Anyone can get an ear infection but they are more common in children and they can make for a very unhappy kid.  Something so painful and upsetting to both you and your child can be worrisome and frustrating, especially when they become a chronic problem. Ear infections are the number one reason for pediatrician visits—especially in the wintertime when they tend to be more prevalent.  The most common treatment is a round of antibiotics, but most will resolve without them.  More often, parents are turning to chiropractors to help with their children’s overall health. Today we look at the benefits of using chiropractic care for ear infections.

Symptoms of ear infections include:

  • Cold symptoms including a clear runny nose turning yellow or green as the infection sets in
  • Fever
  • Ear Pain and/or Hearing Loss
  • Difficulty Sleeping/Fussiness
  • Ear Drainage
  • Balance Troubles

Chiropractic care focuses on the restoration of normal, or optimal, body function.  We don’t just treat a symptom, but aim to get to the root of the problem.  Our goal is to work with the nervous system by doing gentle spine manipulations to affect the entire function of your body.  If you or a family member struggles with chronic ear infections it would be a good idea to consider chiropractic care to help ease symptoms and prevent future infections.Ear Infection Chiropractic Care

A knowledgeable chiropractor knows how all systems of the body—muscular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, etc.—depend on the proper function of the nervous system.  They know how to spot and diagnose.   A skilled chiropractor will be able to treat patients of all ages and adjust treatment to accommodate the patient’s needs.

You have choices with your healthcare.  Dr Jessica Thompson at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont specializes in spinal correction and care for the entire family. She especially enjoys treating children as she is a mother to three boys of her own. Children’s chiropractic is actually a conservative and drug-free approach.  It is just another modality that can greatly increase you and your family’s health, over all function, and ability to fight infections—including ear infections.

As the kids get back to school in Longmont, a chiropractor’s advice on how to keep those kids healthy is in order.  Here is a quick and easy list for the parents to remember when it comes to ergonomics.

Child Chiropractic Ergonomics

According to the CDC, “Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.” Ergonomics is a term you hear frequently in the workplace but it is just as relevant for kids as they slump over desks, stare into computer screens, and carry bags full of books (and who knows what else!).

Here are a few simple tips to keep kids in their best shape for the school year.

  • Adequate sleep and nutrition. Sleepy or poorly nourished kids simply don’t have the energy to do much—let alone maintain good posture.  Sleep deprivation and poor nutrition leads to slouching and poor posture.
  • Check at-home study spaces to ensure your child isn’t hunched, overly stretched or leaning to reach keyboard or mouse, and the monitor is at eye level and an acceptable distance away.  Check the chair they’re using—does it aid in good posture, feet flat on the floor, arms relaxed and level with the table?
  • Encourage regular breaks. Your child’s eyes need a break from the screen and their body needs to stretch and move.  This is a great time to offer healthy snacks and a big glass of water to keep them hydrated.
  • Good shoes. Yes, you read that correctly.  Shoes that don’t provide enough support can throw your entire body out of alignment and can lead to hip and back problems.  There are many items in our closet we can skimp on.  Shoes are not one of them!  Quality shoes are integral to chiropractic health.
  • Watch that backpack! Overloaded, or poorly loaded, backpacks can lead to a host of back and neck problems for your kids.  Their spines are still developing. Heavy backpacks can lead to chronic neck and back pain.  The strain of carrying those heavy loads forces the head forward interfering with the normal curve of the neck and that is directly linked to neck pain, headaches, and even osteoarthritis. Keep the weight of a backpack to the bare minimum.  Have your child load the pack carefully, eliminating unnecessary weight and make sure they wear both straps to distribute the weight evenly.

Although we can’t exactly follow our children to school, we can teach good habits at home. Use gentle reminders about posture, create ergonomically sound study spaces at home, monitor the weight in the backpacks going out the door, and most importantly, take them in for regular chiropractic visits.

Dr. Jessica Thompson specializes in spinal correction and care for the entire family.  While you are out buying school supplies and hitting the mall for back to school clothes, take a moment to schedule your back-to-school chiropractic appointments for your kids.

What does it mean to be healthy?  The World Health Organization defines health as a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.   The human body is an extremely complex system that is ever changing.   The spinal column contains a part of the central nervous system that gathers information and coordinates activity from the entire body—skin, joints, muscle, etc. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Should I see a chiropractor even when I don’t have pain?” our answer would be to list the many reasons a regular preventative chiropractic visit to your Longmont chiropractor is a wise decision.

