dizziness vertigo chiropractor longmontDizziness, or vertigo, is a very common complaint. It can occur in patients of all ages, even children, but it does become more common as we age. You may not think of your chiropractor as an option in treating dizziness but chiropractic care is incredibly effective at treating most cases of vertigo.

Many times, we are not even sure what to call some of the symptoms we are experiencing. Dizziness is described using many different terms: off balance, spinning, floating or swimming, woozy, tilting, whirling, or even lightheaded.  Severe vertigo can also bring on nausea or even cause you to vomit. However you experience vertigo it can be, at the least frustrating and inconvenient, and at the most entirely debilitating.

There are a variety of causes for dizziness.  Luckily, it is usually a very treatable condition. Common causes of dizziness/vertigo include:

  • Prescription or nonprescription medication
  • Inner ear conditions or infections, or degeneration of the inner ear system due to aging
  • Recent head or neck trauma, whiplash
  • Severe cold or viral infection
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Neurological disorders

Occasional dizziness happens.  But if you experience any of the above symptoms, or prolonged or recurring bouts of vertigo, call a chiropractor today for an evaluation.

Why use chiropractors for dizziness/vertigo?

The majority vertigo cases are common and respond very well to chiropractic treatment.  A qualified chiropractic practitioner will evaluate several factors when determining the cause of your vertigo.  Establishing a brief history, including any recent injury or trauma as well as lifestyle, and a physical exam will be performed.  Dizziness is so individualized that having a skilled chiropractor like Dr. Thompson assessing your condition is comforting. Once a complete evaluation has taken place, treatment takes several forms.  Certain repositioning maneuvers are typically performed.  Chiropractic treatment for dizziness is a fairly simple process but it does require precise moves and plenty of training and experience.  Dr. Jessica Thompson at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont is well versed in treating vertigo in patients off all ages.

But of course we don’t stop at just spinal, head, and neck manipulation.  Chiropractors are whole-healing practitioners.  A good chiropractor will discuss diet, daily habits, medications, etc to determine a path to overall better health along with the cessation of the diziness.  A good chiropractor will likely suggest relaxation and/or meditation, breathing techniques, and send you home with rehabilitation exercises to aid in your recovery.  We’re not there to temporarily cover your symptom.  We aim for correction of any underlying conditions that bring about the symptom—in this case, dizziness.

An accurate diagnosis and combined chiropractic and lifestyle treatment are critical. Not all vertigo symptoms are suited for chiropractic care (and only a caring, and experienced chiropractor will know the difference) so let Dr. Thompson review your situation—call Café of Life Chiropractic if you’re experiencing dizziness of any length or severity today.

Weight Loss Chiropractic LongmontTis the season!  Tis the season for family and loved ones.  Tis the season for giving, celebrating, shopping, and indulging.  And indulging some more.  Invariably the holiday season officially ends when resolutions have been made–and the number one resolution year after year?  Lose weight!  Did you know that chiropractic care can help with weight loss?  Weight loss experts have long advocated for a complete approach when taking on a new weight loss regimen.   We suggest starting with a call to your chiropractor in Longmont!

Obviously the mutli-dimensional approach would include a nutritional overhaul and a commitment to regular exercise.  Both are critical.  But, they work much better by adding another dimension—chiropractic care.  Chiropractors make great weight loss advocates and whole healing allies!    A good chiropractor knows the entire body (and mind) is connected and must be treated as an entire system. We offer more than just chiropractic adjustments.  We offer an excellent support system for your lifetime of health and wellness.  Our goal is to help you be the healthiest version of you!

How does chiropractic care help with weight loss?

  1. Subluxations of the spine can actually be a major contributor to weigh gain or the inability to lose weight even with diet and exercise. Remember that the spinal column is just a big information highway for your body. Any spinal misalignments will impair the signals controlling things like hunger.
  1. Pain can also keep many people from starting or maintaining an exercise program which, as we mentioned earlier, is critical for weight loss success and overall health. Spinal misalignment often results in chronic pain, discomfort, fatigue, and decreased range of motion.  This can make it very difficult to start an exercise plan, much less continue with it long term.  Chiropractic adjustments are the most effective way to get you pain free. Even if you manage to gain some exercise momentum you might end up feeling back pain, neck or shoulder pain, or other pain simply from the new routine itself.  Chiropractic care can be just the thing to get and keep you pain free before, during, and even AFTER workouts (a chiropractic visit can be such a great relaxer post workout!).  An added bonus of regular chiropractic care in conjunction with an exercise program is that a well trained and experienced practitioner will be able to spot any injuries or potential injuries right away.
  1. Don’t waste all your efforts in the kitchen by not even absorbing the nutritional benefit of your carefully constructed meal! Did you know that a misaligned spine can keep your body from effectively absorbing nutrients? That information alone is worth a regular spinal adjustment when you think of all the money we spend on quality foods and supplements.
  1. Losing weight will also shift your center of gravity thereby shifting the demands placed on various parts of your body from feet up to neck. Regular adjustments can keep your joints and spine aligned as your body shifts and changes.

