Dr. Jess and the team at the Cafe of Life in Longmont use a whole body approach to assist their patients in achieving optimal health and wellness. The integrative medical services they offer include chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy and although there are limitless reasons to visit their Longmont chiropractor, we’ve listed 18 below. Hope to see you in 2018 as part of your physical and emotional wellness routine!
Top 18 Reasons to Visit Your Longmont Chiropractor in 2018
- Manage neck or back pain
- Lower muscle tension
- Decrease headache frequency
- Improve sleep
- Enhance sport performance
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve stress
- Decrease arthritis pain
- Help fibromyalgia pain
- Enhance immunity
- Relieve postoperative pain
- Improve balance
- Gain more range of motion
- Increase cardiovascular health
- Reduce discomfort of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Temper effects of dementia
- Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
List adapted from https://www.amtamassage.org
Chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture can all help manage pain if you suffer from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or migraines as well as acute neck, back or joint pain caused by accidents or injuries. If your primary interest is raising your physical performance level then a visit to the chiropractor can aid in increasing your range of motion, balance or cardiovascular health (by lowering blood pressure). And promoting relaxation, reducing stress and improving sleep quality are all ways that receiving regular adjustments, massages and/or acupuncture treatments will ensure your overall, optimal health!
Whether you are interested in how your Longmont chiropractor can help with a medical condition or stress-related concern, Dr. Jess has the knowledge and experience to answer all your questions- make your health a top priority in 2018 and schedule an appointment at the Cafe of Life today!
While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, it is also often one of the most stressful times. If you are feeling overwhelmed, receiving a massage has been proven to lower blood pressure, cortisol levels and improve psychological states. So take a well-deserved me moment and book a massage for stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Between July 2015 and July 2016, surveys indicate that roughly 43.8 – 57.6 million adult Americans had a massage at least once.” And 28% of those surveyed cited relaxation or stress reduction as their primary reason for receiving a massage. The information below is cited by the AMTA to support their position that massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.
Research Proves Massage is Effective for Stress Relief
- An article in the 2002 Journal of Advanced Nursing discussed how myofascial trigger point massage therapy resulted in a substantial decrease in heart rate, as well as both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Several separate papers on the effects of a chair massage showed that oxygen consumption, blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels were all lowered after just a 10-15 minute session.
- Improved emotional states in eight studies cited by the AMTA were measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale and the Anxiety State Scale.
During these hectic days it is even more important to take the time to take care of yourself- do not brush aside the toll stress can take on your health and well-being! While it is extremely challenging during these busy time of year to stick with your daily health routine, try not to overindulge on treats and keep exercising to keep your energy level up. Also, try not to overextend yourself- give yourself the gift of saying ‘no’ to some things. And before you reach your breaking point this holiday season, book a massage for the ultimate stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
And if you are suffering from pain, soreness, stiffness, spasms or a specific injury– our massage therapist can help with that too!
We all probably experienced some gastrointestinal discomfort after eating more than we’re accustomed to on Thanksgiving, but for those who suffer from recurring digestive problems, acupuncture treatments at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help immensely! But you don’t have to take just our word for it- the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalances.*
Digestive Problems Treated with Acupuncture
- Bacterial infections
- Peptic ulcers
- Lactose intolerance
- Inflammatory conditions
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Hiatus hernia syndrome
A variety of factors, including chronic stress and a high-fat diet as the most common culprits, are attributed to causing digestive disorders. Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medical care and assists in resolving digestive issues by reducing stress, reducing inflammation of related organs and regulating the endocrine and nervous system imbalances that accompany gastrointestinal disorders. During treatment, acupuncture points will be targeted to address metabolism, increase or decrease gastrointestinal muscle contraction, regulate intestinal function, and restore stomach normal acidity.
Conventional medicine’s approach to treating digestive problems is most often to stop the symptoms with drugs, and not deal with the root of the problem. Acupuncturists will relieve the discomfort associated with gastrointestinal disorders but will also work to modulate the entire digestive system since they approach health as regulating balance, and therefore functionality, in the whole body. Patients who use acupuncture to treat digestive problems often not only enjoy long-term symptomatic relief, but also increased energy and less stress as well.
In addition to acupuncture treatments to address digestive problems, the professional Cafe of Life team will make diet and lifestyle recommendations to help regulate digestion and restore your overall optimal health! Don’t suffer through another year of holiday parties and family dinners with painful digestion- make an appointment at our Longmont office today to relieve your digestive discomfort and enjoy the treats of the season!
Daylight Savings Time ended almost two weeks ago but our internal clocks may not have adjusted yet. With the sun setting before 5 o’clock, many of us feel the urge to tuck into bed earlier but we then experience a restless night. Whether you have a sleep issue, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, or would just like to improve your sleep quality, the chiropractic care provided by Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help!
