Winter Injury Chiropractic Care LongmontThe Colorado ski season is in full swing, and even if your cold-weather sport of choice is something else- chances are you are using muscles in a way they haven’t been conditioned for since last winter. Whether sledding, ice skating or just shoveling snow; these outdoor activities can lead to potential health problems. If you’ve been injured during a winter activity, the chiropractic care and massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can relieve your pain and hasten your recovery.

3 Common Winter Activity Injuries Helped with Chiropractic Care

  1. Whiplash– Whether due to being involved in a car accident or falling hard on the ski slopes, whiplash can occur whenever the neck is thrust abruptly forward and back. Adjustments and massage can help decrease swelling and realign cervical vertebrae.
  2. Knee Injury– Skiing is one of the sports that puts the most stress on knee joints. If the surrounding tendons and muscles are not in top condition, injury is common. The short-term goal of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation, while the long-term goal is to build up strength.
  3. Rotator Cuff Tear– Shoveling snow can strain, or even tear, the muscles and tendons in your back and shoulders if you lift or throw a heavy load the wrong way. If recovering from a tear, chiropractic care can help restore your range of motion faster.

While prevention isn’t always possible, warming up properly before engaging in a cold-weather activity does decrease your risk of getting hurt. Slow squats, lunges and hugging your knees into your chest are three particularly effective stretches. If you are suffering from an injury received during a winter activity, don’t delay seeking treatment at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to restore your optimal health. Dr. Jess and her professional staff will get you back out into our winter wonderland in no time!

Winter Blues Chiropractic Care LongmontNow that the holiday season is over, you may experience a post-festivities funk. Prioritizing your health and well-being are New Year’s resolutions we hope you make for yourself in 2017. If you are determined to avoid or beat the winter blues, the chiropractic care and massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help optimize your mood and health!

Top 3 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

  1. Get Your Vitamin D- The best way to ensure you’re getting enough of this mood and immunity-enhancing vitamin is by spending 20-30 minutes in the sun everyday. But when we’re bundled up in the winter and not going outside much, then you can take a supplement or use a sun lamp instead.
  2. Exercise- The endorphins released when exercising give your mood an instant boost, and the long-term benefits of increased energy, decreased anxiety and better sleep are even more reasons to get moving. Aim for regular sessions that incorporate high-intensity exercise for short intervals.
  3. Eat Less Sugar- The spikes and crashes in your blood sugar level caused by consuming lots of sweets take a toll on your energy and mood. Eating more protein and plants will help you feel more stable and energized.

If you’re finding it harder and harder to raise your spirits or pull yourself out of a slump this winter, then you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The most common symptoms of SAD are depression (peaking in December-February), increased irritability, decreased energy, oversleeping and craving carbohydrates. Be sure to see a doctor if you’ve lost interest in your regular activities, feel hopeless and your sleep patterns or appetite have changed.

If the short, cold days of winter having you feeling down, regular chiropractic adjustments and massages can help lift your outlook, raise your energy level and boost your immunity. Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to chase away those winter blues!

thyroid chiropractic care longmontIf you are experiencing symptoms of a slow metabolism, you might want to get your thyroid checked. Hypothyroidism, or insufficient thyroid hormone, is a widespread condition- especially among women; 10% of whom are estimated to have a thyroid deficiency. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont provides effective chiropractic care for thyroid imbalances, including nutritional and lifestyle guidance, to help restore your optimal health.

Signs of an Underactive Thyroid Helped with Chiropractic Care

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

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The vast majority of hypothyroid cases are actually an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The common treatment for hypothyroidism is just a prescription of thyroid hormone replacement with yearly checks of the patient’s TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, to test if their dosage needs tweaking. This narrow approach does not take into account the other related issues associated with many autoimmune diseases, such as low vitamin D, blood sugar instability and sensitivity to gluten.

While chiropractors agree that patients with hypothyroidism need to take prescription thyroid, they also promote a broader approach to the management of hypothyroidism- especially if a patient’s symptoms persist even though their lab tests are normal. Since inflammation is at the root of autoimmune diseases, receiving regular chiropractic care ensures that your nervous system is operating properly. Hypothyroidism cannot be cured but with dietary and lifestyle changes, your quality of life can improve- and prevent another autoimmune disease from developing! If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid imbalance, see Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for a holistic approach to managing your condition and restoring your optimal health!

Chronic pain Chiropractor LongmontPain has a job to do in our bodies, which is to alert us that something is wrong so we can protect ourselves from further damage. While it is critical to our self-preservation, pain can also continue long past its usefulness and become a chronic condition. Since we receive messages of pain through our nervous system, chiropractic care can profoundly reduce incessant signals. The Cafe of Life in Longmont offers multiple treatments to stop chronic pain by chiropractor Dr. Jess Thompson, massage therapists Hannah Denckla & Pamela Cuming and acupuncturist Christa Caputa.

People’s experience of pain is not fully understood but the current theory claims there are three fundamental parts. When we experience pain we feel a strong emotional response, a sensory result when the brain receives electro-chemical signals, and a combined sensory-emotional effect when dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused from unhealed injuries, long-term diseases and nervous system damage.

