Chiropractic Care to Relieve Hip Pain

hip pain chiropractor LongmontOur hips are central in most of our daily movements from simply walking upright to running, bearing weight to jumping. Since we depend on our hips for so much of our mobility, pain in this region can be debilitating but chiropractic care can help! According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 60% of sciatica patients felt their pain was reduced enough to not need surgery after receiving chiropractic care.* If you are suffering from hip pain, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will thoroughly diagnose the route of the problem and tailor a personal treatment plan of effective chiropractic care to restore your mobility and optimal health.

Causes of Hip Pain Relieved with Chiropractic Care

  • Inflammation: There are two main areas where the hip joint can become inflamed: the socket, or acetabulum, and the sac outside the hip, bursitis. Either injury or illness can cause these areas to swell and fill with blood or fluid but bursitis is often from overuse as well.
  • Osteoarthritis: The most common type of hip pain in older adults, osteoarthritis causes the hip joint to deteriorate and lose cartilage.
  • Injury: Unfortunately, another frequent cause of severe hip pain for older adults is a fracture or dislocation due to poor balance and brittle bones. Significant bruising or a sprain from a fall can also result in intense hip pain even if the bone was not affected.
  • Overuse: The cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles of our bodies can only withstand so much wear and tear before they start to break down. With how much our hips endure, it is no surprise that they become stressed at one point or another.
  • Referred Pain: Although not the source itself, patients often describe pain in their hips stemming from another location such as the sciatic nerve in sciatica. Hip pain often accompanies a hernia or a problem with the sacroiliac joints that connect the sacrum to the iliac bones as well.

Chiropractic care to address hip pain could include adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy exercises, stretching and advice on posture. All treatment plans will aim to relieve hip pain but will differ based on whether the underlying goal is to strengthen weak muscles, stop spasms, improve mobility or reduce inflammation. Come into the Cafe of Life in Longmont for Dr. Jess to assess your individual situation and develop a program of chiropractic care that will be most effective in relieving your hip pain.


How to Decide Between Massage and Chiropractic Care

chiropractor massage LongmontBoth massage and chiropractic care offer drug-free, hands-on treatment for many issues from abrupt injuries to chronic pain so people may be confused about which to choose. Depending on your symptoms, the professionals at the Cafe of Life in Longmont may suggest massage, chiropractic care or, most often, a combination of both therapies for the most effective treatment.

The Case for Massage

If you are dealing with muscular or ligament problems, then massage therapy will be most beneficial. Some examples of issues that improve with massage are pulled muscles, spasms and areas of persistent tension. Massage therapists manipulate the top layers of muscle consisting of soft tissue, helping to relieve pain and speed up healing. Other proven benefits of receiving massages are a reduction in anxiety, strengthening of the immune system and increase of blood flow to stimulate recovery from injuries.

Some of the types of massage offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont include Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger point and cranial sacral therapy.

The Case for Chiropractic Care

Unlike massage therapists, chiropractors are licensed to manipulate the nervous and musculoskeletal systems by adjusting a patient’s spine and joints although they may also utilize massage techniques. A spinal adjustment is the most common approach for treating back or neck pain, as the hard tissue of the skeletal system responds best to this method. Other problems that improve with chiropractic care are tendinitis, headaches, ear infections and insomnia.

The lead chiropractor, Dr. Jess, at the Cafe of Life will conduct a thorough assessment of the patient’s overall health and may order blood work or x-rays to confirm her diagnosis, and then may also prescribe medication or herbal remedies in addition to performing rehabilitative treatment.

Best to Get a Massage and Chiropractic Care Together

People may wonder if they should either go to a masseuse or chiropractor but most often, getting these two therapies in conjunction is best! Tense muscles will pull joints out of alignment so receiving a massage will aid in prolonging the beneficial effects of an adjustment. And the reverse is also true, realigning the spine and other joints will help soft tissue to heal and stay relaxed.

If you would like to learn more about how a balance between massage and chiropractic care can restore your optimal health quickly, come in to the Cafe of Life in Longmont!

Try Chiropractic Care to Relieve Headache Pain

headache chiropractic care LongmontWhether your headaches are intermittent or chronic, a dull throbbing or intense pain, they are always unwelcome and sometimes debilitating. The comprehensive chiropractic care offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can relieve headache pain and help prevent future occurrences. The American Chiropractic Association provides the following information for about chiropractic care for headache sufferers:

What causes headaches?

95% of headaches are tension, migraine or cluster types while 5% point to another underlying health problem. The majority of the 95% subset are caused by muscle tension in the neck due to spending hours in a fixed position, such as sitting at a desk. Other triggers include certain types of food, environmental factors (like noise or light) and other physiological conditions such as insomnia and changes in blood sugar.

How can you prevent a headache?

Stretch your whole body, but especially your head and neck, every 30 minutes or so when sitting for an extended period of time. Avoid clenching your teeth, which stresses the joints between your jaw and skull, and can lead to TMJ headaches. Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday, as dehydration is a common reason for headaches. Headache pain can sometimes be alleviated with low-impact exercise, like walking.

How can chiropractic care help with headaches?

To provide instant relief, a chiropractor will perform gentle manipulations and adjustments to decrease joint irritation and realign the spine. A chiropractor will show you specific exercises, relaxation techniques and ergonomic advice you can use at home or work to help relieve irritation and tension in your neck and upper back. They also can offer nutritional advice to determine if a change in diet would decrease recurring headaches.

