5th Annual Pack the Pantry

packthepantry2015Join us this month for our 5th Annual Pack the Pantry food drive.  In addition, we will have a New Client Special running November 9-19 and a Client Appreciation day on Wednesday, November 18.

New Client Special: Receive an initial evaluation for $29 + 10 food items.  Initial evaluation includes a complete health history, thorough Doctor’s report and a chiropractic exam. You must call to make your appointment between 11/9 -11/19, 2015.  $195 value, Medicare clients excluded.

Client Appreciation Day: Receive an adjustment for $10 + 10 food items! Current clients who have been seen within the past 12 months, excludes Medicare clients.

All food items will be donated to The Action Center  who provides basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  When looking for food items to donate, consider staple items like: canned yams, corn bread, canned fruit & vegetables, stuffing, instant potatoes, canned protein, peanut butter, beans, cereal, pasta, mac & cheese.

Well Beings at The Family Room

family roomWell Beings is so happy to host a table at the grand re-opening of The Family Room this Saturday, September 12 from 3-7pm.  Please be sure to stop by and say hello while checking out all the wonderful classes and events that are upcoming at The Family Room in their new space at 6279 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge.

Check out the video of Dr. Jacob talking with The Family Room owner, Patience Bleskan.

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Celebrating 5 Years of Health and Wellness

We’ve come a long way baby!  In celebration of five years as partCelebrating_5year_symbol_transparent of the west Denver community in Lakewood, we will be hosting a Client Appreciation Day and our 4th Annual School Supply Drive on Wednesday, August 12.  Current clients can get adjusted on this day for $10 when they bring in 10 back to school supplies.  School supplies will be donated to a local elementary school.

We will continue the celebration that evening from 5-8pm with the larger community.  Bring your friends and family for a complimentary scoop of ice cream from the Sweet Cow Moomobile, live music, face painting by Faces by Linda, kids activities, balloons and more!

“We are honored to be part of this community that welcomed us with open arms five years ago,” says Dr. Jacob Fletcher. “We have been able to be a part of amazing stories of people’s health and wellness improving through chiropractic and are humbled by the trust the community has put in us. We are excited to show them how much we appreciate them and can’t wait to see how we grow over the next five years.”

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In the Beginning….Drs. Maura and Jacob with previous owners.

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Halloween fun with Dr. Jacob and Dom.

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One year ribbon cutting.

Which Comes First – the Massage or the Chiropractic Adjustment?

chickenegg1“Should I get a massage before or after my adjustment?” This is one of the most common questions I hear from clients.  In 90% of the cases, I would say that it doesn’t make much of a difference. While I fully know from experience that massage and chiropractic go hand-in-hand, it is important to ask how they benefit one another and why they work so well together. In doing that, you as the client can decide the best order for you.

Basic physiology shows us that muscle moves bone. When bones are no longer in alignment, it’s important to look at how the musculature around the area is out of balance. Getting the musculature to rebalance is not as easy as one would wish.  Various forms of treatment can be used to aid in muscular rebalancing, from gentle kneading of the tissue to pinpoint stretching. While most chiropractors are adept at pinpoint stretching, it is rare that they have the time necessary for less aggressive techniques to do their work, or to be very thorough in addressing the musculature.  This is when massage is beneficial.

spa massageTypically massage sessions can last from 30-90 minutes in length. Looking only at the most basic forms of massage therapy, the therapist can use a combination of pressing, kneading, traction, compression, and stretching of the muscles to encourage them to release. When there are repetitive stress injuries or patterns, or physical or emotional trauma, other various forms of manual therapy may need to be applied.  It is important to know what your massage therapist is trained to do. Regardless of the type of manual therapy your massage therapist uses, studies on the benefits of massage therapy consistently show that it has the ability to release certain neural transmitters that tell the body to relax. To better aid this, it is best to always express any discomfort during your session, as additional tension caused by the work you’re receiving only adds more stress and is less beneficial.

chiro adjI imagine after envisioning your tight muscles being kneaded and gently worked into pliable tissue, you’re feeling much more relaxed and ready for an adjustment. Hopefully, being more relaxed will assist your chiropractor in getting the bones to shift more smoothly which always translates into a happier nervous system. However, the alternative is also true. When you come in for your massage after your adjustment, it may be simpler for the therapist to aid the muscles in relaxation when the neural input to them is heightened. So, it is truly up to you and how you feel the benefits of both therapies in your body and mind.

For more information on the benefits of massage therapy, you can visit www.abmp.com or www.amta.com, both organizations support massage therapists in their educational pursuits as well as distribute the most recent research done for massage therapy.

This article was provided for Well Beings Chiropractic by Emily Nelson, MA, RMT. She has been providing massage therapy to the Denver/Lakewood area since 1998 and is currently working with Drs. Jacob and Maura Fletcher at Well Beings Chiropractic. For more information on Emily, please visit www.LivingConsciously.MassageThearpy.com


Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Pain and So Much More…

Pain Concept.Many people think of chiropractic care as a way to relieve back pain.  But in a recent Harvard Medical Review, it was found to relieve much more.  Chiropractors identify mechanical disorders within the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, with the belief that these disorders affect your overall health as it relates to the nervous system.

