Supplement Your Health

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According the FDA[1], 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!


Align Yourself for Long-Term Health

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

Move It & Lose It

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As sun begins to shine more often, kick-start your spring fitness routine and add a daily walk to your schedule. Long or short, a simple walk can be enough to boost your mood, tone your lower body, and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Start by setting a goal for yourself.

  • Walk 3 days a week during your lunch break; or
  • Train for a 5k walk (or run!) using a “Couch to 5k” plan, or other similar training plan.

Check in with your walking gear.

  • How long have you had your shoes? Replacement times vary with each person, but, generally, you should get new shoes every 300-500 miles.
  • Do your shoes offer proper cushioning and support? Talk with your chiropractor to help assess the fit of your shoe.

 Get your move on!

  • Use a standard calendar or fitness app to track your progress each day. As you see the time and distance piling up, you will feel even more motivated to stick with it and meet your goal.
  • Ask a friend to join you! It’s much easier to stay on track when you are accountable to another person.

Remember, whenever you introduce a new fitness routine to your body, begin slowly to avoid risk of injury. Give your body time to adjust to a new level of activity, recognizing when you need to take a break or consult a professional.


3 Healthy Habits for You & Your Spine

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Regular adjustments are one piece to maintaining a healthy spine, but what you do on your own time plays an important role, too.

Sleep. Your body needs the downtime to rest, repair, and recover from the activities of the day. And it’s not just about how much you sleep, but also how you sleep. Your mattress and pillows may be contributing to aches and pains, or spinal misalignment. You should sleep on a supportive mattress and find a pillow that properly supports your neck. Not sure what all that means? Talk with your chiropractor about what types of pillows and mattresses may be best for your body.

Hydrate. Grab your water bottle, fill it, refill it, and keep drinking from it all day long. The discs in your spine consist largely of water, which allows them to act as cushions to absorb spinal stress. If a disc begins to lose water, it begins to shrink. The disc then becomes unable to absorb stress, which can lead to loss of movement or pain. By keeping your body hydrated, the discs stay healthy and keep your spine flexible.

Exercise. You know it. We know it. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps regulate your weight. The fewer extra pounds you carry around all day, the less stress is placed on your spine. This in turn reduces your risk of injury. Exercise also encourages the flow of nutrients within the spine and keeps your joints flexible.

If you feel like you need improvement in all three areas, try focusing on just one healthy habit each week (or even each month) so that you have the time and energy to really make the change in your routine.

Stay Well Soon

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s easy to remember to see the doctor or drink extra fluids when you are sick, but we all find it much more difficult to take good care of ourselves when everything seems to be going well. However, the more you focus on making healthy choices every day, the more you can avoid future injury or re-injury down the road.  Regular chiropractic care is just one step you can make towards a healthier everyday life.

Your spine houses and protects your spinal cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that regulates your body functions. These nerves are very sensitive to pressure. As you move (or don’t move) throughout the day, your spinal vertebrae can become misaligned, which can put pressure on your spinal cord. This pressure can lead to injury or other conditions like chronic headaches or intestinal distress.

Through regular spinal examinations and adjustments, you can help prevent spinal misalignments that may interfere with your body functions. This will help keep your spine flexible, increase your energy level, and foster a healthier nervous system, which in turn reduces your risk of injury. Regular care also allows your chiropractor to catch small problems before they become large and potentially serious issues. It can also help you decrease your reliance on pain and other medications.

If you have a very physical job or a history of injury, poor posture, or chronic headaches or illness, consider adding regular adjustments to your routine to help boost your overall health. When you combine regular adjustments with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, you set yourself up to stay well.

The Ins & Outs of Spinal Decompression

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) is a non-invasive treatment to alleviate symptoms of neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. It is used to treat patients who have bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome. NSSD produces negative pressure in the spine, which works to help reposition bulging discs and take pressure off pinched nerves. Experts believe that this negative pressure creates a vacuum-like effect in the spine and draws nutrients, oxygen, and fluids into the discs to promote overall healing of the discs and tissues within the spine.

A course of treatment typically includes 24-30 visits over a period of 6-8 weeks. At each session, you will be fitted with a pelvic harness and asked to lie down on the table. The process is a cyclical one, comprised of a series of gentle pulls, holds, and releases over the course of a 20-30 minute session. As a result, the spine is slowly lengthened and the discs are gradually decompressed.

