Weekend Warriors: How Chiropractic Helps You Be Your Best

Colorado is known to be a draw for people because of the abundant opportunities for an active lifestyle that the state provides. Thanks to the four seasons and a variety of terrain, there is a place for you to get active your way, no matter what that might be. If you’re like Dr. Jacob and being active is a way of life for you, you know how important it is to have your body function in its most optimal way. That’s where chiropractic comes in.

Any kind of physical activity, from hiking to rock climbing, from mounting biking to CrossFit can work the body hard, and even with proper technique, you may suffer from back, neck or other pain from a misalignment in the spine that can hold you back with your daily or weekend warrior activities.

Maybe you hike long distances with a backpack, and it aggravates old injuries or the weight stresses your back and shoulders. Maybe you are a rock climber whose belaying catches up with you when hours of looking up gives you neck aches. Or if you are a runner, you may have discomfort stemming from the repetitive nature of the activity. In some cases, the discomfort may not even seem obviously related to a misalignment to you, but actually may be. Whatever the issue, chiropractic adjustments can help you get to the level of performance where you want to be.

At Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health, our patients have the benefit of a chiropractor who not only knows how important an active lifestyle is, but who has the training to have a deep understanding of the body and how it functions. In addition to his education as a chiropractor, Dr. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois.

Even if you don’t have aches and pains that stop you from doing what you love, regular chiropractic adjustments can help everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors and student athletes perform at their highest levels, keeping the nervous system clear of any interference, thanks to proper spinal alignment. Many professional football and soccer teams even have a chiropractor on staff, as do Olympians and golfers.

Chiropractic allows athletes at every level get the most out of their performance, going longer, stronger and harder with more ease. Whether you’re competing against someone else, yourself, or just like to be active, chiropractic can help you do your best.

Contact Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500 for an appointment to learn more how we can help you be your most active self.

Ideal Positioning With the Webster Technique

When a baby is in an optimal position in the womb, it benefits mom and baby. Not only does it help ensure that the baby receives vital nutrients and space for development, but it also increases the likelihood of the mother-to-be having a comfortable pregnancy and easier labor and delivery.

Dr. Jacob, Dr. Maura, and Dr. Elizabeth at Well Beings Family Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, help ensure ideal pelvic positioning by using the Webster Technique, as they are both certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Webster Technique.

pregnant-2196853_640 (2)Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed the Webster Technique in 1978. The technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that eliminates sacral misalignment and improves nerve system function. It helps balance the pelvic muscles and ligaments in pregnant women, therefore encouraging easier births.

The Webster Technique is similar to other chiropractic adjustments because there is a light force applied to the sacrum to make the adjustment. It is gentle and effective in aligning the pelvis, which is key to safer, easier, natural births.

“When a woman has a pelvis that is moving properly and positioned ideally, the baby may have a better chance of being in the ideal position for birth,” says Dr. Maura.

The Webster Technique is not the medical procedure — external cephalic version

— of manually turning the baby, like an obstetricians and midwives might do. Instead, chiropractors re-establish pelvic balance. As an article in Pathways to Wellness explains: “This helps to remove tension in pelvic muscles and ligaments and through the restoration of normal biomechanics in the mother, babies optimize their positioning on their own.”

Because the Webster Technique is so gentle, expectant women may receive the adjustments throughout their pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and want to see how chiropractic care can help you and your baby have optimal positioning and alignment throughout the term, call Well Beings Chiropractic today at 303-238-6500.

What is “Text Neck” and How Can You Avoid It?

Are you reading this on your smartphone or tablet? Freeze! What’s your posture like? There’s a very good chance that your neck is bent forward and down as you look down at the screen.

Now lift your head and look up, stretching your neck back in the opposite direction for 10 to 30 seconds. We’ll wait. Are you back? OK, good!

Now put your elbows in toward your rib cage and lift your device to be more parallel with your face. All set? Excellent!

You’ve just made two simple movements that will help you combat the dreaded “text neck” or “tech neck” wreaking havoc on postures and nervous systems everywhere.

