Back Pain and Sleep Deprivation: More Related Than You Think

For this week's article, we've got a guest blogger! Stacey L. Nash is a Seattle area writer for Tuck.com whose insomnia led her to research all aspects of sleep. Learn more about the connection between back pain and sleep deprivation.

Need An Energy Boost?

Doesn’t it always seem that your energy levels are lower during the holiday season? Whether it is from traveling, running from holiday party to holiday party, or exhaustion from added stress at work, this time of year can be just as grueling as it is enjoyable. Most people spend their days feeling tired and rundown and just don’t have enough energy. If you are in need of an energy boost, chiropractic care might be your solution.

Essential Oil Benefits: Lavender

If you’ve been following our blogs, you know we are big fans of essential oils. Essential oils can be used to to give relief to a number of symptoms from headaches to stomachaches. Perhaps one of the most popular essential oils used is lavender. Lavender has been around for centuries and has been used to treat many issues naturally. Here are five benefits to adding lavender to your routine.

How Does Thanksgiving Impact Your Body?

It’s officially the time of year for Turkey, football, and family! Although Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year, your environment has a large impact on your body, and Thanksgiving is no exception. If you could have an inside look at your body on Thanksgiving Day, this is what you might see.

Do We Shrink As We Age?

Growing older has many benefits: more time to spend with family, wisdom, and clearer priorities just to name a few. Along with aging comes many changes that happen to the body. Hearing, vision, memory, and hair are some of the things we lose...but what about height?

Beat Low Back Pain!

If you have ever suffered from recurring low back pain, you know that things could be just fine and then all of a sudden, you are feeling that pain once again. You might even end up stuck on the couch with an ice pack, unable to move. We’ve heard of this scenario time and time again. There are some measures you can take to prevent this from happening, and here are our tips.

Have a Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is here, which means carving pumpkins, scary movies, and of course lots of tricks and treats. While we all love delicious goodies, we don’t necessarily love how they make us feel or the weight we might gain. As we gear up for the holiday season, weight gain is incredibly common…and frustrating. We’ve put together some tips on how to enjoy a healthy Halloween!

Foam Rolling 101

If you are involved with massage or fitness, you’ve probably heard of foam rollers before. Maybe you’ve even tried them out yourself, but are still perplexed as to why so many people use this device. What is the big deal about a cylinder of foam? There are a lot of questions out there about foam rollers, and we are here to help clear up any confusion and share why you should be foam rolling.

Backpacking and Chiropractic Care

Fall is in full swing and that means cooler weather for camping trips. Camping means pitching a tent, making s’mores, and sleeping under the stars, but you don’t need to be an Eagle Scout to know there’s more to it than that. Besides preparing for your trip with food supplies and a first aid kit, you can prepare your body. Here are our tips.

Is Head Posture to Blame for your Neck Pain?

Have you checked in with yourself to gauge how you feel at the end of the day? Take a moment and think about how you feel. Maybe you are exhausted by the day’s end. Are you suffering from constant neck pain or frequent headaches, and maybe fibromyalgia? Here’s something to consider: your head posture might be to blame.

Let's Talk TENS

Part of what makes chiropractic care unique is the focus on spinal adjustments, but they aren’t the only form of treatment that we use to manage our patient’s care. We provide our patients with natural, non-invasive, drug-free forms of therapy that use heat, cold, light, massage water, and exercise. When done in a controlled environment, these and other elements have a beneficial influence on the body and its functions and can help with a number of problems. One of the types of therapy we use is electrical stimulation. Here’s what you need to know.

Chiropractic for Kids!

At Healthy Life Chiropractic, we believe a healthy spine is the foundation for a healthy life, and that is true for your whole family, including your kids! You might think that chiropractic care isn’t needed unless you’re suffering from back pain, but starting your kids with preventative care early in life will set them up for a lifetime of health and well-being!

Heat or Ice?

At Healthy Life Chiropractic, our goal is to do more than treat your neck and back pain. We want to help you reach optimal health, and while we can provide you with treatment and guidance, knowing how to take care of yourself is a large part of reaching your health goals. Part of that self-care includes at-home treatments, like hot and cold therapy. Whether you are hurting after an intense workout or are suffering from an overuse injury, we have the answers to your hot and cold therapy questions.

Avoid Overuse Injuries

If you’ve been receiving chiropractic care regularly, you already know just how important core and upper body strength is for your posture. When you have a strong core, you’ve got the ideal support system for a healthy spine. To maintain that strength, you need to be on the lookout for injuries from overuse. Here are our tips for avoiding them.

Chiropractic Benefits for Seniors

If you're already seeing us at Healthy Life Chiropractic, you know chiropractic is safe for all ages - and yes, that includes seniors! Senior citizens, or those headed in that direction, can benefit from regular chiropractic care for specific reasons. Here's what you should you know:

Chiropractic Care After An Auto Accident

There's no question about it, car accidents are scary. Not only does your body experience physical trauma, but dealing with auto insurance, repairs, and injuries is incredibly stressful. It might seem easy to put off, but receiving medical after an auto accident should be your number priority, and we can help.

Back To School Tips

Summer is coming to a close, and that means it's time to go back to school. Not only do your kids face the added stress and strains of getting back into a regular routine, but school is also basically a breeding ground for bacteria. Chiropractic care will give your kids a healthy nervous system, which will leave them better prepared for these challenges, while also learning the important healthy habits of protecting their spine. Here are our tips to get your kid off to school with their best foot forward.

Your Body's Shock Absorbers

Just like a car needs shock absorbers to function properly, so does your body. If you overwork the shock absorbers in your car, they will become damaged. The same theory applies to your discs. They can degenerate, tear, bulge, and herniate. If you are experiencing low back pain, you might be suffering from disc issues, and chiropractic can help.

Can Chiropractic Improve Your Athletic Ability?

If you're an athlete, you're always looking for the edge that will take your performance to the next level. No matter what sport you are playing, your competition is always getting faster, stronger, and bigger which means you have to constantly work towards improvement in order to keep up. While we sometimes hear of athletes using dishonest methods such as performance-enhancing drugs to get ahead, most focus on enhanced training concepts and nutrition to improve. One way athletes can improve is, perhaps surprisingly, through chiropractic care!

Stretch & Strengthen!

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? What about visiting your primary care doctor once a year? If your health is important to you, you are probably already taking preventative measures to maintain a healthy body, and the same goes for your spine! Stretching and strengthening is an excellent practice to be more proactive about maintaining balance in your body. Here are our suggestions.