National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month and is dedicated to improving the nation’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants. It can also reduce the risk of some short-and long-term conditions for both infants and mothers.
Most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to a lack of ongoing support. Certain factors make a difference in whether and how long infants are breastfed.
Through chiropractic care, both the mother and the newborn baby can improve their musculoskeletal health and spinal alignment, which can make the latching process much easier. The baby’s disposition may improve, the mother may be able to breastfeed easier with improved blood flow, and the nutrients may reach the baby much easier with the help of a chiropractic adjustment. It is important to remember that chiropractors are trained to treat every type of body, include those of expecting mothers and their babies.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Anyone can be challenged to have a family. No matter what race, religion, sexuality, or economic status you are, infertility doesn’t discriminate.
This week unites millions of people who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families.
A Functional Medicine Approach To Infertility
Functional Medicine works to restore balance to your body with the aim of achieving optimal health for the rest of your life.
By addressing the whole person and the underlying causes of disease or dysfunction, functional medicine provides strategies and a road map to optimum health.
When having trouble conceiving, it can be really difficult to decide what the best steps towards finding help can be. In Functional Medicine, we look to get the individual’s underlying root cause of imbalance within their body.
For many people, infertility can be improved with lifestyle, for example reducing stress, improving your diet, reducing over-exercising, and improving sleep.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, and high stress could be one of the many different reasons why one may be infertile.
There are many different fertility treatments that you can try. Some are successful and some are not.
Many seek chiropractic care for wellness purposes and don’t realize the effect it may have on the body. While chiropractic doesn’t cure infertility, it does reduce stress and interference in the body.
If you are struggling with infertility and want to explore your options with chiropractic, please give us a call. For the rest of the month, we are offering a FREE exam with Dr. Sarah when you mention this post.
Prevent Injuries While Doing Fall Yard Work
As fall’s cool air replaces the sunny days of summer, yards will soon need a new kind of attention.
Before you reach for your rake this fall, consider the possible consequences: back strain, neck strain, and pain in the shoulders. The twisting, turning, bending and reaching involved in raking your yard can cause injury that will need chiropractic care if your body is not prepared.
Follow these tips to avoid injury:
- Stretch, without bouncing, for 10 to 15 minutes prior to tackling your yard. Do knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked.
Stand as straight as possible and keep your head up. Use a “scissors’ stance:” right foot forward and left foot back, reverse after a few minutes, putting your left foot forward and your right foot back.
- Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up piles of leaves or grass. Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.
- Drink lots of water and wear protective gear such as long pants and gloves.
- Be sure to switch the side on which you are operating the equipment as often as possible, and to balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance and motion frequently.
- Take frequent breaks from the activity of the day. Muscle fatigue may be felt when using any of these devices for an extended period of time.
- Consider electric-powered items, especially if you experience back or neck pain, as they tend to be much lighter than their engine-powered counterparts.
- When picking up or putting down your equipment, be sure to bend from the knees, not at the waist. Keep the object close to your body as you lift, not at arm’s length.
- Take Back Your Health
If you feel soreness or stiffness in your back call our office at 479-636-1324 or complete this contact us form and we’ll contact you quickly to schedule an appointment. Chiropractic adjustments will help the body recover by ensuring the body is in proper alignment and free of interference.
Why and How To Eat Turmeric
Turmeric is a potent, yet safe anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, mainly due to curcumin, its primary pharmacological agent. Many studies have shown that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects are comparable to drugs such as hydrocortisone and Motrin and with no toxicity. Turmeric can also improve liver function, mood disorders, and is effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease, it may offer relief for rheumatoid arthritis, and studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric with lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer, while it’s also a powerful antiseptic.
HOW TO USE IT
If you find fresh turmeric, use it, as it’s like adding a bit of sunshine into your food (and your body, given all its health benefits), this is a rule of thumb on how to substitute either one in recipes:
1 inch fresh turmeric (about 1 tablespoon grated) = 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
You can use turmeric in almost everything:
- It makes a wonderful, restorative, anti-inflammatory tea
- You can cook it in milk or any non dairy milk
- Add it to bread dough, salad dressings, hummus, marinades, eggs, roasted vegetables, fish, meat and poultry seasoning
- Throw some into smoothies
- When you cook it along with coconut oil and black pepper you maximize its health benefits, but don’t allow this to limit you
- Play around, I guarantee you’ll become hooked!TUMERIC LATTE
- Cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cacao
- 1 tsp cinnomon
- 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
- 1 tsp raw honey
Happy Father’s Day
Father’s Day is always the third Sunday of June! Let’s celebrate the special men in our lives with a NWA Health Solutions Tens Unit.