Oh, you aren’t reading this on a mobile device? No worries — just try these adjustments next time you pick up your smartphone, and feel the difference they make.

blogger-336371_1920 (2)According to research published in the National Library of Medicine, the average person spends two to four hours a day, or 700 to 1,400 hours per year, with their neck bent in an unnatural position. For younger people — teens in particular — the daily number increases to six to eight hours!

This is worrisome because the average human head weighs about 12 pounds, and with the neck bent forward at a 60-degree angle, the weight on your spine increases to 60 pounds. That’s like carrying an 8-year-old around on your shoulders for a few hours every day. Can you imagine? You wouldn’t do it, right? But chances are solid that you are doing the equivalent.

As Dr. Jacob Fletcher of Well Beings Chiropractic explains in this “Good Day Colorado” segment, no other generation has experienced anything like tech neck before, so this unnatural neck position is causing new issues, including premature wear and tear on the spine.

In addition to headaches, and neck and back pain, text neck and poor posture have also been linked to digestion problems, lung capacity reduced by up to 30 percent, increased risk of heart disease and neurological issues, according to research noted in a Washington Post article.

But you can help yourself by being aware of the dangers, and performing the simple adjustments noted at the top of this post. If you’re suffering from chronic discomfort from poor posture and text neck, Dr. Jacob can evaluate the situation, looking at your posture and spinal structure to make chiropractic adjustments that add balance back into your neck, spine and nervous system and help change their underlying structures.

Check out the video from “Good Day Colorado” to learn more about text neck. To find out how Dr. Jacob can help treat your poor posture with chiropractic care, call Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500. And in the meantime, make sure to follow Dr. Jacob’s advice: Look up!

5 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Boost Your Immune System

johann-walter-bantz-198023Whether you have a full-blown cold, suffer from asthma or allergies, or just feel like something is “off,” receiving a chiropractic adjustment may help cure what ails you. While chiropractic adjustments don’t directly treat these issues, several studies and research spanning 100 years provide evidence that by properly aligning the spine, the immune system gets a boost

  1. Clear Communication: Proper spinal alignment frees your nervous system pathways, creating clear communication between the brain and nervous system, which controls your body’s functions. Adjustments to areas of the spine between the mid-section and neck impact the involuntary functions of your nervous system such as digestion, breathing and heart beating, also including immune response.
  2. Reduced Stress: When your body is properly aligned, your spine is free of subluxations, which research shows can cause stress to your spine and irritate the nerve pathways, hindering your immune system function and making you more susceptible to illness.
  3. Increased White Blood Cells: A study found that the number of white blood cells — which are key to the body fighting off disease and infection — rose just 15 minutes after chiropractic adjustment. This is important because with more white blood cells, your immune system is stronger and that, combined with a nervous system that can freely communicate with the brain, helps your body perform at its optimal level, no matter your age.
  4. Maintenance Mode: Initial studies showing that chiropractic adjustments have a positive affect on flu symptoms date back 100 years. In addition, another study found that people under chiropractic care for more than five years showed a 200 percent greater immune function than those who did not.

  5. Fighting the Good Fight: When your immune system functions at its highest level, it can better fight off dangerous bacteria and viruses while not overreacting to things like pollen, dairy, and other common allergens that the body incorrectly thinks it needs to fight off.

To learn more about how adult and pediatric chiropractic adjustments can help ease allergies, asthma, the common cold, flu and more for you or your child, contact Well Beings Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, at 303-238-6500.

How Lakewood Chiropractor Cares for You After an Accident

When you’ve been in an auto accident, there is more that you should be on the lookout for than signs of whiplash. At Well Beings Chiropractic in Lakewood, we see numerous clients who have been in car accidents, and we focus on treating each individual’s symptoms rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach. Each accident is different as is each body, and it’s imperative that chiropractic adjustments account for that.

Some of the auto accident-related injuries that Dr. Jacob Fletcher has treated at Well Beings Chiropractic include whiplash, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, numbness and tingling.

