Chiropractic Sleeping Tips

Let’s face it, most of us really love to sleep.  Getting good sleep can be a challenge and even a problem in some cases.  So today, we would like to offer some sleeping advice to get your day started right!

Tip #1

Without beating around the bush, it’s either best to sleep on your side or your back. So not sleep on your stomach. The reason why is, if you’re sleeping on your stomach you have to breathe. So if you are laying on your stomach in bed, you are going to have to place your head in an unnatural position. Either turning it from one side to the other or holding up.  None of this is good for your neck.

Tip #2

The second tip is if you’re going to sleep on your side, you want to make sure that your pillow is thick enough.
So, the problem is most people don’t have a thick enough pillow when they’re sleeping on the side. Generally, if you sleep on your side and your pillow is not thick enough, your head will come down and then gravity will eventually pull you forward and you’ll wind up on your stomach with your head turned to one side or the other.

If your pillow is too high, then you’ll generally roll to your back and you’ll have some kind of twisted position. The easiest thing to do is lay on your side, stack up your pillows and lie comfortably and silently and try to feel your body. And if you feel like you’re rolling forward, that means you’ve got to add a little bit more pillow height. And, if you feel like you’re rolling backwards, then you’ve got to lower the pillow height.

Well, this concludes the sleep tips for this week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please comment below.  We are happy to make pillow and sleeping recommendations for you so feel free to schedule a consultation!

Asthma & Upper Cervical Care

Upper cervical care can indeed help with asthma. Your brain stem controls breathing. The delicate nerves in this area are in charge of health, well being and function of your lungs and bronchial tubes, and air passages. In asthma, the bronchial tubes constrict and breathing becomes very difficult for a person and there’s a lot of theories. However, the most recent research says the constriction of the bronchial tubes are neurologically related, and comes from your brain stem, which controls all vital functions — breathing, your heart, everything vital.

Misalignments and the Lungs

Any misalignment of your top vertebrae will choke off your brain stem and will cause an imbalance of the nervous system. When there’s an imbalance of the nervous system, the communication line to the lungs gets interrupted. When that’s interrupted, we get bronchial constriction or bronchial dilation — we get one or the other. An asthmatic has dilation, they don’t have such a hard time breathing but if your bronchial tubes are open big when they’re not supposed to be, that can also be a problem. There’s more air and more stuff getting into your lungs.

Bronchial Constriction

The bronchial constriction is an asthmatic problem. We want to restore normal balance to the upper cervical spine so that the bronchial tubes open and close when they’re supposed to. When you’re resting, the bronchial tubes constrict and when you’re exercising, your bronchial tubes dilate. If there’s a mis-communication, if there’s an atlas subluxation, it does the opposite. That’s the problem with asthmatics. Chiropractic care has helped numerous children and adults with asthma and they have gotten great results. I say that personally, I say that professionally. Upper cervical chiropractic care has a great effect on asthmatic suffers.

If you or someone you know suffers from asthma, please share this information with them.  You can also feel free to schedule and appointment with Discover Health and Wellness Northglenn.  We are happy to help you out!

Can Adjustments Improve Overall Health?

Chiropractors are experts in health and wellness particularly because of their training, but especially because of their philosophy of health care. Chiropractic is a vitalistic philosophy that understands that the lack of disease does not mean that you’re healthy. There is a spectrum of wellness that goes from disease to wellness and in the traditional medical model you’re either sick or you’re not sick.

The chiropractic really understands that there are shades of grey in between and that we really strive to get the body to function optimally to adapt to its environment optimally. This way you can maintain homeostasis and perfect health. When you go to a medical doctor, they’ll do an examination and they’ll do a bunch of tests and at the end of it, they’ll let you know whether you’re sick or not. And if you’re sick they’ll treat you. And everybody who has the disease you have, gets the same treatment. If you’re not sick they say come back next year and we’ll see if you’re sick next year.

Chiropractors have a much more vitalistic philosophy of health that really is sophisticated. Chiropractic looks at the structure of the body and relates that to how the body is functioning.  We can give very general nutritional advice to patients so that they can maintain optimal weight and optimal nutrition focusing on a Whole Foods diet. we talk to our patients about the importance of enough sleep and doing certain mind-body techniques so that they can recover from stress on an ongoing basis. The founder of chiropractic famously once said “the power that created the body can heal the body” and the answer to this question is yes chiropractic can absolutely increase overall wellness and health you.

For more information on how chiropractic can help you achieve optimal health, feel free to schedule a consultation with Thornton Chiropractors.

Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes

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It is safe to say that Alzheimer’s disease research is in a state of crisis. For the past two decades, over 73,000 research articles have been published, averaging 100 papers per day, yet little clinical progress has been made. The reason a cure may be impossible is because lost cognitive functions in Alzheimer’s disease patients are due to fatally damaged neuronal networks, and dead nerve cells cannot be brought back to life.

Consequently, replacement with new brain cells— even if it were technically possible, cannot be done without creating a new personal identity. One may live, but is it really a cure if one’s personality is lost forever? Developing drugs that try to clear out the plaques from advanced degenerated brain tissue makes about as much sense as bulldozing tombstones from graveyards in an attempt to raise the dead.

Even if drug companies figured out how to stop further disease progression, many Alzheimer’s victims might not choose to live without recognizing family, friends, or themselves in a mirror. Thus, prevention of Alzheimer’s may be the key.

Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes

Just as a heart attack or stroke can be significantly prevented, one can think of Alzheimer’s dementia as a ‘‘mind attack.” Mind attack, like heart attacks or strokes, needs to be prevented by controlling vascular risk factors, like high blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, controlling that chronic brain hypoperfusion, the lack of adequate blood flow to the brain over the years before the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which means a healthy diet, physical exercise, and mental exercise.

The potential number of Alzheimer’s cases could be prevented or reduced every year in the United States if we could just reduce diabetes rates 10%…25%, because diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.  So is high blood pressure, obesity, depression, not exercising your body, smoking, not exercising your brain. Altogether, a small reduction in all these risk factors could potentially prevent hundreds of thousands of devastated families. If modifiable factors such as diet were found conclusively to modulate the risk of Alzheimer’s disease to the degree suggested by this research, then we would all indeed rejoice at the implications.

So while there is no cure as of yet, we should try to take every health precaution necessary to reduce the risks!  For more articles on health tips, please sign up for our newsletter.  Interested in speaking with us personally?  Give us a call or schedule a consultation.  We would love the opportunity to help you out!

How Chiropractic Helps Dizziness & Vertigo

Today I wanted to talk to you about vertigo, balance dizziness, and how chiropractic might be of help for you or finding a Thornton Chiropractor to help you with that. Basically, when it comes to the ears, they have two functions. One, for you to hear, but the other is for balance. And so, instantly, when someone says they have vertigo, we’re trying to figure out if they have one of two things going on. Is it the ear that’s causing the problem where you actually have the little stones that are in your ear?  You could Google BPPV–Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and they’ll show you the inner ear and how there are little stones in there that can kind of get dislodged in the cochlea.

So the inner ear can have these stones that get dislodged and basically if that’s happening, there are exercises and different maneuvers that we can do to actually treat that and help those stones get back into a better place to where it’s not creating this major vertigo.  Vertigo in short is what happens any time you move your head in a certain position and the room begins to spin a ton, and some people, to the point where they’re actually vomiting or getting sick.

The second thing we like to consider or rule out is the upper neck. There are tons of nerves coming out of the upper neck right by the atlas, they’re going into and supplying the ears where the balance center is. So if you have a vertebra like your atlas in your upper neck out, of course it can cause any sort of symptom besides neck pain like ear pain, dizziness, vertigo, what have you.  So I hope that helps you understand a little bit more about vertigo, dizziness and how a chiropractor would evaluate the ears. and the difference between the ears and the upper neck.  If you or someone you know suffers from vertigo or dizziness, please share this information or contact Thornton Chiropractor to schedule a consultation!

5 Things You Must Do If You Have Seasonal Allergies

This is the time of year when any of you who suffer from allergies know the dread that’s coming. You want to go outside and enjoy the good weather but you know with that comes a face that feels like it’s going to explode, eyes are watering, constant sniffling, just misery and what options do you have?

You could stay indoors and you still deal with house and dust mites and miss out on the good weather; you can reach for over-the-counter drugs that might give temporary relief but don’t fix anything; or you can actually try and attack the problem. So here are the things we recommend you do and the more of them you do in combination, the better results you will get.

#1 Get A Neti-pot

Get a neti pot. Get those nasal and sinus cavities drained out as often as you can because the less irritants that you have up in there the less that your body will cause an allergic reaction to it.

#2 Get Apple Cider Vinegar

Get some apple cider vinegar, organic if possible, a spoonful of that with water every day will help calm down the histamine response and you can also really make your neti pot more powerful by adding a little bit of that vinegar to it. The other thing to note with the neti pot, use filtered or distilled water. The chemicals that are in tap water like fluoride and chlorine, they’ll actually cause an irritation to your immune system and make it kick in and work even harder which means a more over-the-top allergic response.

