Most 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!
Cafe 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!
Most 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
- 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.
- Pump Cupping- silicone cups with valves employ a pump instead of heat to create a vacuum.
- 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!
If you were recently involved in a car accident, chances are you sustained whiplash since this injury can happen from a collision at just 5 mph. But did you know that this neck injury can also be caused from carnival rides or impact sports? If you are suffering from neck pain caused by whiplash, seek treatment with the expert chiropractic care at the Cafe of Life in Longmont as soon as possible to avoid long-term effects.
Whiplash, or cervical acceleration-deceleration injury, happens when force pushes your trunk forward at the same time as your chin thrusts down, causing your neck to twist into an unnatural S-shape. Damage occurs when the neck muscles, ligaments and tendons are strained against opposing forces, resulting in misalignment of the vertebrae and irritation to the connecting nerves.
Whiplash symptoms can appear immediately after injury, or several days, weeks or even months later.
Symptoms of Whiplash that Can Be Treated with Chiropractic Care
- Impairment of neck mobility
- Neck pain or swelling
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
- Tingling in the arms or hands
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, or have recently experienced an extreme force to your neck, seek proper diagnosis and treatment right away to prevent permanent damage. Even if you don’t think you were injured in an auto accident, don’t delay a professional evaluation- immediate treatment of neck impairment or pain is best for your long-term health. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can treat whiplash with her expert chiropractic care, and restore your neck function and overall health quickly without drugs or surgery!
With the presidential race, tragic events in the news and school starting in just a few weeks, it’s no wonder that we may all be feeling a little worried or fearful this summer! If you have been feeling anxious for an extended period or if your feelings are hindering your work or relationships, then it is time to seek help. The chiropractic care, massage and acupuncture treatments offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help relieve your physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18% of the U.S. adult population, or 57,402,000 people, will develop an anxiety disorder that lasts for at least one year at some point in their life. Some risk factors that increase your chance of developing anxiety are getting divorced or losing a spouse, having been overly shy in childhood, close family members with mental illness, high cortisol levels in the afternoon and just being female! The NIMH states that women are 60% more likely than men to develop an anxiety disorder, and 35% will be between the ages of 30-44 years old. Don’t suffer in silence!
Anxiety Symptoms that Can Be Relieved with Chiropractic Care:
- Tension, both physical or emotional
- Low energy
- Lack of concentration or increased mental fog
- Nausea or stomach aches
- Problems with sleep
Besides seeking chiropractic care, massage and/or acupuncture at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to help relieve your anxiety, there are other lifestyle changes that can enhance the effectiveness of your treatments. Caffeine and some over-the-counter drugs can increase your anxious feelings, and a regular aerobic exercise routine can help keep those feelings at bay. Call us today to discuss how Dr. Jess and the other caring professionals at Longmont’s Cafe of Life can help you overcome anxiety!
Dizziness can be a side effect of dehydration, which we are all prone to during these hot summer days, but vertigo is a different sensation and often longer lasting. If you are frequently experiencing the world spinning around you, the excellent chiropractic care at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help treat your vertigo.
There are several possible causes of vertigo; unfortunately it is more common to occur as we age and for those under 50, head trauma, such as whiplash, is usually to blame for vertigo. Other reasons for vertigo are:
- BPPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is caused by tiny calcium particles accumulating in the inner ear.
- Vestibular neuritis, or labyrinthitis, occurs when an inner ear infection inflames the tissue and aggravates the nerves.
- Meniere’s disease is a disorder resulting from fluid buildup in the inner ear and often also causes ringing or a loss of hearing.
- Less common causes are migraine headaches, some medications with potential side effects of ear damage, or brain impairments such as a tumor or stroke.
Feeling like the world is spinning out of control and fearing that you may not be able to keep your balance are unpleasant enough sensations but those suffering from vertigo may also experience:
- Involuntary jerky eye movements
- Ringing in your ears
- Abnormal sweating
If you experience a severely unbalanced feeling when shifting your head, whether a longer episode or several shorter incidents, don’t wait to seek chiropractic treatment to relieve your suffering! Dr. Jess is trained to relieve pressure on the nerves of your inner ear by moving her vertigo patients through a series of special positions. There is also a technique, called Epley or Semont Manoeuvre, specifically designed to move the calcium crystals out of the inner ear canal and cure BPPV.
Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to stop suffering from vertigo and get your balance back in just a couple of sessions with Dr. Jess!
We at the Cafe of Life in Longmont are excited to announce a new healing technique to our clients: acupuncture! The core of this medicinal philosophy is that our body’s vital energy, or Qi, needs to freely move through the body to nourish our tissues and organs for optimal health. If one of these pathways, called a meridian, becomes blocked then our Qi will be imbalanced and needs to be restored with thin, painless needles inserted at specific points.
Although this treatment has been effectively utilized for 3,000 years in the East, acupuncture has received recognition for awhile now in Western medicine as well. Twenty years ago an article was published by the National Institutes of Health that reviewed the efficacy of acupuncture in hundreds of clinical studies and concluded that “acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative” for the numerous ailments listed below.
