Whiplash Chiropractic Care LongmontIf 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
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • 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!

Anxiety Relief LongmontWith 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:

  • Restlessness
  • Tension, both physical or emotional
  • Low energy
  • Lack of concentration or increased mental fog
  • Headaches
  • 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!

Vertigo Chiropractic Care LongmontDizziness 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:

  • Nausea
  • Involuntary jerky eye movements
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Headache
  • 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!

Acupuncture LongmontWe 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

  • Addiction
  • Asthma
  • Back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
  • Biliary/Renal colic (pain from gallbladder obstruction/kidney stones)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Depression
  • Facial pain- including craniomandibular disorders
  • Headache- including migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • 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
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal allergies and hay fever
  • Sprain
  • 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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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!