Preventative Chiropractic

A state of health is not something we should be two steps behind—always searching to relieve any current ailment, ache, or pain after is appears.  Preventative chiropractic care is for everyone.  Can we expect to brush our teeth only once or get our car tuned up once and expect that to be sufficient?  Chiropractors do not cure diseases, but rather enhance the body’s innate ability to heal itself through chiropractic adjustments and holistic care. Our entire body requires regular maintenance.  The key word here is maintenance.  If you sit in an office all day, hunched over a computer you need chiropractic care.  If your work involves physical labor of sufficient intensity you need chiropractic care. If you are a seasoned athlete or a workout weekend warrior you need chiropractic care.  The simple process of aging will put demands on your body and you would benefit from chiropractic care.

Let your chiropractor help you reach your health goals, your life goals. Café of Life in Longmont recommends having a skilled chiropractor do an assessment and create a preventative chiropractic plan suited just for you and your lifestyle.

Regular visits to your chiropractor will add years to your life.  But, more importantly, regular visits to your chiropractor will add life to your years!

Café of Life has a mission.  We strive to teach principles of life, health, healing, and wellness inherent to chiropractic philosophy.  We want to promote optimal spinal health to each individual with all of your unique and specific needs.  Back pain has become so common today that most people don’t realize they need care until it’s too late and they’re already in pain–or have been living in pain for some time.  Back pain is not something to endure and your Longmont chiropractor wants to help!

back pain longmont chiropractorThe human back is composed of muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and bones which make it a highly complex structure.  Back pain is associated with the way all of these components work together.  An accident, an illness, pregnancy, or just the typical modern lifestyle of hours hunched over technology can all lead to back misalignment.  Sometimes back pain can be the last sign your body manifests when an underlying problem begins.  Maintaining proper spinal health is critical to keeping your back strong, agile and free from pain.

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache that can even radiate and lasts hours to days or longer.  Sharp, localized pain, or acute back pain, comes on more suddenly. Any back pain that lasts for more than three months is considered chronic.  Stop back pain from ever rearing its ugly head with preventative chiropractic care with Dr. Jessica Thompson.  And if you already suffer from any form of back pain, please give Café of Life in Longmont a call and start feeling relief today.

Dr. Thompson is skilled at both manual and instrument adjustments and employs a thorough examination technique to assess the spine and formulate the corrective chiropractic need.  She ensures an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan that will lead to optimal spinal maintenance and health. She remains current on the latest and best health and chiropractic information, uses state of the art rehab equipment, and treats the entire person through a holistic approach to spinal health.

Don’t wait until you’re in pain to decide to see a Longmont chiropractor!  Let Café of Life be your family chiropractic wellness care provider and promote a healthy future for all.

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The 2 Reasons mothers need to be adjusted

  1. STRESS:  Stress in all forms wreaks havoc on our nervous system and moms know this all too well!   With crazy busy schedules from your day job to your evening job of caring for the children and running them from place to place, sitting all day at your job then driving, carrying heavy bags and/or children….all of this can take a huge toll on the nervous system.  Regular chiropractic adjustments are an efficient and easy way to calm the nervous system down.  Here at the Cafe of Life in Longmont,we make it it our goal to make it easy for you to swing by and get a chiropractic adjustment in between all of your daily running  around.  Kids are always welcome in our Longmont chiropractic clinic or just pop by BEFORE you get them for a relaxing few minutes to yourself.   We make it possible for you to make it through the rest of your day by resetting your nervous system with an adjustment.
  2. PAIN:  Aches and Pains are not just a fact of life and they are certainly NOT  normal!  Most moms think they  have to just deal with the back aches and shoulder and neck aches, but here at the Cafe of Life Chiropractic and Massage studio we don’t subscribe to that idea.   Aches and pains are a way of telling you that something is not quite right.   Pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong, and often times aches and pains go away when you make getting a chiropractic adjustment  part of your routine.
 With all the daily stresses of being a mother,  regular chiropractic adjustments and/or  massage can reduce stress as well as to help your body and mind cope better.   Here at the Cafe of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont Colorado we see lots of busy moms and moms-to-be.   We make it convenient for you to come get adjusted we try to make it less than a 15 minute process from the time you walk in to the time you leave so that you can fit this healthy habit into your daily routine. Make sure to take that time to maintain your spinal and nervous system health.  It is  imperative for you to be healthy  for you to be the best mom  you can be.