Clients coming in for an adjustment following an auto accident can expect Dr. Jacob to listen to their explanation of how they were impacted in the collision and details of any physical discomfort they’re feeling, no matter how mild or severe. Even if you aren’t sure how your symptoms could be directly related to your car accident, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t.

13614977_1117851581594448_963593261563736829_nYou may be surprised to know that low-speed fender-benders can cause greater injury than accidents that occur at higher rates of speed. That’s because cars are made to absorb the impact of a collision, but in slow-speed accidents, the impact might not be great enough to crush part of the car and impact is instead transferred to the people inside.

Dr. Jacob encourages people in auto accidents to seek chiropractic care sooner than later. “It is important to get checked right after an accident, as that is the best time to start the healing process,” he says. “Scar tissue starts forming immediately and is best handled within a short time from the initial injury. If it’s not, much bigger problems can occur months or even years later.”

While it may be tempting to wait until uncomfortable symptoms appear before seeking chiropractic care, Colorado makes it easier to get care sooner than later. As of Jan. 1, 2009, most Colorado drivers have $5,000 in medical coverage — or Med Pay — on their auto insurance policy. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, drivers must opt out of the coverage, otherwise it’s automatically added to their policy when buying or renewing. Drivers can choose to purchase a different amount of the coverage, but by default, it is $5,000 per accident.

If you have been in an auto accident, contact us at 303-238-6500 to learn more about how our team at Well Beings Chiropractic can help you get and stay well, and for information on how we work with Med Pay to cover your care.

Fourth Trimester Changes: How Chiropractic Can Help

Over the course of a pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many awe-inspiring changes as it transforms to be able to grow and carry a child. It’s generally assumed that there will be some discomfort and various aches and pains over the course of a pregnancy that chiropractic adjustments with Dr. Jacob can help reduce. But what is not so often discussed is the transformation that continues for the mother’s body beyond birth, during the fourth trimester.

While the common pregnancy symptoms such as backaches, neck aches, heartburn, sciatica and headaches subside, others may take their place as the body transforms even more rapidly to account for a baby no longer being in the womb.

baby-and-momOne reason for fourth trimester discomfort is because a woman’s spine becomes “soft” at the end of pregnancy, due to a hormone called relaxin. The body creates relaxin to soften the joints and ligaments to help the pelvis open wider in preparation for giving birth. But once the baby is born, she may develop aches and pains because of the spine still being softer than it would normally be, causing it to become misaligned more easily than usual through typical everyday activities and the new activities of nursing and carrying a baby.

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association , chiropractic adjustments can help ease this post-birth transformation. They do this by adjusting the pelvis and spine to ensure that they are properly aligned and therefore aren’t causing stress on the nervous system.

If you are a pregnant woman or a new mom, contact Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health in Lakewood, Colorado, today at 303-238-6500 and see how Dr. Jacob can help you live optimally and with minimal discomfort throughout pregnancy and beyond.

 

Sleep and the Spine: How Pediatric Chiropractic Could Be the Key to a Good Night’s Sleep

Putting your little one down to bed can be a trying task. You want your child to have a good night’s sleep so they can be their best the next day. And you always want them to have a good night’s sleep so that YOU can have a good night’s sleep. But fear not, pediatric chiropractor Dr. Jacob Fletcher at Well Beings Chiropractic is here to help your child get better sleep.

kids-matChildren are in a constant state of development and growth, which causes plenty of stress on their spine. In fact, the stress on the spine begins due to the “position it is forced to adopt in utero.”  Also, with an active child, sports and even playing on the playground can start to put even more stress on the back. Typically, the issues caused by spinal stress are referred to as spinal dysfunction or subluxation and a common symptom is trouble sleeping. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help improve the alignment of a child’s spine, just as it does with adults.

