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March 2015 Health Newsletter

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» Magnificent Magnesium!
» Your Holiday Recovery Plan!
» Chiropractic First - Surgery Last
» Chiropractic - Safe and Sound
» Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Further Integrate DCs in Military, VA

Magnificent Magnesium!

As health care providers, we hear of common symptoms from our patients. Often times our patients tell us about chronic pain, headaches, restless legs and trouble sleeping. Obviously, when the spine is out of alignment and the nerves are pinched a Chiropractic adjustment works wonders at providing relief. We want our patients to be aware of supplementation, as it plays a key role in health and wellness. Magnesium is a vital mineral that countless Americans are deficient in. Magnesium is important in nerve transmission and muscle contraction in the body. In fact, Magnesium is so important that nurses will put patients involved in trauma on a "Magnesium drip" intravenously when one is brought to the Emergency Room. This special elixir helps repair damaged heart muscle tissue in cardiac arrests and helps bring balance to the body post-trauma. Magnesium deficiency can manifest in chronic pain, headaches, restless legs and trouble sleeping. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, reduce the risk of diabetes and even help ward off depression. So what foods have this wonderful mineral? The following is a list of common edibles that are rich in Magnesium:

1) Low-Fat Yougurt
2) Dark Chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3) Bananas
4) Avocado
5) Soybeans and Legumes (beans)
6) Fish
7) Nuts and Seeds (pumpkin, flaxseed, sunflower seeds)
8) Dark Leafy greens (kale, collard greens, chard)

Additionally, one kind find magnesium at the health food store in pill or topical form. Topically, Magnesium has proven to be the best for absorption. There are Magnesium solutions available that you spray on your skin for optimal absorption. At any rate, we strongly suggest supplementing with this MAGNIFICENT MINERAL......MAGNESIUM!

Yours in Health,

Swendsen Chiropractic Clinic

Author: Dr. Justin Bergstrom
Source: Dr. Justin Bergstrom
Copyright: Dr. Justin Bergstrom 2015

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Your Holiday Recovery Plan!

The holidays have come and gone, and you're left to deal with the aftermath of un-healthy eating.  Your body is puffy and bloated.  Your joints are achy.  Your clothes feel tight and ill-fitting. 

Maybe you are feeling this way right now!  Below are outlined 6 steps you will need to quickly and seamlessly get you back on the fitness track. 

Step 1) Get Focused

The holidays happened.  You ate things from your "never eat these" list, you drank more than you should have.  Now is the time to draw a line in the sand.  The bad eating stops now!  Time to get re-focused for another year of health and wellness in 2015!

Step 2) Get Hydrated

While bad eating can take on many forms, the end result is more often dehydration and water retention.  Dehydrated muscles are painful and stiff muscles.  The only way to restore balance is to get hydrated.  Your first priority in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water though out your day.  Start with a glass of water in the morning, and carry a bottle with you.  Don't add artificial sweeteners or stimulants to your water- these will work against your hydration efforts.  To add flavor, slice fresh fruit, herbs or vegetable to place in your water. 

Step 3) Get Picky

For the next few days be picky about what you eat.  Stick with only whole, real foods like fruits, vegetable and some lean meat.  Whole, real foods will quickly help to restore balance.  Don't eat packaged foods for the next few days.  This means saying no to snack foods, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods and alcohol.

Step 4)  Get Juicing

Making your own juice can be beneficial when recovering from a weekend of bad eating.  The key is to use ingredients that will hydrate and nourish your body and to avoid ingredients that are high in sugar. 

We recommend the following ingredients: fresh ginger, spinach, cucumber, kale, green apple, lemon, chia seeds and celery.

We do not recommend the following ingredients (due to high sugar content): carrots, oranges, red apples, and melons. 

Step 5) Get Moving

Get back to they gym and do at least 30 minutes of cardio, weight resistance training or yoga.  We recommend this 3-5 times a week.

Step 6) Get Adjusted

Come get adjusted and get your 2015 off to a healthy start!  Regular chiropractic adjustments are essential to your health and wellness regiment.  Adjustments reduce pain, increase mobility and provide countless other health benefits (including lowering blood pressure & boosting immunity)!