Chiropractic Care Shown to Improve Sleep
After a chiropractic adjustment,
- 1/3 of adults report an immediate improvement in their sleep*
- 40% of infants also experience deeper sleep*
After an acupuncture treatment,
- Insomnia and sleep apnea decreases
- Patients feel less anxious, which leads to better sleep
The main way chiropractic care can lead to more restorative sleep is by reducing pain, increasing blood flow and promoting relaxation through spinal adjustments. Diagnosing and treating a spinal misalignment will bring about immediate relief of a patient’s neck or back pain or headaches. Another significant benefit of seeking chiropractic care to address poor sleep is that it is a natural approach, unlike the potentially harmful side effects of sleeping pills.
Besides in-office treatments, a chiropractor will also discuss a patient’s sleeping position, mattress and pillow to see if any changes in those areas would help improve their sleep. A chiropractic pillow, also called a cervical pillow, is shaped to ensure that your spine maintains its neutral alignment. They are either designed to be filled with air or water, or sculpted out of memory foam. Most chiropractic pillows are contoured to cradle your neck in the proper position when sleeping on your back, but some can be used when lying on your side. In general, chiropractors don’t recommend sleeping on your stomach.
If you are tossing and turning at night, make an appointment at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to discuss what type of chiropractic care can improve your sleep and overall health!
*Source: National Sleep Foundation
The cold weather comes and goes at this time of year but, unfortunately, the cold and flu season is here to stay for awhile. You might be wondering how to prevent catching your coworker’s bug or how to increase your children’s’ immunity at school. Regular visits to Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for preventative chiropractic care will help boost your immunity to increase your defense against catching viruses this winter.
Preventative Chiropractic Care Boosts Immunity
In the December 2016 article “Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity” in Pathways to Family Wellness, people who received regular chiropractic care (at least monthly) got fewer infections and benefited from a:
- 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions
- 59% decrease in hospital stay durations
- 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries
- 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs
Dr. Matthew McCoy, editor of The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health-Chiropractic, states “Through research we know that chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes, pulmonary function and other immune system processes.” One example is a study where blood was drawn from patients 15 minutes before a spinal manipulation to the middle back and again 15 minutes after the adjustment. Patricia Brennan, Ph.D., found that response of polymorphonuclear neutrophils, or white blood cells, in attacking viruses and bacteria was significantly higher after the chiropractic adjustment.
These studies prove what inherently makes sense: since the nervous system controls the function of the immune system, any interference in its performance will negatively affect our ability to destroy invading microbes. So if a vertebra is out of alignment and impeding the communication of our nervous system, it stands to reason that our immunity will also be impaired. Receiving preventative chiropractic care all year round, but especially during cold and flu season, will keep your immunity functioning at optimal levels so make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
You may have seen in our series of Facebook posts chronicling the cupping experience of Andy Johnson of Farmstrong Coaching that Christa planned to use a technique called dry needling on him next. If you haven’t heard of this treatment option or wonder how it differs from acupuncture, we will explain all that and more in this post! Christa at the Cafe of Life in Longmont offers many effective and safe alternative therapies such as dry needling, acupuncture and cupping to help restore your optimal health.
What is Dry Needling?
Also known as intramuscular manual therapy, dry needling is a technique to treat myofascial pain by inserting needles into trigger points in muscle. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, or APTA,, “A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group,… and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.” Using thin filiform needles allows tissues that are not accessible via exterior manipulation, such as through massage, to be treated.
How is it different from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine while dry needling was developed from research and is part of Western medical practice.
Why get Dry Needling?
Again, according to the APTA, “Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.” If you have recently been injured, dry needling can speed up your recovery. Dry needling also relieves pain and improves patients’ range of motion.
Dry needling is usually part of a larger treatment plan developed by the Cafe of Life team to best meet your individual needs. There are so many gentle yet effective alternative therapies to the standard prescriptions or surgical recommendations, and the Cafe of Life offers a wide variety from different types of massage to dry needling to the zone chiropractic system- call us today to start on your path towards vibrant health!
Fall has officially arrived: the temperatures are cooler, pumpkin spice lattes have returned and the leaves have started to change colors! And although beautiful, dealing with falling leaves involves a lot of twisting, bending and lifting that could cause back or neck strain. Should you sustain an injury this fall, your Longmont chiropractor at the Cafe of Life will customize a treatment plan to restore your health quickly!
Tips to Prevent Fall Injury from Your Longmont Chiropractor
- Use an alternating split stance when raking. Stand with one foot in front of the other for a few minutes and then change foot position.
- Bend at the knees when picking up anything large or heavy. To avoid straining your back, make leaf piles smaller and be sure not to bend at your waist.
- When mowing or raking, try to maintain good posture by standing straight with your shoulders slightly back. Also push with your whole body instead of just your arms and back when mowing.
- For balance and to prevent muscle fatigue, switch sides as often as possible when using equipment for extended periods of time.
- Wear supportive shoes with good arch support to minimize back strain and purchase ergonomic tools when possible.
