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"Tis the Season For Shoveling and Low Back Pain

Posted: December 11, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Statistically these are some riveting facts that plague so many people each year. Look at the following and try not to be shocked by this information…

  • Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country.
  • Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
  • Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly.
  • Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Most people with low back pain recover, however reoccurrence is common and for small percentage of people the condition will become chronic and disabling.
  • Worldwide, years lived with disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015.
  • Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year—add in lost wages and decreased productivity and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.

 

After reading this, one might wonder what the best way would be to avoid such things happening to themselves…  Well, look no further!  Seeing your family chiropractor regularly can keep this dreaded lower back pain away and keep you moving.  By removing subluxations (pressure placed on the spinal nerves from your vertebrae) you are already decreasing the likelihood of succumbing to such lower back pain.

So, keep your back in tip top shape and get adjusted regularly!


Cruise Effortlessly Through the Holiday Season This Year

Posted: November 5, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

The time has come again where everyone is now in survival mode.  Trying to get the last-minute holiday shopping done.  Last minute planning for your holiday dinners.  Running around all over the place chaotically trying to make sure every T is crossed, and I is dotted.  Stress is heightened during this time of year which can leave us susceptible to injury as well as sickness and fatigue.

We often don’t realize or in some instances ignore that through all this chaos that our bodies are giving us signals to slow down, breathe, find time to relax, and to recharge.  Because we are in survival mode to get things accomplished under a strict holiday deadline, we can be our worst enemy because we let all these signals go until eventually the signals become so apparent that there is no other choice then to reflect on what is going on.  Usually this time of year people are over doing it and are extending themselves beyond what is healthy.  One way to combat this type of pressure, fatigue, injury, and stress on the body is to get adjusted by your regular family chiropractor.  By doing this, your body will be more readily available to acclimate to the pressure and stress during these hectic times.  The adjustment can balance the nervous system so that your adaptability is better, and you can flexibly take on the day with less external stimuli that can be causing your body harm.

So as you enter into this crazy time of year, remember that you can find help to keep you grounded and functioning at your best through chiropractic care.


Is Your Wallet Costing You Money?

Posted: October 9, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

 

If you a happen to be a people watcher, take a few minutes out of your day to look around at all the people (mostly men) who carry their wallet in their back pocket.  If you happen to be standing behind them at the checkout counter, you may even notice that their wallet is about 3 inches thick with cards, money, receipts, and an array of useless papers trapped waiting for their untimely demise into the trash can during the next “clean out”.

In speaking with men that come into the office, we note that for many it has become routine to carry their wallet in their back pocket and usually it always remains on one side.  Although it is the normal home for that wallet, what if I told you that it can be harming your health and inadvertently costing you money?

That is absolutely what is happening when a wallet is repetitiously being placed in the same back pocket for weeks, months years.  When there is an unbalanced distribution of weight on one side of the body, it can throw off the entire biomechanics of your walk, your joints, your posture, and your overall health.  Take the test of placing the wallet in the opposite pocket and walk around.  Trying sitting.  You will quickly notice how abnormal it feels to be on the other side.  This abnormal feeling is essentially a subluxation in your lower back and pelvis which has shifted your spine out of alignment.  If gone unchanged it can eventually cause pain in the lower back and pelvis that will end up costing you time and money to be corrected.  At the very least a person who places the wallet habitually in their back pocket should at the very least remove it while sitting and driving, but ultimately the best case would to be to have it in the front pocket all the time.

So, the next time you think about placing that wallet in your back pocket, think again!  It may be the root cause of your wallet getting thinner by having to pay for its effects that it caused. 


Rounding the Corner to A New School Year!

Posted: August 7, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Say it isn’t so!!  I am starting to dream of markers, loose-leaf paper, pencils, folders, trapper-keepers, homeroom assignments, clothes shopping, and most of all making sure I am ready for the hectic school year that will be commencing in just a few short days.

As the school bell rings back in session, coming with it will be all the after school activities like choir, sports practices, clubs, and the running around for what seems to be endlessly trying to keep it together each day for the next 9 months.

When all of this seems overwhelming, take a step back and think about the important things that fill your heart and fill your body with positivity.  Make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water to stay well hydrated, make sure to be getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep at night to properly recharge for the next day.  Another important thing is fueling your body with proper nutrition.  Keep plenty of healthy snacks to chew on in between meals and be sure to have balanced meals that are low in trans fats and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.  Lastly, be sure to schedule your appointments to see your regular family chiropractor.  By keeping your spine healthy, you can be sure that you are functioning at your best so that everything continues to work seamlessly each day.  This is done by removing subluxations (pressure on the nerves coming from the spinal bones being out of alignment) on a regular basis which will increase the signals from your brain to your body and keep everything connected at full speed.

So, as you jump right back into the daily ins and outs of the school year, enjoy each moment, sit back and watch as the year unfolds, and continue to stay the best and healthiest version of yourself.


Sizzling Summer Time Fun

Posted: June 28, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Hot summer days are in full force.  Pools are overflowing with kids and parents alike to ward off the summertime heat.  We are in the thick of all of summertime activities such as grilling outside, soaking up the beautiful weather that has all flowers and trees in bloom, and taking those glorious day trips that fill our souls.

With all that is going on around us during the summertime months, we get wrapped up and busy with so many things.  The days are long yet fast all at the same time.  Through this disheveled chaos, we can’t forget about how important our health is and how to make sure we stay that way.

