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.

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.