The American Chiropractic Association cautions the “repetitive motion that your body undergoes when using such [yard] equipment can create a host of mechanical problems within the body.” Yanking the cord of a mower over and over, twisting again and again to rake up leaves and hunching down to pull weeds can all cause back or neck pain or even muscle tears or a sprain. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is an experienced chiropractor who offers multiple treatment options, including adjustments, stretching exercises, and laser therapy to restore and maintain your optimal health!
Depending on the severity and reason behind your neck or back pain, spinal traction is one of many effective chiropractic treatments that can alleviate your pain and restore your health! Specifically designed to create space between discs, traction is very beneficial for patients with compressed spines due to various degenerative conditions, and has negligible risk or side effects. If you are seeking a conservative way to relieve back pain, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont has years of experience administering spinal traction and other beneficial spinal decompression treatments.
Manual spinal traction is accomplished solely by the chiropractor using their hands to elongate sections of the spine by pushing and stretching surrounding muscles. This type of traction is most effective for cases of mild spinal compression. Mechanical spinal traction is more common and better suited for patients with moderate to severe compression. During mechanical traction treatment, patients lie on their back with a strap around their waist as an anchor from which the machine will slowly stretch their spine. This process is very gentle and alleviates pain caused by compressed discs by moving vertebrae back into correct alignment and spacing.
Conditions that Benefit from Chiropractic Spinal Traction
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spaces between discs
- Arthritis of the spine
- Spondylosis, or spinal degeneration
- Spondylosisthesis, or forward slip of a vertebra
- Degenerative disc disease
Benefits may be maximized and pain relief extended when spinal traction is combined with other forms of physical therapy and by wearing a brace after treatment. If you are suffering from neck or back pain, contact the Cafe of Life in Longmont to see if spinal traction would be a beneficial part of a custom treatment plan to restore your proper alignment and ideal health!
Our hips are central in most of our daily movements from simply walking upright to running, bearing weight to jumping. Since we depend on our hips for so much of our mobility, pain in this region can be debilitating but chiropractic care can help! According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 60% of sciatica patients felt their pain was reduced enough to not need surgery after receiving chiropractic care.* If you are suffering from hip pain, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will thoroughly diagnose the route of the problem and tailor a personal treatment plan of effective chiropractic care to restore your mobility and optimal health.
Causes of Hip Pain Relieved with Chiropractic Care
- Inflammation: There are two main areas where the hip joint can become inflamed: the socket, or acetabulum, and the sac outside the hip, bursitis. Either injury or illness can cause these areas to swell and fill with blood or fluid but bursitis is often from overuse as well.
- Osteoarthritis: The most common type of hip pain in older adults, osteoarthritis causes the hip joint to deteriorate and lose cartilage.
- Injury: Unfortunately, another frequent cause of severe hip pain for older adults is a fracture or dislocation due to poor balance and brittle bones. Significant bruising or a sprain from a fall can also result in intense hip pain even if the bone was not affected.
- Overuse: The cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles of our bodies can only withstand so much wear and tear before they start to break down. With how much our hips endure, it is no surprise that they become stressed at one point or another.
- Referred Pain: Although not the source itself, patients often describe pain in their hips stemming from another location such as the sciatic nerve in sciatica. Hip pain often accompanies a hernia or a problem with the sacroiliac joints that connect the sacrum to the iliac bones as well.
Chiropractic care to address hip pain could include adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy exercises, stretching and advice on posture. All treatment plans will aim to relieve hip pain but will differ based on whether the underlying goal is to strengthen weak muscles, stop spasms, improve mobility or reduce inflammation. Come into the Cafe of Life in Longmont for Dr. Jess to assess your individual situation and develop a program of chiropractic care that will be most effective in relieving your hip pain.
Kids are heading back to school and starting back up into many different sports. Whether your children prefer soccer, football, cross country, tennis, martial arts, volleyball, cheer or gymnastics, they are all susceptible to injury while practicing their favorite sport. Dr. Jess with the Cafe of Life in Longmont is a youth sports chiropractor who has years of experience and expertise in treating young athlete’s injuries and helping prevent them.
According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “Injuries to children’s spines are not unique to contact sports like football or martial arts. They are also seen in non-contact sports like gymnastics and competitive cheerleading.” It is important for youth sports chiropractors to be aware of the common injuries associated with each type of sport to properly diagnose and design the most effective treatment plan. For example, a head impact will effect the lower cervical portion of the spine, and a fall on the buttocks could impact the spine anywhere from T-9 to L2.
A study conducted by T.K. Videman, M.D., with the University of Helsinki, found that facet joints will start to degenerate in just 5-7 days when their normal range of movement is restricted. When joints were fixed in place for 5 weeks, 18 months of care was necessary for restoring optimal motion. This example illustrates why it is critical to have young athletes examined by a specialized chiropractor as soon as possible after an injury!
Regular chiropractic care for youth athletes will help minimize injuries leading to vertebral subluxations or other inury-prone joints specific to their sport of choice. As a highly-trained and experienced youth sports chiropractor, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont looks forward to working with your child to keep them in the game this season!