Surviving the Holidays

"Why did I decide to have Christmas at my house?!?!"

“Why did I decide to have Christmas at my house?!?!”

Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor

Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner.  Although this time of year is fun and exciting for a number of reasons, it can also be a time maligned with sickness and injury if you are not careful.  Follow these tips and you are sure to have a healthier and more enjoyable holiday season!

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Diets Don’t Work

Janet has been obsessed with dieting ever since her friends called her 'pear-shaped'

Janet has been obsessed with dieting ever since her friends called her ‘pear-shaped’

“I’m starting a new diet.”

When I hear these these words, I shudder…because diets don’t work.  First of all, the term “going on a diet” implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train…if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)

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Preventing Osteoporosis Naturally

Bone FamilyOsteoporosis is a condition where the bones become brittle and fragile, resulting in poor posture, back pain, neck pain, fracture, and even death.  However, osteoporosis is NOT a normal sign of aging, but a preventable illness.

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Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?

Two friendly American football playersUnless you are living under a rock, you know that the biggest sports event of the year is upon us.  It is no secret that the popularity (and profitability) of the National Football League has never been higher.  However, there is an issue that is getting talked about more and more in the media, the courtroom, and living rooms all over America: player safety.

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Steroid Injections

"Discard after use"  The syringe or the patient?

“Discard after use” The syringe or the patient?

Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor – By now, just about everybody has heard about the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis that was caused by a “bad batch” of steroid injections.  These injections are commonly used in patients for the treatment of back pain.  This outbreak occurred back in September of 2012 and resulted in more than 400 cases of meningitis nationwide, 32 of which died from the illness.  Michigan led the way with more than 230 cases and 10 deaths.

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Energy Drinks

Do you keep going...and going...and going to energy drinks?

Do you keep going…and going…and going to energy drinks?

Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor – We all need “energy,” right?  Energy is what allows us to be happy, productive, and effective members of society.  Nobody wants to be dragging themselves through each day.  But who wants to get exercise, eat right, and get more sleep at night?  That’s for suckers!  There must be a quicker and easier way!  Of course there is….energy drinks.

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Gimme a D!

Norton Shores Michigan ChiropractorSupplementing with vitamin D can be one of the most important health habits one can have.  Most mainstream health professionals fail to recognize the importance of Vitamin D supplements.  However, vitamin D has been rigorously studied and should be on your radar.

10 Bad Habits You Need to Break…Today

Bad habits are hard to break.  However, the long term ramifications of bad habits are often harder to mend.  So why not nip it in the bud?

 

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10 Bad Ideas for the Chiropractic Patient

What Could Go Wrong?!

Zehr Chiropractic was established 10 years ago and I have been here for the last 6.  As part of our celebration of the 10 year “anniversary” of the practice, I thought it would be fun and beneficial to put together some useful top 10 lists related to spinal health.Over the past ten years of serving people in the Muskegon area, we have heard hundreds of different explanations about how patients “put their Atlas out.”  Sometimes we hear elaborate explanations of events that are chalked up to “back luck” while some have much more to do with bad judgement.  Some make us scratch our heads while some are downright hilarious.With that in mind, I have compiled a list of things that patients do routinely that can undo our chiropractic adjustments.  If you are guilty of these, it’s okay.  Just make changes as necessary to help ensure that you hold your adjustments for as long as possible.

All The Pills in the World Won’t Balance A Pelvis

Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor – A 43 year old female came in with severe lower back pain.  She had been experiencing “tolerable” back pain for years but it got much more debilitating recently.  She was totally unable to work or sleep.  The lack of both had her very frustrated, irritated, and depressed.  She was flying off the handle at loved ones for no reason at all and had completely lost her ambition for the things she previously held dear.  And although her situation got more dire, her medical doctor’s treatment for her dysfunctional back never changed:  painkillers and muscle relaxers.After two weeks of misery, she had finally had enough and came into Zehr Chiropractic for treatment.  After getting her Atlas and pelvis adjusted over the the past two weeks, she is doing much better.  She’s sleeping better, her mood is better, and she is easing herself back into her work activities.  This morning she asked me if she could get a copy of her x-rays to show her MD.  She said,“I just want to show him the x-rays of my spine and ask him how the pills he kept prescribing me was supposed to fix this!”

 

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