Does your dad work hard? Does he like to play sports and complain of back pains?
Anxiety & Acupuncture
Anxiety. For some people, just seeing the word can bring a change in the way we feel – heart racing, shortness of breath, uncomfortable feelings in the gut – to name a few. But anxiety doesn’t have to be an everyday friend. Whether you experience more mild anxiety than you would like when standing up to give a presentation or if you have a tendency for extreme anxiety, potentially from trauma, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be a tool to ease your suffering.
From the Chinese medicine perspective of anxiety, there are different ways that one might have anxiety and this gives the acupuncturist insight into what needs assistance in order to specifically help each individual. Below are a few examples of the patterns of anxiety.
Is it in the genes?
Ever feel like you were just born with it?! There may be genetic factors with a personality type that leaves you with the tendency to have anxiety. This often leads to timidity, or a hesitation to make decisions, experience fatigue and general tiredness, have nightmares, palpitations, shortness of breath and/or poor appetite.
Why do I feel so frail?
Others might have noticeable heart palpitations with a kind of empty sensation in chest. This type of person may also have poor concentration and bad memory, blurred vision, pale face, spots in the visual field, dream disturbed sleep and if a female – scanty menstruation. In severe cases, there may be tremors or intense shaking of the hands.
Why do I feel weak in the bottom half of my body while everything is buzzing away up top?!
Another possibility is to have heart palpitations, but this time with an empty sensation in the lower part of the body. There may be a tendency to have hot flashes, experience dizziness, fainting, tinnitus, spontaneous sweating or palm sweating. People with these symptoms may also have a tendency for insomnia, tachycardia, and diffuse low back pain.
These are a just a few examples of the different pattern types of anxiety that can be helped by acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. If you’ve never been to an acupuncturist, you will find the intake form to be quite long because although Western medicine may not see different symptoms necessarily relating, Chinese medicine has thousands of years of witnessing patterns of symptoms that tell a story of the internal terrain of each individual. These pattern types are guides for each acupuncturist to root out the source cause in order to apply the most effective individualized treatment plan.
Typically, anxiety is not a one stop shop quick fix type of issue. Treatment plans can involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary recommendations, mindfulness awareness practices, movement/exercise recommendations (as with almost all chronic issues), as well as incorporating other therapies. The body can take a major hit from chronic anxiety, so one can try things like massage to reduce stress, chiropractic care to keep your signals firing correctly and to insure that oxygen is getting to the brain, or you might even need to get your blood work done to be sure you aren’t lacking any important nutrients and to be sure that your hormones are properly balanced.
Remember, even if this seems overwhelming, you are already living life overwhelmed, might as well have a team of people to support you and help take the edge off of life!
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Take My Body Back
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Why Choose Chiropractic Care/ Thyroid Conditions
Why would someone with a Thyroid Condition CHOOSE Chiropractic Care?
You must be wondering, why in the world would I need to see a Chiropractor if I have thyroid issues…
First of all, What is a thyroid disorder and better yet what does your thyroid even do?
Your thyroid is located above the Adam’s apple, your thyroid produces thyroid hormone (TH), which regulates, among other things, your body’s temperature, metabolism and heart. WOW!!! The thyroid-that little gland does all that? Yes, it does.
In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T3 and T4. These hormones have important actions throughout the body. Most importantly, they regulate many aspects of our metabolism, affecting how many calories we burn how warm we feel, how much we weigh… and our general well being.
IN SHORT, THE THYROID “RUNS” OUR METABOLISM- IT’S LITERALLY THE “GAS PEDAL” OF THE BODY.
In today’s world, people are uneducated as to what a Chiropractor does. Chiropractors are much more than just cracking backs. When it comes to Thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions, Chiropractors are about balancing the nervous system. And the nervous system innervates every cell and tissue in the body. So, there happens to be “interference” with the nerves which innervate the thyroid gland, then this possibly can result in malfunctioning of the thyroid gland.
