A Good Night’s Sleep!

“Sleep ergonomics” is the term referring to sleeping postures and positions.  Your sleep ergonomics either help you rest in a safe mechanical position for your joints or they can stress your joints to the point of feeling aches and pains when you wake.

A few simple changes can take strain off your back:

  • A mattress should support your body. Find the mattress that is right for your body so you can rest and rejuvenate from a day’s activities.  While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Turn your mattress over every few months to maintain it.
  • Sleep with a pillow. A healthy pillow will keep the spine in natural alignment.  Ergonomic pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
  • Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

Lack of sleep can make you a less productive person during the day and contribute to a variety of health concerns including weight gain, depression, and even heart disease. If you are still experience a lack of sleep, AdvaCare Clinics can help. Sleeping disorders can be brought on by stress, chronic pain or other factors. Call 952-835-6653 for a consultation today or fill out our online form.  You deserve a good night’s sleep!

3 Tips to Help Fall Allergies

Minnesota in the fall is breathtaking.  Red, yellow and orange leaves, while spectacular, also mean fall allergies. Below you’ll find our 3 top tips for keeping your fall allergies in check and concentrating on enjoying the colorful view!

  • Filter, Filter, Filter
    Minimize your exposure to fall allergies by keeping windows closed and the air conditioning on. And remember to replace air conditioning and furnace filters regularly.  The best type of filter are highly high efficiency particulate absolute (HEPA) filters.
  • Exercise
    Exercising boosts the immune system. If you work-out indoors, it can be anytime of the day, but if you exercise outdoors, make sure you check the pollen levels and go out when they are low.
  • Water Works Wonders
    Shower nightly to get the pollen off so it is don’t bring it into the bed when you’re sleeping.  A warm, steamy shower also opens us the sinuses and makes breathing easier.

Allergies are a hypersensitive response to the immune system from an element that comes in contact with the body. A weak immune system is more likely to become alarmed by something non-threatening and attack it. A stronger immune system enables your body to be more equipped to fight off allergies.  We’re experts at strengthening the immune system, call today to find out how we can help you!

What is Text Neck?

Text Neck is an overuse, or repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by holding your head in a downward and forward position for extended periods of time. Excessive amounts of tension is created in the deep muscles of the neck and across the shoulders when holding your head in the aforementioned position.

There is an increase in but acute and chronic pain with the increase of popularity and hours individuals spend on the handheld devices; i.e. smartphones, e-readers, tablets …etc.

Signs and Symptoms
• Instant neck or upper back pain when using a handheld device
• Intermittent or constant headache made worse when looking down or using a computer
• Shoulder pain and tightness
Pain in the neck or shoulders that slowly increases throughout the day

Treatment
At AdvaCare, we have a variety of treatments that reduce the tension within the neck muscles, reduce neck pain and address the posture that aggravate the symptoms.

Healthy Habits

1. Set time limits – limit the amount of time and frequency of use of handheld devices.
2. Take breaks – if you have to use the device, develop a habit of taking a three-minute break every 15-20 minutes.
3. Use a tablet holder – a holder will help to elevate your device to significantly reduce the amount of neck flexion and forward positioning. Try to keep the device as close to eye-level as possible.
4. Be aware – that holding your head flexed and forward while looking down places your cervical spine in a tenuous position. It is critical to understand that poor posture can create unwanted health issues.
5. Pay attention to your body – if you experience neck or shoulder pain, numbness or tingling in the arms, as well as frequent headaches you may be experiencing Text Neck.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call 952-835-6653.

5 Tips to Find a Chiropractor in Bloomington, MN

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If you are considering chiropractic care in Bloomington, Edina or Eden Prairie Minnesota, you undoubtedly have discovered there are multiple possibilities. So, how do you find the best chiropractor for YOU? We have 5 tips for you to consider.

  • Referrals! The Internet and yellow pages might seem like a good place to start, but cannot replace the opinion of trusted friends and relatives who are happy patients of a chiropractor. Recommendations speak volumes about the practice!
  • Consultation! Schedule an initial consultation with a chiropractor to see if you are comfortable and if he encourages questions.  It is important to find a chiropractic physician that will listen to you, and answer your questions.
  • Services and Treatments! Not everyone is aware that there are a number of different techniques chiropractors can use.  Chiropractors have been taught a variety of techniques and treatments and should offer you options to meet your individual condition.
  • Education! Look for a chiropractor that engages and empowers you through education and home exercises, which in turn will give you control over your health.
  • Insurance and Payment Options! Before starting care always verify your insurance plan limits, coverage and network requirements as well as explore any payment options that might be offered.