Chiropractors see a wide variety of clients for issues ranging from headaches and asthma, to carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.  The Harvard Medical Review concluded that chiropractic adjustments may also be helpful for migraines, neck pain and whiplash.  A spinal adjustment is the application of a quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine.  Chiropractors are careful to ensure that only one spinal joint at a time is being adjusted by positioning the body in a way that the spine above or below the targeted joint is kept still.

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may also provide postural or exercise education, ergonomic education, nutritional consultation and ultrasound and laser therapies.  They can also work with general care or alternative therapy practitioners to help treat clients from a whole body perspective.  Whether your chiropractor is in Lakewood, Colorado or the greater Denver area, you can breathe a sigh of (pain) relief that you are in good hands.

Debunking the Luck Myth

She’s UNLUCKY because she has a bad back.  He’s LUCKY because he can eat anything he wants.

He’s UNLUCKY because he has diabetes.  She’s LUCKY because she can run a mile.

luckSound familiar? We often try to pass off our dis-ease or health problems in terms of LUCKY or UNLUCKY.  But what if we looked at this from a different perspective? What if instead of blaming – the good and the bad – on luck, we took control and actively participated in the desired outcome? We can’t eliminate diabetes or a bad back overnight, and it won’t be the same journey for every person, but we need to be the change we want to see.

One definition of health that we like at Well Beings Chiropractic is “a dynamic state of wholeness in which your body can accurately perceive its constantly changing needs, and respond appropriately in a timely manner.” This definition resonates with us because, the nervous system, housed inside the spine, is responsible for the appropriate and timely adaptation of our “whole” body. If your nervous system is not working at 100%, your body has less than 100% ability to appropriately adapt and function. CHIROPRACTIC allows your nervous system to function at its highest capacity so that your body has the ability to appropriately adapt and achieve TRUE HEALTH.

trail runnersHere are some action items you can start doing today to take control of your Health.

  • Drink more water – our body is 70% water so we need to stay hydrated!
  • Get enough rest – in general adults require between 6-8 hours of sleep, you need to determine the right amount for you.
  • Be active – it doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you keep moving!
  • Eat slower and be more mindful – this will aid digestion, allow you to fully enjoy your nourishment and most likely will keep you from overeating.
  • Get rid of negative influences – keep a list of things that you know you shouldn’t be doing, but are still doing (anything from smoking to volunteering for every school activity) and slowly start to cut down and let go.
  • Know your reasons – Perhaps one of the most important items for true change. Without conviction, your resolve may waiver.
  • Create a wellness plan – what do you want your health to look like in 6 months? 2 years? Create monthly goals of nutrition and exercise and enlist your chiropractor and other healthcare providers to help you achieve your goals.
  • Get adjusted – make sure your spine and nervous system are working optimally!

With a little LUCK, you may be able to get in to see your favorite Lakewood, Colorado family and prenatal chiropractors, Dr. Jacob or Dr. Maura, today!


Chiropractic Care for a Healthy Heart

We all know that eating a healthy diet and exercising are some of the best ways to prevent heart disease, but did you know that chiropractic adjustments can also help?

To understand the connection, let’s start with a quick lesson on how the heart functions. The sinoatrial node acts as a pacemaker which keeps a heart rate of around 70 beats per minute for an average adult. To accommodate the demands of the body, the sympathetic nerves, originating in the thoracic spine, attach to the heart and cause it to speed up, whereas the parasympathetic nerves, originating in the brain, cause the heart rate to slow down. What this tells us is that the cardiovascular system is controlled by the nervous system.

hearthealthNow we can start seeing how chiropractic can have an effect on heart health. The spine protects the nervous system, so when it is misaligned (vertebral subluxation), it can cause interference in nervous system communication. Optimal health can be achieved when the nervous system is functioning properly.

A research study published in the Heart Failure Reviews 2011 by Bibevski and Dunlap stated that there is impaired vagal nerve control in the early stages of heart failure, suggesting that heart failure may be caused by a breakdown in nervous system control. In addition, Welch and Boone’s research (Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008) found that specific chiropractic adjustments have a significant effect on the autonomic nervous system’s control over blood pressure.

When the nervous system doesn’t have proper control over the heart because of a subluxation, exercise can potentially stress the heart beyond the normally beneficial range. While medications which treat heart disease can be helpful, they also come with many side effects. In March 2007 WebMD reported – “A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests. This adjustment has the effect of not one, but two blood pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center. Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure, get adjusted regularly and allow your body to regulate itself.

Celebrate National Heart Health Month in February by scheduling an adjustment! Regular chiropractic adjustments are a perfect complement to healthy food choices and an active lifestyle to maintain heart health.