If your thyroid is under or over active, things can start to go wrong. If it is sluggish, it produces too little TH; amped- up and it produces too much. So, what exactly causes this gland to go erratic? There are a lot of things that can cause it to go haywire.. Such as, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, nutritional deficiencies, toxins in the environment and it could even be genetics. Therefore, because the thyroid hormones extend across the body- from brain to bowels- it is difficult to diagnose a thyroid disorder.
If someone has a nervous system that is out of balance, since the nervous system controls the immune system, then this person very well might have an immune system that is out of balance as well. As a result this weakened immune system, the person will be more likely to develop a chronic infection, which in turn can trigger an autoimmune response. Or it could be a nervous system imbalance which could be making the person more susceptible to the effects of stress, which in turn can cause leaky gut, which in turn can cause an autoimmune thyroid condition.
Symptoms that you could be experiencing with a thyroid condition:
- You’re tired, completely exhausted
- Mood Changes/Mood Swings, despression and anxiety
- Your appetite and taste buds have changed
- Your brain feels fuzzy
- Your bowels are unpredictable
- You have dry skin, brittle nails and excessive hair loss
- You have pain in your extremities and/or muscles
- You have high blood pressure
- You may be experiencing chills- cold hands and feet, feeling cold when others are not, body temperature could be consistently below 98.5
- Maybe your neck feels funny
- You’re experiencing sleep issues
- Your hair maybe thinning or falling out
- You have high cholesterol
- You have gained weight, inability to lose weight
- Hormone imbalances such as PMS, irregular periods, infertility, low sex drive
- You could be feeling down
Have you currently been on medication for a thyroid condition? Still feeling the same after years of medication? Been to the doctor with any of the following signs and symptoms and still no answers?
Fed up with no ANSWERS…
Dr. Josh Rowden is also fed up!
“It is a disturbing trend that I observe concerning the management of thyroid conditions.. -the disturbing trend: most thyroid sufferers are managed EXACTLY the same! This really bothers me because I understand from my KNOWLEDGE of NEUROLOGY that no two people react the same… especially with the endocrine dysfunction.”
-Dr. Josh Rowden
So… The real question is: Why would you not seek Chiropractic Care?
We can support and manage your thyroid condition naturally and you may not need any medication at all. Don’t get us wrong, OUR OFFICE will NEVER tell you to stop taking your current medications. NWA Health Solutions actually work WITH your PCP to get you feeling better as quickly as possible. How?
We use very specific blood tests, which may include any or all of the following, depending on the individual. Here at NWA Health Solutions, we want to see your blood work, our Doctors want to dig deep into the root of your issue.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)- Usually what a PCP will test for
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Thyroid Antibodies (TGB & TPO)
- Reverse T3
- Total T4
- Free Thyroxine Index (FTI)
- Resin T3 Uptake
- Complete Metabolic Profile (CMP)
- Lipid Panel
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) w/ differential
We also test to see if you have an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body (like the thyroid, for instance), so we test for specific thyroid antibodies to determine if YOU suffer from an autoimmune thyroid disease.
We can also check for gluten antibodies, myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.
Additionally we can test your adrenal glads (small glads on top of the kidners)via an Adrenal Stress Index (ASI), as many thyroid sufferers also suffer from adrenal problems.
How does consulting with NWA Health Solutions work?
Every new client we work with begins with a case review and consultation. When you schedule your case review and consultation, we will send you our comprehensive case history and dietary and nutritional questionnaire. This allows us to learn everything about your case and your history.
During the initial consultation we are going to thoroughly discuss your case and talk about the dietary, lifestyle and supplemental changes we can make immediately to make a positive impact on your condition.
We are also going to discuss the specific lab tests that will give us the specific information needed to uncover the causes of your condition.
Then we will make VERY specific lifestyle, nutrition and supplemental changes according to the results of your labs, custom tailored to your EXACT NEEDS.
Usually we will prescribe you a series of diet, lifestyle and supplemental changes and then schedule another consultation in the future. This will allow us to review your progress, review your most recent lab findings and move onto the next phase of care.
We can work together to truly support and manage your condition. Just remember that this takes time and we are going to take the necessary steps to help you reach your goals.
Patients want ANSWERS… -We give them SOLUTIONS!!