Chiropractic Care for Reducing Chronic Pain

  1. Spinal adjustments: The spine is the central pathway along which pain is communicated to the brain so by manipulating the spine, chiropractors can intercede these signals. Spinal adjustments help to eliminate the root cause of chronic pain as well by restoring optimal function to muscles, joints and the vascular system.
  2. Massage therapy: Trigger point therapy is one especially successful massage technique used to mediate pain. The therapist will target a tight band of muscle, called a trigger point, to initially replicate the patient’s pain and then reduce it.
  3. Acupuncture: This is another very effective alternative treatment for pain that is low risk and has no side effects like strong prescription opiates.

If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, don’t suffer through another miserable day! Make an appointment today for chronic pain relief from chiropractor, Dr. Jess- she and the other professionals at the Cafe of Life in Longmont are confident that their effective treatments will manage, reduce and hopefully even eliminate your chronic pain!


circulation chiropractic care LongmontLooks like our extended summer is over and the expected cooler weather has finally arrived here in Colorado! For some of us, cooler temperatures lead to cold hands and feet, and for others cold or tingling extremities might be something they live with year-round. Proper circulation is not only critical for our comfort but also for our health, and the chiropractic care at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can improve circulation.

Effects of Poor Circulation

  • Cold or tingly hands and feet
  • Decreased mental alertness and/or concentration
  • Weakened blood flow means that the vital oxygen and nutrients carried through our blood are not being delivered as they should be.
  • Nausea, dizziness, fainting and migraines can result from reduced blood flow to the brain. Prolonged reduction can also lead to hearing, visual and spatial problems, and may even increase your chances of dementia or a stroke.

Subluxations in the neck can significantly impair blood flow to the brain, as shown in a study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Patients suffering from neck pain were scanned using SPECT, or single-photon emission computed tomography, and a third showed between a 30-45% reduction of circulation to the parietal and frontal areas of their brains!

Chiropractic care can be the solution you’ve been looking for to improve your circulation. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will not only treat but also diagnose the underlying cause of your poor circulation. Sometimes old injuries, which are pinching a nerve, or stress, which causes our blood vessels to constrict, are the culprits behind poor blood flow. A chiropractic adjustment to put the spine back into alignment, along with massage or ultrasound therapy will improve circulation immediately.

You don’t need to feel like Frosty this winter- come into the Cafe of Life in Longmont for effective chiropractic care that will improve your circulation and overall health!

Prevent Flu Family Chiropractor LongmontFlu season is here- hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to avoid catching something so far but chances are you’ve been around people who were sick. If you’re looking for something besides the flu shot to prevent coming down with a virus this winter, consider regular chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont provides excellent chiropractic care for the whole family to strengthen the immune system and help prevent the flu.

The flu differs from the common cold mainly in that it causes a fever while a cold does not. Other symptoms of the flu are runny nose, congestion, sore throat, cough, muscle and joint aches that usually last around four days. Chiropractic care will increase your natural resistance to viruses by ensuring your body is free of subluxations so that it can function optimally! Maintaining a strong immune system is the best way to prevent catching the flu this season.

Besides getting regular chiropractic adjustments, maintain the following healthy habits to boost your immune system:

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and if you’re starting to feel under the weather, try to get even more.
  • Exercise regularly to boost your immune system’s natural killer cells, which help fight viruses. Even when you come down with a virus, it’s better to take a walk than stay on the couch- it will help break up mucus and release endorphins.
  • Eat healthy by loading up on veggies and reducing sugar, and take a vitamin D supplement when not getting enough sun exposure.

We can’t avoid being around sick coworkers and our kids can’t avoid sick classmates, so it’s important that everyone’s immune systems are strong to prevent passing a virus around at home. Finding an experienced family chiropractor like Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is one of the best ways to prevent coming down with the flu!

Laser Therapy LongmontLasers are used in a wide variety of areas from reading bar codes to recording videos, from drilling to welding, and from surgery to non-invasive chiropractic treatments. The lasers used by chiropractors are low output and have low energy levels but still produce dramatic effects in the body. Laser biostimulation is the ability of low-level lasers to alter cell function in a constructive manner. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont has been successfully using laser therapy as part of her chiropractic treatment to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by a wide variety of conditions in her patients.

4 Top Reasons for Laser Therapy

  1. Pain Relief– By decreasing the pressure caused by inflammation and by stimulating drainage of pain-causing chemicals through our lymph nodes, pain is significantly reduced.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory– The laser decreases blood pressure by dialating blood vessels in the affected area, and decreases swelling through boosting lymphatic drainage.
  3. Wound Healing– Laser therapy speeds up the recovery process by promoting the development of new collagen-producing cells and new blood vessels.
  4. Immune Support– Our immune system is strengthened with laser treatment because production of antibodies and lymphocytes is stimulated.

