Swollen Feet Legs Massage Chiropractic Care LongmontAs 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.

Adrenal Fatigue Chiropractic Care LongmontIt’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
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis

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.

Spinal Decompression LongmontWill 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

Family Chiropractor LongmontWhether you have a baby suffering from colic, a teen who can’t compete due to a sports injury or a grandparent who can only watch family activities because of painful joints; you know that without good health, nothing else matters much. Dr. Jessica Thompson at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is the family chiropractor to see to maintain the best health for each member of your family from your infant to teen to senior parent.


Chiropractic Care for Infant Ailments:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Nursing issues
  • Colic

Chiropractic Treatments for Children Suffering From:

  • Ear infections
  • Bed wetting
  • Scoliosis

Conditions of the Active Teen or Adult Improved with Chiropractic Visits:

  • Muscle strain
  • Tendinitis
  • Back, knee, shoulder or elbow injuries

Benefits for Seniors Who Regularly See a Chiropractor:

  • Decreased joint degradation
  • Better balance and flexibility
  • Pain relief

As parents, we want the best for our children- good health being at the top of our wishlist for them. By taking our kids in for regular chiropractic adjustments, we can ensure that their rapidly growing bodies are properly aligned for optimal development. Since the birth process can often be traumatic for newborns, it is best to begin chiropractic treatments in infancy to assist in developing a healthy nervous system. And if you’re worried about the safety of chiropractic care for your baby, rest assured that pediatric adjustments are extremely gentle- using no more pressure that it takes to type.

As we get older, we want to maintain an active lifestyle and receiving regular chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways seniors can keep their quality of life high. The mainstream solution for seniors suffering from most age-related conditions is prescription medication but drugs only provide temporary relief and often have serious side effects. The beauty of chiropractic care is that it treats the underlying cause of pain, not just masking pain and symptoms for a short respite.

We take the natural flexibity, mobility and resiliency of youth for granted and as we age, we come to understand how important these abilities are for an active and fulfilling lifestyle. No matter what your age or issue is, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is the family chiropractor who can help you enjoy a healthy and happy life with the people you love!

Sports Injury LongmontEvery athlete understands the pain, or knows the potential for it, from a sports injury.  Professional athletes are not the only ones that can sustain a sports injury.  If you are active to any degree (and we hope you are!) you are susceptible to injury. Chiropractic care for sports injury can be an integral part of self-care.  It  has been used by professional and amateur  athletes for both injury prevention,  injury recovery, and pain relief.

Dr Jess at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont encourages a healthy lifestyle full of physical activity.  She is an avid athlete and participates in many different sports and knows first-hand the numerous demands these activities can take on your body.  She has treated athletes for herniated discs, torn ligaments and tendons, over-use injuries, and more.

We do mention the word “prevention” a lot but that is simply because it is that important.  Let’s start with that. With a few simple preventative steps, you can minimize your risk of injury.  Always warm up, use proper form, maintain your equipment, and play safely.  And get adjusted regularly.  But if you somehow find yourself in pain, or with an injury, call us!

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat injuries of all kinds.  And a good chiropractor will likely have ample experience in sports-related injuries.  Luckily, you have a great chiropractor right here in Longmont that can provide you with chiropractic care to deal with prevention, recovery and rehabilitation, accelerate healing, and provide pain relief.

If you’re not currently under the care of a chiropractor, your first appointment will include a structural exam of your body, it’s extremities, your range of motion, and a thorough discussion about lifestyle and activity levels.  From there we can determine what treatment and preventative program would best benefit you.  Spinal manipulation, mobilization, and stretching will likely be part of that chiropractic treatment to release pressure, align your neck, back, joints, and muscles.  Be sure to give complete and accurate information (as best you can) and discuss all symptoms or concerns you may have.

Chiropractic care can even help improve your athletic performance!  Getting your body in optimal health and alignment gives you a one-up with training, endurance, balance, and overall performance.  If you’re on a rigorous training program, workout regularly, or are starting a new exercise program, it’s a great idea to set up regular chiropractic appointments.

Dr Jess treats patients of all walks of life—any age, any fitness level.  Children, and teenagers involved in sports programs can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.  And older patients who also require a gentle approach, we use tools and simple movement/stretches to release pressure in the joints.

Call Café of Life Chiropractic for help with sports-related injury, injury prevention, and performance improvement.

Heartburn Chiropractic Care LongmontPeople who experience heartburn on a regular basis usually seek relief by taking medication to block the production of stomach acid but this approach doesn’t treat the cause and is only a temporary fix. Extended use of antacids can also lead to leaky gut syndrome because food is not being digested properly by the lower concentration of acids in the stomach.

Can Chiropractors Help with Heartburn and Acid Reflux?