A 2011 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that migraines improved after patients received a spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care. If you’re tired of popping pills for recurring headaches, make an appointment with Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to experience how chiropractic care can naturally and effectively relieve headache pain.

Get Chiropractic Care to Recover Faster from a Winter Injury

Winter Injury Chiropractic Care LongmontThe Colorado ski season is in full swing, and even if your cold-weather sport of choice is something else- chances are you are using muscles in a way they haven’t been conditioned for since last winter. Whether sledding, ice skating or just shoveling snow; these outdoor activities can lead to potential health problems. If you’ve been injured during a winter activity, the chiropractic care and massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can relieve your pain and hasten your recovery.

3 Common Winter Activity Injuries Helped with Chiropractic Care

  1. Whiplash– Whether due to being involved in a car accident or falling hard on the ski slopes, whiplash can occur whenever the neck is thrust abruptly forward and back. Adjustments and massage can help decrease swelling and realign cervical vertebrae.
  2. Knee Injury– Skiing is one of the sports that puts the most stress on knee joints. If the surrounding tendons and muscles are not in top condition, injury is common. The short-term goal of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation, while the long-term goal is to build up strength.
  3. Rotator Cuff Tear– Shoveling snow can strain, or even tear, the muscles and tendons in your back and shoulders if you lift or throw a heavy load the wrong way. If recovering from a tear, chiropractic care can help restore your range of motion faster.

While prevention isn’t always possible, warming up properly before engaging in a cold-weather activity does decrease your risk of getting hurt. Slow squats, lunges and hugging your knees into your chest are three particularly effective stretches. If you are suffering from an injury received during a winter activity, don’t delay seeking treatment at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to restore your optimal health. Dr. Jess and her professional staff will get you back out into our winter wonderland in no time!

Improve Circulation with Chiropractic Care

circulation chiropractic care LongmontLooks like our extended summer is over and the expected cooler weather has finally arrived here in Colorado! For some of us, cooler temperatures lead to cold hands and feet, and for others cold or tingling extremities might be something they live with year-round. Proper circulation is not only critical for our comfort but also for our health, and the chiropractic care at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can improve circulation.

Effects of Poor Circulation

  • Cold or tingly hands and feet
  • Decreased mental alertness and/or concentration
  • Weakened blood flow means that the vital oxygen and nutrients carried through our blood are not being delivered as they should be.
  • Nausea, dizziness, fainting and migraines can result from reduced blood flow to the brain. Prolonged reduction can also lead to hearing, visual and spatial problems, and may even increase your chances of dementia or a stroke.

Subluxations in the neck can significantly impair blood flow to the brain, as shown in a study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Patients suffering from neck pain were scanned using SPECT, or single-photon emission computed tomography, and a third showed between a 30-45% reduction of circulation to the parietal and frontal areas of their brains!

Chiropractic care can be the solution you’ve been looking for to improve your circulation. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will not only treat but also diagnose the underlying cause of your poor circulation. Sometimes old injuries, which are pinching a nerve, or stress, which causes our blood vessels to constrict, are the culprits behind poor blood flow. A chiropractic adjustment to put the spine back into alignment, along with massage or ultrasound therapy will improve circulation immediately.

You don’t need to feel like Frosty this winter- come into the Cafe of Life in Longmont for effective chiropractic care that will improve your circulation and overall health!

Neurodiagnostic Scan for Best Chiropractic Care

nerve scan chiropractor LongmontCafe of Life uses only the highest-quality and up-to-date technology in their Longmont office, such as the INSiGHT nerve scanner to optimize their patients’ chiropractic care. The INSiGHT system gives chiropractors a detailed report to help them accurately assess the problematic areas. According to the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, this scanning system “has been certified by the Space Foundation to provide a reliable, scientifically valid, quantitative and multidimensional representation of patient well-being.”

For a comprehensive overview of the spinal nervous system, Dr. Jess uses the neuroTHERMAL Scanner to evaluate current nerve function by measuring skin temperatures. Hot temperatures indicate stress build-up and pinpoints the organs and/or glands that are being negatively affected by compromised nervous function. The Surface EMG tool reads paraspinal muscle activity and energy output. If it takes too much energy for your muscles to support your spine, then it is out of alignment because nerve signals are being obstructed and preventing optimal posture. These instruments are invaluable in diagnosing the underlying internal reasons for stress and tension.

The COREscore Report provides a concrete summary of neurospinal health, and helps patients keep track of the progress made with each visit to the chiropractor. An overall rating is calculated from the different data areas, including organ and gland control, muscle tone and balance and heart rate variability. The highest score of Excellent is within the 95-100 range, while Very Challenged would fall in the 0-59 range. This report can also be downloaded to the patient’s phone or tablet to serve as a visual reminder of their wellness goal.

The wholistic overview provided by a neurodiagnostic scan helps Dr. Jess develop the most effective treatment plan to quickly restore her patients at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to their optimal health. Too much in our life depends on good spinal nerve function- don’t ignore chronic pain or tension when chiropractic care can help!

Chiropractic Care for a Sports Injury

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.

Chiropractic Care in the News

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.

Preventative Chiropractic: Should I See a Chiropractor Even When I Don’t Have Pain?

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!

As a mom, if you deal with these 2 things, you HAVE to be getting adjusted.

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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!

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