Laser therapy can be used as an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions including (but not limited to): arthritis, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and whiplash. A laser therapy session is painless and very short, typically only lasting around 4 minutes! So if you or a loved one are experiencing recurring nerve pain or inflammation, make an appointment today for laser therapy at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!

Arthritis Chiropractic Care LongmontMost of us welcome the cooler weather this time of year, unless you are one of the millions of people who suffer from arthritis and the cold aggravates your symptoms. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont has helped countless patients find relief from their arthritis pain with her excellent chiropractic care.

The breakdown of cartilage caused by osteoarthritis (OA) most commonly occurs in the finger joints, knees, neck and lower back. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans, most over age 65, deal with the swelling, immobility and pain of this disease. 1.5 million Americans, 75% of whom are women, suffer from joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. This autoimmune disease actually attacks joints, creating inflammation which leads to the loss of cartilage in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and feet; and can also impair the cardiovascular or respiratory system.

The Arthritis Foundation references a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage which found that six weeks of chiropractic treatments was more effective in relieving pain for patients with hip OA than just a daily stretching routine. And a British 2010 analysis of almost 100 controlled trials concluded that knee OA, neck and low back pain was relieved through spinal manipulation.

If you take prescription medication to manage arthritis but would like to find an alternative form of relief, consider seeing a chiropractor to relieve your pain. Through gentle spinal manipulation, chiropractors take the pressure off compressed nerves which not only alleviates pain but also improves immune function by opening up blocked nerve pathways. Chiropractors also take a whole body approach when creating a treatment plan for arthritis sufferers that may include specialized home exercises to practice between visits and advice on an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce swelling in the joints.

No matter how advanced your arthritis is, or if it’s rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will provide effective chiropractic care for fast pain relief. Make an appointment today to begin an individualized treatment plan and restore your optimal health!

nerve scan chiropractor LongmontCafe of Life uses only the highest-quality and up-to-date technology in their Longmont office, such as the INSiGHT nerve scanner to optimize their patients’ chiropractic care. The INSiGHT system gives chiropractors a detailed report to help them accurately assess the problematic areas. According to the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, this scanning system “has been certified by the Space Foundation to provide a reliable, scientifically valid, quantitative and multidimensional representation of patient well-being.”

For a comprehensive overview of the spinal nervous system, Dr. Jess uses the neuroTHERMAL Scanner to evaluate current nerve function by measuring skin temperatures. Hot temperatures indicate stress build-up and pinpoints the organs and/or glands that are being negatively affected by compromised nervous function. The Surface EMG tool reads paraspinal muscle activity and energy output. If it takes too much energy for your muscles to support your spine, then it is out of alignment because nerve signals are being obstructed and preventing optimal posture. These instruments are invaluable in diagnosing the underlying internal reasons for stress and tension.

The COREscore Report provides a concrete summary of neurospinal health, and helps patients keep track of the progress made with each visit to the chiropractor. An overall rating is calculated from the different data areas, including organ and gland control, muscle tone and balance and heart rate variability. The highest score of Excellent is within the 95-100 range, while Very Challenged would fall in the 0-59 range. This report can also be downloaded to the patient’s phone or tablet to serve as a visual reminder of their wellness goal.

The wholistic overview provided by a neurodiagnostic scan helps Dr. Jess develop the most effective treatment plan to quickly restore her patients at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to their optimal health. Too much in our life depends on good spinal nerve function- don’t ignore chronic pain or tension when chiropractic care can help!

Cupping LongmontMost likely you saw Michael Phelps compete in the Rio Olympics with several dark circles across his back and learned that they were from a practice called cupping. Whether you have enjoyed the benefits of cupping for many years or would like to try it to relieve pain or aid in recovery, we now offer this service! Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for a cupping session to alleviate a variety of conditions including neck, back, knee or carpal tunnel pain.

In the 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Kathleen Lumiere, Professor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University, explains that cupping “increases blood flow to the area and creates a mild immune response” to help relieve pain. The practice has been in use since ancient times in China, Egypt and the Middle East but has become more widespread in the United States over the last decade. Cups are left on the body for up to 20 minutes while suction draws the skin up and leaves a temporary purplish mark when released.

Types of Cupping to Relieve Pain and Aid in Recovery

  1. Fire Cupping- the air inside a glass cup is quickly heated by a ball of burning cotton and then placed on the skin to create suction as the air cools.
  2. Pump Cupping- silicone cups with valves employ a pump instead of heat to create a vacuum.
  3. Wet Cupping- tiny cuts with a scalpel are made before placing the cup to draw out a small amount of blood.

Several studies have shown promising results, including a 40-person study published in the Journal of Occupational Health in September 2012 that found the relief from computer-related neck pain lasted a month after cupping. Another 40-person study in Germany found that cupping helped people suffering from painful arthritis in their knees, versus those who received no therapy. Other studies have shown positive results for people with a wide range of ailments, such as facial paralysis, herpes zoster and even acne!

If you have inflammation or knotted muscles, cupping can provide the benefits of deep tissue massage without the discomfort- book an appointment today with our acupuncturist, Christa, at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to experience the many health benefits of cupping!