The chiropractic care offered at Cafe of Life in Longmont can not only relieve the chest pain and burning sensation of acid reflux but also help heal the stomach to prevent future heartburn.

Heartburn sufferers often have a disorder of the lower esophageal sphincter, called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, which allows digestive juices to flow back up the esophagus. If you have not experienced relief with medication or diet changes, then a hiatal hernia is often the cause of your acid reflux. Through gentle tissue manipulation an experienced chiropractor can pull the stomach back below the diaphragm where it belongs, allowing the esophageal sphincter to remain closed.

Spinal adjustments to reconnect the nerve supply to the stomach and spine can also help heal damage done to the esophagus and stomach. Studies have even shown that patients who received chiropractic care for their stomach ulcers healed faster than those who didn’t.

Additional Ways to Relieve Heartburn, Acid Reflux, GERD

  • Consider eating 5-6 smaller meals a day, and eat slowly.
  • Avoid fried, spicy and tomato-based foods, and caffeinated drinks.
  • Wait at least 3 hours to lie down after a meal, and don’t exercise immediately.
  • Take a probiotic to increase the healthy bacteria in your stomach.

The Cafe of Life in Longmont specializes in Chiropractic Zone Healing to remove interference from the vertebrae that are subluxated and obstructing the flow of information from the brain to the stomach. Dr. Jess will perform an evaluation to decide the best course of action for reducing pressure on your back’s nerve channels and improving your digestive health. Seek relief today for your acid reflux with chiropractic care- especially before starting an expensive prescription medication or considering surgery!

Sciatica Treatment Chiropractic LongmontAccording to the Mayo Clinic, sciatica is defined as “… pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.”  According to WebMD,  “As many as 4 out of every 10 people will get sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life.”  This is a lot of people suffering! So, what can we do for sciatica treatment?

All we know is pain.  Sciatica can be very painful! Not every case of sciatica manifests in severe pain.  Sometimes the pain (usually centered around one buttock and down the leg) can be mild with accompanying numbness, tingling or weakness.  Any way you look at it, most people just want it gone! Chiropractic adjustments for sciatica have been very successful in reducing sciatic pain.

Sciatica itself is not a condition, just a manifestation of an underlying condition (like a herniated disk).  The sciatic nerve does not like to be irritated or compressed.  It is the largest single nerve in the body which branches out significantly throughout.  It needs to remain functional.  If you feel you are suffering from sciatica, contact us for a complete and accurate diagnosis.  We will do a thorough exam to make sure we are diagnosing, and treating you, correctly.

Sciatica Treatment with Chiropractic Care

Relief from sciatica is just around the corner—at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont.  Dr Jess knows sciatica well.  She deals with clients suffering with it on nearly a daily basis.  The treatments for sciatica vary.  Our goal at Café of Life is to provide our clients with the best case scenario for non-surgical approaches to health.  We are confident in our methods which address the whole person.

Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve thereby relieving the associated pain.  But along with spinal adjustments, our experienced Longmont chiropractor will likely recommend alternating hot and cold pack treatments and physical therapy exercises to do at home, and possibly ultra sound therapy.

If you are struggling with lower back pain, pain on one side that radiates down into your leg, call Café of Life Chiropractic today and get sciatica relief today.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care Longmont

With the multitude of critical messages traveling along an expectant mother’s spine to her growing baby, there may not be a more beneficial time to receive chiropractic care. Dr. Jessica Thompson at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is experienced in providing prenatal care throughout every stage of pregnancy. From making spinal adjustments early on to allow adequate room for growth to relieving lower back and pelvic pain as the belly grows and even helping to position the baby as the delivery date nears, regular chiropractic visits aid in creating a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.

A woman’s body undergoes immense changes during the 40 weeks of a pregnancy, and it is common for the spine to become misaligned. As the growing baby increases pressure on the mother’s spine, her center of gravity shifts and partial dislocations, or subluxations, often result. A chiropractor specializing in prenatal care, like Dr. Thompson, can make adjustments to help improve an expectant mother’s posture and balance thereby reducing the stress on her uterus and supporting ligaments.

Specialized Prenatal Chiropractic Techniques

  • Gentle spinal adjustments relieve any pressure being put on nerves from misaligned bones
  • Massage and soft tissue work reduce muscle aches and stress on the spine
  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches keep musculature strong to maintain correct posture
  • Nutritional counseling to keep energy levels optimal

For more tips on how to prevent backache between chiropractic visits, click here for an excellent article from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Expectant mothers often overcompensate for their protruding abdomen, causing the pelvis to be out of line which can limit space for the developing baby and put the baby in a distorted position. Chiropractors help prevent intrauterine constraint and assist in optimal fetal positioning, which reduces the chance of having a breeched baby or needing a cesarean delivery . A mispositioned pelvis can also increase pressure on the vena cava, the main route that blood travels back to the heart from the legs, resulting in not only swollen ankles but also an increased risk of preeclampsia in the last trimester.

