Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

Many NFL football players count on chiropractic care as part of their conditioning regiment before, during and after a grueling season not just to assist with recovering from injury, but as a preventative measure to stay healthy, stronger and more competitive.

Currently, all 32 NFL teams have chiropractors on staff, and while this trend took a while to catch on throughout the league players agree that staying fit requires more than hitting the weight room, eating well or spending time on the practice field. A major part of maintaining good health and maximizing their athletic potential consists of keeping their spine in optimal condition.

Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers not only gets adjusted regularly but is the son of a chiropractor.  NFL great Jerry Rice, who won three super bowl rings, admits that chiropractic care was one of his secrets to a long and successful career. Making him one of the most durable and feared wide receivers in NFL history.

Unlike some former NFL players who continue battling pain years after their careers have ended, Jerry Rice continues to enjoy an energetic and pain-free life which he credits to regular chiropractic care during and after his football career.

Chiropractic care isn’t just limited to great NFL players. As an athlete playing any sport at any level, you can be certain that chiropractic care can do more than just accelerate the healing time of your injuries. Regular maintenance increases your energy, endurance and overall well-being, allowing you to compete more effectively.

If you are an athlete or know someone that may benefit from regular chiropractic care as it relates to athletic performance, consider calling and scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Jim Doran, one of Denver’s most trusted and respected chiropractors.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fight Your Migraines WITHOUT Medications

If you've ever experienced a migraine headache, you know how debilitating it can be. According to the Mayo Clinic, "a migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down."

Nearly 30 million American suffer migraine headaches, with women more than three times as likely as men to be victims. Too often, medication is the first-line treatment strategy to control symptoms – particularly the pain – despite the fact that natural options are being shown to be just as, if not more, effective.

Case in point: a recent study that divided 91 adult migraine sufferers into three groups for comparison. One group received topiramate (brand name: Topamax), an anti-convulsant also approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment and prevention of migraines; a second group exercised 40 minutes a day, three times a week; and the third group performed relaxation exercises over the course of the study period. After three months, results showed no significant differences between the three groups: all three interventions reduced the frequency of migraine occurrence.

If you suffer from migraines, a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercise or relaxation techniques to help treat your problem without having to resort to drugs, all of which come with a substantial list of side effects that can make you feel even worse. For example, among the potential side effects of topiramate are nausea, diarrhea and fatigue – just what you don't need when you're dealing with a debilitating migraine.

Of course, a chiropractor may also perform chiropractic adjustments, which have been shown to be effective for headache symptoms. One study showed spinal manipulation to be as effective as amitriptyline for migraine symptoms; another study showed a significant reduction in frequency, duration and severity of migraines, as well as need for medication, following chiropractic manipulation. And nutritional support, such as magnesium supplementation, has also proven to be effective.

If you suffer from migraines, make an appointment with Dr. Doran to find out about your drug-free options. Say no to medication and yes to natural care.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heat Up Your Winter Workout

When winter hits, does your workout take a hit? All the typical excuses seem to converge all at once: "It's too cold!" "It's raining!" "The kids are back in school and I don't have time!" Are these the conversations floating around in your head these days? Then it's time for a self-intervention.
Replace those thoughts with these positive strategies to heat your winter workout up and take the next step toward true health and wellness:
 
Early to Rise: Commit to a morning workout and enjoy the rest of your day, secure in the knowledge you've crossed it off your "To Do List." Wait until evening and multiple variables could intervene, upping the odds that you'll say, "I can't" instead of "I already did."
 
Good Investment: Making sure you've got the proper exercise apparel is essential if you're working out in inclement weather, particularly if you're braving the outdoor elements. It goes beyond protecting yourself from the potential cold and moisture; it's also about making the experience something you look forward to.
 
Buddy System: Schedule your workouts with a partner to keep each other from "bailing out" on a bad day. Communicate the night before each workout to verify participation and stay motivated. It's a lot harder to stay in bed when you're workout partner's pounding on your front door, raring to go.

Talk to Dr. Doran for more strategies to make 2015 your best year ever. Remember, no one said getting – much less staying – in shape was easy, but one thing's for sure: You can do it.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Keep Your New Year's Health Resolutions (All the Way Through 2015!)

It's week one of 2015, which generally brings high hopes when it comes to improving your health and wellness. Worldwide, millions upon millions join gyms, swear off soda and processed foods, and commit to making this the year they turn things around. But by February, many have already abandoned their goals, and with each passing month, more follow.                                                     How can you turn 2015 into the year you keep your health resolutions? Here are a few suggestions to make 2015 your best year ever:

1.  Move beyond the moment: Step 1 is getting beyond the "time to turn my life around this year" moment and dedicating yourself to the effort it takes to complete any resolution. After all, it wouldn't be on your list year after year if it were easy, right? This is a 365-day process that will have its ups and downs (see step 2), and the quicker you realize that – and still believe you can succeed – the better.
 
2.  Take a few steps back: OK, so ideally, your 2015 will be smooth sailing and you'll achieve all your goals. But as step 1 pointed out, if it were that easy, your resolution list would be blank – yet here we are again, resolving to lose weight, exercise more, etc. Taking a step back means two things in this context: remembering your past (why you're still not where you want to be) and not being afraid if everything doesn't go right this time. Note that this doesn't mean you accept failure; it means you embrace this difficult process with perspective. The No. 1 reason people fail – in just about anything – is because they give up the first time something "goes wrong."
 
3.  Master the selfie: Whether it's done with your cellphone or mental snapshots, become a master of the selfie, tracking the person you were and the person you're becoming, day by day. If it's weight loss you're after, snap a photo every time you see a difference. Looking to stress less? Take plenty of selfies of you enjoying life more – while on that vacation you vowed to finally take, spending a lazy spring day with your family (that never would have happened in 2014, 2013, etc.), or just relaxing in your own backyard on a much-needed day off.
 
4.  Write your 2016 resolutions now: Want to maximize the chances you'll polish off your 2015 resolutions? Write your 2016 resolutions today – and don't mention any of your 2015 resolutions. After all, why write down resolutions that won't be needed anymore? In fact, go one step further by crafting 2016 resolutions based on the person you'll be after completing your 2015 resolutions. If you're losing weight in 2015, resolve to take a vacation to a beach destination in 2016 – and wear that bathing suit you know you'll fit into by then. Trying to eat better in 2015? Then put "Make more healthy meals from scratch" on your 2016 list, after you've learned how to eat right this year.
Resolutions can motivate and empower, or they can just remind you of what you couldn't accomplish year after year.  In 2015, rely on the past, the present and the future to ensure 2015 – and the year after that, and the year after that – gives you a great big reason to smile.