How do you know if your child suffers from a subluxation? Here are some warning signs:

  • disturbed sleeping patterns
  • breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
  • restricted head or neck movement to one side
  • one shoulder higher than the other

 

Dr. Jacob Fletcher provides pediatric chiropractic adjustments to babies and children every day and is highly trained and experienced in relieving pediatric spine issues. The adjustments that he will perform on your child are age appropriate, ranging from gentle pressure for infants to adjustments of spinal joints for older children.  At Well Beings Chiropractic, we specialize in pediatrics and ensuring your child is comfortable. Typically, your child’s subluxation can be corrected in a few sessions and your whole family can sleep better at night thanks to your child’s healthy alignment.

If you are interested in any of our services, or have any questions about Well Beings Chiropractic could be of assistance to your family, please call us at 303.238.6500.

Why Chiropractic Can Help With Ear Infections

Are you frustrated with your child continually getting ear infections, even though they’ve taken antibiotics? Many young children suffer from chronic ear infections and receive medicine for them that proves to be ineffective, or are directed by doctors to take the “wait and watch” approach. These approaches can be difficult for parents and their children, as ear infections often start in a child’s first year and can continue to come back until through the preschool years and their Eustachian tubes become more developed.

mom-and-kid-in-fieldBut the most effective approach of all can be chiropractic care. That’s because chiropractic adjustments don’t treat infections or symptoms, but they get the body functioning properly over all, addressing the root cause of issues. Many people are under the illusion that babies and young children don’t need chiropractic care simply because they are children. But the reality is that birth alone is traumatic for a baby and children are often born with neck and spinal misalignments because of the birthing process. At Well Beings Family Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, Dr. Jacob Fletcher uses gentle chiropractic adjustments to get a baby’s nervous system functioning optimal, thanks to proper spinal alignment, and that eliminates many conditions that are thought of as typical for babies and young children, including ear infections.

If a baby’s spine is misaligned, it can create tension in the neck muscles, causing them to not function properly. And proper function of the Eustachian tube in the ear depends on a balanced head and neck. When imbalances are addressed, the Eustachian tube can function properly, draining fluid from the middle ear and distributing air to the middle ear cavity.

Correcting spinal misalignment also improves immune system function. This is important for many reasons, but especially with regard to ear infections because, according to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “Infections indicate an overloaded immune system. The best course of action is to support the body in regaining its balanced immune system. Treating the ear infection with antibiotics causes an additional overload to the immune system and can actually create greater havoc, leading to the susceptibility of repeated infections.”

If you’re ready to try a natural approach to reducing your child’s ear infections for good, call Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500 today.

How Chiropractic Can Help Tongue-Tie

For new moms who choose to breastfeed, it is frustrating and can even be depressing when their baby struggles to nurse. But if you are one of those moms, it’s important that you don’t give up — even when you want to — and that you know that even though you may feel disheartened or inadequate, this is not a sign of you being an incapable mother. Your baby may have trouble maintaining suction or chewing on the nipple and may be irritable around nursing time, but fortunately, there is hope.

drJbaby2At Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health, we treat clients in the West Denver area through every stage of life, including infancy. We have helped numerous babies struggling to breastfeed, as chiropractic is an effective yet safe, gentle and non-invasive treatment for nursing issues, including tongue-tie.

Chiropractors are trained to look for misalignment and interference in the nervous system that causes issues. And although we would like to assume that a baby is born with perfect alignment, that is just not the case. In reality, chiropractors look for misalignment in babies too because most problems with latching are actually a result of biomechanical injuries — or subluxations — to the cranium and spine caused at birth.

As Pathways to Family Wellness reports , a subluxation is the misalignment of the bones that cause interference with nerve transmission to a given area and therefore, also the function of a joint. The spine, bones of the skull and facial bones are key in the latching and sucking necessary for breastfeeding. If a baby is having difficulty nursing, it’s most likely due to a misalignment in one or more of those areas. So when an infant receives chiropractic care, a path is often cleared for normal breastfeeding to begin.

It’s important to note that your newborn having subluxations is typical and doesn’t mean you or your doctor did anything wrong. By nature, birth is traumatic for a newborn and can cause stress. Particularly during the end of delivery, there is often force on the baby’s head and neck, which causes the misalignment and stress to the nervous system. This can especially be the case when a birth is done by C-section, or forceps, a vacuum or other devices are involved. Fortunately, the misalignment doesn’t need to be permanent and neither does breastfeeding disappointment.

