Your examination at Upston Chiropractic Wellness Center will begin with Dr. Upston taking your case history, conducting a physical examination and possibly X-rays on our state of the art digital X-ray machine. Dr. Upston also will provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying close attention to your spine. First visits typically take between 30-40 minutes for your first examination. Physical examination Through the physical examination, Dr. Upston will learn how your joints, muscles and nerves are functioning, both individually and together. If needed, Dr. Upston may check your blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs, perform an orthopedic examination or examine your abdomen for a complete evaluation of your physical health. Your chiropractic treatment Your treatment starts with Dr. Upston educating you about what was found in your examination and explaining a treatment plan. Risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment will also be discussed. If Dr. Upston believes you could benefit from a more specialized examination or that your condition is serious or requires surgery, you will be referred to the appropriate healthcare professional. Most patients’ conditions can be treated in the chiropractor’s office. Treatment techniques performed can include adjustment of your spine and your joints. Additional techniques may be used to relax your muscles and nerves to relieve pain. Personalized care recommendations Before you leave Upston Chiropractic Wellness Center, you will receive a plan for taking care of your condition at home or at work. Your plan may include advice on postural correction, exercises and stretches, sleeping position or other wellness techniques. Your treatment plan may also include follow-up visits with us, typically lasting between 15 and 30 minutes. Prior to your first visit, please download and fill...Read More
Dr. Blake Upston, D.C. was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002. After High School, Dr. Upston went and played soccer at Winthrop University. He then transferred to Albion College where he graduated with a BA in Biochemistry in 2007. After Undergrad, Dr. Upston decided to go to Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida in Daytona Beach. Dr. Upston Graduated in December of 2010 with his DC, Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Upston also graduated with honors, and was among four finalists for the Clinical Excellence Award, which is the top award given out at Palmer. Dr. Upston’s decision to become a chiropractor was due to the knee surgeries that he suffered while playing soccer in college. During his last knee surgery, he developed panic attacks, and the only thing that seemed to help him with his injuries were Chiropractic adjustments to the Thoracic area. The treatments helped with his breathing, and also helped keep him more tranquil while recovering. From there, he made it his mission to help anyone that has this condition, or any similar conditions. Along with all the knee surgeries, Chiropractic seemed to help with his knees as well, and the pain in his knees has diminished since he started being treated by a chiropractor. Dr. Upston decided to open Upston Chiropractic Wellness Center in Kalamazoo, MI because he grew up down the road in Battle Creek. Growing up, Dr. Upston played soccer for TKO and loved the city of Kalamazoo when he would come to play soccer or just visit. He believes the City of Kalamazoo and Portage has the potential to be one of the healthiest cities in the State of Michigan. In the office,...Read More
80% of headaches originate from the neck. Usually an increased amount of stress and tension held in the shoulders causes contractions of all of the surrounding neck muscles. When these muscles contract, vertebrae can become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves, and ultimately pain. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. There may be several other causes of headaches, so a proper examination is needed to determine the actual cause. Here are the different types of headaches that you may be experiencing: Tension headaches: Also called chronic daily headaches or chronic non-progressive headaches, tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. These muscle contraction headaches cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over a prolonged period of time. Migraines: The exact causes of migraines are unknown, although they are related to blood vessel contractions and other changes in the brain as well as inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain. Migraine pain is moderate to severe, often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from four hours to three days and usually occur one to four times per month. Migraines are associated with symptoms such as sensitivity to light, noise, or odors; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and stomach upset or abdominal pain. When a child is having a migraine they often look pale, feel dizzy, have blurred vision, fever, stomach upset, in addition to having the above listed symptoms. Migraine with aura – Migraine with aura is a migraine that’s preceded or accompanied by a variety of sensory warning signs or symptoms, such...Read More
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According the FDA, supplements are vitamins, minerals, or other substances including herbals, botanicals, amino acids, or enzymes. Supplements may be used to help ensure that your body receives all the essential nutrients it needs to function well. So the question becomes, what supplements might you need?
The best option is to consult with your medical provider, like your chiropractor, family doctor, or nutritionist. Through proper consultation, your provider can assess what supplements may be of benefit for you and, importantly, ensure that you are not taking too much or an unhealthy combination of certain nutrients. Your provider can also offer tips on how to best introduce supplements into your daily regimen.
And at the end of the day, supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet is essential to your overall health. Supplements are just there to, well, supplement that diet. It’s a little something extra to round out your dietary needs. If you think you may need to add a supplement to your diet, contact your medical provider today!
It sounds quite simple. The better you eat, the better you feel. A nutritious diet can even stave off many health problems in the future.
But figuring out what “nutritious” means is far more complicated. There is no shortage of information about what to eat and how to eat to best fuel your body. From Paleo to Atkins to Gluten-free – which (if any!) may be right for you? There are also detox plans and vitamins and supplements, too. Oh boy.
The bottom line is that there is no one right answer for everyone, but there are some simple guidelines to help get you on the right track:
There is, of course, a lot more to eating well than these few tips, but making these changes can get you started with healthier eating habits.Read More
It’s sometimes called an adjustment and sometimes a manipulation, but the result is the same. Your spinal vertebrae can become misaligned, called a subluxation, and an adjustment is used to help encourage them to return to proper alignment. During an adjustment, your chiropractor applies a controlled force to an area of your spine that frees the vertebrae from their incorrect position and allows them to move back into proper alignment.
Sometimes, the muscles around the vertebrae pull the vertebrae back out of alignment. It may take several adjustments before the vertebrae stay in their proper place. Through regular adjustments, you can encourage your spine to stay in alignment.
Think of it like your regular dental appointment. You go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned to avoid cavities and other serious issues down the road. In the same way, you should see your chiropractor on a regular basis to help avoid injury, nerve damage and pain and to promote your overall, long-term health.Read More