Massengale, Carolyn                      21:28.35       
  244    34  Spanjer, Brenda                          21:31.06       
  245    33  Spanjer, Michael                         21:31.99       
  246    70  Sumner, Debbie                           21:54.29       
  247    74  Ghising, Amita                           21:55.44       
  248    21  Kroetsch, Sara                           23:16.76       
  249    19  Lyman, Aiden                             23:19.75       
  250    20  Kroetsch, Joshua                         23:21.11       
  251   112  Selewski, Dan                            23:28.53       
  252   111  Selewski, Amy                            23:29.82       
  253   110  Selewski, Gail                           23:31.10       
  254   115  Pawlicki, Linda                          23:31.72       
  255   185  Byrnes Farmer, Pamela                    23:32.88       
  256   127  Kipfmiller, Tammi                        23:33.45

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5th Annual "Beat the Heat" 1-Mile Walk/Run

2014 Beat the Heat 1-Mile Walk/Run!

The 2014 Beat the Heat 1-Mile Walk/Run is set for August 1st at 8:00pm. All the profits from this race go to providing air conditioners for those in need! Please join us in making a difference in our community




To print the 2014 Beat the Heat 1-Mile Walk/Run Registration form use the following link:

Registration Form


The above link will not open with some browsers, we apologize for the inconvenience. Also look for the ORANGE link on the homepage to register via Eventbright.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What is Water?

We recently posted about The Greatness of Water. Drinking water is essential to health. We could all benefit from increasing our H2O intake. Our previous post talks about the quantity (amount) of water we should probably consume per day. Today let's talk about the quality. 

What makes up water? Most people think that because they drink liquid of some sort throughout the day that it will count. However, in our opinion, there is no replacement for the real thing! 

We can break down what constitutes water at the molecular lever, but let's save you the boring stuff and get to the point. Water is water is water. Here is why we prefer we don't drink anything else besides the real stuff:
  1. Adding sugar or artificial sweeteners to water may give you a better taste, however sometimes this can cause more harm than good. Aside from the increase in unnecessary calories, increasing your sugar intake can cause an increase in joint pain. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that sugars, processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, which causes pain, overheating, redness and swelling. 
  2. Sodas are liquid and per volume they can rehydrate you to some extent. However, they have three important ingredients that can cause you some issues:
    1. Sugar (see above)
    2. Carbonation: The addition of "bubbles" can produce excess gas in the stomach and intestines giving you a false sense of being full. In turn, we want to drink less and may consume less liquid than we actually need to stay hydrated.
    3. Caffeine: Not only is caffeine a stimulate which can cause us to need more liquid to refuel, but it can also act as a diuretic. 
In our opinion there is no substitute for water! It is true, however, that liquid is liquid. Some of the research we have read has shown that as long as you are consuming liquid of any type you can stay hydrated. You can even get some of your recommended liquid intake from food sources (fruits and vegetables). 

The most important take home lesson: make sure that the liquids we consume are healthy for us. There is no substitute for health. 

So, ultimately why do we choose to drink water? Water is pure. It's (mostly, depending on purification processes ) free of harmful chemicals, free of sugars, fats and excess calories. There is no substitute for the health value of drinking the real stuff...pure H2O!

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.            

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Your Road to Wellness - Be More Proactive!

We are borrowing the majority of this information from Dr. Elizabeth's blog (www.goodlife0501.com). It's great information to improve your overall well being and health!

Most of the time we let life happen without choosing to intervene and in response we just "react" to what happens. We often allow our environment, our conditions and our peers to determine our current status of health and emotional well being.

We see the effects of reactivity every day in our office, There comes a point in everyone's life when reactivity becomes so prevalent that the physical effects finally catch up. In chiropractic we see this with a presentation of overall joint pain, increased muscle tone and chronic postural issues.

Muscles react to stress. We have all felt that effect with tight achy shoulders or a tension headache. If we are in a constant state of reactivity we will find our muscles constantly tight, achy and sometimes spastic. In addition, hormones released in our "flight or fight" stress reaction in excessive amounts can cause ligament laxity. With an increase in ligament laxity comes the prevalence and re-occurrence of subtle misalignments of the spine and extremities which can lead to further issues from joint and ligament damage to compromise of the nervous system.

How can you prevent this nasty cycle? Proactivity! Options exist in almost any situation. We can choose how we respond. We can be proactive to anything that comes our way. We can recognize how we feel and determine our best course of action. We can choose to relax and take a deep breath. We can choose to change our fate and direct our course...to change our world. You can be more proactive! 


At Christopher Chiropractic, there are many options to conquer the "reactive" lifestyle. The ultimate change comes down to you. But, we may be able to help with the joint and muscle issues. A chiropractor's job is the correction of subtle misalignments in the spine that may be compromising function and range of motion.

The addition of massage therapy to your "reactive" life can also improve your overall well being. Massage decreases muscle tone, calms and relaxes the body. Taking time out of your busy, stressful life for a relaxing massage is just one way to be "proactive" with your health.

Call us at (606) 549-4811 to schedule your appointment for chiropractic or massage. Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.