Information referenced from http://www.zitelfamilychiropractic.com/february-is-national-heart-health-month-are-you-doing-all-you-can-to-prevent-heart-disease/.

Have You Seen Dr. Maura?

Slater closeFollow Dr. Maura in 2015 as she travels around the metro area giving wellness presentations and talks to schools, corporations, and social groups.

Where will Dr. Maura go next? Visit her calendar page to find out!

Before the holidays she visited Slater Elementary and talked to eager parents about how sleep affects their child’s health and ability to thrive in school. If you would like her to visit your company or social group, contact Angela.

Complementary Health and Wellness Presentation Topics Include:

Healthy Movement

Stress and Your Health

How Your Sleep Is Affecting Your Health

Women’s Health

Common Childhood Conditions and Natural Remedies

Other topics available on request.

A Whole-Body Spring Cleanse

Holistic, Whole-Body,

Detoxification and Rejuvenation


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If you have ever wondered how foods are affecting your health, this is the program for you! Aches and pains, digestive concerns, skin issues, energy and mood imbalances, even sleep, can all improve when irritating foods are removed.
Through this community supported cleanse, we will identify common food intolerances, explore an anti-inflammatory diet, strategically eliminate foods, decrease toxic exposure from food and environment and observe as our health improves.  We will work together to understand how and why different foods can negatively impact our health and, most importantly, how to substitute foods that are both healthy and delicious! Take advantage of expert guidance with Dr. Caitlin O’Connor, a Naturopathic Physician and owner of All Families Natural Health. 

What is included:

  • A notebook with instructions, guidelines, etc. directing you on what foods to eliminate,
  • Timeline for reintroduction of foods,
  • Before and after symptom questionnaire,
  • Ideas for meals and snacks,
  • Gentle supplements to support the liver and gallbladder during detoxification,
  • Nourishing Meals cookbook (a personal favorite of Drs. Maura and Jacob) with over 300 delicious recipes to help you explore new foods,
  • Two group meetings – 3/26 & 4/9 , 6:00-7:30pm
  • Email access to Dr. Caitlin for any questions that come up during the cleanse.

Investment in yourself for everything described above:

$150 due by March 26th


Top 6 Myths of Chiropractic

Have you ever asked someone what they think about Chiropractic? Or maybe asked yourself? We usually will get a wide range of answers here at Well Beings from “They can only help with back pain,” “Once you go, they make you go for the rest of your life,” or “I heard they aren’t even real doctors!” Here, we’re going to address some of these common responses and other myths about chiropractic. That way we can hopefully answer some of your questions, or you can answer the questions of those around when they ask, “So, why do you go to the chiropractor?”

1.  Myth: Chiropractor’s aren’t real doctors.

      Truth: Chiropractors start with a base of nearly 4 years of undergrad education. Then, Chiropractic programs consist of 4-5 years of professional study with a significant portion of time spent in clinical technique training. In total, a minimum of 4,485 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience is required compared to the 4,200 hours required for medical doctors.

2.  Myth: Once you go to the chiropractor, you will always have to go.

      Truth: The truth is, many of our clients choose wellness care on their own, just like they’d go to a dentist periodically. Life can be crazy with so much packed into every single day. Getting regular adjustments ensures that your body is able to function at its optimum level and use its innate ability to heal.

3.  Myth: Adjustments are painful.spine-cropped

      Truth: Most of our clients actually find immediate relief after an adjustment. The popping sound sometimes associated with getting adjusted comes from the release of gas by the joint. Sometimes there is mild discomfort after an adjustment as your body gets used to being placed into its proper alignment position. After some follow up adjustments your body becomes used to its corrected position and you will experience continued ease.

4.  Myth: Chiropractic is dangerous.

      Truth: Studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are safer than many common activities like salon shampooing, break dancing or turning your head to back out of a parking spot. It is recognized as one of the safest types of health care in the world.

5.  Myth: Chiropractic is not for children.

      Truth: The adjusting process for an adult and for a child are different. For children the process often gets a response of laughter from them because it feels “ticklish.” Chiropractic care for children is safe and helpful for many common childhood conditions. Check out this page for more information on pediatric chiropractic https://wellbeingschiropractic.com/infantschildren  

6.  Myth: Chiropractic can only help with back pain.

      Truth: Chiropractor’s actually are most concerned with your central nervous system. Your musculoskeletal system (spinal column) is what happens to house this nervous system. When your spine is out of alignment it can put pressure on these nerves which will then cause physical problems in the area that corresponds with that nerve. Check out this diagram of the relation of your spine to its connecting nerve https://wellbeingschiropractic.com/images/Neuro-Anatomy-Chart_NPP.pdf. This means that chiropractic can help with any issue that would be connected to your nervous system such as headaches, asthma, digestion problems, or hip and leg pain.

If you ever have any other questions concerning what we do here at Well Beings please feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment at 303.238.6500. For your convenience, we are located in Lakewood, Colorado and only 15-20 minutes from the downtown Denver area.