Conditions that Can Be Effectively Treated with Acupuncture in Longmont
- Back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
- Biliary/Renal colic (pain from gallbladder obstruction/kidney stones)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facial pain- including craniomandibular disorders
- Headache- including migraines
- Leukopenia (a reduction of white blood cells from various diseases)
- Misalignment of fetus
- Menstrual cramps
- Nausea and vomiting- from chemotherapy or morning sickness
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seasonal allergies and hay fever
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Upper abdominal pain (from an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining)
The NIH article also pointed out that: “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” So if you are suffering from any of the above conditions, why not try acupuncture at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to unblock the obstruction in your body’s vital energy and restore balance to your health!
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As the weather warms up, many of us notice that our feet, ankles and legs start to swell. Swelling, or edema, that is more generalized may be a symptom of a serious health condition, such as heart, liver or kidney problems. However, the temporary condition of swollen feet or legs can be treated with the specialized massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
Many factors, such as pregnancy or just prolonged sitting, can impair the body’s ability to efficiently remove excess fluid and lead to painfully swollen legs or feet. A gentle form of massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) or Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) can help fluids drain normally again and greatly reduce swelling. First, the affected limb is raised above the level of the heart for 10 to 15 minutes to allow gravity to assist in draining. Second, the massage starts nearer to the heart in order to open up the pathways for the excess fluid being retained in the lower parts of the body. Finally, the legs are massaged with specific rhythm and pressure following the direction of the lymphatic map.
Ways to Prevent Swollen Feet or Legs Between Massage Sessions
- Exercise- Proper blood circulation is key to stopping blood from pooling in your legs and feet. Swimming and inverted yoga postures are excellent choices!
- Stay Hydrated- It’s important to drink enough water year-round, but especially vital in the summer to help detox and keep our tissues supple.
- Avoid Too Much Salt or Caffeine- Both of these lead to water retention, so consume in moderation.
A properly functioning circulatory system is critical for optimal health, so if you are experiencing painful swelling or any other symptom of poor circulation, make an appointment today for a massage and/or chiropractic evaluation. Dr. Jess and the massage practitioners at Cafe of Life in Longmont have specialized training to help increase blood circulation and relieve the discomfort caused by swollen feet or legs.
It’s a busy time of year with end-of-school activities, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, yard work and making summer plans plus colds are still being passed around and allergies are flaring up- so if you’re feeling rundown, it’s no wonder why! Or is it? Sometimes sleeping in isn’t enough to recharge- if you’ve been dealing with multiple stresses for an extended period, your adrenal glands may be overworked. Adrenal fatigue can be eliminated with the specialized chiropractic care offered by Dr. Jessica Thompson at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue that Can be Addressed with Chiropractic Care
- Brain fog and/or poor memory
- Insomnia and/or depression
- Low energy levels, with muscle weakness and/or a decreased sex drive
- Slow recovery from illness due to a weakened immune system
- Craving for sweet or salty food
When a subluxation happens in the cervical spine, specifically between the T11-L2 vertebrae, our adrenal glands’ function is impaired. Dr. Jess can help restore optimal performance of your adrenals because she has years of experience adjusting the spine into correct alignment to restore proper nerve function all over the body. With our hectic schedules and lifestyle, our adrenals are taxed dealing with stress around the clock but we can do our best to prevent adrenal fatigue by taking care of ourselves. Taking time to exercise, keep our blood sugar even by eating frequent meals and getting proper sleep by turning off electronic devices before tucking in by 11 pm along with consistent chiropractic adjustments will go a long way to support our adrenals.
Dr. Jess uses a whole body approach to wellness called Chiropractic Zone Treatment, including Glandular, to restore optimal health to all your glands, including the adrenals. Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to start the process of recovering from adrenal fatigue with chiropractic care and get back your vitality with renewed energy, restorative sleep, and a strong immune system!
Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont is pleased to offer spinal decompression therapy to our clients. What a great, nonsurgical way to relieve your pain and promote your overall health and well-being. Spinal decompression is used to treat:
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Radiating Pain in Arms or Legs
- Herniated or Bulging Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal traction, or spinal decompression, is the stretching the spine using a traction table, with the goal of relieving pressure and gently allowing your spine to return to it’s correct position. This technique has been used by chiropractors, osteopaths, and more for many, many years. A compressed spine can cause pain as well as block the natural flow of nutrients and nerve signals to the entire body. The spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner, by a skilled and highly trained chiropractor to bring about alignment.
Will Spinal Decompression Hurt?
No, it shouldn’t hurt. Spinal decompression is a gentle, comfortable procedure that usually takes less than 30 minutes. Many patients find it a relaxing addition to their day and it can easily be done over your lunch break with no disruption to your day.
Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?
If you’re struggling with nagging pain, or have been diagnosed with a disc condition, it’s likely you could benefit from this type of chiropractic treatment. The best way to find out is to come in and have an initial exam performed by our family chiropractor Dr Jess Thompson. With so many means by which to help you achieve optimal health, she can ensure that the proper technique for your specific needs is used and you’re not just given the any-old-technique-will-do approach. She designs the plan best suited to you!
If you’re concerned about the spinal decompression process, she is more than happy to explain in detail all the steps used, what to expect during decompression, and answer any questions to make you feel completely as ease with her chiropractic practice prior to beginning treatment.
Any chiropractic session with Dr Jess always starts with the entire person. She strives to understand the complete being in order to provide the appropriate treatment. Her goal is a healthy, happy client. Additional treatments that often accompany spinal traction therapy are ultrasound, laser therapy, cold/hot treatments, lifestyle recommendations, and stretches/exercises to maintain physical health between appointments.
Give us a call today and say good bye to your pain! Café of Life Longmont (303) 827-3541