5 Places to Peruse in Denver: Part 2

1. Red RocksRed Rocks

Red Rocks is not only a staple of Colorado beauty; it is also a place bubbling with all sorts of activities. Only 20 minutes from downtown Denver, Red Rocks is very accessible both from I-70 or C-470. With its numerous nature trails, it is a great place to explore on foot or on bicycle. The trails vary in difficulty and are great for all ages. Red Rocks also has many activities at the amphitheater ranging from movie nights during the summer, awesome concerts which acoustically harmonize with any band/singer, national speakers, and a few fitness groups. You may need to schedule a chiropractic appointment with Dr. Jacob after sitting on the wooden benches though! If you haven’t climbed those amphitheater steps Rocky Balboa style, raising your arms in victory as you look out over the expansive view of Denver from the top, I highly recommend it.

 

2. Mile Hi Flea Market

This hub of community and culture is often over looked. About 10 minutes north of Denver, the Mile Hi Flea Market expands throughout 80 acres, open every weekend, and is only $3 for admission. On one side you’ve got all the fun merchandise shops and booths where you can find everything from trinkets to trunks, fun hipster baubles to classy pieces, modern to antique, upscale to cowboy, and the list could continue. On the other side you have the farmers market with so much locally grown or made foods it is amazing! This is our personal favorite because we like to try the homemade yogurts, salsas, cheeses, breads, and meats. It’s also family friendly with a kid’s area with rides, and a stage featuring different musical guests. For three bucks you can’t really go wrong here, unless you’re me. In which case, I bring my husband as my own personal pack mule to carry all the “gems” I find… then we swing by the office to get our chiropractic adjustments after a day of being on our feet!

3. Mercury Cafémercury cafe

If you like good food & drinks, an eclectic crowd, twinkly lights, and a place buzzing with something new every night this would be a good place for you. The Mercury Café advertises organic food, local breweries, Poetry Slams, various dance classes including swing, tango, or salsa (don’t forget to “swing” by Well Beings chiropractic to get adjusted after your class), Theater and Film showings, open Mic nights for the struggling musician or the fun loving jazz band, community yoga, and that’s only half the fun! About 5 minutes east of downtown, this is a great unusual stop for date night. Oh and did I mention you can rent it out for small weddings?

4. Santa Fe Art Walk

This event occurs on the first Friday of every month. Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 60 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few short blocks south of downtown Denver. The Art District opens its doors freely during the first Friday and you can walk about perusing unique pieces in gallery after gallery after gallery after gallery…I think you get the picture. If you love art in all of its forms, this is a fun idea to do with a date or with a group of friends.

5. Denver Dog Parks

My husband and I are dog lovers through and through, and to no surprise Denver has some pretty neat dog parks. I just recently found out that there are veterinary chiropractors! While Drs. Jacob & Maura can see your entire family and are pediatric chiropractor certified, they haven’t yet gotten certified to help Fido 🙂 .  Here are three of my favorite dog parks listed from north to south:

  • Westminster Hills Dog Park- With 400 some odd acres, this place is my favorite because it has so many trails to explore as well as the reservoir which the doggies are welcome to cool off in during the summer.AliAbi_052
  • Forsberg Iron Spring Dog Park- Located right next to Green Mountain, this park is a little new so there aren’t very many big trees for shade and is about average sized at 4 acres. What I like about it though, is that it is in fact next to Green Mountain where my dog gets off leash time at the Park and an extended on leash hike around Green Mountain.
  • Chatfield State Park Dog Park- Though it costs about $10 total to get in, it really is a great park. It’s located on 80 acres which are just laced with trails and ponds. When I’ve gone in the past, we pay the $8 to get into the state park where we’ll have a picnic, pay the extra $2 to get into the dog park, and go boating or fishing that way we to get our money’s worth.  
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