We are confident that using these 5 tips you will find the chiropractor that is right for you.
Please call AdvaCare 952-835-6653 for a free consultation.

The “One”

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The One…
Every Chiropractor, every doctor, every nurse, every healthcare professional has “the one”. The one patient who:

  • inspired us to go into medicine.
  • reminds us why we continue to treat.
  • comes prepared with the list of medication and symptoms.
  • is surprised that we can name what medication they were put on first, then what medication
  • was added to combat the symptoms created by the original medication.
  • shows astonishment when we tell them that if they go off all the medication they be back to their first complaint.

The Drugs…
The first thing that happens when someone goes into the doctor with complaints of pain is to be put on prescribed drugs. According to a federal survey:

  • 5 million Americans 12 and over have used pain relievers
  • 3 million Americans used tranquilizers
  • 2 million Americans used stimulants
  • 6 million Americans used sedatives

The Domino Effect…
Patients are prescribed drugs to treat the side effects caused by their prescribed drugs. The closer we look at this domino effect, we see that both over-the-counter and prescriptions are responsible for the sky rocketing number of suffering patients from ailments unrelated to the condition they were first seeking medical attention.

Stopping the Domino Effect….
We are stopping the domino effect! At Advacare Clinics we offer integrated approaches to your issues. Yes, you want to get out of pain and we will do everything possible to accomplish that, but we are always looking for “the cause” not stopping at the symptom. Let our combination of health care professionals find out the cause of your “IT”, the pain stopping you from enjoying life. You are unique and your health care should not be a recipe approved by an accountant or the typical managed care “Doc in the Box” approach; Pain pills, Opioids, Steroids, Surgery (POSS), then wash rinse repeat with no option or consideration of proven effective options.

We offer health care choices for ”the ones” who want a unique experience than mainstream medicine and the domino effect of POSS. We can incorporate an assortment of practices that will produce a more natural outcome without creating other issues that lead to drug dependence. Call today for a free consultation.

We have helped so many experience a better level of health, wellness and a pain-free life. We believe we offer the widest selection of treatment options for you the consumer to choose from. We feel you should have options and have the choice of regenerative therapies, nutrition therapies, oral and IV to help you heal and repair. We also offer Medical Cannabis certification for your ability to have this option.

We integrate your care with our skilled Healthcare Team of Chiropractic, Physical Therapist, Acupuncture Specialists, Massage Therapists and Medical providers. Call for a free consultation to see how are care could help you when others have not: 952-835-6653.

500 Shades of Gray and other Fun Facts

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At AdvaCare Clinics we are focused on your health and well-being.  Understanding the body is an intricate part of our effective, non-surgical approach. We hope you enjoy the fun facts we’ve compiled about our incredible bodies!

  • The eye of a human can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.
  • Goose bumps raise the body’s temperature. The muscle fibers, in the skin, contract to form goose bumps which produces heat and raises the body temperature.
  • You use 200 muscles to take a single step forward.
  • Every square inch of human skin consists of twenty-five feet of blood vessels.
  • Laugh, laugh, laugh.  Laughter strengthens the immune system and lowers the level of stress hormones in the body.
  • The width of your arm span stretched out is equal to the length of your whole body.
  • Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself while standing still.
  • The  benefits of exercise are more than just for weight management. Exercise also combats stress, promotes better sleep and activates the immune system.
  • Research has shown that when people exercise by walking, they walk 30% longer if they walk to music.
  • The average cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60mph. A sneeze can exceed 100mph.
  • Drinking water before and after a massage reduces soreness and helps to flush the body of toxins released from the muscles.

The Opioid Epidemic

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Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. Continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Despite literally decades of research, pharmaceutical companies have not been able to design opioid ligands that retain high analgesic potency with reduced abuse potential.

The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than 60 percent) involve an opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999. What has also nearly quadrupled is the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States. Overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year (2000 to 2015) increase in opioid overdose deaths of more than half a million people.

The search is on by federal and state officials, insurers, patients and healthcare providers for less-invasive pain therapies that can be used. Non-pharmaceutical treatments may include chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, meditation, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy. Insurance coverage for many of these alternative therapies may be limited, which can create a roadblock to care. This is a significant reason that individuals with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) or injuries can find themselves caught up in the opioid epidemic.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)

Individuals with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) or injuries can find themselves caught up in the opioid epidemic. As reported by “The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans” Opportunities for Action, an estimated 126.6 Americans and costing $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages.