Chiropractic assisted weight loss programs are a superior method because we utilize a non-invasive, holistic, and pill free choice to your goal.  No fad diets or programs here!  We look to a long term lifestyle solution to get you to a healthier, happier you.

Dr Jess at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont has a passion for helping people of all ages.  She is devoted to promoting health, wellness, and life balance.  If you want to kick start 2016 with a wellness or weight loss plan, make a chiropractic appointment today.  We will get you ready both physically and mentally to tackle this challenge and realize your goals.

Treating Insomnia with ChiropracticAre you having trouble sleeping at night?  Are YOU looking for a better night’s sleep? If your answer was yes, you are certainly not alone. Statistics show that waking up each morning refreshed and ready to take on your day is a dream for a very large number of people!  Not to worry because Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont can help.  Insomnia, along with other sleep disorders, can be treated with chiropractic care.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is defined as “difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so.” Adequate sleep is critical to your health and overall wellness. Sleep is your body’s time to repair, renew and prepare for the new day.

Insomnia is such a complicated condition that can be transient (short lived) or chronic.  It can also be caused by numerous factors both physical and mental. Neurological conditions can be a sleep disrupter– Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.

Other possible causes include allergies, chronic pain, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal issues, substances like stimulants or prescription medications, and many more.  Insomnia can even be self-induced by a busy, stressful daily routine.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity and can increase your susceptibility to all kinds of diseases.  It weakens your immune system which opens the door to communicable illnesses like the cold or flu.

How Café of Life Chiropractic Can Help with Insomnia

Any good chiropractor focuses on the body’s overall health. We understand that with so many various reasons for insomnia and types of insomnia, it’s important to view the mind and body as a whole and treat it accordingly.  Extra bonus: chiropractic care for insomnia can help you steer clear of risky prescription drugs and their side effects.

When the central nervous system is healthy and functioning properly all the systems of the body function properly as well.  Interferences (aka subluxations) to your nervous system can cause a myriad of health concerns—including insomnia. Those subluxations really disrupt your body’s essential ability to heal itself.

Along with regular chiropractic adjustments, our amazing Longmont based chiropractor, Dr Jessica Thompson, recommends a few simple lifestyle changes to aid in a solid night of restful sleep:

  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake
  • Support your spine with a quality mattress and pillow

There is hope for relieving your insomnia. Become one of the many happy chiropractic clients that have reported restful and restorative sleep after their adjustments. Let our well trained Longmont chiropractor adjust your spine with her careful and skilled techniques to get you a good night’s sleep.

Foot Pain Chiropractic TreatmentCan a chiropractor help with foot pain?  Don’t accept foot pain as a given. Don’t just learn to live with it!  Foot pain can be treated with chiropractic care.  In fact, a chiropractic adjustment can be just the thing to bring relief for a myriad of common foot problems.  Many times pain that manifests in the foot can be caused by poor alignment, whether there is accompanying back or leg pain or not.

We have had many clients come to us with foot pain that have been treating with regular cortisone shots, surgery, traditional physical therapy, or a combination of these…with no long term symptom resolution.  These options can be a nice band-aid but are not any way to live your life.  Unless you address the underlying causes for foot pain, it will remain.

Getting to the root cause of foot pain can, finally, get you back on your feet again!  Compression of the spine can happen due to trauma or injury but it is also a natural part of the aging process.  If the nerve roots connected to the spinal cord, or the spinal cord itself,  are compressed the brain perceives impulses that manifest itself in burning sensations, pins-and needles, numbness, or even muscle weakness.  Don’t let anyone tell you that foot pain is normal and just “deal with it”.

Dr. Jessica Thompson at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont is experienced in treating common foot pain symptoms related to the spine.  Treating her clients as an entire being helps to correctly and accurately diagnose, rather than fixating on one body part as a separate entity from the whole.  Using state of the art equipment and a broad experience base, Dr. Jess has the gentle chiropractic techniques to treat the cause of many types of foot pain.