One way to ensure we are doing our best to keep ourselves working and functioning at our highest and most efficient level it to receive regular adjustments from your family chiropractor.  By getting your spine checked to find and remove subluxations (pressure placed on the nerves exiting through vertebrae that decreases the information being passed from the brain to the body) you are ensuring that your body can function at its highest level and the connections being made are at their very best.

So, in the heat of the summer moments, don’t forget the most precious part of keeping yourself feeling and working at its best.


Springtime is Now in Session

Posted: April 12, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Have you witnessed your first sights of spring yet?  Perhaps the appearance of buds growing back on the trees, or maybe tiny blades of green grass poking through the old soil?  How about the harmonious sounds of the birds chirping and the sun shining through in the early morning hours?

Spring is quickly taking form and with it will be all the increased activities that will begin.  Springs sports will start up, grooming your garden with those spring sprouts will take shape, getting back outside for walks and outdoor activities will soon flood our schedules. 

With all of this in mind we should also remember that taking time for our own mind, body, and spirit should also take a front seat and get done to ensure that we are able to be our best.  One way to do this is to get our spines checked regularly by our regular family chiropractor.  By clearing the pressure that sits on our nerves from our spinal bones (subluxation), we are more readily able to adapt and function at our most optimal level.  It will keep our bodies clear and connect so that we can fulfill each day with the best versions of ourselves.  We can perhaps get more active, walk the dog more, play with our kids or grandkids again, or simply be able to give back to our community with filled hearts.

So as spring starts a new beginning for some many opportunities, let’s not forget about our own wellbeing too!


Don't Sizzle out

Posted: February 27, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

What happens when you plug ten appliances into one outlet and turn them all on at the same time?  You blow a circuit!  The same thing can happen when you surge an unprotected Nerve System with stress. This is why we use surge protectors with our valued electronics, so we don’t fry them.  Our body is much more important then a computer – we only get one and must make it last a lifetime!

Picture your Nerve System as an electrical outlet with multiple stressors plugged in.  Turn them all on at the same time and POW – you overload the system, fry a circuit and ruin your good state of health.  Chiropractors call this a subluxation. Depending on what nerves (or circuits) are blown, you could experience symptoms from minor aches and pains to more significant health problems like High Blood Pressure (Journal of Human Hypertension, 22,1: G Bakris, MD et al.) 

Although it's impossible to turn off all the stress in your life, you can guard against unexpected surges with regular Chiropractic Care.  Chiropractors perform their job like a surge protector – skillfully monitoring your Nerve System for overloads and adjusting the circuits back to normal when necessary.  When it comes to fighting stress, nothing beats keeping your power ON with Chiropractic!


No Pain No Gain????

Posted: January 30, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Healthy Means no pain right?  Or does it.......?

Ever notice how when you stub your little toe, a little tear forms in your eye?

 

Truth. We are aware of less than 3% of what’s going on in our bodies. That means what we can feel through tickle, touch, hot/cold, numbness, tingling, pain, etc. is less than 3% of everything happening in our body. Unfortunately, most people rely on that 3% (symptoms) to tell them if they are healthy or not.

Can you feel your liver processing fat molecules? NO!! When you eat a donut, do you know how much insulin to secrete to store the sugar in your body? NO!!!

 

There are millions of processes occurring in the body every second. If these processes are not working correctly, over time, disease will manifest. If we wait for a disease to manifest and try to deal with it at that point, it is invariably much more costly and difficult. The other option is to assure that our life energy is communicating with all the parts of the body, thus continuing to constantly create our bodies in a healthy manner. It is up to you to choose how you take care of yourself. Chiropractic is the most natural way to let that happen.

 

Relying on pain to tell you when there is a problem is not a healthy way to live. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis have usually been manifesting as poor physiology in the body for 10 to 25 years before they become apparent as physical disease.

 

This is why Chiropractic adjustments are so important.  They restore the communication between the body and brain since most times those misalignments will go unnoticed for days if not years.

 

Health is all about proper function; 100% communication between the brain and the rest of the body; 100% physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Health is not merely “feeling good”!


Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Posted: January 11, 2019
By: Dr. Jill Konosky

Snow Flurries, brisk mornings, seeing your breath, and enjoying all the fun winter activities associated with the winter months ahead are things that we look forward to as we wind down the winter months.  It is a time where we can sit back, and watch mother nature unfold her true beauty either from home with a warm cup of tea and a blanket or from the tippy top slopes of the mountains.  But there are some things that can prevent us from truly enjoying these magical wonders.

As the snow falls most of us will still be needing to get to our workplace, get our children to practices, and carry on life’s daily activities.  It is also a time when many people suffer injury from shoveling and falls.  With old man winter, there can come with it some heavy snow.  Snow that can cripple your ability to move the next day and even be the cause of cardiac arrest.  Keeping this in mind, always remember to lift the snow using your legs while shoveling, NOT your back.  Be sure to wear your proper cold weather attire so that you can withstand the elements, and last but certainly not least get in to see your chiropractor.

With all the extra bending and movements, it is key to remind yourself that a properly functioning nervous system will keep you moving and functioning at your best.  So be sure to schedule your regular adjustments to remove any subluxations (where your spinal bones are shifted and placing pressure of the nerves near them) from your spine.


Hop, Skip, and Jump You Way into Health

Posted: March 2, 2018
By: Dr Jill Konosky

Chiropractors know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not?

They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation to the nerve roots. In turn this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

As Chiropractors, our main job is to properly restore the function of the nervous system through gentle and effective adjustments.  These adjustments are safe enough for newborns all the way to the elderly population.

So when considering how you cam jump start your body into healthier function, consider chiropractic as your first choice.  It is natural, effective, and a sure way to give your body what it needs.