 

Treat the mom in your life right with one of our massage specials. There is no better way to show your appreciation for the woman who does so much for you than by giving her a massage, or two or three or four! Gifts are nice…but most moms just want to be pampered and be able to take some “me time!” It is simple, just give us a call (303.827.3541)! We can take your payment over the phone and we will have it ready for you to pick up on the very same day. Available for a limited time only, until May 15th, so hurry and call to get yours TODAY!

Purchase any full price massage and get a free add on service
(Hot Stone or Aromatherapy)

Also…
Take an extra 10% off any massage package if you would like to purchase a gift that continues to give.

Café of Life of Longmont is pleased to introduce our new public service massage discount! This will be a 20% discount on massages only. It will include all current or veterans of any armed force’s branch, as well as police, firefighters, EMT’s, teachers and any government officials.  We want to thank all the men and women who do so much for our community! Whether it be teaching our children, serving our country, protecting our streets, or dealing with the day to day running of the government and city, we appreciate all that you do! Please bring any form of ID that will confirm your employment. From all of us at the Café of Life, thank you for all you do!

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Do you suffer from numbness and tingling in your hand, arm or shoulder area? It is possible you are suffering from a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Symptoms are pain in the neck and shoulder, and aching, numbness, and tingling in the arm and hand. This issue can stem from a past or current trauma to the area such as a car accident, whiplash injury, or fall. It can also present during pregnancy. Repetitive motions from work or sports can also cause these symptoms.

Closeup On Business Woman With Wrist Pain

It is important that you are examined by a doctor of chiropractic to rule out other causes of these symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome and a pinched nerve in the neck.   Medications and rest are not effective treatments.

So what exactly is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? It is commonly described as a compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run from the neck into the arms. This compression can occur in several different areas of the neck and/or shoulder.   The most common place of compression is between the collar bone and the first rib. As chiropractors, we are trained to check and adjust the first rib and collar bone to help reduce the compression.

The best way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome is with massage and chiropractic. Both massage and chiropractic together will solve the problem much faster than each would separately. Make an appointment to get a checkup with your Longmont chiropractor, to ensure there is nothing else contributing to the issue. Your chiropractor will determine a course of treatment that will best suit your needs. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine, ribs, and collar bone will help free the compression. Massage will help to release the tight muscles and scar tissue that may be causing the compression.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact the Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage studio in Longmont today.

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Do you struggle with staying well during the cold and flu months? Are you constantly feeling run down and tired and can’t shake your illness? Did you know that regular Chiropractic care can help?

Here at the Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont, we strive to keep people healthy in all aspects of their life. It’s not just about back pain or neck pain. Chiropractic care helps keep you well by making sure your nervous system is functioning at its optimal level so that your immune system can more efficiently handle being exposed to a cold or flu. By seeing your Longmont Chiropractor regularly for spinal maintenance, you can ensure that your spine is properly aligned and your nervous system can function at its optimal level. This will help to make your illness shorter and less intense.

So next time you get sick don’t cancel your chiropractic appointment, but let your Longmont Chiropractor know that you are feeling under the weather and she will make sure you can get in and out quickly so you can get back to bed. Your chiropractic treatment will help to boost your immune system and get you on your way to feeling better faster.

chiropractic or massage

As a Massage therapist at The Cafe’ of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio,  I get a lot of questions.  One of the most common ones is  “Do you think I need chiropractic or massage?” This is a question I get often when it comes to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica and tingling in the arms or legs.

Though the answer is not as simple as the question, in most cases I would say  the only way to really know is by experience. BUT if you start with a thorough evaluation by our Longmont chiropractor, Dr. Jessica Thompson, you can save money AND the guess work as she will give you her opinion as to which therapy, if either or both , is appropriate for you.  Your evaluation at the Cafe of Life is unique because you are being evaluated by both a chiropractor and a massage therapist and we work together to help make the best recommendation for you.

Each person’s body is unique so sometimes we recommend chiropractic alone and sometimes we recommend massage alone.  Sometimes we recommend having a massage first followed by an adjustment right after.  Sometimes it’s chiropractic first THEN massage.  We ask that you take inventory of your body after your treatments and determine what makes your body feel best.

From my perspective as a massage therapist, both chiropractic and massage are vitally important to the health of your spine and body, as your muscles are connected to your spine and both need to be healthy for optimal functioning of your body. I can always tell the difference between those that I work on who get regular adjustments as opposed to those who do not.  In addition, when it comes to car accidents and injuries that follow, I always see faster recovery in those who receive both chiropractic and massage treatment as opposed to those who only receive one or the other.

“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” That famous quote by Mark Twain could be interpreted several ways. The way that I take it is that some days are filled with so much information about current events that it’s overwhelming.

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