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.

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!

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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.