Chiropractic care not only alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms that arise from the biomechanical changes during pregnancy but it also can shorten labor times and reduce pain during delivery! Don’t wait until you are worried about a serious prenatal condition or experiencing a high level of pain, but make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life to increase your chance of experiencing a safe and easier birth.

Herniated Disk Chiropractic LongmontWould you know if you had a herniated disk in your back? In some cases, yes, you mght.  But in many, many cases the answer is, surprisingly, no.  The Mayo Clinic says that you can have a herniated disk without even knowing it.: “…herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disk problem.” Since symptoms might be mild or mistaken for many other conditions, or even non-existent, it can be easy to leave your herniated disk untreated.  This can lead to permanent nerve damage. Please don’t do that—treat a herniated disk with chiropractic care instead.

Your spine is made up of vertebrae (the bones) with cushions in-between that act as protection from daily activities as well less frequent exertion. Your spine grows increasingly vulnerable with age, genetics playing a role in severity of disk degeneration.  But those who are overweight, work demanding jobs, or put stress on their spine due to physically demanding recreation or lifestyle, can be susceptible as well.

Commonly referred to as a slipped disk, most herniated disks are located in the lower back but they can occur in your neck as well.   Preventative chiropractic adjustments is the ideal scenario to keep your back from ever suffering from a herniated disk.  But there are also some warning signs that might trigger a phone call to us.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disk:

  • Pain extending into Arms/legs
  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Weakness in the muscles served by those particular nerves
  • Tenderness of the spine
  • Pain that worsens at night

Treat a Herniated Disk With Chiropractic Care

If you experience any of the above symptoms,or just feel general pain or diskomfort you can’t quite place, it’s a good idea to visit with your local chiropractor.  A skilled chiropractor can assess your condition and determine if you are indeed suffering from a herniated disk.  Please—choose a chiropractor who is knowledgable, well trained, very experienced, and has a good reputation!  Their expertise will determine accuracy in diagnostics as well as success in treatments prescribed.

Dr Jess at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont cares about the overall health and wellness of her clients. She will do a complete and thorough evaluation and likely recommend a varied approach to healing.  Spinal adjustments, lifestyle changes, and an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening will likely be the basics of any herniated disk diagnosis. Her primary goal is not to just relieve the pain (which will be a wonderful side effect of treatment!) but to bring the body back to its healthiest self.

Choose a natural and complete approach to herniated disk treatment with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Treatment Brain Fog LongmontThe clinical term for it is “cognitive impairment” or “clouding of consciousness”.  It’s used by conventional medical practitioners to denote “an abnormality in the regulation of the overall level of consciousness that is mild…”.  We just know it as Brain Fog and those who suffer from it don’t look at it as mild at all!  Longmont’s leading chiropractor, Dr Thompson at Café of Life Chiropractic, can help treat your brain fog so that you can function at your very best.

Those who suffer from brain fog describe it as poor concentration, forgetfulness, disconnectedness,  mental fatigue or confusion, slow thinking, spacey, “not firing on all cylinders”, brain dead, and more.  It interferes with our day (or with our life!) when there is a cloud over our mind and we simply cannot think clearly.

There is no specific test to determine a brain fog diagnosis as it’s based on each individual’s subjective experiences and is often a symptom associated with many conditions.  Brain fog is so common it can often be discounted or overlooked altogether yet it brings patients in to both chiropractic offices as well as conventional medical offices every day. It might be “common”, but it is not normal. Your brain can and should function clearly!

Get Treatment for Brain Fog with Chiropractic Care in Longmont:

A good chiropractor knows that a patient complaining of brain fog will need to have a full health assessment taken and a multifaceted approach to healing applied.  Health and lifestyle changes are likely going to accompany the chiropractic adjustments.

The brain, brain stem, and spinal cord must be aligned and in good condition.  Your spinal cord, nerves and peripheral nervous system is how your body communicates with your brain.  When the vertebra moves and gets out of alignment it causes stretching and distorting of the spinal cord. All those nerves do not function well, if at all, with that kind of disruption which leads to brain fog.  This diminished spinal function shows the importance of chiropractic adjustments.

Spinal adjustments, upper cervical spinal adjustments in particular, work very well at treating cases of brain fog.  In fact, our chiropractic patients regularly come in for adjustments because the onset of brain fog now gives them a “heads up” that the spine is out of alignment before any other symptom appears.

If you experience brain fog of any severity, don’t ignore it or assume it’s just something you have to live with.  Let our expert chiropractor work to remove the fog from your brain.  Dr Thompson is a Longmont family chiropractor you can trust.