Through this process, as the discs and tissues heal, symptoms and pain should begin to subside. Some patients notice a reduction in pain after just a few sessions; however, the healing process is different for everyone.

If you have more questions, check out 5 Answers to FAQs and contact Dr. Upston to discuss if NSSD is right for you.



Common Conditions: Back Basics Defined

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You may have heard these terms before, but keeping them straight is not always easy. Here are the quick details on four common conditions:

Disc Bulge. Each disc is made up of an outer layer of tougher cartilage and an inner layer of softer cartilage. A disc bulge occurs when the outer layer becomes weak and begins to extend outside the space it would normally occupy, like a hamburger too big for its bun. A disc bulge is commonly part of the normal aging process, but can sometimes be painful if the bulge presses on the surrounding nerves.

Herniated Disc. A herniated disc occurs when the stress or pressure within a disc causes a tear in the outer layer and a portion of the inner layer protrudes out of its normal space, like jelly leaking out of a doughnut. If the protrusion presses on a nerve, it may cause pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness.

Stenosis. Stenosis occurs when the open spaces within your spine narrow. This can lead to pressure or irritation of the spinal cord. This pressure can also cause pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). This condition refers to an overall state of spinal disc dehydration and deterioration. It can result from a combination poor diet and exercise habits, an injury or aging. While degeneration can occur anywhere in your spine, it is more commonly seen in the neck and low back area.

Anatomy of a Spine (and Why Your Back Hurts!)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your spine is built of vertebrae to protect the spinal cord and discs to provide flexibility. If a disc or vertebrae is injured, it can pinch or compress a nerve. When this happens, you may notice tingling, numbness, weakness or shooting pain in different parts of your body depending on what nerve is affected. There are also ligaments and muscles that run across your back. A strained ligament or sprained muscle may also cause back pain.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, most back pain is caused by mechanical factors, meaning it is not usually caused by a serious condition like arthritis or a fracture. Rather, back pain is more commonly caused by a fall, increased weight, poor posture or even pregnancy.

You can prevent injury to your spine by developing safe and healthy habits, such as staying active with regular exercise, setting a nutrition plan to help maintain a healthy weight, using proper lifting techniques when moving heavy objects or scheduling regular chiropractic adjustments.

Spinal Decompression Debunked – 5 Answers to FAQs

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is spinal decompression? 
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, conservative treatment option that works to lengthen and decompress the spine. Through this process, negative pressures are created within the discs, which work to help reposition bulging discs and take pressure off pinched nerves. Experts also believe that this process draws nutrients, oxygen, and fluids into the discs to promote overall healing of the discs and tissues within the spine. As a result, you begin to experience significant pain relief.

Is it right for me?
You may benefit from spinal decompression if you have chronic or severe pain that is caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, or facet syndrome, or if you have been advised to consider surgery. Unfortunately, with certain conditions, such as placement of surgical hardware or recent fracture, spinal decompression is not recommended. Be sure to fully disclose your condition in order to receive the best treatment possible.

What can I expect?
In general, a course of treatment typically includes 24-30 visits over a period of 6-8 weeks. At each session, you will be fitted with a pelvic harness to aid in the decompression process and asked to lie down on the table. As a session begins, the spine is slowly lengthened and the discs are gradually decompressed. A session typically lasts between 20-30 minutes.

Will it hurt?
The process should be a relaxing one. Initially, you may experience some mild discomfort, but as treatment continues this should subside. If at any time during a session you feel discomfort, you may switch the patient safety clasp to stop the process. The treatment program is designed to make your safety a top priority.

Does it work?
You may feel relief even during the first few sessions. Most patients experience the most significant pain relief after completing the full course of treatment. Even if you feel immediate relief, it is essential to complete all treatment sessions in order to receive the most effective, long-term relief of pain symptoms.

Still have questions? Contact Dr. Upston for more information specific to your condition.

New to the office!! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce at Upston Chiropractic Wellness Center that are now up and running with a new Decompression table and are accepting new patients for this treatment! This is a great treatment for things such as disc degeneration, Disc Bulges, Disc Herniations, Facet Syndrome, and many more conditions! If you have been everywhere and tried anything and are still experiencing Neck or Low back pain this may be the option for you! If you are going to have surgery this may be the last step to help you as well! Call the office and Dr Upston can sit down and talk with you to see if Decompression is right for you. Call 269-569-5621 to find out pricing and to schedule your appt!