#3 Eat Quercitin

You want to eat as many foods as you can that contain a substance called quercitin: onions; green teas; citrus fruits; and cruciferous vegetables – the greens. Not only do they contain this they’re also great immune strengtheners anyway and avoid sugar because that decreases the immune response and basically any allergy reaction that you have it still comes back to the immune system – the stronger your immune system is the less it will go an over-the-top reaction. Also probiotics and vitamin D3 are huge for the immune system.

#4 Use Essential Oils

You can use some essential oils diffuse them around the house either eucalyptus oil or frankincense both have been proven to help a lot with killing house and dust mites but also helping your own body clear out those cavities. You can also put them on your body behind the ears you can put a very tiny bit under the nose, mix them with coconut oil and rub them on the chest. But you want to keep those diffusing 24-7 in the house.

#5 Get Adjusted

The last thing that we recommend go and get adjusted by your chiropractor. What a chiropractic adjustment will do is a number of things: it will boost your immune system’s response; it will help calm down the over response of the histamine and cortisol; but we can also do some release work through here to help open up those sinus cavities and get everything to drain a lot faster than what’s currently happening in your body. Please share this information with anyone you know that suffers from allergies, and be sure to contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment!

Exercise, Stress, and the Brain

Exercise is interesting in terms of effects on the brain because it works in about 4 or 5 different ways. One of the most obvious ways is blood flow. If you get your heart working, your brain is going to be filled with oxygen rich blood and nutrients, so that’s the main way that it helps. The other way that’s sort of interesting, is it’s been thought that exercise produces new neurons.

Exercise Induces Production of Growth Factors

So exercise induces the production of growth factors. One is called BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor,  and it actually stimulates the production of new brain cells. 20 years ago we were told you can’t get any new brain cells, so when you’re born, that’s your lot and you’re not going to make any more. But more recently we’ve found that exercise is a really good way of stimulating brain cell production and some of these are functional.  So just this notion, that something that you can do can generate new brain cells, is a really great thing to think about.

How Exercise Helps The Brain

You might be wondering why exercise helps the brain. Well, what one theory is, is that it just reduces stress. So maybe it’s not that blood is coming to the brain, but maybe you are less stressed. This theory was something that imaging allowed us to test.  So scans and imaging were done on people with high cortisol levels.  High cortisol levels occur if you’re stressed, if you’re angry about something, or even if you’re stuck in traffic!  One of the things found is that the people with high cortisol levels, lost brain tissue faster and that is a serious problem! So if we now know that high cortisol levels enables the body to lose brain tissue faster, we can now look at ways of reducing your cortisol.

Ways To Reduce Cortisol Levels

We can reduce our cortisol levels and decrease stress by exercising, walking, taking breaks.  You can eat a good diet, you can exercise, you can reduce stress, you can make sure you’re well educated on health topics so these things just build up a sort of mental bank account for the future. Even though it seems like work is hard, you’re building a store of brain connections that you’ll need the for the rest of your life. So take care of your brain!  If you need help with coming up with a plan to reduce stress and to lead a healthier lifestyle, contact Thornton Chiropractor to schedule a consultation.  We are happy to help you out!

Does Chiropractic Relieve Stress?

One of the things that my patient report to me is that one of the most profound effect a chiropractor has on them, is their ability to reduce their stress level and also recover from stress. Our cranium and our spine house our brain and spinal cord. And all of the spinal nerves that are exiting the spine, innervate every single organ and cell in our body. By adjusting the spine, when we find misalignment, restrictions or what we call subluxations, we’re able to profoundly restore normal nerve function. And this has a profound relaxing affect on the nervous system. I like to say that chiropractic care helps nervous system become more highly organized.

We noticed that there is a profound shift in the nervous system. Particularly in the automatic nervous system. The parts of the nervous system that functions without our constant awareness. The sympathetic nervous system our the fight or flight response that most people live in all day long, shifts after chiropractic care. And the power sympathetic nervous becomes more dominate. The power sympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system we would like to be more active.

It’s the part of the nervous system that controls the immune system and digestion. It tends to slow the heart rate and decrease blood pressure to normal. So it’s very important that we have a dynamic balance between these two nervous system. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and profound ways I know to balance that nervous system. The other thing that’s really very powerful about chiropractic care is the kind of interaction you’ll have with your chiropractor. Really talking about what’s happening in your body. My patients report that when they go out into the world after their adjustment, their whole experience of life is very different. They feel very rested but they also feel alert. They fell calm and they’re really ready to take on the world.  If you would like to experience firsthand what it is like to get an adjustment, give us a call or contact Thornton Chiropractors for a consultation!