Our feet provide a vital function.  If your feet are causing you pain, it can be at minimum frustrating but in some cases downright life altering.  Why not find out if your foot pain could be a chiropractic issue that can be resolved with some simple spinal adjustments? Come into Café of Life Chiropractic for a foot pain assessment today.  Chiropractic care can bring your body into balance, allowing it to heal and repair damage.  We want you to live a vibrant life free from pain and discomfort through whole body health.

Chiropractic Treatment for HeadachesMillions of headache sufferers are living with pain unnecessarily.  Everyone experiences headaches for one reason or another so you might even consider them normal.  They are not.  And you don’t have to live with chronic headaches.  Typically a headache means you’re reaching for over-the-counter relief from ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin. Did you know that you can treat headaches with chiropractic care?  There is a relationship between the spine and many types of headaches.  If you suffer from chronic headaches, make sure your spine is healthy.  In fact, headaches are a very common reason to visit a chiropractor.

There are many types of headaches and varying causes for them.  A good chiropractor will be able to pinpoint what kind of headaches you may be suffering from and determine the best course of action to treat them.  The majority of headaches fall under the categories of tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, and sinus headaches.  Knowing how each type of headache presents itself and the root causes for them can make all the difference.

Can chiropractic adjustments really help with your headaches? Chiropractic care is a safe and gentle approach that has helped many headache sufferers.  Stop living with the pain!  Let your body restore and heal itself by removing nerve and spinal stress. Eliminating spinal subluxations and creating alignment removes the biggest risk factor in headaches, decreasing frequency, length, and intensity of chronic headaches.

Chiropractors are the only care providers that actually deal with the underlying causes of headaches and provides much needed, natural relief.  A chiropractor’s job is to restore proper body-brain function through locating and correcting any nerve interference through spine misalignment.  By restoring the proper body-brain function will allow your body to do what it does best—heal itself.  An actual long-term solution rather than a temporary band-aid.

No matter what kind of headache you may suffer from Dr Jessica Thompson can provide effective chiropractic care to you and your family and friends.  She uses gentle and safe adjustments to the spine to correct any nerve interference.  Our desire at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont is to help our clients live the best life—free of pain and full of peace and happiness.

Instead of stocking up on your favorite pill to relieve your headaches, try scheduling an appointment with an experienced and capable chiropractor and invest in your long-term health.  It’s such comfort knowing you have a caring and compassionate health care professional on your side can make all the difference.

Make an appointment at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont today!

303-827-3541 or emial us at: cafeoflife12@gmail.com

Family Chiropractor LongmontIt’s that time of year again—candy, candy, and more candy.  Oh…and costumes.  Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont wishes everyone a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween!

Halloween can be such a fun and exciting holiday for families.  But it certainly doesn’t mean you need a candy induced coma. Dr Jessica truly believes in not just spinal health but overall health and wellness and that includes what we choose to take into our bodies–sugar. She is a family chiropractor who cares.

Sugar is known for its links to weight gain and tooth decay, but it has also been linked to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and metabolic disorders. Sugar gets a bad rap because we tend to eat too much of it! Excess sugar can take a serious toll on your health in the long run.

But Dr Jessica is also a realist and a mother of some very fun loving boys herself.  As a skilled chiropractor and health advocate she suggests a more “livable” solution.  Instead of depriving your kids (or yourself!) of all sugar and sweets, try placing limits on consumption.  The occasional indulgence is not only acceptable but much more realistic, and even good for the soul.

If you establish a healthy lifestyle that combines fresh, nutritious foods, with regular moderate exercise, and spinal adjustments on a regular basis, you will naturally keep your sugar consumption to a minimum.  You’ll be prepared for a sugar focused holiday like Halloween and be kind to yourself about your small indulgence and move forward in health.

If having loads of candy around makes it difficult, plan ahead to keep only a few small pieces and have the rest donated, exchanged at a candy buy-back, or simply thrown out!  Turn the focus to creative costume ideas, holiday games, harvest festivals, pumpkin carving contests, and other non-food related fun!

Does Halloween, and the upcoming holiday rush, wreak havoc on your stress levels?  Come into Café of Life in Longmont for a chiropractic adjustment or massage to keep you in top physical health through this holiday season. Getting a spinal adjustment and working out tight, sore muscles can lead to decrease stress, better sleep, an increase in energy, and a general feeling of overall health and well-being.

Everyone wants something more – something added – a benefit….AND…
We are adding a BIG benefit to ALL of you!

Cafe of Life Chiropractic & Massage Studio is Moving!