Here is to a wonderful and healthy New Year!


Swendsen Chiropractic Clinic! 

Author: Dr. Justin Bergstrom
Source: Dr. Bergstrom
Copyright: Swendsen Chiropractic 2015

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Chiropractic First - Surgery Last

Many individuals suffering from back, neck and spinal-related conditions experience mild to moderate, even severe chronic pain. Often, a sense of frustration and hopelessness lead many to obtain surgery in their quest for relief before considering other forms of safer, less invasive care. The medical research discussing the complications of surgery are loaded with statements including, "Surgical site infection (SSI) after spinal surgery can result in several serious secondary complications, such as pseudoarthrosis, neurological injury, paralysis, sepsis, and death." Certainly there are conditions that may require surgical intervention. However, it's essential to first ensure that other forms of safe, non-invasive, mainstream interventions such as chiropractic care have first been considered, especially given the severity of complications related to spinal surgeries. If you or a loved one are experiencing neck, back and/or spinal related pain and/or discomfort, or, perhaps it's simply time for a checkup, call your local doctor of chiropractic today. Most chiropractors offer no obligation consultations allowing an opportunity to meet with the doctor and discuss your case prior to making any decisions about care.

Source: The Spine Journal. Vol. 15 Iss. 3, March 1, 2015.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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Chiropractic - Safe and Sound

Every once in a while someone makes a comment suggesting chiropractic care might not be completely safe. They may claim that chiropractic care to the neck region might have associated risks of stroke. Make no mistake - chiropractic care is actually one of the most natural, safe and least invasive forms of health care available. Doctors of chiropractic are trained extensively to deliver their care in a safe, natural and non-invasive manner. Not only have millions of patients experienced the safety and effectiveness chiropractic care has to offer, numerous studies in existence back this up. One of the most recently published safety related studies evaluated the incidence of strokes in approximately 1.16 million 66 to 99 year old Medicare beneficiaries following visits to medical doctors vs. visits to doctors of chiropractic. Ironically according to researchers, their findings indicated that 7 days after their visits slightly more beneficiaries who visited a medical doctor as compared to a doctor of chiropractic ended up suffering from a stroke.

Source: JMPT. February 2015 Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 93–101.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Further Integrate DCs in Military, VA

Arlington, Va. – At the urging of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), two new bipartisan bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to further incorporate doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in the nation’s military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) introduced H.R. 802, bipartisan legislation that would provide TRICARE recipients with access to DCs, as well as services to manage pain and address neuromusculoskeletal disorders and related illnesses. Services provided by DCs are currently only available to active-duty troops at 60 military treatment facilities in the United States and at bases in Germany and Japan. "Congress needs to ensure that the services delivered by DCs are available to retirees, dependents and survivor beneficiaries in the military TRICARE system, a benefit that is now available to many in the private sector," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, FACO. "This inequity has resulted in medically retired servicemen and women losing their chiropractic benefits immediately upon discharge." Additionally, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S. 398, "The Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act," a bill that would integrate the services of DCs at all major VA medical facilities over several years and codify chiropractic as a standard benefit for veterans accessing VA care. Although the VA currently provides access to a DC at just over 50 major VA treatment facilities within the country, a great number of America’s eligible veterans continue to be denied access to chiropractic. The VA has no DCs on staff at a majority of the VA’s health facilities  and referrals to chiropractic services outside the VA system are rarely provided at these and other locations. "Congress should enact legislation to eliminate disparities in veterans’ access to chiropractic services,” said Dr. Hamm. “Veterans deserve access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic, especially since a great number of returning overseas veterans are suffering from musculoskeletal ailments.  Who better to treat these brave men and women than chiropractic physicians?" According to ACA's Department of Government Relations, the 2015 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), Feb. 25-28 in Washington, D.C., will serve as a major lobbying opportunity to build support for these bills. Additionally, all chiropractic physicians and students are encouraged to visit ACA's Legislative Action Center to directly contact their member of Congress ahead of NCLC 2015 and urge them to co-sponsor and support enactment of these bills.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: - February 11, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015

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