Anyone and everyone can experience musculoskeletal pain. Most often it is caused by an injury to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves.  Some of the causes: jerking movements, car accidents, falls, fractures, overuse, sprains, dislocations, and direct blows to the muscle. Lower back pain is the most common type of musculoskeletal pain.

As published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Feb. 2017), the American College of Physicians recommendations include:

  • For patients with low-back pain, ACP recommends that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation and for chronic back pain, initially select non-drug therapy with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, etc.
  • Physicians should consider opioids as a last option for treatment and only in patients who have failed other therapies.

Non-Opioid Pain Management.

We have helped so many experience a better level of health, wellness and a pain-free life.  We integrate your care with our skilled Healthcare Team of Chiropractor, Physical Therapists, Acupuncture Specialists, Massage Therapists and Medical Doctors.  Call for a free consultation:  952-835-6653.

Five Ways to Help Your Spine

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Spinal musculoskeletal disorders may occur in your daily life, at home, work or recreation. You may know how miserable it can be when your back is hurting, but do you know things you could do to help keep your spine healthy?

    • Good Posture! Good posture is fundamental to good health.  It helps to avoid complications such as decreased blood circulation, and chest pressure.  It facilities your breathing by opening your airways.  It keeps your spine healthy.
    • Healthy Nutrition! Nutrition is a crucial component to prevent back pain. Nourish your bones, muscles, discs and other structure in the spine. A diet high in leafy greens and delicious vegetables is beneficial.
    • Move it! Regular exercise is always needed to function well. Working your abdominal muscles will help maintain proper function. Strengthening your core muscles will strengthen your spine and lower the risk of back pain. Our Physical Therapists can teach your specially targeted exercises to add stability and strength.
  • Sleep Well! A good night’s sleep allows your spine to relax and rejuvenate just like the rest of your body.  Make sure your spine is supported while you sleep and avoid sleeping on your stomach when possible. Sleeping on your side will give you a better night’s rest.

AdvaCare Clinics can help you maintain healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems to ensure your overall wellness.

Ice or Heat?

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Living in Minnesota, you know it feels so good to be outside in the warm weather!  Maybe you are visiting one of the beautiful State or National Parks (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html), walking one of the many trails or touring Minneapolis by bike (http://minneapolisbybike.com). Regardless of the activity, what if you “overdo it” and the result is pain.  For relief, do you ice it or use heat?

Here are a few basics:

  • ICE – When you stress a muscle there are micro tears that occur which create inflammation. Ice will slow and minimize the inflammation. Athletes may crawl in a large whirlpool after hard workouts IF the whirlpool is filled with cold water and ice!  We suggest no longer than 20 minute intervals with 30-40 minutes between icing sessions.
  • HEAT – Heat is great before exercise to loosen up muscles and tendons but never after exercise. Heat may feel good after aches and pains from physical activity but will always increase inflammation, resulting in greater pain.

If pain persists, make an appointment to see us. Our chiropractic care, physical therapy, medical and massage options ensure that we are able to provide you with the care you need to get your health back.

3 Myths About Back Pain

 

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How much do you really know about back pain? The solutions for healing the spine or maintaining the spine are usually not straightforward. Many find it is a long and winding road to getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Let us shed some light on 3 of the more common myths about back pain.

Myth: I’m Physically Active, Back Pain Won’t Be a Problem for Me
Fact: Staying physically fit is one of the best things you can do to keep your back healthy, but it is not an assurance that you will never experience back pain. It is true that a healthy spine needs a regular regimen of stretching, strengthening and aerobic conditioning exercises, however, eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, lowering stressors in your life and maintaining proper posture are all necessary too.

Myth: Back Pain is a Normal Part of Aging
Fact: While getting older is a normal part of life, adding back pain to your life isn’t normal. Aging may make you more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases to which back pain may be a symptom, but regular chiropractic care can diminish it and keep your spine healthy.

Myth: I Must Be Very Careful to Protect My Back to Avoid Further Pain
Fact: Many people with back pain actually overprotect their backs and, as a result, are more prone to injury and pain due to lack of conditioning. Unless your doctor tells you differently, protect your back with proper posture, body mechanics and appropriate physical therapy instruction to ensure that you are exercising correctly.

As a full-service clinic, our Chiropractor, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncture specialists  and medical doctors work closely to ensure our patients see a better level of health, wellness and recovery.  Call today for a free consultation (952) 835-6653.