November Newsletter

Discovering Wellness

Don’t Feel Down

Are you or someone you love feeling down? Do you just want to lie in bed all day and sulk? You may be experiencing depression. One out of six people experience depression in their life time. At any given time, five percent of the population suffers from the disease.

What can you do to alleviate the symptoms of this horrible disease? Exercise! Research shows that exercise reduces cortisol levels, and releases natural anti-depressant chemicals called endorphins. Exercise is an active treatment that helps empower and boost your self-esteem.  Well how do I know I’m at risk? Everybody is at risk, depression is an equal opportunity disease with no respect for age,gender or economics.

“I took an antidepressant and got better.” (Psychosomatic Medicine September 2000;62.). Many believe that prescription drugs are the only solution to all problems including depression.  Although it is not the only alternative to help the problem. Chiropractors encourage exercise because it is a natural healing antidote. In fact, research suggests that not only is exercise as effective as medication for ending depression, but medication in combination with exercise is less effective than exercise alone. If your mental health practitioner refuses to consider exercise as an alternative to medication, seek a second opinion. Never discontinue use of any antidepressant medication without first consulting your doctor/mental health practitioner. Brutal withdrawal symptoms are possible symptoms that many patients report are more difficult to withstand than the disease itself. That’s why it’s often necessary to slowly reduce dosage, while simultaneously building up a regular exercise regime.

Your doctor of chiropractic can help you stay fit and ready to exercise, in turn preventing depression and other ailments. If you’re ready to take charge of your health, by embracing a comprehensive wellness plan, schedule an appointment for a chiropractic check-up today.

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All- Natural Solution to PMS

Nearly all women endure premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition whose symptoms may include cramping, bloating, headache, nausea, anxiety and depression. And approximately 10% of PMS sufferers report pain so severe that it causes them to miss work or social activities at least one to two days per month. That equates to more than a full year of life missed between the ages of 17 and 45! Despite these statistics, women are often told to “put up” with PMS, or to pop over-the-counter painkillers, which may provoke serious side effects.

To overcome PMS you must understand the underlying causes  of menstrual complaints.  Women with PMS appear to have more extreme hormonal fluctuations. This provokes headaches, nausea, bloating and mood swings.  Estrogen promotes the build up of the lining of the uterus. Within this lining are chemicals called prostaglandins, in relation to the increase in estrogen. These chemicals are then released during menses when the uterine lining breaks down. Prostaglandins trigger inflammation of the uterus, resulting in pain and cramping. In addition, prostaglandins enter the blood stream and provoke headache and gastrointestinal complaints.

What can you do to help? Research reveals that chiropractic care may provide relief from PMS.  t seems that women with PMS are more likely to suffer from a spinal condition called vertebral subluxation. Chiropractic Adjustments and supplements, and exercise have shown to help ease PMS. Your doctor of chiropractic is up to date on drug-free approaches to PMS relief. Why put up with PMS and risk the side effects of pain medication when all-natural solutions are avail¬
able? Don’t delay schedule an appointment for a chiropractic consultation today!

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