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.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Greatness of Water

Water is vital to life. Over 60% of our body weight is made up of this wonderful stuff! In our office we find that a few complaints could be prevented by simply increasing H2O intake. That's not to say that all things can be prevented by increasing your water intake, but you may be surprised how much better you could feel by adding some fluids to your day.

In the summer months with increase in activity, humidity, temperature and perspiration it is especially important to increase the amount of water and electrolytes you consume. So, how much water should you drink?

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of a day (www.mayoclinic.com). You must also be aware that these numbers are mainly based on being at rest. So, if you increase your activity you need to increase these numbers for consumption.

Some sources say to use your body weight as a calculation for water consumption: The basic equation for determining this is by dividing your body weight in half. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you're not doing anything strenuous. If you're working out, hiking, at a high altitude or outdoors a great deal, you're going to need to add to those 100 ounces (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink).

Regardless of where you fall in the amount you should consume, here are a few tips to determine if you need to add some more:
  1. Urine should be clear, not yellow or dark.
  2. Your mouth should never feel dry. Chapped lips may even be a sign of slight dehydration.
  3. Some "foggy-feeling" headaches may be a sign of dehydration. 
  4. Fatigue and lethargy may be present.
  5. Skin may appear dry.
  6. Overall joint soreness or muscle tightness and spasms may occur.
Some of these symptoms may indicate other medical conditions. So, it is important to consult a healthcare professional if they persist. Throw back a couple bottles of water though. It can't hurt and you may be surprised what adding it daily to your diet will do for your health.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.   

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Your Road to Wellness

Sometimes the first step to wellness begins with a first step! The addition of a few extra steps per day can:
  1. Improve joint and muscle mobility. 
  2. Increase blood flow and circulation
  3. Help you feel better
Start your road to improved health today by adding a few extra steps to your daily routine. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish that*:
  1. When going shopping, park at the spot farthest from the store entrance. 
  2. Dance around the house to your favorite tune!
  3. Step in place if you find yourself standing in one place far too long.
  4. Stand and step in place at your desk for a few seconds if you do office work.
  5. Take a "walking" lunch. 
  6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
There are many ways to add more steps to your day. Be creative and improve your health by taking that first step! #GetWellWilliamsburg

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.  

*Always consult a health care professional before beginning any exercise program.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Whether you are an athlete, a teacher or a stay at home mom, what you put on your feet every day is important to your posture and your spine. 

When you are standing, your feet are basically the foundation of your whole body. So, imagine taking that 130 pound foundation and placing it on top of a three inch heel. Or imagine taking that 170 pound foundation and placing it inside a loose running shoe. 

Whatever the case, it will inevitably effect your entire body. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that for every mile that a person walks there will be 60 tons of stress on each foot. So, making sure you have the right support on those feet is important.

How do you choose the right shoe? 
  1. Make sure that the shoe fits your activity. If you plan on running, don't wear dress shoes...its that simple!   
  2. Make sure your shoes have adequate support for your activity. For example, hiking in a sandal is probably a bad idea.  
  3. Have your feet periodically measured. Many podiatrists suggest that you have your feet measured in a weight bearing position every time your shop for shoes. Your foot size changes with age and weight, so you may be surprised to find that you need a larger size or a wider shoe. 
  4. When trying on shoes, if you find they are uncomfortable while standing, most likely they will be uncomfortable while walking. 
  5. Shop for shoes at the end of the day. Your feet are generally their flattest and largest at the end of the day.
  6. Most people wear their shoes too long. The shoes may look good on the outside, but the support is gone on the inside. Our general rule of thumb is "3 months or 300 miles." After about 3 months of consistent wear, or after about 300 miles of travel, more than likely the support inside your shoe no longer exists and its time for a new pair.
  7. From our experience, once you find a brand that is comfortable, try to stick with that brand. No two feet are alike! So, finding what fits you the best is important.   

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why Use A Booster Seat?

Proper booster seat usage makes a huge difference when older children are involved in an automobile accident.  According to the Census Bureau, an average of 92 people were killed in automobile crashes in America each day during 2009.  Odds are that most or all of those people, and the caregivers of the children who perished, did not plan on anyone dying when the car pulled out of the driveway.  If they knew what was going to happen, most of them would have probably stayed home that day. 

Hopefully this video will help us and motivate us all to secure our children properly EVERY TIME they are in a vehicle.  By the time you know they need to be properly secured on any given trip, it will probably already be too late.  Don't let carelessness cause your child to become one of the ninety-two.

To make sure you are using the correct seat the correct way, have your seat checked by our certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Call 549-4811 to make an appointment to get your seat checked for free.*

*Our promise to you:  You have the right to rescind, within seventy-two (72) hours, any obligation to pay for services rendered in addition to this free or discounted service.