There is no such thing as staying the same.  We all are moving either moving forward to more health
and wellness OR backwards to more sickness and pain.  WE are  moving FORWARD toward our new
practice together on November 2nd, 2015.
It is for you – It’s YOUR practice home,
YOUR source for health and wellness.
Share it with everyone!  Everyone needs more of the good stuff and our new space will be filled with the GOOD STUFF – YOU!
 Chiropractic & Massage Longmont
We have worked very hard to ensure that our new office will be absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Our designer said  to think of something along the lines of “a modern version of the current Cafe of Life.”
Our new address will be:
1325 Dry Creek Drive #307
Longmont, CO 80503
(This is in the three-story building just to the west of Outback Steakhouse)
Please call or email for more details!
Cafe of Life Chiropratic & Massage is proud to serve all your family chiropractic and massage needs.  Schedule an appointment for our new office today!

Free Chair MassageDo you realize the toll that unrelenting stress can take on your health? The workplace tends to be a hotbed of pressure which can lead to a myriad of health issues.  Even if an employee manages to be AT work, poor health can make them less productive, less engaged, therefore not actually DOING work.  Did you know that massage may increase employee health and productivity?

Be ahead of the curve in keeping your staff happy, healthy, and productive. When thinking in terms of workplace wellness programs, remember that an employee’s health is multifaceted and the moving parts are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont offers a very compelling approach—massage.

Studies have shown that taking breaks at work is associated with fewer physical symptoms—like headaches, eyestrain, neck and shoulder pain, as well as lower back pain—but also led to increased job satisfaction, and a reduction in stress levels.

Integrate massage in your office to increase employee health and productivity today.  Café of Life makes it so easy!

From the Café of Life Longmont’s Care Coordinator, Megan:

Chiropractic and Massage

Free Massages!

My name is Megan, I am the Wellness Coordinator at The Cafe of Life
Chiropractic and Massage Studio located in Longmont at 202 Main St.

As part of our service to the community, we offer to businesses in
Longmont free 15-minute chair massages. We come for a 3-4 hour time
span during business hours and bring everything, even the zen music!
No tipping is allowed. This is a way to help boost morale and can also
help your business diversify its current wellness program or, if you
do not have a wellness program in place, we consider our service as a
great way to begin.

Please call or email Megan for booking details.


Watch Dr Jessica Thompson, of Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont, doing a baby chiropractic adjustment–and watch that baby laugh! This darling baby does a complete belly laugh after each chiropractic adjustment. This little one gets adjusted consistently in order to function at 100% AND (yes, there is a bonus) so he can sleep better! When baby sleeps better, momma sleeps better!

Our top priority is to build a relationship with each one of our clients to ensure the highest level of service, regardless of age or condition. Dr Jessica specializes in chiropractic treatment for the entire family and really enjoys treating expectant mothers and children. She has extensive experience treating babies and children with a gentle instrument adjustment technique—no loud pops and cracks. A baby chiropractic adjustment is an extremely gentle process.
More and more, parents are looking to chiropractors for children and babies to ease colic, birthing trauma, sleeping problems, ear infections. Chiropractic care for babies is a safe and effective way to manage overall health and wellness. The amount of pressure used for adjustments on children is so very small and gentle. But the results of getting a baby adjusted are considerable. There is nothing better than a healthy, happy…and laughing baby!

Gallup released a study this week showing that the majority of people in the U.S. say chiropractic care works.  This really is the first large-scale survey to date that measures the perceptions and experiences with chiropractors and chiropractic care in general.  More than 33 million people in the U.S. sought chiropractic care last year.  Chiropractic care can decrease or completely relieve pain, improve physical function, motion, and even improve your quality of life.

Dr. Jessica Thompson chose the chiropractic field because of its whole body benefits of health and well-being—the body has an amazing ability to heal and a chiropractor’s job is to facilitate that. The popularity of chiropractic care is clearly on the rise and is projected to grow as more and more people look for health solutions that have eluded them time and again.  Many even consider chiropractic practitioners main stream. In fact, chiropractic care is commonly reimbursed by insurance companies.  It is a great complementary health approach to any lifestyle.  Chiropractic care is both safe and effective but it’s also applied using different methods depending on the patient’s individual needs and comfort levels.  Chiropractic is more than cracking and twisting.

If you are curious about what goes on during a chiropractic appointment we urge you to visit us and see just what we can do for you.  Visit the Café of Life office in Longmont and meet Dr. Jessica in person. She truly cares for each of her clients and wants only to improve quality of life through unlocking our body’s innate health potential.  Rest assured that she is always up to date on the latest chiropractic techniques, has state of the art equipment, and provides a peaceful and welcoming environment.