Dry Needling at Your Longmont Chiropractor

dry needling LongmontYou may have seen in our series of Facebook posts chronicling the cupping experience of Andy Johnson of Farmstrong Coaching that Christa planned to use a technique called dry needling on him next. If you haven’t heard of this treatment option or wonder how it differs from acupuncture, we will explain all that and more in this post! Christa at the Cafe of Life in Longmont offers many effective and safe alternative therapies such as dry needling, acupuncture and cupping to help restore your optimal health.

What is Dry Needling?

Also known as intramuscular manual therapy, dry needling is a technique to treat myofascial pain by inserting needles into trigger points in muscle. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, or APTA,, “A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group,… and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.” Using thin filiform needles allows tissues that are not accessible via exterior manipulation, such as through massage, to be treated.

How is it different from Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine while dry needling was developed from research and is part of Western medical practice.

Why get Dry Needling?

Again, according to the APTA, “Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.” If you have recently been injured, dry needling can speed up your recovery. Dry needling also relieves pain and improves patients’ range of motion.

Dry needling is usually part of a larger treatment plan developed by the Cafe of Life team to best meet your individual needs. There are so many gentle yet effective alternative therapies to the standard prescriptions or surgical recommendations, and the Cafe of Life offers a wide variety from different types of massage to dry needling to the zone chiropractic system- call us today to start on your path towards vibrant health!

Chiropractic Care Helps Manage Thyroid Symptoms

thyroid chiropractic care longmontIf you are experiencing symptoms of a slow metabolism, you might want to get your thyroid checked. Hypothyroidism, or insufficient thyroid hormone, is a widespread condition- especially among women; 10% of whom are estimated to have a thyroid deficiency. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont provides effective chiropractic care for thyroid imbalances, including nutritional and lifestyle guidance, to help restore your optimal health.

Signs of an Underactive Thyroid Helped with Chiropractic Care

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

List of symptoms from endocrineweb.com

The vast majority of hypothyroid cases are actually an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The common treatment for hypothyroidism is just a prescription of thyroid hormone replacement with yearly checks of the patient’s TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, to test if their dosage needs tweaking. This narrow approach does not take into account the other related issues associated with many autoimmune diseases, such as low vitamin D, blood sugar instability and sensitivity to gluten.

While chiropractors agree that patients with hypothyroidism need to take prescription thyroid, they also promote a broader approach to the management of hypothyroidism- especially if a patient’s symptoms persist even though their lab tests are normal. Since inflammation is at the root of autoimmune diseases, receiving regular chiropractic care ensures that your nervous system is operating properly. Hypothyroidism cannot be cured but with dietary and lifestyle changes, your quality of life can improve- and prevent another autoimmune disease from developing! If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid imbalance, see Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for a holistic approach to managing your condition and restoring your optimal health!

Longmont Family Chiropractor for Optimal Health

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!

Back to School in Longmont, A Chiropractor’s Advice on Ergonomics

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.